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Občina Bled

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  • Day79

    Bled Slovenia - Bled Castle

    August 24, 2017 in Slovenia

    A day spent in Bled. We did all things touristy:
    Bled Castle - medieval castle built on a precipice over 100m above Lake Bled. According to written sources, it is the oldest Slovenian castle. Great views of Bled, the Lake and mountains.

  • Day79

    Bled Lake

    August 24, 2017 in Slovenia

    Bled Lake - The lake is of mixed glacial and tectonic origin. It is 2,120 m long and 1,380 m wide, with a maximum depth of 29.5 m. The World Rowing Championships were held here in 1966, 1979, 1989, and 2011 and next month the European Rowing Championships will be held here.

  • Day79

    Bled Island

    August 24, 2017 in Slovenia

    Bled Island (Blejski otok) - we took the easy option and paid for someone else to do the rowing over to the island. The island has several buildings, the main one being the pilgrimage church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary, built in its current form near the end of the 17th century. The church has a 52 m tower and there is a Baroque stairway from 1655 with 99 stone steps leading up to the building. It is a popular venue for weddings - there was one there today. Traditionally it is considered good luck for the groom to carry his bride up the steps on the day of their wedding before ringing the bell and making a wish inside the church. It was 28 degrees today! I think the bride and groom skipped that tradition.Read more

  • Day68

    Lake Bled

    August 24, 2017 in Slovenia

    Spent the day at beautiful Lake Bled, much busier and more tourist centred than where we are staying at Bohinj. Bled Castle sits on a lofty height above the lake and in the middle of the lake on an island sits The Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary. As it's an Eco lake we travelled to the island on a row boat called a Pletna which is an alpine boat for 18 People and rowed at the back by an ores man. There is also a summer luge run- quite scary looking!Read more

  • Day9

    Bled

    July 25 in Slovenia

    The lake of Bled is probably the best known touristic attraction in Slovenia. Although there are plenty of hotels surrounding the lake it remains beautiful and peaceful. The color of the water, the central island with a church and a big castle on the hill overlooking the lake make it an idillic place.
    The temperature reached over 30 degrees so one evening we decide to go for a swim in the lake. Compared to the Soča river the water was surprisingly warm.

    The next morning we visited the Vintgar gorge just outside the city of Bled. In advance I saw many beautiful pictures of the gorge and my expectations were high. When we arrived there I was a bit disappointed by the amount of tourists visiting the gorge. It felt almost like a theme park.
    A wooden path takes you down into the 1600m long canyon. The views are beautiful, but the smell of 4 different perfumes together with an occasional push of passing visitors made the experience a bit less nice. Anyhow, it remains a beautiful gorge but it’s not as unique as I imagined.

    On our way back we passed the ticket office and we were surprised to see a huge cue of people waiting to get inside. The line was almost 100m long! We praised ourselves lucky that we visited the gorge in the morning.
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  • Day4

    Bled

    August 26 in Slovenia

    Nachdem das Wochenende mal kurz einen Ausflug in den Herbst gemacht hat, wurden wir ab Montag wieder mit herrlichem Wetter entschädigt. So war auch ein Ausflug in die Berge und eine Seilfahrt auf den Vogel möglich. Der Campingplatz ist empfehlenswert, die Sanitäranlagen sehr gut und gepflegt. Hier sind wir 3 Nächte geblieben.

  • Day226

    Day 227: Final Bled Exploration

    September 29, 2017 in Slovenia

    Last day in Lake Bled! Nice weather today so we finally decided to take a boat out to the island in the centre of the lake. 14 euros each which was a bit pricey, but at least Schnitzel was free! Just us and an older American couple on the boat so we had a nice little chat to them, they were fairly well-travelled as well which was good.

    The island itself was a slight let-down, as there isn't much there besides the church, a cafe and a souvenir shop. We couldn't go in the church on account of Schnitzel, so we had a coffee in the sun and just enjoyed the atmosphere. The island is very small, only a couple of minutes to walk the perimeter, so we did a lap and by then it was time to get back on the boat.

    Rode back to the wharf near our apartment where we walked back to the car and then drove up to the castle overlooking the lake. Entry was a bit steep again at 10 euros, but the museum and stuff was moderately interesting. Unbeatable views!

    Had a small lunch on the walls overlooking the lake, then had a look around at all the various aspects of the castle. Museum, church, crypt, towers and battlements. A few other interesting things too like a wine cellar, printing works and a blacksmith though these were mostly just selling souvenirs.

    Back to the apartment for the afternoon where we chilled out, then drove around the lake in the evening for one last dinner with Shandos's parents. Chatted away with them into the evening until it was finally time to say goodbye. Not sure when we'll see them again, could be quite a while!
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Občina Bled, Obcina Bled, Veldes, Bled

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