The Zrinski Mine on Medvednica
Want to explore the secrets of the mine near Zagreb?
Did you know that there is a mine on Medvednica? Not far from the Grafičar Mountain Cabin, there is an area known as the Mining Garden, which is the site of the Zrinski Mine. If you’re interested in mining and want to learn more about the mine near Zagreb – it’s time to visit the Zrinski Mine.
Why visit the Zrinski Mine?
The Zrinski Mine was opened in the 16th century
In the 16th century, silver-doped galena was found in the Mining Garden area. Shortly after, mining began in Medvednica, with hard-working miners working 10 to 12-hour shifts – using hammers, wedges, picks, and shovels.
In the middle of the 17th century, the Zrinski family had already halted the mining, not being satisfied with the results – a ton of galena had to be mined to get half a kilo of silver.
The reconstruction of the mine started in 2004, until when the mine had been in disrepair and inhabited by underground creatures.
Explore the life of miners
Today, the Zrinski Mine is open to visitors and is regularly visited by groups who want to learn more about the mine and mining.
Visitors can listen to interesting stories of the guide and experience the sounds and tools that echoed through the mine in the olden times.
The dripping of water and clinking of hammers will surely remain deeply engraved in your memory. Only when you experience the reality of life in the mine will you become aware of how difficult a task the old miners faced.