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

  • Day79


    August 24, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅

    Pletna - "a traditional wooden rowing boat driven by a boatman. It has a capacity for 18 passengers and due to its special construction is safe and adapted for navigation on Alpine lakes."

  • Day10

    Bled Castle

    November 6, 2018 in Slovenia ⋅ 🌧 52 °F

    Tour of the castle. Foggy day. I had really hoped to hit Bled on a sunny day as it is purported to be gorgeous. Not to be though. We got to use the Gutenberg printing press to print our own castle print - very cool. Tried to show part of the video here. FindPenguins limits lengths of videos. Now in our way to Ljubljana for a city tour - driving through the rain. Only one more day left on our trip, so in reality we lucked out big time with the weather.
    “Ljubljana is the known to be the perfect spot for lazy tourists - you can stand in the middle, look all around and you got it”
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  • Day10

    Back in Bled

    November 6, 2018 in Slovenia ⋅ 🌧 54 °F

    Sun broke out for a few minutes on the way back, then whoosh. Raining again managed to get this foggy shot of the castle from our room balcony. Evening going away reception coming up in about 3 hrs. Had to raid an ATM to get some euros for tips to our tour director and bus driver. Got an early bus departure at 7 am to head for our final night in Venice.Read more

  • Day55

    Lake Bled

    June 25, 2018 in Slovenia ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    We enjoyed a night of luxury and relaxation at the grand old iconic Toplice Hotel right on the shore of Lake Bled. This building has an amazing history and is built on top of a natural thermal spring so swimming in the pool felt therapeutic and memorable.

  • 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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