Symbols of Bled

Cream cake

What is the secret? In fact, there is no secret - only experience matters, and the cooks from Bled have plenty of experience. Over the last 40 years they have sold as many as 7 million cream cakes.

Cream cakes, known to Bled for decades, are in fact the symbol of Bled. Although you can buy them elsewhere, those from Bled are simply the best. Ištvan Lukačevič, the former manager of the Hotel Park patisserie, tested recipes for many years before he finally succeeded.

The Pletna boat

There are various ways to take a trip across the lake or to the island. One of them includes a trip with the traditional boat made by locals which is only known at Bled – the Pletna boat. The origins of the Pletna boat go back to 1590, whilst it size allows safe transportation of 20 persons. You should be able to recognize it from afar as it is equipped with a colourful awning which protect passengers from the sun and other elements.

The Pletna boat is operated by the Pletna oarsman. This profession is very respected as it cannot be performed just by anyone. The title of the Pletna oarsman was handed down from generation to generation, which is why the profession of “Pletnarstvo” remained in individual families throughout the centuries. The Pletna oarsmen await you in the Spa Park, under the Park Hotel Bled, in Mlino and in the Rowing centre Bled.

The Pletna boat is a wooden flat-bottom boat with a pointed bow and the stern widened with a step to enable passengers to enter. The boat is propelled with the special »stehrudder« technique where the oarsman is standing and rowing with two oars.

Coachmen Fijaker

Discover Bled with the traditional coach. Take a trip around the island with the coachmen Fijaker and enjoy the Bled atmosphere.

Fijakers or cabs are open carriages with a long tradition in Bled. Not anyone can become a driver of such carriage as the »profession« is handed down from generation to generation. The son inherited the profession from his father his father inherited it from his father and so on…

Educational beehouse

Get familiar with the life of bees, beekeeping and treat yourself with natural home-made honey.

The bee-keeper Blaž Ambrožič took care for the safe observance of the Carniolan bee's life in the beehouse in the vicinity of Bled.

This educational beehouse with approximately 50 bee families is located at the edge of the village Selo pri Bledu, above the Mulej farm. It includes hand-painted beehive panels and is intended for the breeding of bee queens and bee families.

It hosts natural science days for children and beehive panel painting workshops under the hay-rack. Visitors can also use this chance to taste and buy the produced honey.

Source: Turizem Bled

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