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The West – The Emerald Trail

Photo: Samo Trebižan



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.

Photo: Jani Peternelj

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Photo: 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.

Experience and taste • take a trip to the Antonijev rov Tourist Mine. Look out for the mischievous gnome, Perkmandeljc! • check out the collections of the Idrija Town Museum, at the beautiful Gewerkenegg Castle. • 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. Photo: Dunja Wedam

EVENTS  International TANGO Festival > 12 th July - The event is hosted by various musicians, who deal with this sort of music. Expect performances by soloists, musical groups and acclaimed foreign musicians. The International ALTER ART Festival > 9 th 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.


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

Photo: Jani Peternelj

Summer guide 2013 | The Slovenia Times


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