A little beekeeping school
Tucked in Selo village, a long walk or short drive from Bled, this fascinating countryside sight is worth for fans of the apicultural art.
Local beekeepers Blaž and Danijela Ambrožič has built an apiary (freestanding house of beehives) and teaches visitors all about this very Slovenian form of agriculture. First you’ll see hand painted panels,work of Danijela and than you can see theirs prize possession a gigantic Winnie-the-Pooh-style hive that they transplanted from a tree trunk. Blaž or Danijela will 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 or Danijela pulls out the honeycomb frames from the hive and works with their bees. You’ll see the centrifuge device they used to safely extract honey from the comb. In another apiary is an “api-therapy” room, where a specially designed bunk bets where you can watch and listen to the mesmerizing bees without any danger of being stung. You can also sample (and buy) different types of honey and pollen, along with other bee-related gifts. Outside is a perennial garden that demonstrates when various plants blossom, providing much-needed pollen for the bees.
THINGS TO DO:
- Demonstrations for families, groups. Usually last an hour and may even run for just two people.
- Relaxing in a apiary. In apiary is specially designed bunk bets where the visitor can watch and listen to the mesmerizing bees without any danger of being stung.
- Experiencing how to be a beekeeper. The visitor has the opportunity to experince in live how to be a beekeeper. He will get a protective clothes and than he will work 1-2 hours with a beekeeper. He will be able to open the tradicional Slovenian AŽ hive, take out frames with 60.000 bees. Inside the beehive you can see young bees, drones, working bees, queen, polen and honey.
Getting There: Blaž’s beehives are in the village of Selo, a five-minute drive by car, taxi or 20-minute walk from Bled town. Head out of town along the lake (past Grand Hotel Toplice), then at store Mercator turn left (inland) at the village of Mlino. In the next village, Selo, look for the two colorful beehive apiaries belove the main road, just above the recommended Tourist Farm Mulej.
Call or email two days ahead to arrange a time. Apiaries and parking place are next to a house at the adress Selo pri Bledu 42. Danijela and Blaž do not live at apiaries, there home adress is Selo pri Bledu 26.