10 Things to Do in Jesenice That You Shouldn't Miss

July 14, 2017 Marianna Hollaway

Jesenice (pronounced [jɛsɛˈniːtsɛ] ( listen); German: Assling) is a Slovenian town and the seat of the Municipality of Jesenice on the southern side of the Karawanks, bordering Austria to the north. Jesenice is known as the Slovenian home of mining and iron making industries, its largest steel company Acroni, and its ice-hockey club, Acroni Jesenice. Historically, Jesenice's ironworks and metallurgy industries were the driving force of the town's development.
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1. Steam Train on Bohinj Railway

Railway Station Bled Jezero, Jesenice 4260, Slovenia
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Steam Train on Bohinj Railway

This three-hour-long train ride along the Bohinj railway will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience for any true rail enthusiast. The views of Lake Bled, passing through numerous gorges, crossing many tunnels, the longest of which measures 6,327 m (3.93 miles), never fail to impress. Make sure your cameras are at hand!

Reviewed By Miha P - Maribor, Slovenia

Check and find time for this interesting railway trip. Old train travels from bridge to tunnel in a picturesque gorge from Bohinj to Baška grapa and to the famous Soča valley. Big problem is just one - it is not organised each month.

2. Four Seasons Travel - Day Tours

Zgornje Gorje 9a, Zgornje Gorje 4247, Slovenia
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Four Seasons Travel - Day Tours

We are an officially licenced incoming tourist agency based in Lake Bled, Slovenia. We offer private transfers and custom made 1-day private tours to clients visiting Slovenia and some parts of Italy, Austria and Croatia. We operate a small fleet of luxury 8-seater minivans and all of our driver/guides are experienced, friendly and English speaking.

Reviewed By Rhyswil - Ellicott City, Maryland

This was a wonderful trip customized for us by Mr. Graeme Chuter. We only had one day and wanted to see both Lake Bled and the Julian Alps. This is a lot of ground to cover so if you can spare two days that would be ideal. Mr. Chuter is an excellent driver and took us to some amazing sights. I am a photographer and he stopped and pointed out the best places to photograph. Outstanding day for all of us.

3. Pericnik Waterfall

Vrata Valley, Mojstrana 4280, Slovenia +386 4 580 94 40
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Pericnik Waterfall

Reviewed By Nicole M - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

We parked in Mojstrana and took a walk up the hill to the tourist centre, where they were extremely helpful and friendly. From there we walked up the road, following the sign posts, which were very clear. We walked through the beautiful forest along the absolutely breathtaking river of azure water. The walk up to the waterfall is a good hike through the forest, but well worth the reward at the end. It is absolutely stunning! I can highly recommend this trip.

4. Royal Bled Golf Course

Vrba 37a, Lesce 4248, Slovenia +386 1 200 99 01
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Royal Bled Golf Course

Bled Golf Course is the oldest and the largest Slovenian golf course. Its origins date back to 1937 and many visitors claim it to be one of the most beautiful golf courses in Europe. The facility comprises the 18-hole King's Course and the 9-hole Lake Course. To make your round of golf even more varied, you may combine playing on both courses. The course is set apart by its unique location overlooked by the highest of the Slovenian Alps and the wonderful countryside embracing it. It attracts amateurs and professionals from all over the world. We are proud that the Bled Golf Course is the only Slovenian golf course on the Golf World Magazine list of Top 100 Golf Courses in Continental Europe in year 2017. We were ranked at 48th place.

Reviewed By MABE_82 - Stockholm, Sweden

Bled Golf & Country Club is the oldest course in Slovenia. The King's course dates back to 1937 and the Lake's course back to 1993. The King's course was the first golf course built in former Yugoslavia, originally established on the initiative of the Yugoslav Royal family.
It’s located some 30 km from the Slovenian capital Ljubljana close to the Austrian border. It’s one of the most beautiful courses I’ve played with its parkland design, wonderful mountain (the Alps) views and the scenic Bled Lake.

5. Jesenice Upper Sava Museum

Cesta Franceta Presherna 45, Jesenice 4270, Slovenia +386 4 583 35 00
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Jesenice Upper Sava Museum

Stara Sava Stara Sava is characterised by extremely rich ironmaking tradition. It has all the essential elements of a former iron foundry settlement: Ruard Manor from the 16th century, Church of St. Mary’s Assumption from the beginning of the 17th century, Kasarna with workers’ flats from the end of the 18th century, a blast furnace with a puddling mill, storage for charcoal and a mill from the 19th century. Today the area serves for museum, culture and tourist activities. In the courtyard of former Koren house you can play the bells or try your luck in The Horseshoe of Fortune. The following can be arranged for groups (at least 10 people and to be booked in advance): - Ironmaking games such as throwing of horseshoes, paving with bricks, walking with stilts, knocking of buckets, Changes in time, and others, - ethnological workshops Making a worker’s cup of coffee, which you can taste, and Identification of museum objects for little children, - creative workshops Drawing with charcoal, Miner’s lamp, Making candles in the shape of a blast furnace, Making use of wire, Sundial. You can experience Stara Sava by joining organised guiding and finish the visit by a worker’s snack, served in Kolpern. The culinary experience is completed by showing a film about the former ironworks Zar jekla – SM jeklarna (The Glow of Steel), Jeseniski plavzi (Jesenice blast furnaces), Zgodovina zelezarstva (History of Ironmaking) or life of workers and the first nurse (Angela Boskin – Poti k ljudem (Paths to people)). You can also join a guided tour along the old mining path to Planina pod Golico. Ruard manor n 1538 Italian family Bucelleni moved from Planina pod Golico to Stara Sava. They built a manor and a foundry, which earned a lot of money in a short period of time. In 1686 the Bucellenis became counts. Valentin Ruard, a Belgian merchant, bought the plant and the manor in 1766. Three generations of the Ruards lived in the manor and in 1871 it became the property of the Carniolan Industrial Company. Since 1954 the manor has been housing a museum. It had been the Jesenice Ironworks Technical Museum until 1990 and since 1991 it has been the registered office of Gornjesavski muzej Jesenice. Today it houses a permanent ironmaking and mining collection. Kasarna Kasarna is a late Baroque building dating from the end of the 18th century. It is one of the oldest preserved examples of common workers’ flats in our country. Ironmaking families lived there until 1983. In 1985 it was listed as a cultural monument, renovated by the Municipality of Jesenice under the authority of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage Kranj. Nowadays it houses Music School Jesenice and Gornjesavski muzej Jesenice. Visitors can see a permanent ethnological exhibition which shows the lifestyle of ironmaking families and a reconstruction of a worker’s flat. Archive and photographic material of the Carniolan Industrial Company and photographs of the Ironworks of Jesenice are kept in Kasarna. Kolpern This was a covered and airy storage for charcoal in foundry settlement Stara Sava. It is shown in the land registry map (1868) that in 1808 the original small building was extended to three connected storages. The buildings were right next to the blast furnace, supplying it with the charcoal as fuel. At the end of the 19th century the blast furnace was abandoned and the purpose of the storage was changed. In 2009 the Municipality of Jesenice renovated the only preserved storage and made two halls. The conference hall on the first floor has 80 seats and 20 tables. It can be rented for various lectures, round tables, workshops, seminars… . It is equipped with projection facilities, a portable loudspeaker system and internet access. The Banquet Hall on the ground floor houses occasional Exhibitions. It can take up to 180 people, there are 9 banquet tables, a catering kitchen and projection equipment with a loudspeaker system. It is suitable for various cultural events, meetings, conferences and symposiums and also for civil wedding ceremonies, personal celebrations and wedding parties. Administration The following collections of materials are kept, studied and complemented at the registered office of Gornjesavski muzej Jesenice: – Photo archives with more than 55,000 negatives and the associated contact copies, 1500 postcards, 20,000 original photographs, 3000 colour slides and 25,000 original glass plates, 7400 digital photographs, 37 topic albums and 31 albums about the museum and its activities 1994–2001, and 13,827 digital images of the activity, made in the period from 2001 to 2011; – 230 running meters of the Carniolan Industrial Company archive material; – Internal reference library keeps a part of the ironmaking reference library of the former Jesenice Ironworks or the Carniolan Industrial Company. It is being supplemented by local history and museum literature. -1948 Technical Museum Collection Office – a unit of the Technical Museum of Jesenice. -1950 at the proposal by the TMS, the Ministry of Science and Culture of the Peoples Republic of Slovenia approves the Collection Office. On 3 July 1951 it is renamed to the Technical Museum of Jesenice. -1952 the church at Stara Sava becomes a part of the museum. -1953 the Museum becomes a part of the Jesenice Ironworks. -In 1989/90 the Jesenice Ironworks closed the museum. -1991 The Municipality of Jesenice founded MUZEJ Jesenice – a municipal public institute which merged the museum activity of the former Jesenice Ironworks Technical Museum and the museum activity, registered at the Tone Cufar Theatre, comprising of the care for memorial houses (Liznjek’s house in Kranjska Gora, Presern’s birth house in Vrba and Finzgar’s birth house in Doslovce), and gallery activity in Kos Manor in Jesenice. -2000 Gornjesavski muzej Jesenice (co-founders: the Municipality of Jesenice, the Municipality of Kranjska Gora, the Municipality of Zirovnica). -In 2003 Gornjesavski muzej Jesenice for the area of the municipalities of Jesenice and Kranjska Gora. -In 2009 the Museum received an authorisation from the Government of the RS for performing public service. The Mission of the public institute is to take care about recognising, preserving, presenting and understanding tangible and intangible cultural and natural heritage of the Upper Sava region, and the mountaineering and ironmaking heritage of Slovenia.

