Experience socialism, mining, and tanning using the original Šalek method. Your memories will be at least 160 metres deeper, your experiences of lakes different from what you’d been used to. Children won’t forget Pika, whom they will meet in hundreds of images. You will thank yourself for enjoying thermal relaxation!
The magic of countryside
Visiting the homesteads that have preserved traditional character over the centuries are one side of rural Šaleška Valley, the other being genuine experiencing of your wishes! Encounter the old skills, bees, flavours, and people. Live the way you want.
Underground adventure in the Coal Mining Museum of Slovenia
Take the miners’ lift to descend deep into the underground. In a dining hall situated 160 metres below the earth’s surface, try a miners’ lunch or a unique culinary event; whilst doing so, experience the special features of Velenje coal mining.
VISTA – Park with the view
Climb to an attractive viewing platform for panoramic views of Lake Velenje or attend one of the many events held at the lake’s mouth. All of this and more can be found in a park overlooking Vista.
Jump into Lake Velenje
Velenje Beach is the best starting point for strolls, cycling, and horse riding around the lakes, the waterpark for swimming, stand up paddleboarding, sailing and kids playing, pleasant bars for relaxation, and sunken villages for surprising discoveries!
Refresh your body and mind at Terme Topolšica
Visit Terme Topolšica with its Zala Wellness Centre. The natural thermal water spring with constant temperature of 32C, green forests, fresh mountain air and many sunny days enrich your experience of the most modern ways to achieve health and wellbeing.
The largest kids’ festival in Slovenia and its environs offers more than 100 workshops, plays, concerts and other experiences on various stages in Velenje every first week of September. Wherever you go, playful Pikas (Pippi Longstockings) are everywhere!
Experience Velenje, the socialist wonder of former Yugoslavia, on a nostalgic and fun stroll with fellowship challenges, and a genuine socialist lunch at Delavski klub. Expect to laugh and cooperate in order to solve tasks!
Tanning at Šoštanj
Šoštanj smelled of leather for a long time! Its picturesque square with city villas developed alongside the tannery for more than 200 years. At the Museum of Tannery in Slovenia, enter a working class apartment, a director’s office and a shoemaker’s workshop.
A unique evening experience
Come by to enjoy some of the best gastronomic pleasures Slovenia has to offer. The dishes rooted in the coalminers’ traditions will be a feast for all senses!
Mysteries of submerged villages
Sail on precious pieces of the past!
Help a descendant of the Velenje miners, who mined one of the thickest layers of coal in the world and turned fertile fields into lakes, find a precious item under the water surface!
Children's stories of lost villages
A tour of the Museum of Coal Mining, a walk to Lake Velenje and a ride with a ‘pletrca’ along Lake Velenje.
Fly into the tannery of Europe
Feel like a legendary entrepreneur on a private tour of a once the most reputable leather factory around! In Šoštanj, the town of light, visit the leather family of Vošnjak – Woschnagg.
Find yourself in Šalek valley
Retreat for relaxation, self-discovery, and finding motivation for life’s new challenges
Everyone has at least one reason to experience the countryside. If your body needs rest and your spirit peace, fulfill your needs on a three-day retreat Find yourself in Šalek valley.
Along the paths of Kajuh
Walk through the old-town centre of Šoštanj, learning about the history and role of Karl Destovnik Kajuh, visiting Kajuh’s Park and home and visiting Villa Mayer.
Adventurous underground cave trekking that excites imagination
The feelings cave explorers experience in the depths of this karst beauty of Šalek valley are indescribable. Experience them yourself. Do you dare join the Underground adventure?
One day experiencee
Experience the diversity of the days of yore and modern-day adventures in three towns boasting stories that could not make them more different from one another!
Guided experiences by bike through the Šalek valley
Find the right route for yourself.
Take the opportunity for activities in the nature of the Šalek valley and don’t forget that you can experience hidden routes also with a cycling guide.
The legacy of the past
A historic walk through Velenje, learning about the role of the Šalek Valley during slovenia’s independence and a tour of the 1991 Memorial Centre in Topolšica.