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Lake Bled

Inspiration in all Seasons 2014 Meeting and Incentive Planners’ Guide

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Table of contents Contact us We would be delighted to provide you with further information on Lake Bled and the venues. Please contact us at:

About Slovenia........................................................................................................2

Bled Tourist Board & Convention Bureau Cesta svobode 11 4260 Bled

Meeting facilities....................................................................................................9 Grand Hotel Toplice................................................................................................9 Golf Hotel..............................................................................................................10 Park Hotel.............................................................................................................11 Kompas Hotel.......................................................................................................12 Best Western Premier Lovec Hotel.....................................................................13 Triglav Hotel.........................................................................................................14 Vila Bled................................................................................................................15 Astoria Hotel.........................................................................................................16 Jelovica Hotel........................................................................................................16 Ribno Hotel...........................................................................................................17 Krim Hotel............................................................................................................17 Savica Hotel...........................................................................................................18 Jadran Hotel.........................................................................................................18 Trst Hotel..............................................................................................................18 Bled Congress Centre...........................................................................................19

T: +386 4 578 05 00 E: meetings@dzt.bled.si www.bled.si

Lake Bled 2014 Meeting and Incentive Planners' Guide Publisher: Bled Tourist Board & Convention Bureau Texts and editing: Bled Tourist Board & Convention Bureau Proof reading: Alasdair Green Design: Barbara Bogataj Kokalj Photography: Archives of Bled Tourist Board & Convention Bureau, Slovenia Tourist Board, Shutterstock and individual companies presented in this brochure; Rožle Bregar, © CUT! Bled, Milan Janša, Tomo Jeseničnik, Špela Repnik, Bor Rojnik. Published: January 2014 This publication is free of charge.

Theatre-style Classroom U-shape Banquet Cocktail Surface area (sq m)

About Bled...............................................................................................................4 Meetings at Lake Bled............................................................................................6

Special Venues......................................................................................................20 Bled Castle.............................................................................................................20 Bled Island.............................................................................................................22 Straža Hill..............................................................................................................24 Bled Golf Course...................................................................................................25 Vila Prešeren.........................................................................................................26 Triglavska roža Bled.............................................................................................26 Velika & Mala Zaka...............................................................................................27 Bled Sports Hall....................................................................................................27 Radovljica Mansion..............................................................................................28 Avsenik Restaurant..............................................................................................28 Service providers..................................................................................................29 Incentive & teambuilding programmes..............................................................30 Excursions from Bled...........................................................................................32


Dear Business Partners, In the last hundred years, Bled has established itself as a renowned business and diplomatic centre and has managed to further strengthen this position in the last decade. There are many arguments that will assist you in deciding to come to Bled, including the unique natural environment of Lake Bled, the special venues complemented by the natural and cultural heritage and the friendly local people that have passed on their knowledge of how to be a good host from generation to generation. Bled lies on the edge of the Triglav National Park, while most of its hotels are in the immediate vicinity of Lake Bled, the warmest Alpine lake that ranks high on global lists of most idyllic places. This is a place that encourages concentration and reflection, relaxation and dynamism. Therefore it should be no surprise that we have been hosting the PEN International Writers' Meetings for four decades, while in 2011 Bled was the setting of the Rowing World Championships for the fourth time in its history. We are aware of our co-responsibility for the further development of tourism and there is no doubt that our resolve for sustainable tourism is the unanimous decision of the local community. The meetings industry certainly recognised the importance of sustainability long ago and we will thus enable you to hold ‘green’ events in Bled all year round. We are always open to discussing new ideas and solutions with meeting planners. A professional team of specialised agents, ranging from PCOs to DMCs, will assist you in carrying out your event flawlessly and stress-free. We will be delighted to meet you in Bled. Welcome.

Eva Ĺ travs Podlogar Janez Fajfar Director Mayor of Bled Bled Tourist Board

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Slovenia

Discover the diversity of Europe in miniature Legend has it that when he created the world, God had a little bit of everything special left over. Not sure what to do with it, he took his bag and emptied it all over a small plot of land in central Europe that much later became known as Slovenia. This pocket-sized country in the heart of Europe truly is amazingly diverse. A short drive will take visitors from the high peaks, gushing rivers, crystalclear lakes and verdant valleys of Slovenia’s Alps to the laid-back villages on the sunny Mediterranean coast. In between, the dazzling underworld, disappearing lakes and majestic Lipizzaner horses of the Karst await exploration, and winegrowing regions beckon guests to linger. In the very heart of the country lies its culture-loving capital Ljubljana, a city of beautiful architecture and a relaxed flair. The eastern part of Slovenia, in turn, is characterised by thermal springs, ancient castles and monasteries, historic towns and a rural lifestyle. This mosaic of landscapes enables visitors to enjoy the great green outdoors and urges you outside for action-packed adventures in the fresh air. Slovenia’s location at the crossroads of Europe has provided it with a rich history and culture, which local residents are proud to reveal. To top an unforgettable stay in Slovenia, there is excellent cuisine ranging from home-made local fare to contemporary gourmet dishes prepared by the best Slovene chefs, while best of all are Slovenia’s open and friendly people, who will do their utmost to make you feel genuinely welcome.

Slovenia facts & figures Area:

20,273 sq km

Population:

2 million

Capital city:

Ljubljana

Language:

The official language is Slovene, as well as Italian and Hungarian in the western and eastern part of Slovenia respectively. English, German and Italian are widely spoken.

Bordering countries:

Italy, Austria, Hungary, Croatia

Highest point:

Triglav (2,864m)

Coastline:

46.6km

Currency:

Euro

Religion:

Roman Catholic (82%)

Climate:

Alpine, Continental, Mediterranean

Average temperatures: January: 0ºC, July: 21ºC Time zone:

Central European Time, GMT +1

Political system:

Multiparty parliamentary democracy

GDP per capita:

€17,286 (2010)

Important dates from Slovenia’s recent history 1991: 2004: 2007: 2

Slovenia officially declares its independence Slovenia joins the EU and NATO Slovenia adopts the Euro


Maribor Kranjska gora Bohinj BLED Kranj Ljubljana Lipica

Postojna 50 km

KLAGENFURT TRIESTE VENICE

ZAGREB

Portorož

Getting to Slovenia By air

Ljubljana Airport, Slovenia’s main inter­ national gateway, is served by daily flights from numerous European cities. Most are operated by the national carrier Adria Airways, a Star Alliance member. Other airlines flying to Ljubljana include Air France, Finnair, Turkish Airlines, and the low-cost carriers EasyJet and Wizzair. Another option of getting to Slovenia by air is to fly to one of the nearby airports in neighbouring countries, such as Klagenfurt in Austria, Trieste and Venice in Italy or Zagreb in Croatia. Direct scheduled flights to Ljubljana Airport Ljubljana has direct flight connections with Amsterdam, Belgrade, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Istanbul, London, Manchester, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Podgorica, Prague, Priština, Sarajevo, Skopje, Tirana, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich.

By car Slovenia’s motorway network is extensive, crossing the country from northwest to southeast and from southwest to north­east. The motorways, for the use of which a vignette is obligatory, are in good condition, and towns are clearly signposted.

