A Comprehensive Guide To Exploring Lake Bled Slovenia
Lake Bled Travel Guide
Located in the midst of the Julian Alps, Lake Bled is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Slovenia. Lake Bled is a great destination for everyone, from solo traveler to family or a group of friends.
If you love nature and outdoor activities, why not take a day or even weeks to explore this magical place and its surrounding? Believe me, you won’t be disappointed!
Introduction and Contents
In this article, you will find all the information that you need to have the best time at Lake Bled Slovenia.
This guide is divided into the following sections:
How to get to Lake Bled from Ljubljana
The best things to do in Lake Bled
The best Lake Bled tour
Recommended accommodation in Lake Bled
The best time to visit Lake Bled
Things to do in Slovenia besides Lake Bled
How to get to Lake Bled from Ljubljana?
a) Ljubljana to Lake Bled by bus
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Price: 7 Euro
Traveling by bus from Ljubljana to Lake Bled is the easiest way. There are regular buses departing from the main bus station in Ljubljana daily from approximately 6 am to 10 pm.
There are also frequent return buses from Lake Bled to Ljubljana, so you can make an easy day trip without any problem. Just make sure to check to departure time before you leave the bus station to explore Lake Bled.
Ticket price for one way is 7 Euro and discounts are available for return tickets and children’s tickets.
Ljubljana Bus station (Ljubljana Avtobusna Postaja) is located in front of the train station on Trg Osvobodilne.
There are two bus stations that you can get off near Lake Bled. The first bus stop is Union bus stop which is 300 m from Lake Bled, and the next one is the Bled Bus station which also has the same distance from the lake. The bus station stop is closer to Bled Castle so you might want to get off there depending on your itinerary.
Please note that there are some buses from Ljubljana to Bled are local buses so you cannot book the seat and there’s no announcement.
You should use your timetable and a map or be vigilant about road signs. My best tip is to let the bus driver know where you would like to get off so he can remind you.
b) Ljubljana to Lake Bled by train
There are two train stations in Bled: Lesce train station and Jezero Bled train station.
Lesce train station is located 4.5 km from Lake Bled so you will need to take a bus after arriving at the train station to get to the lake.
On the other hand, Jezero Bled train station is located on the Western side of the lake so it would be better to get there instead.
Jezero Bled train station is about 3 km from Bled town and 2.5 km from Bled castle.
There are daily trains departing from Ljubljana station to Jezero Bled train station and vice versa.
I planned to go back by train from Jezero Bled but the train never came and I ended up hitchhiking to Bled bus station instead, so you should check the time schedule with the train operator if you’d like to get back to Ljubljana by train.
What are the best things to do in Lake Bled?
After arriving at Jezero Bled station, you can follow the beautiful walking path to the lake.
It takes approximately 10 minutes to reach the lake, but it might take more time if you wander slowly and take tons of pictures (which was exactly what I did!)
Walk around the lake
Wandering around the lake is definitely one of the best things to do here. It usually takes around 1 to 2 hours depending on your speed and number of stops.
You can enjoy the breath-taking reflection of Bled Island with stunning mountains from the background. I think the best word to describe this fantastic lake is magical.
I stopped countless times to take pictures of the lake because it was so beautiful. The lake looked magnificent from every angle and gave me a feeling of a fairytale town.
Wandering around the lake, you can see lots of family going picnic and doing different activities.
Swim at Lake Bled in the summer
If you visit lake Bled during summer time, don’t forget to pack a swimsuit with you! Refreshing yourself while swimming in the lake and enjoying the view will bring a nice experience.
Row a boat to the Bled Island and ring the Wishing Bell
There are several ways to get to Bled Island. You can rent a kayak, a Pletna boat or a wooden rowing boat and row it by yourself. It’s lovely to row the boat around the lake and exploring the surrounding areas.
It usually takes 10 to 30 minutes to get to Bled island but it took me longer cause I took lots of pictures and enjoyed the view while on the boat.
After arriving at the island, you can walk the 90 stairs and visit the church of the Assumption. People say that if you ring the bell in the church, it will bring you good luck.
After visiting the Church of Assumption, you should take a walk around the island. Although the island is really small, it’s nice to wander around and enjoy the scenery from the island.
Visit Bled Castle
The most beautiful view of Lake Bled and its island is from Bled Castle. Perched on a rocky cliff about 135 meters above the lake, Bled Castle is known as the oldest castle in Slovenia.
In addition to charming architecture, Bled castle is also a great place to know more about printing works. In the summer, you can meet the Castle lord and join archery tournament.
Enjoy Bled Cream Cake
After finishing traditional cuisine, don’t forget to treat yourself with the most famous dessert from Lake Bled – Bled cream cake.
Bled cream cake – Kremšnita is a delicacy of Lake Bled. A golden crispy crust made from butter dough, topped with whipped cream and a crispy layer then sprinkled with icing sugar will give you a nice bite.
Explore Bled Town
The Bled town is a small but lovely place. If you get to Lake Bled from Ljubljana by bus, you will arrive at Bled town. It’s a nice stop to have lunch or a coffee in the morning.
You can also join campsites and stay at small apartments around Lake Bohinj. Some recommended apartments for your trip are Apartments Brina (shared garden with seating furniture and a sauna), and Apartments Lake Bohinj(with a nice barbecue area).
When is the best time to visit Lake Bled Slovenia?
The best time to visit Lake Bled is around May to early June as the high season starts from the middle of June until August.
I visited Lake Bled at the beginning of June and it wasn’t crowded. The weather was lovely in the morning but rained a bit in the afternoon. Overall it was nice and enjoyable.
Spring is the best time to visit if you want to avoid crowds entirely, and January is great if you’re into skiing.
Things to do near Lake Bled
The area in the Northwestern of Slovenia is gorgeous and has so much more to offer than just Lake Bled. If you have extra time, you should allocate more than one day to explore the surrounding area.
Participate in outdoor activities at Lake Bohinj
From Lake Bled, you can take a bus or bike to Bohinj – the largest natural lake in Slovenia.
This precious lake offers endless outdoor activities for nature-lovers such as hiking, cycling, enjoying nature, etc.
Also, lake Bohinj is famous as a great spot for winter break with bountiful winter activities. You can book different skiing package or have a ski pass for fun winter time here.
Triglav National park
A trip to Slovenia would be incomplete without a visit to Triglav National Park – a must-see for nature enthusiasts!
Triglav National Park is considered as one of the oldest European parks and comprises almost the entire Slovenian part of the Julian Alps.
The park lies in the vicinity of Bled so you can spend time hiking or driving around. There are also numerous hiking trails to Triglav Peak.
Explore Vintgar Gorge
Located about 4 km from Bled Town, Vintgar Gorge is a 1600 m scenic trail leading to the Sum Waterfalls.
The gorge is stunning and looks magical with the midst of fog above the water. The walk towards the waterfall is nice and good to take photos.
The best time to explore Vintgar Gorge is in the early morning because it can be crowded after that when the tourists come.
Note: Vintgar Gorge is CLOSED until the beginning of May.