Festival Trips


Take the opportunity and come visit Idrija during the Idrija Lace Festival!




Idrija is the city with the longest mining tradition in Slovenia. The rich legacy of the mercury mine, which is located on the UNESCO World Heritage List on account of its uniqueness, offers plenty of possibilities for exploration.




UNESCO Idrija, where lace intertwines with the history of mercury mining 


 9.30 - 11.00 Visit to the town centre and the miner’s house

Get to know the oldest Slovenian mining town by walking around the town centre. You will see the main town sights, markets and famous buildings, get to know interesting stories, you will take a stroll to the miner’s house…

11.00 - 14.00 Together with the mining guide, you will search for the “Perkmandlc's” treasure in the Antony's shaft-tourist mine, or follow the procession of lace-makers with the Idrija Miners Wind Orchestra (Godbeno društvo rudarjev Idrija), and the national lace-making competition.

14.00 - 16.00 Leisure time for lunch and individual tours or participation at workshops... You can even make your own mega lace!


16.00 - 18.30 A walk to the park in Mejca, a visit to Scopoli's Memorial Garden and mining locomotives. You will continue the underground mine experience in the renovated Hg Smelting Plant, which displays the history of Idrija smelting and the extreme importance of mercury, which marked the development of Idrija and allowed human civilization to prosper.




UNESCO Idrija, the luxury of lace and mercury mining heritage


9.00 - 10.30 Tour Antony's Shaft-tourist mine

Visit the tourist mine – Antony’s shaft, where there are more than 1200 meters of underground mine tunnels, right next to the oldest preserved entrance to the mine dating from 1500. 

10.30 - 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 - 13.30 Visiting the Kamšt, Scopoli’s Memorial Garden, mining locomotives and Hg Smelting Plant

Visit Kamšt, the water pump for pumping pit water from the time, dating from the extraordinary rise of the mine at the end of the 18th century. Then visit mining locomotives,  Scopoli’s Memorial Garden, and enjoy the interactive exhibition at the refurbished Hg Smelting Plant.


13.30 - 15.00 Lunch and individual tours, a walk between stalls at the fair of cottage industry and handicraft products, bobbin lace-making equipment and culinary specialties.

15.00 - 17.30 Local guidance around the town centre

A local guide will be waiting for you outside the town hall, and under his guidance, you will then go for a walk around the town centre and learn about the origin and development of the oldest mining town in Slovenia. You will visit a mining house from the end of the 18th century, which to this day has preserved the main features of the once typical Idrija architecture and mining living culture. 



UNESCO Idrija - a wonderful world of lace, mercury mining and untouched nature


9.00 - 09.30 Wild lake - Divje jezero

Visit the Wild Lake, a museum in nature. The Wild Lake and its surroundings boast an exceptional wealth of flora and fauna, such as the Carniolan Cove and the human fish. 

9.30 - 10.30 Walk along the Rake trail

You will take a walk along Rake, the natural science trail, to Kamšt (outdoor tour), the water pump for pumping pit water, dating from the extraordinary rise of the mine at the end of the 18th century. 

10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break and visit to the indoor farm market, where you can taste and buy homemade produces and products.

11.00 - 14.00 Local guidance through the town centre (for groups only)

Under the guidance of a local guide, you will then go for a walk along the town centre and get to know the story of the origin and development of the oldest Slovenian mining town. You will also visit the mining house. 

 14.00 - 15.30 Lunchtime

 15.30 - 17.00 Visit to Anthony’s Shaft or the Idrija Municipal Museum


Information and bookings of excursions:

TIC Idrija, Mestni trg 2, 5280 Idrija, +386 (05) 37 43 916, tic@visit-idrija.si, www.visit-idrija.si




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