Attractions

THE GREEN GOLD FOUNATIN

The Green Gold Fountain is a tribute to the hop growing heritage of the Lower Savinja Valley and Žalec, which is the hop-growing centre of Slovenia. Slovenia is also the fifth largest producer of hops in the world and hop is the “spice” that gives beer its distinctive flavour.

The beer fountain is positioned in the town park, in the town centre, next to the marketplace. The   architectural design is a symbolic hop flower, which is expressed as two semi-circles; one a beer fountain and the other a water fountain. The semi-circles are clad in copper lace, symbolizing beer foam.

The visitor can buy a glass beer mug at various locations in the town and for the price of EUR 8.00 they can taste 6 x 1 dcl of beer.

The glass, equipped with a microchip, is put under the tap which detects it and pours the beer automatically. At the beginning and end of tasting, the taps are lifted and dropped automatically with an authorisation card from an authorised person.

The beer mug for the Green Gold Fountain was designed by the renowned industrial designer and an honorary citizen of the Municipality of Žalec, Oskar Kogoj, and produced by the company “Hrastnik 1860”.

 

THE ECO-MUSEUM OF HOP-GROWING AND BREWING INDUSTRY IN SLOVENIA

An interesting museum experience enriches you with the knowledge about hops and hop-growing and the brewing industry.

The Eco-Museum of Hop-Growing and Brewing Industry in Slovenia opened its doors to the public in November 2009.  It is an important tourist asset for the entire Lower Savinja Valley, considering the fact that the tradition of hop-growing and brewing has been ongoing in this region since 1876.

The central museum, located on the premises of a former hop-drying facility, has four storeys. There, the visitor can learn about the food, garments, traditions, and numerous hop-related products and tools for the growing and processing hops. The collection was made with the help of families whose lives are connected to hop-growing.  They have provided documentation, photographs, and memories. The name Eco-Museum thus derives from the tight bond between the environment and the people of the region.

 

THE PEKEL CAVE

The Pekel Cave is a karst jewel in the heart of the Štajerska region.

For millions of years, the Ponikvica creek ran over the plateau of the Ponikva karst, seeped through the calciferous ground and created a magical underground karstic cave in the middle of the Lower Savinja Valley. With a bit of imagination, an image of the Devil himself can be seen above the entrance. In the winter, when the external temperature is lower than the temperature in the cave, steam sometimes comes out of the entrance. That is why our ancestors used to be afraid of the cave and named it Pekel (Hell).

A well-protected path past numerous stalactite formations and side tunnels rises all the way towards the 4m high underground waterfall on the Peklenščica creek, which is also the highest underground waterfall in Slovenia. The stairs take us to the upper, dry part, which contains more stalactite formations. The visitor exits the cave through the artificially made exit 42 m higher.

Temperature in the cave: 10 °C.

Appropriate clothing and shoes are recommended.

 

ROMAN NECROPOLIS

One of the most important monuments from the Roman era in Slovenia.

Almost 2000 years ago, a very important Roman road led through Šempeter: Aquileia – Emona – Celeia – Poetovio (L’Aquila– Ljubljana – Celje – Ptuj). Many wealthy Romans lived nearby and some of them were buried in the tombs of the Roman Necropolis in Šempeter.

The necropolis was discovered by accident. In 1952, locals were working in an orchard and found a statue of a sitting woman. A few years after the excavations, the Roman Necropolis archaeological park was opened. To this day, the park is one of the most important and best-preserved monuments from the Roman era in Slovenia and Central Europe.

 

 

THE SAVIN HOUSE

Birthplace of the general and composer Risto Savin. The house has the noteworthy year 1669 on its portal.

The Savin House is located in the centre of the town of Žalec. On the first floor the visitors can visit the memorial room of general and composer Friderik Širca, a.k.a. Risto Savin, the gallery of Jelica Žuža and the gallery of artists from the Savinja region.

In the Risto Savin memorial room you can see the collection of his furniture, the personal items of the musician and officer who earned the rank of major-general during his successful military career. The visitors can also see the albums of the composer’s ancestors, certificates, medals, posters inviting to Savin’s operas and ballet performances, photographs, a uniform and small everyday objects that show the typical environment of the person, whose heart was beating to the sound of music despite his distinguished military career.