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Read our complete Bled guide online at
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Bled In Your Pocket
Drenikova 33, 1000 Ljubljana,
Slovenia
Tel. +386 30 316 602
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E S S E N T I A L C I TY G U I D E S
GettinG around
As little as an hour away from the capital tucked up close to the Austrian
border, get ti ng to Bl ed by trai n, bus or car i s a rel ati vel y pai nl ess
experience.
By Plane
Jože Pučnik Airport is located approximately half way between Ljubljana and
Bled, and you can expect to pay around €45 for a taxi into town. Buses are
considerably cheaper (€5.40, with up to 19 connections on weekdays, but
virtually none on weekends) although you have to transfer in Kranj. There are
also up to six direct shuttles per day (€13). You can see the full schedules on
the airport’s website.
By bus
Buses leave every hour on the hour from the main bus station in Ljubljana
and take about 80 minutes to make the journey. Close to the town centre
at the northeastern tip of the lake, Bled’s dinky little bus station (avtobusno
postajališče) doesn’t offer much in the way of excitement beyond a kiosk
outside selling chocolate, soft drinks and cigarettes. Inside there’s a ticket
office and free toilets. To get the city centre, walk south along Svobode until
you hit the water.
By train
Bl ed has two train stations, but unfortunatel y nei ther is l ocated in the
centre of town. Over 20 trains a day from Lj ubl jana call at Lesce-Bl ed
station whi ch is on the main line but is several kil ometres away, mean-
ing you will ei ther have a l engthy hike or short bus ri de into town. The
other station is Bl ed-Jezero a coupl e kil ometres to the east, whi ch sees
up to fi ve trains a day from the capi tal, however you have to transfer at
Jeseni ce whi ch can l ead to a total j ourney time of al most 3 hours. Check
out Sl ovenia Rail ways’ incredi bl y user-fri endl y websi te for a compl ete
schedul e and pri ces.
Arriving by car
Take the A2 highway northwest out of the city and follow the signs for Kranj.
Bled is well signposted once you’re out in the countryside. Journey time is
around 40 minuntes and it may get very crowded on Sundays in season at the
end of highway.
Taxis
Bled Tours Valvazorjeva 3, tel. (+386) 31 205 611, [email protected],
www.bledtours.si. Available 24hrs, they also offer train station, airport and other
long distance transfers. QOpen 00:00 - 24:00.
Culture & events
Main Events
21.03 Wednesday - 23.03 Friday
2nd Travel Zoom Conference
Tel. +386 (0)1 430 51 03, [email protected], www.travel-zoom.si. The aim
of the 2nd Travel Zoom conference is to bring together leading academics, policy
makers and practitioners in travel and tourism marketing and to let them have
clear say in new marketing paradigms and standards of the global travel industry.
Four key elements will be explored during the one-day forum: idea, brand image,
destination and media. QRegistration fee €90-250.
12.05 Saturday
26th Alpski Večer
Športna Dvorana Bled, www.bled.si. Bled’s annual night of traditional Alpine
music has been entertaining the masses for more than a quarter of a century,
and this year’s programme of musicians, performers and bands will be bigger than
ever. Reservations can be made and tickets purchased in advance through the
Kompas Bled tourist agency.
03.06 Sunday
Bled Triathlon & Loveman Half Iron Man
Tel. (+386) 41 641 527, [email protected], www.trisport-klub.si. The
Petrol-sponsored triathlon will take place on Saturday, followed by the so-called
Loveman event on Sunday, which is comprised of a 1.9km swim, 90km of cycling
and finall y a 21.1km run to the finish for a total of 113km. The events can be
registered for separatel y or combined at a discount, and the top finishers will
receive cash prizes.
28.06 Thursday - 18.07 Wednesday
17th International Bled Music Festival
Various Venues, tel. (+386) 4 531 76 10/(+386) 41 887 545, festival.
[email protected], www.festivalbled.com. Lasting a full three weeks, the fes-
ti val is centred around a series of classi cal musi c concerts that take place
almost ni ghtl y in di fferent venues - including Bl ed’s Festi val Hall, St Martin’s
Church, Vila Bl ed and Radovlji ca’s magni fi centl y Baroque Hall. In addi tion to
the performances, there is an international viola and violin competi tion, whi ch
draws some of the best young competi tor’s from around the world, a series
of nine weeklong master classes l ed by renowned composers and musi cians
from ei ght di fferent countries, and an art exhibi tion featuring well-known Slo-
vene artists. Now in i ts 17th year, the festi val is one of the bi ggest and most
important of i ts type in central Europe.
radovljiCa
Radovljica, or Radol’ca as it is more affectionately known, may not be as well-
known as nearby Bled, but it boasts a wide range of sights and activities, and
also offers something that its more famous neighbour simply can’t: peace,
quiet and a relaxing medieval town atmosphere. An administrative centre
since the 16th century, today the municipality of Radovljica comprises some
four dozen individual settlements and nearly 20,000 people. At the centre of
it all, and of most interest to tourists, is the picturesque old town situated on
a hilltop overlooking the Dežela plain to the east and the Sava river valley to
the west, with perfect views of the Julian Alps dominating the background in
seemingly all directions.
The compact city centre is a veritable open air museum of beautifully restored
buildings, narrow sloping streets and pleasant sidewalk cafés. The wider
area is home to countless hiking and cycling paths, some great accommoda-
tion options (including an award-winning campsite, a newly built tourist farm
and several old town guest houses), an airport offering scenic flights and the
Bled-Lesce train station. All of this, plus the genuinely welcoming spirit of its
residents, should lead many visitors to consider choosing Radol’ca as their
base for the region and making Bled a day trip, rather than vice versa.
Where to stay
Hotels
Krek Hraška 15, tel. (+386) 45 30 23 45, fax (+386) 45 30 23 49, hotel@
krek.si, www.hotel.krek.si. Situated 3km from Bled, right off the motorway in
the village of Lesce, Krek is a great option for business travellers with their own
cars - who are in town for business but would rather avoidthe tourists in Bled proper.
It’s large rounded glass façade is hard to miss, and there is plenty of parking. The
conservative rooms come armed with all the expected mod-cons, and Internet ac-
cess is available in all the rooms. The views from the rooftop terrace are excellent.
Q34 rooms (singles €48-60, doubles €69-85). PJARULG
Guest Houses & Pensions
Sport PenzionMancaGradnikova2, tel. (+386) 45314051/(+386) 4531
4120, [email protected], www.manca-sp.si. This large famil y run guest
house has everything one could want for an active holiday - there’s a swimming
pool, tennis court and elegantly-designed sauna facilities on the premises and bikes
are on hand for trips into the surrounding countryside, including Bled, which is onl y
6km away. They also specialise in arranging a number of other activities, such as
hiking excursions, rafting, golfing and even panoramic flights and sky diving. Most
rooms have balconies and views towards the mountains, and if you’re lucky the
family’s enormous black Newfoundland will keep you company while you’re poolside
or relaxing in the garden. Q16 rooms (singles €39-60, doubles €60-76, triples
€79-96, suites €90-140). Rates depend on season and whether or not breakfast
is included. TJA6LBDCW
radovljiCa
Tulipan Alpska 8, tel. (+386) 4 537 88 00, fax (+386) 4 537 88 40, www.
tulipan-azman.si. The nine rooms located above a well-known restaurant of the
same name are clean and comfortable, if perhaps a bit on the expensive side
given the location. However, the famil y rooms - which are essentiall y two-room
suites - are a good value since they can be had for the same price. There are also
some gorgeous views to be had of the Julian Alps, in fact, the rooms are named
for which peaks can be seen from the windows. Easy to find just off the motorway
on the main north-south road going through Lesce. Q 9 rooms (singles €35,
doubles €60). Breakfast €5 per person. TALK
TurističnoNaseljeDolePoljšica6, Podnart, tel. (+386) 41680925, alenka.
