guided tours

Find out more about the mining profession when the mine was still opened and listen to stories and anecdotes of former miners. You will be able to see the statue of St. Barbara, the patron saint of miners, a vast collection of tools used when the mine was closing down, an example of an almost vertical excavation field with an undiscovered barite vein, a reconstruction of wooden supports, a reconstruction of rails with a mine cart, a collection of rocks and ores from Sitarjevec, a paleoenvironmental reconstruction, photo panels of bats residing in the mine and a showcase of hematite ore. There is also a presentation of limonite stalactites which takes place in a smaller hall. We’ve created a fairy tale corner nearby, where our youngest visitors can listen to stories. Some of them were written by our local writer Darinka Kobal in her prose fiction V temnih globinah sitarjevca. By prior arrangement, visitors can order the traditional miners’ lunch (prepared in a modern way) called “Sitarjevška malca” or “škratov šmorn”.


By prior arrangement, visitors (minimum of 10 people) can order the traditional miners’ lunch called “Sitarjevška malca” or “škratov šmorn”.


The fairy tale corner is a great place for our youngest visitors who enjoy listening to fairy tales and stories. Some of them were written by our local writer Darinka Kobal in her prose fiction V temnih globinah sitarjevca.


A mischievous, devilry goblin takes the kids (and parents) on a journey to explore the secret underground world. You will learn new information about the mine in a playful and humorous way – what the rocks look like and how heavy they are, how the minerals reflect light, how to use different mining tools, and on top of that, you will hear interesting stories of former miners and get the chance to meet our special inhabitants – bats and limonite stalactites.


Litko is a miner and the official mascot of Litija’s carnival. He loves to bring joy to visitors of major events in Litija. He lives in the Sitarjevec mine and lurks in its hidden depths. If you’re lucky, you might notice him in a side tunnel, so keep an eye out!


Once upon a time, a traditional carnival took place in a tiny city that lies between two hills and through which flows the Sava River. It has been more than 170 years since the beginning of this beautiful tradition. People dressed up in costumes, walked around the city and rejoiced. Amongst them was also a sad, lonely miner, who wanted to dress up in a costume, but his colleagues didn’t allow him to do so. For days and years, he wished to be the favourite carnival figure and to be loved by everyone. One day, while he was working in the mine, he fantasized about the perfect carnival mask and fell asleep. When he woke up, he was all happy to see that he was dressed in a very special costume. He peeked out of the mine and found that the city was preparing for the annual carnival once again. He decided to finally participate – cheerfully and dressed in a costume!


Sitarjevška cesta 46, Litija 1270


+386 51 312 739
+386 70 700 484



As part of the New Year’s events of Magical Litija, there is a variety of events in and in front of the Sitarjevec mine. The events are well attended and attract more and more visitors each year, because they are different, unique and bewitch you with nostalgia and a pleasant atmosphere.


In December, visitors can be amazed by a unique nativity scene made out of minerals. The special nativity scene can be found in the mine’s hall.


The traditional torch walk happens every December 4th, on St. Barbara’s name day. Illuminated by thousands of tiny lights, Litko and goblins await the hikers who begin their journey in the old town centre and end it at the mine.


…is another special feature of Litija’s festive events held in December. Visitors can enjoy the Christmas story played out on the plateau in front of the mine’s entrance.


Sitarjevška cesta 46, Litija 1270


+386 51 312 739
+386 70 700 484



Good to know:

  • Tours for organized groups are available anytime, however, prior booking is required because the mine is only accessible via a guided tour.
  • The tour is suitable for everyone, including mobility-impaired persons, since the tunnel has no slope.
  • The tunnel has a constant temperature of 10 ° C and 100% humidity.
  • Every visitor receives a helmet for personal safety. We recommend warm clothes and comfortable footwear.
  • Depending on your wishes, you can experience a gastronomic adventure and be served various special dishes in the tunnel.
  • The tour is approximately one hour long.
  • Applications are accepted until all the places for a particular time slot are filled.

Opening hours:

  • Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 to 12:00 and 15:00 to 18:00,
  • Saturdays from 9:00 to 12:00,
  • Sundays from 15:00 to 18:00.

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