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Coat of arms of Velenje Map of Slovenia, position of Velenje highlighted
Basic data
Country SloveniaSlovenia Slovenia
Historic region Lower Styria / Štajerska
Statistical region Savinjska (Sann area)
Coordinates 46 ° 22 '  N , 15 ° 7'  E Coordinates: 46 ° 21 '42 "  N , 15 ° 6' 35"  E
surface 83.5  km²
Residents 32,718 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 392 inhabitants per km²
Telephone code (+386) 00386/03
Post Code 3320
License Plate CE
Structure and administration
Mayor : Bojan Kontič
Mailing address Titov trg 1
3320 Velenje

Velenje ( German  Wöllan ) is a town and municipality in Slovenia . It is located in the historical Spodnja Štajerska ( Lower Styria ) region and is now part of the Savinjska statistical region .

Velenje is best known as the headquarters of the household appliance manufacturer Gorenje .



The city of Velenje is located in the Šalek valley ( Slov .: Šaleška dolina , named after the Šalek / Schallegg castle in the east of the city), an approximately eight km long and two km wide valley basin through which the Paka ( Pack ) river flows. It is located at the intersection of several mountain groups, such as the Mozirske planine ( German : Prassberger Alm ) in the north or the Ložničko gričevje (for example: Loschnitzen hill country ) in the south.

The state capital Ljubljana is located around 60 km southwest of the city.

City structure

The municipality of Velenje is divided into three districts ( Slov .: Mestne četrti , abbreviation:  ) and 16 local communities ( Slov .: Krajevne skupnosti , abbreviation:  KS ). They represent the executive power of the municipality and collect suggestions from the population:

City district ( Mestne četrti ):

  • MČ Desni breg
  • MČ Levi breg-vzhod
  • MČ Levi breg-zahod

Local communities ( Krajevne skupnosti ):

  • KS Bevče
  • KS Cirkovce
  • KS Gorica
  • KS Kavče
  • KS Konovo
  • KS Paka pri Velenju
  • KS Pesje
  • KS Plešivec

  • KS Podkraj
  • KS Stara vas
  • KS Staro Velenje
  • KS Šalek
  • KS Šentilj
  • KS Škale-Hrastovec
  • KS Šmartno
  • KS Vinska Gora

In addition, the municipality is divided into 25 localities, but these have no administrative significance. The German exonyms in brackets were mainly used by the German-speaking population until the area was ceded to the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes in 1918 and are largely uncommon today. (Population figures as of January 1, 2017):

  • Arnače ( arnatsche , also arnwood ), 290
  • Bevče ( German ), 379
  • Črnova ( Tscherne , also Schwarzenstein ), 405
  • Hrastovec ( Eichberg ), 345
  • Janškovo selo ( Selle ), 179
  • Kavče ( Kautsche ), 512
  • Laze ( Laase ), 425
  • Lipje ( Lipie , also Linden ), 426
  • Lopatnik, ( Lappernigk ) 53
  • Lopatnik pri Velenju ( Lopnigk ), 68
  • Ložnica ( loose carving ), 192
  • Paka pri Velenju ( pack ), 444
  • Paški Kozjak ( Kossiak ), 263
  • Pirešica ( Perchsitz ), 149
  • Plešivec ( Pleschwitz ), 415
  • Podgorje ( Podgoriach near Wöllan ), 180
  • Podkraj pri Velenju ( Unteregg ), 975
  • Prelska ( Prälska , also Preiles ), 240
  • Silova ( Zeilau ), 193
  • Šenbric ( Sankt Britz ), 161
  • Škale ( Skalis , also Sankt Wolfgang im Schalltal ), 872
  • Škalske Cirkovce ( Zirkowitz ), 168
  • Šmartinske Cirkovce ( Zirkowitz ), 80
  • Velenje ( Wöllan ), 24.923
  • Vinska Gora ( Sankt Johann am Weinberge ), 381

Neighboring communities

Šoštanj Slovenj Gradec Mislinja
Šoštanj Neighboring communities Dobrna
Polzela Žalec Žalec


Staro Velenje (the part at the foot of the castle) is first mentioned in a document in 1264 and in 1374 as a market town and was a center of handicrafts and trade. After the Second World War, Novo Velenje , a modern industrial and mining town, was built. In 1981 the city was renamed Titovo Velenje , but in 1991 the city was given its old name again shortly before the independence of Slovenia.

Velenje has since 1970 Esslingen am Neckar as German sister city .

