Thursday, 6 August 2015

Summer in Idrija

Idrija, a town in West Slovenia, is known for its rich mining heritage, handmade Idrija bobbin lace, Idrija žlikrofi, and unspoilt nature. This summer we invite you to choose among numerous possibilities for relaxation and active spending of free time in the town or its surrounding countryside.
In the hot summer days you might want to visit somewhat cooler places. Therefore, we recommend visiting Anthony's Shaft - a tourist mine included on the renowned UNESCO list of World Cultural and Natural Heritage together with other Idrija mining heritage since June 2012. After watching a short presentation film you will put on a helmet and an overcoat and follow your guide in discovering the underground of Idrija with a temperature of around 15 °C. Thick castle walls also resist the heat and a visit to the Idrija Municipal Museum housed in Gewerkenegg Castle is a great choice for hot days. There you get to know the life of a miner and his family and you will be certainly fascinated by the abundance of Idrija bobbin lace. If you like lace, you should definitely visit the Idrija Lace School and lace shops in the town centre.

@Photo: Jani Peternelj; 
The Idrija Municipal Museum guide can take you also through the town centre to visit the famous "kamšt" - a part of a water pump featuring the biggest wooden wheel in Europe. From there you walk, in the shadow of mighty trees, the same path of Idrija's natural scientists, which runs along the Rake water channel. The path ends at Wild Lake (Divje jezero), one of the biggest Karst springs in Slovenia.

The upper Idrijca valley is included in the Upper Idrijca Regional Park. Here you can see numerous geological and botanical sights. The park is also a recreational centre of Idrija Municipality and a true paradise for mountain bikers. On hot days, the Lajšt bathing spot at the confluence of Idrijca and Belca will definitely attract your attention. It features also a children’s playground, two beach volleyball courts, and picnic areas. It is also a great starting point for walks around the regional park, where you can see Idrija Lauf - the first forest railway in Europe - and the mighty water barriers - klavže.

@Photo: Samo Trebižan;
If you ascend to one of the Idrija plateaus, you will be refreshed by a pleasant wind. The 1000m high Vojsko Plateau (Vojskarska planota) is known for its summer bed of blooming meadows. It offers its visitors a wonderful view of the Idrija tectonic fault along the Kanomljica valley, the Idrijske Krnice plateau and up to the Julian Alps. At Vojsko you can visit the “Slovenija” Partisan Printery, the biggest and technically best equipped partisan printery in the Primorska Region, hiding in the shelter of the mighty Idrija forests.

@Photo: Dunja Wedam;
A little below Vojsko, you can enjoy the abundant flora of Idrijske Krnice. Jelenk. The highest peak of Krnice is especially rich in flora and offers perfect possibility for a walk. You can see plentiful herbs also in the Hiša zelišč (House of Herbs) featuring herbs plantations, and join one of their workshops.  The Pr Kendu and Na Krnicah farms offer a variety of home-made milk products for which they are widely known. Visit them and taste the homemade cheese and yoghurt. St. Florian’s Church is decorated with wonderful mosaics by the renowned artist p. Marko Ivan Rupnik. 

If you cannot visit all the sights we offer in one day, we kindly invite you to extend your stay for a day or more. Hostel Idrija is located in pleasant surroundings close to Idrija town centre, which is just a few minutes walk away. Hostel Idrija offers affordable accommodation in double, triple or quadruple-bed rooms, or for larger groups, an eight-bed dorm is also available.

Youth Hostel Idrija
During the summer, numerous events will take place in Idrija and its surroundings. The town square will host concerts by renowned Slovenian and foreign musicians every Thursday evening. In late July the 14th Tango Festival and the traditional Castle evening will take place at Gewerkenegg Castle; the Kanomlja Festival is also worth visiting. In the second half of August you are invited to visit the Assumption of Mary celebration in Spodnja Idrija, the Charcoal Festival in Idrijske Krnice and the Festival Čipkarija. At the Idrija Žlikrofi Festival on the last Saturday in August we will say goodbye to the summer.

@Photo: Jani Peternelj;
You are kindly invited to visit Idrija.

More informations:
Mestni trg 2, 5280 Idrija
+386 (0)5 37 43 916

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