The fabulous beauty of Lake Bled has for millenia attracted people’s gaze with its miraculous power. Bled is situated on the edge of Triglav national park, the only one of this kind in Slovenia. The park was founded in 1906 in the area of the Seven Triglav Lakes, while in 1981 it was extended and with its 83.807 ha now covers practically the entire Julian Alps within Slovene territory. Its highest peak is MT. Triglav (2.864 m), the highest Slovene mountain, after witch the park was named.
Photo: Monika Banhegyi – The unforgettable view of the lake
The lake was formed after the recession of the Bohinj glacier. It is up to 2120 m long and up to 1380 m wide, the maximum depth being 30,6 m.
The lake with a church-topped island and the old medieval castle characterize Bled as one of the most beautiful tourist sites in Europe. Its natural beauties, historical prominence and favourable geographical position have seen Bled turn to tourism. The best way to get to the island is by the traditional Bled special boat called “Pletna”. (Price: 20 EUR/person)
The bell tower, which was built in the 15 century, has been renoveted several times. The present tower is 54 m high and has three bells, which were made by Samassa and Franchi, bell makers from Ljubljana. Like the church, the other buildings, the walls and monumental staircase (99 stairs) preserve their image from the 17 century. Of special interest is the “wishing bell” from 1534 in the upper roof beam above the church nave, by F.Patavina from Padova.
The Bled castle is one of the oldest castles in Slovenia and was first mentioned in a written document on 22 May 1011, as the German king Henry II. Awarded the Bishop Albuien of Brixen with it. The castle perched atop a cliff rising above a glaciel lake with a romantic island and a church on it is the very image of Bled that trrough the centuries became well known not only in Slovenia but also worldwide. The castle’s terraces offer a spectacular view of the Upper Carniola region, captured between the mountain ranges of Karavanke and the Julian Alps.
Bled is an ideal starting point for all who wish to visit the park’s natural beauties, as many accessible and highly interesting places lie virtually in its immediate vicinity (Vintgar Gorge, Pokljuka Plateau, Pokljuka Gorge, Pod Babjim zobom Cave, Lake Bohinj). You can go to Bled castle and Vintgar by bus (return ticket price: 6,50 EUR).