Written by Tina Anzik
The host town Bled lies in the extreme northwest of Slovenia, at the foot of the Julian Alps. This thousand-year-old municipality is one of Slovenia’s premiere tourist resorts and is well-known for its mild sub-Alpine climate, fresh air and thermal spa waters. The emerald-green glacial Lake Bled with a small island lying in its middle is best seen from the iconic castle perched high up on a rock overlooking the lake.
Facts about Slovenia
Area: 20,256 km2
Population: 2 mio
Religion: Roman-catholic (82%)
Climate: Alpine, Continental, and Mediterranean
Time zone: Central European Time GMT + 1
Political system: multiparty parliamentary democracy
Facts about Bled
With immense natural beauty, Bled, together with its surroundings, ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts, renowned for its mild, healing climate and thermal lake water. The beauty of the mountains reflected on the lake, the sun, the serenity and the fresh air arouse pleasant feelings in visitors throughout the year, guaranteeing an ideal base or a relaxing break or an active holiday. Bled attracts businessmen, artists, athletes, explorers, sport enthusiasts, the old and the young, from all over the world, enchanting them to return again and again.
This small town with 5.600 inhabitants is located in the extreme north-west part of Slovenia, 55 km from Ljubljana (capital city of Slovenia), 45 km from the Italian and Austrian borders and 35 km from the Airport Joze Pucnik Ljubljana.
Bled’s is a mild, healthy sub-Alpine climate with the longest swimming season of any Alpine resort. The ridges of the Julian Alps and the Karavanke protect it from the chilly northern winds. During the summer months there is no fog. The average monthly temperature in July is 19°C and in January -1.7°C.
Find more information about the beautiful surroundings of the north-west part of Slovenia including tips how to get here (see also google map)
Points of interest
· Bled Castle built on a step, rock cliff nearly 100m high a silent witness to the former power of Bled, is still the centre of tourism in Bled.
· Lake Bled was formed after the recession of the Bohinj glacier. It is up to 2120 m long and up to 1380 m wide, its maximum depth being 30,6 m and tectonic in origin.
· Bled Island with its idyllic Baroque Church, belfry, chapel, and presbytery with its grand staircase and famous ‘Bell of wishes’ dating from 1535, it is a remarkable monument.
· Vintgar gorge the Radovna, a small mountain river, forms a wonderful gorge, 3 km long and in places only few meters wide. The beautiful wooden path is mainly attached directly to the rocks of the canyon.
· Aerotaxi: The pilots from the airfield of Lesce-Bled can take you by their “Cessna” planes on an unforgettable panoramic flight above Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, Mt.Triglav, 2864m.
· Of course do not miss the famous cream cakes, known to Bled for decades, which are in fact a symbol of Bled. Although you can buy them elsewhere, those from Bled are simply the best.
Other useful information
Slovenia has special reciprocal conventions concerning health insurance with many countries. Slovenia has European standard medical facilities in all cities.
Speed limits: urban areas 50 km/h, regional roads 90 km/h, highways 130 km/h.
Electricity 220V 50Hz, electrical plug details: European plug with two circular metal pins.