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Destinations » Slovenia » Bled Travel Guide
Slovenia has only one island but its uniqueness makes it more
attractive than many an archipelago. Sheltered by picturesque
mountains, the island reigns in the middle of an Alpine lake. Its
charm has made it a symbol for centuries of a town to which guests
from all over the world love to return. This town, which has
already existed for a thousand years, is BLED.
The town, already famous at the beginning of the 20th century as the most beautiful health spa of the then Austrian empire, attracted the European aristocratic elite. After WWII, one of the most attractive state residences of the former regime was located in Bled. Many of the world's most important people thus enjoyed the beauties of Bled. And now, for decades already, the pilgrims of the new age have been discovering this town.
Cosmopolitan seekers of diversity and beauty, of relaxation and inspiration, tranquillity and the challenges of sport will find here a multitude of opportunities. Walking and coaching trails around the lake, traditional boats, ringing the island's wishing bell, the castle treasures, the nearby ski pistes, mountain trails, golf courses, hunting, fishing, the casino, congress facilities - all these are but fragments of Bled's attraction, which is truly worth experiencing. And those who experience it, long for it again and again….
As Bled is a relatively small town, you're rarely far from
somewhere to eat. A selection of restaurants serving traditional
Slovenian fare can be found around town, with international
offerings also available.
The town's culinary speciality is the 'kremna rezina' or cream cake. An enticing mix of butter dough and vanilla cream, these cakes are enjoyed by large numbers of locals and visitors.
Other local favourites include 'struklji' (dumplings made with cottage cheese), 'potica' (a walnut roll) and 'kraski parsut' (air-dried pork). Various different wines are also produced locally and are well worth sampling.
Some of the city's most popular restaurants can be found along Cesta Svobode and Ljubljanska, with the shopping centre on Ljubljanska providing a surprising number of tasty meal options. A selection of coffee shops and taverns can also be found on these streets.
From a castle on a hill to a plethora of churches to an
extensive assortment of activities, Bled is full of things to see
Some of the most popular attractions in the town include Bled Castle and the Church of the Assumption on the island of Lake Bled. In order to take in the stunning beauty of the lake in comfort, a trip on the tourist train could be a good idea.
For those who want a more active holiday, Bled offers a whole host of opportunities. Its proximity to Lake Bled, the Julian Alps and the Triglav National Park affords visitors with the chance to hike, cycle and swim.
Other activities you can partake in during your stay include golf, gliding, alpine climbing, canoeing and horse riding. Winter sports like skiing and skating are also popular here.