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Šmartinsko lake

Šmartinsko lake is located in the direct vicinity of Celje. Its winding coastline and picturesque backdrop make it a particularly appealing hiking destination. It was created in 1970, and it includes 113 hectares of water area. In addition to its original function as a retention basin, the lake and its environs have become a lively and increasingly popular sport and tourist resort. The idyllic, pristine nature, varied offer, and above all a safe trail to the water invites and impresses all generations of visitors. Numerous hikers, joggers, cyclists, and four-footed friends are on their way to the same destination every day – the Šmartinsko Lake. Boats, kayaks, and paddle boats can be rented for fun on the water. Alternatively, the Queen of the Lake can take visitors on a mini cruise. The bustling aquatic life makes the lake heaven on Earth for recreational fishing. A temporary golf course and a picnic area are also nearby.

How to get around and around the lake?
A safe, well-maintained and clearly indicated path starting at the Church of the Holy Spirit (cerkev Sv. Duha) in Nova vas will take hikers, joggers, and cyclists all the way to the lake. At the lake, the trail forks: to the left, it starts a circular path past the Queen of the Lake boat and a modern children's playground, around one of the arms of the lake, over a pontoon bridge, to the Muzelj boathouse where hikers can rest in the shade of the trees or rent a boat or a kayak. The right branch of the trail leads to a grove perfect for relaxing along the lakeshore. Along the entire path around the lake, there are wooden benches for resting, and info boards telling the story of the lake and its fauna and flora. Visitors may enjoy their own food in the designated picnic areas, or head to one of the catering establishments around the lake. Adrenaline-junkies will appreciate the only zorbing (rolling downhill inside an orb) track in Europe that also includes a bend.
  • Muzelj boathouse (boat and pedal boat rental, picnic area rental, food and drink, children's playground)
    Loče 14, 3201 Šmartno v Rožni dolini, Tel. No.: 031 432 408, colnarna.muzelj@siol.net,  Mon. - Sun. 12:00 – 22:00
  • Catfish (beverages, ice cream snacks, boat rentals and sups)
       Loče 16, 3201 Šmartno v Rožni dolini, Tel.No.: 031 716 617, tomaz@dzampa.si, Mon. - Thu. 9:00 – 22:00, Fri. – Sat. 9:00 – 23:00, Sun. 8:00 – 22:00
  • Restaurant Tepež (beverages, renting a picnic area)
      Mon. - Sun: 8:00 – 22:00, Tel.No.: 041 405 445,  teracenter1@gmail.com
  • Pušn šank at Tina’s (drinks, ice cream, snacks, renting picnic rooms, children's playgrounds)
     Dobrova 32, 3000 Celje, Tel. No.: 041 777 782, tina.turnsek@gmail.comwww.pusnsank.si
  • Fisherman's House Brezova (offer of beverages, renting picnic space)
    Brezova 34, 3201 Šmartno v Rožni dolini, Tel. No.: 040 831 801
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