Tucked away in Slovenia’s Julian Alps, Lake Bled is top dog as scenic spots in Slovenia go.
Of course, not all of us can go there and seep in the area’s amazing beauty. Hopefully though some of these photos will act as a cheap substitute. Wherever possible, I’ve tried to include the photographer. It’s hard to include everyone because they’re just so many stock photos of this gorgeous place online. That said, take a look at Lake Bled, Slovenia.
Lake Bled Sights and AttractionsLet’s be honest, there are few mountain resort areas with an incredible panoramic view of a beautiful blue lake and snow-capped mountains, a cute little island with a cuter church, lakeside camp grounds, a medieval castle and arguably some of the best scenic views in Eastern Europe.
The Island in the Lake (Blejski Otok)So you’re standing on the shoreline of the lake and obviously see the area’s most famous island. Known locally as Blejski Otok, it along with the famous church (we’ll get to that below) are the most recognizable pieces of Bled’s beautiful landscape. You can travel to the island by getting on one of the pletna ferry boats that go to and fro between the shoreline and the island’s little dock. The easiest place to catch one is from the Grand Hotel Toplice, but there are several other spots from where you can catch a ferry including Hotel Park and the nearby village of Mlino. The pletnas start as early as sunrise and generally run every half hour until a bit before the church closes. From the dock, it’s something like 99 or 100 steps to the church. Speaking of the church…
Church of the AssumptionThis is that white baroque building that you see on the island in every postcard and tourist photo of Bled. Known as the Church of the Assumption or Cerkev Marijinega vnebovzetja, it is a popular spot for weddings, especially during the summer months. Fun fact: it was once a pagan temple devoted to a Slavic fertility goddess. Maybe that’s why so many weddings take place there?
Ringing the church tower’s bell is a favorite thing for many visitors to do. Legend has it that if you are able to make the bell ring three times with one pull of the bell rope, you’ll have really good luck and all of your wishes will come true. Around the area of the church’s altar are some medieval graves that were discovered in the 1970s. One of them can be seen through the glass below the bell rope.
Tito’s VillaThis is possibly Slovenia’s ultimate lakeside lodge. Back in the days of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Lake Bled was a sort of vacation spot for the royal family. However after World War II when the Communists took over the country, it became the playground for their leader, Marshall Tito. He essentially renovated the Bled’s old royal villa into something of a guesthouse for foreign dignitaries. Past visitors have included Nikita Khrushchev, Indira Gandhi, North Korea’s Kim Il Sung and Cuba’s Raúl Castro, just to name a few. In an effort to promote tourism, in 1984 the villa was transformed into a hotel and restaurant with a garden full of exotic trees that were brought over by many of Tito’s guests.
You can find more information on the villa’s website.
Bled CastleWith foundations over 1,000 years old, Bled Castle (Blejski Grad) is a cliff-hanging relic from the time when the area was the seat of the Austrian Bishops of Brixen who controlled the area in medieval times. It is now a tourist spot with a small historical museum and some amazing views of the lake, mountains and surrounding area.
Check out some more photos and information about Lake Bled below.
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