Explore the picturesque landscape of the mighty forests and nature’s marvels in the area of the UNESCO Karavanke Geopark, green Pohorje and the Drava River valley. Experience adrenaline by bike or on foot – with the most beautiful views from the mountains or deep in the Peca underground. Feel the freedom of the mountain peaks and experience joy on the snow-covered plains. Indulge in relaxed conversations with locals, try the Koroška delicacies and explore the legacy of the past. Pristine and undiscovered. This is Koroška – full of surprises
With the help of the steel will you will dive deep into the background stories of Ravne na Koroškem and see how the town and its people have changed throughout time. The highlight will most definitely be the tasty “factory lunch”, which represented an important part of the work day.
Detailed description of the tour:
The tour begins at the entrance of the old part of Ravne steel factory, called “Štauharija”, which today hosts a part of the Koroška regional museum.
The local tour guide will accompany you into the world of Ravne steel factory. The tour will get even more interesting with the use of modern technologies, such as virtual reality glasses and object recognition table.
Next, you will visit the blacksmith's workshop, where a young blacksmith will present you the processes of iron transformation and the blacksmith's craft. Each visitor will also get the chance to hit the blacksmith's stamp in a beer bottle opener and take it home as a memory of the experience.
After the tour in the factory you will take an idyllic stroll towards restaurant Lečnik. Along the way you will see the first four Forma viva sculptures which are an important part of Ravne's heritage. The guide will explain to you the history of Forma vivas in Ravne and afterwards you will be served a tasty “factory lunch”. You will also get to know that for the workers in Ravne’s steel factory, lunch was not only a meal, but it was considered as a ritual and it often involved playing cards, etc.
After the beverage you will make a short ascent to Čečovje, where you will get to know other interesting facts about Forma vivas and from where you will have a nice view overlooking the steel factory and block of flats where workers live. Along the way you will also get the chance to meet the locals and find out more about their everyday life. This approach of the tour allows us to take a glimpse into the background of our destination.
The tour ends at the Ravne castle café Eleonora, a symbol of bourgeoisie and spending free time. Along this tour you will get to know how the ironworking started with counts Thurn, how it was transformed into a heavy industry, accompanied by ironsmith craft and you will also be able to observe the art of the Forma vivas and treat yourself at the end in Eleonora, Ravne's castle café.
How? This shall remain a secret until your visit …
Duration of the tour: 4 hours
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Nature’s treasures and the heritage of the past – breathtaking and inspirational. Welcome to Koroška where you can enjoy cycling and hiking experiences in the hills and valleys, explore the mysteries of the Peca underworld, and experience the river on a raft. Koroška invites you to a date with nature where you can explore the past in a creative way, every day of the year.
The labyrinth of forest roads and cart tracks leads you up and down the mountain, into the valleys and between them. Among the forests and meadows with their wonderful views there are regulated paths intended for extreme or more recreational cycling. They are best tackled with “all-mountain” or “enduro” bikes.
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