This lakeside settlement is one of the oldest tourist centres in Slovenia. Lake Bled was created only about 14 000 years ago when waret flooded the depression left by receding glacier. Todey it is 2120 m long, betwen 500m and 1000m wide, and 31m deep. Its surface temperature in summer is 24C and it remains warm enough for swimming until the autumn, when the temperature is still above 18C. In colder winters the lake freezes.
Bled Castle, located atop a solitary rock 139m above the lake, is one of the older historic monuments in Slovenia.
Hiking paths have been laid out around the lake and in its vicinity. There are swimming areas along the western shore of the lake and the north-ern shore, beneath the castle. A boat rental facility is also to be found beneath the castle.