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Savinja and Šalek Valley

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Savinja and Šalek Valley is in Slovenia.


Great vistas from Solčava Panoramic Road
  • Solčava (642 m) is located in the deep narrow valley of the Savinja River. Solčavsko has won the European Union EDEN (European Destination of Excellence) Award in 2009 on the theme of tourism and protected areas in Slovenia. It is a perfect area for those who love relaxing in unspoiled nature, hiking in the picturesque mountains and tasting good local food in eco farms. Do not miss spectacular Solčava Panoramic Road with nice vistas on the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, Landscape Parks (Logar, Matkov kot, Robanov kot) and more than 100 of natural wonders. On the numerous eco farms Savinjski želodec, a top-level dry meat speciality, produced in the traditional manner for hundreds of years, is served.
  • Another municipality that prides itself on having intact environment and absence of pollution is Gornji Grad, which has become a member of the European Climate Alliance. Situated at the foot of Menina Plateau, it is most visited because of The Church of St. Mohor and St. Fortunatus, the largest baroque building in Slovenia. Ljubno ob Savinji has a tradition of wood rafting which could be observed during tourist event Flosarski bal (every first Saturday in August). Women Ski-Jumping World Cups and other competitions are organised in the winter.
  • Luče is a typical subalpine valley, a perfect place for mountaineering and tourist farms visiting. The most popular tourist attraction in Luče is Snežna jama Cave under the Mt Raduha, a unique pearl of the high karst mountains. For those who prefer cultural monuments, Nazarje with its Vrbovec Castle and Franciscan monastery is absolutely worth visiting.
  • In Rečica ob Savinji a famous tourist event From a lime tree to a pillory (Od lipe do prangerja) is organised every June.
  • Mozirje is the largest settlement in Upper Savinja Valley, famous for Mozirski gaj Botanical Gardens and Golte Ski resort. Not far away from Mozirje former agrarian town Šmartno ob Paki is situated.
  • Velenje is a youthful regional capital, well-known for Pippi Longstrong Festival, the world's biggest Tito statue and one of the best and most modern coal mining museums in Europe. Situated among the rolling green hills of the Šalek Valley, with the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and Pohorje Mountains to the west, and east respectively, Velenje is embraced by nature on all sides. A favourable position and climatic conditions in Topolšica prompted the development of health spa with medical rehabilitation center for Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson Disease patients. In Šoštanj The Museum of the Leather Industry in Slovenia was established.
Mozirski gaj Flower Park
Fishing on Savinja River
Luče Village
Healthy water from Iron Water Spring

Other destinations[edit]

  • Logar Natural Park,
  • Robanov kot Nature Park,
  • Matkov kot Nature Park,
  • Golte Ski Resort and Landscape Park
  • Savinja Alps,
  • Savinja River,
  • Solčava Panoramic Road,
  • EDEN - European Destination of Excellence.



Get in[edit]

  • LJUBLJANA/ITALY - VELENJE: Leave the motorway 'Ljubljana – Maribor' on exit Žalec. Turn left in direction of Velenje and continue through several villages.
  • LJUBLJANA/ITALY - MOZIRJE/LOGAR VALLEY/SOLČAVSKO: Leave the motorway 'Ljubljana – Maribor' on exit Šentrupert (Logarska dolina, Golte). Turn left in direction of Mozirje and continue through several villages.
  • LJUBLJANA AIRPORT: Kamnik - Črnivec - Luče

Get around[edit]

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Natural Attractions:

Logar Valley Natural Park (Logarska dolina) [1] is one of the most beautiful alpine valleys, surrounded by the high ridges of the Savinian Alps, with peaks reaching over 2000 m. Famous travel guide Lonely Planet described it as "a land of incomparable beauty". There are over 40 natural wonders, ranging from peaks, springs, waterfalls, streams, rock towers, caves, glacier boulders and exceptional trees. The Rinka Waterfall, which is one of the most well-known, beautiful and most visited waterfall in Slovenia, flows over smaller rocky sections to a magnificent 90-meter fall. Robanov kot Nature Park is a wild nature reserve where traditional symbiosis of man and nature can be seen. it is something opposite of the mass tourism. Matkov kot is the quietest valley in the Solčavsko region. Every year avalanches create a thick snow mass, into which the waterfalls digs a basin, 30 meters deep and 15 meters wide.This snow hollow is called Matkov škaf. Snow Cave (Snežna jama) is the highest tourist cave in Slovenia with the entrance altitude of 1530 m. The cave measures 1300 m in length. It is a big tourist magnet because of its magnificent cave formations, such as ice sculptures, cave milk (malgonite) and an attractive guided tour. If you are a mountaineer, you may continue your hike past nearby Koča na Loki mountain hut to the summit of the Raduha (2064 m). Other natural attractions: The Iron Water Spring, The Spring of the Črna River, The Savinja River, The Smrekovec, The Menina plateau (Menina planina), Škale lake, The Huda luknja Gorge.

