Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Slovenia....Lake Bled

The Bled Lake came into existance when the Bohinj Glacier moved away. It is 2120 m long, up to 1380 m wide and it is of the tectonic origin, After the last Ice Age, the Bohinj Glacier deepend its natural tectonic hollow and gave it its present form. When the ice melted the basin was filled with water. The lake has no considerable affluents except some streams. The thermal springs in the northeast part are captured in three swimming pools: at the Toplice Grand Hotel, Park Hotel and Golf Hotel. The beauty of the lake is stressed by the island on the west side. The temperature of the lake reaches up to 25°C in the summer and gets ice covered in winter. 
The small town of Bled, with a population of just 6,000 is located in southwestern Slovenia at the foot of the Julian Alps. Bled has a mild sub-Alpine climate as the ridges of the Julian Alps protect it from the chilly northern winds. This Alpine destination is open all year round and has a range of activities for both summer and winter.

Bled is one of Slovenia's most popular tourist destinations due to its romantic scenery and access point for Triglav National Park. Most notably, the town features a little white church on an island in the centre of an emerald green mountain lake, with Bled Castle perched high above, amidst the Julian Alps. 

This incredible picture postcard destination has an almost fairytale like atmosphere due to its castle, church and lake that casts a romantic spell over its visitors in both the winter and summer with its dazzling scenery.

Situated 100 metres above the lake perched on a rocky outcrop is Bled Castle.  The exterior of the castle is everything a castle should be with towers, turrets and a moat. The interior of the castle hosts a museum with a collection of arms and armour, old coins and stories surrounding the history of the lake.

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