I remember going through pictures of Slovenia before visiting it this summer (2015). Lake Bled, one of the most popular tourist destinations of the country, evoked a sense of fantasy- as if it was a place right out of a Grimms’ fairy tale. Located in the town of Bled, Lake Bled is an easy day trip from Ljubljana.
My journey started quite early from the Ljubljana bus stand and I reached the town of Bled early to use the entire day to my advantage.
The views were breathtaking!
I was astounded by the emerald green color of Bled and the small island in the middle. Lake Bled really looked right out of a fairy tale with stunning views of the Julian Alps. It was truly a sight to behold and one that ignites so many things….inspiration, romanticism, tranquility, joy and creativity.
The entire area around the lake is laden with cafes and several tourist activities and there’s even a casino!! For kids, there is a mini train ride while for adults there’s an Irish pub.
WHAT TO DO IN LAKE BLED:
- Take a long walk at the lake from the beginning to the end.
- Click a million pictures because you’ll be tired later.
- Eat the delicious Bled Cream Cake!
I wish I was carrying a book!!
- Use the traditional “pletna” ride (maximum of 8 people for EUR 12 each) for a view of the lake.
- Visit the Church of Assumption in the centre of the lake. This 14th century fresco-ed church has very famous “wishing bell” that grants a wish to anyone ringing it. Worth a shot, I’d say!
Bled has an ancient story because of its medieval Castle which is perched on a hilltop. Although almost every other person hikes to the castle, I chose to give it a miss and instead just wandered around the circumference of the lake. It turned out to be the best and most ideal way to see the lake and also quiet simple.
How to Reach Lake Bled:
If you are visiting Bled from Ljubljana, head to the Ljubljana bus station- Trg Osvobodilne fronte 4.
Where to Eat at Lake Bled:
I ate at Pizzeria Rustika which has a great service and several vegan options too!
Where to Stay in Lake Bled:
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KareninCalabriaAugust 12, 2018 at 4:07 am
I remember being enchanted with this location many years ago on a tour. Just spent an afternoon, but as you say, the place was magical.
ItalophiliaAugust 12, 2018 at 11:12 am
Thanks Karen for stopping by .. I agree too. But I hear its got worse over the years. Its been over 3 years for me, I can imagine.
Born to TravelJuly 18, 2016 at 5:07 am
Reading your post and enjoying your photos brought back memories of our day trip from Llubliana to Lake Bled. Like you we took the boat to the monastery in the middle then walked around about half the lake – just beautiful. Cheers, Mark
IshitaJuly 18, 2016 at 10:38 am
How lovely, it must have been out of a fantasy novel. the whole area is worth spending few nights 😀 cheers!
Manja Mexi MovieApril 11, 2016 at 7:47 pm
Ah, more Slovenia, brava! 🙂 I took amore and his daughters and bestia to the island three years ago, it was lovely. We had the cake – kremšnita – as well. And then continued to Lake Bohinj where we had a swim. Lovely memories. Well done to walk around the lake, I don’t think I have ever done that.
IshitaApril 11, 2016 at 10:37 pm
Grazie 🙂 I didn’t get a chance to visit lake Bohinj 🙁 nxt time . it was a long walk but fun.
JDKellyMarch 21, 2016 at 3:04 am
Looks like a magical and eerie place! Lovely photos. It’s nice to see some things from a country that is a little more under the radar than others.
IshitaMarch 21, 2016 at 3:22 pm
It was Kelly. It’s special to be here because people don’t usually visit it as much as other places
DarleneMarch 13, 2016 at 12:30 am
What a fabulous place. Your pictures are enticing.
IshitaMarch 13, 2016 at 4:36 pm
Thank you Darlene. Hope you are well 🙂
DarleneMarch 13, 2016 at 4:52 pm
All good here in Spain!!
IshitaMarch 13, 2016 at 5:02 pm
kirteyvermaMarch 12, 2016 at 7:06 pm
Wow – your pictures are stunning. This castle and its lake would be a great setting for some type of dark fairytale film… 🙂
Thanks for liking my post!
