Lake Bled, Slovenia

Postcard: Lake Bled, Slovenia

A tourist gem of global dimensions on the edge of the Triglav National Park that was nominated as one of the seven new wonders of the world.

  • Bled Island is the only natural island in Slovenia.
  • It is a lake in the Julian Alps in Gorenjska region of northwestern Slovenia.
  • The unique shape of the lake emerged from a tectonic hole made by the Behind glacier, which was once at the location of the present lake.
  • The lake is 2.120 m long and 1.380 m wide, with a maximum depth of 29.5 m.
  • In the middle of the lake is a small island.
  • Bled Island is accessible by a traditional pletna boat. When you climb up the 99 steps on the island, you get to the Church of the Mother of God on the lake. Bled Island and the church are well known by its wishing bell, where you ring the bell and make a wish.
  • Above the lake, on the north shore, is the oldest castle in Slovenia, perched on a cliff.
  • What is a pletna boat. Pletna boats are made by locals and are typical for Bled. Their origins date back to the 16th century. They are designed according to the concept of the Venetian gondola, but with its own features.
  • You can walk around the lake on a 6 km walk or enjoy in a romantic, back in time horse carriage ride.
  • For the spectacular view, climb the Ojstrica hill and just enjoy.
  • Lake Bled is known for hosting many of the World Rowing Championships. 
  • Bled is one of the most known and most liked touristic spots in Slovenia, both among tourists and locals.
  • And your visit to Bled is definitely not complete without tasting the delicious dessert, Bled cream cake (“Blejska kremšnita”).
  • Bled has been advocating green tourism for several years now and is the proud recipient of the gold label of the Green Scheme of Slovenian Tourism. As part of the 2019 Green Destinations international non-governmental project, Bled was selected as the second best place in sustainable development in Europe. Since 2008 it is also a member of the Alpine Pearls group, the objective of which is to promote sustainable mobility.

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Photo: Jana Letonja.
Photo: Jana Letonja.
Photo: Jana Letonja.

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