4260 Bled, Slovenia
GPS: 46.364649503237, 14.094768791523
Surrounded by green hills, lush forests and snow-capped mountains, Lake Bled is in an alpine region of Slovenia, not far from the Austrian and Italian borders. Although modest in size – two kilometres long and only 1.5 kilometres wide – the lake is one of the most popular natural sites in the country. It was formed tens of thousands of years ago by the melting of the Bohinj glacier at the foot of the Julian Alps.
A destination renowned for the beauty of its landscapes, Lake Bled is home to the country’s only natural island (Blejski otok). This tiny island of greenery protects a 15th century neolithic church whose bells still ring. The baroque church has attracted pilgrims since the Middle Ages. This glacial lake is home to Slovenia’s oldest castle. Built in the early 11th century on top of a steep cliff, Bled Castle majestically dominates the Soča Valley at a height of some 130 metres. This defensive site, which has been converted into a restaurant and museum, presents the history of the area and the culture of the inhabitants of the Gorenjska region. It also offers a magnificent view of the majestic environment of Lake Bled. This leading tourist destination in Slovenia is also popular for its thermal springs on the eastern side of the lake. Various private establishments continue a tradition of beauty and wellness treatments dating back to the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy in the 19th century.
Located 500 metres above sea level, Lake Bled offers ideal conditions for outdoor recreation in all seasons (swimming, hiking, biking, water sports, winter sports, etc.). A path for walkers and cyclists allows you to walk around the lake and admire the crystal blue water and the breathtaking mountainous landscape. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Alpine lakes in Europe. The Ojstrica, Mala Osojnica and Straža hills, which can be reached on foot, offer the most spectacular views of Lake Bled. With such a romantic setting, it is no wonder that many Slovenian and foreign couples choose Lake Bled as the perfect setting for their honeymoon.