Experience the tradition of Slovenian beekeeping in the beautiful towns of Bled, Bohinj, Žirovnica, Kranjska Gora, Gorje, Radovljica in the Alpine region of Gorenjska (Upper Carniola), Slovenia.
Visit the must-bee places!
Žirovnica’s picturesque villages are embraced by the Karavanke mountains, radiating peacefulness and homeliness. Visit the cradle of beekeeping in Slovenia and the home town of Anton Janša, a pioneer in modern beekeeping. Taste the special sparkling honey wine and discover the scent of a unique honey perfume.
France Prešeren could be also described as the Shakespeare of Slovene literature and his birth place is a popular tourist sight. The house presents a collection of 19th-century artefacts, including the poet’s cradle, and was one of the first Slovene protected cultural monuments. Indulge yourself in some culture and taste the delicious honey biscuits.
Besides being a pioneer of beekeeping, Anton Janša also painted the fronts of the beehives. Learn about the beginnings of beekeeping and visit the first home of Janša’s bees in the idyllic village of Breznica. Did you know that the first World Bee Day will be celebrated on Anton Janša’s birthday, May 20?
At Noč beekeeping, the fourth generation is now continoung the tradition of dedicated beekeeping. Try a vast variety of honey products, honey spirits, sparkling honey wine, and even honey scented perfume!
The lovely town of Radovljica boasts a wonderful Old Town centre, which preserved the structure and design of a medieval town dating from the 14th and 15th century. A quiet, laid-back atmosphere invites you to take a moment and fully enjoy the charming feeling of the past.
The historical part of the town is full of authentically preserved buildings, cobbled streets, museums, galleries and restaurants. The Linhart Square is the centre of it all, lined with houses dating from the 16th century with picturesque Renaissance and Gothic façades. Take a relaxed stroll and stop at the tourist information centre for some honey chocolate.
Discover the rich beekeeping tradition of Slovenia. Since its opening in 1959 the Museum of Apiculture presents the most interesting aspects of the heritage of Slovenian beekeeping; the native race of bees (the Carnoilan bee), the world-renowned beekeepers (like Anton Janša) and the largest collection of painted beehive panels from the 18th and 19th centuries; a folk art unique to Slovenia.
The family run Lectar house offers a restaurant serving traditional Slovenian food, as well as a guest house, a gingerbread workshop and a museum. You can visit the live gingerbread-making workshop, and see for yourself how it is created. Admire the exhibition of the traditional honeydew hearts and decorate your heart to take home.
Fresh ingredients, traditional recipes and genuine Slovenian food. Radovljica’s slogan, honestly sweet, says it all. Throughout the year the restaurants in Radovljica are offering honey menus with traditional dishes made of locally produced honey. Visit the Lectar Restaurant, Vila Podvin, Kunstelj Inn, Draga Inn, Restaurant Tulipan and Lambergh Château & Hotel Restaurant.
Lambergh Château & Hotel Restaurant
The centre combines education, development, the presentation and promotion of Slovenian beekeeping. Besides providing fresh knowledge to professional beekeepers, the Beekeeping centre of Gorenjska also provides the promotion and preservation of the rich Slovene beekeeping heritage by offering guided tours of the traditional Slovenian apiary, honey tasting, various workshops, a shop with honey products, a wellness centre with honey treatments and so much more …
Imagine a cobalt-blue lake with a romantic island, a medieval cliff-top castle and a backdrop of snowcapped mountains. This is Bled, one of Slovenia’s top attractions. Feel the serenity of the place. Enjoy honey tasting and experience the beneficial effect of apitherapy. Learn about the medicinal use of bee products like pollen, honey and beehive air.
Visiting the Ambrožič beekeeping can be an enlightening experience. Enjoy the benefits of apitherapy and learn about the modern way of beekeeping with the Carniolan bee. A special built apiary makes it possible to watch through a large window the hardworking bees, while special apiary rooms are designed to allow you to boost your health by inhaling air from the hive.
Perched on top of a steep cliff, the oldest medieval castle in Slovenia traces its history back to 1004. Explore the mysterious past of Bled Castle and visit the small museum that houses a permanent exhibition on the history of Bled. Besides an exceptional view of Lake Bled, the castle invites you to discover the old printing house, a wine cellar and a shop of honey products.
