Bled – Radovljica = 7 km

radovljica linhartov trg jost gantar© Jošt Gantar, www.slovenia.info

The genuine and pleasant town of Radovljica is the heart of apiculture and chocolate-making. It will enchant you with one of the most beautiful medieval town squares with the only preserved town moat in Slovenia. Stories about pottery, gingerbread-making, beekeeping and herbalist traditions hide behind the walls of architectural gems from the 16th and 17th century.  Standing out above all the buildings in the town centre is the Radovljica Manor, home to the Museum of Apiculture.

radovljica Museum of Apiculture jost gantar© Jošt Gantar, www.slovenia.info

Maybe the blacksmithing tradition of the settlement of Kropa will entice you with its heritage-protected old town square, where hand-forged pieces of art are still being manufactured under the hammers of blacksmiths. In Brezje you may visit the Basilica of the Virgin Mary, the largest pilgrimage destination in Slovenia.

bazilika Marija Pomagaj Brezje© Janez Kotar, arhiv Romar d.o.o., www.slovenia.info

Radovljica is an excellent starting point for hikers and cyclists, from which they can explore the Karawanks or the Jelovica plateau.  From the settlement of Kropa you may climb up to the settlement of Jamnik where magnificent views open up on the surrounding area.

Through the Draga valley, which is guarded by the remains of the Kamen Castle at its entrance, paths lead you to the popular Roblekov dom mountain cabin on mount Begunjščica. Alternatively, you may take the shorter path from the village of Begunje to St. Peter's Church, from where the renowned musician Slavko Avsenik used to enjoy the view of his family home and the beauties of the Gorenjska region from Mount Triglav to Lake Bled.

Kamen Castle© Miran Kambič, www.slovenia.info