Velenje In Your Pocket


Situated amongst 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. However, despite being less than an hour's drive from Slovenia's three largest urban centres (Ljubljana, Maribor and Celje) and being the country's fifth largest city itself, Velenje is still largely undiscovered by tourists, both domestic and foreign - a fact we hope to change with the publication of this first edition of Velenje In Your Pocket!

Velenje and its magnificent castle were first mentioned in the historical record as early as 1264, when it was a small market town and agricultural centre for the countless villages and farms in the surrounding countryside, and it remained as such until the discovery of one of the world's largest lignite deposits in the second half of the 19th century.

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