Are you looking for a magical and picturesque getaway destination? Then Lake Bled has that for you in spades as the perfect choice for a short one-day trip. Nestled amidst the Julian Alps, this lake boasts crystal-clear waters just like in the fairytales; a charming island in the middle with a church and a mediaeval castle atop a cliff overlooking it all.
As a matter of fact, during our cultural trips with the students Lake Bled is one of our most visited destination. Therefore, let us tell you all about the sights and places you have to visit on your next trip to Bled.
Lake Bled is easily accessible from the major cities in Slovenia. Our starting point is always Maribor and it takes us less than 2 hours to drive there. However, from Ljubljana the drive is shortened by about an hour by car. Equally important if you prefer public transportation, there are regular buses and trains available as well.
Stroll around Lake Bled:
After arriving in Bled, it is imperative that you take a stroll around the river. There are many hotels, restaurants and shops directly by the lake. Not to mention plenty of benches conveniently placed around the lake to sit on for a short break to enjoy the crystal blue water. Moreover it is possible to swim in the lake but only in certain areas; and yes you can even go around the whole lake.
Have a coffee and Kremšnita at one of the cafes:
As soon as you feel tired from the morning drive and all the walking around, the cafes in lake Bled has your back. Enjoy a coffee by the lake with the authentic Kremšnita. As a matter of fact Bled is the home to this popular cream cake, almost every café serves it. Our recommendations are Vila Prešeren and Blejska Kavarna, along with Kremšnita they also serve many other house pastries.
Take a boat ride to the Island on the lake:
With renewed energy, embark on a short boat ride to Bled Island, located at the center of the lake. Traditional Pletna boats operated by skilled oarsmen, take visitors to the island every hour.
Once there, you can explore the iconic Church of the Assumption, famous for its 99 stone steps leading up to its entrance. The legend goes that if you ring the church bell and make a wish, it will come true. It’s a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the local customs and folklore.
Climb up to the castle:
In less than 20 min you can climb up the well-kept path up to the Bled castle. The top offers a spectacular view of the lake and its surroundings. Perched 130 meters above the lake this medieval castle dates back to the 11th century.
The entrance fee is already quite reasonable, for students it is further reduced. Trust us when we say the panoramic views alone are worth the visit. Wander through the castle’s courtyards, enjoy the museum and learn about the history of the area.
Take a 20 min drive to the nearby Vintgar Gorge:
Maybe you have had enough of the Lake; fret not! Take a short car drive to the nearby Vintgar gorge. It is a 1600 m long gorge on the outskirts of Triglav National Park, offering tourists to walk alongside the lake and enjoy the crystal clear water of the Radovna River.
The duration of the walk is less than 1.5 hours and goes only in one way with many return path choices. The entrance fee is reasonable however we suggest you book the tickets online. This way you can skip the waiting line for the entrance. If you get too tired from the walk, you can even take a shuttle ride back to the starting point for an additional fee.
You are probably wondering if one day is enough to the Lake Bled and the answer is yes! Even with many sights and adventure options, Lake Bled is a perfect day trip from the busy city life and perfect for Erasmus students who want to explore Slovenia.
Lake Bled also offers many overnight accommodation options if you fancied to spend the night here. With many good transportation options in addition to friendly, English-speaking locals; this place is number 1 on our recommendation list for foreigners interested in exploring beautiful Slovenia.