CITY TOUR - BLED & BOHINJ

 

BLED

 

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.

The Bled Castle offers the finest view of the Bled island, the town of Bled and of the wider countryside of the Gorenjska region. Experience the picturesque architecture of the castle and the museum collection, representing the historical development of Bled, its culture and its population. Get familiar with the traditional manual technological procedures of printing in the castle printing shop, order a small bottle of wine and seal it with sealing wax in the castle cellar, and get acquainted with artistic ironworks at the castle forge.  he history of the castle reaches back to 1004 when the German Emperor Henry II gave his estate at Bled to Bishop Albuin of Brixen. At that time, only a Romanesque tower protected by walls stood in the place of the present day castle. The first castle was built in approximately 1011 but the Bishops of Brixen. 

The most recognizable symbol of the lake is the Church of the Assumption with its long and diverse history, however the lush greenery also hides other interesting island buildings, like the bell-tower, church, chaplain's house, provost's house, small hermitage and some mysterious legends.

Experience the most intact nature of Bled in the first touristically arranged gorge in Slovenia: the 1.6 km long Vintgar gorge carves its way through the vertical rocks of the Hom and Bort hills and is graced by the Radovna with its waterfalls, pools and rapids. The educational trail leads you over wooden bridges and Žumr’s galleries, and ends with a bridge overlooking the mighty 13 m high Šum waterfall. 

 

And do not forget:  the only true cream cake is the Bled cream cake. Come taste it!

 

BOHINJ

 

1001 reasons to visit Bohinj: Peaceful lakes and booming waterfalls, deep gorges and silent pools, timid animals and luxurious alpine flowers, impressive creations of nature and majestic natural phenomena... Always different, yet always the same. Bohinj - The oasis on the sunny side of the Alps.

Lake Bohinj is the largest natural lake in Slovenia. Nested in the heart of the Julian Alps, this jewel is a precious natural resource and at the same time offers endless opportunities for outdoor activities.

The section from the source to the point where Sava Bohinjka gets its name is very rich in water as well. The water from the Triglav mountains comes out in the valley in form of the most visited Slovenian waterfall, the 71-metre-high Savica Waterfall. From underneath Komarča, the water continues its path as Savica into Lake Bohinj. It flows out from Lake Bohinj under the famous bridge by the Church of St. John the Baptist as the Jezernica river which is joined after only a hundred metres by the mountain stream Mostnica. It is only here that it gets the name Sava Bohinjka.

A religious treasury of artistic and historical value: In Bohinj, you can visit 10 churches and a multitude of chapels and roadside religious signs.

 

Map of Lake Bohinj - click on the loupe:       

 

For more informations click on the coat of arms :

Bled                                        Bohinj

                        

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