DISCOVER the history of mercury ore

Discover how the shimmering substance, which according to legend was discovered in 1490 by a tub maker (a maker of wooden tubs), changed the lives of the people of Idrija, and enter the mysterious underground world of the everyday mining life.

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Package description

Learn about the 500-year development of the underground mine and the town of Idrija on the surface in a fun and interactive way. Start at the Written in Rocks exhibition, where you will learn the facts about why the Idrija region is the way it is – above and below ground. Then follow in the footsteps of Idrija miners and learn about the rich history of the Idrija mine from its beginnings in 1490 to the present day.

Time frame: 2 days


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


TIP: Hike to the Raufnk Hill with a view of Idrija; visit the massive Kamšt water pump; walk to the Wild Lake along the Rake water channel; visit the majestic Klavže water dams.

Package includes

  • Visit to the exhibition Written in Rocks at the Geopark Idrija Visitor Centre
  • Visit of the mercury mine with Anthony’s Main Road
  • Visit to the exhibition at the Gewerkenegg Castle
  • Visit to the exhibition at the Hg Smelting Plant


Children (up to 15 years) / 15 € Adults / 28 € Total
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Validity and activation

You can activate your ticket within one month of purchase. You activate your ticket by using it for the first time, i.e. visiting one of the included sights or activities. Once activated, the ticket is valid for 72 hours.

When the period of validity (72 hours) is over, the ticked will have expired although not every sight has been visited.

You can visit the exhibitions during their opening hours. Please follow the links to find the opening hours:

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