Bled, Alpine Pearl
Slovenia only has one island, but it reigns in the middle of an Alpine lake, embraced by a necklace of majestic peaks.
Its charm is an age-old symbol of a place which has been frequented by curious travellers for centuries. Thousands of opportunities await cosmopolitan seekers of beauty, relaxation, inspiration, peace or sporting challenges. Romantic walks or a carriage ride around the lake, a traditional pletna-boat ride to the idyllic church on Bled Island, a dream that will come true by ringing the wishing bell in the chapel, a sweet afternoon with a unique Bled cream cake or a visit to the imposing castle, which towers on a sheer cliff above the lake – these are just a few of the attractions of Bled. Whoever experiences them, longs for them.
The unrivalled year-round range of outdoor activities offers something for everyone – from golf on one of the most scenic courses in Europe, or hiking and rafting in the warmer months, to skiing and snowboarding in winter. Bled is an ideal starting point to explore the unforgettable kaleidoscope of colours in the unspoilt Triglav National Park.
The Bled lake with an island
The lake 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. After the last Ice Age, the Bohinj glacier deepened the natural tectonic hollow and gave into its present form. The basin was filled with water when the ice melted. The lake has no large natural tributaries; it is fed only by a few springs.
The thermal springs in its north-eastern part are led into three swimming pools - Grand Hotel Toplice, Hotel Park and Hotel Golf. The picture-like image of Lake Bled is highlighted by the island in the western part of the lake.
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