The Julian Alps

Describing this place as a farm just doesn't do it justice. This ecological farm, for want of a better word, sits almost 1000m above sea level around 20km from Idrija, and is a terrific place. Take a tour of the farm, learn about the organic philosophy behind it and enjoy a culinary experience of tastings – it's a member of the Slow Food International movement. Ring ahead for directions and to let them know you're coming.

There's also accommodation if you love the place so much you can't bear to leave.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby The Julian Alps attractions

1. Gewerkenegg Castle

6.15 MILES

The castle was built in the 1520s to serve as the administrative headquarters of the Idrija mine. This award-winning Municipal Museum is housed inside.

2. Municipal Museum

6.15 MILES

This award-winning museum is housed in the hilltop Gewerkenegg Castle. The excellent collections, which deal with mercury, lace and local history (but,…

3. Idrija Lace School

6.24 MILES

The Idrija Lace School was founded in 1876 (it's the biggest and oldest lace school in the world), and continues to offer lace-making skills to younger…

4. Anthony Mine Shaft

6.36 MILES

The mine is a ‘living museum’, allowing you to get a feel for the working conditions of mercury miners in Idrija. The entrance is the Anthony Shaft, built…

5. Miner’s House

6.38 MILES

Laid out across the slopes encircling the valley are Idrija’s distinctive miners’ houses. Large wooden A-frames with cladding and dozens of windows, they…

6. Kamšt

6.82 MILES

One of the most interesting examples of mining technology that still exists is the Kamšt, a 13.6m waterwheel made of wood that was used to pump the water…

7. Wild Lake

7.12 MILES

A 3km trail called Pot ob Rakah follows the Idrijca River Canal from the Kamšt (an 18th-century waterwheel used by the mines) to Wild Lake, a tiny,…

8. Cerkno Museum

7.75 MILES

The town's museum is not far southwest of Glavni trg. Its main displays trace the development of the region from earliest times to the modern period, but…