[email protected], naselje-dole.si. Experiencethetranquillityof natureat thisnewly
built tourist village outside the village of Podnart. The nine chalets measure 70m², with
a kitchen, living roomand bathroomon the ground floor and with private balconies on
the first floor. They are situated a symmetrically on a hillside, to provide the feeling of
privacy and unobstructed views of the countryside. The location is ideal for taking
advantage for the range of outdoor activities on offer, such as hiking, cycling, rafting
and fishing - all of which can be arranged with advanced notice. Q9chalets €75-130,
does not include breakfast or mandatory €20 cleaning fee. TAL
Vidic HouseLinhartov Trg 3, tel. (+386) 31810767/(+386) 45301960,
[email protected], www.vidichouse.com. Despite being called a hostel
and even having official HI status, as it mostl y offers private accommodation it’s
reall y more of a guest house. But semantics aside, you can find cheap accom-
modation here right on Radovljica’s main square. The Renaissance mansion dates
from the earl y 17th century, and rooms tidy if a bit dated. The café and sweets
shop on the ground floor should be a mandatory stop for those with children. The
premises are open year-round, but reception closes at 22:00 in the summer and
21:00 in the winter. Q2 rooms and 3 apartments (€15-20 per person). Breakfast
and tourist tax not included. TJA
Camping
Camp Šobec Šobčeva 25, tel. (+386) 45 35 37 00, fax (+386) 45 35 37
01, [email protected], http://sobec.si/eng/. Located in a thick pine forest, this
camping ground with its very own lake ‘Sobec’ is located on the road out of Bled
towards Lesce. You can either pitch a tent or rent one of the bungalows that feel
and smell pine-wood fresh during the summer time. Plenty of famil y-friendl y activi-
ties can be organized from the premises as well as just relaxing in the campsite
itself. A supermarket,restaurant and laundry are located on the grounds. QTents/
person €10-12, bungalows €75-150.
Where to eat
International
Gostilna, Pizzeria &Brewery Gala In Hraška 13, Lesce, tel. (+386) 45
31 60 00, fax (+386) 45 31 60 01, [email protected]. Tucked away
outside Lesce, this complex is a pub, restaurant, pizzeria and brewery all housed
under one roof. The environment here provides a perfect sanctuary for beer
lovers gulping down pints of the establishment’s treasure: the ‘Gala In’ beer. The
culinary concept of refined pub food and pizzas also mel ts down perfectl y with
a pint. A popular establishment amongst locals, who have acquired a habit of
returning night after night. QOpen 09:00 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 09:00 - 01:00. Closed
Sun. (€6-18). TAUIB
Gostišče TulipanAlpska 8, tel. (+386) 4 537 88 00, info@tulipan-azman.
si, www.tulipan-azman.si. Easy to find just off the motorway on the main north-
south road going through Lesce, the newl y-renovated Tulipan serves up a menu
full of filling Slovene and international cuisine in its wood-covered dining areas
and intimate outdoor terraces. The house specialities are game dishes, including
several venison choices and some excellent wild boar. Rooms are also available
upstairs, see theWhere to Stay section for more info. QOpen Mon-Thur 10:00-
23:00, Fri-Sat 10:00-24:00 and Sun 10:00-22:00. (€6-18). TALB
LeščanAlpska 33, Lesce, tel. (+386) 45317000, www.bagi.si/pizzerija-
lescan. Perfect for lovers of big portions, the Vienna schni tzel comes on an
enormous wooden platter, definitel y requiring a break halfway through. Despite
being a self-styled Italian restaurant, the menu covers many European options.
The décor is Mediterranean, with lots of tiles and terracotta, the pizza
wood-fired and the staff friendl y. The location is ideal if you’re travelling to/from
Bled by train with Lesce Bled station being just a stone’s throw away. QOpen
11:00 - 23:00. PTALB
radovljiCa
What to see
Old Town
Lectar Inn MuseumLinhartov Trg2, tel. (+386) 45374800, fax (+386)
4 537 48 04, [email protected], www.lectar.com. Gostilna Lectar’s ver y
own living museum, ‘Lectarstvo’, makes a traditional Slovene craft, gingerbread,
fromhoney dough. The hospitable family, dressed in everyday medieval clothing,
will give you a tour of the museum. Tools dating back over 100 years are still
used to produce these uniquel y decorated cakes and the oldest preserved
wooden mould is from the 16th Century. Back in medieval times they were
considered prestigeous gestures of romance, these days they make great
gifts and can be personalised. QOpen 12:00 - 22:00. Closed Tue. Open every
day in Jul y and August.
Linhart Square (Linhartov Trg) The town’s main square is one of the
best-preserved medieval squares in Slovenia, and home to the majority of its
sights, the tourist information office, several cafés and even a couple of accom-
modation options. Named for Anton Tomaž Linhart, an 18th century playwright,
historian and Radovljica’s most famous son, who among other achievements
penned the first Slovene comedy, the square is lined with historic buildings
dating from the 15th to 19th centuries and is a veritable open air museum of
different architectural styles. It was renovated and turned into a pedestrian-only
zone a couple of years ago.
Radovljica Municipality Museums Linhartov Trg 1, tel. (+386) 4 532
05 20, fax (+386) 4 532 05 24, mro@siol. net, www.muzeji-radovljica.
si. Under the auspices of the Institute of Radovljica Municipality Museums,
and onl y a short drive from Bled, there are five separate historical museums.
In the centre of Radovljica, is the Radovljica Municipal Museum with a perma-
nent exhibition of the first Slovene playwright, historian and pedagogue Anton
Tomaž Linhart (1756-1795), the Museum of Apicul ture which presents, among
other things, the unique tradition of Slovene folk cul ture, and the Šivec House
Art Gallery with a rich collection of book illustrations and monthl y exhibitions.
Eleven kilometers south of Radovljica, in Kropa, is the Iron Forging Museum,
which recreates the town’s hundred-year-old tradition of iron work. And last
but not least, some seven kilometers to the north of Radovljica, in Begunje na
Gorenjskem, one can visit the Museum of Hostages, a memorial to the victims
of Nazi terror during the Second World War. See the institute’s English language
website for directions, opening times and admission fees.
Šivec House Gallery (Galerija Šivčeva hiša) Linhartov Trg 22, tel.
(+386) 45320520, [email protected], www.muzeji-radovljica.
si. Part of the Radovljica Municipal Museum, the beautifully restored 16th century
house is the town’s main gallery space, hosting up to a dozen exhibitions every
year in the vaul ted hall on the ground floor. Visitors can also see the ornatel y-
furnished wood-panelled former living quarters on the first floor, which nowa-
days can be hired for weddings. QOpen Tues-Sun 10:00-13:00/17:00-20:00
during Jul y and August, 10:00-13:00/16:00-19:00 in May, June, Sept and Oct,
and 10:00-12:00/16:00-18:00 from Jan-Apr, Nov and Dec. Closed Mondays.
Admission €3/2 for adul ts/children and €7 for families.
Radovl j i ca Mountai neeri ng Associ ati on (Pl ani nsko
Društvo Radovljica) Gorenjska 26, tel. (+386) 4 53 15 544/
(+386) 31 345 209, [email protected], www.pdradovljica.si.
The best source of i nformati on for those i nterested i n embarki ng on a
seri ous hi ke i n the regi on. Thei r websi te is Sl ovene l anguage onl y, but
they have of fi ce hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and will gl adl y
respond to email enqui ri es. They al so operate three mountai n huts i n
the Al ps, two of whi ch are open year-round. Q Open Tues 15:00-17:00
and Wed 16:00-18:00.
TIC Radovljica Linhartov Trg 9, tel. (+386) 4 531 51 12, fax
(+386) 8 205 13 36, [email protected], radolca.si. Radovljica’s tourist
information centre only moved to its new premises near the main entrance
to Linhart Square at the beginning of the summer. Located on the ground
floor of the Mrak House, the shiny new office provides a whole host of
information and services for the town, municipali ty and entire Gorenjska
region, including accommodation, excursions, maps, tickets and free
internet. It also has a wide selection of typical Slovene souvenirs, as
well as products made under i ts own brand, and free guided tours of the
old town depart from here every Sunday at 14:00. Q Open every day
09:00-19:00 from May to October.
Tourist Information
radovljiCa
Mexican
Krčma Mexico Begunjska 6b, tel. (+386) 8 38 70 644, www.mexico-
prebacevo-lesce.si/lesce.html. Who would have thought that Slovenia’s best
Mexican restaurant would be found near Bled in the village of Lesce? Definitel y
not us, but that’s the conclusion we (quite easil y) came to after eating here for
the first time. The brightl y coloured interior is packed with a fine collection of the
somewhat kitschy bric-a-brac that is more or less required of any good Mexican
eatery, and the portions are so large that even the most famished American will
have trouble saving room for dessert - and speaking of dessert, do try the home-
made crêpes, made with your choice of some 40 fillings! Highl y recommended. Q
Open Mon-Fri 12:00-23:00, Sat 11:30-23:00 and Sun 11:30-22:00. (€6.50-15).
PTALBS
Slovenian
Gostilna Avsenik Begunje 21, Begunje, tel. (+386) 45 33 34 02, www.
avsenik.com. The Avsenik Brothers are the world’s reining kings of “Oberkrainer”
polka (with gold and platinum records abounding), and their centuries-old famil y
restaurant, in their hometown of Begunje, draws crowds fromaround the world not
onl y for its homemade regional food but also for its regular polka performances,
dance floor and annual festival. Avsenik is a great way to experience QOpen
11:00 - 23:00, Sun 11:00 - 21:00. Closed Mon. (€6-15).
