Jesenice

Bled – Jesenice = 16 km

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Jesenice is best known for its foundry and ironworks tradition. You may get the best insight into the time when ironworks dominated the city between the Mežakla plateau and the Karawanks in the museum area of the Stara Sava settlement. Essential elements of the ironmaking settlement are still preserved here. The Ruard Mansion offers an insight into the life of the owners of the foundries, whereas the Workers' Barracks (Kasarna) offer a glimpse into the life of working families. The area is also home to the Church of St. Mary’s Assumption, a blast furnace and former coal storage – kolpern, which today serves as a venue for various events. 

While strolling through the town it is worth visiting the Kos Manor, the oldest building in town, mainly serving as a gallery and exhibition area, while in the near Memorial Park you may find a green oasis.

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Nature enthusiasts may take a walk on fields of white daffodils which in the spring cover the slopes of the Karawanks from the Plavški rovt to the Javorniški rovt settlements. From here, you may ascend to popular mountain tops, such as Vajnež, Rožca or Golica. One of the most played Avsenik’s songs in the world is dedicated to the latter, and you may hear it upon visiting a hockey game in the Podmežakla Sports Hall.