Theoretically, the only way to see Lake Bled from above is by paying the castle entrance fee, 8 euros. However, we found a vantage point used by the local Slovenes. Arriving at the castle car park, you'll see a pathway off the right. From there, take the dirt path up the rock to where the castle sits. We climbed up beside the walls and took in the amazing panorama.
The tower was built in 1848, well after the rest of the castle (which dates back to the twelfth century). To access the tower, you have to climb about 150 steps up a spiral staircase. And if memory serves me, at the bottom was a frescoed chapel. The entry cost about 3 euros, but it's worth it; the views of the city are spectacular.
The Adelsberg caves are the most famous caves in Slovenia and more than two centuries old. Here you can take a guided tour of the caves and see how deep they are. These caves have a lot of history, including the legend of a dragon. It is quite an adventure. It is recommended that you book your visit at least 3 days in advance. closed groups. Prices range from € 18.00 per adult to 9.00 euros per child.
It is definitely worth going to this picturesque Slovenian village, situated on the Adriatic Sea, near the Italian border. The town is small and you can see it in a day, as such the hotels offer substantial discounts if you spend more than one night. If you take your own car you have to leave it outside the town, as unless you are a resident, all vehicules are banned (the parking on the outskirts isn't expensive). Surrounded by medieval walls which are formed by two parallel walls, between which you can find monuments including the church of Saint George (patron of the town), the Venetian House, the Tartini, the Courthouse, City Hall and the Maritime Museum. In the center of the main square stands a bronze statue of the violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini who was born in Piran.
Only 4 km from Bled is Vintgar Gorge, near the villages Zasip and Podhom. Wooden walkways that go all the way across from side to side get narrower dodging the walls so you can observe this wonderful place from a distance of about 2 km. The path can be done in 30 mins but it is so spectacular that you take lots of pictures, with a super-clear water and lush vegetation. At the end of the journey there's the Sum waterfall with a small picnic area and toilets.
We're accustomed to seeing many national parks and reserves very "humanized," that is, adapted for visitors and lacking that wild touch that everyone so desperately wants to see. Well, that's not the case here. Once you pass through the gates, you're treated to unbeatable views which are still unknown to many people. To hike in the shadow of the gorge, with the burble of the river as your only distraction, is a great luxury. Note: I recommend going as early as possible since you'll practically be there by yourself, be able to take great photos, and have a lot more fun!
What you can do with ideas and enthusiasm. Here they would have to bring Mr. Azkuna to see that he thinks about this site where self-managed people of all tastes and disciplines live together. It's worth it. I was there in the afternoon, but at night must have been great.
This closed market is in Vodnik Square, opposite the fruit and vegetables that are located outdoors on the Plaza. This monumental building has a colonnade leading from the bridge of the Dragons to Three Bridges, drawing a gentle curve on the riverbank, because the whole building stands on the side of the river Ljubljanica. From the main stairs there's a boat where you can go for a ride on the river.
This is a lovely place to visit in August afternoons and enjoy the sunset on the lake, watching how the sun plays with the mountain shadows. The beach is not sandy but pebbly yet it is a good place for a swim, explore the lake by canoe or just enjoy the incredible scenery. A spectacular site!
Skofja Loka is one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Slovenia. You can find it at the confluence of the Selská Poljanska Sora and Sora rivers. It's surrounded by medium height mountains. The city is proud of the vestiges of the past that still linger there, and, of course, of its origins of splendor, which begin with the reign of the bishops of Freising in 830. You'll not only be impressed by the cultural and artisan wealth of this city, which is marked especially by the metal work, but by the natural beauty of the two valleys, the Selská and Poljanska, which are submerged between mid-rise lifts that offer the possibility of countless walks.
The Dragon Bridge is the symbol of the Slovenian capital. It is a beautiful stone bridge defended by four dragons on each corner. The city symbol is not just on that bridge, you will find this mythological animal all over the city.
Located near the city of Divaca, next to the highway to Piran on the Adriatic coast, this was declared a World Heritage Site in 1986. It contains three spectacular rooms: The gallery of Silence, Whisper gallery Reka River and the Great White Cave, the latter which is more than 30 meters high. It contains the largest cave in Europe, a gorge that is 146 meters high, 123 meters wide and 300 meters long, which is crossed by a small, illuminated bridge that is high above the river Reka. A visit involves a 90 minute walk through 11 interconnected chambers that are nearly 6 km long.
Vodnik Square was created after the earthquake of 1895 to house the marketplace, after the secondary school for girls and the school library were demolished. This market sells fresh fruit, vegetables and other provisions and is the ideal place to buy fresh food at very good prices. The market is outdoors and in the heart of the Old Town. The square is named after the monument of Slovenian poet Valentin Vodnik. Opposite the monument, there is a road leading to the castle. On the side of the square where the river runs, is the Plecnik market and the bridge of dragons. It is well worth a visit.
While in Slovenia, we went for a weekend with our friends to The Bled Island. This island in the middle of a lake, about 60 miles northwest of Ljubjlana, the country's capital. There, we discovered a small village that was quite large and filled with beautiful scenery.
Compete with tower, the Church of St. George has to be the best vantage point of this charming Istrian peninsula. In my case, the tower was closed, so I can not compare it to the wonderful views offered by this wall. Not for the world, should this place be missed. Besides the town is so small, you can see everything in a few hours.
The visit Bled Castle has not been as pretty as their environment. The best thing is the view. Inside is small and has few rooms to see, except for the museum. My advice is that if you go you go with just enough money, take a photo and then go down.
In front of the city hall in the town square you'll find one of the most symbolic monuments of Ljubljana, the fountain with allegorical sculptures of the three rivers of Carniola: the Sava River (the most important of the old Yugoslavia, it starts in Slovenia at the Bled Lake and ends in Belgrade, on the Danube), the Krka and the Ljubljanica. It was built in 1751 by the most important sculptor of Ljubljana during the eighteenth century, Francesco Robba.
The church we saw today was built between 1646 and 1660 and is the third largest in the capital. It was built by the Augustinians, ve lived inside until the end of the 18th century. Due to financial instability, the facade wasn't completed until 1700. Today the front reminds us of the famous Il Gesu in Rome. Later, the church was taken over by the Franciscans, from whom it takes its name and colour. Its appearance continued to change until the 19th century. The typical baroque interior housed a chapel of Santa María Loreto until the mid-18th century, when it was removed to proved room for the great altar of Francesco Robba, the sculptor. The frescoes were painted by Matevz Langus in the middle of the 19th century and the vault was painted in 1936 by Matej Strnen. The present church underwent renovations after the 1895 earthquake. On the top of the exterior, there is a bronze Santa sculpture. It is open daily from 08:00 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 20:00, and admission is free.