Izletniška Kmetija Globočnik Globoko 9, Radovljica, tel. +386 41
54 57 48/+386 40 73 69 30, [email protected], www.
globocnik.si. About as tradi tional as you can get. This beauti ful old cottage,
buil t in 1628, has been restored to i ts former glory by friendl y, round-cheeked
local artist and chef Cena Globočnik. Having been handed down through gen-
erations, i t’s now a reataurant, featuring an authentic ‘black ki tchen’ (used for
smoking meat) and a huge clay furnace, for warming the charming dining room.
Every inch of the interior and exterior is trul y inspiring; you’ll find wooden wheel
chandeliers, antique farming tools, and even an ancient pair of wooden skis
hanging above the picturesque bar. The rustic farm food is all home-made and
the atmosphere is al ways merry and cheerful. Q Open 11:00-24:00 Fri-Sun,
Mon-Thur by prior arrangement onl y. Full course home-made meal from about
€10 per person. 6INBK
Lectar Inn Linhartov Trg 2, tel. (+386) 45 37 48 00, [email protected],
www.lectar.com. Serving a selection of delicious Slovene cuisine and wines,
Lectar is an impressi ve option for any occasion, event or business social. Folk
music and dancing is arranged most evenings for some light entertainment
for the restaurant’s guests. The restaurant is convenientl y di vided into sev-
eral rooms, perfect for those coming in larger gatherings or families. A must
see here is museum in the basement. QOpen 12:00 - 22:00. Closed Tue.
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Churches
Church of the Assumption B-3, Bled island. Sticking out of the island in
the middle of the lake, the Church of the Assumption has been much battered by
earthquakes and lightning over the centuries. Several churches have occupied this
prime location since one was first buil t here in the 12th century. The current incar-
nation is from the 17th century. Inside, the impressive al tar and the last surviving
frescoes from an earlier Gothic church are worth a look.
St. Martin’s Church D-2, A white neo-Gothic beauty erected in 1905, St.
Martin’s was designed by same architect who designed Vienna’s town hall, and
it shows in the sheer verticality of the building. The church is surrounded by the
walls which had to protect the earlier church from Ottoman incursions. The interior
has frescoes from the late 1930s.
Bled Castle C-2, tel. (+386) 4 572 97 82, fax (+386) 4 572 97 72,
[email protected], www.blejski-grad.si. Perched quite dramatically high up
on a cliff overlooking the lake and town, Bled Castle is the stuff of children’s
dreams. First mentioned in the year 1011, it is the officially the oldest castle in
Slovenia and will be celebrating its one thousand year anniversary with a series
of events throughout 2011. Built and added to haphazardly over the centuries,
nowadays the castle is a photogenic mash of styles. Of the many sights located
on the castle’s premises, you can visit a small but informative museum of the
region’s history from the first human settlements till the present day, a 16th
century chapel, the wine cellar, an herbal gallery, a recreated Gutenberg printing
press (that still sees heavy work printing souvenirs for visitors) and of course
a restaurant with breathtaking views of the lake below and mountains beyond.
QOpen 08:00-20:00 from April to October, 08:00-18:00 November-March.
Admission €8/6/3.50 for adults/students/children, with discounts for groups
of 10 or more.
Blejski Vintgar (Bled Gorge) Formed during the ice age by the same
glacier that carved out the entire Bohinj Valley, Bled Gorge is one of the
areas hidden gems. Running for 1.6km along the river Radovna, the gorge
has some splendid sights, including walls up to a 100m high and a 13m
waterfall at its end.
Lake Bled Tel. (+386) 41 42 71 55. Bled’s most famous feature is the
crystal-clear lake which has an island crowned by the 55-metre tower of the
Baroque Church of the Assumption. The backdrop of mountains makes this
view especially irresistable. Visitors can take a boat tour to the island (€12)
on characteristic pletna boats, which include half an hour to wander around
or visit the church. Boats leave from the Health Park, at Hotel Park and at
the rowing centre.
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Cycling trips
Bled - Bohinj
Length: 55km/2hours
Difficulty: medium
Surface: asphal t
An old favourite, Bled to Bohinj, starts at the main road in Bled. Proceed with cau-
tion (Bled’s main thoroughfare can get pretty busy). The road is mostl y flat until
you are greeted with a 2km long slope (10% gradient) at the hamlet of Bitnje. You
will ride through several small sleepy villages (Jereka, Bohinjska Češnica, Srednja
Vas, Stara Fužina) - then you’ll arrive at the panoramic delight that is lake Bohinj.
Ride a bit further to take in the idyllic Savica waterfall - then head back through
the town of Bohinjska Bistrica.
Bled - Zgornja Radovna The route: Bled - Radovna Valley - Zgornja Radovna
Length: 37km/4hours
Difficulty: medium/hard
Surface: asphal t/gravel track
This trip takes you first to the little village of Gorje,
where you’ll see a picturesque church (St. George’s). From Gorje you can also
turn right to visit Vintgar gorge (a short distance away). After a well-earned rest
at a pub, you will pass through Zgornje Gorje (Upper Gorje), Krnica then Radovna.
The Radovna valley, one of the most beautiful in Gorenjska, runs for 16km and
is surrounded breathtaking mountains and green hills. Along the way watch out
for ‘Napoleon’s stone’ - engraved with the signature of the old emperor himself.
Note that onl y the first two and half kilometres is tarmac, the rest of the way to
Zgornja Radovna being gravel.
The trip back is a more adrenaline-filled downhill drag - taking onl y about a third
of the time it takes to get there.
Blejski Grad - Kamen Grad The route: ‘Bled Castle to Rock Castle’
Length: 11.5km/45mins
Difficulty: easy
Surface: asphal t
Altitude: 225m
One for fans of castles and all things medieval. From Bled’s cliff top beauty, you’ll
ride along the banks of the lake itself, cruise on a well appointed bicycle lane to
Lesce, pass the airport and arrive in the village of Begunje. From there you will
see Kamen Grad, half in ruins, where you can freel y explore the old fortifications
(oldest part - 13th Century).
Tel. +386 (0)51 812368/+44 (0)794 1951 884, info@photography-
workshopsabroad.com, www.photographyworkshopsabroad.com.
Experience the majestic sights of Bled and improve your photography skills
at the same time by joining a small group workshop with British professional
photographer and travel writer Ian Middleton. The itinerary consists of a com-
plete tour of Bled Lake from early afternoon till dusk, allowing participants to
view and shoot Slovenia’s most picturesque sight from every angle and in a
variety of natural light situations. Instruction is tailored to meet the demands
of individuals, and is suitable for everyone from users of compact point-and-
shoots to advanced DSLRs. Q €80 per person in small groups, €150 for
individual instruction. Group bookings available upon request.
Photography Workshops
Culture & events
10.03 Saturday - 11.03 Sunday
Podkoren, www.pokal-vitranc.com. Attracting bi g brand sponsorship
and winter sports enthusiasts in their thousands, the slopes at the Vi tanc
mountain range in Kranjska Gora come ali ve in March this year during the
51st Audi FIS Ski World Cup competi tion. Surel y to be watched closel y,
expect bi g snow and even bi gger parties. As for the races, ti ckets bought
on the day of the event start from €10 (adul ts) and €8 (children) for the
standing area, whil e a seat in the grand stands will cost you €25/20 and
the full VIP treatment will set you back €150/130.
Pokal Vitranc Ski world Cup
15.03 Thursday - 18.03 Sunday
Rateče, tel. (+386) 1 513 68 06, [email protected], www.planica.
si. Home to the annual FIS ski fl ying world cup event, the backdrop of the
Plani ca vall ey is magni fi cent. Awesome rugged peaks tower all around;
formed by the Plani ca glacier some 20,000 years ago. The jump i tsel f
comprises a fearsomel y large and heart stoppingl y steep slope, stuff onl y
for professional ski fliers, or the clini call y insane. The current world record
(239m) is held by one of the former, Norwegian Bjørn Einar Romøren, and
was contested by a Finn, Janne Ahonen, whose 240m fli ght ended wi th a
fall - 2005 was apparentl y a great year for breaking records here. Every
year Plani ca is prepared for the onslaught of thousands spectators in
March. Being amongst 2000 metre alpine peaks, i t is the onl y kind of
setting worthy of such an internationall y presti gious ski event.
Of course i t’s not all about the ski jumpers, in fact, for many of the over
50,000 attendees each year the weekend is synonymous wi th parties,
performances and all-ni ght drinking. You can take a look at our now infa-
mous ‘party bus’ video - taken in 2010 - for some idea of what goes on
after the athl etes have finished for the day.
Planica FIS World Ski Flying Final
Events
11 February
Bled Winter Swimming Cup
18 - 21 February
Carnival Festivities
25 February
EuroSank Slalom 2012
25 - 26 February
The OPA Games
10 March
22nd Pokljuka Marathon
20 - 23 March
52nd CISM World Military Skiing Championships
7 - 9 April
Easter Festivities
10 April
Municipal Celebrations
21 - 23 April
53rd First of May Rowing Regatta
12 May
40th Alpe Adria Cup Cycling Race
12 - 13 May
International Underwater Photography Championship
16 - 20 May
44th International Writers’ Meeting PEN
25 - 27 May
105th Anniversary of the Godba Gorje Brass Band Association
2 -3 June
6th Medieval Days at Bled Castle
3 June
3rd Slovenian Half Marathon & Loveman Triathlon
7 - 10 June
57th International Rowing Regatta
Art Galleries
Galerija Deva Puri B-4, tel. (+386) 41 256 320/(+386) 51 336
834, [email protected], www.deva.si. Thi s gall er y on the south shore of
Lake Bl ed hosts some surprisingl y bi g exhibi ti ons of both well-known in-
ternational and Slovene artists - including the first show of Sal vador Dali in
Slovenia. Admission pri ce varies depending on the exhibi tion. QOpen 10:00 -
19:00.
Depending upon the weather, you may even be able to take an icy afternoon
stroll to Bled’s famous island church, photo by Ian Middleton
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As a permanent fixture on pretty much every Top Ten list that has anything
to do with lakes, churches, castles or mountain towns, it’s no surprise that
Bled is Slovenia’s most popular tourist attraction for locals as well as foreign
visitors. During the chilly wintertime months the town and lake are relatively
peaceful compared with the peak tourist season, but there is still a full slate
of events to keep everyone entertained. While the island-bound church and
cliff-top castle are undoubtedly the two biggest contributors to the town’s
fame, they are far fromall that it has to offer. With over 1,000 years of history
under its belt, Bled is a bustling alpine town with a wide selection of hotels,
restaurants, enough nightlife to keep you occupied and even one of Europe’s
most prestigious business schools. In this issue we’ve also included nearby
Radovljica, a quaint medieval hilltop town that offers either a pleasant day
trip fromBled or more peaceful base for exploring the wider region. As always
we welcome any and all feedback, be it on Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter
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KavarnaParkSvobode15, tel. (+386) 45791818, kavarna@hotelibled.
com, www.hotelibled.com. Sitting opposite the Park hotel and restaurant,
on the banks of the lake is the result of the legend that is Bled cream cake, or
‘Blejska Kremna Rezina’ in Slovene (see boxed text). The large open plan kitchen
has to work damn hard to keep up with demand on busy Sunday afternoons
and they do it with grace and ease. An absolute must! QOne slice: €3.10.
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Planinček Café E-2, Prešernova 11, tel. (+386) 45 74 44 65, fax
(+386) 31 76 36 83, www.pekarna-planika.com. People squeeze into
this quaint little cafe because it’s a social meeting point for people heading off
to work in the mornings; awaiting their turn for a caffeine fix and a take-away
pastry from the bakery of the same name next door. QOpen 06:00 - 24:00,
Sat 07:00 - 22:30.
Slaščičarna Lovec D-3, Ljubljanska 6, tel. (+386) 46 20 41 00, info.
[email protected], www.lovechotel.com. The Slastičarna (basically,
cake shop) in the Best Western Lovec is one of the country’s best. They pride
themselves on producing the tastiest Blejska creampastries in the land, while
the ice creamis worth a try too. QOpen 09:00 - 23:00.
Slaščičarna Šmon D-2, Grajska 3, tel. (+386) 45 74 16 16, klemen.
[email protected], slascicarna-smon.mestna-izlozba.com/. There is no
doubt that this cake café probably serves up the best choice of cakes, pastries
and ice-cream in the entire town. During tea time, the café packs up fairly fast
and you will be lucky enough to find a seat. The most popular choices on the
menu are the creamslice Smon, Grmada and Gibanica. QOpen 07:30 - 21:00.
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Bled provides plenty of choice for those wishing to make more than a day out
of their visit to the town. As well as the hotel listings here, the tourist informa-
tion advisors can provide the visitor with plenty of advice on the best accom-
modation options available. Be warned though that during the peak summer
and winter seasons rooms fill up fast.
Cream of the Crop
Grand Hotel Toplice D-3, Cesta Svobode 12, tel. (+386) 45 79 10 00,
[email protected], www.hotel-toplice.si. Complete with its legendary
thermal swimming pool that provides more than enough of a reason to stay here
anyway, Toplice’s rather stark exterior betrays weal th of comfort and style inside
its walls. The rooms and suites are all well-designed, some of them exceedingl y
elegant, and all coming with en suite bathrooms, cable television, minibars and
internet access. The lakeside location is arguabl y the best in Bled, with further
attractions including three restaurants plus two bars, as well as excellent wellness
and conference facilities. Q 87 rooms (singles €140-180, doubles €158-220,
suites €252-600). PHARUFLGKDXC hhhhh
Upmarket
Best Western Hotel Kompas D-3, Cankarjeva 2, tel. (+386) 45 78 21
00, [email protected], www.kompashotel.com. A distinctive
Alpine-feel hotel with a big sloping roof, as the hotel owners say themsel ves, the
place is within easy walking distance of the town centre yet provides a peaceful
and relaxing atmosphere at the same time. Over 100 well appointed rooms and
suites with either a park or lake viewcome complete with all the trimmings including
cable television, minibar and internet connection. Other perks include a decent
restaurant, relaxing bar, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and excellent conference
facili ties Q 95 rooms (single €123-137, double €135-155, sui te €200-240).
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Best Western Premier Hotel Lovec D-3, Ljubljanska 6, tel. (+386) 45
76 86 15, [email protected], www.lovechotel.com. Less than a
five-minute walk from the lake, Bled’s other Best Western hotel was completel y
renovated in 2005. Its choice of rooms and suites are all excellent, coming with
internet connections, minibars and air conditioning. For those who literall y want to
splash out a bit, the deluxe rooms even come with jacuzzis on the balconies. To
complete the alpine effect, every room has a wooden floor. Other facilities for all
include a good restaurant and state of the art meeting and conference facilities.
Q60rooms (singles €128-148, doubles €151-225, junior suites €205-225, suites
€240-280). PHAR6ULGKDXCW hhhh
Garni Hotel Jadran D-3, Svobode 12, tel. (+386) 45 79 13 65, fax (+386)
45 74 16 61, [email protected], www.hotel-jadran-bled.com. The
Garni Hotel Jadran, with its distinctive large balconies entwined with thick green ivy,
richly old-fashioned rooms and architecturally pleasing structureis agratifying choice
of accommodation, not to mention its location being close to explore the beautiful
surroundings Bled has tooffer. Breakfast is served in adeliberately retro-style parlour
and you can opt for dinner at its partner restaurant, the Panorama. Q45 rooms
(singles € 81-91, doubles €96-116). TJHA6ULBKhhh
Golf D-3, Cankarjeva 4, tel. (+386) 45791700, [email protected],
www.hotel-golf-bled.com. A smidgen up the hill from the lake in a secluded
area of trees, the almost pagoda-looking Hotel Golf’s reputation as a haven of
tranquillity is clearl y warranted. The cool blue and cream rooms feature en suite
facilities with either bath or shower, cable television and balconies, some with
excellent views of the lake and mountains. Four kilometres from the superb 18-
hole golf course which the company also owns and operates, other treats include
good wellness facilities, conference rooms and a magnificent indoor swimming
pool. Q 150 rooms (singles €125-165, doubles €152-190, suites €185-265).
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Park Hotel Bled D-2/3, Cesta Svobode 15, tel. (+386) 45 79 18 00, hotel-
[email protected]. A huge waterside hotel fromthe golden age of Yugoslavia,
with splendid balconies, nicel y appointed rooms all coming with en suite facilities,
an indoor heated pool and a definite emphasis on wellness and fitness in general.
All rooms overlooking the lake come with air conditioning, plus there’s a nice choice
of bars and restaurants. The hotel is famous for its kremšnita cream cakes, which
it has now produced over 10 million of. Q217 rooms (singles €125-145, doubles
€150-170, suites €230-250). ARUFLGKDXCW hhhh
Ribno Izletniška 44, tel. (+386) 45 78 31 00, fax (+386) 45 78 32 00,
[email protected], www.hotel-ribno.si. Ribno is a great place for families
and nature-lovers in unbeatable location directl y by the Sava River with pristine
rooms that cater to both families and business travelers with in-room internet
connections. The surroundings are quiet and restful with tennis courts, a volleyball
pitch and facilities for sport fishing. You can also experience the modern comfort
of a wellness centre and an elegant restaurant. A shuttle service is available to
and from the centre of Bled. Q 61 rooms (singles €82-92, doubles €93-115).
