The Emerald Lake
The moment you lay your eyes on Bled, you will fall head over heels in love with this special place. Bled certainly lives up to its winning reputation with its quaint picture-postcard town, emerald-green lake and medieval castle all surrounded by the Julian Alps. With all of this beauty there is no wonder this is a popular spot luring all walks of life from backpackers to honeymooners by the droves in the summer to both relax and take in the beauty, or to head out and explore the great outdoors.
Did You Know?
- Slovenia’s only island is located on Lake Bled
- Ringing the church bell o the island is said to bring good luck, so during the day the bell rings out with hopeful visitors trying their luck
- Lake Bled hosted the World Rowing Championships in 2011
1. Lake Bled
The Lake is the major attraction to the town with an activity to suit everyone’s type of holiday style. There is a 6km trail around the lake that is easily walked, or there are many bike hire places in town so you can hire a bike and cycle around. From the trail you can head off to find hidden gems like sightseeing rises, Castle Hill or get involved on the lake itself. You can hire a rowboat and explore the lake and its island or swim on one of the many beaches. There are thermal springs at the north-east side of the lake that lead into three swimming pools at the Grand Hotel Toplice, Hotel Park and Hotel Golf where you can pay to visit.
2. Bled Island
The only island in Slovenia, Bled Island is a recognizable symbol with its Church of Assumption sitting at the top of a 99 stone-step staircase. It’s popular with Slovenians to get married in the church – where tradition is for the groom to carry the bride up the top of the staircase without dropping her for good luck! Inside the church there is a wishing bell, where you can have a tug of the rope and make your own wish. To get to the island, hire a boat or jump on-board one of the traditional wooden Pletna boats dotted around the lake and a local will take you there.
3. Hills around the lake
There are many trails around the lake up into the hills to sightseeing points that will take your breath away. Here’s a couple you can take:Straza: Located above the town’s toboggan ride, you can take the chair lift up or do a short and easy walk to the top to see views of the lake, island and castle. Ojstrica: To the left of Camping Bled there is a path that ascends to the top of a 611m high hill called Ojstrica. This offers fantastic views of the entire lake. Osojnica: Osojnica is the favourite viewpoint for photographers to see the entire lake unobstructed with an absolutely stunning view. The walk is just over an hour long leading to the summit of Mala Osojnica at 756m. A lot of well-known photographs of the lake have been taken there and for a good reason! Castle Hill: From the shore of the lake you can take the stairs to the top to reach the base of the castle. Once you enter the castle museum and walk across the courtyard you are greeted with a view of the lake and the town below.
4. Vintgar Gorge
Just a short bus ride away you will discover a beautiful ravine that will certainly leave a good impression on you. The gorge has a boardwalk that you follow through the lush green forest to discover the rapid river coursing through and the largest waterfall in Slovenia.
5. Triglav National Park
No visit to Slovenia is complete without a day trip to the nearby Triglav National Park. The National Park is considered as one of Europe’s oldest parks and is a great way to feel close to nature with many walking trails, the emerald green Soca River to swim in and many other adventure activities. This area will no doubt steal your heart.
1. Chilli Bar and Restaurant
This restaurant has a Mexican, Slovenian and Italian mix that will be sure to make everyone happy. The quality is exceptional and the customer service is excellent.
On the shore of Lake Bled, Panorama restaurant has a nice selection of Slovenian cuisine and steaks all with great service. The atmosphere is exceptional with a great view and fantastic service.
3. Park Restaurant & Café
This is where the legendary Bled cream cake 'Blejska Kremna Rezina' was born, a must try dessert whilst in Bled. The restaurant also has a great international menu and a great view of the lake.
4. Pizzeria Gallus
Traditional Tuscan food is served here in Pizzeria Gallus, located in the centre of town. You must try the delicious wood-fired pizzas. The reason most people keep going back here is because of the lively happy service.
5. Restaurant 1906
Located in the four-star Hotel Triglav Bled, this is the place to go for a fine dining experience. The menu is a modern creation of traditional Slovene recipes and ingredients.
1. Devil Bar Caffe
This cheeky café bar is a two-floor establishment with a large terrace where you can enjoy the summer sun whilst enjoying lunch or heavy drinking late into the night. Popular with both tourists and locals.
2. Pub Bled
One of the top party places in Bled, Pub Bled has a huge selection of drinks and a DJ most nights to get the party going. They have a big TV screen that is always tuned to different sporting events.
3. Kult Klub
Right near the lake, you’ll find this casual club that is popular during the summer nights with live concerts in varying genres.
4. Giza Pub
Right in the heart of Bled, this popular pub draws crowds in most nights of the week. There is a raw Balkan atmosphere and there are DJs most weekends. Check our their Facebook page where they list up and coming events.
5. Manasa Klub
The hottest club in town for a mix of music from house and oldies to Balkan music.
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Go rafting on Lake Bled - it's an incredible experience!"