Bled is a popular destination in Slovenia due to its romantic scenery and access point for Triglav National Park, which offers numerous outdoor adventure opportunities. The town features a little white church on an island in the center of an emerald green mountain lake, with Bled Castle perched high above, amidst the Julian Alps.
The closest airport is Airport Joze Pucnik Ljubljana, which is easily accessed by bus for €7 or by taxi for €45 and up to 55€ .
Near Lake Bled is a small civil airport Lesce-Bled for fun and sports flier!
Trains from Ljubljana drop passengers off at Lesce-Bled station, 4km southeast of Bled. The journey takes slightly under an hour by regional train. These run irregularly, but more or less once every hour. In addition, there are a few IC services a day, which are slightly faster.
Buses connect the station with Bled every 30 minutes for €2. A taxi to/from the station costs €10.
Bled Jezero Station is on the other side of the lake, opposite the town, 1.5km away. From here, trains leave to/from Jesenice and Nova Gorica every two hours or so.
The traditional way to reach the lake's island is by a pletna boat, which resembles a huge gondola. The round-trip fare is fixed at €12 per person, and the rowers will typically wait to get minimum ten people on the boat before departing. The entire trip takes 90 minutes, including 60 minutes of rowing and 30 minutes on the island. The pletnas depart from various locations around the lake. For reservations visit web site www.pletna.si
A popular method of travel to the island church is by renting a rowboat. The rental shops can be found beneath the castle (15 EUR/hour) and near the activity center at the west shore of the lake (10 EUR/hour).
Bled and the vicinity are great for riding bicycles, which can be rented at many outdoor agencies. There are no designated bike lanes in Bled. Cycling off-road or off-track is not allowed in Slovenia. A list of suggested bike routes is available here.
Horses are available for rent, with or without guides/instructors, at most outdoor agencies. In addition, horse drawn carriages are available for rides around the lake, to the castle, and further afield.
Lake Bled. Formed after the recession of the Bohinj glacier at the end of the Ice Age. As much as 2120m long and 1380m wide. Maximum depth is 30.6m. With no natural tributaries, it is fed by a few springs.edit
Bled Castle, (follow the paths marked Grad for a 15 minute steep climb). 8AM-7PM, until 6PM in winter. A picturesque white and red castle enclosed by a Romanesque wall with parapets, ramparts, and towers. The current incarnation of the castle dates from the 17th century and was restored in the 1950s. The upper courtyard includes a 16th century chapel decorated with frescoes from 1700 and includes a painting of Henry II conferring Bled to Bishop Albuin. There is a small museum with an exhibition on the castle's and the region's history, and the usual array of medieval pomp, pageantry and weaponry. The exhibition features explicative texts both in English and Slovenian, and some videos in Slovenian, German, English and Italian. The castle terrace offers great views of the lake and island below. There is also a small wine center run by Andre, the monk. There, for the price of a champagne bottle (€15) Andre will teach you how to perform Sabrage, or Sabree, the art of cutting the top of the bottle off with a blade. You can also bottle, label, and wax stamp your own wine right in the cellar with Andre. The wooden steps near the wine cellar lead to small shop that sells various herbs and oils. Go in here for the smell.Adults €8, students €6. edit
Bled Island, (By rowboat or pletna - see above). Excavations on the island have revealed the remains of a pre-Romanesque Chapel and a large Slavic cemetary dating to 9 AD.edit
Church of the Assumption. 8AM-dusk. The present baroque church dates from 1698. Well preserved frescoes depict scenes from the life of Virgin Mary. Ring the wishing bell, which was installed in the original Gothic church in 1534. The Provost's house and the smaller building behind the church were used as guesthouses. According to local tradition, a husband who can carry his newly married bride the 99 steps up from the dock into the church will be ensured a happy marriage, and ringing the bell in the church will fulfill one of your wishes.€3. edit
Iglica Waterfall, (4km southwest of Bled, in the caves of Iglica, near the village of Bohinjska Bela). 18m high, but very narrow waterfall over a vertical wall of Permian limestone. Popular for rock climbing. If you go up the stairs you have a beautiful view over the whole area.(46.348094,14.059661)edit
Babji Zob (Hag's Tooth) Caves, (4km southwest of Bled, near the village of Bohinjska Bela). 300m cave system includes rare helictites (calcium deposits) and a tooth-shaped pillar atop a 1128m peak. Very different than other caves in Slovenia. Three-hour tours take place Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays in July and August. Meet at Bohinjska Bela 34.edit
Most of the outdoor adventure activities, as well as the must-see Vintgar Gorge, are in nearby Triglav National Park. However, Bled also offers numerous activities.
