I have never heard of Radovljica in Slovenia, let alone could point it out on a map.
However, when staying in the area of Jesenice, not far from the tourist destination of Bled in Slovenia, we took a wander there, as recommended by our Air BnB host.
The town is compact and quaint, and has a whole host of events including a chocolate festival which happens each April.
It’s architecture reminded me a little of places in Germany. It had cobbled streets, and there appeared to be quite a musical influence, with a music school nearby and the sounds of singers elsewhere. You can also avail of the sweetness of the local honey (grown locally) in the shops, as well as the honey liquor.
After meandering around for a little while, we were returning to our car and stumbled upon Lectar – the gingerbread museum.
I am quite partial to a bit of gingerbread, and the house looked cute, so we decided to go in, only to find out they did tours, demonstratons and workshops.
A history of Lectar
Lectar is an old inn, with a 500 year old history. First opened to the public as a bakery in 1822, later developing into a place to stay (the inn has 9 double rooms) and eat (traditional slovenia cuisine).
It is owned by Jože Andrejaš who lives there with his large family. They strive to preserve their Slovenian culture and traditions, which is evident from when you enter the building.
Gingerbread making demonstration
If you have some time, you must take a tour of the gingerbread workshop. The cost is just €2 per person, for which you will get a history of the museum, and gingerbread, including how it is made.
We were taken down to the basement where the gingerbread is made. A range of gingerbread that had been made an iced were displayed thoughout. Orignal and old machinery is still used today.
Traditionally gingerbread are shaped like hearts, as they were a gift to loved ones. However, you can now get all sorts of shapes from cats and rocking horses, to actual gingerbread men and houses.
Displayed also were some of the first gingerbread ever made at Lectar (around 1766) when the house first opened.
I was very impressed by it all. Even th signs were made from gingerbread.
We were given a short talk by a very enthusiastic member of staff. He excitedly told us of the history and demonstrated the making of gingerbread, and decorating process.
We were told that the dough needs to be left for a few days before being used – so there is a lot that goes into it.
After the history and demonstration, we got to have a taste of some gingerbread that had come straight out of the oven. It was a delight.
After our tour, we were taken around the old house, were we saw the restaurant and rooms that can be booked out (pension lectar) for relatively little.
A musical ending
Before we left, we met the owner and they decided to treat us to a musical number on the accordion and cello.
It was all very jolly, and I left with a little spring in my step.
If you happen to be in the area, I would definatley pay this very sweet house a visit.