Bled Castle
Following our visit to Ljubljana, our Viator guide drove us to Lake Bled, to visit the castle and its environs. Bled Castle, which stands on a rock precipice overlooking the lake, dates from 1011 C.E.. It was originally home to the Bishops of Brixen, serving as their home for eight centuries. Over the course of its history it has changed ownership numerous and was constantly modified. What did not change is that it remained the political, social, and economic hub of the region. Most of the buildings in the castle today date from the 16th century, the Age of Baroque.  We have constructed a virtual tour that covers the main levels of the castle--the entrance, the lower courtyard, the middle courtyard, and the upper courtyard, including the chapel. You may view the tour below.

Virtual Tour of Bled Castle
Castle EntranceSnap Content

Virtual Reality Tour for VR Headsets:

QR CodeThere is also a version of this tour designed specifically for VR headsets such as Google Cardboard, and it works with both iPhone and Android devices. It may be accessed by scanning on the QR code to the left. If you are viewing this on a mobile phone, you may access the VR tour by following this link.

For iOS devices
: scan QR code with your device's camera app, tap on the prompt to open Safari. Select "Allow Device Motion" and the next prompt, "Allow Access to Motion Orientation." Turn the device to landscape mode and a split screen will appear. When the screen turns white, swipe up for fullscreen mode, and place in headset. Here is a video of how to do this--it is simpler than it sounds! [The video opens in a new window--close when done to return to this page]

For Android devices: Open the camera app and use the built-in scanner to scan the QR code above. Confirm that you want to open the website, and wait for it to load--it should load in stereo view. Select the fullscreen ("X" option) from the menu at the bottom. Turn the device to landscape mode and you are ready to go. Here is a video of how to do this--it is simpler than it sounds! [The video opens in a new window--close when done to return to this page]

Path Around Lake BledPletna DockFollowing our castle visit, we toured a path around the eastern shore of Lake Bled. The Lake itself was formed by the actions of the Bohinj Glacier, although legend has it that fairies, outraged at the refusal of local shepards to share the grassland with them, created the lake with the island in the middle, reserved solely for their dancing.  We parked and entered the pathway on its eastern side, passing the dock where the Pletna's embark to ferry tourists to Bled Island. Next, as we wound our way toward the southern shore of the lake, was the "Heart of the Lake," an observation dock with a large heart sculpture. We continued on, ending up on the terrace of the Park Restaurant and Cafe, where we sipped  tea and Observation
            Docksnacked on Park Cafethe local version of kremšnita, a regional custard cake. While a pleasant way to pass the time while admiring the lake and the castle, we are afraid the cake could not hold a candle to the version we tasted with our friend Hans in Samobor. Fortified and sated, we walked back to the car and began a rainy trip back to Zagreb.  We cannot recommend a trip to Ljubljana and Lake Bled highly enough, and our Viator guide proved to be a wise choice, contributing immeasurably to our understanding of both sites.

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