The lake is 2120 m long, 1080 m wide, 30 m deep, surface area is 1,47 km2.
Average yearly temperature of the lake is 12 C, the temperature in July can reach 21 C.
In the summer there are really many bathers
.You can hire boats in differnt places, motor boats are forbidden.
The Church of St.Martin
The Neo-Gothic Church of St Martin (1904-05) is located under the Castle Hill.Its interior walls are adorned with interesting frescoes (S. Pengov, 1937). Monuments to France Prešeren,Slvene poet and Arnold Rikli,Swiss doctor, stand in the park below the church.
THE PARISH CHURCH IN BLED
This beautiful neo-Gothic church is consecrated to St. Martin. The very first chapel was erected before the year 1000. In 15th century the previous Gothic church was built there. The present church was built in 1905. The interior of the church is rich decorated with frescoes and sculptures and is absolutely worth to visit.
I couldn't stop looking at the islet with its quaint church for one last time up close, as our pletna was on its way back to Bled town.
To continue the story on my intro page.....the inconsolable widow sold all her properties and then donated the proceeds to the new church. She went to Rome and became a nun.
The pope consecrated a new bell and sent it to Bled's island. Which up to this day everyone can ring that bell and present it to the Lady of the Lake, and hopefully all of your wishes will be granted.
My bestfriend told me that all of her wishes came true, very good!.....for mine....i'm not really sure,.....i wonder, for that old woman who helped me....did her's came true? ;-)Related to:
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A must see on Bled is taking a boat Pletna to island and ring the bell for good luck in the church. There are 99 steps to the top which were renovated in 2004.
There's a beautiful baroque church on the top, with bell tower,small chapel, fountain.
There are also 124 graves from 9th and 10th century.
The island is well covered with green trees .
The entrance fee is 3 Euro.
Pletna is a traditional wooden boat on Bled.It is about 7 metres long and 2 metres wide.
The name Pletna derives from German word pleten.
The first pletna was built around 1590, to bring pilgrams to the island. The boat has not changed much since. It has wooden construction all trough with benches all the way to the bow, and a wooden frame roof which is covered by canvas to protect the guests from the sun and rain. It is "powered by one man crew". It takes special technique to row this boat. Pletna can take up to 20 guests .
Pletna boat journey to the island and back with half an hour stop on the island is 10 EUR per person.
Bled Castle :Lady of Bled
We saw this in Bled Castle's museum. This is the remains of a female Slav from Pristave, Bled, around 10th century. When she was found she was wearing typical jewelry for that period, a pair of crescent earrings, temple ringlets and a ring.Related to:
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Madonna and Child
This ,what looked like a Madonna and child statue ( bronze?) adorned the altar of the 16th century chapel of Bled Castle, consecrated to the Bishops St. Albuin and St. Ingenium. It was renovated in the baroque style around 1700. Looking closely, it seemed they don't have faces, which i find quite unique and interesting.You will find different denominations of money on the area surrounding the statue that visitors have offered.Related to:
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Bled's link with the White House
Look closely at this building. Can you see what it has in common with the White House in Washington DC? This is the Villa Bled and it is built from the same marble as the White House, Island Braè From Dalmatia. The associations don't however stop there.
The Villa Bled, like the White House has also welcomed a huge number of world leaders because Marshall Josip Broz Tito, President for life of Yugoslavia, commandeered it in 1947 as a guest house for visiting dignitaries.
It sits high on the hill at the far side of the lake from the Castle and commands one of the most spectacular views in Slovenia.
Today it is a hotel. Look at the Accommodation tips for more info.Related to:
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Slovenia only has one island, but this is more attractive than many archipelagos. It is situated in the middle of the lake, and embraced by a necklace of majestic peaks. Its charm is a centuries-old symbol of a place which has been frequented by travellers for decades
Bled, with its natural beauty has a fascinating near and far environment too. Not far away is the Vintgar Gorge, a picturesque easy walk through 1,6 km long ravine. You can visit many other places like Bohinj, with its beautiful lake, or forested slopes of Pokljuka, or maybe play golf in the near Golf course. Bled and its surroundings provide a number f other intersting sights that are worth to visit.
View to the renovated Grand Hotel Toplice. It is situated on the shore of the picturesque Lake Bled and offers a spectacular view of the island, the medieval cliff-top castle and the Julian Alps.
The Grand Hotel Toplice offers a thermal swimming pool, a whirlpool, a private lido and a host of wellness services.
Side trip to Lake Bohinj/Slavica Falls
About 20 km west of Bled you'll find another lake that receives far fewer visitors, Lake Bohinj, which is larger than Lake Bled. The guidebook said it takes about 4 1/2 hours to walk around it as opposed to 2 hours for Lake Bled, we didn't have the time to do it but enjoyed the view of it as we drove by on our way to Slavica Falls.
Lake Bohinj is fed by the water from Slavica Falls which is just a short distance further west from Lake Bohinj. It takes about 20 minutes to hike up to the falls from the car park, definitely worth the effort. 2.50E to park and another 2E per person to visit the waterfalls.
It was after 6 pm when we arrived in Bled so we didn't see anyone out on the lake offering boat rides between the shore and the island, the next morning was overcast and chilly so we decided to head back to Ljubljana without visiting the island. If you have nicer weather than us, we saw several places along the southern coast of the lake that offered boat rides (I think it was around 12E per person) or my guide book says you can rent your own boat.
You can still get a very nice view of Bled Island and the Church of the Assumption that sits on it from the shores of Lake Bled and really that has to be the prettiest view.
The terace of the hotel (I think it is Park hotel) in the bacground of the photo, is the place, where you can taste the best cream cakes in Bled. Beside the famous cream cake, a breathtaking view to the lake, the islad, the castle and the mountains in the background is fascinating.
Highly recommended, friendly host, excellent (optional) dinners at the hotel, for example four...more
Tranquil setting amidst a large garden, with a tennis court and covered lido. Retro-style 1950s...more
it s a real palace.. i liked the proprety of the room .. the staff is very friendly .. Very handy...more
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