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 tranquil alpine setting. Even today—when Bled can swell to overflowing in the high season of July and August—it retains something of the refined feel of a fin de siècle spa town.
Recent years have brought a string of improvements to Bled's tourist facilities. New resorts and wellness centers, arguably the country's best golf course, and a clutch of new adventure-oriented travel agencies mean there is now much more to do than simply stroll the banks of the lake. Bled is also an excellent base for hikes into the eastern half of Triglav National Park.