The water tower was built in 1914 for the needs of the town’s water supply, at the same time as the oil power plant, which supplied power to the pumps that pumped water into the water tank at the top of the tower. Due to new and more advanced sources of drinking water, the water tower eventually started losing its original function and was disconnected from the water supply system in 1983. The Brežice Water Tower is now the only water tower in Slovenia that is fully accessible to visitors and a testament to the innovative water supply methods that were in use in flatland areas in the early 20th century.
In 2022 renovated Water tower Brežice is giving the water tower a new purpose and making it suitable for visitors. Stories about technical advances, love and integration of nature and culture are presented in the seven floors. By incorporating original objects and using replicas, new technologies interpret the water-related heritage and the significance of water in an interactive way, making the story of water interesting for all generations. The water tower is now accessible to everyone; access to the highest point of the tower – the viewpoint, which has been set up in the former water tank and offers a 360-degree view of Brežice and the surrounding area – is provided by means of the stairs and the elevator. The story of water is rounded off by two drinking fountains placed at the entrance and on the sixth floor, offering visitors top-quality local water.
The pavilion next to water tower is used for welcoming individual visitors and groups eager to learn about heritage and the life of Brežice and the surrounding area. Apart from the reception and the information point, the pavilion houses a souvenir shop and a café, where visitors can have a rest and discover some interesting local products.