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Natural heritage

Lakes in Šalek walley

Wonderful nature is visible and accessible practically everywhere in Velenje. Velenje’s tidiness and hospitality have received numerous prizes at domestic and international levels. Something special is a tourist recreational area on the shores of the lakes, since it is developed in the area of sunk lakes, which
are a consequence of coal-mining.

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Velunja peč (Vilinja peč)

To the right of and above Vegrad quarry along the main road between Velenje and Slovenj Gradec an unusually beautiful natural bridge is concealed in the forest. It is about 10 m high. Water has carved four karst caves, 11 to 30 m deep, within its walls. Below the bridge the stream forms two waterfalls of 5 and 7 meters. Legend has it that the spring of the water  is therapeutic and that fairies bathe in it. 

Gonžarjeva peč

Test the first learning field of the Alpine Association of Slovenia - the direction of Ferrata. It has a geomorphological natural value due to its exceptional dimensions and shape. Here mountaineers and alpinists test their skills and gain knowledge for safe walking and climbing in high mountains. You can also acquire or upgrade this knowledge.

Huda luknja Gorge

At the northeastern edge of the Šalek valley, where the Paka River cuts through the limestone mass between Tisnik and Pečovnik, Huda luknja Gorge is concealed in the narrowest part of the ravine. It is accessible from the main road from Velenje to Slovenj Gradec.
Tisnik is threaded by about 1.6 km of open shafts and underground caves with an extremly complex underground environment. Tisnik has the greatest number of underground phenomena per square kilometre of any karst area in Slovenia. In times past cave-dwelling bears sought shelter in these caves.

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Morn Cave - ''Mornova Zijalka''

The ancient settlement of the area is attested by early Paleolithic finds in Morn Cave (Slovene: Mornova zijalka), discovered by Srečko Brodar in 1936. The chert and quartzite artifacts from the site have been identified as belonging to the Mousterian–pre-Aurignacian culture and dating to the Würm glaciation. The finds include the remnants of 312 posts that are probably the remains of stilt houses. Later archaeological finds include metal objects from the late Hallstatt and La Tène cultures, and Roman coins and ceramics.

Smrekovec

The Smrekovec - Komen ridge, an andesite mountain range that stretches east-west and the result volcanic activity during the Neocene Epoch, has rounded and largely overgrown peaks. Only on the peak of Mount Komen does the bare andesite rock show. Due to its non-limestone bedrock and acidic soil, plants grow here that are not found elsewhere in the Kamniško - Savinjske Alps. 

Cave Pilanca - 100 m above Huda luknja Gorge

About 200 meters above Huda luknja is Pilanca Cave, which has the most beautiful entrance of all the caves on Tisnik. It it one of partially explored ones, but is archeologically interesting. It has beautiful stalactites. During the second world war some fragments of free-hand pottery were dug up here, as well as bones from a cave bear and a Roman fibula from the 2nd century.