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Coat of arms of Železniki Map of Slovenia, position of Železniki highlighted
Basic data
Country SloveniaSlovenia Slovenia
Historic region Upper Carniola / Gorenjska
Statistical region Upper Carniola
Coordinates 46 ° 13 '  N , 14 ° 9'  E Coordinates: 46 ° 13 '0 "  N , 14 ° 9' 0"  E
height 450  m. i. J.
surface 164.8  km²
Residents 6,899 (2008)
Population density 42 inhabitants per km²
Post Code 4228
License Plate KR
Structure and administration
Mayor : Anton Luznar

Železniki (German: Eisnern ) is a municipality in the Gorenjska region in Slovenia .


The municipality of Železniki is located in the Selška valley about 40 km from Ljubljana .

With 30 villages and hamlets, the entire municipality has almost 7,000 inhabitants, 3,156 of whom live in the main town of Železniki (as of the end of 2018).

History, economy, description

In 973 Zelesniki was first mentioned in a document as a place in the domain of Otto II . From the beginning of the 14th century, Zelesniki developed into a settlement center in the valley. The street village along the bank of the river now has a length of around two kilometers.

The inhabitants of the place and the surrounding areas of the settlement operate agriculture and the wood industry (Alples). The best agricultural areas are on the plains of Dolenje vas, Selce and Studena, while farmers in the surrounding villages are increasingly turning to farm tourism and free-range farming due to the scarce arable land and the difficult cultivation.

Železniki blast furnace

In addition, craftsmen and small businesses in the electrical engineering and metal industry settled in Niko, Domel and Libra. The only surviving blast furnace in Slovenia is a visible and now listed testimony to the intensive iron and steel industry in this area . A local museum focuses on the history of iron extraction in this area.

Železniki is also known for its hand-made lace.

There is a primary school in Železniki. A sports hall and a swimming pool are operated.

Natural event

In September 2007, the area around Železniki was badly hit by violent storms and floods. In the main town of Železniki alone, 350 houses were devastated.

Districts / hamlets

coat of arms

Coat of arm of Železniki.png

Blazon : A late Gothic coat of arms is divided diagonally into four fields. The top field has a blue background, the bottom green. In the center, the melting furnace ( plavz ) connects the four fields. In the left field, a spruce branch symbolizes the forestry of the community, the right field represents a lace element.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Severe weather disaster 2007