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Discover Lake Bled Slovenia in two days

Lake Bled
Bled and its old town on Lake Bled

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.



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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.

Castle on Lake Bled
Bled Castle towers over Bled's old town

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.

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“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:

Grand Hotel Toplice
Grand Hotel Toplice in the old town of Bled

  • 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:

Grand Hotel Toplice *
Cesta Svobode 12
4260 Bled
Slovenia
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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.

  • Tito's Villa

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.

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Cesta svobode 26
4260 Bled
Slovenia
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Pletna boat
Pletna boat with a view of Bled Castle above the old town of Bled

  • 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
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  • Hiking

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.

cream cakes
Bled Kremsnita

  • 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.

Hotel Park *
Cesta Svobode 15
4260 Bled
Slovenia
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The Bled lake
The Bled lake

  • 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.

Bled castle
Grajska cesta
4260 Bled
Slovenia
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Church on the island in Lake Bled
Church on the island in Bled lake

You need this for a stay

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.

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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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The post about Bled and its old town is updated on June 29.06.2020th, XNUMX

Responses

  1. […] High above iconic Lake Bled, Bled Castle is one of the most popular places to visit in Slovenia – in large part due to the […]

  2. Hauser Excursions
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    Hello Monika & Petar, we talked briefly at f.re.e at the Blogger Workshop. Do a great blog, keep it up! Maybe we can find some common starting points for cooperation;) We have already networked on LinkedIn. Best regards Rafael von Hauser Excursions

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Hello Rafael,

      Thank you very much for your nice comment. We are really happy if you like our blog. We have many ideas for cooperation. Let's discuss these on LinkedIn.

      Best regards,
      Monika & Petar

  3. Anonymous
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    Great article, I like it. I shared this on FB
    and get some likes for it. Keep it up!

  4. Janet
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    Lake Bled looks incredibly beautiful. I have not heard of it yet, the more grateful I am to you for the great report! Bled really seems worth the trip. I especially like the cute boats!

    • Monika
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      Yes, no motorboats are allowed on the lake. Therefore, all must be powered by human power. It is a special sight when the men stalk them across the lake.

  5. Jessica
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    Kremsnita, I think is exactly the treat that will probably drive me to Slovenia. Although, if I look at the impressive nature, there are probably even more reasons! :-) You both look so satisfied and happy in the photo. I like this very much!
    Best regards
    Jessica

    • Monika
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      Thank you, dear Jessica. Yes, it was a very harmonious and beautiful trip through Slovenia. And not just because of Kremsnita: D, Best regards, Monika

  6. Michaela
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    It has been a long time since I was at Lake Bled, I think I was 8 years old then. Your report awakens beautiful holiday memories in me. Especially the boat trip to the island I can still remember.

    • Monika
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      We were there for the first time, although I often went to the Slovenian Adriatic with my parents as a child. But we were only interested in the coast. How beautiful it is inland, we discover only now.

  7. Barbara
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    Dear Monika,

    I already told you the Ljubljana article how much I would like to go to Slovenia. I had not heard of Bled (at least I think), but I think the area is fantastic. Your photos are just gorgeous and really make you want to explore the lake and the mountains! Thank you :)

    Best regards
    Barbara

    • Monika
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      Dear Barbara,

      By now we are also big fans of Slovenia. The country is small but offers a lot. Bled is one of the most important attractions in the country, especially because of the stunning natural scenery. There you can wonderful hiking and enjoy nature. The city itself is the starting point for everything that can be done on the lake and in its surroundings. ... and Ljubljana is only an hour's drive away.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  8. Gotz A. Primke
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    A cool article, nice pictures, great journey. Now I really feel like driving too long. Slovenia is already long on my wish list.

    • Monika
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      It's worth it, Götz. There's a lot to discover. Also for Gourmands: D

  9. Kuno
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    Hello you two,
    I've never been to Slovenia before, but Bled seems to me to be a very nice piece of earth. So much forest around the lake! It looks really nice and peaceful there. And maybe it's not so bad, if the place is not so crowded touristy ?! Sure, the hotels have their drawback, but nature can only win. Your journey sounds very nice :)

    • Monika
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      Hello Kuno,

      well, if the place during the high season is not crowded, I dare to doubt. There are too many hotels there. But nature is not far, so you should always find quiet spots. We were there in the postseason, and it was really nice and quiet there. I think that spring, fall and winter are perfect for a visit to Bled.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  10. Orange Diamond Blog
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    Hi monika,
    this is a charming city and I love water! At first I thought I knew the delicious cake, but thought it wrong. At some point I have to go!