Reviewed By Miha P - Maribor, Slovenia

Nearly hidden behind a big shopping mall is a local museum. One part is in Ruard house (history of mining and iron ore and forging) and second in a large building with Music school and some other activities. Second part with depicting life in early 20. Century is more interesting.

6. Mala Osojnica

Bled Lake, Bled, Slovenia
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Mala Osojnica

Reviewed By 0908267 - London, United Kingdom

This is not for the faint hearted, nor those who aren’t reasonably fit. Although Google Maps will tell you it’s 20 minutes up from the lake, I would give yourselves about 40-50 minutes to reach the top.
It’s extremely steep and there are parts which are rather treacherous. Ensure you take water and appropriate footwear!

7. Vintgar Gorge (Soteska Vintgar)

Zgornje Gorje Rd., Bled, Slovenia +386 31 344 053
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Vintgar Gorge (Soteska Vintgar)

Reviewed By dipsy999 - Tamworth, UK

We visited with 2 children in July. There is loads of parking on a mountain meadow nearby, though there are plenty of buses too. Queue was a little slow to pay entrance fee. It's hot and sunny, but there is plenty of shady sections. It's absolutely beautiful. Stop half way along and go to the river bank and build stone cairns. Keep walking to the very end. Walk down the steps on the end of the high bridge to play in the river below, or walk across the bridge and follow the path through the woods to the river below. Have a well deserved ice cream on the bridge. Enjoy the view again on the way back! Nice drive through the countryside on the way back to Bled, just a few miles away. Highly recommended.

8. Straza Bled

Pod Strazo, 4260 Bled | Bled, Bled 4260, Slovenia +386 4 578 05 30
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Straza Bled

Straza is a smaller hill most suitable for a relaxing walk and summer or winter sport activities. It is considered to be the most beautiful viewpoint in the area that offers incredible view of the city of Bled, lake Bled, castle and surrounding Mountains. In summer you can enjoy in adrenaline-drenched sledding (summer tobogganing) or visit Adventure Park. You can take a relaxing walk through meadows and woods on the Rikli Fitness Trail. In winter you can ski on a small, but settled ski slope that is lit for night skiing and offers organized ski school, equipment rental and Sporty's Children Snow Park. Straza ski slope is accessible by car or by foot as it is only a few minutes' walk from the center of Bled.

Reviewed By Christian F

We visited Straza on th 2nd September 2017 and it drizzling. Chairlift was closed so we went up the hill on foot. The view from the top is stunning but everthing was closed due to the drizzle. My suggestion is to visit in fine weather.

9. Bled Island

Lake Bled, Bled, Slovenia +386 4 574 30 27
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Bled Island

Reviewed By Myra B - Coventry, United Kingdom

Beautiful lake with great paths round, even with all the snow that they had, someone had cleared all the paths of snow, so we enjoyed our walk into the town of Bled. We took some great photos of the little church on the island and the lake.

10. St. Martin's Parish Church

Riklijeva Cesta 26, Bled, Slovenia
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St. Martin's Parish Church

Reviewed By Miha P - Maribor, Slovenia

Church dominates in a part of Bled under the castle. Architecture is average. Better part of the church is interior with decorations: paintings and sculptures. They are mainly work of local artists.

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