FROM A FAIRYTALE: LAKE BLED TRAVEL GUIDE
This Lake Bled Travel Guide informs you about one of the most famous places in Slovenia and gained a lot of attention in the last couple of years. The picture-perfect lake with the church in the middle is the perfect place to relax and is definitely something you can’t miss when visiting Slovenia. Discover the surroundings or get active on the lake by renting a small boat to visit the church on the little island. Lake Bled can be found on around 30 minutes of Ljubljana airport (and therefore great to combine with a visit to Ljubljana). Visiting Lake Bled was part of our 5-6 week Balkan itinerary.
DO & SEE
1. STROLL AROUND THE LAKE
A walk around the entire lake will last around 1 to 1,5 hour. You will have the opportunity to view the island in the middle of the lake from all sides and every side will impress you again. Take your swim wear and enjoy the water when you are half way (assuming you start from the side with the majority of accommodation). You also don’t have to worry, as there are different places that allow you to freshen up with something to eat or drink.
2. VISIT THE VIEWPOINT
3. HIKE TO AND THROUGH VINTGAR GORGE
This Lake Bled Travel guide reaches further than Bled, because Vintgar Gorge can’t be missed! As far as I am aware, there are busses that will get you to Vintgar Gorge. However, it is definitely possible to walk there, which is around 6 km. For us, getting there was almost the highlight of the full experience! Google Maps works perfectly. We took the road that starts behind Bled Castle.
!! Definitely have a drink in one of the villages you pass on the way! Even though you just walk for a couple of km’s, you will be in a more remote and less touristic area, which gives a different experience. We had a drink in Podham.
4. Bled castle
On top of the hill, you’ll find Bled Castle. We didn’t visit because of the price, but the views on the place are great. This picture is taken from Pub Bled – so great views from there are guaranteed.
EAT & DRINK
1. Bled Cream Cake (Kremšnita)
2. PIZZARIA RUSTIKA
One of the most famous restaurants around Lake Bled is Pizzeria Rustika, and for a reason. Pizzas are delicious, and the toppings might interest you, as we had the one and only nacho cheese pizza. Sounds horrific, but actually tasted very good. If you want to be sure of a spot, pop by in the afternoon to make a reservation for the evening. Enjoy your pizza on the nice outside terrace.
3. Oštarija Babji zob
This is another restaurant we visited, with both an inside and outside area available, they specialise in Slovenian dishes mainly based on fish and meat.
4. PUB BLED (TROHA PUB)
We stayed in a lovely little guesthouse/hostel called Garden House. We had our own little double room, with shared toilet and bathroom that were all very neat. Outside, there was a little relaxation area where you could get nice craft beers. We stayed here for around €60 per night.
Images: Booking.com / Tripadvisor.com
We enjoyed our stay to the fullest, but to give a full overview, I would like to give some potential recommendations we haven’t seen, but I’ve heard or read they are worth visiting and therefore should be included in this Lake Bled Travel Guide.
Lake Bohinj is the quieter and bigger lake close to Lake Bled. It lies 26 km south west of Lake Bled and is famous for its clear water and nice surroundings.
Camping Bled provides little glamping huts with your own jacuzzi. It is slightly more expensive than the average accommodation, but it would have been a nice experience.