JESENICE: STEEL AND DAFFODILS
The industrial town of Jesenice can be spotted from the road to Karavanke embedded between steep mountain slopes, and many have found it to be a town full of surprises and well worth visiting - largely due to the legacy of the iron and mining industries.
The urban industrial scenes make an astonishing contrast to the mountains in full bloom above the town, and sports fans also love it because of the excellent hockey games played there.
You can visit Stara Sava, a protected industrial area of the former ironworks settlement, and also learn about the history of the mining and iron making industries at the Gornjesavski Museum, after that you may head off to the virgin-white plains of Golica with its fields of wild white daffodils. Na Golici is the most frequently broadcast folk melody, and was inspired by this very place.
The protected area of the former ironworks settlement includes the Bucelleni-Ruard Manor, the Jesuit Church of the Assumption of Mary, the Kasarna - a former residential block for workers, and other remains of the various works.
During the day this area provides the vivid pulse to the city centre; filled with the songs of young musicians and different events, whilst at night the rush of the River Sava and the romantic atmosphere created by the lights add that special something. Breathe in the history and enjoy the Stara Sava!
Golica and fields of white daffodils
Planina pod Golico and Javorniški Rovt are perfect starting points for mountain excursions. In May, the white daffodils are in full bloom and the Daffodil Festival and Farm Games take place. Try your skills in peasant tasks and take a walk in the white fields. The Savske Jame was once the source of the richest deposit of iron ore around, but now these caves are well worth visiting.
Pristava and the Zois Park
The first botanical garden in Slovenia is more than a hundred years old and provides a special experience of nature, only few minutes away from the city bustle. A perfect place to invigorate your body and ease your mind.
The Jesenice hockey club boats a long tradition and a great many National Championship titles. More than 160 games take place in the Podmežakla ice hall every year. Join the Red Steelers fans in their hot-tempered cheering!