Thermal Water

Thermal water springs have always attracted crowds seeking health and wellbeing. The ancient Romans knew the soothing effects of thermal water springs. It is believed that they did not exactly know why but they felt good when they soaked their bodies in the warm water after fights and parties and then relaxed under the expert hands of masseurs.

Today, nearly two thousand years later, nothing has changed. There’s nothing better than diverse therapies in the healing thermal water. Unlike the old Romans, we now know the reason why.

The temperature of the healing water of Laško and Rimske Toplice at the spring varies from 34 – 38 °C and it contains from 370 to 430 mg dissolved different minerals, mostly magnesium, sodium, potassium cations and hydrogen carbonate anions.

Laško thermal water has a temperature, which is optimal for the organism and contains a variety of minerals. What is more, it forms beautiful crystals, which show that our healing water provides strong life energy, has a beneficial effect on people and their mental health and creates balance between body and soul.

Gračnica valley

The Gračnica river has its source at Planina pri Sevnici and its stream is most of the time directed from the east to the west, and near Rimske Toplice, it flows into the Savinja river. This splendid valley, formed by a small river, is a result of the rock structure, terrain and climate. Its features and beauties have been known for a long time, so it is to no surprise that this wonderful piece of the Laško municipality was included in the NATURA 2000 network of nature protection areas in the European Union.

The Gračnica valley is an important botanical area with numerous endangered and rare plant species. Marshy river bank biotopes are a habitat to some endangered animal species, and humid meadows are home to rare birds. But that’s not all. Here, natural beauties intertwine with cultural attractions, which give the entire valley a slight touch of mystery, if not even magic. Magnificent waterfalls and the remains of the once majestic Jurklošter monastery carry stories from the past which are worth rediscovering.

Rečica Valley

Near the thermal spa centre, the Rečica stream flows into the Savinja river. The picturesque valley, surrounded by the ridges of numerous peaks, was known for the coal mining industry in the past.

Coal mining in the Laško area was first mentioned in writing as early as 1767. Intensive mining took place in the beginning of the 19th century. The coal was mined in the vicinity of the villages of Brezno, Huda jama and Šmihel. In 1992, the mine production in the Laško coal mine was shut down because of the new energy policy. In the area, there are still significant coal deposits, lying deep under the surface.

The Rečica valley is an excellent starting point for hikers and bikers. You can head to the surrounding hills of Šmohor, Mrzlica, Kal, Govško brdo and Baba. The interesting Rečica circular mountain trail runs across the valley.

Sequoias in the Rimske Terme Park

Soon after the healing thermal water springs were discovered, the town of Rimske Toplice became a cosmopolitan spa resort, where high class members of the European society gathered. As it was usual for that time, the prominent guests often planted an exotic tree in the spa park, surrounding the spa complex, to remind us about their visit to Rimske Toplice. The guests of the spa, which has been restored to its former glory, can still admire giant old trees, which originate from all over the world. You can find there giant tulip trees, the Spanish, Caucasian and white fir, butternut, black walnut, yews, cypresses and the eastern hemlock.

The most eye-catching for the visitors are definitely the giant sequoias in the forest clearing or in the meadow. They were planted back in 1879 in honour of the Princess Royal and Queen of Prussia, Victoria. The trees were sent from the London botanic Kew Gardens. In 1993, the spa park was declared a monument of designed nature.

Šmohor Linden Trees

The hill of Šmohor invites all hiking enthusiasts. At an altitude of 784 metres, it is perfect for an afternoon hike or for a day trip. The trail crosses blossoming meadows and leads through narrow paths in at times dark woods to the mountain hut. At every step, the hikers will be amazed by the beauty and generosity of the nature. You will be astonished and impressed by the mighty trees and magnificent views of the surrounding landscape.

A real treat awaits the visitors at the top of Šmohor. It is just a short distance from the Šmohor mountain hut to the Church of St Hermagoras, built in the 15th century. By the church, there proudly stand three mighty linden trees, which symbolise the Holy Trinity and the friendship between the people. The locals call them “Turkish” linden trees because they were planted when the Ottomann army crossed this area on their horses on their way to Vienna.

The trunks and crowns reveal numerous stories. You can climb inside the hollow tree and feel the past.

Hum Hill Flora

Above the town of Laško rises a hill. Even from the bottom it looks special. Not only for its shape but because it is densely covered with trees. It actually looks like being turned upside down. On its lower slopes, it is covered with conifers, and all the way to the peak, deciduous trees grow. However, this is not its only feature. It is just a result of numerous fires, which destroyed primary vegetation in the past, and the hill was then afforested with trees that are not typical for this area. Hum vegetation is special because of various protected flowers, such as auricula, gentian, black hellebore, wood pink, Carniolan lily, smoke tree, Jovibarba hirta and shrubby milkwort. On the steep rocky slopes grows the garland flower, known to the locals as the Hum rosemary. The buttercup is endemic to this area and grows only in the Zasavje hills. Because of its venomous properties, the flowers were sent to young German-serving soldiers. In touch with the plant, it caused blistered rashes on the legs and therefore the soldiers could take a rest for a few days.

The Habitat of Gentian at Lovrenc

On the border between two municipalities, Laško on one side and Sevnica on the other side, on a hill offering views of the rolling Posavje hills, stands a small church, which bears a legend about a little shepherd named Lovrenc. Once a year, the nature here decorates the spring green meadow with blue ornaments.

Clusius’ gentian is an Alpine flower, which has preserved as a remain of the ice age in some of the foothills and is protected in Slovenia. On the hill of Lovrenc (722 m), in the end of April and the beginning of May, it blossoms on the meadow near the St Lawrence church from the 16th century and creates a blue carpet. In 1993, the Municipality of Sevnica adopted a measure to declare the habitat of Clusius’ gentian on the hill of Lovrenc a botanical nature monument. This is one of the most beautiful habitats in Slovenia where gentian grows.