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Bled In Your Pocket

Bled In Your Pocket

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The only guide to Bled, Slovenia, you will ever need.
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Read our complete Bled guide online at 
 bled.inyourpocket.com
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BledInYour Pocket Drenikova 33,1000Ljubljana,SloveniaTel.+38630316602bled@inyourpocket.comwww.inyourpocket.comISSN1855-3486©IQBATORd.o.o.
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ESSENTIAL CITY GUIDES
GettinG around
As little as an hour away from the capital tucked up close to the Austrianborder, getting to Bled by train, bus or car is a relatively painlessexperience.
By Plane
Jože PučnikAirport islocatedapproximately halfway betweenLjubljana and
Bled,andyoucanexpect to pay around€45 for a taxiinto town.Busesareconsiderably cheaper (€5.40,with upto 19connectionsonweekdays,but virtually none onweekends)although youhave to transfer inKranj.There arealso upto sixdirect shuttlesper day (€13).Youcansee the fullschedulesontheairport’swebsite.
By bus
Busesleave every hour onthe hour fromthe mainbusstationinLjubljanaandtake about 80minutesto make the journey.Close to the towncentreat the northeasterntipofthe lake,Bled’sdinky little busstation(avtobusno
postajališče)doesn’t offer much inthe way ofexcitement beyonda kiosk 
outside sellingchocolate,soft drinksandcigarettes.Inside there’sa ticket officeandfree toilets.To get the city centre,walksouth alongSvobode untilyouhit the water.
By train
Bled has two train stations, but unfortunately neither is located in thecentre of town. Over 20 trains a day from Ljubljana call at Lesce-Bledstation which is on the main line but is several kilometres away, mean-ing you will either have a lengthy hike or short bus ride into town. Theother station is Bled-Jezero a couple kilometres to the east, which seesup to five trains a day from the capital, however you have to transfer at Jesenice which can lead to a total journey time of almost 3 hours. Check out Slovenia Railways’ incredibly user-friendly website for a completeschedule and prices.
Arriving by car 
Take the A2highway northwest out ofthe city andfollowthe signsfor Kranj.Blediswellsignpostedonce you’re out inthe countryside.Journey time isaround40minuntesandit may get very crowdedonSundaysinseasonat theendofhighway.
Taxis
Bled Tours
Valvazorjeva 3, tel. (+386) 31 205 611, info@bledtours.si,www.bledtours.si.
Available24hrs,theyalsooffertrainstation,airportandother longdistance transfers.
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Open00:00- 24:00.
Culture & events
Main Events
21.03 Wednesday - 23.03 Friday
2nd Travel Zoom Conference 
Tel. +386(0)1430 5103, info@go-mice.eu, www.travel-zoom.si.
The aimofthe 2ndTravelZoomconference isto bringtogether leadingacademics,policy makersandpractitionersintravelandtourismmarketingandto let themhaveclear say innewmarketingparadigmsandstandardsofthe globaltravelindustry.Four key elementswillbe exploredduringtheone-day forum:idea,brandimage,destinationandmedia.
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Registrationfee €90-250.
12.05 Saturday
26th Alpski Večer 
ŠportnaDvoranaBled, www.bled.si.
Bled’sannualnight oftraditionalAlpinemusichasbeenentertainingthe massesfor more thana quarter ofa century,andthisyear’sprogrammeofmusicians,performersandbandswillbebiggerthanever.Reservationscan be made andticketspurchasedinadvance through theKompasBledtourist agency.
03.06 Sunday
Bled Triathlon & Loveman Half Iron Man 
Tel. (+386) 41641527, info@trisport-klub.si, www.trisport-klub.si.
ThePetrol-sponsoredtriathlonwilltake place onSaturday,followedby the so-calledLovemanevent onSunday,which iscomprisedofa 1.9kmswim,90kmofcycling andfinally a 21.1kmrunto the finish for a totalof113km.The eventscanberegisteredfor separately or combinedat a discount,andthe topfinisherswillreceive cash prizes.
28.06 Thursday - 18.07 Wednesday
17th International Bled Music Festival 
Various Venues, tel. (+386) 4 531 76 10/(+386) 41 887 545, festival.bled@siol.net, www.festivalbled.com.
Lasting a full three weeks, the fes-tival is centred around a series of classical music concerts that take placealmost nightly in different venues - including Bled’s Festival Hall, St Martin’sChurch, Vila Bled and Radovljica’s magnificently Baroque Hall. In addition tothe performances, there is an international viola and violin competition, whichdraws some of the best young competitor’s from around the world, a seriesof nine weeklong master classes led by renowned composers and musicians from eight different countries, and an art exhibition featuring well-known Slo-vene artists. Now in its 17th year, the festival is one of the biggest and most important of its type in central Europe.
radovljiCa
Radovljica,or Radol’ca asit ismore affectionately known,may not be aswell-knownasnearby Bled,but it boastsa wide range ofsightsandactivities,andalso offerssomethingthat itsmore famousneighbour simply can’t:peace,quiet anda relaxingmedievaltownatmosphere.Anadministrative centresince the 16th century,today the municipality ofRadovljica comprisessome four dozenindividualsettlementsandnearly 20,000people.At the centre ofit all,andofmost interest to tourists,isthe picturesque oldtownsituatedon
a hilltopoverlookingthe Dežela plainto the east andthe Sava river valley to
thewest,with perfect viewsofthe JulianAlpsdominatingthe backgroundinseemingly alldirections.The compact city centre isa veritable openair museumofbeautifully restoredbuildings,narrowslopingstreetsandpleasant sidewalkcafés.The wider area ishome to countlesshikingandcyclingpaths,some great accommoda-tionoptions(includinganaward-winningcampsite,a newly built tourist farmandseveraloldtownguest houses),anairport offeringscenicflightsandtheBled-Lesce trainstation.Allofthis,plusthe genuinely welcomingspirit ofitsresidents,shouldleadmany visitorsto consider choosingRadol’ca astheir base for the regionandmakingBleda day trip,rather thanvice versa.
Where to stay 
Hotels
Krek
Hraška15, tel.(+386) 4530 2345, fax(+386) 4530 2349, hotel@krek.si, www.hotel.krek.si.
Situated3kmfromBled,right offthe motorway inthe village ofLesce,Krekisa great optionfor businesstravellerswith their owncars-whoareintownforbusinessbutwouldratheravoidthetouristsinBledproper.It’slarge roundedglassfaçade ishardto miss,andthere isplenty ofparking.Theconservativeroomscomearmedwithalltheexpectedmod-cons,andInternetac-cessisavailable inallthe rooms.The viewsfromthe rooftopterrace are excellent.
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34rooms(singles€48-60,doubles€69-85).
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Guest Houses & Pensions
SportPenzionManca
Gradnikova2,tel.(+386)45314051/(+386)45314120, sport.manca@siol.net, www.manca-sp.si.
Thislarge family runguest house haseverythingone couldwant for anactive holiday - there’sa swimming pool,tenniscourtandelegantly-designedsaunafacilitiesonthepremisesandbikesare onhandfor tripsinto the surroundingcountryside,includingBled,which isonly 6kmaway.They also specialise inarranginga number ofother activities,such ashikingexcursions,rafting,golfingandevenpanoramicflightsandsky diving.Most roomshave balconiesandviewstowardsthe mountains,andifyou’re lucky the family’senormousblackNewfoundlandwillkeepyoucompanywhileyou’repoolsideor relaxinginthe garden.
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16rooms(singles€39-60,doubles€60-76,triples €79-96,suites€90-140).Ratesdependonseasonandwhether or not breakfast isincluded.
TJA6LBDCW
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Tulipan
Alpska8, tel. (+386) 45378800, fax(+386) 45378840, www.tulipan-azman.si.
Thenine roomslocatedabove a well-knownrestaurant ofthesame nameare cleanandcomfortable,ifperhapsa bit onthe expensive sidegiventhe location.However,the family rooms- which are essentially two-roomsuites- are a goodvalue since they canbe hadfor the same price.There are alsosome gorgeousviewsto be hadofthe JulianAlps,infact,the roomsare named for which peakscanbe seenfromthe windows.Easy to findjust offthe motorway onthe mainnorth-south roadgoingthrough Lesce.
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9rooms(singles€35,doubles€60).Breakfast €5 per person.
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TurističnoNaseljeDole
Poljšica6,Podnart,tel.(+386)41680925,alenka.brazda@gmail.com,naselje-dole.si.
Experiencethetranquillityofnatureatthisnewly builttouristvillageoutsidethevillageofPodnart.Theninechaletsmeasure70m²,withakitchen,livingroomandbathroomonthegroundfloorandwithprivatebalconiesonthefirstfloor.Theyaresituatedasymmetricallyonahillside,toprovidethefeelingofprivacyandunobstructedviewsofthecountryside.Thelocationisidealfortaking advantagefortherangeofoutdooractivitiesonoffer,suchashiking,cycling,rafting andfishing-allofwhichcanbearrangedwithadvancednotice.
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9chalets€75-130,doesnotincludebreakfastormandatory€20cleaningfee.
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Vidic House
LinhartovTrg3,tel.(+386)31810767/(+386)45301960,vidic.miran@gmail.com, www.vidichouse.com.
Despite beingcalleda hostelandevenhavingofficialHIstatus,asit mostly offersprivate accommodationit’sreally moreofa guest house.But semanticsaside,youcanfindcheapaccom-modationhererightonRadovljica’smainsquare.TheRenaissancemansiondates fromthe early 17th century,androomstidy ifa bit dated.The caféandsweetsshoponthe groundfloor shouldbe a mandatory stopfor those with children.Thepremisesare openyear-round,but receptionclosesat 22:00inthe summer and21:00inthewinter.
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2roomsand3apartments(€15-20perperson).Breakfast andtourist taxnot included.
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Camping 
Camp Šobec
Šobčeva25, tel. (+386) 45353700, fax(+386) 453537
01,sobec@siol.net,http://sobec.si/eng/.
Locatedinathickpineforest,thiscampinggroundwith itsvery ownlake ‘Sobec’islocatedonthe roadout ofBledtowardsLesce.Youcaneither pitch a tent or rent one ofthe bungalowsthat feelandsmellpine-woodfresh duringthe summer time.Plenty offamily-friendly activi-tiescanbe organizedfromthe premisesaswellasjust relaxinginthe campsiteitself.Asupermarket,restaurantandlaundryarelocatedonthegrounds.
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Tents/ person€10-12,bungalows€75-150.
Where to eat 
International
Gostilna, Pizzeria & Brewery Gala In
Hraška13, Lesce, tel. (+386) 453160 00, fax(+386) 453160 01, galain.nida@gmail.com.
Tuckedaway outside Lesce,thiscomplexisa pub,restaurant,pizzeria andbrewery allhousedunder one roof. The environment here provides a perfect sanctuary for beer loversgulpingdownpintsofthe establishment’streasure:the ‘Gala In’beer.Theculinary concept ofrefinedpubfoodandpizzasalso meltsdownperfectly witha pint.Apopular establishment amongst locals,who have acquireda habit ofreturningnight after night.
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Open09:00- 24:00,Fri,Sat 09:00- 01:00.ClosedSun.(€6-18).
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Gostišče Tulipan
Alpska8, tel. (+386) 45378800, info@tulipan-azman.si, www.tulipan-azman.si.
Easy to findjust offthe motorway onthe mainnorth-south roadgoingthrough Lesce,the newly-renovatedTulipanservesupa menu fulloffillingSlovene andinternationalcuisine initswood-covereddiningareasandintimate outdoor terraces.The house specialitiesare game dishes,including severalvenisonchoicesandsome excellent wildboar.Roomsare also availableupstairs,see theWhereto Stay sectionfor more info.
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OpenMon-Thur 10:00-23:00,Fri-Sat 10:00-24:00andSun10:00-22:00.(€6-18).
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Leščan
Alpska33,Lesce,tel.(+386)45317000,www.bagi.si/pizzerija-lescan.
Perfect for lovers of big portions, the Vienna schnitzel comes on anenormouswoodenplatter,definitely requiringa breakhalfway through.Despitebeinga self-styledItalianrestaurant,the menucoversmany Europeanoptions.The décor isMediterranean,with lotsoftilesandterracotta,the pizzawood-firedandthe stafffriendly.The locationisidealifyou’re travellingto/fromBledby trainwith Lesce Bledstationbeingjust a stone’sthrowaway.
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Open11:00- 23:00.
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What to see
Old Town
Lectar Inn Museum
LinhartovTrg2,tel.(+386)45374800,fax(+386)45374804, info@lectar.com, www.lectar.com.
Gostilna Lectar’sver y ownlivingmuseum,‘Lectarstvo’,makesatraditionalSlovenecraft,gingerbread, fromhoneydough.Thehospitablefamily,dressedineverydaymedievalclothing,willgive youa tour ofthe museum.Toolsdatingbackover 100yearsare stillusedto produce these uniquely decoratedcakesandthe oldest preservedwoodenmouldisfromthe 16th Century.Backinmedievaltimesthey wereconsidered prestigeous gestures of romance, these days they make great giftsandcanbe personalised.
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Open12:00- 22:00.ClosedTue.Openevery day inJuly andAugust.
Linhart Square (Linhartov Trg)
 
The town’smainsquare isone ofthebest-preservedmedievalsquaresinSlovenia,andhome to the majority ofitssights,the tourist informationoffice,severalcafésandevena couple ofaccom-
modationoptions.NamedforAntonTomažLinhart,an18thcenturyplaywright,
historianandRadovljica’smost famousson,who amongother achievementspennedthe first Slovene comedy,the square islinedwith historicbuildingsdatingfromthe 15th to 19th centuriesandisa veritable openair museumofdifferentarchitecturalstyles.Itwasrenovatedandturnedintoapedestrian-only zone a couple ofyearsago.
Radovljica Municipality Museums
LinhartovTrg1,tel.(+386)45320520, fax(+386) 4532 0524, mro@siol. net, www.muzeji-radovljica.si.
Under the auspicesofthe Institute ofRadovljica Municipality Museums,andonly a short drive fromBled,there are five separate historicalmuseums.Inthe centre ofRadovljica,isthe Radovljica MunicipalMuseumwith a perma-nent exhibitionofthe first Slovene playwright,historianandpedagogue Anton
TomažLinhart (1756-1795),the MuseumofApiculture which presents,among 
other things,the unique traditionofSlovene folkculture,andthe ŠivecHouseArt Gallery with a rich collectionofbookillustrationsandmonthly exhibitions.Elevenkilometerssouth ofRadovljica,inKropa,isthe IronForgingMuseum,which recreatesthe town’shundred-year-oldtraditionofironwork.Andlast but not least,some sevenkilometersto the north ofRadovljica,inBegunje naGorenjskem,one canvisit the MuseumofHostages,a memorialto the victimsofNaziterror duringthe SecondWorldWar.See the institute’sEnglish languagewebsite for directions,openingtimesandadmissionfees.
Šivec House Gallery (Galerija Šivčeva hiša)
LinhartovTrg22, tel.(+386)45320520,galerija@muzeji-radovljica.si,www.muzeji-radovljica.si.
PartoftheRadovljicaMunicipalMuseum,thebeautifullyrestored16thcentury house isthetown’smaingallery space,hostingupto a dozenexhibitionsevery year inthe vaultedhallonthe groundfloor.Visitorscanalso see the ornately- furnishedwood-panelledformer livingquartersonthe first floor,which nowa-dayscanbehiredfor weddings.
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OpenTues-Sun10:00-13:00/17:00-20:00duringJuly andAugust,10:00-13:00/16:00-19:00inMay,June,Sept andOct,and10:00-12:00/16:00-18:00fromJan-Apr,NovandDec.ClosedMondays.Admission€3/2for adults/childrenand€7 for families.
Radovljica Mountaineering Association (PlaninskoDruštvo Radovljica)
Gorenjska 26, tel. (+386) 4 53 15 544/(+386) 31 345 209, info@pdradovljica.si, www.pdradovljica.si.
 The best source of information for those interested in embarking on aserious hike in the region. Their website is Slovene language only, but they have office hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and will gladly respond to email enquiries. They also operate three mountain huts inthe Alps, two of which are open year-round.
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Open Tues 15:00-17:00and Wed 16:00-18:00.
TIC Radovljica
Linhartov Trg 9, tel. (+386) 4 531 51 12, fax(+386) 8 205 13 36, info@radolca.si, radolca.si.
Radovljica’s tourist information centre only moved to its new premises near the main entranceto Linhart Square at the beginning of the summer. Located on the ground floor of the Mrak House, the shiny new office provides a whole host ofinformation and services for the town, municipality and entire Gorenjskaregion, including accommodation, excursions, maps, tickets and freeinternet. It also has a wide selection of typical Slovene souvenirs, aswell as products made under its own brand, and free guided tours of theold town depart from here every Sunday at 14:00.
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Open every day 09:00-19:00 from May to October.
Tourist Information
radovljiCa
Mexican
Krčma Mexico
Begunjska6b, tel. (+386) 83870 644, www.mexico-prebacevo-lesce.si/lesce.html.
Who wouldhave thought that Slovenia’sbest Mexicanrestaurant wouldbe foundnear Bledinthe village ofLesce?Definitely not us,but that’sthe conclusionwe (quite easily)came to after eatinghere for the first time.The brightly colouredinterior ispackedwith a fine collectionofthesomewhat kitschy bric-a-bracthat ismore orlessrequiredofany goodMexicaneatery,andthe portionsare so large that eventhe most famishedAmericanwillhave trouble savingroomfor dessert - andspeakingofdessert,do try the home-madecrêpes,madewithyourchoiceofsome40fillings!Highlyrecommended.
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 OpenMon-Fri12:00-23:00,Sat 11:30-23:00andSun11:30-22:00.(€6.50-15).
 PTALBS
Slovenian
Gostilna Avsenik
Begunje21, Begunje, tel. (+386) 45333402, www.avsenik.com.
TheAvsenikBrothersaretheworld’sreiningkingsof“Oberkrainer”polka (with goldandplatinumrecordsabounding),andtheir centuries-oldfamily restaurant,intheirhometownofBegunje,drawscrowdsfromaroundtheworldnot only for itshomemade regionalfoodbut also for itsregular polka performances,dance floorandannualfestival.Avsenikisa great way to experience
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Open11:00- 23:00,Sun11:00- 21:00.ClosedMon.(€6-15).
Izletniška Kmetija Globočnik
Globoko 9, Radovljica, tel. +386 4154 57 48/+386 40 73 69 30, globocnik.turizem@gmail.com, www.globocnik.si.
About as traditional as you can get. This beautiful old cottage,built in 1628, has been restored to its former glory by friendly, round-cheeked
local artist and chef Cena Globočnik. Having been handed down through gen
-erations, it’s now a reataurant, featuring an authentic ‘black kitchen’ (used for smoking meat) and a huge clay furnace, for warming the charming dining room.Every inch of the interior and exterior is truly inspiring; you’ll find wooden wheelchandeliers, antique farming tools, and even an ancient pair of wooden skishanging above the picturesque bar. The rustic farm food is all home-made andthe atmosphere is always merry and cheerful.
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Open 11:00-24:00 Fri-Sun,Mon-Thur by prior arrangement only. Full course home-made meal from about  €10 per person.
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Lectar Inn
Linhartov Trg 2, tel. (+386) 45 37 48 00, info@lectar.com,www.lectar.com.
Serving a selection of delicious Slovene cuisine and wines,Lectar is an impressive option for any occasion, event or business social. Folk music and dancing is arranged most evenings for some light entertainment  for the restaurant’s guests. The restaurant is conveniently divided into sev-eral rooms, perfect for those coming in larger gatherings or families. A must see here is museum in the basement.
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Open 12:00 - 22:00. Closed Tue.
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Churches
Church of the Assumption
B-3, Bledisland.
Stickingout ofthe islandinthe middle ofthe lake,the Church ofthe Assumptionhasbeenmuch batteredby earthquakesandlightningoverthecenturies.Severalchurcheshaveoccupiedthisprime locationsince one wasfirst built here inthe 12th century.The current incar-nationisfromthe 17th century.Inside,the impressive altar andthe last surviving  frescoesfromanearlier Gothicchurch are worth a look.
St. Martin’s Church
D-2,
A white neo-Gothic beauty erected in 1905, St.Martin’swasdesignedby same architect who designedVienna’stownhall,andit showsinthe sheer verticality ofthe building.The church issurroundedby thewallswhich hadto protect the earlier church fromOttomanincursions.The interior hasfrescoesfromthe late 1930s.
Bled Castle
C-2,tel.(+386)45729782,fax(+386)45729772,info@zkbled.si,www.blejski-grad.si.
Perchedquitedramaticallyhighuponacliffoverlookingthelakeandtown,BledCastleisthestuffofchildren’sdreams.Firstmentionedintheyear1011,itistheofficiallytheoldestcastleinSloveniaandwillbecelebratingitsonethousandyearanniversarywithaseriesofeventsthroughout2011.Builtandaddedtohaphazardlyoverthecenturies,nowadaysthecastleisaphotogenicmashofstyles.Ofthemanysightslocatedonthecastle’spremises,youcanvisitasmallbutinformativemuseumoftheregion’shistoryfromthefirsthumansettlementstillthepresentday,a16thcenturychapel,thewinecellar,anherbalgallery,arecreatedGutenbergprinting press(thatstillseesheavyworkprintingsouvenirsforvisitors)andofcoursearestaurantwithbreathtakingviewsofthelakebelowandmountainsbeyond.
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Open08:00-20:00fromApriltoOctober,08:00-18:00November-March.Admission€8/6/3.50foradults/students/children,withdiscountsforgroupsof10ormore.
Blejski Vintgar (Bled Gorge)
 
Formedduringthe ice age by the sameglacier that carved out the entire Bohinj Valley, Bled Gorge is one of theareashiddengems.Runningfor 1.6kmalongthe river Radovna,the gorgehas some splendid sights, including walls up to a 100m high and a 13mwaterfallat itsend.
Lake Bled
Tel. (+386) 4142 7155.
Bled’smost famousfeature isthecrystal-clear lake which hasanislandcrownedby the 55-metre tower oftheBaroque Church oftheAssumption.The backdropofmountainsmakesthisviewespecially irresistable.Visitorscantake a boat tour to the island(€12)oncharacteristicpletna boats,which includehalfanhour to wander aroundor visit the church.Boatsleave fromthe Health Park,at HotelParkandat therowingcentre.
Essential Bled
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Cycling trips
Bled - Bohinj
Length:
55km/2hours
Difficulty:
medium
Surface:
asphalt Anoldfavourite,Bledto Bohinj,startsat the mainroadinBled.Proceedwith cau-tion(Bled’smainthoroughfare canget pretty busy).The roadismostly flat untilyouare greetedwith a 2kmlongslope (10%gradient)at the hamlet ofBitnje.You
willride through severalsmallsleepy villages(Jereka,Bohinjska Češnica,SrednjaVas,Stara Fužina)- thenyou’llarrive at the panoramicdelight that islake Bohinj.
Ride a bit further to take inthe idyllicSavica waterfall- thenheadbackthroughthe townofBohinjska Bistrica.
Bled - Zgornja Radovna
 
The route:Bled- Radovna Valley - Zgornja Radovna
Length:
37km/4hours
Difficulty:
medium/hard
Surface:
asphalt/graveltrack Thistriptakesyoufirst to the little village ofGorje,where you’llsee a picturesque church (St.George’s).FromGorje youcanalsoturnright to visit Vintgar gorge (a short distance away).After a well-earnedrest at a pub,youwillpassthrough Zgornje Gorje (Upper Gorje),Krnica thenRadovna.The Radovna valley,one ofthe most beautifulinGorenjska,runsfor 16kmandissurroundedbreathtakingmountainsandgreenhills.Alongthe way watch out  for ‘Napoleon’sstone’- engravedwith the signature ofthe oldemperor himself.Note that only the first two andhalfkilometresistarmac,the rest ofthe way toZgornja Radovna beinggravel.The tripbackisa more adrenaline-filleddownhilldrag- takingonly about a thirdofthe time it takesto get there.
Blejski Grad - Kamen Grad
 
The route:‘BledCastle to RockCastle’
Length:
11.5km/45mins
Difficulty:
easy 
Surface:
asphalt 
Altitude:
225mOne for fansofcastlesandallthingsmedieval.FromBled’sclifftopbeauty,you’llride alongthe banksofthe lake itself,cruise ona wellappointedbicycle lane toLesce,passthe airport andarrive inthe village ofBegunje.Fromthere youwillsee KamenGrad,halfinruins,where youcan freely explore the oldfortifications(oldest part - 13th Century).
Tel. +386(0)51812368/+44(0)7941951884, info@photography-workshopsabroad.com, www.photographyworkshopsabroad.com.
 Experience the majesticsightsofBledandimprove your photography skillsat the same time by joininga smallgroupworkshopwith British professionalphotographer andtravelwriter IanMiddleton.The itinerary consistsofa com-plete tour ofBledLakefromearly afternoontilldusk,allowingparticipantstoviewandshoot Slovenia’smost picturesquesight fromevery angle andinavariety ofnaturallight situations.Instructionistailoredto meet the demandsofindividuals,andissuitable for everyone fromusersofcompact point-and-shootsto advancedDSLRs.
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€80per personinsmallgroups,€150for individualinstruction.Groupbookingsavailable uponrequest.
Photography Workshops
Culture & events
10.03 Saturday - 11.03 Sunday
Podkoren, www.pokal-vitranc.com.
Attracting big brand sponsorshipand winter sports enthusiasts in their thousands, the slopes at the Vitancmountain range in Kranjska Gora come alive in March this year during the51st Audi FIS Ski World Cup competition. Surely to be watched closely,expect big snow and even bigger parties. As for the races, tickets bought on the day of the event start from €10 (adults) and €8 (children) for thestanding area, while a seat in the grand stands will cost you €25/20 andthe full VIP treatment will set you back €150/130.
Pokal Vitranc Ski world Cup
15.03 Thursday - 18.03 Sunday
Rateče, tel. (+386) 1 513 68 06, info@planica.info, www.planica.
si.
Home to the annual FIS ski flying world cup event, the backdrop of thePlanica valley is magnificent. Awesome rugged peaks tower all around; formed by the Planica glacier some 20,000 years ago. The jump itselfcomprises a fearsomely large and heart stoppingly steep slope, stuff only  for professional ski fliers, or the clinically insane. The current world record(239m) is held by one of the former, Norwegian Bjørn Einar Romøren, andwas contested by a Finn, Janne Ahonen, whose 240m flight ended with a fall - 2005 was apparently a great year for breaking records here. Every year Planica is prepared for the onslaught of thousands spectators inMarch. Being amongst 2000 metre alpine peaks, it is the only kind ofsetting worthy of such an internationally prestigious ski event.Of course it’s not all about the ski jumpers, in fact, for many of the over 50,000 attendees each year the weekend is synonymous with parties,performances and all-night drinking. You can take a look at our now infa-mous ‘party bus’ video - taken in 2010 - for some idea of what goes onafter the athletes have finished for the day.
Planica FIS World Ski Flying Final
Events
11FebruaryBledWinter SwimmingCup18-21FebruaryCarnival Festivities25FebruaryEuroSankSlalom201225-26FebruaryTheOPAGames10 March22ndPokljukaMarathon20 -23March52ndCISM WorldMilitarySkiingChampionships7-9AprilEaster Festivities10 AprilMunicipal Celebrations21-23April53rdFirstofMayRowingRegatta12 May40thAlpeAdriaCupCyclingRace12 -13MayInternational Underwater PhotographyChampionship16-20 May44thInternational Writers’ MeetingPEN25-27May105thAnniversaryoftheGodbaGorjeBrass BandAssociation2 -3June6thMedieval Days atBledCastle3June3rdSlovenianHalfMarathon& LovemanTriathlon7-10 June57thInternational RowingRegatta
Art Galleries
Galerija Deva Puri
B-4, tel. (+386) 41 256 320/(+386) 51 336834, ana@deva.si, www.deva.si.
This gallery on the south shore ofLake Bled hosts some surprisingly big exhibitions of both well-known in-ternational and Slovene artists - including the first show of Salvador Dali inSlovenia. Admission price varies depending on the exhibition.
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Open 10:00 -19:00.Dependinguponthe weather,youmay evenbe able to take anicy afternoonstrollto Bled’sfamousislandchurch,photo by IanMiddletonCyclingaroundBohinj,Mitja Sodja
slovenia.inyourpocket.com
Radovljica’spicture-perfect centralsquare
Lectar InnMuseum,photo by Branka Jovanovič

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