Bled is among the most magnificently situated mountain resorts in Europe. The healing powers of its thermal springs were known during the 17th century. In the early 19th century the aristocracy arrived to bask in Bled's majestic Alpine setting. During the Tito years the area underwent rampant development, which some say takes away from the pristine beauty of the lake. But despite the swell of tourists and automobiles, Lake Bled and its spectacular mountain scenery are worth a visit.