By bus or train Busses and trains run to Slovenia dai­ly from numerous European cities. Conne­ ctions by sleeping car are also available. About Slovenia

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Bled

The eternal allure of Bled lies in its magical lake, a shimmering body of crystal-clear water embraced by a necklace of snow-capped Alpine peaks. Atop the lake reigns Slovenia’s only island, crowned by a 15th-century chapel safely guarding its wishing bell, while high above it broods a mighty medieval castle. Visitors to Bled are inspired by its mild climate, fresh air, plentiful sunshine, clean water and tranquil serenity and charmed by the time-honoured ‘pletna’ boats that slowly glide across the lake. Horse-drawn carriages add to the town’s traditional flair, while the delicious cream cakes have also passed into Bled folklore, having been baked here since 1953, when the original recipe was invented. Bled and its surrounding area, much of which falls within the Triglav National Park, ensure plentiful opportunities for spending an active day in the great outdoors, including golf on one of the most beautiful courses in Europe, white-water rafting, cycling and hiking. Recently, Bled’s ambitious and cosmopolitan chefs, who like to give new interpretations to the typical traditional dishes of the area, have managed to establish themselves among the very best in the country, thus adding to the pleasures of visiting Slovenia’s Alpine pearl.

Bled facts & figures

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Population:

5,476

Elevation:

501m

Average temperatures:

January: -1.2ºC, July: 18.7ºC

Size of Lake Bled:

2,120m x 1,380m (surface area: 144 hectares)

Maximum lake temperature:

26ºC

Depth of the lake:

Max. 30.6m

Distance from Ljubljana:

55km

Distance from Ljubljana Airport:

35km


Kmetija Pri Biscu

Vintgar Gorje Pokljuka (15 km)

Hostel Bled

Blejski grad Bled castle

Triglav

Union

Savica

Vila Ajda Blejski otok Bled island

Pustolovski park Adventure park

Jama pod Babjim zobom (6 km)

Bohinjska Bela (3 km) Bohinj (28 km)

Kmetija Mulej Kmetija Pr’ Povšin

Penzion Dolinar Krainer

Penzion Lukanc

INFORMACIJE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE TEL.: +386 (0) 4 5741 122 ZDRAVSTVENI DOM / HEALTH CENTRE TEL.: +386 (0) 4 5754 000, 112

LEKARNA / PHARMACY TEL.: +386 (0) 4 5780 770,5766 085

OBČINA BLED MUNICIPALITY OF BLED

PARKIRIŠČE CAR PARK

INFORMACIJSKO SREDIŠČE TNP INFO CENTER OF TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK

POHODNIŠTVO WALKING

OTROŠKO IGRIŠČE CHILDREN PLAYGROUND

RIBOLOV FISHING

POLICIJA / POLICE STATION TEL.: +386 (0) 4 5741 185,113

BANČNI AVTOMAT CASH MASHINE

HOTEL HOTEL

POSTAJALIŠČE PLETEN PLETNA BOAT STOP

KOLESARJENJE CYCLING

GOLF GOLF

POŠTA / POST OFFICE TEL.: +386 (0) 4 5780 900

AVTOBUSNO POSTAJALIŠČE BUS STOP

NARAVNA ZNAMENITOST NATURAL PLACE OF INTEREST

MLADINSKO PRENOČIŠČE YOUTH HOSTEL

IZPOSOJA ČOLNOV RENT A BOAT

SMUČANJE SKIING

TENIS TENNIS COURT

AERODROM LJUBL LJUBLJANA AIRPOR TEL.: +386 (0) 4 20

ŽELEZNIŠKA POSTAJA RAILWAY STATION

BENCINSKI SERVIS PETROL STATION

RAZGLEDNA TOČKA VIEW POINT

SEDEŽNICA CHAIR LIFT

POSTAJALIŠČE TURISTIČNI VLAK TOURIST TRAIN STOP

POLETNO SANKANJE SUMMER TOBOGGANING

ODBOJKA NA MIVKI BEACHVOLLEY

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TURIZEM BLED BLED TOURIST BOA


Meetings at Lake Bled Inspiration in all seasons

Bled is safe and easily accessible.

Bled is attractive.

Slovenia ranks among the safest destinations in the world. The country lies in the heart of Europe and is easily accessible by air, road and rail. Ljubljana International Airport is merely a 30-minute drive from Bled, while Klagenfurt Airport in Austria is another nearby option. Bled is compact, with all its facilities and sights being within walking distance.

Beautiful nature provides a fantastic backdrop that enthuses and inspires participants. The lake, island and castle are a truly unforgettable sight, with countless other natural and cultural attractions to stun visitors merely a short drive away. A meeting in Bled will remain in the memory of attendees forever.

Bled has excellent infrastructure. Bled’s conference infrastructure is being constantly upgraded and modernised. The Bled Congress Centre, the facility with the largest capacity, can accommodate up to 500 delegates. The meeting offer is complemented by numerous first-rate hotels with conference facilities. Accommodation options range from the simple to the sophisticated, all being good value for money.

Bled offers ample opportunities for enhancing a meeting with pleasurable tasks. Be it an adventurous sporting activity, a cultural exploration or an oenogastronomic teambuilding programme, Bled is the right solution. Receptions and gala dinners can be held in an array of special locations, while excursions from Bled can take guests to Slovenia’s best-known sights, or alternatively lead them to the charming hidden corners of the country.

Bled has a rich tradition in hosting meetings.

Bled offers superb cuisine.

Bled has been actively present on the world conference map for decades, playing host to medium-sized corporate, association and governmental meetings of between 100 and 400 delegates, as well as frequent top-end sports events. Many meetings have found their home in Bled, returning year after year. Bled’s multilingual meeting professionals possess invaluable experience and professional knowledge.

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Bled blends business with pleasure.

Bled gives you the chance to taste its regional fare in a traditional inn, or you can opt for the best gourmet cuisine created by the town’s new generation of contemporary chefs. Differing in their execution of dishes, they however all have in common a deep-rooted respect for age-old recipes and fresh, local seasonal ingredients.


Accommodation facilities in Bled Type of accommodation

Number of rooms

Five-star hotels

87

Four-star hotels

606

Three-star hotels

468

Bed and breakfasts and guesthouses

175

Apartments and private rooms

380

Hostels

29

Campsites

280

Bled Convention Bureau Bled Convention Bureau is a non-profit organisation, operating under the umbrella of the Bled Tourist Board. Its main tasks include the marketing and promotion of Bled as an inspiring and refreshing destination for medium-sized corporate, governmental and association meetings, larger international sports events and incentive travel. Furthermore, it acts as a source of objective information on meeting venues and service providers in Bled, supporting planners in the selection of the most suitable partners, as well as assisting them with expert advice and material. The Convention Bureau links the suppliers of Bled and promotes co-operation between its members, aiming at constant growth in quality and supporting green and sustainable meeting products. The services of Bled Convention Bureau are free of charge.

2020 vision Bled will become the most sought-after and inspiring sustainable Alpine meeting destination.

Mission of the destination Unforgettable events in a wonderful environment, supported by professional meeting experts.

Mission of the Convention Bureau The Bled Convention Bureau aims to become the leading convention bureau in the Alpine region in terms of its creativity, sustainability and results.

Strategic goal To rank among the top 100 meeting destinations in the world (according to ICCA).

Our values Respect, peace, beauty, esteem, knowledge and co-operation.

