Lake Bled in Slovenia
Discover Europe while traveling – that includes Slovenia. Visit Bled and Bled Old Town on Lake Bled in Slovenia. We looked at the city, the lake in Slovenia and the surrounding area for two days.
Holidays at Lake Bled
Imagine waking up in the morning and looking out the window at sparkling Lake Bled. The turquoise water and the surrounding landscape will take your breath away. You will immediately feel the stress of everyday life falling away from you.
Whether you are a nature lover, an adventurer or just someone who wants to discover the beauty of the world, vacationing at Lake Bled has something for everyone. From long walks along the shore to exciting water sports such as kayaking and stand-up paddling, there are numerous ways to unwind and leave everyday life behind.
An absolute highlight is the island in the middle of the lake. With a traditional wooden boat called "pletna" you can go there and visit the church. The sight is simply breathtaking and will take you to another world.
After an eventful day at Lake Bled, you can then relax in one of the cozy hotels or guesthouses on the shore and enjoy the sunset. Also, let yourself be enchanted by the hospitable atmosphere and the delicious Slovenian cuisine.
Lake Bled map
Lake Bled is one of the most beautiful lakes in Slovenia
We already knew before we arrived that Bled on Lake Bled is a beautiful place. No wonder! adorns himself Slovenia but in almost every advertising brochure there are photos of the beautiful surroundings of Bled. You don't exaggerate. Lake Bled is just as beautiful as we know it from photos. Bled is a place for Slow Traveler. Even if the place is the destination of bus tours and day trippers even in summer and consists almost exclusively of hotels. Lake Bled and its surroundings are breathtakingly beautiful. We love the view of the lake from the balcony of our hotel. We stay in Hotel Rikli Balance*which lies on a hill in the upper part of the city.
Slovenia Bled Lake
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.
Lake Bled, one of Slovenia's most beautiful lakes
Bled is located on Lake Bled below the Julian Alps. The place is not far from the Austrian-Slovenian border. This means that the place can be reached quickly and easily from both Bavaria and Austria. In addition, Slovenia's highest mountain, Triglav, is not far away. The sun was shining during our stay. So we can see him well behind the mountains. We need for the arrival of Ljubljana about an hour by car. There is also the airport that is closest to Bled.
“Many visitors only make a stopover at Lake Bled. She is drawn to the Adriatic Sea as quickly as possible,” explains Erika Marolt from the Sava Hotels. Despite its surroundings, the place struggles to fill its hotels. It's difficult for us to understand. Because the place and its surroundings immediately cast a spell over us. What we experience in the one and a half days at Lake Bled Slovenia, we present to you here:
The history of Lake Bled
Lake Bled, also known as Lake Bled Slovenia, is not only scenically impressive but also extremely interesting from a historical point of view. Did you know that the lake is closely related to the development of tourism in Slovenia? In the 19th century, Lake Bled became a popular tourist destination for nobles and wealthy families from all over Europe. The Grand Hotel Toplice, which opened in 1854 and is one of the oldest hotels in Slovenia, is particularly striking. It offered visitors luxurious accommodation and stunning views of the lake. Another milestone in the history of Lake Bled was the opening of the railway line in 1906, connecting Bled with the capital Ljubljana. This connection made the region easier to access and helped tourism continue to thrive.
During World War I, Lake Bled served as a military hospital for wounded soldiers. In the 1930s, the region developed into a popular meeting place for athletes and active vacationers. Rowing competitions, sailing regattas and tennis competitions were organized. During World War II, Lake Bled became the scene of secret service operations. In the vicinity there was an important partisan base, which was repeatedly attacked by the German occupiers.
Today, Lake Bled has lost none of its appeal. With its historic castle, charming island with church and clear water, it is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. The lake also plays host to various events such as the annual Bled Regatta and the spectacular New Year's Swim.
Enjoy the breathtaking view of Lake Bled
When exploring the shores of Lake Bled, be sure to enjoy the stunning views from one of the many viewpoints. Get up close to the aquamarine water and admire the beautiful mountain scenery. Enjoy this special moment and immerse yourself in nature - marvel at its beauty and tranquility!
Bled Castle is perched on a rocky outcrop above the lake. We leave our car in the parking lot below the castle. There we join the caravan of visitors going up the steep slope in front of us. High heels are out of place here. Because the path is paved with pebbles. I even find it difficult to walk in my hiking boots. If you wear shoes with heels, you can hardly get up the mountain.
