Lake Bled is a glacial lake located in northwestern Slovenia's southern foothills of the Alps. Meltwater from the snow on the top of the Julian Alps northwest of Ljubljana is continuously poured into the lake. Lake Bled was formed due to the geological movement of glaciers in the Alps.
The Bled town has many historical attractions. There is the ancient Church of the Assumption on the Bled island, built in the 10s of the last century and has a 52 meters (171 feet) tower. Nearby is Triglav National Park and other mountains in the Julian Alps and Karavanke.
The water temperature of Lake Bled is around 22°C in summer, making it an ideal place for people to row boats, swim, and fish. In winter, it is cold and snowy; the lake will be frozen up to 40 cm, which is an excellent spot for ice sports. Bled has already become a famous tourist destination, attracting more and more people to travel and vacation.
Lake Bled Introduction
Lake Bled situates 475 meters (1,558 feet) above sea level at the foot of the Julian Alps northwest of Ljubljana. It is a summer health and holiday resort and a winter sports center with good road and rail connections and summer air service. The mild subalpine climate affords a long summer season here. The dense forest on the lakeside, the crystal blue lake under the cliff, and the snow-white Alps' reflection in the lake constitute a fantastic view of the Lake Bled, so people call Lake Bled "the eye on the mountain."
In 1004 AD, Henry II of Germany built a castle atop a 460-foot cliff on the lakeshore and a church in Bled. The unique style of buildings and the immaculate green lake constitute perfect scenery. There is a small island, 40 meters above the water surface. When you arrive at the island, there is a Baroque stairway dating from 1655 with 99 stone steps leading up to a church. The church is frequently visited, and weddings are held there regularly. Traditionally, it is considered good luck for the groom to carry his bride up the steps on their wedding day before ringing the bell and making a wish inside the church.
Lake Bled Size
Lake Bled is 2120 meters (6,960 feet) long, up to 1380 meters (4,530 ft) wide, with a maximum depth of 29.5 meters (97 feet). The Bohinj Glacier gives its natural tectonic. When the ice melted, the basin was filled with water. Now, it mainly feeds from the underground springs. The lake is lovely to view from almost any point and makes a beautiful backdrop for the 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) walk along the shore.
|Elevation||475 m (1,558 feet)|
|Max. length||2120 m (6,960 feet)|
|Max. Width||1380 m (4,530 ft)|
|Surface area||1.45 square km (0.56 sq mi)|
|Max. Depth||29.5 m (97 feet)|
|Water volume||0.0257 cubic km (0.0062 cu mi)|
|Lakeshore length||6 km (3.7 miles)|
According to a legend, a devout Christian couple settled here in the 16th century and spent money repairing the dilapidated church. But soon after, the husband was drafted into the army to fight the Ottoman Turks. Nine years later, after she learned the exact information that her husband had died in battle, the heartbroken wife spent all her savings and donated a large bell to the church on the island in the heart of the lake. As the bell was transported to the Blend island, a sudden strong wind caused the bell to sink to the bottom of the lake.
Today, it is said that people can still faintly hear the bells from the bottom of the lake. There is a large bell weighing 178 kilograms in the church on Blend island. Due to this beautiful legend, many young tourists ring the bell here to pray that their love and relationship will last forever.
The lake lies in a picturesque environment, surrounded by mountains and forests. For centuries, Europeans have flocked to Lake Bled's shores to enjoy recreation and the medicinal benefits of thermal springs. The traditional transportation to Bled Island is the wooden boats known as a Pletna. Modern Platnas are still made by hand and are recognizable by their colorful awnings. The role of the oarsman dates back to 1740 when Maria Theresa of Austria granted 22 local families exclusive rights to ferry religious pilgrims across Lake Bled to worship on Bled Island. Modern oarsmen also descend directly from the original 22 families. You can rent a boat to travel on the lake or reach Bled island.