Bled Castle, Bled

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    Bled Castle

    by Vanity666 Written May 23, 2008

    On the dominant rocky edge above Bled Lake stands one of the oldest medieval fortresses in Slovenia. As the residence of the Bishops of Bixen, it was mentioned already in 1004, and the castle itself in 1011. In 1858, after centuries of dominion, the Bishops sold their property to the industrial Ruard. Later the castle came under the ownership of the ban's domain, and since 1999 its owner has been the state.

    The castle is arranged for tourist visits. Sometimes the modest restaurant in it is open and the wine shop is open by appointment, as well as an imitation of a small Renaissance printing house and a souvenir shop. The museum collection in the residence building by the chapel is still being completed.

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    visit the castle

    by paragianna75 Written Feb 17, 2008

    The castle was given as a present to Bishop Albuin of Brixen from the German Emperor Henrik II in 1004.Later in the Middle Ages were built more towers and took its today form.Make a visit also to the gothic style chapel, the interior will impress you and pay attention to the unique statue of Madonna and little Jesus.The view from the castle is amazing, you can see the whole lake, the mountains, the city....Sit for a coffee and enjoy the view.

    Opening hours:
    from 1/5 to 30/9.: 8:00-20.00
    from 1/10 to 30/4.: 8:00-17:00

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    The Castle

    by vesna04 Updated Aug 27, 2007

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    It is the landmark of the Bled area. Everyone should visit it eather for a bit of history or for the great views. The whole Castle is turned in the exhibition area with the display rooms which can show you the way of life during the different periods of time. The suvenir shop, the herbal shop and a wine celer can also be found here.

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    Hiking to an expensive castle

    by erdacoca Written Aug 10, 2007

    On your walk around the lake you can always detour to the castle. There are different routes, it's fun if you try to discover them, so I won't recommend any.

    After a long trip up to the castle, it turns out you have to pay 6 euros to get in. 3 euros 14 under I think. So, what the heck, you pay them, already up there aren't ya'??

    So the castle itself is nothing worth 6 euros, however, the sight of the lake is worth it. I saw that they do some medieval recreations, but didn't get to see any.

    There's a restaurant, probably very expensive, a museum and a sort of art gallery. Weren't really interesting though.

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    Bled Castle

    by monkeytrousers Updated Jul 31, 2007

    Located ontop of a sheer cliff face and overlooking the lake is Bled Castle. It is Slovenia's oldest castle and dates from before 1011AD. Inside there is a very interesting museum on the development of the castle and the lake area. Check out the video consoles around the museum as they have some interesting videos on them in English which include some archive video and photos. There are also unsurprisingly some excellent views across the lake.

    Upper Courtyard Lower Courtyard Bled Castle View from the Castle View from the castle

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    Bled Castle

    by Dabs Written Jun 9, 2007

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    Perched on a cliff on the north end of Lake Bled is Bled Castle, you can see it from most vantage points as you walk around the lake. We opted not to visit the castle because of limited time but you can, admission is 5E for entrance and the museum.

    To get up to the castle, look for the signs that say Grad from the path around the lake on the north side, the guidebook says that it takes about 15 minutes to climb up there.

    The original fortification was built in the 11th century but remodeled in the 17th century and further in the 1950s.

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    Bled Castle

    by lazyman_1 Written Nov 25, 2006

    The castle is one of the "must do's" during your stop in Bled. This however probably doesn't need to be said as the castle and church are what make this place famous. There was a small entrance fee to the castle after a steep walk up to the gates. The castle itself i didn't find exceedingly spectacular but the view of the lake and surrounding Triglav national park was worth the price of admission alone. Also there were several great vantage points to get great pictures of Bled's island church.

    i just thought that this was a cool door!

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    Castle Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 27, 2006

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    The castle museum traces the history of the lake and castle from the Bronze Age to the mid-19th century. The collection features armour and weapons dating from the 16th to 18th centuries, jewellery found at the early Slav burial pits at Pristava, furniture, coins, paintings and tapestries. Entrance to the museum is included in the price of admission to the castle. More pictures can be found in one of my travelogues.

    Open: 8am-8pm May-Oct, 8am-5pm Jan-Apr & Nov-Dec. Admission: 1450SIT.

