Welcome to Stara Fužina
Stara Fužina, meaning “old forge”, is a pretty alpine village nestling in the Triglav National Park, just across the meadows from Lake Bohinj. However, today, the village is more renowned for its dairy farming than the iron works. The small Museum of Alpine Dairy Farming in the village offers visitors a glimpse of this rich tradition. Whilst many guests are welcomed throughout the year, Stara Fužina remains a working, living agricultural village. It is not unusual to see cows, tractors and cars all jostling for position as you wander around!
Many of the things that you are likely to need for a holiday can be found within walking distance of the house. A wider range of shops and restaurants can be found within a few minutes’ drive.
There are two shops in the village, Mercator and Trgovina Krpan, no more than 2 minutes’ walk from our front door. They are both small but well-stocked, offering a selection of fresh fruit, veg & meat, the usual staples and a counter offering freshly-baked bread and pastries. Both sell a range of gluten/dairy-free items.
To get to our house, Pr Méžnarjo, you will drive through the town of Bohinjska Bistrica, 8km further down the valley. Here you will find a large Mercator supermarket, which is the perfect place to stock up on your supplies for a week, as well as a butchers, pharmacy and other amenities.
A small Café next to the Mercator is perfect for grabbing a coffee (or beer…) and watching the world go by.
Guesthouse Mihovc, next door to our house, is a lovely, traditional village pub, where you can experience local home-cooked Slovenian food, a wide range of drinks and a very warm welcome.
Tourist Information Centre
Stara Fužina’s Tourist Information Centre is open for the summer season (20th June – 20th September), providing up-to-date tourist information, maps, guidebooks and the Julian Alps Card. It’s a great resource if you’re considering high-altitude walking to check the weather or to get help with booking stays in the mountain huts.
Next to the entrance is a copy of the Aljaž tower which stands on top of Mount Triglav.
A larger Tourist Information Centre is available in neighbouring Ribčev Laz.
Alpine Dairy Museum
The Alpine Dairy Museum, housed in the original village dairy, tells the story of the shepherds who made cheese in the nineteenth century. Here you can examine the original cheese making tools, copper vats and other equipment. The reconstructed shepherd’s hut gives a flavour of the fortitude and strength needed to survive in times gone by, whilst black and white photos (with text in English and Slovenian) give a snap shot of rural life.
It is also possible to relive the past by visiting the high alpine pastures themselves, where you can meet with modern-day dairy farmers and try some of the regional speciality cheese, “Mohant”. The local tourist office has a map of the “Cheese Trail” to help you enjoy the lush pastures, beautiful views and local fare.
Tourist Triglav National Park Centre
The Triglav National Park Information and Education Centre is a source of information about Triglav National Park and offers exhibitions, a souvenir shop, a variety of events and support for local community activities.