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Historic Radovljica

Listed under Historic Towns and Villages in Slovenia.

  • Photo of Historic Radovljica
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  • Photo of Historic Radovljica
  • Photo of Historic Radovljica
  • Photo of Historic Radovljica
  • Photo of Historic Radovljica
Photo of Historic Radovljica
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Most people who visit Slovenia visit Bled to see the beautiful lake, visit the castle and row out to the island on the lake. However few people know about or visit Radovljica which is just 5km from Bled. Whilst Bled is undeniably picturesque, it has a fairly modern feel to it nowadays and a visit to Radovljica offers a glimpse of the past, it's a great place to visit on your trip to Slovenia, and not just because I live here!

Radovljica became a town in the 15th century and its old town centre has many preserved, late gothic and renaissance buildings and monuments. The largest of these buildings is the Graščina. This houses both the Glasbena Šola (Music School) and The Čebelarski Muzej (Museum of Apiculture, that's a Bee Museum to you and me!). The museum is open daily (except Mondays) in summer and on selected days off-season.

Next door is The Lectar Inn and Gingerbread Workshop. The workshop, which originally opened in 1766, now operates as a museum and you can visit to witness the old original process of gingerbread making and purchase unique gifts and souvenirs (open daily except Tuesdays). Whilst here you can also sample traditional home-made Slovene cuisine at the 500 year old Lectar Inn.

Still within the confines of the old town, you will find several other historic buildings such as Šivčeva Hiša, a listed architectural building from the mid-16th century which ranks amongst the most important examples of late Gothic buildings in the whole of Slovenia.

At the far end of the old town stands the church of St.Peter which was originally built over 750 years ago and was rebuilt and enlarged in the mid-15th century.

After all that culture, you might like to sample a glass (or two) of delicious Slovene wine at the Vinska Klet (wine cellar). The owner will be happy to guide you around his wine cellar and make recommendations for you. Perhaps sample some pršut and cheese to complement your drinks too.

For the more active amongst you, Radovljica offers many scenic walks and activities. Rafting on The Sava River, walking the suspension bridge and numerous walkings in the surrounding area at Fuxova Brv, the nature trail at Gozdna Ucna Pot and many more.

There is a tourist office situated at the entrance to the old town and tours of the historic buildings are available or for more information on anything Radovljica, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Written by  Adele Gray.

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About Edna Stein ?

Visited your Town and enjoyed same. Found behind St. Peters Church a small, locked, building. It appears to be a shrine to a convert to Christianity. Please explain.

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