Velenje Underground – a gastronomic adventure 160 metres below the surface

Place: Velenje Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter Active time: From a few hours up to a whole day, 3 hours Number of people: 2 - 70
*Guaranteed to take place if at least 2 people register.
Guided tour Language: Slovenian, English, German Type of experience: Meetings, Taste Slovenia Contact:
Zavod za turizem Šaleške doline
Stari trg 3
3320 Velenje
+386 3 896 17 15
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Velenje Underground – a gastronomic adventure 160 metres below the surface

Experience a world-class gastronomic adventure in Slovenia's deepest dining room. Enter a time machine and become a part of an underground adventure on one of the thickest layers of coal in the world.

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A world-class dining experience in the world of miners

Go down into the Coal Mining Museum of Slovenia in the oldest lift in Slovenia. Experience the world of mining and world-class cuisine in Slovenia's deepest dining room. 

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Taste the underground with all of your senses

After the miners' greeting "Good luck!", take the oldest elevator in Slovenia and descend to the deepest dining room, 160 metres underground, where you will enjoy a four-course “Štajger” (the mining foreman’s) meal. As you enjoy some music and an entertainment programme, use all of your senses to taste the world-class culinary masterpieces as a modern version of dishes once enjoyed by miners. After a ride on an underground railway, you’ll be able to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine in the mine’s Black Changing Room.

Course of the experience:

  • When you meet your guide in front of the Coal Mining Museum of Slovenia, you will receive a helmet with a light for descending into the mine tunnel. After a welcome drink and the miners' greeting from the kitchen, you will head into the mine. 
  • After a descent in the oldest still operating lift in Slovenia, you’ll tour the most interesting underground locations and learn about the story of mining.
  • The four-course Štajger meal awaits you in Slovenia's deepest dining room.  The culinary delights are accompanied by premium wines and musical entertainment. 
  • After the final underground train ride, you’ll visit the Black Changing Room where you’ll be served a glass of world-class sparkling wine.

Timetable: a few times a year at pre-arranged times and upon prior arrangement

Duration: 3 hours

Start: Coal Mining Museum of Slovenia, Old Mine Shaft – Koroška Cesta Road, Velenje

Price: 800 EUR per person (2 persons), 550 EUR per person (4 persons), 420 EUR per person (6–9 persons), 320 EUR per person (10–19 persons), 185 EUR per person (over 20 persons). The price includes:

  • a tour of the Coal Mining Museum of Slovenia with a licensed guide,
  • helmet and warm clothing rental,
  • a welcome drink and a miners’ greeting from the kitchen,
  • a descent in the oldest still operating lift in Slovenia and a tour of the most interesting underground mining locations,
  • a 4-course ‘Štajgerjeva južna’ accompanied by wine and music,
  • a drive in an underground train,
  • a glass of sparkling wine, and
  • a surprise souvenir.

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Go underground and have a world-class dinner

Awaken all of your five senses at this unique underground coal mining museum.

Zavod za turizem Šaleške doline
Stari trg 3
3320 Velenje
+386 3 896 17 15


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Did you know?

If all of the lignite excavated in the Velenje Mine were loaded onto railway carriages, it would allow us to build a structure that would circle the Earth twice.

The Velenje Coal Mine with its still active 55-kilometre-long tunnels is one of the rare coal mining museums in this part of Europe.

Velenje is also known as the ‘Socialist Miracle’, because the town grew and developed with the help of local volunteers and ‘udarniks’, also known as shock workers.

Due to coal excavation, lakes were created in Velenje, where a tourist and recreational centre with one of the best natural beaches in Slovenia is now located.

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