Ljubljana's Beekeeping Trail gives you a bee's eye view of one of Europe's loveliest cities.
Slovenian honey, coming from the beloved Carniolan honey bee, is a product of protected geographic indication and Slovenians take their honey so seriously that they are the only European country which has special legal protection for their bees. Beekeeping and bee protection has a long, passionate history in Ljubljana, one that we were able to trace step by step on a guided walk of the Beekeeping Trail.
Like many castles or fortifications, the Ljubljana Castle had to be mostly self sufficient in days of old least they be attacked and vital supplies were cut off. And no self respecting fort would be properly prepared without wine, right? But while evidence of a vineyard on the castle slopes dates back to the early 1930s, it ceased to exist for decades until a new project emerged in 2016 to replant the hills with 1050 vines. The project coincides with the celebration of Ljubljana as the 2016 European Green Capital - and gives us an extra reason to return in a few years to sample the results!
Exactly how it developed into its own unique species and how it came to be found only around the Castle remains a botanical and cultural mystery but one thing is for certain - Fleischman's Parsnip no longer exists in the wild. With that in mind, we made our way along the Fleischmann's Parsnip Trail (can be there be a more wonderfully named trail in the world? I think not!) towards its carefully protected new home: The Ljubljana Botanical Garden. Along the way, we passed so many people on bikes and scooters - green living is truly a way of life in Slovenia.
Gaining this bird's eye - or is that BEE'S EYE - tour of Ljubljana is an incredible experience. This remarkably walkable city is the perfect location to enjoy a mix of urban and rural experiences and to follow in the footsteps of hundreds of years of beekeeping tradition.
- Want the scoop on free festivals, museums, and even language classes? The Ljubljana tourism board has some great resources.
- Learn more about the beekeeping trail tour here.
- While in Ljubljana, we stayed at Hotel Park, a leader in the city's green hotel movement. Read reviews about this property here.
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Our visit was facilitated in part by the local tourism board and we thank them for their support. All research, writing, and opinions are our own