Radovljica, a medieval town with a moat and views of the Karavanke Alps and the Julian Alps, is known today as Sweet Radovljica (Radol'ca). The tradition of beekeeping and honey is supplemented with new sweet experiences. It has become a real capital of beekeeping and chocolate.
Is there a land more beautiful than ours, where my home is?
Lonely Planet included the Julian Alps among its top 3 destinations for 2018. And one of the must-see destinations included the old town centre of Radovljica and the Museum of Apiculture.
TOP 5 sights
Every step you take, you will be surprised by Slovenia’s natural and cultural gems. Are you interested in what you need to see in Radovljica?
TOP 5 experiences
Experience sweet moments in Radovljica. Not only to satisfy your sweet tooth with honey and chocolate, but also to taste other culinary and cultural “sweets”. Radovljica is also an excellent starting point to explore the surrounding peaks, whether it be on foot or by bicycle.
Fly into the World of the Carniolian Grey Bee
Radovljica is the capital of Slovenian apiculture. Visit the Museum of Apiculture in the Radovljica Manor and learn about the rich beekeeping tradition. Meet Anton Janša, the father of modern apiculture. See an exhibition of slightly less than 250 beehive panels. In the neighbouring house, at the Lectar Workshop and Museum, you can find out how honeybread hearts are made. You can learn about modern beekeeping at the Beekeeping Education Centre of Gorenjska in Lesce.More
Cycling along the Side Paths
Radovljica is an excellent starting point to discover the countryside by bicycle. Drive along the side roads through beautiful nature and traditional villages to reach castles, adorable churches or famous Bled. Cycling maps and a perfected system of signposts, which can be found at all major destination junctions, will help you plan your cycling tours.More
A Cultural Stroll through the Town
In the old town centre, you can see a mighty Baroque mansion and other interesting medieval buildings. The Šivec House is now the right address for art lovers, as it hosts a gallery and a museum. You can learn about the pottery tradition of the Gorenjska region in Magušar's House. Anton Tomaž Linhart, the first Slovenian playwright, was born in one of the bourgeois houses and the central square of Radovljica was named after him. You can find out more about him in the Municipal Museum of Radovljica and he can accompany you while exploring Radovljica if you use a mobile application.More
Embark on an authentic experience with a bow. In the heart of the nature, in the green Draga Valley, there are 30 models of forest animals. Parkour invites experienced and beginner archers. Experienced archers can go there on their own upon prior registration and beginners get a guide.More
Adventurous Mini Golf and Gold Panning
Forget everything you know about mini golf. The Adventure Mini Golf Panorama in the immediate vicinity of Radovljica offers a unique experience of playing grass mini golf in the embrace of the forest. The course has 12 holes and a pleasant bar, from where you can enjoy the view of the Julian Alps. You will experience a special adventure in the small Zlatokop village, where you can turn into real gold seekers.More
Tastes of Radol'ca
In the restaurants of Radovljica, you will be served authentic home-made food with local ingredients and top-class presentation. Here, you will find everything from good traditional inns to modern cuisine of the best Slovenian chefs, who every November invite diners to taste selected local menus and house events. Summer and December events in the old town centre are complemented with street dishes.More
Festival of Chocolate
Every year in April, Radovljica changes into a town of chocolate. A three-day festival is one of the most attractive gastronomic events in Slovenia. The largest chocolate-related event in Slovenia hosts Slovenian and foreign chocolate shops. You can select your favourite chocolate during tasting sessions and the varied accompanying programme for all generations takes care of the excellent festival atmosphere.More
Along the trails of Slavko Avsenik
Visit the birth place of Slavko Avsenik, the self-taught musician, who filled the largest concert halls in the world with his ensemble. At the Avsenik Museum, you will learn everything about the origins of this popular folk music which enticed Central Europe. Experience a part of this atmosphere in the hall “Pod Avsenikovo marelo”. Dance a polka dance at one of the local concerts and on summer weekends have fun with popular folk music.More
Trails with Exceptional Views
Climb up the lookout on Jamnik from Kropa or to the medieval church of St Peter of Begunje and you will have a panoramic view of the entire Gorenjska region. If you want to go higher, there is the Begunjščica mountain, and in the valley below, there are numerous hiking trails leading through the woods and by the rivers and streams. Walking in Radol’ca, you will encounter authentic rural heritage, the legacy of the Slovenian castles and the unspoilt nature and you will be rewarded with outstanding views.More
Pilgrimage to Brezje
Learn about the protector of the Slovenian nation, St Mary Help of Christians at Brezje, which has invited pilgrims since 1863. The marvellous façade of the basilica was planned by the Slovenian architect Ivan Vurnik. The area in front of the basilica was designed by architect Ivan Plečnik. Relax and take a break in the green park or go for a walk on one of the old pilgrimage trails and visit the Nativity Museum.More
Fishing on the Sava River
Relax while fishing on the Sava River. Here, the fishing season begins on 1 March. The waters of the Sava Bohinjka and Sava Dolinka rivers, which merge their beds below Radovljica, give space to different species of fish, such as brown trout, grayling, huchen, pike and rainbow trout. You can also go fishing to the Lipnica Creek and to the Vošče Pond.More
Slovenia writes a green story. Feel it at every step.
The Lipnica Valley with Kropa and Komna Gorica is rich in cultural and technical heritage of blacksmithing and ironwork industry.
In July and August, you can discover the rural region of Radovljica and its surroundings by means of a special tourist bus called Hop-On Hop-Off.
Kunstelj's Cake Pops (“grizike”)
Delicious cupcakes on a stick, dipped in chocolate. In an old Radovljica inn, they are prepared by Maja Buden in an inventive way and with local ingredients. They are easy to prepare and if you set out to make them with your children, the fun is guaranteed. The whole family will enjoy them.
Radol'ca, a Land of Inspiration
Radol’ca is a land of creative people, who find their inspiration in their cultural heritage, wonderful nature and exceptional views. The land on the edge of the Julian Alps invites you to discover Radovljica, the sweetest town in Slovenia, and to explore its diverse culture and history.
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Ride your bike to Bled, which is only 6 kilometres away and then around Lake Bled or visit the Castle on the rock. Go on a trip for a day into the heart of the Triglav National Park, to Bohinj, which is located 25 kilometres away from Radovljica. You can go and discover the old city centre of the Slovenian capital of Ljubljanja, which you can simply and quickly reach in an hour by means of public transport. You can also climb to the village of Jamnik through the iron forging Kropa. Admire the views of the Gorenjska Region and then continue your way along the panoramic road through Železniki to medieval Škofja loka, thus overcoming 40 kilometres.
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