The village of Zemplínske Hámre
was once known for iron ore mining
The village situated at the northern bottom of the Vihorlat Hills below Sninský kameň was known at the beginning of the 19th century for the mining of iron ore, which took place here much earlier, in a surface way on ping fields. Therefore, an ingenious system of water canals was built in the settlement, which ensured the operation of up to four hammers. This part of history is commemorated by the Hámre Nature trail with fourteen stops. It includes the original objects, respective their replicas, which were used for the extraction and processing of iron ore. It acquaints visitors with the events related to the establishment of the settlement and presents the way of living in the past. It is 6.8 km long and intersects with the cycle route through Snina's narrow-gauge railway and the walking route to Sninský kameň.
You can find there e.g. hammer with water drive, mining tunnel, narrow-gauge railway, wooden bell tower, or blast furnace. It was in it that it was necessary to ensure a sufficient amount of charcoal for the processing of iron ore. The locals burned it in the charcoal kilns, a replica of which can be found at the end of the village near a functional quarry.
In the middle of the village, there is a museum, which is located in stone masonry, which is the oldest building in the village from the 19th century. There are two permanent exhibitions in the museum. The first presents the history of mining and ironmongery in Vihorlatské vrchy, the second is ethnographic and deals with folk architecture, agriculture, crafts, and folk clothing of the inhabitants of the settlement. There is also a tourist information center at the quarry site. It is a place where the main tourist routes to Sninský kameň and Vihorlat begin. In the village, there is also a sports and recreational area with a swimming pool Barnova rika.