|The climb up to the castle|
Bled castle is the oldest medieval castle in Slovenia. The castle grounds contains a museum, restaurant, printing workshop, wine cellar and herb gallery. Aside from the breathtaking view of the castle from afar, I must admit the interior was somewhat disappointing. The museum was small and it had a few artifacts on display while other exhibits are computerized. The wine cellar offered visitors a "bottle your own wine" gimmick where you can cork and seal your own wine. As we were never offered service to taste the wine, there was no temptation to buy a bottle. The castle printing works seemed to be more interesting in that it houses a reconstructed Gutenberg's wooden printing press. Souvenirs of prints of various sizes were for sale, but there was no temptation of purchasing one either. Although the castle interior didn't prove to be too intriguing, the view from the castle more than made up for our strenuous ascend.
|Inside the castle|
|View from Bled castle|
The famed island in the middle of the lake stood out like a fantasy while it basked in the sunshine. Due to the lake being frozen (It was mid February after all), it was impossible to reached the island and the 15th century church (Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary). But we were satisfied just admiring its beauty from afar.
|Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary|