Summer Holidays in Bled

Bled is a beautiful Slovenian resort town in the foot hills of the Julian Alps and is set alongside the glacial, spectacular Lake Bled. 

On a cliff overlooking the lake is the 11th century Bled Castle which houses a museum, chapel and printing press.  In the centre of the lake is the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria and its steep staircase and bell tower. 

Getting here - fly toLjubjana:

The closest airport is Ljubljana - about 54km to Bled.

Summer Holidays in Bled

Bled is amongst the most popular places to visit in Slovenia.  And not surprisingly.................

As picturesque as a destination can be, Bled is one of the most striking Alpine resorts going and offers something for all manner of visitors, be they old, young, those in search of activity or in need of relaxation.

It truly is the dictionary definition of serenity. Slovenia’s only island is the focal point, a small haven with the quaintest of churches dominating the scene. Learn about the history of time telling in the separate Bell Tower before tasting some traditional potica, a pastry nut roll with no end of fillings. Some 600m above the lake we find Bled Castle, the oldest in the country, keeping an ever-present protective watch over the lake.

Of course it is the lake that steals the show, with glistening blue-green water that must be seen to be believed. A 6km long path winds around it, providing one of the most tranquil walks we’ve ever taken. Indeed, there aren’t many more relaxing experiences than a slow stroll in the sun as the Alpine mountains reflect off the picture-perfect lake. One last thing: don’t be put off by the ever-growing number of tourists visiting, Lake Bled deserves every visitor it receives, while still rewarding each with some of it's own special magic.

Highlights

Lake Bled

Bled's most famous feature is the crystal-clear lake which has an island crowned by the 55-metre tower of the Baroque Church of the Assumption. The backdrop of mountains makes this view especially irresistible. Visitors can take a boat tour to the island (€12) on characteristic pletna boats, which include half an hour to wander around or visit the church. Boats leave from the Health Park, at Hotel Park and at the rowing centre.

Bled Castle

The oldest castle in Slovenia as well as the one with arguably the most dramatic location, Bled Castle is yet another iconic feature of this glorious destination.

Aside from the predictably gob-smacking views on offer, the castle also has a number of attractions to entice longer visitors, among them a small museum showing the history of Bled from the beginning of time to the present day, a wine cellar, an old printing press, a castle forge, souvenir shop and a restaurant. The castle is reached via a fairly steep 15-minute climb.

Iglica Waterfall

One of the jewels of Bled's surrounding nature, Iglica waterfall is a 25m plume of water that plunges down a limestone rock face, many of which nearby serve as climbing walls. Here on the Suha stream, the fall is best admired in spring, a wooden stairway allowing access to the great surrounding views on the clifftop. Signposted from the village of Bohinjska Bela, south east of Bled lake by the road to Bohinj.

Vintgar Gorge

The 1.6 km long Vintgar gorge carves its way through the vertical rocks of the Hom and Boršt hills and is graced by the Radovna with its waterfalls, pools and rapids. The educational trail leads you over wooden bridges and Žumr’s galleries and ends with a bridge overlooking the mighty 13 m high Šum waterfall.

Triglav National Park

The Triglav National Park, the only national park in Slovenia, lies in the immediate vicinity of Bled. It comprises one of the most beautiful and attractive areas of Slovenia, almost the entire Slovenian part of the Julian Alps. The territory of the National Park is very picturesque and varied. The highest mountain in Slovenia, Triglav (2864 m), after which the park was named, lies in its centre. From Triglav, deep and sharply cut valleys, mainly of glacial origin, open on all sides in the form of a fan.

Staying in Lake Bled

We offer a range of hotels and apartments

Getting here - fly to Zagreb orLjubjana:

The closest airport is Zagreb (Croatia) just 32km away. Graz in Austria is 156km away and Ljubljana is 105km.

What we like

  • Bled is steeped in history and tradition and has so much to offer everyone
  • There is so much to do here - hiking, swimming, sightseeing not to mention all the culinary delights it has to offer

Arrival and Transport

Tucked up close to the Austrian border, as little as an hour away from the Slovene capital Ljubljana, getting to Bled by train, bus or car is a relatively painless experience.

Arriving by Plane
Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport is located approximately half way between Ljubljana and Bled.

Arriving by Bus
Buses leave every hour on the hour from the main bus station in Ljubljana and take about 70 minutes to make the journey. 

