jn82’s Epic Adventure

Day 74 [13 Apr 09] – Bled

Posted in Bled by jn82 on April 13, 2009

After breakfast this morning, we headed to Bled Castle. Perched some 579m above ground, it offers a view of lake Bled below, but not a very good one, especially when the sky was slightly cloudy and it was a bit hazy. Nevertheless it is one of the main tourist sites in Bled, so we just went to look around.

Bits of Bled Castle.

Lake Bled from Bled Castle.

On the other side of the castle facing the Julian Alps, there was a good view of some of the smaller towns in Bled.

What I think is the town of Jesenice.

Bled.

The castle itself is nothing much. It contains a small museum, multimedia room, restaurant, cafe and some souvenier shops. After we were done at the castle, we headed back to the hostel for lunch, and then got mountain bikes from the hostel and cycled around half an hour up a gradual incline to Vintgar Gorge.

Cycling along with the Julian Alps beside, enroute to Vintgar Gorge.

The Radovna river runs down Vintgar Gorge, which lies between the hills of Hom and Boršt. The gorge is flanked by steep slopes overgrown with beech forests. All along the 1.6km long gorge, the roar of the fettered Radovna river echos. There are also small waterfalls, rapids and erosion potholes where the river briefly slows down its pace. At the end of the gorge is the 16m high Šum waterfall, the highest fluvial waterfall in Slovenia.

Misc. small waterfalls, rapids and erosion potholes along Vintgar Gorge.

Šum waterfall.

It was a very good three hours or so at the gorge, just taking in all nature had to offer. The cycle back to the hostel was much easier as it was mostly downhill. It is such a good ride because on both sides are mostly open fields at first, then eventually you get some houses here and there as you re-approach the city of Bled.

Bled icon: Bled Castle.

Off to Zagreb tomorrow afternoon.

Today’s pictures here.

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