Bled is one of the oldest touristic sites in Slovenia. Its first tourists were pilgrims from the neighbouring lands that would come to visit the St. Mary’s church on island Bled. But it wasn’t until the 19th century when the Swiss Dr. Rikli saw the advantages of the natural water springs and lakes that tourism started to boom.
Bled became one of the most famous healing spots and in 1903 it was rewarded with a golden medal. However, its journey to grow into a precious jewel among other Slovene cities did not stop here. Bled became a holiday resort of the Yugoslavian royal family Karađorđević and later a summer residence of the president of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito, eventually evolving to a diplomatic cite, where most international political meetings would take place.
Bled is breathtaking at any time of the year, whether it is covered by a white layer of snow or joyfully waking up in the spring. One of its signature sights is the lake Bled with its notable island and church. It is believed that if you make a wish by ringing the church bell, it will come true.
Bled truly is a gift for any visitor, independent of age and interest. You want to explore the intact nature with its waterfalls and springs? Or you prefer the smell of centuries old rocks of the Bled castle? Perhaps you want to taste the Bled cream cake? Regardless of your answer, Bled has it all and you are most welcome.