Nevertheless, the climb is worth it. From the top you have a view of Lake Bled, the city on one side and the island on the other. The castle from the Middle Ages now houses a museum about the history of the region. We look at it, but it quickly pulls us back out into the sun. The view of the lake and the mountains of Triglav are breathtaking from above.
Admission to Bled Castle:
Adults EUR 13,00
Students EUR 8,50
Children up to and including 14 years 5,00 EUR
Parking at Bled Castle:
You can drive your car to the parking lot under the castle. There is also the bus parking lot. Parking fees are EUR 3,00 for a parking period of up to 2 hours.
Bled Castle opening hours:
May - September: daily 8.00 a.m. - 20.00 p.m
January - April and October - December: daily 8.00 a.m. - 18.00 p.m
The island of Blejski Otok in Lake Bled
Slovenia's only island is in Lake Bled. St. Mary's Church is located on Blejski Otok, which is a popular lakeside destination. Wooden boats sail from the lake shore across to the island. The pletnas resemble the boats we see in the Salzkammergut know. There they are called plates. Archaeological sites from the Early and High Middle Ages can also be found on the island.
Pletna boats wait for their passengers in the spa park, below the Hotel Park, in Mlini and in Velika Zaka. In total there are 23 pletna boats on Lake Bled. Each of these boats can accommodate 18 passengers. The pletnar - that's the name of the boatman - steers the boat with a special technique. He moves the boat forward while standing with two oars. Pletnarji are highly respected. When Empress Maria Theresa ruled here, she gave the rights to operate such boats to farmers whose land was not good enough to live on. Since then, this profession has been passed on within families.
Grimschitz Castle on Lake Bled
Between the two world wars, Lake Bled was Slovenia's most sophisticated health resort. The royal family Karadjordjević also had their summer residence here. In the summer months, the place was the scene of numerous visits from politics and diplomacy from all over the world. After 1945, Slovenia nationalized these institutions. From then on, Grimschitz Castle served as the summer residence of President Tito. Bled's importance as a host to politicians, statesmen and artists continued. Today Grimschitz Castle is Bled's finest hotel. Today, as Vila Bled, it accommodates guests who like to stay in luxury. The view of the lake from the hotel's terrace is also beautiful.
Bled center and old town of Bled
If you stroll through the Bled center you won't find any big sights. Instead, cafés and restaurants invite you to linger. In these you can taste the Slovenian cuisine. Enjoy local specialties such as the Bled cream cake or traditional cheeses. If you are looking for souvenirs, you will surely find them in the center of Bled. Discover handicrafts, local products and typical souvenirs that will remind you of your visit. The Bled center is also a starting point for various outdoor activities. Rent a bike and explore the area or venture out on a hike to the nearby Triglav National Park.
Activities at Lake Bled
Bled hiking – circular hiking trail around Lake Bled
You can hike around the lake on a six-kilometer circular hiking trail. The path is paved. Therefore, it can also be used with a stroller. If you have trouble walking, you can always find a bench to rest on along the way. There are also cafés and bathing spots distributed around the lake. If you are looking for vantage points, there are several of them on the lake.
How long does it take to walk around Lake Bled?
The circular route around the lake is six kilometers long. This takes about 1 - 1,5 hours, depending on how often you stop to enjoy the view. The path is easy to walk.
Explore the forested hiking trails at Lake Bled.
Take a leisurely walk or brisk hike along Lake Bled's forested paths. As you hike, you will spot some wildlife along the way, including deer, birds and foxes. The paths that line Lake Bled offer spectacular views of the nearby mountains and the calm waters below. So take your camera and explore an untouched corner of Europe!
Lake Bled offers these hiking trails
- Mala Osojnica If you are good on foot and don't mind steep, rocky, narrow and sometimes slippery paths, you can climb this path to this vantage point. However, good footwear is essential.
- Velica Osojnica You can reach this vantage point in two ways: the steeper and more difficult one starts at the campsite. You can then take the path back via the stairs, but they are also demanding. Definitely worth the view.
- An oyster From the road, the ascent takes about 25 minutes. The path is rocky and not recommended for children or people with walking difficulties. The last piece is secured with a rope. However, the view of the lake is worth the effort.
- The Heart of Bled (Heart of Bled) The red heart on the lake shore is definitely a photo motif for selfies. The views of Lake Bled, the island, the church and the castle are worth a stop. We are not selfie fans. Nevertheless, a stop is worthwhile because the view is very nice.
- Views from the castle There are also good views of Lake Bled from Bled Castle. From above you can see the island, Grimschitz Castle and the old town of Bled.
