The “Kamšt” is a large water-powered pumping device, which was used to pump the pit water from the Idrija Mercury Mine. The name comes from the German word Wasserkunst and means “water art”. It consists of a wooden drive wheel, a wooden-steel horizontal drive bars, a vertical pumping bars and piston pumps. The special feature of the ”Kamšt” is its huge driving wheel with a diameter of 13.6m. There were many examples of “Kamšt” operating for the mining purposes in Idrija. Only this one at the Joseph’s Shaft is preserved today, it was installed in 1790 and operated for over 150 years, until 1948.Plan to visit Idrija Kamšt and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Idrija attractions using our Idrija day trip planner.
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Huge wheel is a small part of former Mercury mine. Wheel was used to pump water. It is preserved in the suburb of Idrija in independent building. Ask in museum or in the tourist office for a guide to.... more »
Wow factor as it is so big! You also get to see some of the trains / engines used. Do this as part of the three extra museum visits you can book up at the castle museum.... EUR6 for all three... more »
Nice stop for families to have a quick break from the road. Playground, good surroundings and great views!
Very lovely playground for children and a park to walk around with your dog, very beautiful.
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