Cultural and historical attractions in Radovljica and its surroundings
Surrounded by the exceptional natural wealth of Triglav National Park and Bled, Radol'ca is a treasure trove of cultural, historical and ethnological attractions. Wonderful monuments to the past are found both in the town of Radovljica itself as well as in the surrounding countryside, while museums house unique collections that attest to the life and creativity of inhabits in the past and the present.
The quaint historical town centre of Radovljica is one of the most beautiful of its kind in Slovenia. The town began to develop on the sunny terraces above the Sava river in the 13th century. Linhart Square, the heart of the old town, is adorned by beautifully preserved bourgeois houses dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as the Radovljica Manor, while the town's museums and galleries feature exhibitions attesting to the wealth of cultural heritage.
There is also a diverse mixture of cultural and historical attractions in the countryside surrounding Radovljica. Nearby Brezje is mainly known for its Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, which is Slovenia's national pilgrimage sanctuary. Works by the acclaimed architect Ivan Vurnik are found in the shadow of the renowned basilica, while adjoining it is a museum featuring nativity scenes from throughout the world.
The village of Begunje na Gorenjskem lies directly beneath Mt. Begunjščica. The entrance to the Draga valley is still to this day protected by the ruins of Kamen Castle. The village is also the birthplace of Slovenian national folk music and Elan skis. The villages of Kropa and Kamna Gorica, which are located on the opposite bank of the Sava river in the Lipnica valley, boast a unique iron working heritage.
Nature in the Radol'ca is no less marvellous, just calmer and more secretive. There are numerous hiking trails throughout the area and view points with far reaching views over the entire Gorenjska region.
A WALK THROUGH RADOVLJICA
The town with the most cultural attractions all in one place is Radovljica. Its historic part is one of the most beautiful in Slovenia, while there are interesting buildings and wonderful views to be found in close proximity.
MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
The area features an impressive total of 15 museums, galleries and museum collections. They reveal, among others, Slovenian beekeeping and iron working heritage, Elan's innovative skis, and the phenomen of Avsenik's music.
Visit the villages of Kropa and Kamna Gorica, both of which are imbued with a tradition of iron working, Begunje na Gorenjskem and Brezje – Slovenia's largest pilgrimage sanctuary.