Velenje Travel Guide

  • Nice scenery at Velenje lake
    Nice scenery at Velenje lake
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Velenje Things to Do

  • The Castle

    The Castle of Velenje is situated on the hill above the town of Velenje. Its core was built in the 13th century, but most of its present form was acquired three centuries later when the inner arcaded courtyard, the greater part of the picturesque walls and towers, and the powerfull circular Renaiccance defense tower were added.

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  • The Castle

    Mighty Velenje Castle has commanded the town below it for centuries. Fully restored, it is today one of the most beautiful buildings in Slovenia.

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  • CONTINENTAL CUP SKI JUMPING...

    CONTINENTAL CUP SKI JUMPING COMPETITION, SKI JUMPING HILLAlthough you won't see the cream of ski jumping, it's an exciting and tough competiton. You'll certainly enjoy Olympic bronze medalists R. Kranjec, P. Peterka, P. Zonta & D. Fras (all Slovenia) plus other A team Slovene jumpers. Also Kazuyoshi Funaki of Japan who lives in Slovenia. The charm...

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  • Following my advice and...

    Following my advice and visiting coal mine in Velenje, you can also see the remains (the bones, to be more specific) of mastodont, animal, reconstructed on the picture. Picture is taken near the lake of Velenje. Too see the remains (problalby the most preserved remains of mastodont, I am not telling you to go and see one tooth!) visit Velenje...

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  • The coal of lower quality is...

    The coal of lower quality is found near Velenje. 3,85 million tons of lignite annually are planned to be produced by Rudnik lignita Velenje (Velenje Lignite Mine). We have hard working miners, but the mine itslef wont last much longer (maybe a decade or two). But here is a chance for you to get some adrenaline. There is a simulation of a mine...

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  • ski jumps watching

    We have one of the most impressive plastic ski jumps. When flying, the jumpers have beautiful view over Velenje. If that counts.

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Velenje Restaurants

  • The best ice-cream in town

    In the very center of Velenje, just opposite Center Nova is located probably the best ice-cream in town-Slascicarna Center. Portions are huge and price is reasonable (0,9€). They also hava bananasplit and other cool stuff. Don`t miss!

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  • If you like fast food...

    We were too interested in watching ski jumping and sightseeing that we even didn't mind eating at McDonald's. I would not normally do that, but please understand - food was of secondary importance that weekend!!!Anyway, may I just add that it came to me as a big surprise to see McDonald's in such a small town! Salad, only salad!!!

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  • Okrepcevalnica Mladost...

    Okrepcevalnica Mladost (refreshment kiosk Youth)Based in a red kiosk (to go with famous Red hall in Velenje) Okrepcevalnica Mladost is something you shouldnt miss. It has the best meat products in Slovenia. Also they provide their food on a phone call. Great for after parties or whenever you need deliciously packed extra extra calories and animal...

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Velenje Nightlife

  • VENEZIA (bar)

    Spacious terrace with nice view of the main square, very comfortable chairs, good music (not too loud), good service. Expect to pay SIT 250-450 for beer, SIT 300 for Coca Cola and alike, SIT 200 for coffe with milk. Casual

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  • Mladinski center Velenje...

    Mladinski center Velenje (Youth centre Velenje)Great spot for young and adult people, interested in music, culture, gallery etc. Do check the schedule whats currently on. Its also 24h cyber cafe. Casual. Come as you are.

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Velenje Transportation

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    by anaiis Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The worst way to get to Velenje: train. It does not bring you to the city centre, its the end station and trains are very rare - extremely rare. Do take bus, car or anything else! Airplane is also possible (with limitations) - you land in airport Lajse near Velenje which is registered for landing of all tipes of sports planes.

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Velenje Local Customs

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    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 15, 2002

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    The castle houses the Velenje Museum and among other there is a collection of African art of the Czech sculptor František Foit.

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Velenje What to Pack

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    by s-e-n-i Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: well... if you're going to Velenje for a weekend (as I did) you need at least TWO bags and a bagpack..

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I was there in summer, so I had to take with myself about 15 T-shirts, few shirts with long sleevs (just in case of suddend 'eruption' of the snow-you never know with the weather theese days), 4 pairs of trousers, two leather jackets (one longer, if it rains, and short one-just in case), uhhmm what else.. oh yes-two pairs of open shoes, trainers and one shoes for 'bad' time (again-just in case or natural disasters). :-) Oh God... you should have seen Nykaenen's face when I started unpacking hihihih :-)

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Velenje Off The Beaten Path

  • If you're a ski-jumping fan...

    If you're a ski-jumping fan you just MUST visit Mislinja. It's a little village near Velenje with brand new and really fascinanting hills. Oh... they're so beautiful!!!

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  • No, this is not Pisa, Italy!...

    No, this is not Pisa, Italy! Because of massive coal mine exploatation under ground the area of the lakes enlarges, the earth moves a bit, there were a few houses eaten by water (people were moved, of course, before that happened). The lakes in Velenje are therefore artificial, but also offering some new things, that werent possible in this area:...

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  • You can decide to have a look...

    You can decide to have a look at soccer game. Visit central stadium near the Velenje lake. A few years ago I was surprised by following sign there: tickets - adults price xx tolars (slovenian currency), women and children - free entrance. So are you a woman or are you an adult? You can usually watch training of our Rudar (Coalminer) for free - on...

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Velenje Sports & Outdoors

  • Climbing spot

    Just few km out of Velenje in Lipje, is located small but interesting crag with 10 routes from 6a to 7c. Sport climbing equipement. If you need to buy something the best option in town is Ciklosport in Nakupovalni center.

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  • Ski-jumping

    Just in case you don't like ski jumping or you are affraid to watch it, next to it there is a beautiful medieval castle town with museum.

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  • Ski-jumping

    As you can see, the ski jump hill is situated in the town centre, next to main road. This picture was taken from the bus station and I wonder what happens to those guys in a case of strong wind while they are still in the air?

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Velenje Favorites

  • The town

    Panoramic view on the town from the Castle hill. Unfortunatelly, there was a rainy day during my visit and the picture is not very clear.

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  • see a ski jumping...

    see a ski jumping competiton!!! It's a night event with really special athmosphere. OK, not many fameous jumpers (it's a contitnental cup event) and not so many people, but for those who want to enjoy ski-jumping itself, it's a really great place!! Well.. one thing I surely will never forget is meeting my favourite Austrian ski-jmper: Reinhard...

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  • anaiis's General Tip

    It took me months to fully capture new name that Velenje was proud of: Titovo Velenje (means Tito's Velenje). Beautiful and prosperous city deserved to carry his name. I was growing up under the influence of communism, socialism and the idea of equality of all the nations in Yugoslavia. All that ideas were brought to me already in kindergarten. I...

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