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A walk among Radovljica's cultural monuments

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  • Facades in Radovljica old town
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  • / Savnikova vila v Radovljici
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  • / St. Peter's Church in Radovljica
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  • / Čebelica
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m 600 550 500 3.0 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 0.5 km Radovljica Old Town Museum of Apiculture

Stroll among Radovljica's cultural and historical attractions. In addition to the quaint, historic old town centre with its buildings dating from the period prior to the 20th century, you will also see more modern architecture and art work. Some of the villas that line the Gorenjska cesta road are particularly beautiful, and you can learn about the work of the Radovlijca-born architect Ivan Vurnik and admire the contemporary wrought iron lamps and other wrought iron work in Radovljica.

easy
Distance 3.1 km
2:00 h
38 m
38 m
494 m
467 m

A short walk which, together with a visit to museums and galleries, will fill a half day in Radovljica – a sunny town on the edge of the Julian Alps.

 

The ceramic replica model of Radovljica's old town centre in front of the library is a particular attraction, along with the row of Art Nouveau villas on the Gorenjska cesta road, along which you will walk to reach the old town centre. In Linhart Square you can see examples of bourgeios Baroque and Renaissance architecture. Next, head towards Radovljica's old cemetery, where there are two mausoleums that were designed by Ivan Vurnik. On returning to Linhart Square visit the square in front of St. Peter's church, the Radovljica Manor, and the castle park. The former town defence moat leads to the birthhouse of the architect Ivan Vurnik, and from there it is just a short walk back to the start.

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Update: November 08, 2021
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Lowest point
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Radovljica Old Town

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Start

Radovljica Bus Stop (490 m)
Coordinates:
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46.343436, 14.172830
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46°20'36.4"N 14°10'22.2"E
UTM
33T 436347 5132539
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Turn-by-turn directions

The walk begins at the Radovljica bus station or at any of the car parks in its vicinity. Leave the bus station in a northerly direction and walk towards Vurnik Square (recognisable by the large, red library building), which is the first stop on the tour. In front of the entrance to the library there is a ceramic replica model of Radovljica's old town centre.

 

Take the minor road that leads (in a westerly direction) parallel to the library, then pass the secondary school to reach a junction with the main road (Gorenjska cesta). At the junction make a sharp left and continue along Gorenjska cesta (in an easterly direction) towards the old town centre of Radovljica. Along the road you can see the Šmajd and Šarec villas, the work of the architect Danilo Fürst, as well as the monument in front of the Obrtno-podjetniske zbornice (Small Business Chamber), the Čebelica (Bee) building (the upravna enota municipal administration unit), and the statue of Anton Tomaž Linhart in the small park area opposite the linden tree. The castle park features unique wrought iron lamps, which can also be seen in other parts of Radovljica. Then continue along the main road past Resman villa with its wonderful garden before soon reaching the mini-roundabout at the entrance to the old town of Radovljica, where you can find the last of the 20th century villas – Vila Savnik.

 

Continue ahead through Linhart Square past prominent houses dating from the period from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Among them, don't miss the birth house of Anton Tomaž Linhart, the Vidic Manorhouse, the Šivec House, and Mali House. Take some time to visit one, or more, of the museums or galleries. Turn right opposite the Radovljica Mansion towards the viewpoint above the Sava river. On reaching the viewpoint turn left towards the cemetery. The road leads slightly downhill and crosses the railway line, then continues to the old cemetery. Next to the cemetery wall there are two notably large vaulted tombs; the first is for the Resman family while the other is for the Vurnik family. Both these tombs were designed by the architect Ivan Vurnik, who himself is also buried in the Vurnik family tomb alongside his son and wife, Helena Kottler Vurnik.

 

From the cemetery walk back towards the viewpoint. Just before reaching the viewpoint turn right up steps to reach a narrow street that leads to the square in front of St. Peter's church. Here you can take a look at the rectory, take a walk around the exterior of the church, and spend some time looking at the exhibition about the development of the town. Alongside the exhibition there is also a statue of the art historian Cene Avguštin. Next, leave the square and, if you haven't already done so, take time to go inside the Radovljica Manor, where you can see the entrance halls on the ground floor and first floor. Why not also pay a visit to the Museum of Apiculture and the Radovljica Municipal Museum, both of which are on the first floor of the manor.

 

On returning to the square, turn right at Gostilna Lectar then left. From here there are views over the Predtrg area of Radovljica and the peaks of the Karavanke mountains. Continue on to reach the entrance to the former castle park. Walk through the park towards the former castle manor (Grajski dvor) building, which was designed by the architect Ivan Vurnik. On reaching the end of the park, turn left and double back towards the old town, but this time walk along the tree-lined avenue with its wrought iron street lamps. At the end of the park turn right towards the mini-roundabout, cross the roundabout, then take the staircase leading down to the town defence moat. Walk through the defence moat to emerge on the other side, then turn left and you soon reach the last place of note on the walk – the birthhouse of the architect Ivan Vurnik. From the house continue on a dirt track beneath the park walls to return to the start.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

The walking tour begins at the Radovljica bus station. Radovljica is served by regular buses to Ljubljana, Kranj, Bled, Jesenice and Kranjska Gora.

Getting there

Leave the motorway at the A1 exit for Radovljica and continue along the Kranjska cesta road until you see Vurnik Square on the right – a relatively new square that features several blocks of flats and a library. Park in one of the car parks in the vicinity and then set off on foot.

Parking

There are public parkings in more locations next to the starting point.

Coordinates

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46.343436, 14.172830
DMS
46°20'36.4"N 14°10'22.2"E
UTM
33T 436347 5132539
w3w 
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Difficulty
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Distance
3.1 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
38 m
Descent
38 m
Highest point
494 m
Lowest point
467 m
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