Monuments at the Zaka Rowing Centre
On your walk around the lake, by the boathouse you can see a bust of Boris Kocijančič, which was erected by Slovenian and Bled rowers in memory of the long-standing president of the Rowing Association of Slovenia, Mr. Kocijančič was the organiser of European and World Championships at Bled in 1956 and 1966, and the founder of the only rowing centre organization in Slovenia. The monument is by Stojan Batič. Only a few steps away, stands an imposing statue of a boatman - one of the most beautiful works by Slovenian sculptor Boris Kalin from the period between the two world wars. On the boathouse there is a memorial to the Swiss Thomas Keller, a great friend of Bled.
In 1973, on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Josip Plemelj - a mathematician of world repute in the field of linear differential equations and the author of many professional works in the field of pure and applied mathematics - the Society of Mathematicians, Physicists and Astronomers of Slovenia and the Municipality of Radovljica, erected a monument to him in the park in front of the School of Catering on Prešernova street. Plemelj received numerous awards for his work. He was the first rector of the Slovenian University of Ljubljana (1919) and a member of the Academies of Arts and Sciences in Ljubljana, Zagreb, Belgrade and Munich. His life and work are presented in his memorial room at Prešernova 39 at Bled. Visits by arrangement.
In the park near the road leading to the boathouse and the castle bathing area, under the parish church, you can see a monument to Dr. France Prešeren which was erected in 1883 by the Ljubljana Reading Club. This is the first monument with which Slovenes honoured their greatest poet.
A monument to the beginner of the spa tourism in Bled is located at the top of Straža, next to the Rikli trim trail. 150 years ago, a Swiss man Arnold Rikli established a »Natural spa institute« in Bled, which represented a unique healing method with the motto: »Water is useful, air even more, but light the most«. Every first Sunday in July, participants of the Rikli march on Straža gather at his monument.