Bled is one of the most beautiful and most visited tourist places in Slovenia. It is located in the Upper Carniola
region, near the town of Radovljica
. Bled is situated on the southern foot of Karawanks mountain range. South of Bled are the densely forested Jelovica and Pokljuka plateaus, the easternmost parts of the Julian Alps.
Bled is world famous for its image of Lake Bled with Bled Island
, on which stands the Baroque Church of the Assumption of Mary
. In the church, there is a legendary wishing bell from 1543. According to the legend, whoever rings this bell gets his wish come true.
In the 17th century, the Chapel of Virgin Mary was built and the famous stone staircase with 99 steps. It is a tradition that if a couple wants to marry in the Church on the Bled Island, the groom must took the bride up all the stairs to the top.
Bled Island - Stairs
is a medieval castle built on a precipice above the Lake Bled. The castle was first mentioned in 1011 and got the present appearance after the earthquake in 1511. The Bled Castle in now arranged as an exhibition area. During the warm months, the castle courtyard hosts numerous cultural events.
is 2 km long, about 1,3 km wide and its maximum depth reaches 30 meters. Around the lake leads a circular walking path. A walk along the idyllic coast is about one hour long. The lake shore has many hotels, restaurants, shops, bars and a camping.
Lake Bled - Galleries
For a circular ride around the Lake Bled you can take a ride with a traditional open carriage called Fijaker. You can find them in the parking place near the Festival Hall. You can also take a ride with the Fijaker coachmen to the Bled Castle or even to the nearby surrounding countryside.
Ride with a carriage
There are many majestic hills with well-arranged trails above Lake Bled. The most popular are Straža, Ojstrica
, Osojnica and Kuhovnica. Straža
is known as the finest Bled viewpoint. You can ski or snowbord
in the winter and tobogganing in the summer time on Straža.
There are various ways to take a trip across the Lake Bled or to the Bled Island. One of them includes a trip with the traditional boat made by locals – the Pletna boat. The Pletna oarsmen await you in Mlino, in the Spa Park
, under the Park Hotel Bled and in the Rowing centre Bled.
During the hot summer months Lake Bled offers a pleasant refreshment. Water temperature is about 25 degrees in July. Castle Bathing Area
is the only designated outdoor bathing area by lake Bled. Situated just below the castle rock, it enjoys a picturesque and sunny location. Swimming is also possible in Mala Zaka
, Velika Zaka
Velika Zaka - Bathing area
is located in the tranquil green valley right next to Lake Bled. The camp is especially friendly to families with children and pets. They offer cute small wooden huts for couples – Gozdne Vile Glamping and family mobile homes – Family Glamping. There is a restaurant and a grocery shop nearby.