Heritage Trails from the Idrijca to the Kolpa
Heritage Tours from the Idrijca to the Kolpa
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Major heritage sites

Gewerkenegg Castle

Built between 1522 and 1533 by the Society of Mining Entrepreneurs, the Renaissance castle served as the headquarters of the mine administration until the 20th century, never serving the more traditional role of such castles as the seat of feudal lords. Dominating the old town, the castle's imposing exterior hides abundant treasures, not least of which is the fine 18th century arcaded courtyard, embellished by exquisite foliage frescoes. The castle is now home to the Idrijski Muzej, named European Museum of the Year in 1997 for industrial archaeology. On three floors of bright and airy exhibition halls, the museum invites you to discover Idrija's rich and varied heritage. Well-displayed exhibits show a wealth of collections relating to geology, cartography, folklore and of course an illuminating history of mining and its social importance. There is also a reconstruction of Bevk's study, and the story of Idrija's other famous product – bobbin lace. For more than 300 years, this delicate domestic craft has played a central role in Idrijan life, as nimble fingers have created works of art and exquisite beauty. Idrija is still the centre of lace-making in Slovenia.