10 Things to do in Lake Bled, Slovenia | A Travel Guide
The stunningly beautiful Lake Bled in Slovenia is one of the most beautiful and iconic landmarks of the country. 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.
This travel blog post is a travel guide for the ultimate best things to do in Lake Bled. Certainly, we are going to tell you where are the best activities and excursions around Bled – inclusive insider travel tips, how to get there and the best places to stay.
Things to do in Lake Bled
The whole scenery of Lake Bled in Slovenia is unbelievably beautiful and so there are some great spots to discover. A boat trip on the lake, visiting the castle on the steep cliff or hiking to the many breathtaking viewpoints are just a few of the amazing things to do in Bled. Here are the most beautiful attractions and places to visit in and around Lake Bled:
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 absolute best things to do in Bled and shouldn`t be missed on any trip to Lake Bled.
Entrance fee: Euro 9,- p.p. | Opening Hours: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Taking a walk or cycling 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 cake, a must eat in Slovenia and of course when visiting Bled!
Visiting Bled Island & the Church
The landmark of Bled is the pretty church island called Blejski Otok, or mostly just named as Bled Island. There you will find the Church of the Assumption, a baroque church from the 17th century. But before you have to climb 99 stone steps. The Bleder tradition is that the groom carries the bride up all these steps! If you feel like getting higher then you should also visit the bell tower and enjoys a scenic view of Lake Bled. In any case, don`t forget to ring the bell, the wish bell of Bled. According to a legend it’s said that ringing this bell and will makes a wish come true.
Tip: In the restaurant “Poticnica” on the island you can taste Potica, a traditional Slovenian cake!
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 the lovely church. The price for the boat trip is 14, – Euro for the ride and 6, – Euro for the entrance to the island.
Tip: What we even loved more: 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.
Best viewpoints and views of Lake Bled
Around the lake there are a variety of magnificent viewpoints. In addition to the already described overlook at the Bled Castle, you will find some other good views to Lake Bled. One of the best is the viewpoint at Café Belvedere. This place is definitely worth a visit, because here you can enjoy the views with a delicious traditional Bled cream cake.
If you love hiking, you should head to the Ojstrica Viewpoint and Mala Osojnica Viewpoint (on the circular route no. 6). From here you have a fantastic view and probably the most famous view of Lake Bled.
Hike to Mala Osojnica Viewpoint
The most beautiful view of Lake Bled is definitely from the Mala Osojnica Viewpoint. The panorama of the lake, the church and the mountain views here are really overwhelming. For the hike to the popular vantage point, you should plan around 30 – 40 minutes walking time. We recommend good shoes, because the way is quite steep, and you have to climb at the end 80 metal steps. Who has a certain basic fitness, should not miss this highlight in Bled!
Tip: The hike to the Ojstrica is a bit shorter. You will reach this lookout in about 20 minutes walk.
No matter what time of the year, whether in spring, in summer, Bled in autumn or in winter – the lake views are always breathtakingly beautiful.
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.
Bohinj & Savica Waterfall
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.
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.
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.
- By plane: The nearest international airport is located in Ljubljana, 36 km from Bled. Cheap flights can be found online, for example on flight portals such as Skyscanner.
Where to stay in Lake Bled
Around and in Bled are a variety of hotels, apartments and other accommodation to stay. We have put together here our top recommendations for amazing accommodations in Bled. Perfect for a wonderful holiday at the lake:
- Prestige Hotel with Lake View: For a very special stay in Bled we can highly recommend the Grand Hotel Toplice, one of the best hotels right on Lake Bled. This old prestige hotel amazes with a beautiful view of Lake Bled, a wonderful pool and the sauna area. At good weather, the hotel’s own beach has open!
- B&B: Guesthouse Marko is perfectly located just 600 meters from Lake Bled. The rooms are very clean and the communal lounge is really coazy.
- Apartments: The apartment house Bernard is recommended right next to Lake Bled. These apartments offer top facilities and are perfect for families with children.
Conclusion: 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 at Lake Bled and you are ready to go. Enjoy your visit to Bled!
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