Bled Tourist Board & Convention Bureau Cesta svobode 11 4260 Bled T: +386 4 578 05 00 E: meetings@dzt.bled.si www.bled.si Meetings at Lake Bled

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A glimpse into the past: A selection from the colourful palette of events held in Bled 2013: CEB (Confederation of European Baseball) & ESF (European Softball Federation) Congress 4th Lead Authors Meeting of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Working Group II NENE 2013 (22nd International Conference Nuclear Energy for New Europe) AABC 2013 (2nd Alpe Adria Meeting and 10th Balkan Congress of Human Genetics) Shaping Your Future Conference, Travel Network Group 13th Congress of the European Association of Registrars Crimson Circle Mystery School and Journey of the Angels Teacher Training ECo MaTech (European Conference on Materials & Technologies for Sustainable Growth) Twin Tide Autumn Training School 2013: Research Methods for HumanComputer Interaction (TUTOREM 2013) European Ice Stock Sport Championships European Taekwondo Championships European Broomball Championships 2012: SCAPR (Societies’ Council for the Collective Management of Performers’ Rights) General Assembly 1st Pan-Slavic Congress of Child Neurology 4th International Clostridium difficile Symposium Cross-border Healthcare Conference 2012 Youth Sport Conference 5th Congress of Nephrology 2011: World Rowing Championships (also held in Bled in 1966, 1979 and 1989) DEMSEE 6th International Workshop on Deregulated Electricity Market Issues in South-Eastern Europe 5th CEED (Centre for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development) Regional Conference 2011 IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots 13th Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIME’11) FIVB (International Volleyball Federation) Medical Commission Meeting IARLJ (International Association of Refugee Law Judges) 9th World Conference 2010: 5th General Conference on Advanced Mathematical Methods in Finance AMaMeF 2010 Annual Seminar of AECM (European Association of Mutual Guarantee Societies) on ‘Managing the Recovery’ Before 2010: European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML PKDD) (2009) ECVD-ESVD (European Society of Veterinary Dermatology) Annual Congress (2009) 24th Conference of the Danubian Countries within the framework of IHP (International Hydrological Program) of UNESCO (2008) 15th ITF Senior World Taekwon-Do Championship (2007) Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) (2007) 71st World Congress of International PEN (2005) European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) (2003) Chess Olympiad (2002) 8

They have made Bled their home: Annual Events in Bled Bled Strategic Forum (since 2006; 9th to be held in Bled in 2014) Bled eConference (Bled Electronic Commerce Conference) (since 1988; 27th to be held in Bled in 2014) PEN Conference (International Writers’ Meeting) (held in Bled since 1977; 46th to be held in Bled in 2014) BledCom International Public Relations Symposium (21st to be held in Bled in 2014) Bled Philosophical Conferences (since 1993) Biathlon World Cup (Pokljuka – Bled) Travel Zoom Conference on Strategic and Creative Marketing in Tourism (since 2011, 4th to be held in Bled in 2014) Annual International Rowing Regattas Annual International Ice Hockey Tournaments


Grand Hotel Toplice The Grand Hotel Toplice, a member of the prominent Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, boasts a prime location right on the shore of Lake Bled. The five-star hotel has retained the elegant style of the 1930s and is one of Slovenia’s most distinguished hotels, offering traditional comfort and the highest level of services. The hotel’s conference centre features two larger divisible conference halls, as well as two smaller meeting rooms, several indoor exhibition spaces and magnificent lakeside terraces ideal for coffee breaks. The largest, aptly-named Grand Hall is a multi-purpose meeting and banqueting room which can accommodate a maximum of 270 delegates theatre-style and has direct access to a terrace. The hotel’s function rooms reflect its historical and traditional character and offer a creative ambience, which is further enhanced by natural daylight and wonderful views across the lake.

Grand Hotel Toplice Cesta svobode 12 4260 Bled T: +386 4 579 16 07 E: conference@hotelibled.com www.sava-hotels-resorts.com

Number of hotel rooms: 87

The Grand Hotel Toplice has 87 air-conditioned rooms and sumptuous lake-view suites featuring period furniture. Hotel facilities also include an elegant indoor pool with its own thermal spring, saunas, a massage and beauty parlour, private lido and boathouse. Renowned for its fine international cuisine, the Grand Hotel Toplice delights guests with the creations of its expert chefs, which may be served to larger gatherings in the Grand and Panorama Halls, or alternatively in the intimate and exclusive ambience of the lakeshore Julijana Gourmet Restaurant. The Grand Hotel Toplice is the leading hotel of the Sava Hoteli Bled group, which includes five other properties, all in the very heart of Bled.

Grand Hall I + II

270

160

60

300

350

326 sq m

Grand Hall I

200

120

60

140 – 160

250

200 sq m

Grand Hall II

70

40

40

/

/

126 sq m

Panorama I+II+III

150

80

56

120

200

216 sq m

Panorama I

50

30

20

/

/

69 sq m

Panorama II

50

30

20

/

/

72 sq m

Panorama III

50

30

20

/

/

75 sq m

Presidential Lounge

40

30

/

/

/

116 sq m

Bridge Room

20

16

/

/

/

36 sq m

/

/

/

/

150

210 sq m

Lake Salon

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Golf Hotel Hotel Golf Cankarjeva 4 4260 Bled T: +386 4 579 16 07 E: conference@hotelibled.com www.sava-hotels-resorts.com Number of hotel rooms: 150

The Golf Hotel is a modern conference and spa hotel standing on a small hill in the centre of Bled. It is embraced by a green park of ancient trees and offers wonderful views towards the lake, the castle and the Julian Alps. With as many as eight function rooms and over 1,000 sq m of meeting space, the hotel is the largest hotel convention centre in Bled, priding itself on its longestablished tradition of hosting the most diverse meetings. Its unique divisible Jupiter Hall can welcome up to 350 participants in a stimulating ambience, supplemented by natural daylight and lake views. The hotel’s environmental care efforts, such as consistent recycling, the reduction of energy and water consumption, the use of local suppliers and the development of eco-friendly goods are reflected in its ‘Green Meetings’ product. The hotel’s attentive and experienced staff are always on hand to ensure the smooth organisation of every event. A special feature of the Golf Hotel is the exceptional Živa Wellness Centre, which aims to further the heritage of Arnold Rikli’s 19th century healing methods and enhance them with a modern approach. The centre comprises a thermal swimming pool complex, sauna world and beauty and massage centre. The four-star hotel has a total of 150 rooms with balconies, including spacious corner suites, two of which are also suitable for smaller meetings. Banquets may be held in the Jupiter and Concordia Halls, while the Veranda à la carte restaurant caters for smaller working lunches or dinners.

Jupiter I + II

200

64

200

420

337 sq m

Jupiter I

200

120

34

100

210

182 sq m

Jupiter II

150

80

30

100

210

155 sq m

Concordia

230

110

60

160

300

298 sq m

Libertas

80

50

34

/

120

119 sq m

Aurora

/

/

34

/

/

94 sq m

Flora

60

40

28

/

80

80 sq m

Venera

60

40

30

/

80

80 sq m

/

/

10

/

/

36 sq m

2 Business Suites

10

350


Park Hotel The Park Hotel enjoys a central location on the shore of Lake Bled, close to the Bled Congress Centre and amidst Bled’s lively goings-on, which makes it a popular choice for business and leisure travellers alike. The hotel boasts a conference centre with three halls, the largest of which seats up to 120 participants theatre-style and is divisible. There are two business offices, spacious exhibition areas and four additional function rooms located on different hotel floors. Beautiful views of the lake unfold from all meeting spaces. With 217 rooms, the Park Hotel is the largest hotel in Bled. All guestrooms feature balconies; those with lake views are also air-conditioned. For the wellbeing of the guests, there is a large indoor swimming pool with thermal water, a Jacuzzi, saunas, a fitness studio and a Thai massage centre. The hotel is not only a certified cyclist- and hiker-friendly hotel, but its orientation towards an active lifestyle is also reflected in the contents of its meeting product.