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    Castle chapel

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 27, 2006

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    The castle chapel is extremely small and was built in the 16th century in Gothic style. The chapel is consecrated to the Bishops St. Albuin and to St. Ingenium. The interior was renovated in the Baroque style around 1700, when it was also painted with illusionist frescoes which are very colourful and fresh. Their is also a painting of the castle donor Henrik II and his wife Kunigunda above the altar.

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    Bled Castle

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 27, 2006

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    Bled Castle is Slovenia's oldest and is perched on a steep cliff more than 100m above the lake. It dates back to the 11th century when it was first mentioned in 1011 when the German emporer Henrik II gave it to the Bishops of Brixen. Most of what you see today dates from the 16th century. The castle complex is divided into two parts: the upper courtyard with the residence and the Gothic castle chapel and the lower courtyard with the castle outbuildings protected by a high Romanesque wall with a battlemented parapet and a Gothic defense tower. The Baroque southern wing houses the wonderful museum that traces the history of Lake Bled and the castle from the Bronze Age to the mid-19th century. There are two trails that wind their way up to the castle: one from St Martin's church (which is the one I took) and the other from the car park behind the Penzion Bledec.

    Open: 8am-8pm May-Oct, 8am-5pm Jan-Apr & Nov-Dec. Admission: 1450SIT.

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    Bled castle - Grad Bled

    by Airpunk Written Jul 5, 2006

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    Bled castle is next to the parish church and Bled island among the popular destinations in Bled. There are many ways to get to the castle. Paths are leading from the lakes northeastern shore up to the castle - some of them are quite steep, some of them are more easy to go walk, but all are well marked with signs. There is also a parking lot close to the castle, meaning that there is surely also a way to drive up...

    The castle itself is divided in two parts. The upper court contains a small museum, a chapel and the restaurant. The museum shows the history of the castle with several rooms showing furniture and art from different times. A small gallery gives you an overview about the history of Bled region. The chapel is in need of some restauration work. I really like to see people donating some money for, but I don't think that it is OK to stuff the coins into a historical altarpiece which is in need for restauration...

    The lower part contains a wine cellar where you can fill your own wine bottle, close it with a cork stopper and bee wax, add a seal and finally you get a certificate. The certificate comes from the traditional printer's shop in the castle which is also open for visitors.

    The castle's age is unknown, but it is approximately 1300 years old. It was renovated in the 15th century but partly destroyed by earthquakes in the 16th and 17th century. For over 800 years it was the seat of a bishop. After it deteriorated in the 19th and 20th century, it became a museum in the 1950s.

    Bled castle A steeper descend route from the castle Traditional printer's shop Wine cellar The mentioned altarpiece in the chapel
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    Museum Pieces In Bled Castle

    by Mikebb Updated Jun 18, 2006

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    It is worth entry to the castle museum where you will see many good exhibits ranging from weapons and torture implements, to fine furniture and a history of the castle.There is a magnificent porcelain room heater which must be over 6 feet tall, it has been masterfully crafted.

    Porcelain Room Heater Antique Mirror & Chest of Drawers Board Stating Bled Castle History
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    View From Bled Castle

    by Mikebb Updated Jun 18, 2006

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    The best vantage point to see the Bled landscape is from Bled Castle courtyard where you can see for kilometers, the only restriction being how clear the sky is, hopefully there is little low cloud when you visit.

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    Bled Castle Courtyard

    by Mikebb Updated Jun 18, 2006

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    We have crossed the moat and inside the castle walls we have walked the steep road to reach the Castle Courtyard on the summit. From the photos you will notice the very old tiled roof and thick walls of the bui;dings around the courtyard. There is a souvineer shop to the right. The day we visited it was a cold October morning and the steep walk helped keep us warm.

    The Courtyard Inside The Castle Some of the Old Buildings along The Courtyard
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    Interesting Castle, Great View

    by Mikebb Written Jun 18, 2006

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    The castle is perched on a cliff high above the lake and town, it commands the area. The castle is approximately 1300 years old and wasfor 800 years the seat of the Bishopsof Brixen. Inside the castle there are many museum pieces on display and it is easy to spend an hour walking through the castle which wasrenovated during the 15th century.
    Outside in the courtyard you enjoy magnificent views over the lake. It is possible to walk up the hill to the castle but we left the hard work to our coach driver.

    Bled Castle Fixed to the Rockface Jill on the Moat, Bled Castle Bled Castle From Another Angle Bled Castle
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