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.
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.
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.
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.
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.