Vrbje Pond

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This nature reserve is one of the main sites in the municipality. Vrbje lake is a sanctuary for birds. It is reported that there are more than 170 species here, making it a prime location for bird watching. It’s quite possible to spend a good few relaxing hours here, watching the clouds go by. But you can also be more energetic if you wish. Children can ride horses and the path around the lake is popular with joggers. The land stretches to 13 hectares and the lake is home to breeding warm-water fish. Around the lake you’ll find rich flora and fauna, dominated by rushes. On the banks of the lake are willow trees. The grounds are filled with wooden sculptures that have been created by a local sculptor, Vinko Kovačec.

There’s also an information centre which is open from spring to autumn. It offers a rich programme of children's workshops and educational workshops. It’s also a good place to pick up tourism leaflets or rent Nordic walking poles. If you feel like a rest, you can buy a coffee or ice cream here too. The area around the lake belongs to the Natura 2000 site, which is a European network of ecologically important natural areas, intended to preserve important plant and animal species. You can discover the lake and park on your own or take a more formal guided tour. If you call the TIC Žalec in advance, they can provide you with a local tour guide. You can then learn more about the secrets and attractions of the lake and its surroundings. A 3 km long ecological trail leads through the park and the area takes in the Hop Path walking and cycling trail.


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