A flat stage that connects Begunje, a village below the Karavanke mountains, Radovljica, the cultural capital of the Julian Alps, and Bled as one of the most recognised places at the eastern entry area to the Julian Alps. The stage runs from Begunje to Radovljica and to the shore of Lake Bled.
The stage starts in Begunje, in front of the Tourist Information Centre or in front of the Slavko Avsenik Museum, which is dedicated to the most renowned Slovenian composer of national folk music. Besides the Elan factory, where the famous Elan skis and boats are made, the Avsenik Inn and Museum are the basic sites that you just have to see. The trail runs from below the Karavanke mountain range, via the so-called Dežela (Land) to Dvorska vas, Gorica, Vrbnje to Radovljica. The old town centre of Radovljica is one of the most beautiful in Slovenia; the heritage of beekeeping, iron forging and national folk music can be felt all around. For some time, it has been well-known for the Radovljica Chocolate Festival. The stage continues upstream along the Sava River to the famous Šobec Campsite near the confluence of the Sava Bohinjka and Sava Dolinka Rivers. Continue to Bled and the Lakeside Promenade on the eastern shore of Lake Bled, where the stage ends. Bled is one of the main renowned tourist sites in Slovenia and the world with the island and church in the middle of the lake, the mighty castle just above the lake, and Straža Hill on the opposite side, which in summer and winter offers many options for views, walks and other sports activities.
The stage runs on flat land and is interesting due to the many natural and cultural sights along the way. Take some time to visit Radovljica and Bled and their sights.
Best time of year
The entire stage has phone reception. The trail to Radovljica runs mostly on asphalt road; therefore, we recommend shoes for asphalt. The path along the Sava River can be slippery in bad weather.
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Hint by Triglav National Park: The Šobec wetland
The confluence of both ‘alpine’ rivers – the Sava Dolinka and the Sava Bohinjka – is well-known as the site of a popular campsite. With its favourable and secluded location and the abundance of water features, Šobec is a preferred habitat of many small animals.
Squirrels can be seen chasing each other among pine trees, and the riparian area is home to amphibians and the non-venomous grass snake. Dragonflies are indicators of clean water. Šobec is also a paradise for birders, as swans, grebes, kingfishers, white-throated dippers, tits and many other bird species can be spotted here throughout the year. A perfect sport to listen to the birdsong in the chill of the river and the shadow of high trees.