It is for good reason that Bled is known as Slovenia’s strongest tourist magnet and the country’s leading alpine congress destination. Tourism in Bled established itself in the midst of unspoiled nature and in a beneficial sub-alpine climate, which to this day remains part of its unforgettable experience. Slovenia’s tourist pearl is beautiful in any season, but especially so in the congress months during spring and autumn. It is a place that beguiles with its views, how it pampers guests with its famous savoury cream cakes, and especially wows in how it offers a wide array of possibilities for event organisation. It is suitable for medium-sized and large events for up to 800 participants, who will have the chance to be a part of a memorable congress experience in one of Europe’s most stunningly picturesque locations.
Why Bled is Cool for Meetings?
- Its recognition as an alpine congress icon will give your event a unique energy
- Tradition and quality of the congress offer
- Diversity of incentive experience within a small area
- Easy access and airline connections
- The possibility of organising ‘green meetings’
- Record catch in Lake Bled: sheatfish 2.45m/80kg
- In the last 60 years: made and sold over 60 million cream cakes
- Swans have been living on Bled Lake since 1902
- At the end of February 50 daredevils jumped into the Lake, when the water was 4°C –
- The record for running around the Lake is 18:55 minutes
- When it comes to the most famous attractions in Slovenia, Bled is number 1.
Recently Hotel Golf has been undergoing extensive renovation of the rooms and lobby, which will change the character of this legendary congress hotel. The hotel rooms, reception area and lobby will all get a new look with authentic details and an uplift in comfort levels. The hotel will reopen its doors at the beginning of April and the reception renovation will be complete by autumn.
1. Triglav National Park: Bled is, symbolically at least, the registered base for the Triglav National Park and the starting point for different activities within the shadows of the Julian Alps and the boundary of Slovenia’s most important national park.
2. The climb to Bled Castle: The photogenic route, passing by Saint Martin’s church, will bring your participants to one of the most beautiful views in all of Slovenia. You can spice up your adventure with numerous teambuilding activity options.
3. Round the lake: Whether a strolled circuit of the lake while watching the rowers glide over the glistening green water, visiting the lake’s island by a Pletna boat, or embarking on the challenge to scale the hill to Bled castle…any of these options will reward you with unforgettable memories.
1. Ice rink with a view: In winter time the Park Cafe ice rink combines skating with magical views of the lake. For a more team inspired experience you can try your skills in curling.
2. Royal Bled Golf Course: The 18-hole King’s Course and the 9-hole Lake Course offer different experience levels from those who have never played to the most demanding amateur and proffessional players.
3. Adventure Park Bled: Located on top of the Straža ski slope, Adventure Park Bled offers 80 climbing elements and challenges, where you will test your courage and get in touch with nature.
CULTURE AND FESTIVALS
1. Okarina Ethno Music Festival: Taking place in Bled Castle and Spa Park, it is a colourful celebration of all things folk
2. Oberkrainer Festival: This celebration of Oberkrainer music, a traditional Slovene folk style that is akin to the polka and waltz, will feature performances by various internationally renowned ensembles
3. International Bled Music Festival: Lasting a couple of weeks, the festival is centred around a series of classical music concerts that take place almost nightly in different Bled venues.
Sava Hotels Bled annually recycle half of the waste they produce and reduce water and energy consumption each year. When choosing suppliers their priority are local providers and products, which protect the environment and raise awarness among guests. One of the products is also the natural water under the slogan “Green For Tommorow”, which is almost carbon neutral.
Green teambuilding activities are a specialty in Sava Hotels’ offer. The first one is a “primal” day in the Triglav mountains, where participants will get the chance to learn more about shepards and their tradition. For those who are in need of some fresh air Arnold Rikli’s adventure, which includes an overnight stay in the Gozdne Vile glamping huts is the perfect option. If you want to learn more about local tradition you can embark on the journey of three trades, where you will get to taste some of the local specialties and learn some crafts. A completely ecologically inspired experience is offered by the Green mobility program, where you spend the day using only green transportation.
FOOD AND DRINK
1. Julijana Bled: Julijana is a gourmet restaurant under Hotel Toplice. It is based on trendy and fresh cuisine, which is the filigree work of chef Simon Bertoncelj.
2. 1906 Triglav: A restaurant that offers one of the most magical views in Slovenia will also surprise you with its sophisticated wine cellar and modern menu, which is still at the peak of Bled’s culinary offer.
3. Restaurant Bled Castle: Positioned in Bled’s most iconic location, the Bled Castle restaurant is lead by a well trained team from the Jezeršek culinary house. The team is used to handling congress groups and therefore certainly won’t disappoint when it comes to cuisine, service and the overall experience.
1. Hotel Golf: A first class congress hotel, which will be fully reinvigorated after this year’s renovation. Its large glass surfaces in the congress halls make it seem like your event is taking place within a Bled postcard.
2. Hotel Toplice: Synonymous with top notch service and an excellent choice for congress guests who appreciate a good hotel story shaped by the history of tourism in Bled.
3. Best Western Premier Hotel Lovec: A full-blooded congress hotel, which offers an authentic and almost boutique hotel experience, with a homely interior and sense of architecture.
1. Bled Festivalna Hall: Built in 1961 it is the backbone of Bled’s congress infrastructure. The biggest hall can accomodate 500 guests and the congress centre has 3 separate halls, with exhibition space in the lobby.
2. Grand Hotel Toplice: The second biggest conference hotspot in town, which with its 800m2 of space and 5 halls will impress lovers of a more traditional congress offer.
3. Vila Bled: In an area highly soaked with history, Vila Bled offers two congress halls for corporate gatherings – the conference and concert halls have space for 40 to 80 guests.
This year Convention Bureau Bled, which is part of the Slovenian Convention Bureau, will go full steam ahead with new promotion and marketing plans for Bled, as well as with developing a better congress and incentive destination. They plan on gaining new national and international events and making congress activity in Bled more professional.
PAST AND PRESENT
Slovenian culinary tradition states that a visit to Bled isn’t really complete without having some Bled cream cake. This popluar dessert can be ordered in almost any confectionery or coffee shop around Slovenia, but the original cream cake, made to the recipe of Ištvan Lukačević, can only be found in Hotel Park’s confectionery work shop, where Ištvan was the head chef in 1953. Under the Sava Hoteli Bled trademark, Hotel Park’s confectioners have served more than 12 million cream cakes.