Hotel Park Cesta svobode 15 4260 Bled T: +386 4 579 16 07 E: conference@hotelibled.com www.sava-hotels-resorts.com Number of hotel rooms: 217

The Park Hotel is the home of the original Bled cream cake, which was invented by its head pâtissier in 1953 and has become a true symbol of Bled. This delicious treat is available in the lakeside café, while food connoisseurs head for the excellent Promenada Gourmet Restaurant to treat themselves to the delicacies created by its chefs.

Prešeren I + II

120

60

/

80

120

128 sq m

Prešeren I

60

30

30

40

60

64 sq m

Prešeren II

60

30

30

40

60

64 sq m

Cankar

110

72

52

60

130

115 sq m

Kosovel

55

30

30

40

40

64 sq m

4 Boardrooms

45

24

26

/

/

62 sq m

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Kompas Hotel Hotel Kompas Cankarjeva 2 4260 Bled T: +386 4 620 51 00 E: reservations@kompas-lovec.com www.kompashotel.com Number of hotel rooms: 95

The setting of the Kompas Hotel on top of a small hill in the heart of Bled allows its guests to enjoy views across the lake, castle and Julian Alps, which are especially magical from its large lakeside terrace. The hotel was constructed in a typical alpine style and thus blends well into the surrounding area of high mountain peaks. The Kompas Hotel prides itself on an extensive offer available to organisers of business meetings and events. This comprises five air-conditioned function rooms with natural daylight and state-of-the-art technical amenities, the largest of which, the Jezerska Hall, can accommodate up to 200 delegates in its amphitheatre. In addition, there is plenty of space for the registration of meeting participants, exhibitions and social gatherings. Emphasis is placed on personal attention and professional support from all members of the hotel team. The productive working environment is complemented by a superb culinary offer based on dishes made of locally grown ingredients. Social gatherings can be held in the hotel restaurant, which is one of the largest event spaces in Bled with 250 seats, or in the café and on its panoramic terrace. The 95-room Kompas Hotel is a sister property of the adjacent Best Western Premier Lovec Hotel and has an extensive offer aimed at guests wishing to spend an active stay, including a large glazed swimming pool, Jacuzzi, saunas, fitness centre, squash court and massage parlour focusing on excellent sports massages.

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Jezerska Hall

128 – 200 (amphitheatre)

/

/

/

189 sq m

Triglavska + Grajska Hall

96

80

40 – 60

/

/

140 sq m

Triglavska Hall

48

36

22 – 36

/

/

70 sq m

Grajska Hall

48

36

22 – 36

/

/

70 sq m

Blejska Hall

48

36

18 – 36

/

/

75 sq m

Rikli Hall

48

36

18 – 36

/

/

75 sq m

Restaurant

/

/

/

180

240

210 sq m

Café

/

/

/

50

80

120+20 sq m


Best Western Premier Lovec Hotel The boutique Best Western Premier Lovec Hotel is a friendly establishment in the centre of Bled that proudly continues the tradition of a century-old guesthouse. The hotel’s architecture is such that it blends harmoniously with its natural environment. Its close bond with the Alpine region is also reflected in the abundant use of natural materials and warm colours, which are present in the common areas, as well as all of its 61 air-conditioned rooms. The hotel’s main function room, the Panorama Hall, is on the topmost floor and offers plentiful daylight and wonderful vistas across the lake and towards the Julian and Karavanke Alps. The divisible multipurpose hall has wooden flooring and can accommodate up to 140 delegates for a conference or up to 70 guests for a gala dinner. The foyer is suitable for exhibitions and coffee breaks, while there are also two smaller board rooms. The meeting product of the Lovec Hotel is distinguished by the professional and friendly support of the hotel technician, who is on hand for the full duration of a meeting, the waiting staff and sales team.

Best Western Premier Hotel Lovec Ljubljanska cesta 6 4260 Bled T: +386 4 620 41 00 E: reservations@kompas-lovec.com www.lovechotel.com Number of hotel rooms: 61

Additional hotel amenities include a pool, Jacuzzi, saunas, massage parlour, Grill Restaurant with terrace and Lovec Pub. The interesting concept of the hotel’s culinary offer is based on traditional Slovenian food and dishes made exclusively from local ingredients from nearby farms.

Panorama

140

90

70

70

140

180 sq m

Panorama I

70

50

40

35

70

90 sq m

Panorama II

70

50

40

35

70

90 sq m

Meeting Room

20

16

16

/

/

25 sq m

Boardroom

/

/

8

/

/

14 sq m

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Triglav Hotel Hotel Triglav Kolodvorska 33 4260 Bled T: +386 4 575 26 10 E: info@hoteltriglavbled.si www.hoteltriglavbled.si Number of hotel rooms: 22

Opened in 2009, the boutique Triglav Hotel is the newest addition to the Bled hotel scene, yet it existed as early as 1906. A thorough refurbishment has made this early 20th century gem shine anew in all its glory, with items from the diverse periods in which the property has functioned as a hotel proudly displayed in the hallways. The hotel is in the immediate vicinity of the old railway station, on a hill a kilometre and a half from the centre and overlooking the lake from an interesting angle, different from that seen from other hotels. The Triglav Hotel is distinguished by its revival of long-forgotten stories, especially from the world of traditional cuisine. Chef Andrej Rovan refers back to the times of his childhood for inspiration, and then applies modern techniques to create his masterpieces, using only the finest, preferably locally grown ingredients. With a capacity of up to 100, the Triglav Hotel restaurant is thus a prime venue for gala dinners, while culinary teambuilding programmes during which guests get to know the chef’s secrets are also available. The hotel’s meeting facilities are suitable for smaller functions of up to 40, while the restaurant can also be converted into a meeting room with space for up to 70 delegates. In addition to 22 lake-view rooms, a pool, Finnish sauna and massage parlour, the Triglav Hotel also features a relaxing fireplace room, a wine cellar where tastings can be organised and two garden pavilions, suitable for standing receptions of up to 70 guests.

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Meeting room

30

20

20

30

30

40 sq m

Fireplace room

20

15

12

15

15

30 sq m

Restaurant

70

50

30

70

70

90 sq m

Wine bar

40

30

20

40

40

70 sq m


Vila Bled The unique Vila Bled is in a majestic park right on the shore of Lake Bled, its setting outside the centre of Bled ensuring privacy for the most noteworthy events. The villa was constructed in 1947 on the site of a former royal summer home and subsequently served for decades as one of President Tito’s residences before being turned into a boutique 1950s-style hotel. The hotel with 31 rooms, most of which are spacious suites, boasts the exceptional Concert Hall, which features a fascinating mural depicting the Yugoslav struggle during WWII. The hall has direct access to a lake-side terrace and is a wonderful venue for meetings of various kinds, as well as gala dinners prepared and served by the highly skilled staff of the Slovenian State Protocol Service, which manages the hotel. The adjacent Conference Hall provides additional meeting space, while social gatherings can be held in the hotel restaurant and on its magnificent terrace.

Vila Bled Cesta svobode 26 4260 Bled T: +386 4 575 37 10 E: vilabled@gov.si www.vila-bled.si Number of hotel rooms: 31

The Belvedere Pavilion is an exceptional building set on 30-metre pillars in the hotel park. The edifice was designed by JoĹže PleÄ?nik, one of the greatest Slovenian architects, as the reception area of a new royal residence, the plans for which never came to fruition. Later, it was used by Tito for relaxed tea parties. Nowadays, it makes an unsurpassable setting for a standing reception with the most beautiful view across Lake Bled and the island. The hotel offer is rounded off by a wellness centre including a Jacuzzi, saunas and massage parlour, private lakeside lido and boathouse.

