The town of Bled is best known for its lake and the church island whose extraordinary beauty takes your breath away. A rocky cliff with a medieval castle rises 120 m (393 feet) high over the lakeshore. The earliest evidence for humans in this area is from the Stone Age.
Today, the town of Bled is a well-kept resort with many hotels, private accommodation, a campsite and a varied Slovene and foreign cuisine (the delicious cream cakes (“kremšnita”) especially). It is also famous as a rowing-regatta center and as a starting point for many trips and walks in beautiful surroundings such as the Vintgar Gorge, the Pokljuka Gorge, the Iglica Waterfall (Slap pod Iglico), the mountains around the lake, plateaus and the Triglav National Park. There is a circular promenade around the lake, which has a beautiful view of the surroundings and it takes only an hour and a half to walk the whole length. You can even rent a horse-drawn carriage at the Bled Festival Hall. The island of Bled is accessible with a typical pletna boat, which carries about 20 passengers. The boat is propelled using the special “stehrudder” technique where the oarsman is standing and rowing with two oars. In the church on the island, there is a famous wish bell, which dates back to 1543 and if you ring it, every wish will come true.
Would you like to see the island up close? You can take a pletna boat or rent your own boat and leave the rowing to your parents. In summer, do not forget to bring your swimsuit, as the lake is pleasantly refreshing, and in very cold winters, it is possible to ice-skate on the surface (at your own risk, of course).
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Restaurant and Pension Mlino
This restaurant is famous for its delicious cuisine and a wide and quality assortment of wines. You can choose among a la carte dishes, game, meat, fish and national or house specialties. At your request, they prepare delicious vegetarian or diet meals. Their staff is very friendly, professional and cater to your every need. Did I mention their summer garden has a view of the lake?
Cesta svobode 45,
04 574 14 04
Vita, Olja and Juna Recommend
For all enthusiastic fans of winter sports, we should announce that near Bled you will find an excellent family ski resort, where your children will be able to learn and practice the first ski turns. Excellently prepared ski and cross-country trails and a toboggan run will delight all family members (even the youngest ones).
Navigation for parents: Zatrnik 118, 4247 Zgornje Gorje
The walk around the lake or skiing definitely takes up a lot of your energy. One way to restore it is to visit the Park Hotel Restaurant (which is just a few steps away from the Bled Promenade), where you can get the most delicious Bled cream cakes.
Did you know?
The original Bled cream cake is recognised as a dish with a designation of origin. Since the very first cream cake in 1953, over 15 million original Bled cream cakes have been made to this day, using over 131 tons of flour, 8,437 million eggs and 1,556,000 litres of milk. If the 15 million cream cakes were stacked in a row, they would reach 1,050 km (652 miles) or all the way from Bled to Naples. If we were to stack them on top of one another around Lake Bled, they would make a wall 8 m high. On beautiful spring and autumn weekends, they bake between 2,500 and 3,500 pieces. Confectioners still remember the records from the late 70s, when they baked up to 6,000 slices of cream cake in a single weekend!