Bled is alpine town in the northwestern part of Slovenia, near the border with Austria. The city is situated at the glacial lake in the Julian Alps. Although the surrounding mountains in the Triglav national park reach a height of about 3000 m, Bled is situated at an altitude of only 501 meters. Not far from the city flows the river Sava. Permanently live here nearly 5500 people.
Accommodation in Bled
In Bled, Slovenia, we can offer you accommodation according to your requirement. Most hotels in Bled have recently undergone renovations and offer comfortable and modern accommodation. For those, who want to use the spa facility, we will recommend the Grand Hotel Toplice, Hotel Golf - Sava Hotels & Resorts Hotel Park, or Hotel Triglav or Hotel Jelovica. If you are looking for private accommodation, we can offer one of the apartments. The most popular apartments in Bled are: ACE Apartments Bled, Maline Apartments, Apartments Vila Cvetka Bled or Apartment Kristan. If you are looking for really cheap accommodation in Bled, try to book accommodation in one of the hostels. According to our clients, the most popular accommodation in Bled is: Hotel Kompas, Best Western Premier Hotel Lovec, B & B Pension Lukanc.
History of Bled
The area has been inhabited since the Stone Age. The first written note about the area mentions the year 1004, when Emperor Henry II donated the land and the Bled castle to Bishops of Brixen. After the fall of King Premysl Otakar II in 1278 the Bled fell under the rule of Rudolf Habsburg. In 1919, hotelier Ivan Kend bought the Castle and Lake Bled. During World War II, there was the seat of the German army. In 1960 Bled was awarded city status.
How to get to Bled
The nearest airport is in Ljubljana (approx. 80 km from Bled). Bled can be then reached by train or bus. Buses run quite often and the journey takes about 75 minutes.
Spa in Bled
Bled is a destination that offers something for everyone. Bled lake and its thermal springs here create absolutely unique microclimate. In the late 19th century Swiss doctor Arnold Rikli established a spa hotel here and treated himself here high blood pressure and rheumatism. Today, you can book a stay with spa treatments for example at the Grand Hotel Toplice - Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
The lake is 2120 m long and 1380 m wide and belongs to main symbols of Bled. In the middle of the lake protrudes from water a small island (Blejska swelling) with the pilgrimage church of the Assumption. Bled island can be reached on traditional wooden boats called Pletna, the price for transport is around 12 Euro. On the north side of the lake, you will find Bled Castle (Blejska grad). The castle is open to the public all year round and admission is 8 euros.
Tips on trips around Bled
Nature and hiking lovers can not miss Triglav National Park, with its highest peak Triglav (2864 m n. M.), a beautiful gorge Vintgar or 24 meters tall waterfall Iglica.
Sport in Bled
Bled and its surroundings are very popular with sport fans. The most famous sport here is undoubtedly rowing. From Bled comes two Slovenian Olympic medalists in this sport - Iztok Čop and Denis Žvegelj. Lake Bled has also hosted four World Championships in rowing in 1966, 1979 and 1989 and the last in 2011. In the last world championships was very successful our Olympic medalist Ondrej Synek - he got a silver medal.