Active half day trip in Bled Slovenia.

Lake Bled Adventure is a perfect adventure for families and curious backpackers. The adventure starts in Ljubljana, from where we travel to one of the Alpine pearls - Bled.

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Lake Bled

Formation of the lake – The 2.12 km long, 1.30 km wide and 30.6 m deep Slovenian pearl, gained its form as a tectonic basin, carved and chafed by the Bohinj glacier. The basin slowly became filled by melting ice of the area.
The lakes shape, length and depth, opens opportunities for many activities throughout the entire year. Diving and exploring the grounds of lake in summer, swimming in the sufficiently high temperatures and when degrees fall strongly below zero, the thick crust of the frozen lake is a perfect stage for winter sports such as ice hockey and ice skating. Another popular activity in summer is rowing. This is a long tradition for the locals, who also annually host international rowing competitions.
In all seasons walking and biking are the locals favourite recreation around the 6 km long trail, which by each step, reveals new splendid views of the opposite shore, hills, trees, Bled Castle and the island casting their reflection into water. The water has not been robbed of variety either, as you can notice many ducks and swans calmly swimming above the many fish inside the lake. For those willing to experience closeness of the water for an inch further, the traditional Pletna boats are the perfect match.


The Bled Castle

The history of the castle reaches back to 1004, when on those grounds stood a Romanesque tower protected by walls. The property was owned by a German Emperor Henry II who gave his estate at Bled to Bishop Albuin of Brixen. The castle started gaining its shape when it was first built in 1011, but has been kept empty of any residents, which shows even today in the solid, but not too gracefully decorated halls. The final structure and appearance of the uniquely double structured castle, which we see today, was determined in restoration after a strong earthquake damaged many parts of building in 1511. 

The castle buildings are decorated with coats-of-arms painted in the fresco technique or carved in stone, but the most fascinating of them is certainly the 16th century’s Gothic chapel on the upper courtyard. Due to its renovation in 1700, today the Chapels walls are graced with Baroque art and painted with illusionist frescoes. Next to the altar there are paintings of the donors of the Bled estate, the German Emperor Henry II and his wife Kunigunda. Their portraits can also be seen in the Church of the Assumption on the Bled Island.
One of the famous Slovenian architects Tone Bitenc, left his ‘footprint’ in the 1951 to 1961 restoration of the castle and contributed to many details we can see today and experience the picturesque architecture of the castle and the museum that stands on the upper courtyard, representing the historical development of town, its culture and its population history.
The Bled Castle is now arranged as an exhibition area and from spring to autumn it is the perfect location to host numerous cultural events, such as the Medieval Days, when brave knights and beautiful damsels, merchants, archers and dancers present their medieval life to visitors. Also in summer months, the castle atmosphere is enlivened by the visit of a count and an archery tournament.
In addition a castle printing shop was made on the lower courtyard and beneath it stands probably the castles sweetest secret, until this very day – the castle wine cellar. The secret has not been kept well thus far, so visitors are gladly invited to have a drink of wine, or even enjoy a meal at the high quality castle restaurant, offering the very best of Slovenian cuisine.
As the subject is on secrets and sweetness, probably the most famous of the area is the Bled Crème cake (Slovene; kremšnita, kremna rezina). Through decades of testing recipes and perfecting the light, refreshing vanilla dessert, topped with whipped cream and a crispy layer of butter dough, this has become one of the essential town symbols. Ištvan Lukačevič, the former manager of the Hotel Park patisserie, tested recipes for many years before he finally succeeded through experience. If we cannot impress you with taste, until you try it, the numbers can speak alone – as the hotel can boast of selling as many as 12 million cream cakes over the last 60 years.


The Vintgar Gorge

As if Bled Lake and its surroundings were not captivating enough, 4 km north-west of the town, a 1.6 km long Vintgar gorge welcomes near-by travellers with the most fascinating structures of water and concrete, reachable to sight.
The gorge is today recognized as one of the main tourist attractions in Slovenia and leaves an impression on every visitor, but was discovered by Jakob Žumer, the Major of Gorje, and the cartographer and photographer Benedikt Lergetporer only in 1891. The gorge is surrounded by rocks of the Hom and Burt hills, not far situated from another Slovenian beauty – the Radovna waterfalls, pools and rapids. The path of leads you exploring over the wooden bridges and Žumr’s galleries and the single-arch stone bridge of the Bohinj railway constructed in 1906. Also built by man, stands a dam from which the water is rounted to the Vintgar hydroelectric power plant under the mighty 13 m high Šum waterfall at the end of trail.
The story of how the name Vintgar came about, has more the one version. Out of the two most probable, one originates from German Weingarten (the vineyards in the nearby Podhom), whilst the other says that the gorge section reminds on the wine glass. In this similar pattern many other gorges in Slovenia received their names (Iški vintgar, Ribnica vintgar above Srednja vas in Bohinj, Bistrica vintgar).
There are many traces of life in Vintgar, especially a strong variety of plant species. Many botanists have shown interest in the influence of vegetation on the green fortune of the area. One of the most famous is a Slovenian botanist and priest Janez Šafer, who made a list of plants of the Vintgar gorge, which was later published by Ivan Godec in his article of the ‘’Dom in Svet’’ magazine and later in the booklet ""Vintgar, Slika iz gorenjske Švice"".

Every day
Duration: From 8.00am to 2.00pm or 2.00pm to 8.00pm
Minimum: 3 people

Option 1: Adventure starts in Ljubljana from your accommodation
Option 2: Adventure starts in Bled from your accommodation

  Price: 71 €

FOR OUR ONE DAY TRIP IN SLOVENIA ADVENTURERS NEED:

sport shoes 

WHAT’S INCLUDED? 
Transportation, Plena boat ride to Bled island, entrance fees to the Vintgar Gorge, parking fees, guidance, organization.

 

 

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CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

Paragliding paradise

I never knew what I was missing until I tried out this paragliding thing with your company. I felt like I was in heaven. I can’t even describe the scenery and everything I saw, because it felt like I was in a fairytale. Thanks so much to Nature Adventures for giving us the option to do this. Kisses from Spain. K.L.

Fly away

I decided to go skydiving with Nature Adventure, and it was the best decision I ever made. I felt really safe all the time, and it was evident that everyone involved were true professionals. This made my trip to Slovenia unforgettable! Jorge B.

Fun, fun, fun

We had a fantastic time on this trip. You get to see so much in one day, and although €70 maybe seems quite expensive for a day trip, you really get good value for your money. An alternative would have been to hire a car for a day and do it ourselves but there is no way we'd have been able to have covered anywhere near as much in one day as you could on the Emerald River Adventure, or have found as many of the sights as we got to see. The guides’ are great as well, and spoke...

Action packed

So here’s how our day went. First they picked us up with a van right in front of our hostel, which was great, because we were a group of 4 and didn’t want to walk to the center. Then we stopped at Lake Jasna, and I was immediately hooked on this country. I’ve just never seen such magnificent things before. There was a nice chapel there, but when we got to the river Soča things really got interesting. My buddy and I decided to go for the optional rafting and it was the perfect rush and cool off we could...

Best day ever

I just came from the two lakes adventure, and I can’t believe it took me so long to visit Slovenia. I’ve never seen so many beautiful things in one day, it was simply breathtaking. When you take the boat to the Bled island you feel like you’re rowing towards paradise. The guides were also really cool, not boring as they usually are. 10 thumbs up. Rhonda87

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