Town of Šentjur and the Ipavec family of composers

Travel with us to the town of Šentjur to see the Museum of the Southern Railway and the Ipavec family house with a permanent exhibition depicting their life and work.

Why visit Šentjur?

Only a few places in Slovenia have such deep roots as the town of Šentjur. Traces of cultural history at Rifnik Hill and in the green valley beneath it reach back to the New Stone Age. Šentjur is well known for its contribution to the cultural development of the Central European territories. Four composers of the Ipavec family, the creators of Slovenian romantic music were born from the soil of Šentjur.

Programme A

• Train journey to Šentjur and back 

• Visit to the Museum of the Southern Railway 

• Guided tour of Šentjur through Lower Square (Spodnji trg) and Upper Square (Zgornji trg)

• Visit to the birth house of Ipavec composers with a permanent exhibition depicting their life and work 

• Lunch

Programme description

At the Šentjur train station you will be received by the railway station manager who will show you around the Museum of the Southern Railway just a step away from the station.

At the Šentjur Tourist Information Centre you will meet your tourist guide. Together you will take a walk through the part of the town called Lower Square, which earned recognition after 1846 with the construction of the Southern Railway and typical »furman« houses (houses of owners of draft animals used to transport goods). Today this is the main square of the town where the town hall, post office, bank and statue of Franjo Malgaj are located.

We shall continue towards the other part of the town called Upper Square, where the famous composers of the Ipavec family were born. In the birth house of Ipavec composers a permanent exhibition is arranged, dedicated to their life and work.

A parish church first mentioned in the year 134 is also located in the Upper Square. According to the legend, the waters of a local lake were inhabited by a ferocious dragon. Along came St George and killed the evil dragon. To honour the victory of good over evil, a small chapel grew on a rock above the lake. The parish church was built on the same rock a while later with a surrounding area of houses. The wall around the church provides a magnificent view across the landscape of Šentjur.

The final part of the tour is a delicious meal with your choice of food at one of Šentjur’s traditional inns.

Prices

The price depends on the selected programme and the distance from the departure train station to Šentjur.

 
Included in the price: Register an pay for the excursion at the ticket counter of the station where your trip begins, or at our sales representatives in Ljubljana, Maribor and Celje.
Supplements: Bus ride to Rifnik, Ponikva, Blagovna and Dobrina, visit to the Urbajs biodynamic farm, tour of the birth house of Anton Martin Slomšek, visit to fish ponds of Blagovna, horse riding at the Žonta farm, visit to the Zima partisan hospital, visit to the castle well, walk to Žusem with churches of St Valentine and St Jacob as well as ruins of Žusem castle.
Number of people: min. 20
Target groups: Groups of kindergarten, primary and secondary school children, groups of elders.
Dates: Throughout the year on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Validity on trains: Valid for travel in 2nd class carriages on all trains except InterCity Slovenia services (ICS).
Validity on trains:

Register at least 5 days prior to travelling. Groups larger than 50 people should register at least 8 days in advance.

Register and pay for the excursion at the ticket counter of the station where your trip begins, or at our sales representatives in Ljubljana, Maribor and Celje.