in the countryside
Average summer temperature:20 °C
Average winter temperature:-2,5 °C
The village of Ženavlje forms part of the local administrative community of Šulinci in the municipality of Gornji Petrovci, in the furthest NE corner of Slovenia. The lower part of the village lies on either side of the Merak stream, while the upper part lies on a ridge by the Šulinci-Martinje road. The village is famous for an event that took place in 1934, when the stratospheric balloon of two Belgian scientists, Max Cosyns and Nérée van der Elst, landed here unexpectedly. The municipality of Gornji Petrovci has erected a monument in the village to commemorate this event: a bronze statue in the shape of a sphere, symbolising the balloon, the work of the sculptor Mirko Bratuša. Not only that but 18 August, the date of the famous event, has been proclaimed a municipal holiday. The village is also the location of a Pentecostal church. Ženavlje is twinned with the village of Neradnovci and an annual social event is held for the people of both villages. Ženavlje has an active volunteer fire brigade.