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Posted on 8. Feb, 2017 in Events

Beehive demonstration

Beehive demonstration

Beehive demonstration

Tucked into the village of Selo, a long beautiful walk or short drive from Bled, this fascinating countryside buzzing with fans of the apicultural arts. Local beekeeper Blaž Ambrožič has built an apiary (freestanding house of beehives) and teaches visitors all about this very Slovenian form of agriculture. First you’ll see the painted panels, with bees buzzing in and out.  Blaž’s prize possession is a gigantic Winnie-the-Pooh-style hive that he transplanted from a tree trunk. He’ll demonstrate how you can hold your hand within inches of the buzzing hive without getting stung, thanks to the peaceful nature of the indigenous Carniolan bee. Inside, you can watch through a big (and safe) window as Blaž pulls out the honeycomb frames from the hive and works with his bees. You can sample (and buy) different types of honey, along with other bee related gifts. Outside is a perennial garden that demonstrates when various plants blossom, providing much-needed pollen for the bees.

Cost and Hours: €4/person, call or email a day ahead to arrange a time. Demonstrations usually last an hour or more and may even run for just two people.

Getting There: Blaž’s beehives are in the village of Selo, a five-minute drive or taxi ride or 20-minute walk from Bled town. Head out of town along the lake (past Grand Hotel Toplice), then turn left (inland) at the village of Mlino. In the next village, Selo, look for the two colorful beehive apiaries along the main road, just above the recommended Tourist Farm Mulej.