Things to do in Lake Bled: Ultimate Travel Guide
The stunningly beautiful Lake Bled is one of the most beautiful and iconic landmarks of Slovenia. We loved our holiday at this magical place: This outstanding natural scenery, the little Bled Island with its lovely church, the Bled Castle, the colorful boats and the breath-taking views. Because the Lake is so special, landscape photographers from all over the world flock to Lake Bled. No matter if summer or winter, a visit to Bled is just just like out of a fairy tale.
In this travel blog post we will show you the best things to do in Lake Bled. Certainly, we are going to tell you where are the best activities and excursions around the lake – inclusive insider travel tips, places to stay and a special hotel recommendation.
Visiting the Bled Castle
The Bled Castle is located on a cliff, 130 meters above the Lake Bled. Hike up the castle hill and get rewarded by one of the most beautiful views of the lake and the tiny Bled Island. We really loved that place, best you take a coffee and enjoy the scenery from the castle terrace. Hiking up to the picturesque castle end enjoying the marvelous views are for sure one of the best things to do in Bled!
Entrance fee: Euro 9,- p.p.
Walking around Lake Bled
The best thing to do in Lake Bled: Relax and enjoy the splendid views. There is a circular trail around the lake, with lots of nice places to take a break and watch the colorful traditional Pletna boats driving towards the picturesque island. If you love hiking, you should also walk to the viewpoints Ojstrica and Mala Osojnica, but more about later. Along the lake there are always cozy benches, nice cafes to stop and of course to enjoy a unique atmosphere. The distance around the lake is 6 kilometres.
Tip: Combine the walk on Lake Bled with a leisurely coffee break and treat yourself to an original Bled cream slice. A must do if you are in lake Bled!!
Boat tour and boat rental at Lake Bled
A boat trip on Lake Bled is a real holiday highlight and therefore you should not miss this beautiful experience. On a trip with the traditional wooden boats, the so called Plentna boats, you have the opportunity to visit the island and St. Mary’s Church. The price for the boat trip is 14, – Euro for the ride and 6, – Euro for the entrance of St. Mary’s Church.
Another possibility for getting around on the lake Bled is by rowboat. We recommend to rent the rowboat at the Pension Pletna boat rental (15,- per hour) . Rowing the Lake Bled can be really romantic and it is one of the best things to do in Bled.
Swimming in Lake Bled
Some of you might ask yourself, if you can swim in Lake Bled. Definitaly yes, you will find a few places for swimming around the lake! The Castle beach area is the only designated outdoor bathing area by lake Bled. The location is just amazing: Situated just next to the magnificent castle rock. Another area for swimming is the Velika Zaka Bathing area, which is also a populare place for bathing and swimming in Lake Bled.
Best viewpoints and views of Lake Bled
Around the lake are plenty of different viewpoints. Enjoy a delicious original Bled cream cake with a view at the Café Belvedere and get one of the best views off Lake Bled. Here is a selection of the best views of Lake Bled:
Things to do around Lake Bled
The range of activities and excursions around Lake Bled is overwhelming. Not far from Lake Bled is another natural jewel of the region, the beautiful Lake Bohinj. Especially scenic is the old church, which is idyllically situated on the edge of the lake. Those who would like to visit a gorge during their visit to Bled, should take a hike through the Vintgar gorge. Another recommended excursion is to the Pericnik waterfall inside the Triglav National Park.
If you are already on holiday at Lake Bled, we recommend a trip to Lake Bohinj 27 km away. If you like, take the gondola up to the bird (the local mountain), or take a hike to the Savica waterfall.
If you are staying more days in Bled you shouldn’t miss to visit the Vintgar Gorge, which is just about 4 km north-west of Bled. Nevertheless, the rapid river beneath, the vertical cliff walls and the waterfalls, the gorge with its only 1,6 km is easy to walk. At the furthest end of the gorge is the spectacular Sum Waterfall, the largest river waterfall in Slovenia, which has a 13 meter trop. In summer time this tourist attraction can be quite busy, try to be there in the morning. Visiting the Vintgar Gorge is a lovely refreshment in summertime and also on rainy days the gorge is worth a visit.
If you love visiting waterfalls – The Pericnik waterfall in the Triglav National Park is a must! It’s amazing to feel this immense power when you walk underneath the falls. With its 52 m it’s the highest waterfall in Slovenia and surely one of the most photogenic! From the parking it’s just a short walk up to the Pericnik waterfall – it takes just around 10 minute walk.
How to get there
By car: Taking the A2 motorway from Ljubljana takes around 40 minutes to Bled. If you come from Germany or Austria, it’s best to drive via the Karawankentunnel to Bled. From there, there are still 20 minutes drive to Lake Bled.
By train: Lesce train station is approximately 4.5 kilometers away from Bled and connected to Ljubljana. From the train station take a taxi or the bus to the lake.
Another possiblity is to book a guided trip to Lake Bled. Tours and day trips can be found here.
Where to stay in Lake Bled?
For a special Bled experience we recommend to stay at the Grand Hotel Toplice. We loved our stay in this wonderful prestige hotel . The Grand Hotel Toplice is old and glory,lots of celebrities had been guests to that place. From our room, we had the most enchanting view to the Lake Blad and the Bled Castle – it was so lovely sitting at the balcony and watch the world go by. In general the building is older, rustic and charming and comes with lots of elegance. We are happy with our choice of staying at the Grand Hotel Toplice. The Grand Hotel Toplice has a beautiful spa area and a wonderful pool & sauna – because of the bad weather we had – it was more than awesome to spend some time there for relaxing.
Holiday homes and apartments
Further accommodation options are offered by the many holiday homes and apartments where you can stay near Lake Bled. These accommodations are usually cheaper and often pay for families with children. Here you come to a selection of great holiday homes and apartments on Lake Bled. Properly recommended is the Apartment House Bernhard right near the lake.
Conclusion: Lake Bled is one of the best holiday destinations in Slovenia which we highly recommend to anyone who is visiting this awesome travel country. Now you have the perfect overview about the best things to do in Lake Bled and you are ready to go. Enjoy your visit to Bled!
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