The pearl of Slovenia
Bled has been a settlement since the Middle Stone Age, when the ancient Slavs worshipped Ziva, the goddess of love and fertility in a temple on the island. Pilgrims later journeyed to the island church of St. Mary (Sveta Marija) to pay homage to the Virgin Mary.
More than a millennium ago, the town of Bled was mentioned for the first time as "Ueldes" (Veldes) within the imperial estate of the Holy Roman Empire of March of Carniola on April 10, 1004, when it was awarded by Emperor Henry II to Bishop Albion I of Brixen. 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 World War II, 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. After Slovenia gained its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, Bled became an independent municipality in 1996.
Bled is famous for the glacial Lake Bled, which makes it a major tourist attraction. Perched on a rock overlooking the lake is the iconic Bled Castle. Arnold Rikli from Switzerland contributed significantly to the development of Bled as a health resort in the 2nd half of the 19th century. Due to its mild climate, Bled has been visited by aristocratic guests from all across the world. Today it is an important congress center and tourist resort, offering a wide range of sport activities and is a starting point for mountain tours and hikes.
The island is famous for the church and the wishing bell.You can get on the island by taking a traditional boat called Pletna. You can have a great view on the lake and the surrounding hills and mountains from the medieval castle of Bled, about 100 meters above the lake.
More information and calendar of events on www.bled.si.