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Bled – A Beautiful base in winter

Slovenia’s most picturesque destination, Bled, is also an ideal spot in winter. The small town, with its clifftop castle and fairylike lake, is an excellent base for active and cultural winter adventures in and around town.

Perfect starting point

In Bled, a brand new regional tourist and nature conservation information centre has opened its doors to the public. Centre Triglavska Roža is the perfect starting point for visits to Bled and/or its surroundings.

Triglavska Roža is the place to go for information about Bled, the Gorenjska region and Triglav National Park. At the centre, which is open daily, is a brand new exhibition about the region of Gorenjska, its Natura 2000 sites and Triglav National Park, featuring a rich multimedia presentation. The centre has a gift shop which sells traditional arts and crafts from the region and there is a café. Triglavska Roža will also organise guided tours for groups.

The region wants sustainable development and has therefore chosen to share the magnificent natural and cultural heritage of the region and the treasures of the national park: ‘Triglavska Roža helps to better communicate the values and assets of the destination and invites visitors to discover, experience and enjoy its riches’.

At Triglavska Roža visitors can enjoy:

  • the permanent exhibition: Paradise at the Foot of Triglav
  • a multimedia hall with daily film screenings
  • tourist and mountaineering information
  • the souvenir and gift shop with locally made products and artwork, natural science books, maps and guidebooks
  • the cafe
  • various events, workshops, an eco-market and occasional exhibitions
  • free WiFi

The building has access for disabled visitors.

Romantic Bled

If you like the sight of Bled’s lake and castle among the green hills and mountains in the summer sun, then go and see Bled in the winter when a blanket of snow hugs the treasures that make up Bled’s amazing scenery. The picture perfect views created by the winter conditions become truly magical when on a romantic horse-drawn carriage or a balloon ride over the magical Alpine world of snow and ice.

Bled is a wonderful place to celebrate advent and Christmas or ring in the New Year. There are numerous events, concerts and parties as well as fireworks on New Year’s Eve. In winter Bled doesn’t hibernate, there are workshops, fairs, ice disco’s and concerts all year round.

Active in Bled

Its location, amidst snow covered mountains, makes Bled the perfect place for lovers of winter sports. Winter hiking, sledging, skating, snow-shoeing, ice climbing, cross country skiing, snowboarding and skiing is possible just a stone’s throw from Bled. There is a ski bus which can take visitors to the ski resorts. With the Ski Pass Slovenian Alps visitors can get access to five resorts including free rides on the ski-bus. Skiing is also possible close-by on the Straža hill in the centre of Bled, which offers floodlit night skiing and opportunities for less demanding skiers.

The Pokljuka plateau, which towers above Bled, is a cross country skiing paradise, famous for its biathlon World Cup in December. Pokljuka is a high forested plateau embellished with around 60 kilometres of cross-country ski trails.

Watch winter sports

In and around Bled you can also passively enjoy winter sports. In addition to the previously mentioned biathlon World Cup at Polkljuka, there are also ice hockey tournaments in Bled, the World Cup downhill skiing in Kranjska Gora and in March, the FIS world cup ski jumping final at Planica which will, when the current renovation is completed, be the biggest ski jump in the world.

Relax

Should you prefer to simply unwind, then enjoy the thermal waters of Bled. The town has a rich spa tradition; it was in the 19th century with its thermal waters that tourism began. The delicious local cuisine caters for every taste and may be accompanied by a glass of excellent Slovenian wine or beer.

 

Source: www.sloveniatimes.com

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