Slovenia is rich in waters, caves, and natural attractions. The Mezica mine combines these three, as we can cycle in the dry level and kayak in the wet level of the former mine! It was closed in the mid-'90s, later open for the public as a tourist attraction - and soon, it became one of the best natural sights in the country.

We can also explore two levels of the family-friendly cave system. The dry, cycling section is 500 meters, while the wet-kayaking section is 700 meters below the surface.

In addition to the active programs, we can of course see the remains of the former mine by train in the mining museum.

Mezica mine Details
Country Slovenia
Location Mezica village (Northern Slovenia)
Address Glančnik 8, 2392 Mežica, Slovenia
Distance from Ljubljana 2 hours / 120 km
Slovenian name Podzemlje Pece, podjetje za razvoj turistične in Muzejske dejavnosti, d.o.o.
Difficulty Easy
Experience? No need
Min age? 10 yrs
Equipments Included in the price
Season Jan - dec (every day)
Opening hours Booking in advance
Prices 12 - 100 euro
Barrier-free? No
Dog-friendly? No
Website Website

Where is Mezica mine?

Address, map, entrance, parking, distance, approach

The mine is located on a mountain called Peca in the northern part of Slovenia. It belongs to Mezica village. As the mine is quite close to the Austrian border, it is not uncommon for tourists from Styria to come through Austria as well.

Parking

You can park in front of the mine for free. There are about 10 spaces in the designated parking lot. The entrance can be approached from here.

  • Parking coordinates: 46.512501, 14.855900
  • Address: Mezica mine, Glančnik 8, 2392 Mežica, Slovenia

Distances

It is located about 120 km from Ljubljana and can be reached by highway. Of the larger cities in the north, it is easily accessible.

  • Distance to Maribor: 1.5 hours / 100 km
  • Distance to Celje: 1.5 hours / 70 km
  • Distance from Ljubljana: 2 hours / 120 km

Map

Mezica mine map - Ljubljana distance
Mezica mine map - Ljubljana distance
Underground kayaking - Mezica mine
Underground kayaking - Mezica mine

Mount Peca

Ore was mined on and around Peca Mountain, bringing more than 19 million tons of ore to the surface in nearly 300 years. To do this, a huge network and grooves were built inside the mountain. Today, more than 800 kilometers of underground trails lie below the surface.

The mine itself has closed not so long ago, only in the late 1990s. It has been operating as a tourist attraction since 1997. The cave system, which can still be visited, can also be seen with a simple tourist ticket (using the mine rail).

The unevenness and slippery terrain of the terrain also provides excitement for experienced cyclists as well. Fortunately, you can’t get lost, as you will be guided by a local tour guide all the way down.


Prices

You can go kayaking and cycling in the mine with a tour guide, as part of a group tour. All 3 tours must be booked in advance (museum tour, kayak tour, and bike tour).

The tours start with a minimum of 2 people!

  • Visitor's ticket, adult: 12 euros
  • Visiting ticket, kids: 9 euros
  • Bicycle tour: 30 - 50 euros
  • Kayak tour: 50 euros

Opening hours

The mine is open every day, all year round (winter and summer). As we wrote earlier, you need to book in advance for each group!

Tours Days Times
Mining museum Tuesday, Sunday 10:00
Kayak tours M - S 09:00, 11:00
Bike tours M - S 10:00, 14:00

Groups start with a minimum of 2 people and there can be no more than 10 people in a group. The organizers also ask that you arrive 15 minutes before the departure of the tours!


How difficult are the tours?

Neither cycling nor kayaking is strenuous. Easy, convenient programs that require no previous experience. You will be guided by a tour guide during all programs, hence you can only register for the program by pre-booking.

You will make most of the descent by the mine train, so you won't have to walk much either, but there will be some stairs to climb.


Underground bike tours

The bike tour takes place on flat terrain, on a walkable area that is approx. 6 km long. The altitude difference is less than 20 meters. Suitable for families with kids as well. All the necessary types of equipment will be provided by the mine.

  • Tour duration: 2.5 hours
  • Hiking difficulty: easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years

Underground kayak tours

Once the Mezica mine was closed, the water in the mine was no longer drained, so it flowed into the trenches, creating a contiguous lake.

In Mezica, there is a mining train at the Glancnik Mining Museum, which takes you to the mining system 3.5 km away in less than half an hour. After a short walk, there are kayaks inside the mine to paddle around the lakes.

At the end of the kayak program, visitors can also sample the traditional miner’s dishes (buckwheat porridge, rye bread, bacon, and latte).

  • Tour duration: 4 hours
  • Hiking difficulty: easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years

Equipment and clothing

The price includes all equipment:

  • helmet
  • headlight
  • bicycle
  • kayaking clothes

What you should pay attention to are the right clothes and comfortable shoes. The mine has 10 degrees in winter and summer.


Black Hole - MTB tour


The video here was made in the "Black Hole," which is an advanced bike ride in the mine. This tour is not the same as the earlier mentioned bike tour.

The Black Hole tour has no fixed day, you will need to contact them. It is arranged on request.

Black Hole MTB tour - Mezica mine

Underground kayaking in Mezica mine, Slovenia
Underground kayaking in Mezica mine, Slovenia