Lake Bled

Lake Bled features island church and castle perched on a cliff above it, against mountain backdrop of the Alps. A trip to Bled must be part of any tour to Slovenia.

Attractions of Lake Bled:

  • Castle perched on a cliff above the lake
  • Lake island with a church
  • Kremšnita – custard cream cake, Slovenia’s best known dessert
  • Recreational activities: cycling, boating and wind surfing

History of Bled

The town of Bled is a thousand years old. It was established in 1004 by the German Emperor Henrik II. The first visitiors to Bled were pilgrims from Carniola and Carinthia, who came to pray at the island church, wheras Bled started attracting tourists in the 19th century, after a Swiss-style bathing resort was opened here.

Recreational activities

Lake Bled is a good place for swimming and it is a major rowing centre, with important rowing competitions being held every year. Underwater enthusiasts can enjoy scuba diving or snorkeling, as Lake Bled is famous for its huge catfish.

Bled is also a good base to start hiking in the eastern part of the Julian Alps, including the Triglav National Park.

Near-by Sava river is a good place to experience rafting, kayaking, canoeing, hydrospeed/riverboarding or canyoning.