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Triglav BledA-2, Kolodvorska 33, tel. (+386) 45 75 26 10/(+386) 41 747
636, fax (+386) 45752611, [email protected], ht-bled.com. Situated
on the less-developed western shore of the lake, this recentl y renovated Bled
mainstay has thankfull y managed to maintain the rustic charm and elegance you
would expect froma hundred-year old hotel located in one of Slovenia’s most idyllic
settings. As long as you’re not adverse to the colour yellow, it’s 22 cozy rooms and
excellent service are a great value, especiall y during the low season. Just make
sure to request a lake view. The hotel also arranges a variety of activities and
excursions, from cooking workshops to horseback riding to day-long steam train
journeys through the Alps. Q22 rooms (singles €89-139, doubles €119-179,
suites €139-209). PTJARUIFLEGDW
Vila Alice D-2, Prešernova 26, tel. (+386) 59 95 87 80, fax (+386) 45 74
30 50, [email protected], www.vila-alice.si. A newl y opened, luxury accom-
modation option in Bled - for modern, discerning visitors and business travellers.
Vila Alice takes a charming listed building with its own private gardens (early 1900’s)
and brings it into the 21st Century; you’ll find wireless internet, hot tub and LCD
flat-screen TVs. Attention to detail is clearly evident, those who cherish their luxury
will be delighted to find marble bathrooms, high grade furnishings, king sized double
beds with high quality embroidered bed linen, Finnish sauna and massage services.
Conference services (including food, drink and audio-visual equipment) are avail-
able - a number of different seating configurations cater for up to 30 guests. Q8
rooms (singles €120, twins €160, king size €140) Prices include breakfast, tourist
tax, group airport transfers, private chef/host/butler and concierge service. Whole
residence can be rented on request. PJHARLBDW
Vila Bled B-4, Svobode 26, tel. (+386) 45 75 37 10, [email protected],
www.vila-bled.com. One of Tito’s former residences, the superb white marble
Vila Bled has recentl y been completel y renovated yet manages to retain its grand
Yugoslavian 1950s atmosphere. On the edge of the lake amidst a weal th of
beautiful trees a couple of kilometres from the town centre, the hotel comes with
everything you’d expect from such a classy venture. The rooms and suites have
all been thoughtfully decorated with lots of brown touches and interesting carpets.
Other attractions number such delights as the sumptuous Bel vedere Pavilion &
Café, a first rate restaurant, idyllic places to relax outside plus top quality well-
ness and business facilities. Q30 rooms (doubles €210-230, suites €230-320,
apartment €850). HAR6LGKDW hhhh
Vila Prešeren D-2, Veslaška Promenada 14, tel. (+386) 45 75 25 10,
[email protected], www.vilapreseren.si. Not being quite in the
city centre comes with its advantages. This villa offers peace and quiet, fresh air,
lake views and green surroundings with exquisite, post-modern rooms decorated
with black and pink fancy wall paper, huge sofas and pillows that make you feel as
though you’ve entered a lounge bar or something of the sort. The baths are an
utter treat with a bubble massage mechanism that gives a good rubdown while
Chinese
Peking E-3, Ulica Narodnih Herojev 3, tel. (+386) 45 74 17 16. Tatty but
fun, with all the classic Chinese restaurant trimmings such as red lanterns and
pictures of pagodas, work up an appetite by strolling up the hill and dropping in
here. The service is average, the staff are rather giggl y, and the food, running the
complete classic Chinese spectrum from prawn crackers and spring rolls to sweet
and sour chicken to beef chop suey, is both excellent value and authentic. QOpen
11:00 - 23:00. (€6-9). PTAUGBXS
Fast Food
Ham Ham Ljubljanska 4. Just a short stumble from Club Stop, and an even
shorter one from Faraon night club, Ham Ham is convenientl y located in the main
shopping centre. Burgers, hotdogs and kebabs are all examples of their greasy
cuisine, much needed when there’s an abundance of alcohol invol ved. Also good
for cheap eats during the day if bakeries aren’t your thing. QOpen 11:00 - 03:00.
(€1.50-5). JS
Pekarna Planika E-2, Prešernova 11, tel. (+386) 31 351 465, pekarna.
[email protected], www.pekarna-planika.com. The bakery just next door
to the Planinček Café prepares fresh rolls, cakes, croissants and bureks (a meat-
filled pastry) all around the clock. It’s in no doubt a perfect start to the day for just
under €4. Bring your steaming breakfast into the café to compliment your coffee.
QOpen 06:00 - 18:00, Sat, Sun 06:00 - 12:00.
International
Chilli D-2, Svobode 9, tel./fax (+386) 45 74 30 27. Just like the owner
will tell you: ‘we just want to make our customers happy’. This restaurant
looks like i t ori ginall y wanted to sell Mexi can food and then realized that i t
wouldn’t make everyone happy, so decided to offer more. Even though i t’s the
only restaurant that offers Mexi can food in Bl ed, you can still get I talian and
international dishes. Having been a professional athl ete, the owner travell ed
extensi vel y and is now obsessed wi th having the same customer servi ce
he has seen around the world, and i t shows. QOpen 08:00 - 24:00, Fri, Sat
08:00 - 02:00. AUGB
Juliana D-3, Svobode 12, tel. (+386) 45 79 10 00, ghtoplice@hotelibled.
com. Enjoy a top quality meal on a terrace with a stunning view at Juliana, where
you can expect the servers to treat you like Prince Charles, who’s been sighted
here on more than one occasion. It’s not cheap, so make your slowfood last extra
long. QOpen 18:00 - 23:00. PTALGBX
Labod D-2, Svobode 8a, tel. (+386) 45 79 84 53, info@restavracijalabod.
si, www.restavracijalabod.si. This very upmarket restaurant adjoined to the
Hotel Jelovica provides an International a la carte menu along with a fair pick of
vegetarian friendl y meals. Not a bad choice for a meal with business associates or
a romantic lunch or dinner along its admirable lake-side garden, pleasantly adorned
amongst green chestnut trees and fountains. QOpen 12:00 - 23:00. Closed Sun.
(€13-20). PTJAULEBKSW
Okarina D-3, Ljubljanska 8, tel. (+386) 45 74 14 58, [email protected],
www.okarina.com. Sophisticated international dining in a beautiful setting with
an Indian twist. Set alongside a traditional menu of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes
sits an ambitious (for Bled anyway) selection of Indian delicacies from pakora to
samosa to chicken biryani. Also available are a few tandoori treats plus some fine
desserts including apple strudel and a selection of cheeses. QOpen 18:00- 24:00,
Sat, Sun 12:00 - 24:00. (€12-30). TA6GBXSW
Oštarija Peglez’n D-3, Svobode 19a, tel. (+386) 45 74 42 18. A simple
rustic design punctuated with rag dolls, plates, old coffee pots and a broken hat
stand in which to feast on a large and highl y recommended selection of fish, meat
and pasta dishes. The Trout a la Trieste seems to be popular here, as indeed
does the octopus salad and ice-cream with hot fruit, the latter two not coming
together on the same plate. Once again, everything is complimented with an
admirable wine list including reds and whites from both Slovenia and abroad.
QOpen 11:00 - 24:00. (€7-27). TA6IGBXS
Panorama D-3, Svobode 12, tel. (+386) 45 79 12 75, fax (+386) 45 74
18 41, [email protected], www.panorama-bled.com. Along the
shores of Lake Bled, you can enjoy a selection of exquisite seafood, a mixture of
Mediterranean and Slovene cuisine and a killer wine and dessert selection that
is set among one of the most pristine views that a restaurant in Bled has to of-
fer. Complete with wonderful service. QOpen 07:00 - 22:00. (high season and
weekends); 10.00 - 22.00 (low season) €8-18. JAEBK
Promenada D-3, Svobode 15, tel. +386 (0)4 579 18 39, restavracija.
