Blogs from Bled, Upper Carniola, Slovenia, Europe


Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled July 27th 2022

Today we’ve booked tickets to visit Vintgar Gorge which is about five kilometres north of Lake Bled. Issy didn’t sleep too well so it looks like I’m on my own. It’s drizzly and a bit grey, and the clouds are down on the mountains which is making them look a bit spooky. We read last night that there’s a free shuttle bus from town out to the gorge. There must be a lot of people who want to go there; the buses leave about every three minutes. Our gorge entry tickets are for a very specific time, which is maybe not too surprising given bus loads full of visitors clearly turn up to get in there every few minutes, plus more in cars, on bikes, and maybe even some hikers. The walkway through the gorge looked ... read more
Vintgar Gorge
Vintgar Gorge
Vintgar Gorge

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled July 26th 2022

It’s raining, which is somewhat of a novelty; we’re pretty sure the last time it rained on us personally was when we were in Toronto more than three weeks ago. But there are advantages. It seems that wasps don’t like rain. These pesky creatures seem to be everywhere here. We’ve been very careful to keep our hands over the tops of our Fanta bottles; I suspect your day wouldn’t improve if one snuck in when you weren’t looking and you swallowed it. In the words of the young American girl in front of us in the ice cream queue last night “if even a tiny trace of those nuts gets into my chocolate ice cream my throat will close up and I’ll die in screaming agony on the ground right here in front of you” - ... read more
Bled Castle
Our B&B Lake Bled
Lake Bled

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled June 6th 2021

Bled castle The castle's history dates back to 1004 when the German king Henry II conferred the estate of Bled on Bishop Albuin of Brixen. The first castle was built by the bishops around 1011 for defensive purposes. The bishops of Brixen never lived in the castle so there were no elaborately decorated rooms. In the Middle Ages additional towers were built and the fortification system with the wall and lifting tower above the ditch were upgraded. The ditch has now been covered. In 1511, the castle was strongly damaged by an earthquake, but it was rebuilt in the image as it is today. The castle buildings are decorated with the images of coats-of-arms, painted in fresco technique, some are engraved in stone. The castle was restored in the period from 1951 to 1961. The castle's ... read more

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled March 2nd 2021 2nd March - Bled Island What a beautiful day to take the boat across to Bled Island on our virtual tour today. We took the traditional traditional boat called pletna. Pletna boats are made by locals and are typical of Bled. Their origins date back to 1590. The colourful awning protects passengers from the sun and other weather conditions but today with clear blue skies & a cool March temperature it was so special to be able to take the short journey with just the boatman and Neza our guide. As we set off Neza sang a local folk song. To be an oarsman is quite an esteemed vocation that cannot be done by anyone. During the reign of Maria Theresa the ownership rights for pletna boats were given to farmers who received poorer land ... read more

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled February 10th 2021 9th February - Bled - Slovenia Another visit to Lake Bled, today we are walking along the lakeside pathway to St.Martin’s Parish church. Bled consists of 5 villages so there is no Central Square. As we walked along the pathway Neza, our guide told stories how she swims in the lake most days in the summer months, the rowing competitions that take place along the canoe corridor on the lake and details of the lake itself. The lake’s deepest point is 30 m and its average annual temperature is 12 °C, reaching up to 25 ° C in July. there are several species of predator fish swimming in the lake and amongst them, some really old, big, giant fish. We heard about Max, a Catfish of more than 8 feet in length but sadly it ... read more

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled February 6th 2021 6th February - Lake Bled Lake Bled - Slovenia The lake is 34 miles from the capital city Ljubljana, we visited Bled on one our cruise holidays back in 2016 when the sky and lake were a different colour to the grey skies today but it was so interesting learn more about the Lake from virtual guide Neza. This was her first tour but it sounds as if she has more plans including hopefully a trip to the small island that we could see. The lake is a Glacial lake that surrounds Bled Island. The island has several buildings, the main one being the pilgrimage church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary built in its current form near the end of the 17th century. The church has a tower and there is a Baroque stairway ... read more

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled October 7th 2019

We awoke to a rather chilly morning in Kranjska Gora; our windscreen was covered in ice! After defrosting the windscreen / washing the ice away we set off towards Vintgar Gorge. The drive to Vintgar Gorge took about 40 minutes. After leaving the freeway and driving uphill for a while we ended up on a narrow road, which seems to be typical of the approach to tourist attractions in Slovenia! Eventually we reached the car park, paid our 5 euro parking fee and headed off to buy our 11 euro per person tickets for the Gorge. Vintgar Gorge is a 1.6km long gorge close to Bled. It’s one of the more popular tourist attractions in Slovenia, for good reason. We’d read that it gets really busy so to arrive early, but assumed that was only during ... read more
Vintgar Gorge
Vintgar Gorge
Vintgar Gorge

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled October 7th 2019

Day 32 : Monday 7 October 2019 : Lake Bled Glad we bought those jackets, its very cool! Took a walk around the whole Lake and hiked up to Mala Osojnica (or maybe Ojstrica). Met a lovely Victorian couple and did the walk with them. We all got lost, but made it in the end. Great walk, bit slippery, awesome views. Next stop, rowing a Pletna boat (€20) to the island, well Graham did, Ella tried (we could’ve been a while) and then our hero rower was Kirsten. Kirsten wasn’t very good at it ? Got to the other end of the lake and was so hungry, but there wasn’t really anywhere to eat. So we upped the pace and kept on our route, all the way around, past the castle, back into town to have ... read more

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled October 6th 2019

Day 31 : Sunday 6 October 2019 : San Candido to Lake Bled We’re sad to leave this beautiful countryside but it’s time to make our way to Lake Bled, Slovenia. Had our own carriage in the train, felt like Harry Potter. This is the first time we’ve had to take a taxi (€18) from the train to our accommodation, but it was easier and so much quicker. Accommodation wasn't as great as some of the amazing places we have stayed, still clean and neat. Took a walk into town and around the Lake to the Castle Bled. Lovely castle (€11 pp). Stunning views. Nice place. Bought some pasta and had dinner in. Apartments Maja €75 pn. Walked 9kms or 15000 steps and 47 floors. CC €23 Cash €368 (inc €350 cash to accomm)... read more

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled September 19th 2019

"Standing placidly in the shadows of the Julian Alps, ringed by thick forests and guarded by a stern medieval castle, is Slovenia’s beloved Lake Bled. At its center is Bled Island, home to one most beautiful churches on the planet and the “wishing bell,” a 16th century chime consecrated by the Pope himself that is believed to grant the wishes of all who ring it." On Thursday, we took a bus to Lake Bled, where the quintessential Slovenian photo of the church on the island in a lake is taken...It was still cool in the morning, and the sun started to come out just after we arrived. We decided to walk around the lake on the 6 kilometer path and opted not to hike up to castle. Part way around, we came to the Olympic Rowing ... read more
The lake, with a mute swan
Bled Castle
The Lake

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