Lake Bled in Slovenia
Discover Bled and its old town on Lake Bled in Slovenia with us. We spent two days looking at the city, the lake and the surrounding area. We knew that Bled on Lake Bled is a beautiful place even before we arrived. No wonder! Adorns itself Slovenia but in almost every advertising brochure with photos of the beautiful surroundings of Bled. You are not exaggerating. Bled and Lake Bled are as beautiful as we know them from photos. A place for Slow Traveler. Maybe even nicer. In any case, we are thrilled by the view of the lake that we have from the balcony of our hotel. We stay in the Hotel Golf *which lies on a hill in the upper part of the city.
View of Lake Bled
The first hours after arrival we enjoy from our balcony. We watch the sun as it sinks behind the mountains. We observe the boats that are on the lake. Most are rowing boats, which transport visitors across the lake. Even from up here we can watch the oarsmen propel the boats with steady rudders. There is something reassuring about watching them, something nostalgic.
Facts about Lake Bled Slovenia
- The Lake Bled water temperature is in the summer at about 25 ° C.
- In Lake Bled you can bathe in the only official beach below the castle rock. However, there are always places along the lake where you have access to the lake.
- Hiking on Lake Bled is fun. There is a circular route around the lake. There are also a number of beautiful viewpoints that branch off from it.
- Bled Lake Camping is possible at the western end of the lake. There are all possibilities from campsites to glamping huts.
Lake Bled, one of Slovenia's most beautiful lakes
Bled is located on Lake Bled below the Julian Alps. The place is not far away from the Austrian-Slovenian border. This means that the city can be reached quickly and easily from both Bavaria and Austria. In addition, Slovenia's highest mountain, the Triglav, is not far away. We have nice weather during our stay. Therefore, we can see him well behind the lower mountains. We require for the arrival of Ljubljana about an hour by car. There is also the nearest airport.
Book here excursions in the region
- From Bled to the Caves of Postojna and Predjama Castle *
- From Bled with the e-bike on a self-guided tour into the Vintgarklamm *
- From Bled Day trip to Triglav National Park *
- From Bled Half-day hike through the spectacular Pokljuka Gorge *
Cancellation possible up to 24 hours before the start with a full refund.
“Many visitors only stop at Lake Bled for a stopover. She is drawn to the Adriatic Sea as quickly as possible, ”explains Erika Marolt from Sava Hotels. Despite its beautiful surroundings, the place has trouble filling its hotels. We find it difficult to understand. Because the place and its surroundings immediately captivate us. What we experience in the one and a half days at Lake Bled, we present here:
You can eat well at Lake Bled here
It is the last evening of ours Travel through Slovenia, Therefore, we treat ourselves to an elegant dinner in the Grand Hotel on Lake Bled for this evening. This is Pure enjoyment in Slovenia, The Grand Hotel Toplice has a long history. Crowned heads, famous politicians and stars have already stayed here. Today it is the most elegant hotel in Bled. It belongs to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and is located directly on the shore of the lake. It is still a popular hotel for those who can afford to stay here. Most come today for the thermal springs and golf opportunities the hotel offers. Of course you can also stay in this 5-star hotel:
Hotels on Lake Bled
We are here to get to know the cooking skills of Chef Bertoncelj. He is one of the elite of Slovenian cooking artists. We visit his restaurant Julijana, where we eat with a view of the lake. After small Amuse Guele appetizers there's a salad with salmon pralines, a pumpkin soup, a variety of meats with vegetables and Erbspüree. Finally, we get a fruit mousse as the culmination of the highlight.
When Slovenia was still part of Yugoslavia, Villa Bled served as a summer residence for Yugoslav President Tito. Today it is used as a hotel. We make a flying visit to the park. The building is more like a mansion than a hotel. The beautiful park in which it is located reinforces this impression. The view of the lake from the park is terrific. For that reason alone, a detour to the lake end is worthwhile.
Boat trip to the island in Lake Bled
Pletna boats, which we had already seen from the hotel balcony the day before, are waiting at Bled Lake. They transport hotel guests across to the island in the lake. There is a chapel from the 15. Century, which can be reached via a long staircase. Supposedly wishes at the wish-bell to come true. We'd rather watch the Pletna oarsmen sting their boats evenly across the lake. Somehow they go well with the horse-drawn carriages driving visitors around Bled. Bled adorns with the flair of the past.
Harbor for the Pletna boats
The landscape around Lake Bled is so beautiful that you should take your time for at least one hike. You are spoiled for choice. There is a paved trail around the lake, which is suitable for everyone. From there branch off again and again detours to views in the hills and mountains on the lake. If you have several days, you can also do several hikes. You can get suggestions for this in this digital brochure: Walks and trails, The description is in Slovenian and English, but the maps and the distances and elevations are so well understood.
Here you can taste the original cream slices from Bled
Back in the city, we look for a place in the beach café of the Hotel Park. Here are the original Bled cream blends. They are available in almost every pastry shop and in every café in Slovenia. However, nowhere does it taste as good as here, where it was invented. It is even one of the national specialties of Slovenia today. Since their invention in the year 1953, the confectioners of the Hotel Park set a record. They have so far produced more than 12 millions of tempting cakes. We try one of the pastries before we continue to the castle.
The castle of Bled
The Bled castle perched on a steep rocky spur above the lake. We leave our car in the parking lot below the castle. There we join the visiting caravan going up the steep hill in front of us. High heels are out of place here. Because the way is paved with big round pebbles. It's even hard for me, with mine comfortable hiking boots to go. Anyone who wears shoes with heels can barely get up the mountain.
You need this for a stay
- Check in our Hiking checklistwhether you have packed everything for your hike.
- hiking boots - So you'll find the best grip on the steep climb to Bled Castle
- Für den Beach vacation at the lake we have collected everything necessary here. Incl. Pack your checklist.
- backpack for a hike by the lake or in the area.
- picnic Accessories for the beach
- Sun hat for protection against the sun
Nevertheless, the climb is worthwhile. From the top you have a wonderful view of Lake Bled, the city on one side and the island on the other. In the medieval castle today is a museum about the history of the region. We'll look at it, but it pulls us out into the sun again. The view of the lake and the mountains of the Triglav are just breathtaking from up here. After a late lunch on the castle terrace, we say goodbye to Bled and Slovenia with a heavy heart and head back north. Our Travel through Slovenia comes to an end.
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By car you can reach Bled from Munich in three hours 45 minutes (without traffic). It takes about two and a half hours from Salzburg and about four hours from Vienna. The nearest airport is Ljubljana. Possible is the journey by train. There are also long-distance buses to Ljubljana.
Accommodations in and around Bled * You can book through our partner booking.com.
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Source: own research on site. We thank Best Press Story for supporting this trip to Slovenia on Lake Bled. As always, our opinion remains our own.
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The post about Bled and its old town is updated on June 29.06.2020th, XNUMX
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