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Worth seeing

The townships and the countryside of Šaleška Valley invite you to visit the many cultural and natural heritage sites.

Museums

The Coal Mining Museum of Slovenia

The completely renovated underground Museum of Coal-mining in Slovenia provides its visitors with a unique experience of coalminers.

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The Velenje Museum

The museum was located in the Velenje castle which was, as a result of war, in pretty dire state.

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The Kavčnik's Homestead

The family Kavčnik home, set in the small hamlet of Zavodnje nad Šoštanjem, is a precious monument to the Slovene rustic residential culture and an example of a smokehouse located in the Europe.

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Gril's Homestead

It is believed that the cottage was constructed in the mid 19th century as a small vinedresser’s house on a viniferous slope of Lipje and Vinska Gora.

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The House of minerals

The House of Minerals which is operating under the auspice of the Velenje Museum, exhibits over 2,000 samples of minerals collected from all over the world.

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The Museum of Leather industry, Šoštanj

In Slovenia, for a number of centuries, the leather industry was an important craft.

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Villas and castles

The Velenje Castle

If you close your eyes and try to imagine a fairytale castle, your image would probably not be far from the image of the Velenje castle.

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The ruins of the Ekenstein castle

The castle ruins are located on the very top of a gentle ridge South-East of Velenje.

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The Šalek Castle

The Šalek Castle, located on a steep knoll above the hamlet of Šalek, is probably the oldest manor house in the Šalek valley.

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The Turn Castle

The Turn Castle is located on a gentle elevation in the hamlet of Hrastovec near Velenje.

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Architectural curiosities

Gril's Homestead

It is believed that the cottage was constructed in the mid 19th century as a small vinedresser’s house on a viniferous slope of Lipje and Vinska Gora.

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Modernist architectural design of Velenje

The concept of the town planning and architecture of Velenje abided by the principles of the modernist style.

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The Velenje Promenade

The so-called Promenade is located in the very centre of the town of Velenje.

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Cultural Centre/Dom kulture

Kulturni dom Velenje is the town’s cultural centre intended to hold cultural events, cinema, seminars, conventions, etc.

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Natural heritage

Lakes in Šalek walley

Wonderful nature is visible and accessible practically everywhere in Velenje.

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Lake Velenje

Lake Velenje with its surface area of about 1.4 km2 and with its volume of 30.5m m3 is the largest in the valley and is among the largest in Slovenia.

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Lake Škale

The first of the Šalek Lakes was Lake Škale.

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Lake Družmirje

Lake Družmirje formed the last, and in the middle of the field bearing the same name.

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Velunja peč (Vilinja peč)

Along the main road between Velenje and Slovenj Gradec an unusually beautiful natural bridge is concealed.

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Huda luknja Gorge

At the northeastern edge of the Šalek valley, Huda luknja Gorge is concealed.

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Morn Cave - ''Mornova Zijalka''

The ancient settlement of the area is attested by early Paleolithic finds in Morn Cave (Slovene: Mornova zijalka).

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Smrekovec

An andesite mountain range that stretches east-west and the result volcanic activity during the Neocene Epoch.

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Cave Pilanca

Little above Huda luknja is Pilanca Cave, which has the most beautiful entrance of all the caves on Tisnik.

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Gonžarjeva peč

Test the first learning field of the Alpine Association of Slovenia – the direction of Ferrata.

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Art galleries

The Velenje Gallery

The Velenje Gallery, which was built in 1971, put the gallery next to other significant example of architectural heritage.

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The Outdoor Gallery

The outdoor gallery is one of results of EU project CityImpulses in Velenje.

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Sculptor collection of Ivan Napotnik at Villa Mayer

On the floor of Villa Mayer, since 2011, a permanent collection of sculptural works by academic sculptor Ivan Napotnik has been exhibited.

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233 steps to history of Velenje

In 2014 the foothpath to Velenje castle from Villa Bianca was renovated.

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Monuments

Sculpture of Marshall Tito, 1997

The artist depicted Marshall Tito in a reflective state as a strategist and revolutionary.

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Sculpture of a Miner, 1948 - 1952

Almost life-size figure of a miner going to his daily work was created in the tradition of realism.

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A Monument to Nestl Žgank

The architect of the Velenje, was erected on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the town’s centre.

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Churches

The Parish Church of St. Martin, Velenje

The church, which is positioned on a small elevation at the edge of Velenje, was first mentioned in the middle of 13th century.

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The Parish Church of St. Marija - Karmelska Mati Božja

The church is positioned on a small elevation at the edge of the old part of Velenje.

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The Parish Church of St. Janez Krstnik Vinska Gora

The original Roman baptistery of the Škale parish was elevated to the vicarial church in the 13th century, and was completely remade in the Gothic era.

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The succursal church of St. Andrej in Šalek

It was built at the beginning of the 16th century and is a typical example of late Gothic sacral architecture and as such is one of the most significant monuments in the Velenje region.

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