Lake Bled, Slovenia: Exploring a Dictator's Villa

published 7 years ago by Rick Steves

This lakeside villa was once the summer residence for the Yugoslav royal family. Post-WWII, when Tito ran Yugoslavia with his unique style of Communism called the "Third Way," he entertained international guests here. Today it's a classy hotel and restaurant, and nostalgic Tito sympathizers can send an email from his desk, sip tea in his lounge, and gaze upon his Socialist Realist wall murals in the ballroom. For more information on the Rick Steves' Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit

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