UNESCO Idrija & Partisan Hospital Franja
8:30 - 19:00 Everyday

UNESCO Idrija & Partisan Hospital Franja

The oldest mercury mine in Europe and home of unique lacemaking experts


upon request

Get lost in the streets of the UNESCO town - Idrija
Dig into one of the oldest mercury mines in Europe
Learn about traditional lacemaking technique typical of the area
Do not leave without tasting the famous Idrijski zlikrofi - potato-filled-dumplings with cracklings


From Ljubljana directly to the Unesco town of Idrija. First stop is at Anthony’s Shaft – the oldest preserved entrance to the mercury mine in Idrija and one of the oldest in Europe. It was named after St. Anthony of Padua, the cave patron and protector of disasters. We will continue with a city tour of Idrija and a demonstration of lacemaking. Some free time to relax or have lunch in one of the local taverns in town.

The tour continues to the Wild Lake followed by one of the highlights of this tour – Hospital Franja, which operated as a partisan hospital, in extremely difficult conditions and hardly accessible area, during World War 2.

Professional English speaking guide, organization and comfortable transportation

Entrance fees - Anthony's Shaft, Hospital Franja, lacemaking demonstration, meals and personal expenses



  • 8:30
    Pickup in Ljubljana
  • 10:00
    Visit Anthony’s Shaft
  • 11:30
    City tour with lacemaking demonstration (licensed UNESCO guide)
  • 13:30
    Free time for lunch
  • 14:30
    Wild lake
  • 15:45
    Partisan hospital Franja
  • 19:00
    Return to Ljubljana
  • Schedule and timings are completely and exclusively adjusted to your wishes and preferences considering available time frames. All private tours are arranged based on a prior inquiry.

Good to know

Discover the UNESCO town of Idrija with the oldest mercury mine in Europe and home of unique lacemaking experts.


Since there is a moderate amount of walking, we suggest wearing comfortable shoes. Temperatures in the mountain regions tend to be slightly lower compared to those in the capital city.


Don't miss tasting local dishes and specialties. Must try – “Idrijski žlikrofi” pasta which is the most characteristic dish of the area, made from dough with a potato filling.



upon request