Only 25 km from Ljubljana, situated in the hills of Turjak in the municipality of Velike Lašče, there is a village Gradež. Behind the village, there are fruit gardens full of apples, pears and plums. The villagers renovated their village fruit drying house and they are drying fruit from August to the late autumn. They gladly show the drying process and offer traditional fruit products: dried fruits, juice, brandy, traditional cakes “potica” and “Trubarjeva malica”. The people of Gradež use the fruit drying house for traditional fruit drying. The renovated drying house is also the centre of social life in village. Experience fruit drying in the old wood oven “live”!
You can see also a permanent exhibition about the history of Gradež, a collection of old equipment and tools, and the village centre. You can get to know traditional work and products, and other cultural heritage. In the village as Gradež, there the time stop and you can accept the heritage of our ancestors.
Slovenian composers Marij Kogoj and Jakob Jež lived in Gradež and Kogoj’s house is still standing.