When the house smells like gingerbreads, we know it is almost Christmas time. In Radovljica, a small medieval town, lying at the foot of Karawanks, smells like Christmas almost all year around. Old city center is a home of a small Gingerbread museum called Lectar museum, where you can take a closer look at how lectar hearts (decorated pastry made from honey dough and heart shaped) are crafted. The city is a real medieval architectural gem and full of Christmas spirit and decorations it becomes a magical venue.
Nearby is the most important shrine of Mary on Slovenian soil, The Basilica of Mary Help of Christians at Brezje. in the church complex it is also a Museum of nativity scenes with the largest collection of nativity scenes in Slovenia. After an organized lunch we also visit the festive Bled and go for a short walk by Bled lake in the light of lanterns.
The trip will take us to Brezje, where we will visit the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians and Museum of nativity scenes. After a short drive we will walk around the old town of Radovljica, enter the Lectar museum, where they will introduce us to the tradition of making lectar hearts.
Next is lunch and drive to Bled. We will spend some free time strolling around the Christmas fair near Bled lake, then walk along the shore with lanterns and warm up with mulled wine or tea along the way.
Great experience and good organization. Thanks to our guide who showed us the pretty charms of Holidays. This trip goes to my really fond memories.