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.
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 almost every advertising brochure with photos of the beautiful surroundings of Bled. Don't overdo it. 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.
Best travel time for Lake Bled
The best travel time for Lake Bled is therefore spring and spring Autumn. In the low season you will experience quiet days at the lake. We were there in late summer after summer vacation. So we could really enjoy the lake.
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.
Questions and answers about Lake Bled and Lake Bled
Is Bled beautiful?
Bled and Lake Bled are one of the most popular tourist destinations in Slovenia. The reason for this is certainly the grandiose landscape in which the lake and the city are located. In summer, Bled attracts countless day trippers and bus tourists. We were there in the fall. In the off-season there is less hustle and you can also find places that are quieter.
Blejsko Jezero – What's Bled in German?
Bled is the place on Lake Bled. The German name is Veldes or Feldes. This means that Lake Bled is also known as Lake Veldes. In Slovenian it is called Bled Jezero or Blejsko jezero.
Can you swim in Bled?
Yes, that is possible. The water temperature of Lake Bled is around 25°C in summer. There is a swimming pool and several beaches on the lake where this is possible. Some hotels also offer private beaches. Detailed info here.
Can you shop in Bled?
Bled is too small for a shopping mile. There are a few shops, but you won't find any boutiques or a shopping mile. In the souvenir shops you will find handicrafts from Slovenia. These are, for example, bobbin lace, crystal glass from Rogaška, wood carvings, pottery and wines and brandies from Slovenia.
How to get to the island of Bled?
From the lake shore, the pletna boats, which are typical for Bled, take their passengers across the lake to the island of Blejski Otok.
Where and how high is Lake Bled? How long does it take to drive from Ljubljana to Bled?
The lake is at an altitude of 475 meters inland Slovenia and is about an hour's drive from Ljubljana removed. It is a good 26 kilometers to the border with Austria via the autobahn.
How deep is Lake Bled?
Lake Bled is 31 meters deep.
Does Bled have a train station?
Bled can also be reached by train. Bled railway station is on the railway line connecting Villach with Koper (Slovenia) or Gorizia (Italy). It is about one and a half kilometers to the city center. You can get there either on foot, by taxi or by tourist train.
Lakes in Slovenia
There are other lakes in Slovenia that are worth visiting. This includes:
- Lake Bohinj
- The Triglaver Lakes
- The Lorenz Lakes
- The Plansar lake
- The seeping lakes of Pivka
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:
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
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.
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 old town
In the old town of Bled you will find many hotels and guesthouses. These make the place a place to stay overnight. However, there are no major sights there. Bled is also where most of the restaurants on Lake Bled are located. You can go for a walk along the lake on the lakeside promenade.
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.
- 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. 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 return via the stairs, but they are also demanding. Definitely worth the view.
- Ojstrica 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) A photo motif for selfies is the red heart on the lake shore. 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.
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.
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 *
Cesta Svobode 12
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 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. 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 *
Cesta svobode 26
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 other campsites in the area. You can there too Reserve glamping accommodation. After a day trip you can have your dinner there in a Dutch Oven on one portable grill or maybe on that Campfire Cook. Or would you prefer to stay overnight roof tent on the car? Also the overnight stay in a camping tent is possible. Camping in Bled Slovenia goes in many ways.
- Do you want to rent a motorhome? Then you will find information here as well as booking options.
- 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 not permitted. Camping is only possible on campsites. Campsite guide for Slovenia * you can buy it here.
Restaurants in Bled Slovenia
Try the original cream cakes in Bled Old Town
In the old town of Bled we look for a seat in the beach café of the Hotel Park. Here are the original cream cakes from Bled. You can 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'll try one of the pastries before continuing to the castle.
You can also eat well in the
Grand Hotel Toplice *
Cesta Svobode 12
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 looks back on a long history. Kings, politicians and stars have 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's still popular with those who can afford to stay overnight. Most come today for the hot springs and golfing opportunities that the hotel offers.
We are here to learn Chef Bertoncelj's cooking skills. He is among the elite of Slovenian culinary artists. We visit his restaurant Julijana, where we eat with a view of the lake. After Amuse Guele appetizers, there's a salad with salmon pralines, pumpkin soup, meats with vegetables and pea puree. At the end we get a fruit mousse as a highlight.
Or treat yourself to a meal at
Restaurant at Bled Castle
Grajska cesta 61
Tel. +386 4 620 34 44
A reservation is recommended.
You need this for a stay
- Check in our hiking checklist whether you have packed everything for your hike.
- hiking boots – With this you will 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
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Arrival to Lake Bled
Arrival by plane, bus or train*. By car you can reach the Bled old town of 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.
Hotels on Lake Bled:
Accommodations in and around Bled * You can book through our partner booking.com.
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Source: On-site research. We thank Best Press Story for supporting this trip to Slovenia on Lake Bled. As always, our opinion remains our own.
Text Bled old town: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Video: © Copyright Petar Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline