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EMS Council Meeting 2022

Due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID - 19 ), the EMS Council Meeting planned to take place in Bled, Slovenia, from 3 to 5 July 2020, was held online.

There it was decided that the University of Primorska would host the next EMS Council Meeting in 2022 in Bled, Slovenia. Details of the exact dates and venue will be announced in due course. Participants will have the opportunity to explore this beautiful Alpine region before and after the meeting.

We present some ideas of what you can do and see during your visit to Bled.





Lake Bled and a castle perched on a cliff is one of the most beautiful alpine resorts in Europe. It delights visitors with unique experiences of nature, culture and history, sports and gastronomy in all seasons.

Things to do

Cosmopolitan people seeking variety and beauty, relaxation and inspiration, tranquillity and the challenges of different sports will find a wide range of opportunities here. Walking and cycling paths around the lake, traditional boats, the ringing of the island's wishing bell, the castle treasures, the nearby ski slopes, mountain trails, golf courses, hunting, fishing, the casino, convention facilities - all these are only fragments of Bled's attractiveness.

See https://www.slovenia.info/en/places-to-go/regions/alpine-slovenia/bled for more ideas and inspiration. 

History and legends

Bled - the romantic alpine soul hidden in the middle of picturesque mountains - holds an ancient treasure: an island in the middle of an alpine lake. Its charm has made it a symbol for centuries, and guests from all over the world love to return. On the island in the middle of the lake the old Slavs worshipped Živa, the goddess of love and fertility. Later, pilgrims came to the Church of St. Mary on the island. A thousand years ago, on April 10, 1004, the town of Bled was mentioned for the first time.

At that distant time, a Roman tower already stood on the top of the rock, rising 100 metres vertically over the lake, and it is still part of the mighty castle, which today houses a museum collection. The town experienced its heyday with the Medieval pilgrims, who were replaced by the first tourists in the 19th century. The Swiss hydrotherapist Arnold Rikli discovered that the mild climate and the lake and thermal waters are a source of health and well-being. The locals supplemented the spa offer with guesthouses and hotels.

The town, which was already famous at the beginning of the 20th century as the most beautiful health resort of the then Austrian Empire, attracted the European aristocratic elite. After the Second World War, Bled was home to one of the most attractive state residences of the past regime. Many of the world's most important personalities thus enjoyed the beauties of Bled. And now, for decades, pilgrims of a new era are discovering this town.