Your tour will start with a visit to the tourist mine Anthony's Shaft, where over 1,200 meters of underground shafts leading from the oldest preserved mine entrance dating back to the year 1500 are open for tourists. For almost half a millennium, the miners walked the 300-meter-long shaft when going into the mine and returned exhausted from their daily labour the same way. In the middle of the 18th century, a stone chapel was built at the end of the shaft, featuring a relief of the Holy Trinity and two statutes of the miners’ patrons – St Acacius and St Barbara. You will see drops of mercury, trickling from black slate, get familiar with miners’ work and even meet the cave dwarf, Berkmandlc. The adventure ends with a 116-step climb up the Attem’s shaft. In the former register office, you can also take a look of the extensive and in-depth multimedia presentation of the history and heritage of the Idrija mine.
This is followed by a visit of the Idrija Municipal Museum at the Castle Gewerkenegg, which is one of the rare castles in Slovenia that never had a feudal function and mainly served the needs of the mine. In the museum, you can visit the exhibition about the 500-year history of the mercury mine and town, an extensive geological collection and a lace exhibition with a special exhibit – a 6m2-large lace tablecloth intended as a present to Jovanka Broz, Tito’s wife.
The tour will continue to Vojsko, where you will try local specialities in the PRI BELEM KAMNU Inn. After lunch, our guide will take you to the Partisan Printing House Slovenia, the partisan burial ground at Vojščica and the viewpoint Hudournik.
The Partisan Printing House belongs to the most well-preserved authentic monuments from World War II. It was the biggest and technically best equipped partisan printing house in the Primorska region.
At the most western part of the village Vojsko, there is a beautiful viewpoint Hudournik. From the top, you can see the lower part of the Idrijca Valley all the way to Most na Soči. Clearly visible are the villages in the Tolmin Hills, to the north you have a view of the Julian Alps with Triglav. On a clear day, you can see distant peeks of Matajur, Kolovrat and the Italian Dolomites.