Lake Bled- Out of Grimms' Fairy Tale

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 colour 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, joy and creativity.

The entire area of the lake is laden with cafes and tourist activities and don’t forget there’s even a casino!! For kids, there is a mini train ride while for adults there’s an Irish pub.


  1. Take a long walk at the lake from the beginning to the end.
  2. Click a million pictures because you’ll be tired later.
  3. Eat the delicious Bled Cream Cake!

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Lake Bled- Out of Grimms’ Fairy Tale
Lake Bled- Out of Grimms’ Fairy Tale


Lake Bled- Out of Grimms’ Fairy Tale

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Bled also houses a medieval Castle which is perched on a hilltop ( I told you it was like a fairy tale).

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.

I wish I was carrying a book!!

4. Use the traditional “pletna” ride (maximum of 8 people for EUR 12 each) for a view of the lake.

5. Visit the Church of Assumption in the centre of the lake. This 14th century frescoed church has very famous “wishing bell” that grants a wish to anyone ringing it. Worth a shot, I’d say!

Lake Bled- Out of Grimms’ Fairy Tale
Lake Bled- Out of Grimms’ Fairy Tale
Lake Bled- Out of Grimms’ Fairy Tale
Lake Bled- Out of Grimms’ Fairy Tale
Lake Bled- Out of Grimms’ Fairy Tale
Lake Bled- Out of Grimms’ Fairy Tale


Lake Bled- Out of Grimms’ Fairy Tale
Lake Bled- Out of Grimms’ Fairy Tale

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:

Villa Istra


Bled Apartments

Villa Istra

Penzion Berc


43 thoughts on “Lake Bled- Out of Grimms' Fairy Tale

  1. 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)

    1. 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)

  2. 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…

    1. Absolutely… That’s true. Victoria after your next tour you must visit Slovenia. It’s so near to Italy. You will be enchanted. Prego 🙂

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

    1. 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.

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