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Lake Bled

Sports activities, leisurely relaxation or romantic moments on Lake Bled – What will you choose?

6 km long trail around the lake is just long enough for simple recreation (walks or bike rides). This trail also leads to sightseeing rises – Castle Hill and nearby hills with splendid views. Take a rest on one of the benches and enjoy the view on the lake with an island and the Karavanke mountains in the distance, and observe the ducks and swans playing on the surface of the lake.

Rowing is a very popular sports activity in this area as Bled can pride itself with a long tradition of the rowing sport and with hosting international rowing competitions. During the summer visitors can cool down in the lake or enjoy on the Castle beach which each year attracts a great number of tourists. In extremely low winter temperatures the surface of the lake freezes. Would you dare to ice skate on its surface?

The Bled island

A challenge for your eye and your body awaits you on the island where a temple of the ancient Slavic goddess of love Živa used to stand in the location of today's glorious Gothic church.

The most recognizable symbol of the lake is the Church of the Assumption with its long and diverse history, however the lush greenery also hides other interesting island buildings, like the bell-tower, church, chaplain's house, provost's house, small hermitage and some mysterious legends.

Fun fact: The legend of the Sunken bell. Once upon a time there lived a young widow in the castle of Bled. Her husband was killed by robbers and his body was thrown into the lake. She was so inconsolable that she gathered all her gold and silver and cast a bell for the chapel on the island, in memory to her husband. But the bell didn’t arrive there. The bell, the boat and boatmen sank during a terrible storm. The desperate widow sold all her property after this accident. She offered the proceeds for the construction of a new church on the island. She left Bled and lived the rest of her life in Rome as a nun. After her death the Pope had heard of her misfortune and of her good deeds during her life as a nun, so in memory to her he decide to make a new bell. He said that anyone that rings the bell three times and believes in God, his or her wish would come true.

Hills around the lake

Well-arranged trails will lead you to majestic hills above Lake Bled. The ascent on Straža isn't difficult. The trail is pleasant and surrounded with pine, oak, lime and birch trees.

Straža is a smaller hill, most suitable for pleasant walks and summer and winter activities.

Osojnica is one of the favourite viewpoints for photographers so prepare for a stunning view. There is an approximately 45 minute long walk along the steep forest path leading to Mala Osojnica (685 m) and another 20 minute walk leading to the top of Velika Osojnica (756m). The ascent will reward you with the finest views of Lake Bled and its outlying areas, Karavanke mountains, Kamnik Alps and the Gorenjska plain.

The Vintgar gorge

Experience the most intact nature of Bled in the first touristically arranged gorge in Slovenia.

The 1.6 km long Vintgar gorge carves its way through the vertical rocks of the Hom and Bort hills and is graced by the Radovna with its waterfalls, pools and rapids. The educational trail leads you over wooden bridges and Žumr’s galleries, and ends with a bridge overlooking the mighty 13 m high Šum waterfall.

Plateaus

Relax in the middle of the green forests, meadows and pastures and seize the opportunity for an active vacation.

The Pokljuka, The Jelovica and The Mežakla plateaus offer plenty of sports opportunities and opportunities to explore the local tradition.

Triglav National Park

Enjoy in the idyllic images of the pure and intact nature.

The immediate vicinity of Bled includes the Triglav National Park which covers 4% of the entire Slovenia, almost across the entire area of the Julian Alps, and is considered as one of the oldest European parks. Its specific feature is its dynamic intact nature and its richness of vegetation and numerous endangered animals.

The cave under Babji zob

One of the oldest Slovenian underground beauties.

This approximately 300 m long cave is adorned with beautiful stalactite formations. A special feature of this cave is spiral stalactites, so-called helectites, and large calcite crystals which are rear in Slovenia.

The "Iglica" waterfall

Hidden between the rock cliffs offers a splendid view of the surrounding area.

In the abyss caves of Iglica, just above Bohinjska Bela, hides an 18 m high waterfall on the Suha stream. It falls over a vertical wall of Permian limestone. In the village there is a signpost to the waterfall. The acces is very easy.

The Pokljuka ravine

The treasury of natural sights above the Radovna valley.

The ravine is 2 km long and 40 m deep in its most picturesque part. It was carved into limestone by water flowing from the Pokljuka glaciers, the only reminder of which is the Ribščica stream, a tributary of the Radovna river. Paths for visitors lead into the most beautiful central part of the ravine.










Source: Turizem Bled
 

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