In Slovenian region of Koroška it is possible to take a special ride not just into the past, but also into the … underground.
All year round, different groups can put on the mining equipment and take a ride on a genuine mining train right to the heart of the mountain, 600 m below the surface. The visit to the abandoned and closed mine in Mežica offers a unique experience of the underground world and of the difficult lives of the hard-working miners.
Driving through the 3.5 km long Glančnik tunnels lasts about 15 minutes and can truly be described as a mind-blowing experience. Attendees step out at the station in the heart of the mine. Accompanied by an experienced guide, visitors head for the trail to find out more about the history of mining. Numerous exhibited objects reveal the everyday work and lives of miners. Different types of mining equipment and tools, that were used by miners in different historical periods, from the early beginnings over 350 years ago until the last days of mining in the past century, are presented.
Upon request, even a real miner’s lunch or breakfast is served. At the end of the tour, visitors hop back on the train and return from the mine for a visit to the mining museum.