Explore the picturesque landscape of the mighty forests and nature’s marvels in the area of the UNESCO Karavanke Geopark, green Pohorje and the Drava River valley. Experience adrenaline by bike or on foot – with the most beautiful views from the mountains or deep in the Peca underground. Feel the freedom of the mountain peaks and experience joy on the snow-covered plains. Indulge in relaxed conversations with locals, try the Koroška delicacies and explore the legacy of the past. Pristine and undiscovered. This is Koroška – full of surprises
Do you want to find out how miners used to live? Get to know the equipment and dwellings and surrender to the colourful world of rocks and minerals.
Between Mount Peca and Mount Uršlja Gora ore sites were discovered already by the Romans. The first written records on the exploitation of lead ore date back to 1665 which is the year we commemorate as the beginning of mining under Mount Peca. During the years of mining, mine workers made 1,000 km of mining tunnels in Mount Peca. After the mine was closed, one part has remained open for visitors who can experience it in an interesting way by riding a genuine mining train, exploring it on foot, riding mountain bikes in the tunnels and excavations, or using a kayak to row the submerged sections. Today, the Peca underground is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Karavanke UNESCO Global Geopark and provides unique underground adventures and experience.
The Peca underground is a place of unique underground adventures and experience for different groups of visitors with various points of interest.
Visitors equipped with mining helmets and coats are taken to the heart of the mine on a genuine mining train. After a 15-minute ride the train stops in the Moring section, 600 metres below the surface. An experienced tour guide then leads the way through the mine and presents the miners’ work in different historical periods.
Mountain bikes are made for riding mountain paths, but in Mežica it is also possible to ride through the mountain, down the abandoned and mysterious mining tunnels beneath Mount Peca. Visitors equipped with torches and accompanied by a tour guide safely cycle over five kilometres of a unique underground path from one valley to the other and experience an unforgettable adventure.
The path of the underground adventure begins in front of the mining museum in Glančnik, Mežica, where visitors board a genuine mining train that takes them to the Union section.
Then, they descend 95 meters on foot down to the water level and use kayaks to oar the tranquil and clean water, and explore the underground labyrinth of tunnels and excavations.
The route takes you to deserted tunnels of the Mežica Mine. Vast chambers, excavated by our ancestors through centuries, used to be filled with tonnes and tonnes of lead ore and are today explored on mountain bikes. The path descends over more than five horizons, approximately 150 metres of difference in elevation.
The old mining administration building from 1927 houses museum collections testifying to the life and work of miners and unique creations of nature, such as ores, minerals and fossils. More information on the origin of ore deposits, geological past of the area and who was King Matjaž is available in the adventure park near the Information Centre.
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Taste Koroška and experience its hospitality.
Choose from different accommodation types in the Koroška region, which all share common homeliness.
Nature’s treasures and the heritage of the past – breathtaking and inspirational. Welcome to Koroška where you can enjoy cycling and hiking experiences in the hills and valleys, explore the mysteries of the Peca underworld, and experience the river on a raft. Koroška invites you to a date with nature where you can explore the past in a creative way, every day of the year.
The labyrinth of forest roads and cart tracks leads you up and down the mountain, into the valleys and between them. Among the forests and meadows with their wonderful views there are regulated paths intended for extreme or more recreational cycling. They are best tackled with “all-mountain” or “enduro” bikes.
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