Whilst in Slovenia we were told about the two amazing glacial lakes of Bled and Bohinj over in the Alpine region of the country. Both are absolutely stunning but we got asked on more than one occasion which was the best and also which we would be most likely to recommend for a visit. Well the answer is and isn’t straight forward (I’m not giving it away just yet you will have to keep on reading). So here’s our take on visiting the great lakes of Slovenia!
What we loved about lake Bled:
Lake Bled is amazing because there is so much to see and do and is also very lively. The lake is very easy to get around, it takes approx 1 hour to walk around although we chose to cycle around, which is great to do especially when the weather is beautiful. The castle which overlooks the lake is one of Bled’s great attractions as the views that it offers from the top are spectacular. One thing we missed out on doing is taking a boat ride or renting a canoe to visit the island, a huge unexpected blizzard scuppered our chances of that one! Although it was a bummer not having the chance to visit the island, the snow made for some beautiful winter like pictures. We also used the bikes to take a trip over to the stunning Vintgar gorge, which only took around 20 minutes cycling. Everything around the area is very easy to get to by foot or bike and there are many outdoor activity places to book trips such as canyoning, rafting and hiking.
Read more about bled: Guide to Picture perfect Bled
What we are not so keen on about Bled:
One of the only downsides to lake Bled is one minute it can be very peaceful and serene and then the next minute buses full of tourists show up and the place is over run and feels crowded. The weather is very interchangeable and unpredictable which ruined our chance to do the emerald river tour and also visit the island. The first couple of days were really sunny and warm but then it snowed really heavily which pretty much kept us indoors.
What we loved about Bohinj:
We first had a flying visit to lake Bohinj with the owner of the outdoor activity company after our canyoning trip. This was a blessing in disguise because if he didn’t offer to take us for a pint by the lake that day we would have only seen it full of snow. The lake is definitely one of the most beautiful we have ever seen and on a clear sunny day makes for some beautiful pictures of the mountains reflecting on the lake. It is also much quieter and more peaceful than Bled and also offers various activities such as kayaking, canoeing and SUP as well as sport climbing on the 40m high limestone crag next to the lake.
What we are not so keen on about Bohinj:
We arrived there a couple of days after our flying visit and after the blizzard, the snow had hit Bohinj much harder than Bled which basically shut everything down, that meant we couldn’t do anything other than short walks around parts of the lake, although the pictures were still great and gave it a different perspective. There is also not many choices for accommodation when you are on a budget. We ended up staying in a weird B&B that was full of taxidermy, and with the weather being so bad we just felt a little isolated.
It’s really too hard for me to pick one of these lakes as the best, but the way I would do it after my experience of each would be to stay in Bled for at least 3 nights and just take a day trip over to Bohinj as they are not too far away from each other (approx 20 km) which takes around an hour on the bus and only costs around 4 euros for a single. I would also keep checking the weather and only visit Bohinj on a nice clear day.