Scenic Lake Bled in the northern Slovenian mountains

Panorama of Lake Bled, Slovinia, from Bled Castle (circa 1011 A.D.)

Panorama of Lake Bled, Slovinia, from Bled Castle (circa 1011 A.D.)

Picturesque Lake Bled is a lake in northwestern Slovenia in the Julian Alps, close to the border with Austria.  Located next to the town of Bled, the lake is a very popular tourist destination.

Lake Bled and its island with a church, Slovinia, from Bled Castle (circa 1011 A.D.)

Lake Bled and its island with a church, Slovinia, from Bled Castle (circa 1011 A.D.)

Bled Island, with the Church of the Mother of God on top of its hill, is reached by oar-rowed boats called wooden plenta.

Going to the island on traditional wooden plenta (oared boats) on Lake Bled, Slovenia

Going to the island on traditional wooden plenta (oared boats) on Lake Bled, Slovenia

Church of the Mother of God on Bled Island,  Lake Bled, Slovinia

Church of the Mother of God on Bled Island, Lake Bled, Slovinia

Carved wooden door on island building, Lake Bled, Slovenia

Carved wooden door on island building, Lake Bled, Slovenia

Traditional wooden plenta (oared boats) on Lake Bled, Slovenia

Traditional wooden plenta (oared boats) on Lake Bled, Slovenia

After hiking around the island and then a long walk around the lake, we went to Bled Castle, dating back to at least 1011 A.D.  The views of the lake and surrounding countryside were spectacular (see panorama, at the top of this blog; click on the photograph to download a larger image).  We had a luncheon of typical Slovenian dishes in the castle’s restaurant.

Bled Castle, set on a high rock monolith, towers over Lake Bled, Slovenia

Bled Castle, set on a high rock monolith, towers over Lake Bled, Slovenia

Turret tower of Bled Castle overlooking Lake Bled, Slovenia

Turret tower of Bled Castle overlooking Lake Bled and the town of Bled, Slovenia

The Castle’s chapel dates back to the 16th Century.

Chapel in Bled Castle overlooking Lake Bled, Slovenia

Chapel in Bled Castle overlooking Lake Bled, Slovenia

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