Villas in Bled

Learn about the architecture of Bled by visiting the magnificent and protected Bled villas.

There were 135 villas in Bled, which were built in the 19th and 20th century. They are lavishing and majestic, some of them were surrounded with parks and had their own boathouses. Today, these villas are used for various purposes, some of them are privately owned, others owned by the state and used for protocol and tourist purposes.

Vila Zora is the oldest villa in Bled which was built in 1853 in neo-Gothic style. It was built by the Trieste coal trader Karl Rittmayer. Today, it hosts the head office of Bled Municipality and also the wedding room where wedding ceremonies are held in Bled.

Vila Zlatorog and Vila Rog were built at the end of the 19th century by Adolf Muhr, trader from Vienna. Currently, Vila Zlatorog is a protocol facility used for meetings of highest state officials and belongs among buildings under monumental protection. Vila Rog is privately owned.

Vila Bella or Beli dvor is a Romanesque and Renaissance style villa built at the end of the 19th century and stands at one of the most beautiful sites with lake and castle view. It was built by the noble Lazzarini family. While Slovenia was still part of Yugoslavia, a hotel company held offices in the villa.

Vila Bled

Vila Bled, located in the peaceful area of Bled, right on Lake Bled shore, is the largest and historically most important villa among all villas in Bled. In the past the villa was actually a mansion of the Windisch-Grätz family, in 1920 the mansion became the summer residence of the Karađorđević family which was the Yugoslav royal family. After the Second World War, the mansion was demolished and Vila Bled was built at its site. It became the residence of Josip Broz Tito. He hosted many official statesmen, including Nikita Khrushchev, Indira Gandhi and Nasser.

The Belvedere Pavilion is also an important building that stands on 30-metre pillars, designed by Jože Plečnik as the foundations for the new residence. The facility was known as Tito's Tea Room. Vila Bled is now a hotel offering a unique experience in the ambience of the 1950s.

Experience

  • While walking around Lake Bled, observe the magnificent villas. Which one do you like most?
  • Visit the extravagant Vila Bled where history was made.
  • Stop at Café Belvedere and feel the pulse of Tito's tea party.

Worth visiting

Attractions