The valley, named after the glacial river that runs through it, is one of the most beautiful valleys of Triglav National Park. It is known for its hummocky meadows, a typical formation on the floor of the valley, which is the result of glaciation in the last ice age.
Stara Sava iron foundry settlement
The Stara Sava foundry settlement in Jesenice was proclaimed to be a cultural monument of national significance, due to its exceptional urban, technical, architectural and historical significance. The focal point of the ironmaking settlement are the very well preserved ironmaking industrial facilities, particularly the remains of the blast furnace – a facility for melting iron ore with wood coal.
Forests of Pokljuka Plateau and the Goreljek peat bogs
Pokljuka is a high Karst Plateau at the eastern end of the Triglav National Park, covered in endless forests. Numerous karst forms can be found on Pokljuka, such as sinkholes, abysses and caves and hummocky meadows. The deep forests of Pokljuka hide peat bogs — a precious natural area of constant standing water with a few centimetres or metres thick layer of peat overgrown with peat mosses.
Gorjuše is an old alpine village, located at an altitude of 1000 metres above sea level. For the past few centuries, the village has been known for its traditional craft of making wooden smoking pipes. The Gorjuše pipes (locals named them “čedra”) which are made of pear, maple or boxwood, are made in various shapes and decorated with pieces made out of mother-of-pearl, silver metal and brass.
Along its way, the River Radovna has carved a deep gorge, which today is home to picturesque natural pools, white rapids and small waterfalls. Through the nearly two-kilometre-long and up to 250-metre-deep gorge, leads a wooden pathway with bridges just above the water.
Bled Lake and Bled Castle
Centuries ago, the famous Slovenian poet Prešeren called Bled “an image of paradise” and he was right — the turquoise lake with an island and church in the middle, a medieval castle sitting on top of a high cliff and mighty mountains in the background conjure up a true paradise. Its mild, healing climate, thermal lake water and countless natural and cultural sights make it the most popular destination for visitors in Slovenia.
Anton Janša’s memorial apiary
Today, the apiary of Anton Janša, known as the Slovenian pioneer of modern beekeeping, is restored as a memorial. It is especially famous for its unique hand-painted front panels, and due to its special design, the hives can easily be moved to other locations.
Avsenik Museum in Begunje village
The museum, which is part of the Avsenik restaurant in the village of Begunje, has an exhibition on the history and development of the Avsenik Brothers Ensemble. The two brothers were founders of this music genre, which today is imitated all over the world.
Photo: Jošt Gantar, Source: STO
Radovljica Old Town
The old town of Radovljica, also known as “Slovenia’s chocolate and beekeeping capital”, has well-preserved houses from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. One of them is Šivec House, which is one of the best examples of a renaissance townhouse in Slovenia. The viewpoint at the end of the Old Town serves up wonderful views of the Sava river, the Jelovica plateau and the Julian Alps.