Hiking. Bled offers several easy to moderate hikes, many of which offer amazing picturesque views of the island. Mala Osojnica, a 685m high peak at the southwestern corner of the lake offers the best and most famous views of Bled, and is popular among photographers. An easier, but less spectacular option is to hike up 638m Straza, covered with linden oak and spruce trees, southwest of the Grand Hotel Toplice.edit
Swimming at Grajsko kopališče (Castle Bathing Area), (on the north shore underneath the castle). Mid Jun-Sep 8AM-7PM. 6,000 m2 area, a great place to swim, also has two waterslides, a trampoline, a climbing wall, four outdoor swimming pools, a jump board as well as climbers, swings and a sandbox for children, table tennis, chess, 1,000 changing rooms, 107 lockers, boat rental, snack shop, and a grassy beach.€6 for a daily ticket, €3 after noon. edit
Strel Swimming Adventures, . Swim across Lake Bled and around the Island with well known operator for Slovenian swimming adventure holidays.edit
Indoor Ice Skating at Sportna Dvorana, (just east of the Park Hotel), . Fee: €4.50; Skate Rental: €4. edit
Most of the hotels have restaurants and bars. In addition, the following are stand-alone restaurants worth a visit. Prices in Bled tend to be inflated due to the tourist nature of the town. Try the local speciality kremna rezina, a cake of vanilla custard and cream,
Castle Restaurant, (At Bled Castle), ☎ + 386 (0)4 5794 424, . Good for special occasions, but not as expensive as you might think. Booking advised, especially for outside tables by the wall. edit
Gostilna Pri Planincu, Grajska cesta 8, ☎ 0386 4 574 16 13 (email@example.com), . Over 100 years old. Still retains original ambience.edit
Okarina, Ljubljanska cesta 8, ☎ +386 4 574 14 58 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Amazing quality, large menu blending Indian and Slovene dishes including a substantial vegetarian selection. Not the cheapest, but high quality and extremely friendly service. Beautiful decor, relaxed atmosphere. Highly recommended.edit
Ostarija Peglez\'n, Cesta Svobode 19a, . 11am-11pm. Great fish restaurantedit
Simončinka, Ljubljanska cesta 4, . Great fast food including burgers, chicken, and salads.edit
Topolino, Ljubljanska cesta 26, ☎ +386 (4) 574 17 81, . 12pm-11pm, closed Tuesdays. Bled's most sophisticated outfit, georgeously decorated, and beautifully lit. High quality food and wine.Expensive. edit
Bled Backpackers @ George Best Bar, Grajska 21 (Above the George Best Bar, at the edge of town, next to Youth Hostel Bledec, just beneath Bled castle), ☎ +38645744-041 (email@example.com), . Five rooms with 20 beds. Free Wi-Fi. Laundry service. Adventure trips.Dorm bed: €14-€17. edit
Bledec Youth Hostel & Penzion, Grajska 17 (On the edge of town), . Popular place for families and adventurous pensioners! Member of Hostelling International. Breakfast included.Dorm bed: €18-€22; Double: €36-€48. edit
Jakelj Backpackers House, Selo 11A 4274 Zirovnica (A little out of town(10km), but there is free pickup in Bled from 8AM to 8PM), ☎ +386(0)31616889. Free pickup from the Bled train station. Free Linens/Towels and Internet. This hostel is run by a great family. The son runs some excursions and is very nice. The breakfasts were complimentary eggs (made by the mother) and are fantastic. Dinners at the hostel are €6 for 4 courses of Slovenian fare. The food is fantastic. They offer a huge range of activities (rafting, canyoning, horse back riding, outdoor camping, skiing, national park trips). Dorm bed: €15-€20. edit
Traveller's Haven, Riklijeva cesta 1, ☎ +386 (0)5 904 42 26, . Features what are possibly the most comfortable mattresses in any hostel around the world! Located in a typical Bled house from the beginning of the 20 century in the old part of Bled, just a few minutes from the bus station or the lake, with the grocery store just across the street. It has 27 beds in 6 rooms, an equipped kitchen, living room and two small balconies. Free laundry machines. You can arrange free pickup from the train station. Free bike rentals.Dorm bed: €19; Double: €48. edit
