Visit Idrija's mysterious underground mines and see where the impressive tradition of lace making comes from.
What to expect
In the Idrija region you can admire Klavze, a river engineering phenomenon called “Slovenia’s pyramids”, look into the bottomless Wild lake and walk along Slovenia’s shortest river, visit Idrija castle and its interesting museum, and descend into the depths of the disused mercury mine, transformed into a world-class attraction protected by UNESCO.
The Idrija mercury mine is one of the oldest mines in Europe, the first mining dating back to 1490, and was considered the second largest mercury mine in the world. You will have the chance to explore the mine and get yourself familiarized with the extraction of the only liquid metal known to man and you will visit the underground Chapel.
Idrija is also very famous because of its tradition of lace making and it is interesting to see how local women master this work. Idrija lace was first mentioned in documents from 1696. It began when the miners' wives tried to earn some extra money for the family. By perfecting the craft, they helped place Idrija on the map as one of the more prominent lace making centres in Europe.
After the lace making the trip will take you to discover the Wild Lake, one of the most mysterious lakes you might come across. It is hidden beneath a cliff close to Idrija and is known as the deepest lake in Slovenia with the deepest point measured so far at 160 metres. The area is protected due to its rich flora and fauna that have developed in this remarkable spot.
Joining this trip, you will for sure experience an adventure full of knowledge, Slovenian culture, history and fun.