There is a 3.5 mile bike/foot path around the lake. Which gives you the chance to further explore the area and look at the lake from different sides. There are hiking paths up into the hills surrounding the lake or up to Bled's cliffside castle.
If you can't be bothered to walk or pedal your way around the lake, there is Tourist train that you can take or for a more romantic and relax way to see the area, hop on a horse drawn-carriage.
Fondest memory: ....the still, blue lake.....sleeping ducks...a group of swan....the islet in the lake....the pletnas.....looking up at the castle on the cliff..........children playing around....the smiles and hellos of fellow tourist and the locals........singing in the rain......A lifetime of memories!
Inside Bled castle, is this 16th century , "Functional", printing press, from Gutenburg's time. If you want , you can buy christmas cards or any cards from here. Amazing how they still use the machine and other tools they have centuries ago to make cards or prints. The master printer ( or that man in the fancy costume) even gives you the chance to take part in the printing process. The material used to make the paper are all from the local area.
Fondest memory: I HAVE THE EVIDENCE!...IN BLACK AND WHITE...as they say....literally!.... that i have been to Bled. My bestfriend and I got this card from the printing press, as our souvenir, aside from the pictures and the memories we have of the place. Coming to this place on its millennium year is an added bonus as well.
..........is not this one in the picture!...this is probably a walk in the the park. This is the main, cemented road leading to Bled castle.
We came off from a small street near St. Martin Church, we asked some local the road leading to the castle and he pointed towards the hostel.Beside it is this trail carved on the side of hill where the castle is, through the woods. It might be an easy trail for those who are used to hiking.
Fondest memory: ......But not for us.....imagine hiking up, through the woods on a trail that looked like it was 100 years ago since someone walked through it. Then it started raining heavily...everytime i take a small step, my little feet slides off my flip-flops. But this was probably my most unforgettable experience on this trip....ending in the middle of nowhere, a trail where i havent' read in any guide books...nothin' beats life's little surprises.....talking and laughing with my bestfriend... the trees..... the rain.
The Bled website is comprehensive and quick-loading (more than can be said for the Slovenian one). Here are a few useful numbers and addresses, and for more info just head to www.bled.si.
Post Office : Pošta Slovenije, Poslovna enota Bled
Ljubljanska 10, SI - 4260 Bled
++386 4 575 02 00
Bus station : Avtobusna postaja Bled
Cesta svobode 4, SI - 4260 Bled
++386 4 574 11 14
Railway station : Železniška postaja Lesce - Bled
Železniška ulica 12, SI - 4248 Lesce
++386 4 531 83 84
Car Rentals : Budget, Rent a Car Slovenije
Ljubljanska 4, SI - 4260 Bled
++386 4 576 64 00
Tourist Information Center : TIC pri Turistiènem društvu Bled
Cesta svobde 10, SI - 4260 Bled
++386 4 574 11 22
Tourist association : Turistièno društvo Bled
Cesta svobde 15, SI - 4260 Bled
+386 4 574 11 22
Police : Policijska postaja Bled
Seliška cesta 1, SI - 4260 Bled
++386 4 574 11 85
Medical center : Zdravstveni dom Bled
Mladinske cesta 1, SI - 4260 Bled
+386 4 575 40 00
Dentist : Zdravstveni dom Bled
Mladinske cesta 1, SI - 4260 Bled
++386 4 575 40 00
Favorite thing: Bled lies in the extreme northwestern part of Slovenia, at the foot of the Julian Alps and between the Sava Bohinjka and Sava Dolinka rivers. The nearest international airport at Brnik is 36 km away. Bled is connected with all larger towns in Slovenia by regular bus routes.
Favorite thing: If you're not gonna do any hiking or mountain trekking, at least go for a walk in the surrounding hills. There's loads of beautiful scenery to take in and it makes for a great escape from the hustle and bustle of crazy, skyscraper-lined, traffic-jammed, neon-lit Ljubljana (sarcasm).
Favorite thing: The picture I put in here shows the little island in the western part of the lake. This island has a church in the middle and is possible to reach it by boat in few minutes. This island is one of the symbols of Bled and gives to the whole area a romantic scenary.
Bled is located near Jesenice in the very north of Slovenia on the same named lake (Blejsko jezero). It has about 5600 inhabitants and the population goes back until the early stone age. They have found tombs from the Hallstatt era too and the old relics can be seen the slovenian national museum in Ljubjlana.
Bled is further well-known for its hot springs as well as air-spa destination. The hot springs are deep under the ground and some of them provide also the lake, so this is the main reason, why the lake can get 24 °C in summer.
As I mentioned in the first tip, the population of this area goes back til the early stone age. In the 7th century slaves came here. In 1004 emperor Heinrich II. handled out this land to the bishops of Brixen (today South Tyrol - Alto Adige) and they owned it for nearly 800 years.
In 1803 Bled went to Austria and in 1856 it became a spa-resort. It was known under the german name "Veldes". After the second world war it grow rapidely.
Bled consists of five villages and they are located around the lake, most of the hotels can be found on the east back of the lake. At the north there is the castle on the rock 139 meters above the lake.
The picture shows the east bank of the lake and at the very left there can be seen the Bled castle.
Favorite thing: The Lake of Bled is situated in the north-western part of Slovenia, just about 55 km from the capital of Ljubljana. It is surrounded with Julian Alps and Karavanke. Take the main road from Ljubljana in direction of Kranj and you can't miss it.
I guess they have found stone age remains of humans here, but the Slavs really populated the area in the 7th, then the 9th centuries. Fastforwadr much later, past even when Charlemagne ruled this land, and the Bishop Albuin of Brixen was given the land by emperor Henrik II. Later follwed a transfer of admin duties, a revolt by the people, became part of Napolean's empire, then changed hands numerous times to commercial interests. During World War II, Bled was used to house the German military and civil headquarters, and in 1960 it acquired the status of a town.
Fondest memory: The sun rising and the island and castle becoming visible...beautiful.
Between WWI and WWII, Bled was a cosmopolitan spa and the summer residence of the Yugoslav royal family. It was visited by many and became a center of political and diplomatic life in the summer.
After WWII it was renovated and became even more touristy. Since Tito had a residence in Vila Bled, Bled was visited by many statesmen and politicians from Yugoslavia and abroad.
* TIC BLED
Cesta svobode 10
- Tel.. (+386) (0)4 574 11 22
- Fax: (+386) (0)4 574 15 55
- E. mail.: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Bled tourist board
Zavod za pospeševanje turizma
Cesta svobode 11
- Tel.: (+386) 4 578 05 00
- Fax. (+386) 4 578 05 01
- E. mail: email@example.com
Favorite thing: Altitude 501 m, Castle Hill 604 m, Mt. Straža 646 m. Number of inhabitants 5476. Tourist capacity 4000 beds. Lake: altitude 475 m, length 2120 m, width 1380 m, area 144 ha, maximum depth 30.6 m, maximum annual water temperature 24oC.
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