I especially like kind of different museums like the Gingerbread Museum. It gets into my collection of museums like the Kumquat Culture Museum in Taiwan, the Ceramics Cultural Park in Shui-li, Taiwan, the Costume Museum in Kyoto, Japan, the Museum of Ceramics Art in Arita, Japan or the Library of Water in Stykkisholmur, Iceland.
With some ice cream, we slowly walked back to the bus stop. For the next destination we couldn´t take the Hop-On-Hop-Off-Bus, so we took a local bus from Alpetour. It took us just about ten minutes to get to Begunje na Gorenjskem, which is the birthplace of the legend of Slovene popular folk music, Slavko Avsenik. We were hungry and visited the Avsenik Restaurant, where I got risotto. It looks like they have musical events there too.
Our real reason to get to Begunje was, however, another attraction, the Kamen Castle Ruins. The castle was built in the twelfth century and is a bit of a hike (2 kilometers one way) to the northeast. We basically followed the main street from the bus stop just opposite the Avsenik Restaurant. We came past the Psychiatry Hospital, where we had a short talk with an Italian man who surprised us from above the wall and asked us about our travel plans, while we were hoping the Psychiatry isn’t for the worst of cases. During our short talk, he informed us that he is a patient there.
Soon we arrived at the Kamen Castle, and it is quite a sight. As we walked on a path to the ruins, we were stopped by an older local. I first thought he wanted to complain about us trespassing, but he actually told us, where to stand best to take a good shot for a photo. A nice surprise. We walked through the ruins and took our time. We didn´t really find signs for a walking path backward, we read about, so when we were finished, we just walked back along the street. There are actually many hikes in the area like the Lamberg Trail, but I think you need an excellent map for them as it doesn’t seem to have proper signage.
There was still time until the next bus to Bled would depart. On the way back to the bus stop, we entered the park of the Katzenstein Mansion. During the German occupation, political prisoners were incarcerated in the mansion, and today it houses the Begunje Psychiatric Hospital and the Museum of Hostages. We opted for the latter.
Then, we made a stop at the Church of St. Ulrich.
Soon, another bus from Alpetour brought us back to Bled, which took about 30 minutes. Back in Bled, we enjoyed a last walk along the beautiful lake in the evening, as we would continue on the next day to Postojna.