Eating out

  • Long famous for its legendary cream cakes, in recent years Bled's culinary scene has really begun to flourish, with some of the country's top chefs plying their trade at various venues in and near the town.
  • For those who are simply looking to for a decent meal rather than the full on four-star gourmet experience, Bled also offers plenty of choices, from hearty regional cuisine served in family-run 'gostilna' to Chinese, Mexican and various takeaway options.

Sport and Recreation

  • Centred around a lake and rivers, there are also many water sports to choose from, including swimming, rafting, fishing, rowing and for those who'd like to get a bit more extreme diving, canyoning and hydro-speed.
  • Surrounded by the Alps, sports such as skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating and ice climbing are popular during the winter months.
  • Last but not least, for technophiles there is ample opportunity to hunt for treasure using so-called geocaching apps on your smartphone or other GPS-enable devices.

Top 10 things to do

  • Bled Island
  • Bled Castle
  • Boat the Lake
  • Cream Cakes
  • Bike or hike round the Lake
  • Vintgar Gorge
  • Rafting in Soca
  • Hiking Mt Triglav

Holiday insurance

Holiday insurance is a requirement when booking our holidays

If you have a policy in place - that's great - if not the policy on our site is available from MPI  This covers all the key areas.

  • Hotel Jelovica

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    100 BEDROOMS FREE WIFI AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT FREE CAR PARKING SWIMMING POOL, SAUNA, SOLARIUM HALF BOARD

    The charming Hotel Jelovica is set in a superb location close to the Lake Bled and near the foot of the castle.  

     

     

     

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  • Hotel Triglav

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    22 BEDROOMS COMPLIMENTARY CAR PARK INTERNET ACCESS IN THE BEDROOMS SWIMMING POOL, SAUNA AND RELAXATION ROOM

    From almost every vantage point in the Hotel Triglav - from the dining room, the wine patio, the guest rooms to even the swimming pool - you will glimpse the most beautiful views of Lake Bled with it's romantic island and the mountains beyond.

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  • Grand Hotel Toplice

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    87 SUITES AND ROOMS ALL EN-SUITE PET FRIENDLY WELLNESS CENTRE 2 RESTAURANTS PRIVATE PARKING

    The location of Grand Hotel Toplice is just magical. Set in the stunning alpine resort of Bled, the hotel sits on the lake shore overlooking the small island of Otok, with its fairy tale church, and beyond towards Bled Castle with the Julian Alps in the background.

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  • Hotel Park

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    217 ROOMS AND SUITES PET FRIENDLY INDOOR HEATED SWIMMING POOL WELLNESS FACILITIES FREE PRIVATE PARKING FREE WIFI

    The Hotel Park is located in the very centre of Bled right on the shores of the very beautiful Lake Bled.  The hotel offers plenty of facilities including an indoor rooftop swimming pool with stunning views of the lake and the picture-postcard castle.

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  • Hotel Ribno

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    58 BEDROOMS ALL EN-SUITE OUTDOOR PUBLIC PARKING WIFI INTERNET ACCESS SMALL WELLNESS FACILITIES

    The four star Hotel Ribno is situated near Lake Bled, in the peaceful outskirts of the village. Located in a clearing surrounded by pine forests there is peace and quiet from the very start of your holiday.

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  • Glamping Ribno

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    6 HOUSES IN TOTAL SLEEP UP TO 4 PEOPLE FREE WIFI ACCESS PARKING AVAILABLE PRIVATE SAUNA HIRE

    Glamping Ribno features six cosy Slovenian huts nestled in a superb location not far from the greatest Slovenian jewel, Lake Bled.  

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  • Hotel Golf

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    150 BEDROOMS FREE WIFI THROUGHOUT THE HOTEL ŽIVA WELLNESS CENTRE HALF BOARD ACCOMMODATION PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED

    The Golf Hotel is a modern conference and spa hotel standing on a small hill in the centre of Bled. It is embraced by a green park of ancient trees and offers wonderful views towards the lake, the castle and the Julian Alps.

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  • Hotel Savica

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    103 BEDROOMS FREE WIFI ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY PRIVATE PARKING PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED

    Ideally located just 250 metres from the fairy tale Lake Bled, Hotel Savica offers an exceptionally family friendly ambience with traditional family bedrooms and healthy, delicious food for all appetites.

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  • Hotel Jadran

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    45 BEDROOMS HALF BOARD OPTION FREE WIFI PETS ARE WELCOME FREE PARKING

    The Hotel Jadran is located on a small hill above Lake Bled. Embraced by green ivy it looks somewhat like a romantic villa. A little distanced from the lively beat of Bled itself, the hotel will impress those who want to start the day with an invigorating walk or run along the quiet part of the lake.  

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