Bled

Bled is a town in Slovenia, on the east side of Lake Bled.

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Bled Castle

A picturesque white and red castle enclosed by a Romanesque wall with parapets, ramparts, and towers. The current incarnation of the castle dates from the 17th century and was restored in the 1950s. The upper courtyard includes a 16th-century chapel decorated with frescoes from 1700 and includes a painting of Henry II conferring Bled to Bishop Albuin. There is a small museum with an exhibition on the castle's history and the usual array of medieval pomp, pageantry and weaponry. However, the items do not include descriptions in any language. The castle terrace offers great views of the lake and island below. There is also a small wine center run by Andre, the monk. There, for the price of a champagne bottle (€15) Andre will teach you how to perform Sabrage, or Sabree, the art of cutting the top of the bottle off with a blade. You can also bottle, label, and wax stamp your own wine right in the cellar with Andre. The wooden steps near the wine cellar lead to small shop that sells various herbs and oils. Go in here for the smell.

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Church of the Assumption

The present baroque church dates from 1698. Well preserved frescoes depict scenes from the life of Virgin Mary. Ring the wishing bell, which was installed in the original Gothic church in 1534. The Provost's house and the smaller building behind the church were used as guesthouses. According to local tradition, a husband who can carry his newly married bride the 99 steps up from the dock into the church will be ensured a happy marriage, and ringing the bell in the church will fulfill one of your wishes.

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Traveller's Haven

Features what are possibly the most comfortable mattresses in any hostel around the world! Located in a typical Bled house from the beginning of the 20 century in the old part of Bled, just a few minutes from the bus station or the lake, with the grocery store just across the street. It has 27 beds in 6 rooms, an equipped kitchen, living room and two small balconies. Free laundry machines. You can arrange free pickup from the train station. Free bike rentals.


Jakelj Backpackers House

Free pickup from the Bled train station. Free Linens/Towels and Internet. This hostel is run by a great family. The son runs some excursions and is very nice. The breakfasts were complimentary eggs (made by the mother) and are fantastic. Dinners at the hostel are €6 for 4 courses of Slovenian fare. The food is fantastic. They offer a huge range of activities (rafting, canyoning, horse back riding, outdoor camping, skiing, national park trips).



Hiking

Bled offers several easy to moderate hikes, many of which offer amazing picturesque views of the island. Velika Osojnica, a 756m high peak at the southwestern corner of the lake offers the best and most famous views of Bled, and is popular among photographers. An easier, but less spectacular option is to hike up 638m Straza, covered with linden oak and spruce trees, southwest of the Grand Hotel Toplice.

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Swimming at Grajsko kopališče (Castle Bathing Area)

6,000 m2 area, a great place to swim, also has two waterslides, a trampoline, a climbing wall, four outdoor swimming pools, a jump board as well as climbers, swings and a sandbox for children, table tennis, chess, 1,000 changing rooms, 107 lockers, boat rental, snack shop, and a grassy beach.

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Hot Air Balloon Flights

Accepts bookings via email or phone, at least a day before the flight. Hot air balloon flights are ONLY early in the morning, starting at Sunrise. Whole programme is about 3-4 h (flight time approx. 1 h). [[File:Inflation Bled.jpg|thumb|take off from the shores of Lake Bled]]

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Babji Zob (Hag's Tooth) Caves

300m cave system includes rare helictites (calcium deposits) and a tooth-shaped pillar atop a 1128m peak. Very different than other caves in Slovenia. Three-hour tours take place Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays in the summer. Meet at Bohinjska Bela 34.

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Okarina

Amazing quality, large menu blending Indian and Slovene dishes including a substantial vegetarian selection. Not the cheapest, but high quality and extremely friendly service. Beautiful decor, relaxed atmosphere. Highly recommended.


Hotel Vila Bled

4-star hotel. This was the private getaway of Marshal Tito during the days of Yugoslavia. In spite of its recent renovation, it hasn't lost any of its historic charm. The hotel also features a small new wellness studio.


Park Hotel

4-star hotel. Features a swimming pool on its highest floor with a great view. The famous cream cakes were invented at the hotel in 1953 and over 10 million have been baked in its patisserie so far.

SLEEP   —  +386 4 579 1800 —  Cesta svobode 15

Family Hotel Savica

3 star hotel. Pool. Family friendly, provides all necessary facilities for babies and young children as well as a broad animation program. Apartments and suites are available. Breakfast included.

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Lake Bled

Formed after the recession of the Bohinj glacier at the end of the Ice Age. As much as 2120m long and 1380m wide. Maximum depth is 30.6m. With no natural tributaries, it is fed by a few springs.

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House Klasika

Family-run four star pension famous of it's hospitality, fabulous breakfast and traditional architecture. Free internet in all rooms (cable, wireless), free computer access, free parking.


Iglica Waterfall

18m high, but very narrow waterfall over a vertical wall of Permian limestone. Popular for rock climbing. If you go up the stairs you have a beautiful view over the whole area.

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Spas & Wellness Centers

Unwind in thermal pools, whirlpools and saunas, or alternatively let yourself be pampered with a soothing massage, a calming bath or a rejuvenating beauty treatment.

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Garni Hotel Jadran

Located in a beautiful historic building overlooking the lake. Use of the wellness facilities at the Toplice is free of charge for guests of the Jadran.

