EDEN 2011: Idrija



The town with the once second largest mercury mine in the world boasts an amazing technical heritage: water channels (“rake”), the mighty wooden water wheel (“kamšt”), and the biggest preserved steam engine in Europe (“Kleyeva črpalka”). You can descend into the ANTONIJEV ROV shaft, the best arranged part of the mine for visitors. Here you can get lost in the memories of as much as 500-year-long mining tradition and maybe chance upon the cave dwarf! The nearby IDRIJA MINER’S HOURSE from the 18th century provides you with an insight into the mining heritage, like the CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY, the oldest church in Idrija, which stands on the site, where, according to the folk tradition, the tub-maker discovered mercury.

Above the city reigns the GEWERKENEGG CASTLE with the Idrija Municipal Museum that goes deeper into the mining heritage, and presents geological valuables and famous Idrija laces. The Idrija Lace-making School preserves the special style of hand bobbin lace-making technique, whereas the luxury of this tradition is presented on the annual IDRIJA LACE FESTIVAL. Enter a different life! Get to know Idrija also as the world of wild waters – it was one of the EDEN 2010 finalists!

+++ Don’t miss:
“Idrijski žlikrofi” – Theme trails through Idrija and its surroundings – Idrija Lace Festival with the presentation of bobbin lace-making and fashion spectacle (EDEN 2008 finalist).

In previous years six destinations of excellence were chosen in Slovenia: in 2008 The Soča Valley , in 2009 The Solčavsko region , in 2010 The Kolpa river , in 2011 Idrija, in 2013 Laško and in 2015 Brda

European Destinations of Excellence - EDEN Destinations in Slovenia are presented on tourist’s sites of www.slovenia.info portal:

EDEN 2008: The Soča Valley
EDEN 2009: The Solčavsko region
EDEN 2010: The Kolpa river
EDEN 2011: Idrija
EDEN 2013: Laško
EDEN 2015: Brda

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