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A Visit to Velenje

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A January 2010 trip to Velenje by fizzytom

Velenje Castle & Museum Photo, Velenje, Slovenia More Photos
Quote: What to see and do, where to eat and where to stay in Slovenia's youngest city. Velenje may not look that exciting but scratch the surface and prepared to be pleasantly surprised.

Free Bus Heaven in Velenje

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Velenje’s free bus service is the only one of its kind in Slovenia, and, as the helpful and friendly assistant in the Tourist Information Office there told me, everyone is very proud of it. There are four bus routes, each one designated with a different colour and between them the whole of the town is covered. Apparently the service is funded by the council but considering the fact that all supermarkets, retail parks and places of major employment (for example the Gorenje factory which makes domestic electrical appliances) I did wonder whether some of these businesses make a contribution other than through their business taxes. The routes take in the residential areas (very use...Read More

Pivnica Zoro

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Attraction | "Pivnica Zoro - a Beer Lover's Paradise!"

Pivnica Zoro Photo, Velenje, Slovenia
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The curiously named (for I haven’t been able to find any explanation for it) Pivnica Zoro is located in the centre of Velenje, in the main shopping area. Find the "Mlekomat" (a vending machine for milk), and Pivnica Zorro is off to the left in the corner. Pivo is the Slovene word for beer, therefore a pivnica is a beer hall (or as close as you get to one in Slovenia). Indeed, this isn’t like your usual café-bar as it does feel much more like somewhere for drinking alcohol only rather than coffee. There are no windows which I suspect may make you forget the time and spend longer here than you originally intended. The seating is a mixture of slightly raised booths around the edge...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 28, 2010

Pivnica Zoro
Saleska cesta 21
Velenje, Slovenia
041/601-741

A view of Velenje from the Castle Photo, Velenje, Slovenia
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Velenje is a frustratingly difficult place to get to; in fact, when travelling by train, you must change to a slow train at Celje. In the end it took us about two hours to travel by train from Maribor and I guess from the capital Ljubljana it would be something similar.Getting around is simple and the local buses are free of charge (see separate review)There didn't seem to be any obvious centre and as a result we got a brief tour of the town and its environs, eventually getting off at the train station because it was a familiar point for us. We were looking for somewhere to have lunch but we decided aginst the only obvious place because we thought we might have to eat there t...Read More

Titovo Velenje Pub

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Attraction | "A Shrine to the Marshal - Titovo Velenje Pub"

Titovo Velenje Pub Photo, Velenje, Slovenia
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Although there has long been a settlement at Velenje, the town only grew with the development of the coalmining industry, particularly after the Second World War. Velenje was intended to become a flagship town of the new Yugoslavia led by the war hero of the partisan struggle, Marshal Josip Brosz Tito. Blocks of large flats were built to accommodate miners and their families and all kinds of cultural and leisure facilities were created to allow people to live stimulating and healthy lives. It seems particularly fitting, given the history of its development that Velenje should have a bar dedicated to Marshal Tito. I must admit that I became quite giddy with excitement when I discovered it a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 27, 2010

Titovo Velenje Pub
Stari Trg 18
Velenje, Slovenia

Pension Mraz

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Hotel | "Seclusion in the City - Pension Mraz "

Pension Mraz Photo, Velenje, Slovenia
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As we were only planning to spend one night in Velenje we didn’t wanted to spend too much time looking for accommodation when we arrived there so we decided (unusually for us) to book something in advance. Eventually we came up with Prenocišca Mraz but not before a considerable amount of false starts and exchanged e-mails. The town council’s website has a useful section on accommodation but failed to show email addresses for the smaller concerns. The national tourism office has a site that listed the same accommodation but only provided a booking facility through the website and I wanted to make my initial enquiries directly with the owners rather than through a third party. After much goo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2010

Pension Mraz
Lipa 54
Velenje, Slovenia
+386 03 898 31 00

Gostilna Sonce

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Restaurant | "Gostilna Sonce - Sunshine amid the Snow"

Gostilna Sonce Photo, Velenje, Slovenia
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Usually the best Slovenian restaurants are in the countryside or the suburbs. Slovenes might eat in the city centre at lunchtime if they work there, but rarely venture into the town centre to eat in the evenings. Unfortunately when we visited Velenje we did not have the luxury of a car so we knew our options for our evening meal would be limited. We’d clocked Gostilna Sonce (pronounced "Son-seh") not long after arriving in town when looking for somewhere for lunch but we erred on the side of caution, opting for a supermarket sandwich instead in case Sonce was the only possibility in the evening. Later, in the tourist information office, we mentioned that we had seen the restaurant and aske...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2010

Gostilna Sonce
Stari trg 28
Velenje, Slovenia 3320
03 897 04 02

Velenje Castle & Museum

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Attraction | "A Castle Full of Surprises"

Velenje Castle & Museum Photo, Velenje, Slovenia
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Rare is the Slovenian town that does not have a castle. Some of them are referred to as castles but look more like a rather grand house; Velenje’s is very much a castle. It is situated on a rocky outcrop that looks over the city, it has defensive walls and it is composed of a series of connected towers that encloses a courtyard. The great thing about Slovenian castles is that you never know what is going to be inside them. Each one is quite different, housing a variety of collections, many of which were formerly private collections and have been bequeathed to the local municipality. This means that the displays are rather eclectic, ranging as they do from quite academic to pretty frivolous...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 25, 2010

Velenje Castle & Museum
Ljubljanska 54
Velenje, Slovenia SI-3320
386 (0)3 898 26 30

Coal-mining Museum of Slovenia

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Attraction | "Coal Mining Museum of Slovenia - Definitely not the Pits!"

Coal-mining Museum of Slovenia Photo, Velenje, Slovenia
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Velenje is primarily a new town, developed after the Second World War but that development was centred on an existing coalmine which had opened at the end of the nineteenth century. In its heyday the mine employed many thousands of men (not to mention those in associated industries) but these days the mine is a shadow of its former self, partly because of the development of machinery that does the job quicker and more efficiently and partly because there is only one very limited market for the material that is extracted here. The problem is that Velenje mines lignite which is, after black coal and brown coal, the third grade of coal and the most inferior. The only place that will take the lignite is t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 24, 2010

Coal-mining Museum of Slovenia
Stari Jasek
Velenje, Slovenia
+386 3 587 09 97