Ime občine

Municipality of Bled


Cesta svobode 13


4260 Bled


(04) 575 01 00


(04) 574 12 43


Janez Fajfar

Predlgajatelj župana

Slovenian National Party

Število prebivalcev


Število naselij



189 sq kilometres


Spletni naslov

Uradne ure

Monday: 8:00 – 12:00

Wednesday: 8:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 17:00

Friday: 8:00 – 12:00



The first record of Bled dates back to 10th April 1004, when it was given as a gift by the Holy Roman Emperor Henry II to Bishop Albuin of Brixen in South Tirol. Since the middle of the 8th century, pilgrims have been visiting the church of Our Lady on the island, where the predecessors of the present Slovenians, the Carinthians, worshipped Živa – the Old Slav goddess of love and fertility. During the Middle Ages, due to their secondary income from the pilgrims, the people of Bled lived much better than their neighbours, but actual tourism began to develop in 1854, with the arrival of the Swiss Arnold Rikli. He became aware of the healing powers of the lake and some thermal springs, the sun and the air, and had modest huts and a health centre built below the castle rock. The local people found out fairly soon that much more could be earned from the guests than the pilgrims, and began to transform the old pilgrim inns into guesthouses and had the first hotels built. At the turn of the 19th century, Bled could offer accommodation to more than 1,000 guests per night. In Vienna in 1903, Bled was awarded a gold medal for the best-kept health resort in the empire. After the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Bled was taken over by the new Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The royal family, especially Queen Mary, from the Coburg-Ghota family fell in love with Bled, and used to spend summers there. King Alexander would invite foreign statesmen to Bled, so the place became the most cosmopolitan holiday resort of its time, with more than twenty tennis courts and, since 1937, its own golf course. Between 1941 and 1945, Bled suffered at the hands of the Nazi occupiers.
After the war, Bled again experienced a favourable position, since Marshal Tito had a new residence built on the location of the former royal villa, where he hosted important guests from the Eastern European and nonaligned countries. New hotels with a capacity of 4,000 beds were built.
After the Slovenian separation from Yugoslavia in 1991, Bled experienced some years of stagnation, but a period of new development soon began. The aim was to make Bled into a leading international resort again. In 2004, Bled celebrated its 1000th anniversary with a number of events, aimed at attracting many visitors who would return.