One word: Fairytale.
Emerald lake, charming little church on an islet that found its place in the middle of rich green water surrounded by one of Slovenia’s highest peaks.
The picture says enough. It is more than obvious why Bled is Slovenia’s most popular resort. Summers can be a bit frustrated due to an unimaginable crowd, but that doesn’t seem to bother numerous tourists from all around the world that will continue to visit Bled because of its uniqueness.
Lake measures 2km by 1.4 km and thus creates a breezy 6 km walk along its shore that will fill you with fresh air and enormous beauty. In summer heat you can refresh yourself in its just enough cool water, or if not comfortable getting wet, you can always rent one of the boats, which are also, one of the local’s attractions. Those brave enough can challenge themselves in diving and explore yet another specter of its incredible nature. And by the way: it is the most beautiful place for a selfie!
Towers, ramparts, moats, and terrace offering glorious views. More than 100 m above the lake Bled castle, the oldest castles in Slovenia, settled and remained here for more than 1,000 years.
Veldes, as Bled was called under the rule of the Bishops of Brixen, a former ecclesiastical state of the Holy Roman Empire in the present-day Italian province of South Tyrol, for more than 800 years. The oldest Slovenian castle is first mentioned in a 22 May 1011 by Emperor Henry II, when he sent a permission and first donation to Bishops, to begin with a construction of a castle.
Among the museum holdings, there’s a large collection of armor and weapons, and jewelry found at the early Slav burial pits at Pristava. The smallish 16th-century Gothic chapel contains paintings of castle donor Henry II and his wife Kunigunda on either side of the main altar.
*tip: book a table at the excellent Castle Restaurant and admission to the castle is free.
Bled is renown for it special little islet in the middle of its lake.
Just ring a bell and make a wish!
According to a legend which stayed with the people, the temple of the ancient Slavic goddess Živa, once stood in the place of the present Baroque church. The temple disappeared during battles between the followers of the pagan religion and Christians, who destroyed the altar and built a church.
Now there stands the Church of the Assumption and a small museum, cafe and souvenir shop, and a staircase of 99 steps which lead you into the church. A local tradition is for a bridegroom to carry his bride up them. One of the thrills you’ll experience while visiting an island is the ride with pletna (gondola).
What to do?
In Summer prepare yourselves for a variety of interesting things to do.
- The steep walls of the Julian Alps seduce all demanding sport climbers.
- A balloon flight will reveal you the fairy-tale image of magical Bled.
- Bellyak – a boardsport, also known as riverboarding.
- Get familiar with the activity combining exploration, hiking or jogging, and new technologies: Geocaching
- Horseback riding
- Cycling, Motorcycling, Beach Valley, Paintball and Airsoft, Summer tobogganing, Adventure Park, Tennis and Squash, Zipline.
- Diving, Hiking, Rafting, Canyoning, Kayaking, Swimming, Tubing and Boating
Quite a bit.
In winter times ski slopes around Bled offer diverse winter recreation for skiers and snowboarders. Try yourself in the popular winter discipline combining physical endurance, coordination, and ability to concentrate called in one word: Biathlon.
A most peculiar experience for climbers is ice climbing up frozen waterfalls, but a variety of thing snow and ice offer has no number.
When frozen, Bled lake creates an idyllic picture creating an icy platform for numerous enthusiastic skaters.
What else to see?
If visiting precious Slovenian pearl, make sure you have enough time to also visit some of the other special places that region of Gorenjska has to offer. For example:
- Bohinj: Geographical conditions allowing diverse sports and the opportunity for perfect relaxation are the reasons to visit this place in any season.
- Slovenian Alps – Gorenjska: At the northeastern corner of Slovenia, at this country’s frontiers with Italy and Austria.
- Gorje: Discover the traditional trades of the Gorenjska region which are being revived once again.
- Begunje: The birthplace of the legend of the Slovenian folk music Slavko Avsenik and a starting point for hikes to the Karavanke mountains.
- Kropa: In the past, the town was shaped by the blacksmith trade which still heavily marks the everyday life and customs of citizens.
- Bohinjska Bela: This idyllic village, not far from the bustle of Bled, is an excellent starting point for trips into the nature, fishing and other sports.
- The Vintgar gorge: Experience the most intact nature of Bled in the first touristically arranged gorge in Slovenia.
- Triglav National Park: Enjoy in the idyllic images of the pure and intact nature.
- The “Iglica” waterfall: Hidden between the rock cliffs offers a splendid view of the surrounding area.
- Hills around the lake: Well-arranged trails will lead you to majestic hills above Lake Bled.
Not done yet!
When in Bled, make sure you won’t forget to do this too:
Take a day to explore Bled with the traditional coach. Take a trip around the lake with Fijaker and enjoy every breath you take!
Fijakers or cabs are open carriages with a long tradition in Bled. Not anyone can become a driver of such carriage as the »profession« is handed down from generation to generation. The son inherited the profession from his father his father inherited it from his father and so on…
The only true cream cake is the Bled cream cake. Come taste it!
Cream cakes, known to Bled for decades, are in fact the symbol of Bled. Although you can buy them elsewhere, those from Bled are simply the best.
Ištvan Lukačevič, the former manager of the Hotel Park patisserie, tested recipes for many years before he finally succeeded. His cream cakes, which are prepared at this patisserie and sold in the café opposite the hotel, are famous.
What is the secret? In fact, there is no secret.