About Lake Bled
At the edge of the Triglav National Park lies the emerald-green, pristine Lake Bled. On a small island in the middle is a 9th Century church and overlooking the lake is a majestic mediaeval castle, the whole scene is set against the incredible backdrop of the Julian Alps. Bled also offers a proud tradition of thermal springs and a curative climate which have long made it one of Europe's finest mountain resorts all year round.
Whilst in the area do not miss the chance to visit to the nearby Bohinj with its own beautiful glacial lake; less developed than Bled but also offering many opportunities for walking and activities. It is a long, slender lake which is enveloped by towering mountain peaks and wooded alpine pastures. At its head is the station for the Vogel Mountain cable car, a ride on which offers the most spectacular views of the lake and surrounding peaks, whilst at the top hiking trails and a lovely Apline cafe await you.
Bled is a famous tourist location, surrounded by the Julian Alps and Karawanke Mountains, in the basin of a glacial lake, the warmest in Europe. In the middle of the romantic lake there rises the Isle of Bled with the little church and its baroque tower, reflecting in the smooth surface of the water. Bled is situated 500m above sea level; it is proud of a traditiona of more than 130 years of tourism - yet even before that time Bled was frequented by numerous pilgrims, visiting the romantic little church on the island, scientists, artists, statesmen who were admiring the beauties of Bled and those of its surroundings, and also the first bathers in thermal spring of Bled, namely on the site where the Grand Hotel Toplice is situated at present.
The beginnings of contemporary, organised tourism at Bled go back to the year 1855. Then Arnold Rikli, a Swiss citizen was among the first ones to recognize the favourable position of Bled and its climatic advantages enabling a long bathing season. At Bled, he arranged his air, sun and water bathing, he built the necessary structures and achieved good success in his curative treatment. Bled became well known throughout Europe and started inviting and attracting, in tradition to Rikli's patients, an ever-increasing number of other guests. A great contribution to this was made by much better railway connections; Bled has two railway stations - the later one BLED LAKE on the Munich - Trieste railway line. Today there are 7000 inhabitants of Bled, primarily engaged in tourism and catering activities.
In recent years all the old hotels have been completely renovated and a number of new hotels and pensions have been opened. An attractive summer season has been combined with the introduction of a winter season with the construction of a ski centre, sports hall with a skating ring, a golf course, new tennis courts, a rowing centre and the casino. Several covered and open swimming pools and other facilities for an active recreation as well as entertainment by day and night, satisfying the expectations of all Bled's guests.
The calendar of tourist events includes various concerts and other cultural programmes, folklore displays and sporting events throughout the season. The "Days of Bled" and "Rikli's Days" are especially attractive ones, visited by thousands, trying traditional meals from hundreds of sellers on the main street or buying artistic souvenirs; at the end a huge fireworks display and thousands of egg-candles floating on the lake offer a really magical and traditional scene.
Where to stay
The delightful, small and friendly Hotel Triglav is attractively located between a lush alpine forest and Lake Bled. There are splendid veiws over the lake and to the centre of the town.
The Vila Prešeren boutique hotel is under the castle cliffs right on the shore of Lake Bled.
The Pension Mayer is a delightful, traditional guest house located in the heart of Bled, just a stone's throw from the lake. Great value, warm welcome, home-cooked food.
"Just to say a massive thank you for arranging such a marvellous Tailor made holiday. loved Lake bled and Slovinia hotel was first class. Can't wait to return to Lake bled and hotel Toplice it was fantastic. lake view beautiful although you do need to be on at least 2nd floor to get views due to trees. also will be more than likely to return next year and will use your company. Have recommended you to a few of my well travelled friends many thanks everything ran to clockwork apart from the flight which is another story full of hooligans going to Croatia music festival rude and bad language and also had to sit on p,and two hours before take off due to storms over Germany. so not a good experience."
S Guider, UK, July, 2015