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Where in the world: Europe  /  Slovenia  /  Slovenian Littoral Region  /  Idrija

Top 15 things to do in Idrija

1. Anthony's Shaft Mining Museum

Anthony's Shaft Mining Museum serves as both an education center and entry point for the mine. The entrance represents one of the oldest preserved mine entries in all of Europe. Professional guides will take you through shafts and lit galleries, where you'll see illustrations of mining jobs and a unique underground chapel. You'll likely get a raincoat at the start of the tour, but do come prepared for cool underground temperatures.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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2. Postojna Cave, Postojna

Ride on a double-track railway through the underground tunnels of Postojna Cave and see colorful rock formations, as well as the 100 species that make the caves their home. One of the largest caves in the extensive karst plateau features 21 km (13 mi) of passages, galleries, and chambers illuminated by electric lighting. A historical train takes you to large halls adorned with chandelier-like stalactites and limestone "sculptures," such as "the brilliant," a shiny white limestone formation. Meet the olm, a salamander popularly called the dragon's offspring or the human fish. Archduke Ferdinand I was the first to officially visit the cave in 1819, but several writings on the cave walls date all the way back to the 13th century. Note that audioguides are available in a range of languages.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. Predjama Castle, Postojna

Perched on a high, rocky cliff for over 700 years, the unconquerable four levels of Predjama Castle were built within a cave mouth. Cross a drawbridge over a rushing river and visit the restored living quarters, chapel, and dungeon to get an idea of how people once lived here. The castle's most famous resident and the subject of many legends was Erazem Lueger, a 15th-century knight who rebelled against the Austrian emperor. See his hiding place called Erazem's Nook and ascend along Erazem's Tunnel. Do not miss the 16th-century treasure chest uncovered in the cellar in 1991. An observation post offers a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. The castle entered the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest cave castle in the world.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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4. Franja Partisan Hospital, Cerkno

Franja Partisan Hospital (Slovene: Partizanska bolnica Franja) was a secret World War II hospital at Dolenji Novaki near Cerkno in western Slovenia. It was run by the Slovene Partisans from December 1943 until the end of the war as part of a broadly organized resistance movement against the Fascist Italian and Nazi German forces.

The wounded treated there were soldiers from both the Allied Powers and the Axis Powers. Although the Wehrmacht forces, which occupied territory that had been annexed by Italy, launched several attempts to find the hospital, it was never discovered. Today it exists as a museum. It has been protected as a cultural monument of national significance.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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6. Cross Cave, Grahovo

This water karst cave features underground lakes as well as sites with preserved bones of bears. This attraction is a fun and education site for anyone intested in the natural world. It is carefully presented to the public while also being protected and preserved for the future generations. There are guided tours in the area which will take you to this cave as well as other popular attractions.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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7. Museo Militare Di Pivka, Pivka

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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8. Gewerkenegg Castle

A Renaissance structure with a large inner yard, Gewerkenegg Castle contains a museum of engineering and industrial heritage. Inside, exhibits and collections preserve the heritage of the region's mercury mining days. Photographs, documents, maps, and various objects narrate the history of mining here, as well as the development of forestry and floating timber industry. In the geological collection, you can see mercury ores, fossils, rocks, and various minerals.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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9. Pivka Park of Military History, Pivka

At Pivka Park of Military History, you'll see one of the largest and most diverse collections of military history in Europe. Established in the 2000s, the collections occupy abandoned army barracks and preserve military history of Slovenia, Pivka region, and European technical and political heritage.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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10. Wine Tours & Tastings, Vipava

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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11. Snežnik Castle, Stari Trg pri Lozu

From the 13th century, Snežnik Castle remains one of the most romantic and charming historical landmarks in the area, surrounded by unspoiled nature. The four-story structure sits surrounded by a Renaissance wall. The castle did undergo massive renovations in the 19th century, with the majority of inside furnishings now dating to this later period. The castle park grounds feature walking paths, meadows, chestnut trees, and two small man-made lakes.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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12. Rakov Škocjan Landscape Park, Rakek

Ideal for hiking, Rakov Škocjan Landscape Park is formed by the Rak River, which springs from caves, runs on the surface for a while, and then dips underground again. The area features many karst formations, with a route offering information through educational boards placed through the valley. Within this proclaimed regional park, you will also find two natural bridges, varying in size.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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13. Winestronaut, Ajdovščina

If you want to experience finest local wine, Bora wind, sun and friendly people you are at the right place.

We will take you on an unforgettable experience directly to Vipava Valley wine cellars. Here you will meet with local winemakers, learn about the production of wine and taste the local cuisine. Together in a good company we will discover new wine galaxies.

Our offer is customized to your needs and desires.


Tel: 00386 40 166 042

E-mail: info@winestronaut.com



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Tel: 00386 40 166 042

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Rezervirano za člane društva. Registracija možna ob začetku izleta.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
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15. Hg Smeltery

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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