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Idrija ‘kamšt’ is a water pump with a wooden water-driven wheel with a diameter of 13.6 metres. It is known to be the biggest still preserved wooden water wheel of this type in Europe.

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‘Kamšt’ water wheel

‘Kamšt’ water wheel

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Opening times: daily 9.00-16.00
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  • Contact info available at: Mestni muzej Idrija Prelovčeva 9, 5280 Idrija
  • Phone: +386 (0)5 372 66 00
  • E-mail: tajnistvo@muzej-idrija-cerkno.si
  • Website: www.muzej-idrija-cerkno.si
  • Distance from the TIC office: 1,12 km, a 5-min drive, a 15-min walk
  • How to get there:
    Enter the centre of Idrija and turn left just before the bus station. Pass the TIC and the blue sports hall, then follow the road straight (take the one on the right at the intersection, because the one along the river is often blocked for vehicles). It will bring you straight to the parking place above the ‘kamšt’ building.
  • Accessible by: car, motorbike, bicycle, on foot
  • Entrance fee: yes – to see the interior
  • Ticket prices:
    Adults – € 3,00
    Children (pupils, secondary and other students) – € 2,00
  • Suggested time to visit: all year long
  • Suggested length of visit: at least 30 min (when going inside, too)
  • Accessibility for the disabled: yes
  • Important information:
    the interior can only be seen if accompanied by a guide from the Municipal Museum
  • Guests: groups, individuals, families, disabled people
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Idrija ‘kamšt’ is a water pump with a wooden water-driven wheel with a diameter of 13.6 metres. It is known to be the biggest still preserved wooden water wheel of this type in Europe.

It is located in a stupendous building on the left bank of the Idrijca at its entry into the town. The wheel was driven by the water from the Idrijca that was directed along a 3.5 km long water channel called ‘rake’ and through a steel pipe into the cavities in the wheel. The pumping capacity was 300 litres of pit water per minute and 13 seconds were needed for the wheel to turn once. The preserved ‘kamšt’ (from German ‘Wasserkunst’ – water art) was erected in 1790, at the time of the mine’s outstanding prosperity when excavation works started in Joseph’s Shaft, and operated until 1948.

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