Slovenj Gradec is the administrative, economic and cultural centre of the Mislinja Valley and the oldest town in the Koroška region, since it received its town rights in 1267 already. The location is pleasant because it is sheltered by Mount Uršlja Gora and the neighbouring Pohorje range, where the visitors are presented with lovely hiking and cycling routes, one of which is Štrekna – the cycling route following an abandoned railway. Nearby Kope is the central tourist and recreational centre in the Koroška region. The town is famous for its artists and a number of cultural and social events. The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška (KGLU), the Koroška Regional Museum and the Hugo Wolf Museum are all worthy of your visit. The lively cultural activity has gained the town good recommendations as a destination – in 1989, the UN awarded the town with the eminent honourable title, the Peace Messenger City. Besides its numerous awards for orderliness, the town of Slovenj Gradec also received the title of a Green Tourist Destination.