Stara Fužina, is a pretty alpine village nestling in the Triglav National Park, just across the meadows from Lake Bohinj.
The name, Stara Fuzina, means “old forge” as the area was known historically for its iron working. However, today, the village is associated more with dairy farming than with the iron works. 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!
Stara Fužina Amenities
Stara Fužina is an excellent base for your holiday to Lake Bohinj. Many of the things that you are likely to need are all within easy walking distance of our holiday home, Pr Méžnarjo – see map below. Furthermore, a wider range of shops and restaurants can also 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 fresh fruit, veg & meat, plus a counter offering freshly-baked bread and pastries. Conveniently, both sell a range of gluten/dairy-free items as well.
For a large food shop, head 8km down the valley to Bohinjska Bistrica. Here you will find a large Mercator supermarket, as well as a butchers, pharmacy and other amenities.
Places to Eat & Drink
There is a a small Café next to the Mercator which is perfect for grabbing a coffee (or beer…) and watching the world go by. They also have a kiosk selling locally made ice-cream. The area has recently been re-designed to create a small square for summer events involving live music, markets and local food.
Tourist Information Centre
Stara Fužina’s Tourist Information Centre is open for the summer season, 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. 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. Moreover, 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 all about the Triglav National Park. There are exhibitions, a souvenir shop, and variety of events are held throughout the year.