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Lake Bled: a glacial lake in an enchanting setting

Lake Bled (Blejsko jezero) is a popular tourist destination in Slovenia, located in the north-west of the country at a height of 457 meters above sea level. Lake Bled is nestled in the mountains of the Slovenian Alps just 57 km from the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana.

The lake is of glacial origin, and was formed after the retreat of the Bohinj glacier. It is a small lake, it measures only a little over 2 km in length and just over 1 km in width, and has a maximum depth of 30 meters.

WHAT TO SEE: THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF LAKE BLED

Lake Bled is located just over fifty kilometers from the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. Surrounded by a scenic landscape of mountains full of woods.

The lake is characterized by the presence of an island (Blejski otok) located in its center. On the island there are several buildings, among others a church (Cerkev Marijinega vnebovzetja, Church of St. Mary of the Assumption) of the fifteenth century but rebuilt in Baroque style in the eighteenth century with a high bell tower.

Along the banks of the lake, on a precipitous cliff on the lake, there is the suggestive medieval castle of Bled. The castle is used today as a museum dedicated to the history of the lake. From the castle you can enjoy a beautiful panorama of the lake below.

WHAT TO SEE IN THE SURROUNDINGS

Attractions around the lake include:

  • The Vintgar Gorge, a 1.6 km long gorge carved out by the Radovna stream. Equipped with a wooden path that allows you to visit the numerous waterfalls of the gorge, the Vintgar gorge is located only 4 kilometers from the lake, near the village of Gorje.
  • Pokljuka Gorge is located 7 km from Bled, a short distance from the village of Krnica. The gorge is 2 km long and 40 meters high at its deepest point, it is a very scenic gorge characterized by numerous natural bridges.
  • The Babji Zob is a 30m high rock face. Under this wall opens a cave over 300 meters long which has been equipped for visits. The cave is full of stalactites, stalagmites and spiral calcareous concretions.
  • The Triglav National Park is another interesting attraction in the area. The park is characterized by a beautiful alpine landscape and the highest mountain in Slovenia, Mount Triglav (2,864 meters). Inside the park there is also the idyllic Lake Bohinj, the largest lake in Slovenia, immersed in an uncontaminated environment.

HOW TO GET TO BLED LAKE

Car: The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, is only 57 km away from Lake Bled. While the Austrian border is only 25 km away, the Fusine Italian border is 45 km away.

Bus: Numerous regular bus services connect Lake Bled with the main cities of Slovenia.

Train: Lake Bled is served by the Lesce-Bled railway station, which is located only 4 km from the lake. It is located along the line connecting Ljubljana with Austria (Villach) and Italy (Tarvisio).

By Plane: The nearest international airport is Ljubljana-Brnik, which is only 35 km away.

The climate of Lake Bled.

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