The home of steel.

Feel the buzz of the town.

At first glance it is clear that Ravne na Koroškem is a centre of the steel industry. In Roman times a road from Virunum (close to the Austrian settlement of Maria Saal) ran through the town to Celeia (today's Celje). The heavy industry and the steel weapons factory were the most notable part of the town in the 19th century. Today, the town's appearance is shaped by its artistic spirit, which is a play on local resources: Forma Viva - a number of sculptural symposia have been held here throughout the years. An increasing number of steel sculptures that were created at these events now adorn the whole town and its surroundings. The introductory part of this stage is a place of a varied mix of metal, art, culture and mining history.

It's interesting in Ravne, but now it's time to move on, since our next element is calling us: Water!

We follow the Meža river to the Drava river...

»Mother Drava« say the locals here.

There is a fairytale about a grateful fisherman who always managed to catch plenty of fish in the Drava. One day he asked: “Mother Drava, how can I thank you?” The river sent him far away to buy white and rye bread, because at that time the locals had never come across these grains. The fisherman set off on his way and returned to the river with the loaves of bread. At that time, the Drava began to swell and burst its banks. When the water drained away, rye and wheat germinated from the soil. Thus, people became aware of the grains and began to sow rye and wheat everywhere.

The wide Drava river winds its way slowly and calmly through Dravograd.

It's hard to tear one's view away from its abundance – beavers in the reservoir of the Dravograd hydro power plant – and it's also a real bird paradise! Life is really coloruful here.

However, a quick visit to Bukovje Castle is a must. There is so much to learn at the castle, for example, what dravit (tourmaline) is – a mineral named after the Drava river and which was first found right here! In the past, schoolchildren exchanged this beautiful mineral for pencils and other objects.

Dravograd is one of the oldest documented towns in Slovenia. It dates back as far as the 12th century, when it was named Traberk. The bridge and tollbooth across the Drava provided the town with the role of a traffic crossroads, thus ensuring its existence.

But long before that time, as far back as the Stone Age, this varied landscape was already settled.

It's not about people from the Stone Age, Romans, fishermen or beavers, but rather the Mother Drava, which has always taken care of its inhabitants.

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