TOP things TO DO
We have put together some suggestions for what to see and do in the Radol’ca area and the surroundings.
OUR TIP – check the current opening times, weather and road conditions before you set off.
Radovljica, a medieval town with a moat tunnel and views of the Karavanke mountains and the Julian Alps, is known today under the label ‘Radol’ca – Honestly Sweet’. The tradition of beekeeping and honey has been supplemented by new sweet experiences. Radol’ca has become a real capital of beekeeping and chocolate.
Linhart square – a great place to spend a rainy day or a relaxed evening
Visit Linhart Square, the heart of the old town of Radovljica, a charming medieval square with picturesque houses and a magnificent mansion. In the mansion, visit the Museum of Apiculture, where you can learn about the wealth of Slovenia’s beekeeping tradition and see the largest exhibited collection of traditionally painted beehive frontal panels.
The Pharmacy and Alchemy Museum tells a tale about pharmacy and alchemy through its exhibits of exceptional objects from all over the world.
The museum has a shop, which is equipped like an old pharmacy, where, in addition to natural cosmetics, there are souvenirs with mythological themes, herbs, essential oils, and a range of teas.
The small shops in and around the old town are a great place to shop for souvenirs.
Best family activities
Adventure Minigolf Panorama
Bled Adventure Park and summer tobogganing Straža Bled
Radovljica swimming pool, Šobec campsite, Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, Sava River (the latter for pristine, but cold, water!)
Best children’s paygrounds
200 metres from the entrance to Linhart Square, Radovljica
Pump track, near Gorenjska cesta, Radovljica
Krpin playgroung near Begunje Trim trail to St. Peter trim trail
Playground at Lece Sports Airfiled – small but interesting, with a small cafe
The Sava River Trail
The Brezje Path of Peace (visit the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, the Peračica waterfall)
St. Peter’s trail – a short hike from Begunje na Gorenjskem up to a church with great views and a trim trail)
FOR BOTH CYCLING AND HIKING
Downoad Outdoor active APP
and follow the routes on the app. Have a battery fully charged:)
Our House is an excellent place to set off on a cycling trip to discover the countryside and nearby Bled. Cycle along quiet country lanes and side roads. Lesce and Bled are also linked by a bike path. Road cyclists seeking more demanding rides will enjoy the challenge of cycling up to Jamnik or to the Pokljuka plateau.
WELL WORTH A DRIVE
A magical mountain plateau with one of the largest herdsmens’ settlements in Europe, where you can learn about the fascinating life on the plateau and sample the dairy products produced on its pastures. Take a walk through the meadows across the plateau. 50 kilometres from Radovljica + cable car.
One of the oldest and best-preserved castles in Slovenia. The wealthy industrialist Rado Hribar and his wife were the former owners of the castle. Rado had a small golf course in the grounds of the castle and his wife had a very unusual pet. They had a large art collection including the famous Slovenian Kofetarica painting (a lady who drinks coffee) by Ivana Kobilica, which you can see in the piano room where you can experience the story and enjoy a classic tea party.
35 kilometres from Radovljica
We suggest visiting Ljubljana by train. Walk through the beautiful city and/or take a boat and relax while admiring the colourful houses from the Ljubljanica River. A visit to the market is a ‘must’, and on Fridays you can taste some of the best street food from all over Slovenia at the Open Kitchen (April to October in sunny weather) in Pogačar Square (Pogacarjev trg).
45 kilometres from Radovljica
Take a dip in the ice-cold water of the crystal-clear mountain lake, surrounded by the most beautiful alpine scenery. Visit Planica, one of the largest ski jumping centres in the world, where you can make a descent by zipline above the ski jump ramps, including the largest one in the world.
Take a walk to the Zelenci nature reserve, where you can see the source of the Sava Dolinka river.
30 kilometres from Radovljica
Drive to Kropa beneath the Jelovica plateau, stopping enroute in Kamna Gorica for a short walk through the village. Continue up to Jamnik – a small church with breathtaking views of Gorenjska. You will pass the village of Dražgoše, home to an important World War II monument, where you can stop and enjoy the peace.
Continue to Železniki and onwards through small village towards Idrija. Walk through the town of Idrija – a UNESCO heritage pearl. Try some traditional zlikrofi – handmade mini pasta dumplings filled with potatoes and bacon. Visit the mercury mine, and buy some handmade lace. Visit the Franja Partisan Hospital. Drive back through Škofja loka, where you can stop for a walk in the historic old town and walk up to the castle. We recommend the following restaurants along the way:
Gostilna pri Danilu***** Reteče near Škofja Loka
Na vasi*** Zminc
Allow 2 hours for the drive there (return trip cca. 4 hours) The road through Škofja loka is better and faster, so if you are short and time, you can go there and back the same way.
STREET FOOD and TAKEAWAY FOOD
Not really Slovenian but we love it! You can buy burek in almost every bakery – a filled savoury pastry made of filo pastry with a variety of fillings, such as meat or curd cheese.
Although originally from Bled, nowadays you can buy the tradition cream slice KREMŠNITA in almost every patisserie shop or supermarket.
KRANJSKA KLOBASA sausage
WHAT TO BUY AND WHERE
Honey – Gregor Buden, Radovljica, 031 641 481
Local food and drink – Shop 18sedem3 Gorenjska cesta 1, Radovljica
Wine – Sodček Wine Bar, Linhartov trg 8, Radovjica
Chocolate – Radolška Čokolada chocolatier, Gorenjska cesta 4, Radovljica; Gorenjka chocolate factory shop, Rožna Dolina 8, Lesce
Ceramics – Manufaktura Magušar and CUDV (both in Linhart square)
Sports equipment – Extreme Vital, Gorenjska cesta 41, Radovljica
Elan (you can also visit the Elan Ski Museum) Begunje na Gorenjskem 1, Begunje