[email protected], www.gourmet-promenada.com. Al though no
Slovenian restaurant has yet been awarded a prestigious Michelin star, Bled’s
Promenada is surel y one of the candidates on the shortlist - an unsurprising
fact given that head chef Bine Volčič was trained by two of Paris’ top chef after
graduating from the famed Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. Situated near the
Hotel Park along the lakeside promenade (hence the name), the restaurant’s
menu is based primaril y on French cuisine, but is also influenced by Slovenian,
Mediterranean and even Asian tastes, while the menu changes dail y to reflect the
availability of fresh seasonal ingredients. A meal here is a must for serious (and
aspiring) gourmands. QOpen 10:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. Starters €11, mains
€21, mul ti-course menus €27-52. PJAL
Restaurant Park D-2/3, Svobode 15, tel. (+386) 45 79 18 18, park@
hotelibled.com, www.hotel-park-bled.com. If you’re staying in the Park Hotel
Bled itself, you will probabl y pop into this classy eatery. The a la carte menu is
speciall y prepared for each season, and come tea time, you mustn’t miss their
pride and joy: ‘kremsnita’ (Bled’s culinary speciality - the cream cake), they’ve
been practicing the recipe for over nearl y half a century! QOpen 12:00 - 23:00,
Mon 15:00 - 23:00. PJAULGBKSW
Rikli PizzeriaD-2/3, Svobode15, tel. +386(0)45791818, rikli@hotelibled.
com, www.hotelibled.com. Inthebustlingheart of Bled, onthewaterfront beneath
the Park Hotel, you can find the friendly Rikli Pizzeria. In fine weather, you may prefer
to enjoy your meal with a view fromthe outdoor terrace. The food is prepared with
the freshest ingredients, and the menu boasts 15 types of pizza, including the
house specialty Rikli (with radishes and rucola) and a superb four-cheese. The
pizzeria also offers a wide selection of salads, vegetable pies, pasta with various
sauces and some delectable desserts. QOpen 12:00 - 22:00. Pizzeria open daily
10:00-22:00 (€7-15). PJAULGBKW
Vila Bled Restaurant B-4, Svobode 26, tel. (+386) 45 75 37 10,
[email protected], www.vila-bled.com. The famous Vila Bl ed hotel restau-
rant, inside Ti to’s beauti ful former lakeside residence, offers both serene
surroundings and top-notch cuisine. Known across the country for the excel-
l ent food and wine, i t’s a smash hi t for wedding parties and events. Normal
guests can stroll around the grounds before si tting in the statel y interior or
on the terrace for their meal. QOpen 12:00 - 14:00; 18:00-22:00. (€19-30).
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Vila Prešeren D-2, Veslaška Promenada 14, tel. (+386) 45 75 25 10, fax
(+386) 45 75 25 19, [email protected], www.vilapreseren.si. Checking
out the area’s popular tourist spots doesn’t get any easier than this. The large
scenic terrace of the villa’s café and restaurant puts you inches from the lake,
where you can you take in all of Bled’s major attractions in one easy view, while
sipping your cappuccino in hand. They also feature a full bistro-style menu of
continental and regional fare, and from dessert you’ll find a range of Bled’s famous
creamy cakes. QOpen Mon-Thur 07:00-24:00, Fri-Sun 07:00-01:00. (€7.50-32).
PTA6GBXSW
Pizza
Pizzeria Gallus D-3, Ljubljanska 4, tel. (+386) 45743299/(+386) 40416
167, www.pizzeriagallus.si. Sure, you can come because of the view, which is
beautiful. You might also come to enjoy the pizza, which is delicious and comes
from a wood-fired oven. But the reason why we enjoy coming here the most is the
livel y service. Not onl y will you enjoy their traditional Tuscan food, but you will also
be entertained by the waiters who will serve you kindl y and take great pride in the
restaurant’s food. QOpen 10:00 - 24:00. (€4.50-9). PA
Slovenian
Gostilna Pri Planincu D-2, Grajska 8, tel. (+386) 45 74 16 13. Housed
inside a charming traditional house dating from 1903, one of Bled’s more well-
known restaurants, Gostilna Pri Planincu’s Alpine ambience is no coincidence when
you start unravelling the history of the area. With a small bar at the front and a
dining area through a small passageway out the back, the traditional menu includes
many local favourites including Karst ham and assorted home-made sausages.
QOpen 09:00 - 23:00. (€7-20). TA6GBXS
Bars & Pubs
Apropos Cocktail Bar D-3, Ljubljanska Cesta 4, Bled, tel. (+386) 45 74
40 44, [email protected], www.apropos-bled.si. The main attraction of
this café-cum-cocktail bar is the the sprawling terrace on the main courtyard of
Bled’s shopping centre. The lake itself is visible from where you sit sipping coffee
by day and there’s regular live music on summer evenings, for those long island
iced teas, etc. Their selection includes all the classics and none of the cheesy
‘sex-pun’ named ones, which gives us the impression of a serious cocktail es-
tablishment, al though the interior decor is a bit uninspiring. On the plus side they
also have internet access and free moblile charging. QOpen 08:00 - 11:00, Fri,
Sat 08:00 - 01:00. JABW
Art Café D-2, Svobode 7a, tel. (+386) 45 74 34 11. A popular social hangout
for the younger clientele, especially students from the nearby IEDC Bled School of
Management who like to stop by and mingle amongst themselves. When there’s
an important sports event on TV, the place fills up fast and so do the glasses! The
wide, open terrace that overlooks the lake also brings a steady flow of tourists.
The gold-framed art work and old spiral staircase adds a touch of charm to its
homey interior. Definitely, a satisfying choice for day and night time entertainment.
QOpen 07:00 - 02:00, Fri 07:00 - 03:00, Sat 08:00 - 03:00, Sun 08:00 - 02:00.
PJA6ILGBXW
Devil Bar Caffe D-2/3, Svobode 15, tel. (+386) 45 74 21 10. Cheeky
cavorting imps seducing naked women over the bar, organ pipes on the walls,
Cuban cigars and toasted sandwiches all add up to one of Bled’s most popular
spots, not least for the magnificent view over the lake, packs a mixed crowd in on
two floors and a large terrace for dail y lunch specials and heavy late-night drinking
sessions. QOpen 09:00 - 24:00. JAB
Fashion Caffe D-3, Ljubljanska 4. Al though it’s technicall y a café by name,
the main spirit of this quite tiny venue lies in it’s night-time atmosphere. Popular
with a young local (albeit small) crowd, they sometimes host guest DJs for inti-
mate techno/house parties. There are a couple of tables outside for smoking
and of course a coffee in daylight hours. Check their Facebook page for event
details. Located in the main shopping centre. QOpen 09:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat
09:00 - 03:00. JNB
Giza Pub D-2, Cesta Svobode 8a. A popular pub in the heart of Bled, this
Egyptian-themed place is guaranteed to draw a crowd pretty much every night of
the week. Balkan flavoured pub food is available in lieu of the standard burgers
and chips, including burek, kebaps and hot dogs, and a DJ spins most weekends.
They’ve also been known to host the odd salsa night - check their Facebook
page for details of upcoming events. QOpen 07:00 - 24:00, Fri 07:00 - 03:00,
Sat 08:00 - 03:00, Sun 08:00 - 24:00. PJLBS
Grajski Pub 1004 D-2, Grajska 22, tel. (+386) 41 36 50 08. A fun little bar
attached to the Grajski Hostel and out of the town centre close to the bus station,
it’s probabl y not worth hiking all the way up here unless you’re actuall y staying
in the place, but if you do then expect to find a small bar kitted out in oak and a
separate room with table football and electronic darts machine. QOpen 08:00 -
24:00, Fri, Sat 08:00 - 01:00, Sun 08:00 - 22:00. R6LGW
Old Cup Bar D-2, Svobode 2, tel. (+386) 41 693 280. If you just want to grab
a beer with friends and avoid the tourist scene, this is an ideal meeting spot. A large
chestnut tree droops over the terrace and shades against the scorching sun in the
summer time and the wind in the winter. There’s always a vibrant atmosphere if you
choose to sit indoors, where you will find groups of friends propping up the bar. They
serve a selection of pub food: sandwiches, pizza and kebabs. QOpen 07:00 - 24:00,
Fri, Sat 08:00 - 02:00, Sun 08:00 - 24:00. PTJAR6LGB
Have you booked your
room at Lake Bled
already?
Find one at www.hotelibled.com
Or call +386 4 579 16 00
6 hotels · wellness
Bled Golf Course · Camping Bled
Winter special offers available.
GRANDHOTEL TOPLICE ·HOTEL GOLF ·HOTEL PARK
HOTEL SAVICA · HOTEL JADRAN· HOTEL TRST
BLED GOLF COURSE · CAMPING BLED · KING
,
SCLUBHOUSE
where to stay where to stay
you bathe in style. The terrace and on-site restaurant are absolutel y stunning
just steps away from the lake’s banks. A refreshing drink, morning cappuccino or
an evening meal is an absolute pleasure amongst the beauty of the surroundings
and the service is first-class. Q (singles €99-112, doubles €136-154, sui tes
€160-214). PJLGBW
Mid-Range
Alp Penzion E-4, Cankarjeva 20a, tel. (+386) 45 74 16 14, fax (+386)
45 74 45 90, [email protected], www.alp-penzion.com. A pension in
traditional alpine style with a Wellness Centre attached for which guests get a
grand 50% discount, not to mention free use of bikes, tennis courts and a garden
grill. The outside sauna and jacuzzi are perfect for relaxation with the backdrop of
the Julian Alps and Karavanke Mountain in the distance. Getting to the centre of
town is about a 10 minute walk. Q12 rooms (singles €40-55, doubles €60-95,
suites €120-140). TARULGBKW hhhh
Jelovica D-2, Svobode 8, tel. (+386) 45 79 60 00, jelovica@hotel-jelovica.
si, www.hotel-jelovica.si. Located just a leisurel y stroll through a park from
the lake i tsel f, Jelovica is a large and well established hotel wi th excellent
facili ties. Rooms are well appointed, coming wi th en sui te facili ties, hair-dryers,
cable television, balconies and safes. Communal extras include a restaurant,
bar, billiards club and indoor swimming pool. I ts grand size means that large
groups are catered for wi th ease and there’s plenty of parking (also for buses).
