Day 26 of Balkan Adventure 05 October 2011
Day 26 of Balkan Adventure To Slovenia,Ljubljana and around Lake Bled
Then off to wait in the lobby for a local tour group. Going to do day tour to Lake Bled.
This is with a company called Round about. On pick up and getting into the van I run into 2 people from my INtrepid travel group Carole and Ian. Small world.
This is what the day tour consisted of:Half day trip to the Alpine region by the Julian Alps. From Bled, the pearl of Alpine region with a mountain lake and a tiny island in the middle, an old castle up on the cliff that gives you an amazing view. Continue to breathtaking beauty of Bled’s Vintgar gorge, where wooden path leads along rushing river Radovna through the picturesque gorge, which measure 1600m and ends with 26-metre waterfall Šum.
Our First stop was Vintgar gorge, here is some information about it:
The Vintgar Gorge or Blejski Vintgar, Bled Gorge is a 1.
6 km gorge located near the settlement of Zgornje Gorje, four kilometers northwest of Bled, Slovenia. Carved by the river Radovna, the sheer canyon walls are 50 to 100 m high, with a total slope measuring about 250 m. The stream has created many erosive features such as pools and rapids, and terminates in the picturesque 13-m Šum Falls (literally, ‘noisy falls’).
The gorge was totally amazing with all the waterfalls in it.
Then on ward to Lake Bled to visit the castle of Lake Bled with the amazing views of Lake Bled.
Here is some information about the castle and Lake Bled:
Lake Bled (Slovene: Blejsko jezero) is a glacial lake in the Julian Alps in northwestern Slovenia, where it adjoins the town of Bled.
The area is a popular tourist destination.The lake is 2,120 m long and 1,380 m wide, with a maximum depth of 30.6 metres. The lake is situated in a picturesque environment, surrounded by mountains and forests. A medieval castle stands above the lake on the north shore. The lake surrounds Bled Island (Sln. Blejski otok), the only natural island in Slovenia. The island has several buildings, the main one being the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary (Slovenian: Cerkev Marijinega vnebovzetja), built in the 15th century, where weddings are held regularly. The church has a 52-metre tower and there is a stairway with 99 steps leading up to the building.
The lake is also well known among rowers because it has very good conditions for the sport. It hosted the World Rowing Championships in 1966, 1979, 1989 and 2011.
The lake is 35 kilometers from the Ljubljana International Airport and 55 km from the capital city Ljubljana.
Bled is known for the glacial Lake Bled, which makes it a major tourist attraction. Perched on a rock overlooking the lake is the iconic Bled Castle. The town is also known in Slovenia for its vanilla-and-cream pastry called kremna rezina (“cream slice”) or kremšnita.
Naturopath Arnold Rikli (1823–1906) 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 convention centre and tourist resort, offering a wide range of sport activities (golf, fishing, horseback-riding) and is a starting point for mountain treks and hikes especially within the nearby Triglav National Park.
A small island in the middle of the lake is home to the Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church; visitors frequently ring its bell for good luck. Human traces from prehistory have been found on the island. Before the church was built, there was a temple consecrated to Živa, the Slavic goddess of love and fertility.
One can get to the island on a traditional wooden row barge called Pletna. The island on Lake Bled has 99 steps. A local tradition at weddings is for the husband to carry his new bride up these steps, during which the bride must remain silent.
The Castle was an amazing place and provided a great view of the lake.
From here we got on the bus and ended up at a little village in the mountains where we had a traditional lunch of dumplings. Very nice and had local beer as well.
Then on ward back to lake bled where we took a row boat by some guy and was taken to the island on Lake Bled. On island climb the stairs and visit the church and ring the bell. From here got another good view of Lake Bled, quite good.
After that we were on the way to visit some small village, we stopped at some ladies place of where all of these pumpkins were being sold. Pumpkins of all sizes and shapes were on display. Very interesting.
Then we stopped at a town where we walked around and got some ice cream cones as well. It was nice to see other parts of Slovenia. Very nice.
Overall that was the tour and back to the main city we went. IT was an amazing day. Back to the hotel and wait for the next day to begin.