Concert Hall

120

80

45

96

120

147 sq m

Conference Hall

40

30

30

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/

75 sq m

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Astoria Hotel Hotel Astoria Prešernova 44 4260 Bled T: +386 4 579 44 00 E: astoria@vgs-bled.si www.hotelastoria-bled.com Number of hotel rooms: 73

The Astoria Hotel is in the centre of Bled, close to the main bus station and the Bled Congress Centre. The property, managed by the Bled School of Catering, has recently undergone extensive renovations, which have upgraded it to a contemporary ‘eco’ hotel with 73 rooms of the 3-star superior category. The hotel features three air-conditioned meeting rooms with state-of-the art technical equipment. The joined halls I and II can accommodate up to 150 delegates in theatre-style. Further hotel amenities include a restaurant and aperitif bar with direct access to a terrace, free wireless internet and an exciting new wellness centre encompassing saunas, jacuzzis, a private spa, beauty studio, massage parlour and fitness centre. The Astoria Hotel also manages the restaurant at Bled Castle.

Hall I + II

150

80

65

65

120

174 sq m

Hall I

120

60

45

45

80

114 sq m

Hall II

60

40

25

25

30

60 sq m

Hall III

60

40

25

25

30

65 sq m

Jelovica Hotel Hotel Jelovica Cesta svobode 8 4260 Bled T: +386 4 579 60 00 E: jelovica@hotel-jelovica.si www.hotel-jelovica.si Number of hotel rooms: 100

The Jelovica Hotel is in the Bled spa park, close to the old part of town and merely a few steps from the Bled Congress Centre. The three-star hotel features 100 modernly appoin­ ted rooms and a beauty and health club with facilities that guests can enjoy including a pool, three saunas, a fitness centre and massage parlour. The hotel’s conference centre comprises three multifunctional halls suitable for the organisation of business meeting and social gatherings, the largest of which has a capacity of up to 150 participants. Friendly multilingual hotel staff are always on hand to ensure events run smoothly. The hotel restaurant has a summer terrace and can accommodate up to 190 guests indoors. Another welcome feature of the hotel is its entertainment club with billiards, table football, darts and a dance floor.

Hall A + B

16

150

100

30

60

70

179 sq m

Hall A

80

60

30

40

50

122 sq m

Hall B

40

30

20

20

30

67 sq m

Hall C

30

26

20

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20

38 sq m


Ribno Hotel The Ribno Hotel is in an idyllic village just two kilometres from Bled. Its beautiful natural setting is a delight for all the senses, providing relaxation for body and soul. The surrounding pine forest and plentiful birdsong additionally enhance the positive energy of the scenery and create a stimulating working environment, especially suitable for educational meetings and teambuildings. The meeting facilities of the Ribno Hotel consist of four function rooms with natural daylight. Groups counting more than 45 members can also use the restaurant as meeting space. The hotel has a total of 61 rooms and is distinguished by a beautiful terrace, embraced by a green lawn and tall trees. In nice weather, meals can be served here, with relaxed picnics being a favourite.

Hotel Ribno Izletniška 44 4260 Bled T: +386 4 578 31 00 E: info@hotel-ribno.si www.hotel-ribno.si Number of hotel rooms: 61

Additional hotel facilities include a wellness studio with saunas, a whirlpool and massage parlour.

Gozdni mož

45

40

30

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66 sq m

Dobra vila

35

25

22

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59 sq m

Trije škratje

35

25

22

/

/

59 sq m

Jurček

20

12

16

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38 sq m

Krim Hotel The Krim Hotel is in the heart of Bled, close to the Sports Hall and a spacious car and bus park. It has a rich, over 50-year tradition of hospitality and is popular with a wide range of guests and especially sportspeople.

Hotel Krim Ljubljanska 7 4260 Bled T: +386 4 579 70 00 E: hotelkrim@hotel-krim.si www.hotel-krim.si

The three-star hotel comprises 115 rooms, many of which are large triples. There is a smaller boardroom, while the two restaurants can be converted into space for larger meetings.

Number of hotel rooms: 115

The Krim Hotel serves fine homemade fare and gives guests a chance to unwind in its K-Bar, which is frequented by many local residents of Bled. For the convenience of guests, there is also a smaller wellness studio that encompasses saunas, a Jacuzzi and massage parlour.

Main restaurant

100

70

50

60

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150 sq m

Taverna

30

30

20

/

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50 sq m

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12

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/

18 sq m

Boardroom

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Savica Hotel The friendly Savica Hotel is next to the Golf Hotel and is especially geared towards families with children. It features 104 rooms and a breakfast room, while all other amenities are at guests’ disposal in its sister Golf Hotel. In addition to half-board dinners in the Golf Hotel, guests of the Savica can use its fabulous pools free of charge. The hotel’s environmental care policy has earned it the EU eco label.

Hotel Savica Cankarjeva 6 4260 Bled T: +386 4 579 16 07 E: conference@hotelibled.com www.sava-hotels-resorts.com

Jadran Hotel The Jadran Hotel is opposite the Grand Hotel Toplice, on a little hill overlooking the lake. With 45 rooms, this traditional hotel is one of the smaller Bled hotels, and is popular with guests who prefer the homely atmosphere of smaller establishments. It has its own breakfast room, while other facilities are at guests’ disposal in the Grand Hotel Toplice and its Panorama Restaurant.

Hotel Jadran Cesta svobode 21 4260 Bled T: +386 4 579 16 07 E: conference@hotelibled.com www.sava-hotels-resorts.com

Trst Hotel Hotel Trst Cesta svobode 19 4260 Bled T: +386 4 579 16 07 E: conference@hotelibled.com www.sava-hotels-resorts.com

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The Trst Hotel is in the centre of Bled, opposite its sister Grand Hotel Toplice and the Panorama Restaurant. The hotel has 28 rooms and a rich tradition dating back to 1900. Hotel guests are invited to have breakfast in the Panorama Restaurant and to use the other facilities of the Grand Hotel Toplice.


Bled Congress Centre With 512 seats, the Bled Congress Centre is Bled’s largest convention hall. It boasts a superb location next to the lake shore in the very heart of the town, enabling easy access from several hotels of various categories, which are all within walking distance. The centre was built in 1961 for a large chess event and underwent a thorough renovation prior to Bled hosting the 1989 World Rowing Championships. Subsequent refurbishments in 2008 and 2011 further enhanced and modernised the facility, which is the prime setting for larger corporate, association, scientific and governmental meetings, as well as cultural events.

Bled Congress Centre Cesta svobode 11 4260 Bled T: +386 4 572 97 79 E: info@zkbled.si www.kongresni-center-bled.si

In addition to the main amphitheatre hall, which has a stage and is equipped with state-of-the-art technical amenities, there are three break-out rooms, of which one can accommodate up to 150 delegates, and two are suitable for up to 40. Additional meeting space is available in nearby hotels. The foyer serves as registration and exhibition area, and can be used for coffee breaks and receptions, for which a catering service is on hand. Professional support services by a dedicated team of meeting specialists ensure each event held in the Bled Congress Centre is a success.

