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.
Bled Island, with the Church of the Mother of God on top of its hill, is reached by oar-rowed boats called wooden plenta.
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.
The Castle’s chapel dates back to the 16th Century.