Q 100 rooms (singl es €47-65, doubl es €60-121, apar tments €96-166).
AFLGKDXCW hhh
King’s Club Golf Course Vrba 37a, Žirovnica, tel. (+386) 4 537 83 00,
[email protected], www.sava-hotels-resorts.com. If the main purpose
of your visit to Bled is to play a round or two at the award winning Bled Golf Course,
then you can’t find more convenient accommodation than this. The simple yet
comfortable rooms are located just off the course, and guests receive reduced
greens fees as part of their stay. Resembling a large alpine chalet, the building
includes two large sun terraces with sublime views of the course and the mountain
scenery, and the in-house restaurant produces from excellent cuisine. Various golf
and wellness packages are available, and provide significant discounts. Q7 rooms
and 2 apartments. PALBK
KrimE-2, Ljubljanska 7, tel. (+386) 45 79 70 00, fax (+386) 45 79 71 00,
www.hotel-krim.si. Looking like it just landed froma 1960s spaceship via a make-
over in Las Vegas, Krimis your classic Yugoslavian budget three-star hotel awaiting
renovation, but as soon as you enter into its domains you will be happy enough
to feel as though you are back in the 21st century. A well-equipped and modern
wellness centre offers pampering delights in both Turkish or Finnish styles and a
fabulous Infrared sauna. The rooms are also spacious and bright, some decorated
for couples coming for a romantic holiday. Q115 rooms (singles €48-64, doubles
€72-104, suites €110-129). PTJHAULGKDW hhh
SavicaCankarjeva 4, tel. (+386) 45791700, [email protected],
www.hotel-savica.com. The magnificently renovated Savica is one of Slovenia’s
more famil y-friendl y hotels. With a grand total of 90 bright, colourful rooms and
14 apartments complete with self-contained kitchen units, facilities include cable
television, en suite facilities with a choice of either bath or shower, minibars and
balconies in every room. Attractions for families travelling with their children include
interconnected rooms, two communal play areas and the occasional children’s
entertainment. Q104 rooms (singles €88-100, doubles €100-122, suites €176-
200). PTARFLKDC hhh
Trst D-3, Svobode 12, tel. (+386) 45 79 10 00, fax (+386) 45 74 18
41, [email protected], www.hotel-trst.com. A fri endl y, small
hotel along the main high street offers rooms wi th a view of the Bled’s castle
and lake, but i ts doorstep is almost crammed up onto i ts busy, noisy street.
Due to the hotel’s lack of services, i t invi tes i ts guests for discounts and
special offers at i ts sister hotels: Grand Hotel Toplice for i ts thermal pool and
wellness programmes, and the nearby Gol f Hotel which provides a beauty
centre, a sauna and more besides. Q 32 rooms (singles €71, doubles €86).
TJA6UGKDC hhh
Budget
Mulej Farm Selo pri Bledu 42, tel. (+386) 45 74 46 17, info.mulej@
gmail.com, www.mulej-bled.com. I f a holiday on a farm or agri tourism in
general appeals to you then this is one place to look into. The famil y who run
i t are more than happy to let their guests get invol ved in the everyday run-
ning of the farmhouse. I t’s a complete wonderland for children, who can feed
the animals, milk the cows, horse-ride and play wi th the kids that li ve on the
premises. You can eat fresh organic food that has been grown on the farm and
guests are welcome to purchase fresh milk, cheeses, marmalade, jam and
meats. A memorable experience for enjoying agricul tural li fe first hand. The
centre of Bled is a mile walk away. Q 10 rooms (€30 wi th breakfast, €40 wi th
breakfast and dinner). TLK
Penzion Lukanc Selo 8, tel. (+386) 45 76 52 10/(+386) 31 391 072,
[email protected], www.lukanc-bled.com. Located in the small town
of Selo about a mile out of Bled, this famil y-run pension is set amongst rolling
green hills and the Radovna and Sava rivers: a nature-lovers paradise! Get your
hiking gear on and let the adventure begin with a neighbourhood of hiking trails,
mountaineering, rafting, fishing, mushroom picking, cycling and swimming in the
lake. Ask the friendl y owner about visiting the wonderful ‘Babji zob cave’ and he
will probabl y offer you a fewof his selective Slovenian wines which he has stocked
up behind the bar. Q17 rooms (doubles €30). TRULK
Penzion Mayer D-3, Želeška 7, tel. (+386) 45 76 57 40, fax (+386) 45 76
57 41, [email protected], www.mayer-sp.si. An inviting country-cottage
placed amongst a garden of colourful flowers and neatl y trimmed hedges. A
stone’s throw away from the centre, the pension offers the peace, privacy and
quietness that guests deserve and some rooms offer views of the lake and castle.
One lovel y apartment, which is separated from the cottage is available for rent
in the farmhouse courtyard, is perfect for families. Q(doubles €55-80, suites
€120-150). TABKW hhh
Penzion Mlino C-4, Svobode 45, tel. (+386) 45 74 14 04, fax (+386) 45
74 15 06, [email protected], www.mlino.si. Known as a favourite amongst con-
noisseurs and gourmands proves that this place rates five stars for its menu of
typically Slovene cuisine. Fromseason to season, the four walls of the Guesthouse
buzz with a warm, livel y atmosphere and even just outside the front door, the fun
doesn’t stop as guests enjoy in lake activities, walks and cycling around the region.
Q13 rooms €30-35. T6UILGBKW
Traveller’s Haven D-2, Riklijeva 1, tel. (+386) 41 396 545, travellers-
[email protected], www.travellers-haven.si. This lovely 20th century house turned
youth-hostel is perfect for the backpacker or budget traveller seeking a cheap
bunk-bed and a location that is close to the town, the lake and a supermarket.
Guests can make use of the common room, kitchen, an internet-connected com-
puter and a washing machine. Q6 rooms (dorms €19, doubles €48).
Union E-2, Ljubljanska 9, tel. (+386) 45 78 01 50, [email protected],
www.union-bled.com. Famil y hospitality is the key ethic of this excellent value
accommodation option, at the top of the hill just a fi ve-minute walk from the
lake. Spacious rooms, famil y rooms, large apartments (some with balcony) and
suites for up to six people - are all available. The famil y-run, typicall y Slovenian
restaurant caters for guests and visitors alike. This popular complex is perfect for
(yes you’ve guessed it) families. Q3 rooms (singles €29-40, doubles €52-66).
A6IFLGKW hhhh
Bled tourist board D-2, Cesta svobode 11, tel. (+386) 4 578 05 00,
fax (+386) 4 578 05 01, [email protected], www.bled.si.
Bled Tours E-2, Ljubljanska 19, tel. (+386) 4 574 35 20/(+386) 31
321100, [email protected], www.bledtours.si. Bled’s top travel agency
are the people to visit for all of your travel and tourism related needs. They
specialise in tours and excursions in and around Bled, Bohinj and Kranjska
Gora, but can also make arrangements for guided tours to any other location
in Slovenia or even abroad, and arrange business conferences, meetings and
weddings as well. If you need accommodation they have a directory of some
70 private apartments of all price ranges to choose from.
TIC Bled D-3, Cesta svobode 10, tel. (+386) 4574 11 22, fax (+386)
4574 15 55, [email protected].
Tourist information
Hostels
Hostel Hacienda E-4, Jelovška 25, tel. (+386) 31 321 100, agency@
bledtours.si. Situated in a quiet neighbourhood some 400m from the lake,
guest are able to enjoy the kind of peace and relaxation that is more or less
impossible to come by in the al ways bustling centre of town. The house is sur-
rounded by a large garden where guests can freel y play volleyball, badminton
or football, and inside there’s a party room downstairs with table football and
darts. Those staying three or more days can get free transfers to the local bus
and train stations, a 50%discount to the airport and further discounts the Bled
Tours travel agency, which also runs the place. Q A6LBXW
Youth Hostel Bledec C-2, Grajska 17, tel. (+386) 45 74 52 50, fax
(+386) 45 74 52 51, [email protected], www.youth-hostel-bledec.si. This
place has the benefit of a bar which you don’t get at most youth hostels. All the
rooms here have an en suite bathroomand accommodate between 3-4 people
per room. It’s situated in a quiet part of town, but within walking distance to the
castle, the lake and all other necessities a backpacker may need. The hostel
offers breakfast for guests, use of the internet, a laundry service, rent-a-bike
and a variety of tours and activities can be booked at reception. Half- and
full-board is also available. QOpen 09:00 - 22:00. 13 rooms (dorms €16-20).