Large Hall A

500

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500 sq m

Medium Hall B

120

60

40

40

150

100 sq m

Small Hall C

20 - 30

10

15

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30

35 sq m

Small Hall D

20 - 30

10

15

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30

35 sq m

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400

500 sq m

Foyer

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Bled Castle The imposing Bled Castle has been brooding over the lake on a steep 130m rock for centuries. Mentioned in written sources as early as 1011, it is Slovenia’s oldest castle. Most of the castle in its current shape is from the Renaissance period, while the daun­ting stone walls stem from the Romanesque. Zavod za kulturo Bled T: +386 4 572 97 70 E: info@zkbled.si www.blejski-grad.si Bled Castle Restaurant T: +386 4 579 44 24 E: restaurant@vgs-bled.si www.hotelastoria-bled.com

The castle is a unique viewpoint, with beautiful vistas across the lake, island and surrounding villages, and extending as far as the Karavanke and Julian Alps. Attractions include an ancient printing works with a reconstruction of Gutenberg’s prin­ting press, on which certificates can be printed, a wine cellar where guests are welcome to seal their own bottle of wine and a forge, testimony to the rich local heritage of blacksmithing, where you can mint your own coin. You might also be interested in the museum with its presentation of the history of Bled, a beautiful frescoed gothic chapel and a 12-metre-deep well. The castle restaurant is managed by the Bled College for Catering, providing excellent service and fine cuisine. Function spaces include the main restaurant, which can accommo­date up to 60 guests, the Knights’ Hall and the wonderful upper castle terrace. Upon request, a group of ac­tors in medieval costumes will take you back in time, entertaining guests with dances, knights’ duels and fire breathing. Bled Castle is road-accessible by car, van and bus. There is a large car park on top of the castle hill, by the gate to the castle and drawbridge.

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Legend of the widow Poliksena and the sunken bell Around 1500, the castle administrator was Hartman Kreigh, who ruled with an iron fist. One day, he disappeared without trace, never to be seen again. His wife Poliksena, also a merciless lady, was inconsolable. In his memory, she gathered all her gold and silver to have a bell cast for the island chapel. However, while the bell was being carried over to the island, a severe storm sprang up, capsizing the boat, taking the boatmen and the bell to the bottom with it. Devastated, Poliksena left Bled to enter a convent. When the Pope heard her story, he cast a new bell and sent it to Bled, but it is said that the original bell can still be heard tolling at the bottom of the lake on windy nights to this day.

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Bled Island T: +386 4 576 79 79 F: +386 4 576 79 01 E: info@blejskiotok.si E: poticnica@blejskiotok.si E: prodajna.galerijia@blejskiotok.si www.blejskiotok.si

The island on Lake Bled is a charming sight that, together with the mighty castle, adds to the everlasting allure of Bled. The ride in a traditional wooden ‘pletna’ boat to reach it is an adventure in its own right. Alternatively, visitors may opt to row to the island themselves, while in particularly cold winters when the lake freezes it is even possible to walk there. The first sight on the island is a monumental 17th-century stairway with 99 steps, above all a challenge to newlywed grooms, who according to tradition must carry their brides all the way to the top. Having mastered this successfully, the easier task of ringing the wishing bell in the Church of the Assumption of Mary to make your dreams come true awaits every visitor. Another special feature guests can visit on Slovenia’s only island is the free-standing belfry, the construction of which was surely influenced by the Venetian school. Earthly pleasures are catered for in the island’s newest addition, the socalled ‘potičnica’. This unique café and shop sells delicious traditional festive ‘potica’ cakes that come in sweet and savoury varieties, with a seemingly endless selection of fillings.

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Pletna boats The pletna boats, the origins of which go back to the 12th century, are rowed by a boatman standing upright. They are covered by a linen roof, which probably gives them their name. Boat traffic on the lake was regulated by Empress Maria Theresa in the 18th century, who gave 22 families the rights to operate boats. Their descendants retain these rights to this day.

The origins of the lake

Did you know? Legend has it that the island was once a shrine to Živa, the old Slavic goddess of fertility and love.

Long ago, where the lake is today, there was once a verdant valley with a little hill atop it. These were idyllic times; shepherds would graze their sheep in the valley and on nights of the full moon, beautiful fairies climbed the hill to dance on its velvet-soft grass. One day, however, a herd of sheep managed to escape and grazed on the hill instead of in their rightful place in the valley. Come the next full moon, the fairies went once more to their favourite playground, but one happened to fall and sprain her ankle. This made the fairies so angry with the shepherds that they summoned all the waters from the surrounding mountains to descend and flood the valley. And this is how the lake and the island came to be.

During Napoleonic times, the impoverished French army removed all church bells from the island, but saved the wishing bell.

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Stra탑a Hill Bled Adventure Park T: +386 31761 661 E: info@pustolovski-park-bled.si www.pustolovski-park-bled.si Summer tobogganing T: +386 4 578 05 39 E: info@ibled.si www.straza-bled.si Log Cabin T: +386 41 444 017 E: doroturist@gmail.com

Stra탑a is a 634-metre hill close to the centre of Bled. A chairlift takes visitors to its peak, from where breathtaking views of the lake, the castle and the surrounding mountains unfold. The beautiful forest on top of Stra탑a Hill is the setting of the Bled Adventure Park, which offers visitors the chance to enjoy adrenaline-pumping activities in the great outdoors. The park comprises five tracks of different difficulty levels with as many as 71 attractions, designed as a passage from treetop to treetop. The thrilling activities are led by skilled instructors from Koren Sports, the foremost Slovenian outdoor and teambuilding agency, ensuring top-quality equipment and safe use of the polygon. After a fun visit to the Adventure Park, guests can restore themselves in the log cabin, where picnic menus and traditional dishes from the kettle are available. For an additional rush of adrenaline, the summer tobogganing track takes guests back to the valley. The Bled Adventure Park operates from April to October, while the Stra탑a Hill becomes a ski slope when the snow descends in winter.

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Bled Golf Course Distinguished by idyllic countryside and majestic views of the surrounding mountain ranges, the Bled Golf Course ranks among central Europe’s most beautiful and oldest golf courses. Constructed in 1937, its 18-hole King’s Course was redesigned by Donald Harradine in 1972 and joined by the 9-hole Lake Course in 1993. The two courses are suitable for beginners and professional golfers alike, and pride themselves on great open spaces and fairytale countryside. The offer for golfers further includes three practice greens and a driving range.

Bled Golf Course Vrba 37a 4274 Žirovnica T: +386 1 200 99 01 +386 4 537 77 11 E: info@golfbled.si www.golfbled.si

The King’s Club House on the Bled Golf Course is a gem of rustic architecture with a homely atmosphere, delighting guests with excellent international and regional cuisine. Social gatherings can be organised in its beautiful restaurant, seating up to 95 guests, or on one of the outdoor terraces, suitable for 100 and 50 guests respectively.

King’s Club House T: +386 4 537 83 00 E: clubhouse@golfbled.si www.golfbled.si

Alternatively, the Alpine-style Lake House beckons for an informal get-together in its pleasant familiar interior or on its shady terrace overlooking the Lake Course.

Lake House T: +386 4 537 33 05 E: lakehousebled@gmail.com www.lake-house-bled.com

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Vila Prešeren Vila Prešeren Veslaška promenada 14 4260 Bled T: +386 4 575 25 10 E: vilapreseren@sportina-turizem.si www.vilapreseren.si

The Vila Prešeren is a trendy café, restaurant and guesthouse housed in a traditional 19th century villa set beneath the castle hill, directly on the lake shore. Its sunny lakeside terrace is the place to see and be seen in Bled, with a cup or glass of a beverage from the Vila Prešeren’s selected offer in hand. The emphasis in the cuisine is on modern, light dishes with a Mediterranean twist, as well as grilled delicacies and mouth-watering desserts from its own patisserie. For a reception or barbecue, larger gatherings can make use of the terrace in nice weather, while there are also two interconnected rooms indoors. Setting up a marquee in front of the Vila Prešeren will enable you to hold a memorable cocktail party for up to 250 guests here.

