***CORRECTION: The first image is of Predjama Castle near Postojna, Slovenia***
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Location: Lake Bled, Slovenia
c. 11th century
"It has been over a thousand years since on 10 April 1004 the German king Henry II conferred the estate of Bled located in the province called in Carniola on Bishop Albuin of Brixen and his church. In 1011 Henry II awarded Albuin’s successor, Adalberon, the castle on the cliff (castellum Veldes) in a charter in which the castle was first explicitly mentioned. The Bled Castle was the administrative seat of the Brixen estate in the Gorenjsko region. Medieval documents refer to Bled with its German name Veldes. In terms of written documents, Bled Castle is the oldest castle in Slovenia. Castle buildings are arranged around the lower and upper courtyards.” (Source:Bled Castle)
Medieval documents refer to Bled with its German name exonym Veldes.
According to Fran Ramovš, the Slovenian autonym Bled, first documented in the modern times, was coined in 800 AD from an older word beld or pelt, which was also the root of the German Veldes. On the other hand, Valvazor believed that the word Veldes was derived from Felsen (German for rock), denoting the cliff on which the castle was built. In terms of written documents, Bled Castle is the oldest castle in Slovenia.
My friend Maria Caballero was nice enough to share these amazing photos are such a breathtaking place. Thanks Maria!