Idrija: European Destination of Excellence 2011 in Slovenia
27. September 2011.
Twenty-one tourist destinations from across Europe were awarded the title of ‘2011 European Destination of Excellence in Tourism and Regeneration of Physical Sites’ at a Gala Awards ceremony in Brussels on 27 September 2011. Idrija was awarded for its museum buried underground - the mining museum of Idrija.
Visit a museum buried underground - the mining museum of Idrija, with several wings located down the shafts to give visitors a feel for life during the time of the mercury mine's heyday. Part of a project to bring tourism to Idrija and celebrate the town's mining heritage, the transformation of the mine into a living museum has increased the tourism facilities and infrastructure in this charming, traditional Slovenian rural town. Idrija is also famous for its beautiful lace making tradition and offers a breath of activities such as fishing, hiking and swimming to name a few.
The "European Destinations of ExcelleNce" (EDEN) project, was started by the European Commission in accordance with European tourism policy guidelines. The aim of the project is to promote sustainable tourism development models across the European Union; that is to draw attention to the value, diversity and shared characteristics of European tourist destinations and to promote destinations where economic growth is pursued in such a way as to ensure social, cultural and environmental sustainability.