Lake Bled Lake Bled

Lake Bled

The Bled Lake is one of the most spectacular destinations in Slovenia and one of the most visited; everyone should visit Lake Bled and marvel at the beauty of Mother Nature! It is not just a lake. It is a spectacular deep blue lake, with the medieval Bled Castle perched atop a limestone cliff near the shore and the small Bled Island sitting in the middle of the glistening water, with its 600-year old Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary.
The lake is up to 2120 metres long and up to 1380 metres wide, its maximum depth being 30.6 metres and it is of tectonic in origin. The temperature of the lake reaches up to 25°C in the summer and gets ice covered in winter. It was formed when the Bohinj Glacier moved away. After the last Ice Age, the Bohinj glacier deepened the natural tectonic hollow and gave into its present form. When the ice melted the basin was filled with water. The lake has no considerable natural tributaries; it is fed only by a few springs. The thermal springs in the northeast part are captured in three swimming pools: at the Park Hotel Toplice, Golf Hotel and Grand Hotel.

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Lake Bled is compact, surrounded by mountains of the Julian Alps and lush green forests. From the top of a sheer cliff face, Bled Castle dominates the north shore. It is the oldest Slovenian castle and is currently one of the most visited tourist attractions in Slovenia. Castle terraces offer spectacular views of the lake and the island, down the Dežela area with Lesce and Radovljica and over to the mountain ranges of the Karavanke and the Julian Alps. Grand villas built by Europeans in 19th century and populated later by Tito and his cronies, dot the rest of the shoreline. Some of them have been converted into hotels and cafés, though wonderfully kitsch décor remains in the cheaper establishments. The main attraction of the lake remains to be the only one island of Slovenia – the Bled Island sheltered by picturesque mountains. The island has several buildings, the main one being the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary, built in the 15th century. Its majestic 52 meter tower has a grand stairway consisting of 99 steps leading up to the top of the building. The church is most commonly used as a wedding venue because of its scenic location and the natural attraction of the place. There are several other notable buildings on the island, but the Pilgrimage Church tops the list, as the most elegant of all the buildings on this fairytale island of Bled.
Bled is an ideal base for exploring Slovenia's rich natural heritage. Located in the foothills of the Julian Alps, it has a magical mountain setting and access to a range of outdoor activities. It is the perfect place for water sports lovers, rafting, canyoning, paragliding or ballooning and other outdoor pursuits are available. Bled is also the cradle of golf in Slovenia and golfers from around the world adore its stunning courses. Also there are walking trails up in the Triglav National Park, and adrenalin junkies can try everything from canyoning to tubing, which involves riding the fast-running mountain streams in an inner tube.

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