Triglavska roža Bled Triglav National Park Info Centre Triglavska Roža Bled Triglav National Park Info Centre Ljubljanska cesta 27 4260 Bled

The Triglavska roža Info Centre provides visitors with information on the Triglav National Park, the only such park in Slovenia and one of the oldest in Europe, which extends over 880 sq km in north-western Slovenia. The park, named after the highest Slovenian peak, covers the eastern part of the Julian Alps and takes in 4% of Slovenia’s territory. It has two million visitors a year.

T: + 386 4 578 02 05 E: info.trb@tnp.gov.si www.tnp.si

The info centre showcases the park’s wonderful natural assets and cultural heritage and organises regular presentations and exhibitions, as well as a monthly market of organic produce from the farms within the park. The Triglavska roža is a regional visitor centre whose main tasks are the supply of information to tourists and environmental protection. Its facilities also include a state-of-the art multimedia room.

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Velika & Mala Zaka Velika Zaka and Mala Zaka are bays on Lake Bled, opposite the town centre. Velika Zaka serves as the finish for rowing competitions, the infrastructure for which can be used as a special venue. The stand is ideal for watching races or performances, while the VIP lounge in the stand and the umpires’ tower on the opposite shore are suitable for receptions of 100 and 50 guests respectively. The beach at Velika Zaka can be reached from the centre of Bled by means of a tourist train and is a wonderful location for fun and active get-togethers. The Inter Games Centre offers beach volleyball, basketball, trampolining and several other entertaining games. Another base appropriate for sporting events is Mala Zaka, an Olympic sports centre for the disciplines of rowing, canoe and kayak racing and open water swimming, which hosts traditional events such as rowing competitions, the triathlon and the 10km summer night run around Lake Bled.

Inter Games Bled Velika Zaka T: +386 40 700 007 gamesbled@gmail.com www.gamesbled.com Other venues: Bled Tourist Board & Convention Bureau T: +386 4 578 05 00 E: info@dzt.bled.si www.bled.si

Bled Sports Hall The Bled Sports Hall is in the centre of Bled, adjacent to a large car park and the Krim Hotel. It was built in 1979 and fully renovated for the 35th Chess Olympiad, which was held here in 2002. In addition to hosting training sessions and competitions in ice sports such as ice hockey, skating and curling, it is suitable for diverse exhibitions, concerts and meetings of up to 5,000 participants.

Infrastruktura Bled d.o.o. T: +386 4 578 05 34 E: info@ibled.si www.ledena-dvorana.si

The Bled Sports Hall has been the setting of various ice hockey and skating World Cup competitions, as well as the 2003 European Youth Olympic Festival and the 15th Senior World Taekwondo Championship in 2007. In 2013, it hosted the European Ice Stock Sport Championships, the European Taekwondo Championships and the European Broomball Championships. Its great acoustics make it a favourite venue for concerts, such as the Alpine Evening and the Folk Music Hit Parade, which are held here annually.

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Radovljica Mansion Turizem Radovljica Linhartov trg 9 4240 Radovljica T: +386 4 531 51 12 E: info@radolca.si www.radolca.si

The old town of Radovljica, merely 7km from Bled, seems steeped in ancient time. Medieval houses line its pedestrianised core, and the main square is proudly overlooked by the magnificent Radovljica Mansion, which boasts an opulent 18th century façade. The mansion houses the remarkable apicultural museum, showcasing the rich tradition of beekeeping in Slovenia, and plays host to numerous temporary exhibitions and concerts. Its grand double staircase lends the palace an air of sophistication, while the jewel in its crown is the high-ceilinged light and airy Baroque Hall, which makes a unique setting for receptions and gala dinners. The hall can accommodate up to 120 guests at round tables and can be joined to the adjacent frescoed Dance Hall to seat an additional 80. With two of the most famous traditional Slovenian inns just a stone’s throw away, excellent catering services are always on hand. The glass-covered atrium, foyer and outdoor terrace are also suitable for receptions, which may be enriched with elements from the local heritage.

Avsenik Restaurant Avsenik Restaurant Begunje 21 4275 Begunje na Gorenjskem T: +386 4 533 34 02 E: avsenik@avsenik.com www.avsenik.com

The family name Avsenik is a synonym for ‘oberkrainer’ Alpine music, reno­ wned and venerated all around the globe. The Avsenik Ensemble, founded by Slavko Avsenik, has sold over 30 million records and influenced countless other bands. For an authen­ tic ‘oberkrainer’ evening, head to the Avsenik Restaurant in Begunje, which is run by Slavko’s family. The inn prides itself on its warm hospitality, fine cuisine and a pleasant ambience characterised by Avsenik music. The salon can accommodate groups of up to 80, while the multi-purpose hall has a large stage and can hold up to 250 guests. There are frequent live concerts of ‘oberkrainer’ orchestras, and guests can visit a museum on the premises.

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Service providers PCOs Albatros Bled Ribenska cesta 2 4260 Bled T: +386 4 578 03 50 E: info@albatros-bled.com www.albatros-bled.com

DMCs Kompas Bled d.d. Ljubljanska 4 4260 Bled T: +386 4 572 75 00 E: kompas.bled@siol.net www.kompas-bled.si M Tours Bled d.o.o. Prešernova 3 4260 Bled T: +386 4 575 33 00 E: mtours@mtours.net www.mtours.net Bled Tours Ljubljanska 19 4260 Bled T: +386 4 574 35 20 E: agency@bledtours.si www.bledtours.si www.bled-taxi.com Four Seasons Travel Zgornje Gorje 9a 4247 Zgornje Gorje T: +386 40 522364 - Helena T: +386 40 522365 - Graeme E: info@4seasonstravelslovenia.com www.slovenia-transfers-tours.com iDMC – Incentive & Destination Management Company Stegne 3 1000 Ljubljana T: +386 59 01 77 46 E: info@idmc.eu www.idmc.eu

Intours DMC – Demaco d.o.o. Dalmatinova 3 1000 Ljubljana T: +386 1 430 35 50 E: info@intours-dmc.si www.intours-mice.si Kompas DMC Pražakova 4 1000 Ljubljana T: +386 1 200 61 74 E: mice@kompas.si www.kompasmice.com

Organisation of sports events Si Sport d.o.o. Poslovna cona A 37 4208 Šenčur T: +386 4 279 19 00 E: info@si-sport.si www.si-sport.si

Rental of technical equipment

Liberty Incentives & Congresses Slovenia Dunajska 109 1000 Ljubljana T: +386 1 232 11 71 E: info@liberty-slovenia.com www.liberty-slovenia.com

Konferenčna tehnika Pretnar Nejc Pretnar s.p. Triglavska cesta 51 4260 Bled T: +386 41 796 212 E: nejc.pretnar@tehnika-bled.si www.tehnika-bled.si

Panoramic DMC Stegne 11c 1000 Ljubljana T: +386 1 600 43 00 E: info@panoramic-dmc.com www.panoramic-dmc.com

Robotrade, d.o.o., Bled Grajska cesta 18 4260 Bled T: +386 4 576 50 00 E: info@robotrade.si www.robotrade.si

Event agencies Safari Company Jože Borse s.p. Zgornje Gorje 50 4247 Zgornje Gorje T: +386 51 411 274 E: safari.erika@siol.net www.safaricomp.com Koren Sports Pot na Bistriško planino 10 4290 Tržič T: +386 41 641 490 E: info@koren-sports.si www.koren-sports.si

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Incentive & teambuilding programmes Bled’s setting amidst unspoilt countryside, its rich history and cultural heritage, as well as traditional local fare and contemporary Slovenian cuisine all make a solid base for entertaining group activities. Whether your preference is for an adrenaline rush, a mysterious legend or a farmer’s task, or you would rather get to know the secrets of one of Slovenia’s best chefs, Bled is sure to live up to your expectations with its wealth of programmes designed for groups and teams.

