For any visitor to Slovenia, Lake Bled is a “must see” destination. While Ljubljana is the charming capital of this country, less than an hour away is a picturesque glacial lake nestled at the foot of the Alps.
Lake Bled has a number of interesting features aside from its natural beauty. The lake doesn’t allow any motorized traffic or boats. Getting to and from the island church, Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary, takes place on a pletna. A pletna is a wooden boat crafted in Slovenia. It is steered by a single oar and manned by a single rower (an occupation that is passed down in the family). Think of it as a Slovenian gondola – just much bigger and much more affordable.
After arriving on the island, take a walk around the area with its gardens or take the 99 steps to the top of the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary. Many weddings are held here throughout the summer. The groom carries his bride up the 99 steps and those who make it to the top will enjoy a long marriage.
The lake also has a number of different things for travelers of all types. Enjoy a stroll along the lake with a path that circles the entire lake. For the best views of the area, hike to the top of Bled castle where you can tour the ruins which has been around since 1000 AD. For those who aren’t quite as adventurous, there are other transportation options to the castle as well.
Around the lake, you can enjoy the gardens, the views of the Alps, and even a view of the symbol of Slovenia – Triglav mountain. It’s the highest peak in all of Slovenia and even is pictured on the Slovenian flag.
For those who enjoy adventure travel, there are no shortage of options for exercise and fun. In winter, there are a number of ski slopes near the lake while you can enjoy a ride on a luge in the summer. For those who want to spend time on the lake, try your hand at rowing. After all, it’s the place where the Slovenian rowing team practices (and they are pretty good at it too).
If relaxation is your thing, there are a number of spas, shops, restaurants, and enjoy ways to be pampered and just enjoy the view.
If Slovenia and Lake Bled aren’t on your list of places to visit, maybe these photos will change your mind.
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