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Mercury Mine: Anthony’s Shaft and the Hg Smeltery

Following the footsteps of Idrija miners, you will stroll through the second largest mercury mine in the world and see displays of mining methods from different periods since the 16th century; in the smeltery you will view the smelting process where ore turns into mercury droplets, and learn about the importance of mercury for Idrija and the whole world.

Gewerkenegg Mining Castle

The former mining castle displays the rich history of the Idrija mine and city of Idrija from its beginnings in 1490 until today through various exhibits. You will learn about the development of Idrija and its surrounding region through different periods of time as well as about the heritage of the locality with an emphasis on the bobbin lace of Idrija.

Cultural and Technical Heritage Attractions

Kamšt: This big, water-driven pumping device pumped cave water from the depths of the mine. The device from 1790 is the only preserved kamšt in Idrija. Its distinctive feature is the huge water wheel with a diameter of 13.6 m.

Francis’ Shaft: In the entrance building of Francis’ Shaft there is a rich collection of restored mining machines and devices; the distinctive one is the huge steam-driven Kley pump, exhibited “in situ”.

Miner’s House: The Idrija Miner’s House is an example of the once typical Idrija architecture. It was built in the second half of the 18th century. Today, you can visit it with a tour guide who will bring you into the home environment of a mining family in the early 20th century.

Geopark Visitor Center - Exhibition "Written in rocks"

The main thread of the exhibition is the impact of the Earth's forces on the genesis of the region of Idrija and the creation of life. It presents various themes and encourages visitors to explore the surrounding countryside and admire the natural and cultural sights and visit more than just the main attractions in the town itself.


PRICE CHILDREN: 23,00 EUR (< 15 years)


Combined ticket to visit the Geopark Visitor Centre, the Mercury Mine and Anthony’s Shaft, the Hg Smeltery, the Gewerkenegg mining castle and the most prominent sights of cultural and technical heritage under the auspices of the Idrija Municipal Museum.


Children (up to 15 years) / 23 € Adults / 39 € Total
World Heritage Children (up to 15 years) / 23 €
Adults / 39 €
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Validity and Activation

With the combined ticket you can visit these attractions on your own schedule. The ticket can be activated within 1 month of purchase. The validity period of 72 hours starts after activation. The validity period starts with the first use of the ticket, i.e. when you visit the first of the attractions. A tour guide is required to visit Kamšt, Francis’ Shaft and the Idrija Miner’s House. The ticket can be activated at the reception of the Idrija Municipal Museum at Gewerkenegg Castle. Once the validity period (72 hours) has passed, the ticket cannot be used any more, even if you have not visited all of the attractions.


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