Less than an hour ride from Ljubljana lies the Lake Bled, one of the most charming destinations in the Europe. Its fairy-tale surrounding with the picturesque lake island, medieval castle perched upon a rock cliff and the emerald green waters makes it a perfect place for a romantic getaway as well as a great place for those seeking relaxation. One day in Bled is just a right time to see all the Bled top sights, try some local food and do one of the many activities around the lake. Whether you choose to make a day trip from Ljubljana or you decide to spend a night in Bled, you’re going to enjoy your day to the fullest.
What’s the best time to visit Bled?
There’s no wrong time for visiting the Lake Bled, it’s beautiful all year round. Winter is the special part of the year, with the snow making it even more magical. In the summer, a lot of outdoor activities can be done, including swimming in the clear waters of the lake. If you want to skip the crowd and overpricing, visit January-March or October-November.
What’s good to know about Bled?
Bled town, with it’s iconic Lake Bled lies in northwest Slovenia, surrounded by the mountains. The Bled Island is famous not just for its fairy-tale beauty, but also cause it’s the only Slovenian island. The Lake itself is measuring just 2 km by 1.4 km which makes a perfect size for the 6km walk along the shore.
One Day in Bled Itinerary
Top things to do on Lake Bled, Slovenia
Follow this guide and make the best of your trip even if you’re short on time. These are the top sights and things to do on your one day in Bled.
Reach the Bled Lake right in the morning
Bled town is quite small, so the lake would be reachable by foot no matter where your accomodation is. The walk around the emerald lake is a must for any visitor. It will take you the whole morning for this 6 kilometer walk cause you’re gonna stop so many times along the shore. Prepare your camera, cause you won’t resist taking photos of the lake from every single angle. Take a slice of the bread so you can feed ducks and swans along the way.
Rent a bike
If you’re more into cycling than walking rent a bike in one of a few bike rentals around the town. The bike rental will maximize your time, so you’ll have much more time for sights exploration and food tasting.
Taste the Bled’s cream cake called Kremšnita
If you want to do the coffee break, make sure the coffee place serves Kremšnita – Bled’s famous cream cake. This chantilly and custard cream cake dessert is popular all over the Central/ East Europe, but the one in Bled, also called Kremna rezina, is considered one of the best.
Take a Pletna boat ride to the Bled Island
You can’t leave Bled without stepping into the only Slovenian island – Bled Island. The easiest way to reach the island is by taking the traditional wooden boat known as Pletna boat. Once you reach the island you need to make 99 stairs and if you manage to do that while carrying your lady it means you’re going to have a happy marriage.
Visit the Church of the Assumption and the Bell Tower
Once you have conquered all the 99 steps you’re gonna be facing with the baroque Church of the Assumption that’s built on the foundations on the ancient pagan temple. There is a “wishing bell” inside of the church. Make a wish and ring the bell three times and it will surely come true. At the end, climb the Bell Tower for an even more beautiful view of the Bled surrounding.
Ascend the Bled Castle just around the sunset
Ascend the Bled Castle at the time of the sunset for even more spectacular view of the Lake and the mountains in the distance. The walk up to there is a steep one, but worth every step. If you’re a history enthusiast don’t miss a visit to the Castle Museum.
Have a dinner at the Bled Castle Restaurant
The Bled Castle Restaurant is a bit pricey, but worth every penny. The nice interior is overlooking the whole Bled Town, and the food is really a tasty one. The place also serves the Bled Cream Cake in a case you missed it during the day. Make sure you reserve the table at least few hours in advance.
If you’re looking for a nice bar in the vicinity, you don’t need to walk much, as the Castle Beach is happen to be directly underneath the castle. Visit the Pub Lovec later in the night, for the wide selection of both local and European beers.
Make your trip to Bled even more exciting! Check out Tripadvisor for all the activities and organized tours in Bled or around the area. Make sure to purchase your tickets to all the attractions right away to skip the queues.
Where to stay in Bled?
Grand Hotel Toplice
The Grand Hotel Toplice offers luxury stay and perfect relaxation in the exquisite property of timeless elegance. The hotel features a private beach, swimming pool, boutique wellness center and several bars and restaurants. In the summer, enjoy a live piano music by the lake on the terrace of the Aperitiv Bar lounge.
Rikli Balance Hotel
The Rikli Balance Hotel is located in the very heart of the Bled town, surrounded by the beautiful park with the magnificent views of Lake Bled. The hotel features one of Slovenia’s best wellness centers and hotel swimming pools.
Vila Bled is an exquisite luxury property that used to be President Tito’s former summer residence. Surrounded by a lovely park that leads down to the shores of Lake Bled, it provides an exquisite fairy tale experience. It offers a varied palette of rooms and suites, all elegantly furnished in a style reminiscent of the 1950’s.
Villa Istra is located right next to Bled Lake and features unique views of the lake and its surroundings. It features spacious and bright rooms furnished with the unique classical-style furniture. Guest can enjoy villa’s lovely garden.
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