- Looking to lure tourists, Zalec’s beer fountain will be the first in Europe
- Visitors will get three 30cl servings in a commemorative mug for £4.70
- Zalec’s town council approved the project despite opposition from some
Famed for its charming capital and beautiful lakes, Slovenia is set to welcome a new attraction that will be every drinker’s dream – a public beer fountain.
The town of Zalec said the €350,000 (£275,000 or $ 396,000) fountain will be the first of its kind in Europe and is billing it as a way to lure tourists from around the world.
With plans to open the fountain in a park, thirsty visitors will be able to sample brews that contain local hops at a cost of €6 (£4.70 or $ 6.80) for three 30cl servings in a commemorative mug.
This computer-generated image reveals what the £275,000 fountain could look like once it is complete
Beer is part of life in Zalec. It is set in the Lower Savinja Valley, which has been called the ‘valley of green gold’ thanks to the abundance of hops used in brewing.
Although it’s being touted as a way to lure domestic and foreign visitors and support hops growers, the project has been met with opposition from some councillors and residents who say the money could be put to better use.
With a six-figure cost, the fountain will be funded by the town and private donations after the plans were approved by two-thirds of council members at a meeting last week.
Planning began in 2013 and the town has already set aside €170,000 (£134,000 or $ 193,000) for the project. It is not known when it will be completed.
Thirsty visitors will receive three 30cl servings in a commemorative mug for €6 (£4.70 or $ 6.80)
Zalec Mayor Janko Kos, who supported the plans, told the Slovenian news agency Dnevnik: ‘It’s true the fountain won’t be cheap, but it’s a development project, a tourism product.’
Located about 35 miles north-east of the capital of Ljubljana, the town of Zalec has a population of about 5,000 while the wider municipality is home to about 20,000.
Councillors borrowed the idea for a beer fountain from the town of Rogaska Slatina which has a fountain that spurts free mineral water for hotel guests.