This route is intended for beekeeping enthusiasts, and for all the hikers and cyclists that are interested in beekeeping or would simply like to enjoy the beautiful views of the Gorje villages, the wider area of Bled with Radovljica, and the SE part of the Karawanks mountain range with their highest peak Stol. In addition to beehives, the route features other cultural and natural attractions of Gorje, as well as the monuments of our technical heritage.
The Beekeeping Route in the Muncipality of Gorje leads from a beehive to a beehive through the central part of Gorje. It takes us through beautiful scenic trails, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Gorje villages. Towards the East the view opens up to the Karawanks and the Kamnik Alps, towards Bled and its surroundings, beyond Radovljica further towards Kranj, and even further to the Ljubljana basin.
Along this route you will learn about the cultural, nature, and handicraft monuments of Gorje.
The route starts at the Fortuna Inn in Spodnje Gorje.
From here you follow a peaceful, scenic gravel road to the village of Višelnica. The sheltered location of the Višelnica hill offers unique conditions for beekeeping, which is why many of the beehives that can be seen along the way have stood there for decades. The first one on the way is a very picturesque beehive belonging to Jože Bernik of Spodnje Gorje.
While the path leads you on to the Višelnica village, why not stop and take in the beautiful views of ‘the surroundings of the Bled heaven’.
Višelnica is a quaint old village which has always been known by the manufacturing of cowbells. This craft was very popular among the villagers in the 18th and 19th centuries. During that period the bells forged from tin and coated with brass were sold all over Carniola and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Today, the only forge that has retained its original shape is the Jan forge. It was still in operation until the end of the 20th century.
Despite the obvious emphasis on cowbell manufacturing, beekeeping also developed in the village. In the middle of the village, below the path, is a platform of beehives belonging to the nearby farm. Under the platform stands the big Rožič beehive. In the village you can also observe some more or less preserved baroque farm houses.
Mevkuž is a nearby village merged with Višelnica. It is known for the spring that the locals have named St. Nicholas’s water. This water is said to have a healing power. Nowadays we can find it the trough in the middle of the village next to the Church. The trough replaced the old village well, from which locals used to get their water. In order to reach the village of Mevkuž, you need to turn right at the Shrine of St Nicholas and St Florian. The filial church of St Nicholas is worth visiting. The baroque Church with its gothic presbytery and marvellous frescoes was built in 1430. Nearby on the right you can see an empty beehive. When you come back to the Shrine of St. Nicholas and St. Florian, the route takes you to the right on to the sunny-side path from which you can admire the village of Zgornje Gorje with its parish church of St George below. At the last house to the right you can observe the Hostar beehive. Afterwards, crossing a plain field, you can admire the beautiful Maček beehive in the garden of the second house to the left.
The route continues along the street of the upper part of Gorje to the junction. There, our scenic route leads right and down into the valley formed by the Radovna river. There, spanning both sides of the river and connected by a bridge, we find Grabče, a picturesque village with a rich craft heritage.
In the past the village had two mills, as well as several sawmills, a forge and a tannery. The village also boasted a manufacturer of wooden buckets. Today the Castle Mill and the almost 400-years-old tower of the Miha Forge are well-preserved and beautifully restored. At the site of the former sawmills and forge, three small electrical power stations operate today.
When crossing the bridge you can see a wonderful tower Shrine of St Florian and St John standing on a rock in the middle of the river. From Grabče, the route leads you to the left, up the sunny-side bank of the river to the village of Krnica. At the end of the Grabče village you can see the upper dam. Part of the water from this dam flows underground to the famous Lake Bled.
On Strdeno Brdo where the path joins the road to Laze and Mežakla, a view opens up on the village of Krnica. The route continues downhill across the bridge into the village. The second house on the right is a rare example of a well-preserved, half-timbered Alpine baroque house. You can spot a little statue of St. Nicholas on the façade. In the village to the left, keep an eye out for the renovated Čop sawmill as well a a disused mill. The route leads you along the road past the Pri Konavcu pub.
At the top of the hill there is a right turn for the famous Pokljuka Gorge. Further left, under the road, you can admire a typical Slovene beehive with 56 beehive panels. They were painted by the pupils of the Gorje Elementary School.
On the junction in font of the bus station in Krnica, go right across the road through the fields to the first junction. You will be rewarded with a wonderful view of the Gorje district with the Stol and Begunjščica mountains opening up before you. Here you can opt to descend to the left to take the shortest route towards Gorje (under the path you can see another small beehive), or you can continue straight ahead towards the village of Poljšica. Along the way you can visit the natural attraction of The Poglej Church (Poglejska cerkev) from where you can admire a wonderful view of Gorje and its surrounding area.
At the junction under the Poglej Church turn left towards Zgornje Gorje.
In the village turn right towards the old village centre where you will reach a shrine with the former altar statue of St George. On the left, you can see two baroque farmhouses. The road then leads on up the hill to the parish church of St. George. Its presbytery is the remains of an older Gothic church with partially preserved frescoes from the year 1460. In 1894 the church was renovated, and a year later the master Matija Kozelj from Kamnik decorated it with new frescoes. The altar paintings are the work of Leopold Layer, while the paintings on the choir loft are the work of Štefan Šubic. In front of the church next to the cemetery stands a monument to the fallen soldiers of the World War II. The monument is work of the Plečnik school.
At the bus stop at the church turn left past the monument to the fallen soldiers of the World War I. To return to the starting point continue for about a kilometre, past the village square, the municipal building, the post office and the fire station.