Embark on an enchanting journey to discover the natural wonders of Slovenia, where you’ll find the renowned Alpine treasures of Bled and its picturesque surroundings. Prepare to be captivated by diverse landscapes, immerse yourself in local crafts and traditions, and revel in the Alpine splendor that defines this European gem.
Lake Bled, often referred to as the jewel of Slovenia’s Alpine region, boasts emerald-green waters, a picture-perfect island church, a medieval castle perched atop a rocky cliff, and the majestic backdrop of the Slovenian Alps’ highest peaks. A leisurely stroll along the lakeshore offers a mesmerizing experience as the surrounding mountains reflect upon the serene lake surface. Whether you visit during the lushness of summer or the tranquility of winter, the lake’s ambiance and the crisp mountain air promise an unforgettable experience.
Take a boat ride with a Pletna boat and reach the only true island in Slovenia. Dominating the landscape from a lofty cliff that rises over 100 meters above the lake, Bled Castle is an iconic symbol of medieval fortresses. It enchants with its towers, ramparts, moats, and a terrace that provides sweeping, breathtaking vistas. Inside the castle, you’ll encounter a unique treasure – a faithful reconstruction of Gutenberg’s wooden printing press. Here, a master printer will demonstrate ancient printing techniques using handcrafted paper. To truly embrace the essence of Lake Bled, board a Pletna boat, a traditional vessel unique to this region, and set sail to the charming, tear-shaped island nestled in the heart of the lake.
Upon your return from the island, don’t miss the opportunity to visit a local patisserie and savor Bled’s renowned cream cake, known as “kremšnita.” Over the past six decades, an astounding 12 million of these delectable treats have been savored, making them an absolute must-try and the perfect way to conclude your day of exploration. If you’re visiting in the summer, don’t forget to pack your bathing suit for a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters of the lake.