Traditional hike along an ancient mining route
Every spring, the Development Agency for Upper Gorenjska organises – with the financial support by the Municipality of Jesenice – a traditional annual hike along an ancient mining route. At this recreational and educational event, the participants set out on a hike to learn about the history of iron industry and the accompanying activities (cart driving, charcoal pile burning and mining). The event takes place on the international museum day in collaboration with the Upper Sava Valley Museum Jesenice. As the entire ancient mining route is rather long, the hike is organised only along its parts; however, these parts are different every year and consequently so are the visited sites and topics discussed. The time frame of the event coincides with the daffodil (Narcissus poeticus) blossoming period in Planina pod Golico, thus the participants can enjoy in beautiful views while passing the meadows of innumerable blossoming daffodils. While participation is free of charge, every participant also receives a home made snack.
The participants who cannot or will not set out on a hike can visit the museum collection of the Upper Sava Valley Museum Jesenice at Stara Sava free of charge and use a transfer to Planina pod Golico afterwards, to join hikers at a social event.
The hike is intended for the citizens of the town of Jesenice, who wish to learn about the history of the town and its surroundings at a recreational and social event. The direct objective is to promote the ancient mining route as a theme route, where visitors can learn about the life in the past while being active in the natural surroundings.
The indirect objective of the event is to present other points of interest and tourist service providers along the route.
Municipality of Jesenice – increased visibility of the municipality as a tourist destination; increased awareness among the local population about the importance of iron industry.
Event organisers and promoters – increased visibility as tourism promoters in the region; increased numbers of visitors (Jesenice Tourist Information Centre and Upper Sava Museum Jesenice).
Local restaurants and inns – income from the sale of food and drinks.
Event participants – participation free of charge; new knowledge about the history of the ancient mining route; socialising.
Local tourist service providers – increased visibility.
WHY is the best practice considered as good
The event presents tangible and intangible cultural heritage at a recreational event. As the route has not been equipped with information boards so far, a guided hike is the best way to present all aspects of the old mining route, including the stories and interpretations of history.
The event also has educational nature and helps to raise the awareness of the unknown history of Jesenice and the Savske jame mining area.
WHAT are the measurable results
The number of participants at the 2011 event: 85.
The number of participants has been constantly growing.
They come from an ever wider area of Slovenia.
New opportunities created on the local level
Establishment of the ancient mining route as a theme route furnished with information boards.
Involvement of the local population as the bearers of intangible cultural heritage (connoisseurs of history and stories, craftspeople).
Establishment of Savske jame as an open-air museum.
Extension of the event with an entertainment event.
The event is financed by the Municipality of Jesenice and implemented by the Development Agency for Upper Gorenjska. The costs of the event in 2011 amounted to approx. EUR 2,200 and can be divided as follows:
promotion – EUR 900
organisation – EUR 600
food and drinks, transfers – EUR 700
Possibility of tansferring the best practice
The transfer of the best practice is relevant for all theme routes: annually organised and professionally guided visits to a route can increase its visibility.