Mysteries of submerged villages, Velenje

Authentic tour of The Coal Mining Museum of Slovenia in Velenje with heirs of mining – Sailing on Velenje lake and virtual dive into the past – A culinary experience on the new overlook Vista, just above the water surface. Help a descendant of the Velenje miners, who mined one of the thickest layers of coal in the world and turned fertile fields into lakes, find a precious item under the water surface! Where once were villages, now are lakes. What happened to the houses, schools, and churches? Why did they sink, and where did the villagers go? What secrets can be uncovered in the depth of the lake? Discover the bitter – sweet life stories of the villagers, miners, and Velenje people. For their bright future, they mined coal but sank their past. Stories told by a grandson of a Velenje miner! He will take you where everything began. The elevator will lower you into tunnels that are 160 meters deep. See how miners spent their days and what mining is today. Water will cover villages in front of your eyes, and you will sail the depths that still keep treasures of miners’ families. When you return, culinary delights await you accompanied by reflections of the land, still under the clean water of Velenje lake. To remember this unforgettable experience among sunken villages, you will receive a unique symbol of Velenje miners.


Author of the creative story
Šalek Valley Tourist Board

Tourism entrepeneur
Šaleška Valley Tourist Board

Year of completion

Velenje, Slovenia

Matej Vranič

Project Partners

The Coal Mining Museum of Slovenia, Water sports club Velenje, Jezero restaurant

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