Franc and Anica Čanč from Plešivec are the owners of the beekeeping business with the longest tradition in the Šalek Valley. During the visit, you can observe comb foundations and bees, touch raw beeswax or try their honey products, all to the tuneful backdrop of birdsong. Besides honey, they offer several other charming products, such as sparkling mead, creamy honey, royal jelly, pollen, honeycombs, honey liqueur and wax products.
The giant stone tower perched on a hill to the east of the city centre, is the ruined remains of Šalek Castle, the oldest castle in the Šaleška valley. Abandoned in the late 18th century, the tower is nevertheless one of the most impressive sights in Velenje, boasting a unique triangular layout that is the only of its kind in Slovenia. The lookout also affords spectacular views of the city, and is free to enter - although you'll need to enquire at the tourist info centre to get the key to the outer gate.
While Velenje officially shed its formal name Titovo Velenje (or Tito's Velenje) in 1990, the city's main square Titov Trg still boasts the world's largest statue of the man who for many symbolises the idealised glory of the former Yugoslav state: Josip Broz Tito. Standing some 10m high, the statue captures the long-time ruler in a somewhat solemn and reflective pose, donning his signature military garb with his hands clasped behind his back. It was unveiled on 24 June 1977 to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the founding of the Communist League, and remains one of Velenje's most famous attractions.
The Second World War brought the German occupation to the Šalek Valley, which ended with the German forces signing the capitulation for the SE Europe in Topolšica. This surrender was one of the most important events on Slovenian ground during the Second World War. In the Topolšica Spa building, there's a memorial room where you can watch a short movie about the events of May, 1945. The most eye-catching object is the pistol of the German General Alexander Löhr, who surrendered it after signing the capitulation documents.
Award winning restaurant Vila Herberstein produces traditional Slovene recipes made from fresh, locally produced ingredients through the hands of its highly skilled chefs, which are then paired with exceptional wines. Vila Herberstein was placed among the top 50 restaurants in the country and top 10 in the region. So how can dining of this standard possibly be enhanced? Well, you could take the whole experience 160 metres underground into the depths of Museum of Coal Mining. Yes, you did read that correctly. Join them for an evening in an unusual but beautiful and ambient setting and engage your five senses through this gastronomic adventure. It really is a dining experience like no other!