SLEEP   —  +386 4 579 1365 —  Cesta svobode 12

Fishing

Fishing for catfish, pike, carp and lake trout is permitted on Lake Bled with the purchase of a permit from the tourist office for €20 per day.

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Apartments Špec

40 square meter furnished apartments for 2-4 persons. Quiet location, free computer access, free wi-fi, tvs in all apartments, free parking.


Pension Tiffany

All of the apartments have well equipped kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms with cable tv and balconies. Parking place is ensured. Free Wi-Fi

SLEEP   —  +386 4 574 26 53 —  Jarska Cesta 7

Castle Restaurant

Good for special occasions, but not as expensive as you might think. Booking advised, especially for outside tables by the wall.

EAT   —  +386 4 5794 424 —  Map

Garni Hotel Berc

15 rooms. Family-run three-star hotel in a very quiet location. B&B. No credit cards. Free internet. Always top on reviews.

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Bled Island

Excavations on the island have revealed the remains of a pre-Romanesque Chapel and a large Slavic cemetery dating to 9 AD.

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Bled Days

Three days of fairs and concerts. The event culminates in fireworks and the lighting of thousands of candles on the lake.

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Strel Swimming Adventures

Swim across Lake Bled and around the Island with well known operator for Slovenian swimming adventure holidays.

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Bledec Youth Hostel & Penzion

Popular place for families and adventurous pensioners! Member of Hostelling International. Breakfast included.

SLEEP   —  Grajska 17

Bled Hostel

22 beds in 3 mixed dorms of 6-10 beds each. Modern. Free internet. Dartboard and football table. Cafe and bar.

SLEEP   —  +386 31 523 056 —  Grajska Cesta 22

Summer tobogganing

Open only during the summer. Ride down a 520m track on a 131m hill in a small cart. Speeds top out at 40kph.

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Topolino

Bled's most sophisticated outfit, georgeously decorated, and beautifully lit. High quality food and wine.


Krek Hotel

34 rooms. New modern hotel and restaurant, big secured underground parking, free internet access B&B.

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Hotel Jelovica

Three-star higher middleclass hotel, connected with a pleasant park leads down to the lake shore.

SLEEP   —  Cesta svobode 8

Mini Golf

18 holes. Hosts a variety of classic mini golf competitions, including the National Championship.


Garni Hotel Villa Bojana

3 star family-run hotel. 11 rooms. Free internet: LAN and WIFI in every room. Roof terrace.


Alpine Flying Centre

Panorama flights, glider rental, and tandem para-jumps. There is also a good restaurant.

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Camping Bled

In a beautiful green setting close to the lake. Free (but slow) WiFi at the reception.

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3Glav Adventures

Reputable outdoor adventure company with the best rates for skydiving and paragliding.

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Hotel Ribno

58 rooms and three suites. Free wi-fi. Popular for weddings and corporate outings.

SLEEP   —  +386 4 578 31 00 —  Izletniška 44

Hotel Krim

3 star hotel with 115 rooms. Restaurant and Wellness center. Breakfast included.


Krek Pension

Family-run three-star guesthouse. Excellent location for fishing and hiking.

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Mayer Pension

Restaurant and summer garden. Free wi-fi. Cottage and apartments available.


Bled Backpackers @ George Best Bar

Five rooms with 20 beds. Free Wi-Fi. Laundry service. Adventure trips.

SLEEP   —  +386 45744-041 —  Grajska 21

Apartments Union

Apartments available. Great bar downstairs. Accessible by disabled.

SLEEP   —  +386 4 57 80 110 —  Ljubljanska 9

Hotel Trst

Guests may use the swimming pool of the Toplice free of charge.

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Golf Hotel

4-star hotel featuring the excellent Ziva Wellness Centre.

SLEEP   —  +386 4 579 1700 —  Cankarjeva 4

Simončinka

Great fast food including burgers, chicken, and salads.

EAT   —  Ljubljanska cesta 4

Gostilna Pri Planincu

Over 100 years old. Still retains original ambience.


Okarina Etno Festival

Ethnic festival featuring folk music performances.

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Vila Ajda

Four apartments. Fish restaurant. Lake views.


Grand Hotel Toplice

5-star hotel. Features thermal springs.


Best Western Premier Hotel Lovec

4 star hotel. Breakfast included.


Bled Golf & Country Club

Slovenia's premier golf course.


International Music Festival Bled

Classical music festival.

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Pension Mlino

13 rooms. Free wi-fi.

SLEEP   —  +386 4 574 14 04 —  Map

Ostarija Peglez\'n

Great fish restaurant

EAT   —  Cesta Svobode 19a

Bled Castle Hostel 1004

Free internet.

SLEEP   —  +386 41 567 512 —  Grajska Cesta 22

Vila Gorenka Guesthouse

Built in 1909.

SLEEP   —  +386-4-5744722 —  Želeška cesta 9

King's Club House

4-star hotel.

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Labod

Nice view.


Hotel Astoria Bled

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About Bled

Bled is a popular destination in Slovenia due to its romantic scenery and access point for Triglav National Park, which offers numerous outdoor adventure opportunities. The town features a little white church on an island in the center of an emerald green mountain lake, with Bled Castle perched high above, amidst the Julian Alps.


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