Lake Bled, Slovenia
No doubt you will recognise this famous scene which adorns many a jigsaw puzzle and is a favourite of landscape photographers the world over. The stunning Lake Bled can be found in the Julian Alps region of northwestern Slovenia.
Bled Island is the beautiful gem in the centre of this picturesque lake. Many people think that the tower on the island belongs to a fairytale Slovenian castle, yet it actually belongs to a Baroque church dating back to 1465. This church is very special to the local Slovenians who also tell the story that a temple devoted to the ancient Slavic goddess Živa once stood in the place of the present church.
During the winter months Lake Bled becomes truly magical as the lake turns a frosty blue and the forest clad mountains encircling the lake become snowcapped and shimmering in the low winter sun. Admire the view from a lakeside cafe as you sip coffee and enjoy a local delicacy – the delicious Bled cake.