Reach Bled island the way it’s been done for centuries – by riding the traditional “pletna” (wooden gondola). Once you arrive, climb the 99 steps to the church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary, ring the ‘wishing bell’ in the 15th-century church belfry, and make a wish. Visit Bled Island ‘Potičnica’ and taste the traditional Slovenian cake – potica with honey.
Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the panoramic Beekeeping route that takes you from one apiary to another, delighting you with stunning views. Gorje offers an interesting introspection in the traditional local trades, which are being revived. Take a look at the blacksmiths’ workshops, the sawmills and cheese factories. Did you know that the symbol of Gorje is a bell? In the past the craft of bell-making flourished in these parts and today you too can admire the skilful craftsmen reviving the old cow bell making techniques.
Gorje – info center
T: 04/575 18 05
Gorje present itself as a settlement of picturesque villages, which lie on the sunny side at the top of a gently sloping ridge northwest of Bled. Enjoy walking along this scenic road connecting several cultural and natural points of interest.
Gorje – info center
T: 04/575 18 05
The Bernik beekeeping produces a delicious tasting raw and unfiltered honey, full of aromas and flavours. (tukaj bi še dodali kakšnevrste medu ponuja) Try their special honey pops with various additions, like cranberries, cinnamon, lemon …
Beekeeping Jože Bernik
Spodnje Gorje 118a
4247 Zgornje Gorje
T: +386 4572 54 18
In the pleasant environment of the Zatrnik village, the restaurant Pr`Jagru delights your palate with traditional Slovenian dishes. Beside honey specialties, like soft gingerbread, honey desserts and honey spirits, you can also choose between a vast selection of carefully prepared local dishes. They all taste delicious!
The Bohinj valley, is set on the edge of the Triglav National Park, which main attraction is its glacial Bohinj Lake. With Mount Triglav, Slovenia’s tallest mountain, in full view, Bohinj is ideal terrain for numerous outdoor activities. Take pleasure in a cycling excursion, and indulge in honey tasting. Visit a beekeeper who practises bee air therapy.
Hop on and cycle along the beautiful Bohinj beekeeping path in the Triglav National Park. Admire the changing landscape along the route while you cycle through alpine fields dotted with wildflowers and forests where the branches form a trellis above your head. Treat yourself to something delicious and taste the traditional honey specialties.
Stop for a while to admire the second oldest apiary in Slovenia. The Čuček apiary is an important beekeeping and cultural heritage of Bohinj and Slovenia. According to experts it is more than two hundred years’ old! Although it is no longer serving its purpose, it has kept its original interior and is an interesting cultural monument to see.
Join the presentation of the bee family and observe the bees in the special observation hive. Discover the variety of healthy bee products, from honey, propolis to pollen and mead. Enjoy honey tasting, and indulge in the healing effects of apitherapy.
Kranjska Gora is Slovenia’s largest and best-equipped ski resort, known worldwide mainly due to the famous Vitranc Alpine Ski Cup. Settled in the Julian Alps close to the Italian and Austrian borders, Kranjska Gora is an exciting destination also during the summer season, offering limitless options for hiking, cycling and mountaineering. Observe a master beekeeper at work and walk in the honey garden to learn about the importance of each plant and tree.
Join a guided tour of beekeeping for children, indulge into some honey and pollen tasting. At Toni beekeeping you will safely observe the inside of the Carniolan bees’ home, learn how the beekeepers work, how honey is produced and what are the secrets of keeping the bees happy and healthy.
Take a stroll around the charming old town. The picturesque mountain-top town of Kranjska Gora invites you to discover its picture perfect pedestrianized centre with small local shops and cafes. Although it’s compact, it offers great entertainment to the entire family, from wellness centres, casinos to lots of fun for kids in the land of the fictional hero Kekec.
Enter the shop full of folk and traditional Slovenian souvenirs and a vast selection of bee products. The concept of the Židana Marela shop is to offer as a boutique, products made in Slovenia by manufacturers, designers, craftsmen and various artists who love their craft and are passionate about preserving the Slovenian tradition.