Postcard Views at Lake Bled
Lake Bled - Slovenia
Lake Bled HistoryLake Bled’s history dates back to the 7th century Slavic migration, but the story of the resort town we see today starts in 1855. A Swiss hydropath named Arnold Rikli was one of the first people to recognize the value of Bled’s climate and its advantageous position for a long swimming season. He founded the Institute of “Natural Healing” and introduced a method of treatment – early to rise, walks, swimming and relaxation. The town received many visitors for the healing treatment from Austria and the Hapsburg elite. By 1906, Bled had a rail station and was officially classified among the important tourist spots in Imperial Austria. Lake Bled continued its status as a resort destination as Tito had one of his vacation villas on the lake for the Yugoslav elite and guests. Today, the resorts of Lake Bled are still a bit faded with the lack of tourism in the breakup of Yugoslavia, but the natural elements of Lake Bled are the star and it is popular with Slovenian tourists.
A day in Lake BledThis girl wanted to row her own boat, so I took the loaner one from my hotel and lets just say I got my workout. But… I made it to the island and back. Ljubljana architect, Jože Plečnik, with picture perfect views of the Monastery and the Castle. Tito entertained guests here including Indira Gandhi, Nikita Khrushchev and Raul Castro. Post Tito’s death, it was converted to a hotel in 1984 and you can stay here today. You can also stop in on your walk around the lake for a coffee to see the Socialist Realist Wall Murals in the ballroom. These tell the story of postwar Yugoslavia with the Yugoslav Partisans fighting the Nazis and the birth of the new nation with a mother and her child with the new flag of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. .
Grand Hotel TopliceThis is the old grand dame of hotels at the Lake and visitors have included Madeline Albright, Donald Trump and Jordan’s King Hussein. The hotel has been restored and has the touches of Art Deco elegance. The lake-front rooms have an amazing view and even if not staying here, the restaurant will make you feel like you are in a scene from a James Bond movie. Traveler Notes and Tips Castle View: If you do not choose to go in the castle, there is a FREE walkway to the right of the parking lot near the castle entrance that will take you to a view of the lake.
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