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Tuesday 14 March 2023

Discover one of the most beautiful places on the planet

Lake Bled was recently named one of the 25 most beautiful places on earth by CNN.

The US broadcaster said: "The glistening blue water. The soaring backdrop of the Julian Alps. The famous church perched on an island at its centre. It’s no surprise that Lake Bled has developed into one of the hottest destinations in Europe in recent years."

Bled has a population of just 8,000 people, but its is a hugely popular tourist destination in the Upper Carniola region, and in Slovenia as whole.

You can get there by bus - it is just a short ride from the capital of Ljubljana, but so is everything in Slovenia.

There can be crowds in summer - but such is the beauty of Lake Bled that any hassles are worthwhile.

The lake is 2.12 kilometres long and between 0.5 to 1 kilometre wide. In summer, the surface water reaches 25 °C (77 °F) but during winter, the entire lake freezes and can be used for ice skating.

The island - and the much-photographed the  Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church can sometimes be reached on foot when the lake freezes.

Here are a few snaps, most of them from a visit last summer.

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