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Municipality of Železniki


Češnjica 48


4228 Železniki


(04) 500 00 00


(04) 500 00 20


Anton Luznar

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Število prebivalcev


Število naselij



164 sq kilometres


Spletni naslov

Uradne ure

Monday: 7:30 – 10:00 and 10:30 – 15:00

Tuesday: 7:30 – 10:00 and 10:30 – 15:00

Wednesday: 7:30 – 10:00 and 10:30 – 17:00

Friday: 7:30 – 10:00 and 10:30 – 13:00



The municipality of Železniki is located in the upper part of the Selška valley. The area was first mentioned in historical records when, on 30th June 973, the German Emperor gave the property in the Selška valley as a gift to the counts of Freising. This is why the municipality celebrates its festival on 30th June. The festival is also an opportunity to remember the remarkable men born in the area who are important from the cultural, economic and political point of view: Ivan Grohar, a famous painter; Jakob Ĺ olar from Rudno, a priest, publicist, translator and linguist; Dr. France Koblar from Železniki, professor and scholar; J.E. Krek, important pre-war politician who fought for the improvement of farmers´ status; Janko Mlakar, a famous humorist; Niko Žumer, one of the founders of the metal industry. The centre of the municipality is Železniki, which began to develop into a centre for the iron industry in 1340. This was possible due to the large supplies of iron ore on the neighbouring hills, an enormous stock of timber and the waterpower of the River Sora. The iron industry died out in 1902 because it was no longer competitive. Now we are reminded of the past industry by large one and two-storey houses with wrought iron bars and shutters on the windows. The oldest buildings are Plnada and the Plavčeva house which house the local museum collection and a scale model of the former workshops. The most important sight in Železniki is, however, the smelting furnace, a unique example of its kind in Europe, and a protected monument of technical heritage. The area itself has little accommodation to offer tourists but new holiday apartments have been built on Sorica and are hired by skiers and visitors who like to be close to nature or to enjoy the idyllic life on the farms. People who are fond of walking, like to visit the sunny village of Dražgoše, which lies on the steep slopes of Jelovica. At the beginning of January, it attracts crowds of visitors to commemorate the tragic event in World War II when the village was burnt down. In good weather, paragliders and hang-gliders fly from the top of the peak above Dražgoše. Ratitovec (1666 m) dominates the area. It is easily accessible from all sides and is visited by many mountaineers, who climb it in order to enjoy the wonderful view of the Ĺ kofjeloški hills and the Julian and Kamniške Alps. Visitors should not leave without having bought a specimen of the wonderful Železniki lace, well-known in Slovenia and abroad, or some home-made “dražgoški kruhek”- nicely decorated gingerbread biscuits.