Stara Fuzina Things to Do
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Stara Fužina, in addition to the Alpine Dairy Museum, has some traditional buildings of character. Perhaps 'structures' might be a more appropriate word as the 'toplar', a double hay-rack, is very much a feature of alpine Slovenia. The rack also comes in a single form - usually called a kozolec - but the toplar is more versatile, providing storage space, as well garaging for cars and tractors. The nearby village of Studor is known for its particularly good collection of toplarji.Related to:
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The museum is housed in a former cheese dairy, in operation from 1883 to 1967, and retains various pieces of equipment - utensils, churns, vats and so on - from that period. But it also exhibits many items which give a more general idea of life in the area as it was in the past, sometimes the fairly recent past. One room is taken up with a mid-19th century herdsman's wooden dwelling, ingeniously re-erected inside the museum by removing the front and displaying it separately, (see pictures). There are also the personal touches of, for instance, a shepherd's ornate crook (of which he would evidently be very proud), an alpine herdsman's universal back-pack - quite an item to have to carry! - and a dairymaid's Sunday dress from the 1930s. All this is backed up with original photographs of the area and people.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
For centuries Bohinj was the most important centre of alpine dairy farming in Slovenia.
Opened in 1971, this museum is located in an abandoned village cheese-dairy of 1883 where cheese was still made as late as 1967.
The first room presents the interior of an alpine dairy hut with furnishings from the alpine pasture Zajamniki dated from 1849. The second room is a well-preserved cheese-dairy with two built-in rennet vats and a press for forming cheese loaves. The third room contains photographs showing typical alpine dairy huts and their settlements at Bohinj, while the fourth room displays portraits of old herdsmen and dairymen, who for 40 or more years took care of cattle in alpine pastures.
Stara Fuzina Restaurants
If you have car or don't mind a small walk, you can get yourself a better meal here than what Ribcev Laz has to offer. This gostilna was locals only when I was there in December. Traditional meals, good value, prices not marked up just because it's close Lake Bohinj.
Favorite Dish: I had a simple but good breaded pork dish. I remember having a great desert too but don't remember what exactly I ordered.