Go swimming in Lake Bled
The azure hue of Lake Bled offers the ultimate retreat for sunbathers and swimmers alike. The breathtakingly clear waters put even some of the clearest lakes in Europe to shame, certainly ideal for a refreshing dip or sunbathing in the summer heat.
Discover the native wildlife at Lake Bled.
Lake Bled is home to a wide variety of native bird and fish species. Keep an eye out for rare marsh birds like the redshank, which have found refuge in the shallow waters around the lake. Besides rare birds, Lake Bled also has a unique species of freshwater fish called Bleac Dace, which can only be found on this special lake! So if you're looking for a chance to spot some truly unique wildlife, there's no better place than Lake Bled.
Hotel in Bled for connoisseurs – Discover your Bled accommodation here
Bled Hoteli at Lake Bled for connoisseurs you find here
This 5-star hotel is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. It is right on the lake shore.:
Grand Hotel Toplice *
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Hotels on the shore of Bled Jezero Lake
Tito's villa in Bled town
When Bled in Slovenia was still part of Yugoslavia, Villa Bled served as the summer residence of President Tito. The villa is located just outside the town of Bled. Today it is used as a hotel. We therefore only make a flying visit to the park. The building is more reminiscent of a mansion than a hotel. The park in which it is located only reinforces this impression. In any case, the view of the lake from the park is magnificent. For this reason alone, a detour to the end of the lake from the old town of Bled is worthwhile.
Vila Bled *
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Take a lunch break in one of the quiet restaurants on Lake Bled.
There is no better way to enjoy the incredible scenery of Lake Bled than stopping for lunch at one of the many tranquil restaurants. Whether you prefer a classic Czech restaurant or a cozy little bistro with freshly caught fish dishes, Lake Bled definitely has something to offer for every taste! Enjoy your meal and get ready for more exciting adventures around the lake.
Local specialties at Lake Bled
An absolute must is the famous Bled Cremeschnitte, also called “Kremsnita”. This treat consists of a layer of vanilla pudding and a layer of whipped cream sandwiched between two sheets of puff pastry. You can enjoy this sweet in many cafes around the lake.
If you prefer more hearty dishes, try the Slovenian stew “Jota”. It consists of sauerkraut, beans and potatoes and is often served with a slice of bread. For fish lovers there is fresh fish straight from the lake. Trout is particularly popular here and is usually offered grilled or smoked.
The Slovenian wines should not be missed either. The white wine “Rebula” and the red wine “Teran” are particularly excellent. You can find them in almost every restaurant on the lake.
Finally, we recommend a schnapps called “Borovničke”. This blueberry schnapps is very popular in the region and rounds off the culinary experience perfectly.
Recommended restaurants on Lake Bled
Try the original cream cakes in the Bled Old Town in the restaurant of the Hotel Park
In the old town of Bled we look for a seat in the beach café of the Hotel Park. Here, for example, there are the original cream cakes from Bled. You can now find them in almost every pastry shop and café in Slovenia. However, nowhere does it taste as good as here, where it was invented. Today it even belongs to the specialties of Slovenia. Since its invention in 1953, Hotel Park's pastry chefs have set a record. They have produced more than 12 million of the cakes so far. We therefore try one of the pastries before we continue to the castle.
The restaurant is recommended
Grand Hotel Toplice *
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It is the last evening of ours Travel through Slovenia. That's why we treat ourselves to a dinner at the Grand Hotel on Lake Bled for the evening. That is Pure enjoyment in Slovenia. The Grand Hotel Toplice also looks back on a long history. Kings, politicians and stars have stayed here. Today it is definitely 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's still popular with those who can afford to stay overnight. Today, however, most come for the hot springs and golfing opportunities offered by the hotel.
We are here to learn Chef Bertoncelj's cooking skills. He is among the elite of Slovenian culinary artists. That's why we visit his restaurant Julijana, where we eat with a view of the lake. After Amuse Guele appetizers, he serves a salad with salmon pralines, pumpkin soup, meats with vegetables and pea puree. At the end we get a fruit mousse as a highlight.
This is a restaurant with a view
Restaurant at Bled Castle
Grajska basket 61
Tel. +386 4 620 34 44
A reservation is definitely recommended.
Other recommended restaurants on Lake Bled
If you are looking for traditional Slovenian cuisine, the restaurant “Gostilna Pri Planincu” is a good choice. Here you can try dishes like “Jota” or “Kranjska Klobasa”, a Slovenian sausage specialty.