IshitaMarch 12, 2016 at 8:10 pm
I know it’s very much from a fantasy book. Who knows many books might have been written on it. Welcome 🙂 I enjoyed it
sunnydaysinseattleMarch 12, 2016 at 1:04 pm
Oh, I love that place! I took hundreds of photos around the lake then had a hard time parsing them because they are almost exactly the same haha
IshitaMarch 12, 2016 at 6:56 pm
Haha I agree on that. But the photos are better from afar. As it gets near it loses the importance 😉
christie jonesMarch 12, 2016 at 1:11 am
Great pictures! Especially the ones with snow covered mountains in the back! Happy traveling!:)
IshitaMarch 12, 2016 at 8:19 am
Caroline TMarch 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Uh, I really want to go to Lake Bled, that looks beautiful!
I went to Slovenia before, but never got to the lake, even though it was on my list. I guess I’ll have to go back to Slovenia again then 🙂
IshitaMarch 11, 2016 at 3:12 pm
Good reason you have 😀 Although I could visit the same places again any day! Where all did you visit?
Caroline TMarch 12, 2016 at 4:43 pm
I went to Ljubljana! That’s definitely a place I could also visit again 🙂 It’s a beautiful country
IshitaMarch 12, 2016 at 6:57 pm
It really is. Good that it’s picking tourism.
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panhirschMarch 11, 2016 at 4:16 am
What a relaxing place. Fairytale indeed ☺
IshitaMarch 11, 2016 at 7:14 am
Beautiful isn’t it. Was very relaxing from the hustle and bustle if Ljubljana
restlessjoMarch 11, 2016 at 3:19 am
A good place for a marriage proposal I hear 🙂 It always looks very beautiful.
IshitaMarch 11, 2016 at 7:15 am
Haha 😀 definitely! It’s so serene
PostcardZ from VictoriaMarch 11, 2016 at 2:37 am
Thank you for sharing, Ishita
Definitely from Grimm’s fairy tales! Castles are so intriguing, aren’t they? Although we know they were difficult places to live in, they still capture our imagination…
IshitaMarch 11, 2016 at 7:16 am
Absolutely… That’s true. Victoria after your next tour you must visit Slovenia. It’s so near to Italy. You will be enchanted. Prego 🙂
Michelle WilliamsMarch 10, 2016 at 8:24 pm
IshitaMarch 10, 2016 at 8:51 pm
TanjaMarch 10, 2016 at 6:42 pm
So cool that you liked it too! I once even swam in the lake:) you can do that in the summer:)
IshitaMarch 10, 2016 at 8:51 pm
How lovely. It was summer when I went but very windy and cloudy
Where the foodies goMarch 10, 2016 at 6:20 pm
Visited Slovenia in September…so true! Have you been to Ljubljana too? Another stunning place!
IshitaMarch 10, 2016 at 8:52 pm
I have been. In fact I took a day trip to Bled from Ljubljana 🙂 I could go again in a heartbeat
lindaravelloMarch 10, 2016 at 2:31 pm
Hi Ishita, my daughter has just come back from here where she was skiing and dog sledging, and took some lovely photos, like your amazing ones.
We are off to Bratislava next month – have you been here? (Have I asked you this before? I am that manic atm, I am losing track xx)
IshitaMarch 10, 2016 at 3:09 pm
Hello Linda. Must be due to your wedding 😀 I understand. Thank you for the photos. Haven’t been to Bratislava. Someday 🙂 (yes you asked before)
Travelling Ides of MarchMarch 10, 2016 at 10:55 am
It really looks like a fairytale. Mountains and the lake…wow.
IshitaMarch 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm
It truly is amazing. Next destination? 😉
Stacy di AnnaMarch 10, 2016 at 8:57 am
Stunning! Was it a day trip from somewhere in Italy?
IshitaMarch 10, 2016 at 10:17 am
Hey Stacy. No I stayed in Slovenia for several days 🙂 Took a day trip from Ljubljana
SandraMarch 10, 2016 at 8:38 am
IshitaMarch 10, 2016 at 8:39 am
Thanks Sandra 🙂