Slovenia has only one island but its uniqueness makes it more attractive than many an archipelago. Sheltered by picturesque mountains, the island reigns in the middle of an Alpine lake. Its charm has made it a symbol for centuries of a town to which guests from all over the world love to return. This town, which has already existed for a thousand years, is BLED. On the island in the middle of the lake, the ancient Slavs worshipped Živa, goddess of love and fertility. Pilgrims later came to the church of St Mary on the island. A thousand years ago, on 10 April 1004, the town of Bled was mentioned for the first time when the Holy German emperor, Henry II, gifted it to the Bishop of Brixen. At that distant time, a Roman tower already stood at the top of the cliff rising vertically 100 m above the lake, and it still forms part of the mighty castle that now houses a museum collection. The town flourished in the Middle Ages due to pilgrims, and these were replaced in the 19th century by the first tourists. The Swiss hydropathist, Arnold Rikli, discovered that the gentle climate and the lake and thermal waters are a source of good health and well-being. The local people supplemented the health spa offer with guest houses and hotels. The town, already famous at the beginning of the 20th century as the most beautiful health spa of the then Austrian empire, attracted the European aristocratic elite. After WWII, one of the most attractive state residences of the former regime was located in Bled. Many of the world’s most important people thus enjoyed the beauties of Bled. And now, for decades already, the pilgrims of the new age have been discovering this town. Cosmopolitan seekers of diversity and beauty, of relaxation and inspiration, tranquillity and the challenges of sport will find here a multitude of opportunities. Walking and coaching trails around the lake, traditional boats, ringing the island’s wishing bell, the castle treasures, the nearby ski pistes, mountain trails, golf courses, hunting, fishing, the casino, congress facilities – all these are but fragments of Bled’s attraction, which is truly worth experiencing. And those who experience it, long for it again and again….
Automobiles : Bled lies approximately 45 km from the national borders with Austria (Wurzenpass - Korensko sedlo) and Italy (Fusine Laghi - Rateče). To get to Bled, you can use a highway (direction Ljubljana) and use an exit Bled, or you can take a road passing Blejska Dobrava and through Kočna, or you can take a road passing Žirovnica and Lesce to Bled.
The distance between Ljubljana and Bled is 50 km, the easiest access is on highway, or you can use a road through Medvode, Kranj, Naklo and Radovljica. Railway : The Lesce-Bled railway station lies on the Villach - Jesenice - Ljubljana - Belgrade - Istanbul - Athens railway line. The distance between the railway station Lesce-Bled and Bled is 4 km. To get to Bled you can use a bus (bus station is just across the street of the railway station), a taxi or you can go by foot on a special path only for pedestrian and bikers.
The Bled Jezero railway station lies on the Villach - Jesenice - Nova Gorica - Koper or Gorizia (Italy) railway line. The distance between the station and the centre of Bled is 1,5 km, which you can beat by foot, taxi or by a tourist train. Bus : With regular bus routes Bled is connected with the surrounding area and all major towns in Slovenia. There are buses driving regulary from Ljubljana to Bled (through Kranj and Radovljica). Buses are driving also from the direction of Bohinj and Jesenice. Airplane : The nearest international airport Ljubljana Airport at Brnik is only 36 km away. Direct shuttle bus service and private transfers between the airport and Bled are organized throughout the year.
Other major international airports are differently distant from Bled: Trieste (170 km), Venice (290 km), Zagreb (200 km), Klagenfurt (80 km), Salzburg (230 km), Wien (380 km) and Budapest (500 km). To Bled you can get by bus, train or by one of the private transport companies. Helicopter : The Lesce–Bled Alpine Flight Centre operates all the services normally encountered at sports airfields. This includes helicopter rides, glider flights, and skydiving. Ship : Bled is not connected to the rest of Slovenia through waterways, however, there is a local boat service running across the lake. The traditional means of navigating Lake Bled, the pletna boat, propelled by nothing but pure physical strength of the pletnars, takes you on a scenic ride across the lake and to the wonderful island. No vehicles allowed : We recommend you to use soft mobility in Bled. If you are coming to Bled by car, the best is to park a car at one of the parking places in Bled and walk around the town. To go around the lake, you can take a coach, a tourist train, or you can rent a bike, an electric bike or a segway. Do not miss a ride to the island, for what you can take a traditional pletna boat or you can rent a boat and row there by yourself.
There is also Hop on Hop off bus driving in July and August, which is very convenient, if you would like to go to Pokljuka plateau, in Bohinj or in Radovljica with its surroundings.
There is a 6-kilometre walking route around Lake Bled. Also available are a number of walking and cycling routes around Bled and the surrounding areas. All routes are shown on the Bled Tourist Map, available from local tourist agencies and the Tourist Information Centres.
Post Office : Post office in Bled Ljubljanska 10, SI - 4260 Bled ++386 4 575 02 00 Bus station : Bus station Bled Cesta svobode 4, SI - 4260 Bled Railway station : Railway Station Lesce - Bled Železniška ulica 12, SI - 4248 Lesce ++386 4 29 44154 Car Rentals : Budget, Rent a Car Slovenije Ljubljanska 4, SI - 4260 Bled ++386 4 576 64 00 Tourist association : Bled Tourist Association Cesta svobde 10, SI - 4260 Bled +386 4 574 11 22
http://www.bled.si Police : Police station Bled Seliška cesta 1, SI - 4260 Bled ++386 4 574 11 85 Medical center : Clinique Bled Mladinska cesta 1, SI - 4260 Bled +386 4 575 40 00 Dentist : Zdravstveni dom Bled Mladinska cesta 1, SI - 4260 Bled ++386 4 575 40 00 Additional description : Directions GPS Northing (N) : 46,3674 GPS Easting (E) : 14,1092