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Kropa, the cradle of Slovenian iron forging

Every Wednesday. Visit the picturesque market town of Kropa, known for its blacksmiths and long tradition of iron forging. At Vigenc Vice foundry you can see a live demonstration of iron forging and try your hand at forging nails.


Kropa, a small market town at the foot of the Jelovica high plateau, was the first Slovenian town to receive the status of protected cultural monument. The unique architecture of this ironworking centre, tells the story of blacksmiths families, while the town churches in an otherwise small village are a testimony of its former importance. Narrow streets, water locks and canals, stone carved portals and window shutter made of wrought iron give unique character to this place.One of the landmarks of Kropa is also the nail forge called Vigenjc Vice, where you will be able to see a demonstration of hand forging of nails (entrance fee)  and test your hand at this interesting skill.


You will see the following with a local guide:

- The old market town of Kropa 


You can also visit:

-Vigenc Vice foundry

-Iron forging Museum

-Fovšaritnica Museum House


FREE of charge for Julian Alps:Radovljica card holders

All other visitors 5,00eur/person

Every Wednesday at 10:45am (between 15.6 and 15.9 2024)

Meeting point:  Kropa, by the water reservoir (Kropa 1b) 

*the tour is not suitable for children under 12 years of age.


How to get to Kropa:

- by bus: scheduled bus routes run from Radovljica, Bled, Kranj, Ljubljana, Jesenice

- by bike  

- by bike via the Radovljica network of mountain bike routes from Radovljica or Bled


For more information, please contact the tourist information centre in your area or the reception of your accommodation.

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