Bled is a picturesque town in Slovenia, located in the Julian Alps. One lesser-known fact about Bled is that it is home to a unique tradition called “pust”, which is held annually on Shrove Tuesday. During “pust”, men dressed in colorful costumes and masks go door-to-door, collecting money and treats in exchange for good luck and protection from evil spirits.
The town is most famous for its stunning lake, which is surrounded by the Julian Alps and is home to an island with a church that can be reached by traditional wooden boats called “pletna”. Visitors can take a leisurely boat ride to the island and ring the church’s wishing bell, which is said to make your wish come true.
Bled Castle, which is situated on a hilltop overlooking the lake, offers visitors a glimpse into the town’s rich history, with exhibits on medieval weapons, frescoes, and an impressive views of the lake and the surrounding mountains.
Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to keep them busy in Bled, with opportunities for hiking, climbing, and paragliding in the summer and skiing, ice-skating and cross-country skiing in the winter.
Bled is also a popular destination for relaxation and wellness, with several spas and thermal baths in the area that offer treatments such as massages and hydrotherapy.
In addition to its natural beauty and rich history, Bled is also known for its delicious traditional cuisine, such as the famous Bled cream cake, a sweet pastry made with cream and eggs.