“Vila Preseren” is ideal for fish lovers. Located directly on the lakeshore, the restaurant serves fresh trout and other fish dishes. The view of the lake and Bled Castle is an added bonus.
If you like pizza and pasta, you should visit “Pizzeria Rustika”. The pizzas are baked in a wood-fired oven and the pasta is homemade. The atmosphere is cozy and the prices are moderate.
For an upscale culinary experience, the “Restaurant 1906” in the Hotel Triglav is the right address. Modern interpretations of Slovenian cuisine are served here, accompanied by a selection of first-class wines.
Finally, if you want to end the day with a sweet highlight, stop by the “Café Belvedere”. They are known for their Bled cream cakes.
Questions and answers about Lake Bled and Lake Bled
Is Bled beautiful?
Blejsko Jezero – What's Bled in German?
Can you swim in Bled?
Can you shop in Bled?
How to get to the island of Bled?
Where and how high is Lake Bled? How long does it take to drive from Ljubljana to Bled?
How deep is Lake Bled?
Does Bled have a train station?
Lakes in Slovenia
There are other lakes in Slovenia that are worth visiting. These include, for example:
- Lake Bohinj
- The Triglaver Lakes
- The Lorenz Lakes
- The Plansar lake
- The seeping lakes of Pivka
You need this for a stay
- Be sure to check ours hiking checklist whether you have packed everything for your hike.
- hiking boots – With this you can, for example, find support when climbing to Bled Castle
- For the Beach vacation at the lake we have gathered everything we need here. Incl. Checklist for suitcase Pack.
- backpack for a hike by the lake or in the area.
- picnic Accessories for the beach
- Sun hat for protection against the sun
Places around Lake Bled that are worth visiting
Best time to travel to Lake Bled
The best time to visit Lake Bled depends on what you want to experience. If you love water sports and swimming, the summer months of June to August are ideal. The weather is warm and the lake is perfect for swimming. However, this is also the busiest time as many tourists visit the area.
Spring and autumn are best for hiking and cycling tours. In the months of April, May, September and October the temperatures are pleasant and nature is at its best. In addition, the flow of tourists is lower, which ensures more peace and quiet.
Winter at Lake Bled is something for romantics and winter sports enthusiasts. From December to February the landscape transforms into a winter wonderland. You can ice skate or ski in the nearby mountains.
However, note that some restaurants and attractions may be closed during the off-season. Therefore, it is advisable to plan in advance. No matter which season you choose, Lake Bled has its own charm every month.
These are the five best hotels in Bled Slovenia:
Hotel Vila Bled* – A fantastic hotel in a historic villa with a breathtaking view of the lake. It's also a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings.
The Grand Hotel Toplice * – A luxurious hotel with a world-class spa and a private beach on the lake.
Hotel Triglav Bled* – This cozy hotel offers spacious rooms and stunning lake and mountain views.
The Hotel Park * – A modern hotel with a beautiful garden and a private beach on the lake.
Hotel Astoria Bled* – A charming hotel in the heart of Bled, just a few steps from the lake.
Camping Bled for Bled Camping
You can camp by the lake in Slovenia at Lake Bled motorhome stopover
- The campsite at Bled is Bled camping. There are also other campsites in the area. You can also there Reserve glamping accommodation. After a day trip you can, for example, have your dinner in a Dutch Oven on one portable grill or maybe on a campfire . You can also find Dutch oven accessories you can also find here. Or would you prefer to stay overnight instead roof tent on the car? Also the overnight stay in camping tents is possible. Camping in Bled Slovenia goes in many ways.
- Do you want to rent a mobile home? Then you can find information here, for example, and booking options.
- Be sure to check our packing list for campers to see whether you have packed everything for your motorhome tour.
- Wild camping is forbidden in Slovenia. Camping in parking lots or on private property is also not permitted. Camping is only possible on campsites. Campsite guide for Slovenia * you can buy it here.
Tips from travel bloggers for Lake Bled
Parking at the airport
Arrival to Lake Bled
Arrival by plane, bus or train*. By car you can reach the old town of Bled from Munich, for example, in three hours and 45 minutes (without traffic). From Salzburg, however, it takes around two and a half hours and from Vienna around four hours. The nearest airport is definitely Ljubljana.
Hotels on Lake Bled:
Accommodations in and around Bled * you can also book through our partner booking.com.
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Source: On-site research. We definitely want to thank Best Press Story for supporting this trip to Slovenia at Lake Bled. However, as always, our opinion remains our own.
Text Bled Old Town: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
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