Stunning nature and invigorating exercise There are almost limitless possibilities for spending an active day in the great outdoors with your options including a rowing regatta on the lake, cycling through traditional villages, hiking to the waterfall at the end of Vintgar gorge, a round of golf, a white-water quest or a visit to Bled Adventure Park. In winter, you can test your skills at telemark or old-timer skiing, enjoy sledging from a mountain pass, learn the basics of ski jumping or try biathlon at the Pokljuka World Cup venue. Whatever the season, a balloon ride over the lake is always simply unforgettable.

Historical facts and mysterious legends Legends shrouded in mystery swirl around Bled, such as that of the beautiful goddess inhabiting the island, or the sunken bell chiming from the depths of the lake. Claims about Arnold Rikli, King Alexander Karađorđević and President Tito of Yugoslavia, prominent personalities who left their mark on the history of Bled, wait to be proven or discounted. Alternatively, you can step back in time watching a medieval performance at Bled Castle or enjoy a ride aboard a steam railway.

Traditional farms and ancient crafts Why not visit a local farm and get to know the secrets of organic farming, cattle breeding, beekeeping, distilling, herb-gathering or cheese-making? The cultural heritage of the region is tightly linked to its rural lifestyle, and teambuilding programmes include hands-on activities as well as a chance to sample locally produced delicacies. Time-honoured crafts, such as the production of honeybread hearts, can also be incorporated into a fun group task.

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Teambuilding: sports or games? A number of professional teambuilding agencies are on hand to guide your group through specially-designed activities to strengthen co-operation and enhance team spirit. Innovative treasure hunts, programmes comprising unusual sporting activities, competitions and races, as well as entertaining teambuilding games to get to know the town and its attractions are all available.

Bled cuisine: rustically filling or contemporarily sophisticated? Get to know the local ingredients for a satisfying meal: buckwheat, cottage cheese, fresh mushrooms, apples, honey and wild garlic. Make your own lunch from what you have gathered in the woods and picked from farms in the area or join a culinary workshop led by a renowned chef of the new generation, learning to use innovative methods to transform a traditional dish into a modern culinary masterpiece and matching it with the most complementary noble drop.

Festive Bled performances A number of festive shows are available in Bled to enhance gala receptions and create a special atmosphere. The performances take place on the lake or incorporate the castle rock to showcase the symbols of the town and present its history and legends in a modern way. The Legend of the Sunken Bell re-enacts the ancient tale of a young widow who had a bell cast in memory of her murdered husband. During the performance, an illuminated bell is lifted from the lake by divers while the legend is theatrically narrated. The Bled Water Symphony relates the history of Bled to a musical background. Fairytale water and light effects add to the attraction of the show and summon up the water fairy. The laser show projected to the dramatic castle rock is a fascinating sight and can be tailor-made to suit your requirements.

For additional information on performances, please contact: Bled Tourist Board & Convention Bureau Cesta svobode 11 4260 Bled T: +386 4 578 05 00 E: meetings@dzt.bled.si www.bled.si

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Excursions from Bled Radovljica & Kropa

Lake Bohinj

Radovljica is a delightful medieval town only 7km from Bled. Venerable houses line its compact core, the oldest of which, the frescoed Šivec House, dates from the 16th century. The main square is overlooked by the majestic Radovljica Mansion, which houses an interesting apicul­ tural museum. For more cultural heritage, head for Kropa, a nearby settlement renowned for its tra­ dition of blacksmithing that goes all the way back to the 14th century. An iron forging museum gives you an insight into this ancient trade.

A short drive from Bled along the picturesque Bohinj Valley is Lake Bohinj, the largest nonseasonal lake in Slovenia, which lies within the Triglav National Park and is embraced by beautiful countryside. A fairly short hike from the lake shore takes you up to the dramatic Savica waterfall, while Mount Vogel can be easily reached by cable car. The views that open up from the top across the lake and the mountains are simply unforgettable. Guests may get to know the traditional rural life of the area in the remarkable alpine dairy museum and Oplen house. The route over the Pokljuka Plateau offers a very scenic alternative to the main road for getting back to Bled.

Škofja Loka & Idrija A stroll through Škofja Loka, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the country, reveals historic treasures and is rounded off by a visit to its fascinating castle. A scenic route through a remote and hilly region will take you onwards to Idrija, a town famous for its ageold tradition of mercury mining, which you can get to know firsthand in Anthony’s shaft of Idrija mine. In addition to mining, Idrija is also renowned for another craft, the making of beautiful lace.

Julian Alps This trip takes you through the heart of the Triglav National Park, where you are sure to be wowed by the vistas of majestic mountains, deep valleys and dense fo­ rests. From Vršič, the highest Slovenian mountain pass, you descend into the valley of the amazing emerald Soča River and find yourself in Slovenia’s centre for whitewater and adventure sports. This region is also known for its turbulent history, having been the site of many fierce battles during WWI, which were immortalised by Ernest Hemingway in A Farewell to Arms. 32


Ljubljana No visit to Slovenia would be complete without a look around its charming capital city. Ljubljana’s attractive medieval core lies at the foot of a steep hill and is overlooked by the imposing Ljubljana castle. The Ljubljanica river winds slowly through the city, with numerous cafés and restaurants lining its banks and adding to the capital’s relaxed flair. Architectural treasures include the many creations of Jože Plečnik, such as the Triple Bridge and colonnaded central market, where residents flock to buy the ingredients for their home cooking. Ljubljana is also a city of culture, with numerous interesting museums and galleries, as well as regular cultural performances.

Škocjan Caves & Lipica

Postojna Caves & Predjama Castle

The Škocjan Caves are a lessfrequented, but no less beautiful alternative to the caves at Postojna. A UNESCO world heritage site, the canyon of the Škocjan Caves is an amazing natural attraction with gigantic underground halls. The river that formed it flows through the canyon, adding to its magnetism. Nearby at Lipica Stud Farm, the famous white Lipizzaner horses are bred. A performance by the Spanish Riding School will round off this fascinating trip to the Slovenian Karst region.

The underworld of the world-famous ca­ ves at Postojna is a true marvel, with their maze of mysterious underground passages, galleries and halls embellished by stalagmites and stalactites of all shapes and sizes. At the end of the tour, which is undertaken partly by electric underground train and partly on foot, a look at the unique ‘human fish’ awaits you. These unusual cave dwellers were once thought to be baby dragons, and it is not difficult to see why. Your tour of Postojna may be complemented by a visit to Predjama Castle, an imposing rock-carved structure and former residence of the legendary robber knight Erasmus.

The coast The sun-kissed Slovenian coast is blessed by a captivating blend of attractions, ranging from the Venetian fishing villages of Piran and Izola with their quaint cobbled lanes, to the amazing salt pans at Sečovlje and the contemporary resort of Portorož. The hamlets inland are characterised by beau­ tiful scenery, attractive stone houses and a traditional lifestyle based on the treasures bestowed on them by the olive tree and the vine.

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Bled Tourist Board & Convention Bureau Cesta svobode 11 4260 Bled T: +386 4 578 05 00 E: meetings@dzt.bled.si www.bled.si

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