Heritage Trails from the Idrijca to the Kolpa
Heritage Tours from the Idrijca to the Kolpa
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Franja Partisan Hospital Gewerkenegg Castle  
address Dolenji Novaki, 5282 Cerkno
telephone 05 372 31 80
fax 05 372 31 81
e-mail milojka.magajne@guest.arnes.si
www www.muzej-idrija-cerkno.si
location Cerkno
season year round
visiting hours December-February: Saturday, Sunday, holidays: 9-16
March-November: every day: 9-16
April-September: every day: 9-18
group reservations yes, for groups who desire a guide
reservations contact Cerkljansko Museum, Bevkova 12, 5282 Cerkno
length of tour independent visit: 30 min
guided tour: 1 hour
entrance fee adults, pensioners 500 SIT / children, students 300 SIT / group per person 400 SIT, minimum number of guests: 10 / agency provision: no
local guide yes
number of participants: 50
length of tour: 1 hour 15 min
languages: Slo, Eng, Ger
souvenirs, shopping yes, on location
excursion possibilities yes
bus parking yes
parking for automobiles yes


The Franja Partisan Hospital, a genuine symbol of humanity and comradeship, is hidden among the rocks, trees, and rapids of the Cerkljansko forest. From December 1943 until the end of World War II, it provided medical care for more than 900 wounded soldiers. It had its own power plant, x-ray machine, operating theatres, workshops, laundry, rehabilitation center, and many smaller sections. The Partisans successfully defended the area against two assaults, so the hospital was never discovered by the enemy.
address Idrija City Museum, Prelovčeva 9, 5280 Idrija
telephone 05 37 26 600
fax 05 37 73 580
e-mail tajnistvo@muzej-idrija-cerkno.si
www www.muzej-idrija-cerkno.si
location Idrija
season year round
visiting hours every day; 9-18
group reservations yes
reservations contact reception
length of tour independent visit: 1 hour
guided tour: 1 hour
entrance fee adults 500 SIT / children 300 SIT / group per person 400 SIT
local guide yes
minimum number of participants: 40
length of tour: 1 hour
languages: Slo, Ger, It, Eng
restaurants Gostilna pri Škafarju, 50 m
Gostilna Kos, 500 m
Okrepčevalnica Soča, 200 m
excursion possibilities giant "Kamšt" water wheel, Divje jezero lake, klavže (log sluicing dams) in valley of Idrijska Bela river, "Slovenija" Partisan print shop, Franja Partisan Hospital, Bevk Homestead
special features bobbin lace display, exhibitions presenting the five-hundred-year history of mercury mine and city of Idrija
souvenirs, shopping Idrija City Museum, lace stores in immediate area, TIC Idrija
bus parking yes, 200 m
parking for automobiles yes
Above the old part of Idrija rises a Renaissance beauty: Gewerkenegg Castle, the former administrative center of Idrija's mercury mine. Today, this renovated 16th-century castle houses rich exhibitions presenting the five-hundred-year long history of the mine and the city, interesting geological and cartographical exhibitions, a display of bobbin lace, and a reconstruction of the writer France Bevk's study. The picturesque arcaded courtyard, luxuriously decorated with frescoes of plants, is the setting for numerous summer cultural events.