Institut "Jozef Stefan"



Facts about Slovenia

Area: 20,256 km2

Population: 2 mio

Capital: Ljubljana

Language: Slovene

Religion: Roman-catholic (82%)

Climate: Alpine, Continental, Mediterranean

Time zone: Central European Time GMT + 1

Political system: multiparty parliamentary democracy

Currency: tolar (SIT), 1 tolar = 100 stotins


Facts about Bled

Bled has a mild, healthy sub-alpine climate and the longest bathing season of all Alpine resorts. It is sheltered from the cold northern winds by peaks of the Julian Alps and the Karawanken mountains. Average temperatures are in July 19ºC and in January -1,7ºC.

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Points of interest

>> Bled Castle built on a step, rock cliff nearly 100m high a silent witness to the former power of Bled - still the centre of tourism in Bled.

>> Lake Bled was formed after the recession of the Bohinj glacier. It is up to 2120 m  long and up to 1380 m wide, its maximum depth being 30,6 m and tectonic in origin.

>> Bled Island with its idyllic Baroque Church, belfry, chapel, and presbytery with its grand staircase and famous ‘Bell of wishes’ dating from 1535, it is a remarkable monument.

>> Vintgar gorge the Radovna, a small mountain river, forms a wonderful gorge, 3 km long and in places only few meters wide. The beautiful wooden path is mainly attached directly to the rocks of the canyon.

Of course do not miss the famous cream cakes, known to Bled for decades, which are in fact a symbol of Bled. Although you can buy them elsewhere, those from Bled are simply the best.

Other useful information

>> Slovenian national currency is Tolar. Credit cards are accepted everywhere except the taxis (which may accept Euros, check beforehand). There are several money exchange offices (‘menjalnica’) and ATM machines.

>> Slovenia has special reciprocal conventions concerning health insurance with many countries. Slovenia has European standard medical facilities in all cities.

>> Speed limits: urban areas 50 km/h, regional roads 90 km/h, highways 130 km/h.

>> Electricity 220V 50HzHz, electrical plug details: European plug with two circular metal pins.









Bled  golf course  (author: A. Fevzer, source:

Traditional transport to the island by special boat ’Pletna’ (source:

Cream cake ’kremsnita’ (source: