Bled is a picture perfect town nestled at the entrance to the Julian Alps and Slovenia’s magnificent Triglav park. The Fairytale lake with its tiny island and church perched in the middle, the castle which sits high above the town and mountains that surround it from all angles makes Bled one of those places you really have to see to believe! It might be quite a small place but there is wealth of different things to see and do here and when in Slovenia it is just one of those places you cannot miss!
Sitting proudly above the city on a rocky outcrop at an elevation of 599m this medieval castle, the oldest in Slovenia, is straight out of a fairytale! You can just imagine a beautiful princess and her handsome Prince living here above the lake and surrounded by snow capped mountains. Not only does the castle make the area around the lake even more stunning but the views from the top cannot be missed. If you are on the lookout for the perfect shot of the famous island in the middle of the lake then this is the place to come, it’s one of the best viewpoints on Lake Bled and one of the easiest to access too.
One of the most striking features of Bled lake is the tiny island that sits in the middle and the church which almost impossibly sits in the middle. The only way to get out here is on a boat, you can either take one of the tourist ferries or rent out your own rowing boat to the centre of the lake! Either way walking the steps of the 17th century church of the Assumption of Mary and a beautiful experience!
Cycle or walk around the lake
The route around the lake is around 3 miles of easy going and picturesque walking or cycling which is an absolute must do. To see the lake from so many angles is to truly take in the sheer beauty of the place! From the far end of the lake the island and castle look even more majestic than you could ever have imagined. Around here the crowds disperse and you have many of the little hidden corners of the lake to yourself, well, unless that is you don’t mind sharing it with the local wildlife and listening to a chorus of birdsong! See more here: Cycling around Lake Bled
Just 4km from Bled is probably one of the most beautiful and jaw dropping places we have ever had the privilege of visiting, Vintgar gorge is a deep canyon carved by the most impossibly turquoise river you will ever set your eyes upon! The clarity and colour of the water is a testament to the stunning nature on offer in Slovenia. The entrance price is also ridiculously cheap for such a wonderful place to visit, if you do one thing in Bled then make sure you make your way over to Vintgar Gorge! See more here: Mindblowing Vintgar Gorge
Being set in the mountains then it will come as no surprise that Bled has an almost endless supply of adventure activities to try out! it might just be Slovenia’s answer to Interlaken! From skydriving to Paragliding, canyoning to rafting you can get your kicks here on the rocks, in the water or even in the sky! We were unfortunately cursed with some awful weather whilst in Bled which put the brakes on many of the adventures we had planned, but we took the opportunity when the weather broke to go canyoning in a stunning gorge in Triglav national park for an unforgettable adventure before the snow came!! See more here: Canyoning in the Julian Alps
Churches, historic buildings and other things to see
If adventure isn’t really your thing then never fear, Bled is also a very historic town with plenty of amazing churches and other notable buildings to visit too. The main church of St. Martin that sits just below the castle just adds to the fairytale appearance of Bled with its green spire rising into the air from a thickly wooded area. There are also several Lidos that surround the lake for a refreshing dip in the summer months!
Eat a Bled cream cake!
One other thing you must do whilst in Bled is to eat one of the famous Bled cream cakes, there are only 2 places in the town to get an authentic slice from but the most memorable has to be the cafe in the castle. Enjoy this filling and tasty treat with a view you will never forget!