#myLaško unique to you
Accessible from all directions. Perfect starting point for exploring towns, countryside, nature and culture on the banks of Savinja river. Hiding mystical stories of Celje county. Holding the beauty of thermal Pannonian Slovenia. Disabled-friendly European Destination of Excellence. An area of sustainable tourism with ever-changing experiences.
LAŠKO IN THE HEART OF SLOVENIA
Laško is located only 12 km away from the nearby city of Celje and is accessible by cycle. Its railway and road system forms a good connection with the rest of Slovenia and mainland Europe.
Ljubljana – 90 km
Jože Pučnik Airport Ljubljana – 93 km
Maribor – 65 km
Venice, Italy – 333 km
Vienna, Austria – 320 km
Zagreb, Croatia – 103 km
Laško is situated on the banks of Savinja river. It is where the Savinja valley meets the Posavje hills and Celje basin. Laško is also part of thermal Pannonian Slovenia with its abundance of thermal springs.
The Laško area has a continental climate of central Slovenia with cold winters, hot summers and pleasantly warm springs and autumns.
In January, the average temperature is 2 °C, the average in July is 9 °C. July and November are also the wettest months of the year with a yearly average precipitation of between 1.000 and 1.300 mm.
The climate conditions allow for pleasant day trips in nature all year round!
LAŠKO – EXPERIENCE THERMAL PANNONIAN SLOVENIA
Unique healing waters
Thermal Pannonian Slovenia is an area of thermal springs and exquisite spa and wellness centers. The two historically recognized spas in the Laško area offer contemporary accommodation, medical and wellness facilities.
Thermana Laško’s medicinal thermal water which originates from the depth of 160 meters and has between 32 and 35 °C contains a variety of minerals and possesses an extraordinary bio-field. The Rimske Terme thermal water has between 36 and 39 °C and originates from an astonishing depth of 1000 meters. Both springs are centuries old sources of maintaining good health and well-being.
Water and beer
Besides mineral rich thermal water this area also has natural drinking water of superior quality which is the primal ingredient of Laško beer, brewed here since 1825! A day trip across hospitable countryside leads you to rivers, streams and waterfalls which provide pristine habitats for many plant and animal species.
Beekeeping and herbalism
Laško is an area of numerous cultivated and wild herbs. As one of the most bee-friendly parts of Slovenia its traditional knowledge also includes beekeeping.
LAŠKO IN THE CELJE COUNTY
Rich history and the mysteries of Counts of Celje
Celje region comprises of 21 municipalities that stretch from Savinja valley to Kozjansko hills. Historically, the area was connected to the Counts of Celje, Slovenia’s most powerful dynasty. Laško castle, situated close to their Celje residence, was one of their hunting posts. The nearby Gračnica valley and Jurklošter Carthusian monastery hide the secrets of a love story between Frederick II. of Celje and Veronica of Desenice.
These stories give historic charm to an area that was first populated by the Celts and Romans. During the Migration Period the settlers included Slavs and Vlachs, which might contribute to the origin of Laško’s name. Laško medieval square originates from the 11th century and was part of an extensive manor that was also the centre of Slovenia’s oldest parish.
Laško which developed during the middle ages gained momentum with the arrival of the railway. Besides craftsmanship, production and well established mining it developed strong spa and brewing industries. In 1927 its town status was proclaimed by king Alexander I. coinciding with the 700th anniversary of its first historic mention.
Three Lilies and Laško’s Coat of Arms
Laško’s coat of arms, three silver or white lilies on blue background, was acquired in the 16th century with a privilege decree. Its interesting design’s origin and meaning are unknown. At that time Laško manor was owned by the Vetter von de Lilie family who shared the same coat of arms which was most likely adopted from the town itself alongside their family name.
The three lilies also feature on the Bourbon coat of arms, a French dynasty that could not be linked to Laško in any way. Lilies, however, are a medieval symbol for purity and virginity, a sign of a monarch’s nobleness as well as God’s mother Mary, who is the subject of numerous medieval statues in Laško’s old town centre. It is also plausible that Laško’s coat of arms links to the parish’s guardian, St. Martin, or exists as an adaptation of the Counts of Celje coat of arms that features three stars on blue background.
LAŠKO, AN AREA OF ACCESSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Nowadays, Laško is an attractive destination known for its spa and brewing traditions. Since 2013 it has been recognized as an European Destination of Excellence, developing by the principles of sustainable tourism and achieving gold certificate in the Slovenia Green Destination scheme.
LAŠKO FACE TO FACE
The municipality of Laško has around 14 thousand residents. The hospitality tradition runs deep among locals that fully embrace touristic, cultural and sports activities in this town of rich natural and cultural heritage. A friendly face to face conversation ensures that you not only see, but also experience what Laško has to offer.