The Bled Castle - the oldest Slovenian citadel with a magnificent view

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There is an old medieval castle standing above one of the most beautiful and unique places in Slovenia, called the Bled Castle. This fortification is considered as the oldest citadel in Slovenia and offers one of the most beautiful views of the magnificent Lake Bled with the island of wishes in the middle of it.

The Bled Castle was first mentioned early in the 11th century and has been built gradually and in different historical periods. That means that the citadel includes features of Romanesque architecture, as well as the signs of typical Medieval and Renaissance architecture. Although the fortification has a long history with different owners, the original builders of the Bled Castle never resided there, which resulted in the fort not having luxurious halls. In the beginning, the Bled Castle as we know it today consisted of only one tower, which was primarily used for defence purposes. More towers were built in the Middle Ages, and a true image of the citadel just started to form when a big part of it was destroyed in the 16th century. But no worries, the castle was rebuilt and restored, becoming magnificent as it still is today.

Local dishes, wines and bee products

When you find yourself visiting the stunning Lake Bled and its surroundings, you shouldn't miss the opportunity to visit this medieval castle that will impress you with many offers and interesting experiences. In the museum that is located in the castle, you can learn everything about the rich history and formation of the Bled Castle and have a look at some of the fascinating findings being displayed.

If you get hungry, there is a restaurant called the Bled Castle Restaurant, located in the citadel, with an offer of tasty local and regional dishes. There, you can also taste the famous Blejska rezina or the Bled cream cake, which is one of the most-known traditional Slovenian desserts that represent our country. You can also have a drink from the various choices of wines and craft beers in the castle's coffee shop, while enjoying the breath-taking view of the lake Bled and the green landscape surrounding it.

The Bled Castle Restaurant
The Bled Castle Restaurant
Grajska cesta 61, 4260 Bled, Slovenia

Since beekeeping and bee products in Slovenia are very well-known, you can get to know this interesting occupation in a special offer of the castle. There, you can visit the Castle Bee house and buy a souvenir or some unique honey products to collect sweet memories of Bled.

There are many more interesting things for you to discover at the oldest Slovenian citadel – the Bled Castle, that is proudly standing on this fairy-tale location. It is attracting people from all over the world, who come here to enjoy the magnificent view, leaving them speechless, and hopefully you among them.

Bled Castle
Bled Castle
Grajska cesta, 4260 Bled, Slovenië

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I’m Darja, from Slovenia, always excited to meet new people, try out new things, especially sports and baking sweets... as well as share with you about my country.

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