Sunday, August 16, 2015

Top 5 attractions in Bled

Bled, one of the most beautiful Alpine resorts

Bled is one of the most beautiful and most visited tourist places in Slovenia. It is about 50 km northwest of the capital town Ljubljana. South of Bled are extending forested Jelovica and Pokljuka plateaus. The place has a rich historical past. The first visitors of Bled were pilgrims who went to the Mary Pilgrimage on the Bled Island. Arnold Rikli from Switzerland contributed significantly to the development of Bled as a health resort. In 2004, Bled celebrated its thousand years of the first mention.

The Bled Castle

The Bled Castle offers the most picturesque view of the Bled island, the small town of Bled and the countryside of the Gorenjska region. The history of the castle goes back to 1004 when the Emperor Henry II gave his estate at Bled to Bishop Albuin of Brixen. The castle is now arranged as an exhibition area. The museum collection represents the historical development of Bled, its population and its culture. At the Bled Castle forge can be seen artistic ironworks. The castle restaurant offers a wide range of delicious dishes and drinks. The castle courtyard is a place of cultural permormances during warmer months.

Lake Bled

Lake Bled with its beauty no one leaves indifferent. The lake invites to many sporting activities, romantic moments for two or just leisurely relaxation. Lake has the tectonic origin. It is about two kilometres long, more than a kilometer wide and up to 30,6 meters deep. Around the lake goes 6 km long trail which is just long enough for easy recreation such as walks or bike rides. During the hot summer days visitors can swim in the lake or enjoy on the Castle beach. The temperature of the lake can reach pleasant 23 degrees Celsius during the summer season.

The Bled Island

The most famous symbol of the lake is the gothic Church of the Assumption, to which it is necessary to walk the 99 stone steps. The lush greenery also hides other interesting buildings, like the provost's house, chaplain's house, bell-tower, small hermitage and some mysterious legends. In the ancient time, polytheism prevailed in this area, which is why the Bled Island included a temple of the Slavic goddess of love Živa. The 52 m high free standing bell tower was made of buckwheat grain. Among the most famous legends is the legend of the Sunken bell. Anyone that rings the bell three times and believes in God, her or his wish would come true.

The Pletna boat

The Pletna boat is a traditional boat made by locals which is only known at Bled. The origins of the boat go back to 1950. It size allows safe transportation of 20 people. The Pletna boat is equipped with a colourful awning which protect passengers from the sun and other weather elements. The boat is operated by the Pletna oarsman. This title was handed down from generation to generation. The Pletna boat is propelled with the special technique where the oarsman is standing and rowing with two oars. The oarsmen await you in the Rowing centre Bled, in Mlino, under the Park Hotel Bled and in the Spa Park.

Bled cream cake

The Bled cream cake is the symbol of Bled's cuisine. Ištvan Lukačevič, the former manager of the Hotel Park patisserie, tested recipes for many years before he finally succeeded. Over the last 60 years they have sold as many as 12 million delicious Bled cream cakes. The cream cake is sold only in the cafe opposite the Hotel Park.


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