Monday, 22 July 2013

Idrija, the oldest Slovenian Mining town on UNESCO’s list

Idrija, the Alpine and EDEN town of the year 2011, is known for one of the largest mercury mines in the world, which, while it was in operation, attracted researchers and travellers from all over Europe. Last year the mine was put on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Author: Jani Peternelj
Idrija is also known for its enchanting bobbin lace that is held in high esteem all over the world. Today Idrija bobbin lace is a significant Slovenian decoration and business gift while modern lace accessories adorn the wardrobe of every modern woman. 

The culinary offer is also rich, particularly the local specialty ‘idrijski žlikrofi’ (dough with a potato filling), which has been protected as a traditional specialty by the European Union. Idrija will inspire you with its unspoiled nature and it is a true paradise for hikers, cyclists, mushroom pickers, fishermen, photographers and the inquisitive who want a break from their everyday concerns and to relax in nature’s picturesque embrace.

Author: Jani Peternelj
Experience and taste
• take a trip to the Antonijev rov Tourist Mine. Look out for the mischievous gnome, Perkmandeljc (4€ discount for HI members)!
• check out the collections of the Idrija Town Museum, at the beautiful Gewerkenegg Castle (40% discount for HI members).
• explore nature with a hike along the Rake Natural Trail and Learning Path 
• visit the Idrija Geopark, enter into hidden nooks, narrow ravines and gorges and get to know our unique geological heritage
• visit the most beautiful and bio diverse public aquarium in Slovenia.

Author: Jani Peternelj
The International ALTER ART Festival-9th August -
The festival presents performers from the areas of amateur culture, alternative youth subcultures and ‘serious’ culture, young alternative musical groups from Slovenia and abroad, art exhibitions and photographic artists, dance performances and literary evenings.

The Assumption aka Prfarski štrukljevc-15th August -
Attracting a great number of visitors and pilgrims, the Church of Mary on the Rock is the stage for an annual holy mass. During this holiday, štruklje and wreaths are made alongside dancing and singing.

Author: Jani Peternelj
Where to sleep?
We recommend you Hostel Idrija.  Hostel can offer you a double room, three or four bed rooms or a group room for 8 people. They provide you with fresh linen and towels free parking in front of the hostel and free WI-FI. If notified in advance, they can arrange a breakfast or half-/full- board.

Information and reservations for guided tour groups:
TIC Idrija
Vodnikova 3, Idrija
T: +386 (0)5 37 43 916

HI members have 10% discount on preparation and/or implementation of tourism programs, for categories Family and Group, 20% on regulator tours of the Idrija for all categories and 20% for visit the Centre of Idrija lace for all categories.

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