ARULGBK
restaurants
Lectar Inn Restaurant Linhartov Trg 2, Radovljica, tel. (+386) 45 37 48
00, [email protected], www.lectar.com. Serving a selection of delicious Slo-
vene cuisine and wines, Lectar is an impressive option for any occasion, event or
business social. Folk music and dancing is arranged most evenings for some light
entertainment for the restaurant’s guests. The restaurant is convenientl y divided
into several rooms, perfect for those coming in larger gatherings or families. A
must see here is museum in the basement. QOpen 12:00 - 22:00. Closed Tue,
Sun. PTJA6UGBK
Mayer D-3, Želeška 7, tel. (+386) 4 576 5740, penzion@mayer-sp.
si, www.mayer-sp.si. This popular famil y-run restaurant and guest house
serves up some of the best tradi tional Slovenian food in Bl ed, including some
pork and sausage speciali ties, fresh trout from local ri vers and homemade
skutini strukli for dessert. Of course there’s also a full menu of other Slovenian
favouri tes and international dishes. There’s also superb selection of domestic
wines, and the possibili ty of a short tour of the wine cellar. Recommended.
Q (€4.50-17). PTJAIG
Restavracija Pungaršek B-1, Kolodvorska 2, tel. (+386) 59 05 91 36,
[email protected], www.pungarsek.si. So, you are in Bl ed and
you want to show your loved one how much you care. Then this is defini tel y
the place for you. One of the most romanti c restaurants we’ve ever seen,
this place is hard to find, but i t’s defini tel y worth i t. Everything from the food
and the wine to the li ghting and musi c helps you feel like you are in the final
scene of a romanti c movie just when the two protagonists are about to finall y
be together despi te all obstacl es. QOpen 11:00 - 22:30, Sun 11:00 - 18:00.
Closed Tue. PAGK
Union E-2, Ljubljanska 9, tel. (+386) 45 78 01 50. An almost hacienda
feel inside what’s essentiall y a tradi tional, famil y run Slovenian restaurant. The
personal touch of the proprietors is served up along wi th a range of dishes
cooked over an open fire. Summertime sees the opening of a large terrace in
the shade of a few chestnut trees, plus there’s a bar too, and a small sel ec-
tion of sui tes and apartments upstairs i f you’ve eaten and drunk too much to
move. QOpen 17:30 - 24:00. TA6ILEGBXSW
Cream cakes, known in Bled for decades,
are in fact the town’s symbol. Altrough
you can buy them elsewhere, those from
Bled are simply the best. Ištvan Lukačevič,
the former manager of the Hotel Park
patisserie, tested recipes for many years
before he finally succeeded. His cream
cakes, which are prepared at this patis-
serie and sold in the café opposite the
hotel, are famous.What is the secret?
In fact, there is no secret - only experience matters, and the cooks from Bled
have plenty of that. Since 1953 they have been serving up ‘Kremšnitr’ here,
October 2009 seeing the 10 millionth slice, unveiled in a whirl of glory at the
annual carnival in its honour.
Let us tempt you with the recipe: a golden crispy crust made frombutter dough
(mixed with butter, not margarine), a delicious vanilla cream of exactly the
right consistency (with exactly the right amount of flour - if there is too much
the cakes are no good, if too little, they collapse after cutting), topped with
whipped creamand a crispy layer of butter dough and finally, last but not least,
a good dusting of icing sugar. You see? Your mouth is watering already.
Kremna rezina
TripičI-7, Triglavska 13, tel. (+386) 4572 12 82, info@hotel-tripic.
si, www.hotel-bohinj.si. Aside from serving delicious food, this place is
now a bona fide alpine hotel. The rooms are simple and pleasant, with
a nice view and some have little terraces. The fact that it’s right next to
the lake, the restaurant is great, it’s close to the mountains, the service
is very warm and the prices are very reasonable - makes Tripič a great
option for a budget-conscious family. Located in Bohinjska Bistrica. Q17
rooms (singles €57, doubles €42). THGKW hhhh
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Piramida Bar Svobode 8a. An ideal place for students and the younger
generati on who prefer to gather around here for i ts adequatel y pri ced
booze. On occasi ons, they host their fair share of li ve rock concer ts
and then the atmosphere reall y starts thri ving. The hi gh-rising terrace
that overl ooks the lake and town bel ow is also popular for breakfasts
and coffee breaks duri ng the day. Wi Fi i s avai l abl e for customers.
JEBW
Pub Bled D-3, Svobode 19a, tel. (+386) 45 74 26 22. One of Bled’s
top party places, wi th a large selection of mixed drinks and cocktails and
DJs most nights, it attracts a varied mix of tourists, students and local party
animals. There’s also a big screen TV that more often than not is tuned to
some live sporting event, and if you manage to stop by in the morning for a
glass of your preferred hang over remedy you can enjoy nice views of the castle
and free wireless internet. QOpen 09:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 09:00 - 03:00.
PR6EGBXW
Pub Lovec D-3, Ljubljanska 6, tel. (+386) 45 76 86 15. Next to
and par t of the hotel of the same name, thi s cl ean cafeteria-feel es-
tablishment features chunky oak furni ture and a fri endl y smil e as you
walk in the door. Actuall y spli t into two, the secti on to the ri ght acts
more as a café, wi th the l eft-hand section dedi cated to the provision of
al cohol wi th a sli ghtl y more bar-like ambi ence. QOpen 17:00 - 23:00.
PTA6LGBX
Union Bar 99 E-2, Ljubljanska 11, tel. (+386) 45 78 01 19/(+386)
41 341 494, [email protected], www.union-bled.com/slo-bar.htm.
Part of a guesthouse and restaurant of the same name, the Union Bar 99 is a
popular hangout on warmsummer nights. Frequentl y enough, a grill is prepared
up on the terrace amongst crowds of locals, hotel guests and tourists. All major
sporting events are shown on the big screen and there’s free WiFi. The décor
of the interior is charming and the service top-notch. For the morning after
they even serve breakfast. QOpen 08:00 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 08:00 - 01:00, Sun
10:00 - 24:00. JRLGB
Casinos
Casino Bled D-2/3, Cesta Svobode 15, tel. (+386) 45 74 18
11, [email protected], www.casino-bled.si. For those wi th spare
ti me and money on thei r hands, thi s hotel -basement casi no wi th
roul ette, card games and more than a few el ectroni c machines pro-
vides the oppor tuni ty to fri tter away pl enty of both. Q Open 24hrs.
POAEGBX
Casino Tivoli Hraška 21, Lesce, tel. (+386) 45 32 55 60, info@casino-
tivoli.si, www.casino-tivoli.si. Out near the gas station and a small shopping
center in nearby Lesce, Casino Tivoli sits as a glittering bastion of gambling
for the trul y devoted. There are no croupiers or card dealers here, no VIP for
high rollers, just two levels of electronic roulette and electronic slot machines.
The price of admission gets you two free glasses of beer or wine, and they
keep a chilled self-serve buffet off to the side in case you find you’ve spent your
grocery money. QOpen 24hrs. Admission €5 (includes gambling ticket and 2
drinks). PAULEGX
Clubs
Club Stop D-2/3, Svobode 15, tel. (+386) 45 74 32 86, pr@club-stop.
si, www.club-stop.si. Vast, bright and noisy, this is not the place to take your
parents unless you want to frighten them. Hedonism for the MTV-generation
with DJs pumping out ear-bursting dancehall classics to a clientele of half-naked
ladies and gentlemen who drive expensive black cars. VIP rooms available,
face control in operation.
Wine
Vinarte Winebar D-3, Svobode 12, tel. (+386) 45 79 13 32, vinarte@
hotelibled.com, www.vinarte-bled.com. All the classic wine-cellar elements
are elegantl y presented in this chic wine bar. It’s got the stone walls and ceil-
ings, the heavy wooden tables and a snazzy selection of more than 300 local
Slovene wines. It’s a classy start for some wine-tasting evenings with friends,
famil y or business associates. Why not begin with a glass of Cviček, a local
favourite, or some excellent aromatic reds: like the Merlot or Refošk. QOpen
09:00 - 12:00, 15:00-17:00, Sun 09:00 - 12:00. Closed Mon. (€12,50-39).
PJAUL
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