Once a small village, today the capital of skydiving and the home of the Gorenjka chocolate factory.
Lesce is home to the Lesce Alpine Sports Airfield, the Beekeeping Education Centre of Gorenjska, the Gorenjka Chocolate Factory, as well as the nearby Šobec Campsite with its natural lake, and Bled Golf Club – one of the most beautiful in central Europe. There is a cycle track from Lesce to Bled and a walking path to the Šobec camp.
Due to its excellent rail and road links and position, Lesce is an ideal base from which to explore alpine and central Slovenia. The range of accommodation available in Lesce is very diverse.
Today, the old village centre of Lesce is only a small part of the entire settlement. From afar it is distinguished by the high belltower of the Church of the Assumption of Mary, which is one of the oldest pilgrimage churches in Slovenia. Next to the church there are tightly-packed homesteads whose owners were formerly involved in farming and commerce. The 17th century Legatova hiša (Legat's House, Begunjska cesta 6) is a beautiful example of a rural manor. Španova hiša (Span's House, Begunjska cesta 2), is another example of rich rural architecture. It reflect the typical style of the homes of wealthy farmers in the 18th and 19th centuries. There is a small decorative turret on one corner of the house.
Lesce is among the oldest villages in Gorenjska. Its central location on a terrace above the Sava Dolinka river, as well is its favourable strategic transport position, were of significant importance in its formation and development. Archaelogical finds date back to Roman times and the early period of Christianity. In the Roman era there was a settlement here that served as a centre of commerce, and had a post office and police station at the crossroads of routes towards Bohinj, Jesenice, Tržič and Kranj. Lesce was first mentioned, together with Bled, in 1004 in the Charter of the Briksen Diocese.
Construction of the Gorenjska railway was decisive in the extensive development of Lesce in the second half of the 19th century. The railway station in Lesce is located on a plain below the old part of the village and its construction became a springboard for the development of industry. In the 20th century the original small village developed into an industrial hinterland of nearby Radovljica. Today Lesce railway station still remains the main railway station in the Municipality of Radovljica.
A free guided tour of Radovljica's old town centre
Written by Adele Gray, january 2018
Though, in truth, I will never be a lover of winter and snow, since moving to Slovenia in 2007 I have learnt that in winter in the area where I live – Radovljica, in the northwest i.e. the alpine area - snow is a fact of life and, to some extent, have learnt to embrace it!
written by Rebecca Svetina, January 2019
I quite enjoy the start of the new year in my (now) hometown of Radovljica. The hype of the holidays has faded and we can enjoy the frost-kissed landscape and snow capped mountains, which makes the fairytale town of Radovljica even more idyllic.
Written by Kaja Beton, February 2019
In the month when Slovenia celebrates Prešeren Day - a cultural public holiday – we have prepared a list of a range of places that particularly strive for the preservation and presentation of Slovenian culture.