Im one of those people – If I visit somewhere once, I’d rather go somewhere else next time. Lake Bled however, is one of the only (if the only) place that I’ve travelled to again and still want to go back to.
If you haven’t already heard of it, Bled is a stunning village in northwestern Slovenia. During the summer it’s super sunny and locals and visitors alike can be seen swimming in the lake, cycling, hiking and doing water sports. During the winter, it is transformed into a ski resort. Whatever season you choose to visit, and trust me I was there during torrential rains, it is one of the prettiest and most scenic places you’ll ever see.
You can’t fly directly into Bled but you can go to the capital Ljubljana. From there, there are buses that go to the village almost every hour. Be warned however, the roads are rocky. If you’re not the best traveller, like myself, it may be best to rent yourself a car.
Where To Stay:
Hostel: Castle Hostel 1004
This is one of the cutest, most chilled hostels I’ve ever stayed in during my travels. It has it’s own roof terrace which overlooks tall, Slovenian rooftops and mountains. The ideal spot to tuck into your morning breakie and read your book.
Air BnB: Lake View Apartment
This tranquil little spot offers a stunning view of the lake right from your kitchen window.
It’s modern and it’s just downright stunning. It can host up to five people so it’s perfect for groups or couples.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Toplice
You can’t get more central than this grand hotel build by the lakeside.
There’s a spa, pool and a private sun bed area for guests to kick back and relax.
If you’re looking for a romantic European getaway, you can’t get much better than this.
What To Do: Vintgar Gorge
The Vintgar Gorge is one of the prettiest walks you will ever do. You’ll get to walk along waterfalls and see some of Slovenia’s incredible flora.
Bring your camera, because this is something you’ll want to capture.
Where To Eat: Chilli
Chilli is a cute little Mexican restaurant by the lakeside that serves up some deadly fajitas and burritos. If you’re looking for a kick in your step and a meal different form any other in Bled, this is the place for you.
Where To Go: Bled Castle
Discover the oldest castle in Slovenia.
To get to Bled Castle you’re definitely going to need your hiking boots and lots of water, it’s quite steep up to the top. Once you get there however, you’ll see some of the best views of Lake Bled so it’s totally worth it.
What To Drink: Tropical Bar
One thing I will say in advance is Bled is a tiny, tranquil town, so it’s not the biggest clubbing area and the bars may not be as exciting as those you’d come across in a booming European city.
If you do want a little fun however, Tropical Bar serves up some fruity cocktails for you to sip on in the sun.
What To Do: Canyoning
Canyoning in Bled is genuinely one of the best things I’ve ever done. In fact, I loved it so much I did it twice, no joke.
Canyoning involves climbing through canyons (duh), abseiling, jumping off cliffs and sliding down waterfalls. When you’re jumping there’s no harness, no wires – it’s completely free falling, so it’s ideal for thrill seekers. If you’re not a fan of heights there’s always a way around it though, so don’t worry. The guides make sure that everyone is safe and having a good time.
This is an activity like no other but be warned – The water is freezing, even with a wet suit on!
Where To Eat: Pizzeria Rustica
After canyoning you’re sure to be starvin-marvin, so pizza is key. Pizzeria Rustica make some of the best pizzas in the village.
Where To Go: Tobogganing & Swings
If you haven’t guessed already, Bled has lots of hills and mountains for you to discover. One in particular however, is funner than the rest.
Straza hill has a toboggan track that will make you feel like a kid again. You can go flying up and down the hill all day if you like and believe me, it never gets old.
There is also a chair life for those who want a more scenic view and less of a hike up the mountain.
What To Drink: Art Café
Why not have a drink while you tuck into the famous Bled delicacy that is Kremsnita, a cream cake.
This bar serves prosecco by the glass and that’s all you ever really need in life tbh.
What To Do: Rent A Boat
Renting a boat is a must.
There are quite a few options to choose from in terms of what boat you would like, you can rent a rowing boat (believe me, it’s harder than it looks) or else you can travel on a Pletna, which is a traditional Slovenian boat and is rowed by a local.
Whatever you do, Bled is genuinely the most stunning place ever and form the lake you will see it at its best.
Most boats travel to the Island where you can visit the famous church that appears in every photo of bled ever. You can however, swim out to the island but you can’t enter the church in your swimwear.
Where To Eat: Grajska Plaza
This charming place rests on the north bank of the lake. It has a wooden deck that overlooks the fairytale-like landscape. They serve fresh fish caught from the lake along with some traditional Slovenian dishes.
Where To Go: Viewpoint Hike Ojstrica
Ojstrica is probably the best hike you can do in the area and omg the view at the top is just out of this world. This is the ultimate spot to get that postcard-like Instagram to make all of your friends jel.
Once you get to the bench at the very top, you’ll wish you could perch yourself there forever.
Where To Drink: Club Stop
An open air bar with some deadly tunes. This place is usually buzzing during the summer.
There’s always a bit of craic here and tasty drinks too.