Sweet Radovljica

Published: 18.6.2015

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Sweet Radovljica

Welcome to the authentically sweet Radovljica! The town is famous for a rich tradition in apiculture blacksmithing and chocolate making. It reigns under Karavanke, in the vicinity of the iconic Bled. Spice your travelling memories with sweet tastes of Radovljica. Take a drive to the nearby alpine towns with the Hop on - Hop off tourist bus or fly over Triglav by sports plane.

Sweet Radovljica

Welcome to the authentically sweet Radovljica! The town is famous for a rich tradition in apiculture blacksmithing and chocolate making. It reigns under Karavanke, in the vicinity of the iconic Bled. Spice your travelling memories with sweet tastes of Radovljica. Take a drive to the nearby alpine towns with the Hop on - Hop off tourist bus or fly over Triglav by sports plane.

The old town centre of Radovljica is one of the best preserved medieval town structures in Slovenia. Located between the Julian Alps and Karavanke, the town enthrals its visitors with its sub-alpine architecture and it is a real open air museum. Buildings seen from Linhart`s Square come from the 17th and 18th century, and some mighty town houses stand proudly among them. It has, however, preserved the character of a simple town which is much different to the neighbouring Bled or Brezje. Take the Hop on – Hop off bus which connects Radovljica, Bled, Begunje and Brezje and see it for yourself. Or, take a flight over Triglav by taking off from the sports aeroport in Lesce and land in Bovec.

The heart and the soul of Radovljica is Linhartov trg (Linhart`s Square). On 2 July, it will be turned into the stage and arena of the international street theatre called Ana Desetnica. Have a look at the exhibition in the Municipal Museum where the works of art of a great Slovenian dramatist and historian Anton Tomaž Linhart are put on display. In the heart of Radovljica, make a visit to the Gingerbread museum and the House with Licitar Tradition where the bakery famous for the production of the licitar sits with the house symbol which still operates today. Licitar or gingerbread making is the making of delicious semi-durable pastry made of honey dough. Usually, it is made in the shape of a heart which is the symbol of love and it is coloured in a passionate red colour. You may get one and give it as a gift to your nearest one, with a humorous or love inscription.

Visit the Apicultural Museum Radovljica. Learn about the Carniolan honeybee that is an autochthonous species of Slovenia. The first Slovenian poetic almanac was named after it. A special feature of the Slovenian Alpine space, and an indispensable part of the cultural heritage, is the painting of beehive panels. At first the bee keepers placed them on beehives in order to differentiate one from the other whereas today they are used to make beehives more attractive. They are most usually painted by using simple motives of everyday life. It was also very common to paint saints who are supposed to protect bees.

The town has taken its catchword "Truly Sweet" from the rich tradition of chocolate making which in the nearby Lesce goes back to 1922. Then, a Slovenian from Trieste, Adolf Zavrtanik established a family business in Trieste for the production of chocolate which has been transformed into the company Gorenjka, Lesce chocolate company - Try their famous chocolate with whole nuts which is decorated with the photo of a girl in a traditional custom of Gorenjska on the packaging. Radovljica has hosted the most chocolate-like festival in Slovenia for some years now, the Chocolate Festival which takes place in April. Taste the typical local foods at the Radol`ca Tastes event which come alive in 10 restaurants in November.

The surrounding of Radovljica is also interesting. Listen to the sound of accordion in Begunje at the Avsenik Festival which takes place between 1 and 23. August. This is where the true legends of the popular folk music, the brothers Vilko and Slavko Avsenik come from. Drive in the direction of Kranj and stop in Brezje, the largest Slovenian pilgrimage centre, or visit Kropa, the development of which has been marked by blacksmithing.

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