Cultural Attractions:

The tradition of coal mining is perfectly seen in The Coal Mining Museum in Velenje. A descent in the 120-year-old elevator to the depth of 160 metres in an interesting journey into the once active mine tunnels of the mine Škale, which are now a part of the museum that was awarded European museum of the year. The Velenje Castle is situated on a steep rocky cliff overlooking the city of Velenje. The castle first records date back to 1264. It ranks as the most well-preserved Renaissance castle in Slovenia. The Šalek Castle, which gave a name to the village and valley of Šalek, was abandoned after devastating fire around 1770 but it is known for its unique triangular floor. The central square in Velenje is dominated by a monument showing the contemplating Marshal Josip Broz - Tito. This is the biggest Tito statue worldwide. The statue measures around 10 m in height.

The Church of St. Mohor and St. Fortunatus in Gornji Grad is the largest and arhitectually the most important baroque building in Slovenia. It is 58,5 m long, 28,6 m wide and 62 m high. The Franciscan Monastery with St Mary of Nazareth Church in Nazarje is a characteristic Renaissance edifice with mostly baroque furnishings. Worth paying attention is a marble pedestal with an altar table of St Francis, a work art by the sculptur Francesco Robba. The Nazarje Franciscans can pride themselves on some rare literary exhibits, such as manuscripts on parchment from the 11th and 12th centuries and two copies of Dalamtin's Bible from 1584. The Mozirski gaj Botanical Gardens is an idyllic park of flowers and ethnological structures surrounded by the Savinja River on the one side and a stream with a pond on the otherside, spreading over a surface of 4 hectares, on the site of an old illegal rubbish dump.

Archaeological Attractions:

Potočka zijalka Cave (1700 m) is one of the most important archaeological and paleontological caves in Slovenia. It is 109 m long and 40 meters wide. The bones of a cave bear and tools of a stone-age hunter dating back more than 30 000 years were discovered in the cave. Another important european archaeological wonder is Mastodon, remains of two species of nipple teeth that belong to the youngest evolutionary species living in the latest Pleistocene.


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Mt Raduha (2062 m)
Topolšica Spa (photo archives Terme Topolšica)
Pippi Festival is the biggest Slovenian event for children
  • Hiking,
  • Mountaineering,
  • Rafting and Kayaking on the Savinja River,
  • Rock Climbing,
  • Cyling,
  • Mountain Biking,
  • Paragliing,
  • Sailing,
  • Fishing,
  • Horse Riding,
  • Caving,
  • Skiing,
  • Cross-Country Skiing,
  • Ski Touring.

Be active in Adventure Valley and surroundings[edit]

Savinja River is great place for whitewater activities like rafting and kayaking. Between Struge and Ljubno, the river is suitable for tourist kayaking and rafting rides. Experienced kayakers prefer wilder stream between the Robanov kot and Struge. Rafting and kayaking on the Savinja River is possible in the warmer part of the year, from 1st April to 31st October. Kayak instructors and rafting guides are available in the local sport agencies. Sport agencies also organize biking and cycling trips, canyoning, tandem-flights and trekking. Trips to Golte Natural Park, Menina planina and Smrekovec are recommended. Marked mountain trails run to 2000 m peaks of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. Raduha (2062 m) is one of the most popular peaks. Below Raduha, guided tours are organized through the Snežna jama Cave.

Relaxing in Topolšica Spa[edit]

The thermal spring in the Toplica Valley was discovered in the 16th century. Modern spa with wellness and fitness centre is situated in the quiet place in Topolšica. The sauna world, swimming pool complex, massages, care programmes, beauty treatments and numerous hiking and cycling trails are avaliable. Medical center offers different treatment programmes for Mutiple Sclerosis patients. Some rooms are adopted to patients who have trouble moving and 24-hour nurse duty with doctor readiness is avaliable. The Memorial Room Topolšica next to the resort commemorates the signing of the one out of four partial surrenders of the German army.

Exploring nostalgic life in Velenje City[edit]

Vivid cultural city with the world biggest Tito Statue is well-known for its festival life, especially traditional Pippi Longstocking family Festival and miners tradition. Coal Mining Museum, Tito Square and Velenje Castle are worth visiting. Modern city architecture and picturesque lakes are good choice for taking pictures.

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The tradition and cuisine of Savinja and Šalek Valley have strong roots in the pristine life of the valley's ancestors. In the tourist farms one can try rich local tastes, in some restaurants flavours that are served in innovative way and are one of the best in Slovenia.

Cuisine heritage of Savinja and Šalek Valley

  • Zgornjesavinjsi želodec - premium, geographically protected dry meat product
  • Solčavski sirnek - spicy, aged cottage cheese
  • Ubrnenk - rich dumplings made of roasted wheat
  • Ajdnek - tasty bread made of buckwheat dough, walnuts and honey
  • Lucifer Chocolate products
  • awarded homemade bread of Prodnik family
  • House Raduha slow food restaurant
  • The miners lunch - served in authentic environment of the Slovenian Coal Mining Museum
  • Castle dinner - served in the Vrbovec castle (11th century), the food is eaten with hands

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Stay safe[edit]

When in the mountains, get information on weather and trail conditions. Tourist and mountain guides are recommended.

Get out[edit]

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