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The Beer – Green Gold Fountain

The 1st Beerfountain in the World

The Fountain has closed its taps for 2020, it will welcome guests again next year!

The Beer – Green Gold Fountain is a tribute to the hop growing heritage of the Lower Savinja Valley and Žalec, which is the hop-growing centre of Slovenia. Slovenia is also the fifth largest producer of hops in the world and hop is the “spice” that gives beer its distinctive flavour.

The beer fountain is positioned in the town park, in the town centre, next to the marketplace. The architectural design is a symbolic hop flower, which is expressed as two semi-circles; one a beer fountain and the other a water fountain. The semi-circles are clad in copper lace, symbolizing beer foam.

Eco-Museum of Hop-Growing and Brewing Industry in Slovenia

An interesting museum experience enriches you with the knowledge about hops and hop-growing and the brewing industry.

The Eco-Museum of Hop-Growing and Brewing Industry in Slovenia opened its doors to the public in November 2009.  It is an important tourist asset for the entire Lower Savinja Valley, considering the fact that the tradition of hop-growing and brewing has been ongoing in this region since 1876. 

The central museum, located on the premises of a former hop-drying facility, has four storeys. There, the visitor can learn about the food, garments, traditions, and numerous hop-related products and tools for the growing and processing hops. The collection was made with the help of families whose lives are connected to hop-growing.  They have provided documentation, photographs, and memories. The name Eco-Museum thus derives from the tight bond between the environment and the people of the region.

About the town

Žalec (pronounced [ˈʒaːləts]; German: Sachsenfeld) is a town in central Slovenia. It is the seat of the Municipality of Žalec. It lies in the valley of the lower course of the Savinja River west of Celje. The primary economic activity of the region is growing hops, which is reflected by the city’s coat-of-arms. The area was part of the traditional region of Styria. The municipality is now included in the Savinja Statistical Region. (wikipedia)

Žalec was attested in written sources as Saxenburc and Sachsenwelde in 1182 (and as Saschenvelde in 1232 and Sachsenfelde in 1256). The medieval German names are based on folk etymology from the Slovene name, probably the genitive of the plural form *Žalci. This in turn was based on the personal name *Zal and would mean ‘descendants of Žal’. In modern German the settlement was known as Sachsenfeld. (wikipedia)

Welcome lovers of hops, beers and excellent flavors.

Welcome to Žalec, In the Land of Green Gold!

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