Less than an hour from Ljubljana lies Lake Bled, one of the most charming destinations in Europe. Its fairy-tale surrounding, the picturesque lake island, the medieval castle perched upon a rock cliff and its emerald green waters make it a perfect place for a romantic getaway as well as a great place for those seeking relaxation. One day in Bled is just enough time to see all Bled top sights, try some local food and take up one of the many activities around the lake. Whether you choose to make a day trip from Ljubljana or if 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 Lake Bled, it’s beautiful all year round. Winter is a special part of the year, when the snow makes everything even more magical. In the summer, a lot of outdoor activities are available, including swimming in the clear waters of the lake. If you want to skip the crowd and overpricing, visit from January to March or from October to November.
What’s good to know about Bled?
The town of Bled, with its iconic Lake Bled, lies in northwestern Slovenia and is surrounded by mountains. The Bled Island is famous not just for its fairy-tale beauty, but also because it’s the only Slovenian island. The lake itself is just 2 km by 1.4 km big, which makes it a perfect size for the 6km walk along the shore.
One Day in Bled Itinerary
Follow this guide and make the most of your trip even if you’re short on time. These are the top sights and things to do during your one day in Bled.
Reach the lake right in the morning
Bled is quite a small town, so the lake will be reachable by foot no matter where your accommodation 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 because you WILL stop so many times along the shore. Prepare your camera because you won’t resist taking photos of the lake from every single angle. Take a slice of bread with you so that you can feed the 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 Bled’s cream cake called Kremšnita
If you want to take a 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 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 will be facing the baroque Church of the Assumption that’s built on the foundations on an 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 sunset
Ascend the Bled Castle at sunset for an 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 overlooks the whole town, and the food is really tasty. The place also serves the Bled Cream Cake in case you missed it during the day. Make sure you reserve your table at least a 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 happens to be directly underneath the castle. Visit Pub Lovec later in the night for a wide selection of both local and European beers.
Where to stay in Bled?
Grand Hotel Toplice
Cesta Svobode 12, 4260 Bled
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.
Cesta svobode 18, 4260 Bled
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 1950s.
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Anca is a travel writer and the founder of One Day Itinerary - the biggest collection of travel itineraries for those who are time-limited or just want to maximize their time while traveling. Although she easily becomes homesick for Croatia, she thinks travel is essential to her happiness. She has traveled to more countries than she is years old and doesn’t plan on changing that fact. In her travel guides she aims to inspire people to travel whenever they have a spare day (or two).