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Bled

Bled

Slovenia

Position

Slovenia has only one island, but its originality is such that its attractiveness is increased tenfold. Surrounded by picturesque mountains, this island reigns in the middle of a lake: this unusual image has symbolized for a hundred years already the places where tourists from all over the world like to venture there.

History

On this island emerging in the middle of the lake, the ancestors of the Slovenes came to celebrate Živa, the ancestral goddess of love and fertility. At the advent of Christianity, the latter was replaced by the Virgin Mary and the island thus became a place of pilgrimage. A thousand years ago, on April 10, 1004 exactly, Bled was mentioned for the first time when it was attributed to Bishop Albuin of Brixen by the German Emperor Henry II. The bishops of Brixen had land and a castle until the beginning of the 19th century. The region was then the summer home of the Karađorđević family and then of Marshal Josip Broz Tito who built a residence there in 1947. In the Middle Ages, Bled enriched himself with pilgrims and it was not until the 19th century that they gave way to real tourists. In his temperate climate, the Swiss Arnold Rikli discovered therapeutic virtues and beneficial effects in the thermal waters of the lake located at the foot of the castle. Local residents complemented this therapeutic offer, offering natural hydrotherapy, with an appropriate hotel infrastructure. The place which was already at the beginning of the 20th century one of the most beautiful spas of the empire at the time, attracted the aristocratic elite. After World War II, Bled housed one of the most beautiful formal residences in the state. The "big" of this world have benefited from its beauties and benefits. The region was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire for a long time until 1918. It then passed under the tutelage of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, then of the Socialist Republic of Slovenia within Yugoslavia. Since 1991 and the independence of Slovenia, the region belongs to the independent republic of Slovenia.
 
 
 

Indulgence and fun

As for the great wines we will find a lot of typical dishes such as; Jota: thick soup made from cabbage, beans and barley, with a taste close to cassoulet, Štruklji: stuffed pasta boiled in water and which can be white cheese, spinach, tarragon. Over one hundred variants across the country! Next, Žganci: oatmeal dish, Ocvrti sir: fried cheese, Kruhovi cmoki: bread dumplings, Žličniki: potato balls filled with different fruits, boiled, coated with melted butter, sugar or breadcrumbs, served in soup or as an accompaniment, and many more! As for desserts, the list is just as long, here are a few; Potica: rolled cake with walnuts, hazelnuts or tarragon (pehtranova potica), considered Slovenian par excellence, Zavitek (kind of turnover) with apples (jabolčni zavitek), cheese (sirov zavitek) or sour cherries (višnjev zavitek ) and Palačinke: pancakes (served in pairs) topped with chocolate, jam or nuts and accompanied by whipped cream, there is no shortage of choices!

Sports and recreation

For decades now, places have welcomed pilgrims of a new kind: cosmopolitans around the world in search of novelty and beauty, relaxation and rejuvenation, peace and sporting challenges, find a thousand and one an answer to their expectations. Walks on foot or in a carriage around the lake, classic boating, the bell of wishes on the island, the treasures of the castle, nearby ski resorts, mountain trails, golf courses, hunting areas, fishing, casinos, possibilities for organizing congresses, all its activities make visitors want to practice them. Anyone who lets themselves be tempted, will always want to start again ...