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Spend an active day in the UNESCO Global Geopark Idrija

We invite you to wander around the geologically interesting UNESCO Global Geopark Idrija, which offers numerous active experiences in nature. It is truly something special, both in Slovenia and in Europe.


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Spend an active day in the UNESCO Global Geopark Idrija

We invite you to wander around the geologically interesting UNESCO Global Geopark Idrija, which offers numerous active experiences in nature. It is truly something special, both in Slovenia and in Europe.


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  • Contact info available at: TIC Idrija, Mestni trg 2, 5280 Idrija
  • Phone: +386 (0)5 37 43 916
  • E-mail: tic@visit-idrija.si
  • Website: www.visit-idrija.si
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Spend an active day in the UNESCO Global Geopark Idrija

We invite you to wander around the geologically interesting UNESCO Global Geopark Idrija, which offers numerous active experiences in nature. It is truly something special, both in Slovenia and in Europe.



Life for Idrija’s townsfolk is directly connected with pristine nature and wild waters. Idrija and the surrounding area attracts nature-lovers and those who like to spend their free-time actively. There are many opportunities for recreation during all seasons: from hiking and mountaineering; biking on specially marked biking paths; swimming in a natural swimming area, which is well attended and popular during summer months; climbing; sport fishing; running along the Rake water channel; sledding, skiing, and cross-country skiing on maintained ski slopes and cross-country tracks during winter months. All recreation areas and paths are tightly connected with our rich natural, cultural, and technical heritage, which you can admire while you exercise. 


  


The intertwining of Alpine and Karst worlds resulted in a wonderful natural environment in western Slovenia. Since the 18th century, many naturalists have been ‘discovering’ the great diversity of this area. Behind the water wheel “kamšt” you can find mining locomotives and Scopoli’s Memorial Garden and then head out on the Nature Learning Path Rake. A walk in the shadow of trees along the water channel Rake is a wonderful experience during hot summer months. You will end your walk by visiting lake Divje jezero, which is the first outdoor museum in Slovenia.

Accompanied by the museum guide, you will be able to walk to “kamšt” - a powerful wooden wheel, which is the biggest water wheel in Europe. Do you already know what was it used for?

After all these activities, your bellies will be rumbling and that is why we recommend a visit to one of Idrija’s restaurants, where you can treat yourself to delicious Idrija žlikrofi”.


  


While visiting Anthonys Main Road you will get to know the history of the second biggest mercury mine in the world. Idrija’s underground will reveal how hard the work of Idrija’s miners was; you might also catch a glimpse of the mischievous mine dwarf Perkmandlc.

After lunch, we suggest you visit plateau Vojsko, where a splendid view opens up, enabling you to see the Julian Alps, the Karavanke area, and the Kamnik–Savinja Alps. From there, you can walk to Gačnik creek. First, you will discover a world of wetlands, where three of Slovenia’s carnivorous plants grow. You will end your walk in the ravine of Gačnik, where you can admire two of fourteen magical waterfalls.

All of those who are interested in cultural heritage are invited to visit Partisan Printing Shop Slovenia. A short path through Idrija’s forest will guide you there; when you reach the end of the path, you will understand why the only resistance newspaper in occupied Europe was printed here. 

Idrija was named, due to its ecological tendencies, the Alpine Town of the Year, European Destinations of Excellence 2011, and was awarded the Slovenia Green Silver award.


  


During your stay in Idrija, we recommend you visit:

- Anthony’s Main Road - one of the oldest preserved mine entrances in Europe and the oldest part of the Idrija mine;

- “kamšt” - mining pump powered by a wooden water wheel with a diameter of 13.6 metres, which is famous for being the biggest preserved wooden water wheel in Europe;

- Botanical Memorial Garden - dedicated to Joannes Antonius Scopoli, a naturalist of great European importance;

- Rake - water channel;

- plateau Vojsko and ravine Gačnik - interesting and mysterious ravine, where you can find waterfalls, river beds, river rapids...;

- Partisan Printing Shop Slovenia - the biggest and best technically equipped partisan printing shop in the Littoral;

- tasting of Idrija “žlikrofi” - Idrija’s culinary speciality under European protection.


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Geopark Idrija invites you to visit events organised during the UNESCO Global Geopark Idrija week (May/June)

From May to June there will be a varied programme of events for all generations. Guided hikes along the Geopark’s thematic paths, reviving the heritage of Idrija’s countryside, creative workshops for kids and expert lectures. In cooperation with partners, Geopark Idrija has prepared a varied programme, with which they want to bring Idrjia’s heritage closer to the general public. We are certain that everyone can find something to enjoy; we invite you to join us and see the programme.

http://www.visit-idrija.si/si/object/2469/teden-unesco-globalnega/



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