Lake Bled is one of the most known places in Slovenia and one of the most visited ones. This magical, magnificent lake has one lone island where a charming church is located. There is no doubt that this is a Slovenia must-see. I had the chance to spend one day around and this is a once-in-a-life experience.
What to do in Lake Bled?
Ring the Wishing Bell
There is a legend dated from more that 500 years ago, that says that whoever rings the bell will have their wish come true.
To spend some time in the church there are two options:
- To rent a boat and paddle around the lake – You do not need prior experience to do this but be ready to feel a bit unstable at the beginning. The drive takes around 10-15 minutes and it costs €20 per hour.
- To rent a Pletna boat – This is a traditional wooden boat. You just need to sit down and enjoy the ride. It costs around €15 per person.
Traditionally visitors should walk the 99 steps leading to the Assumption of Mary Church, where you can ring the Wishing Bell.
Visit Lake Bled Castle
To enjoy one of the best views of Lake Bled you should visit this 1000 years old castle.
This is the oldest castle in Slovenia, dating to the year 1011. On a visit there, sept onto the lake-facing terraces and enjoy the spectacular view. The castle includes a museum detailing the history of Bled, and a restaurant with a wine cellar.
Bled Castle Opening Hours:
08:00 – 18:00: From January to March + November and December
08:00 – 20:00: From April to June + September & October
08:00 – 21:00: July & August
Take a Stroll around Lake Bled
Ready for a walk around a magical lake? In this case Lake Bled is the perfect place. It takes around 1 hour to walk the 6km distance, depending on how many times you stop to take pictures, and the views are stunning.
Personal tip: Do it at sunset… 😊
Hike to Mala Osojnica
If you are a hiking person, the walk to Mala Osojnica is the perfect plan for you. It is a quick hike, a little bit tough sometimes but the reward is a unique view of Lake Bled.
During the climb you will spend most of the time under the cover of trees. You know you are getting close to the top when you see the metal staircase. The main viewpoint – Mala Osojnica – is five minutes away from the stairs.
The entire hike takes one hour and you do not need hiking shoes, although I would recommend you to use them. Some running shoes could also be a good option in this case.
Visit Vintgar Gorge
Nearby you can visit Vintgar Gorge, one of the most amazing nature spot in the country. To access the gorge just walk the wooden boardwalk that follows the river to a waterfall.
Try Bled Cream Cake
Although every café in Slovenia serves it, the original source of Bled Cream Cake is Park Hotel.
This delicious dessert is one of the most popular ones in the country. It is said that the hotel is serving up Bled Cream Cake since 1953, shortly after the arrival of pastry chef Ištvan Lukačević following the Second World War. Hope you like it!! 😊
Have you ever been to Lake Bled? What did you like the most? Is there any other recommendation you would like to do?
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