Culture and sights


Theaters and cultural institutions

  • Culture house
  • library
  • youth Center


  • Slovenian Mining Museum: Show mine and mining museum with multimedia presentation of the development history of lignite mining in the Salek Valley (Slovenian: Muzej premogovništva Slovenije )
  • Velenje Museum (Castle): František Foit's African art collection; Collection of baroque art ; reconstructed old general store; Collection of the remains of a primeval elephant; Collection of 20th century Slovenian art ; Urban development exhibition
  • private fire brigade museum


  • mixed choir of the school center Velenje
  • internationally known chapel of the coal mine
  • Organ hall of the music school
  • Inmate, melodic death metal band


Eckenstein Castle in the Cillier district around 1820, lith. Institution JF Kaiser

The development and town formation of Velenje began in large parts only after 1950 . As a result, the city does not have a medieval old town, although it was mentioned as a market town as early as 1264 . Only the castle and a few buildings on the old market are reminiscent of this early period. The cityscape today is determined by buildings of modern architecture that have emerged over the last 50 years, from which the public buildings (town hall, library, cultural center, adult education center), large green areas and spacious streets are determined.

  • Velenje Castle: pentagonal floor plan with closed courtyard, built in the 13th century , redesigned into a Renaissance palace in the 16th century , is now considered the best-preserved complex among the castles in the Salek Valley
  • Villa Herberstein: representative suburban villa from the 19th century with richly decorated profiled wooden ceilings (guesthouse with restaurant)


  • Landscape Park Skale: diverse habitat created as a result of coal mining, including for over 120 species of birds


Not least because of the young average age of the population, Velenje has a wide range of sports and leisure activities. The tourist and recreation center "Am See" represents the core of the leisure infrastructure. It is located on the shore of the mining-related Lake Velenje and is a successful example of the recultivation and revitalization of former mining areas in an international comparison .

  • Tourism and recreation center “Am See”: riding center (30 ha) with competition area; Football and athletics stadium; Tennis center with two indoor and eight outdoor playgrounds, fitness studio; Water sports center with swimming areas, beach volleyball playgrounds, soccer field, mini golf course, table tennis
  • Sports and recreation center “Rote Halle”: outdoor and indoor swimming pool; Multipurpose hall with 1300 seats
  • Swimming pool and indoor swimming pool (25 × 12 m) with sauna
  • Winter and summer ski jumping center with five jumps (up to 94 m long)

Velenje hosted the 1999 European Cross Country Championships and the 2011 European Cross Country Championships .

Regular events

Among the numerous regularly held events, the Pippi Longstocking Festival , which has been held since 1990, stands out. In recent years it has developed into the largest international children's festival in Slovenia.

  • February: Parade of humor with famous comedians from all over Slovenia
  • May: flower market
  • May: Youth Culture Day in Velenje Castle
  • June: international athletics competition
  • June: Revue of the ski jumpers (night competition) / Ski Jumping Challenge
  • June: Car races through Velenje and the surrounding area
  • July: Miners' Day with miners parade
  • July: summer cultural events
  • July: Night by the lake (largest music and entertainment show in the Salek Valley)
  • September: Pippi Longstocking Festival (one-week children's festival)
  • December: Christmas and New Year markets

Economy and Infrastructure

Established businesses

  • Bisol doo : Mono- and polycrystalline solar modules, 40% of the employees are physically disabled
  • Gorenje dd : manufacture and sale of household appliances
  • Premogovnik Velenje, dd: mining companies, 1,966 employees (2005), Lignitabbau
  • Vegrad, dd: international construction company, 897 employees in Germany, 100 employees abroad (2000)


Velenje is connected to the next largest city of Celje by the Celje – Velenje railway, an extension of the Slovenian Lavant Valley Railway from Dravograd (Lower Drauburg), which is now partially closed .


  • School Center Velenje: one of the largest training centers in Slovenia; four vocational schools; a high school; a technical college; an inter-company training center; currently used by approx. 3800 pupils, students and adults
  • Community College
  • "Fran Korun Koželski" music school

sons and daughters of the town

Web links

supporting documents

  1. City districts and local communities of Velenje (Slovenian)
  2. Special map of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy 1: 75,000 - Prassberg ad Sann 5454. (1915)
  3. Population tables of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia ( Slovene )
  4. see website of the museum (English)
  5. see the museum's website (Slovenian), also in German and English
  6. ^ News - The Velenje mining method. Retrieved April 14, 2015 .
  7. Slovenia. Retrieved April 14, 2014 .