    Best regards,
    Alexandra.

    • Monika
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      Liebe Alexandra,

      Above all, we liked the wonderful location on the lake. Once you leave the place, you are at the lake and in nature. From the castle, this is very easy to recognize: Petar's video, which was partly taken from there, shows how close nature is here. Let's see, maybe Bled offers a stopover on the way to the sea. Then we spend a little more time there to explore the area more closely.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  11. Eva
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    Dear Monika, we were also in Bled in the summer and I was generally very impressed with Slovenia, even if it's almost like being in Bavaria, right? Bled I found very nice but a bit old fashioned. Scenic Bohinj I liked better.
    Regards
    Eva

    • Monika
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      Liebe Eva

      I agree with you. Bled has something nostalgic. Especially in the Grand Hotel Toplice we felt that way. The Hotel Golf, where we stayed, is more modern. There we enjoyed the pool area very well. And as far as nature is concerned, the region at the far end of the lake has done the trick for us. We looked at the campsite and the glamping possibilities. That and the environment reminded us a bit of Canada. I think you can find something for everyone in Bled. Unfortunately, I do not know Bohinj. Maybe we'll do that next time.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  12. We were also in Slovenia this year, but only for a few days - we were with our Bulli on the way to Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro. Unfortunately we did not make it to Bled. But Slovenia is so beautiful that we will definitely come back, and then I would like to see Lake Bled and try the Kremšnita where it was invented. Incidentally, we were very excited about how well you can eat in Slovenia, even in restaurants without star decoration. A few recommendations we wrote down in our blog.

    • Monika
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      Yes, we also like Slovenia very well, Julia. We got to know both the farmhouse kitchen in the Gostilnas in the countryside, as well as the fine cuisine and found it just great. Hearty and good in the country inns, imaginative and delicious in the upscale restaurants. What we did not see anywhere on the menu were the dishes usually associated with old Yugoslavia, such as Cevapcici, Raznici, and others. Instead, there were wonderful fish dishes, hearty meat dishes and pastries, reminiscent of Austria. If you are interested, we have published two articles about it.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  13. Nicole
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    Wow!
    But your pictures also look like a promotional brochure! How crazy it is on Lake Bled! I'd like to start right there. That certainly looks fantastic even in the frosty season.

    Best regards
    Nicole, the traveling Berliner

    • Monika
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      Yes, Nicole. In the winter that must be breathtaking. And many thanks for your compliment to my photos. That pleases me very much.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  14. Monika & Petar Fox
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    Hello Victoria,

    Everything really fits in Bled: D

    Best regards,
    Monika

  15. Claudia
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    Jössas, now I got terrible hunger, looking at the pictures, so that I could not concentrate properly on the text ;-) Scherz, Slovenia has long been on the plan, maybe next year. Best regards, Claudia

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Then get in the mood for the creamy slices, Claudia: D The “smooth delicacies” in Slovenia are more likely to be found among the pastries. The kitchen there is pretty meat and fish heavy. But the country is really worth seeing.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  16. Lisa
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    Beautiful…. I've never thought of going to Bled. The environment seems beautiful. I can imagine a trip there well.

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Bled is beautifully situated on Lake Bled. The place offers a wonderful environment for hiking and swimming. The castle of Bled is worth a visit. Bled also offers the right accommodation for all tastes and budgets: everything from glamping to regular camping to 5 star hotels.

  17. Hello you two,
    Again, a wonderful report that makes you want more.
    How should I imagine the deliciously looking cake, because of the taste? Visually it looks very much like vanilla.

    And the area does not only look like real gourmet tips, but also after enjoyment hiking.
    Best regards
    Katja

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Dear Katja,

      with vanilla you're right. The Bled Cream Slice consists of puff pastry, with a thick layer of vanilla cream and cream. On the puff pastry lid then comes powdered sugar. And as far as walking is concerned, there are also many possibilities. Because the mountains on the other side of the lake are already part of the Triglav National Park. Once you leave the place, you are in the natural paradise.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  18. Sabine
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    Hello you two,

    a lake with a mountain landscape and forest around it is always a beautiful backdrop. The Pletna boats are great. Also this picture I like, in the background the mountains and the clouds ... simply beautiful!
    Sabine

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Hello Sabine,

      yes, Lake Bled is something special. If you leave the village and drive to the end of the lake, you can experience nature and pure silence. In the village there's everything you need for a relaxing and relaxing holiday. We liked it there very much.

      Best regards,
      Monika

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