Slovenia offers a piece of heaven to the world, called Lake Bled
Did you hear that buzz about one really beautiful and peaceful place just right in the centre of Europe? Lots of people these days claim what a great country Slovenia is and how the journey to that small former Yugoslavian republic is a must-go-and-see site for every traveller. One obvious reason to listen and go after that advice is called Lake Bled. Situated in the vicinity of Julian Alps it really makes you think of it as a piece of heaven brought down to Earth to show the people the vision of divine beauty and perfection. And it’s no overstatement to say the place serves as a main source of pride for the natives – Lake Bled, Slovenia plays the role of a trademark for the whole country.
The temptation to visit and stay there increases because of the ease of access. The lake is located just 35 km from Ljubljana and a little further (55 km) from the capital’s airport. After the landing of the plane, you need less than one hour to get to the place you thought existed only in your dreams. Though looking and feeling like being isolated from the outer world the site lies near the main road and is easy to reach driving a car even from another country. Austria happens to be particularly close and it’s not too far if you are coming from Croatia or Italy.
Well, Slovenia is a small state, Lake Bled isn’t big too – just above 2 km long, less than 1.5 km wide. Not the size is what makes this place unique – it’s the surrounding and what inside of it. The only island found on the map of Slovenia that is not in the sea or in a river stands in the middle of the pond – a tiny chunk of land is one of the main attractions around. Traditional local boats made of wood dubbed “pletna” will lead you to the island. No, you won’t row yourself – there are people trained for this and they impress while doing it in standing position. Though small in size this place is full of legends and one particular says that if you ring a bell of the Assumption of Mary Church your wishes are about to come true. Before getting to the steeple a traveler has to overpass 99 steps from the shore.
Several hills enclose the lake and one of the heights presents another landmark of this place. As for Lake Bled Slovenia attracts tourist with the magnificence and myths of Castle Bled. By many accounts considered the oldest in the country, the fortress has written records about it over a millennium ago. Back in 1011 it was known as Castellum Veldes in Carniola province ruled then by the German emperor. Rising 130 meters above the lake the castle is accessible for hikers and so are all other famous hills surrounding the emerald water – Velika Osojnica is the highest (756), Mala Osojnica stands little shorter, Ojstrica, Straza, and Kuhovica are there too and all of them are reachable within less than an hour.
Hiking and rowing are thrilling options, but what about relaxing and enjoy the great food of the regions. The food and drinks at the restaurant look shockingly cheap for the western visitor – 15 or 20 GBP is more than enough for a delicious meal garnered with a salad and adding a glass of wine or two. Oh, wait! Please, don’t forget the dessert – Blejska kremšnita represents another source of pride and fame for the place and does so for a reason. A cream cake represents the main speciality and every local person will insist on trying it.
Well, if Lake Bled happens to be so popular are there enough options to stay and book a room for a holiday or a whole week? Actually, roughly 200 places offer a bed for the night in the town Bled and surrounding area though not all are appropriate to be called hotels. The guest houses are more affordable and there are several luxury hotels providing comfort and adding more to the great feeling about the site – you can check the options here – https://goo.gl/aBKyzH. Early bookings for the next summer are already going on and the price per person for a week holiday in a 4 star hotel ranges around 500 and 600 GBP. But the beauty is priceless.
Since it’s so popular isn’t it noisy or crowded? Well, some buzz and fun go around the place because this is one of the favourite wedding sites in the region – talking of Lake Bled Slovenia have one of the most beloved and trendy spots for this kind of celebrations. Sure, finding a place happens to be a hard task when the summer approaches that’s why the planning of a holiday in that magnificent place is essential. Booking a holiday at Lake Bled earlier might save you a significant amount of money and it’s plenty to spend around for. Well, don’t get addicted to those cream cakes though it’s hard to stop after being tempted to try. And if visited Lake Bled once it’s impossible to not think of coming back again.