Hotel Jelovica, Cesta svobode 8 (200m from the lake), . Three-star higher middleclass hotel, connected with a pleasant park leads down to the lake shore.Single: €47-€73; Double/Twin: €60-€132. edit
Hotel Krim, Ljubljanska cesta 7 (3 min walking distance to the lake), ☎ +386 4 579 7000, . 3 star hotel with 115 rooms. Restaurant and Wellness center. Breakfast included.Single: €52-€68; Double/Twin: €76-€104. edit
Hotel Astoria Bled, (300 m from the lake, 500 m from the shopping centre and 100 m from the main bus station), . Single: €69-€119; Double: €89-€139. edit
Garni Hotel Berc, (300m from the centre), . 15 rooms. Family-run three-star hotel in a very quiet location. B&B. No credit cards. Free internet. Always top on reviews.Single: €45-€50; Double: €70-€80 inc tax. edit
Garni Hotel Jadran, Cesta svobode 12, ☎ +386 4 579 1365 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Located in a beautiful historic building overlooking the lake. Use of the wellness facilities at the Toplice is free of charge for guests of the Jadran.Single: €64-€96; Double/Twin: €74-€116. edit
Garni Hotel Villa Bojana, Ljubljanska cesta 12 (200m from the lake), ☎ +386 4 576 81 70 (email@example.com), . 3 star family-run hotel. 11 rooms. Free internet: LAN and WIFI in every room. Roof terrace.edit
Family Hotel Savica, (300m to lake, next to the Golf Hotel and Ziva Wellness Center), . 3 star hotel. Pool. Family friendly, provides all necessary facilities for babies and young children as well as a broad animation program. Apartments and suites are available. Breakfast included.Single: €88-€100; Double/Twin: €100-€122. edit
Hotel Trst, (opposite the Grand Hotel Toplice.), . Guests may use the swimming pool of the Toplice free of charge.Single: €61-€71; Double/Twin: €76-€86. edit
'''House Klasika''' (former Garni Pension Švigelj), Levstikova 2, Bled (in the cenre of Bled, just 5 minutes walking distance from the lake.), ☎ +386 (0)4 5744 841 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . checkin: 14.00; checkout: 11.00. Family-run four star pension famous of it's hospitality, fabulous breakfast and traditional architecture. Free internet in all rooms (cable, wireless), free computer access, free parking.Double: €65-€95. edit
Apartments Špec, Levstikova 10, Bled (In the center of Bled, 5 minutes from lake), ☎ +386 (0)4 574 14 77 (email@example.com), . 40 square meter furnished apartments for 2-4 persons. Quiet location, free computer acess, free wi-fi, tvs in all apartments, free parking.€55-€75. edit
Hotel Ribno, Izletniška 44 (in the village of Ribno, 2km from Lake Bled), ☎ +386 4 578 31 00 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 58 rooms and three suites. Free wi-fi. Popular for weddings and corporate outings.Single: €79-€98; Double/Twin: €93-€115. edit
Mayer Pension, Želeška cesta 7 (200m to lake), ☎ +386 (0)4 576 5740 (email@example.com), . Restaurant and summer garden. Free wi-fi. Cottage and apartments available.Single: €55; Double/Twin: €75-€80; Cottage: €120-€150. edit
Krek Hotel, (5 km from lake Bled at the motorway exit Lesce/Bled,), . 34 rooms. New modern hotel and restaurant, big secured underground parking, free internet access B&B.Single: €48-€60; Double: €70-€85. edit
Krek Pension, (in the peaceful village Ribno, 2 km from lake Bled and 500 m from beautiful river valley Sava), . Family-run three-star guesthouse. Excellent location for fishing and hiking.Single: €37-€44; Double: €54-€57. edit
Pension Mlino, (On the shore of the lake), ☎ +386 4 574 14 04 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 13 rooms. Free wi-fi.Single: €35-€45; Double/Twin: €50-€70. edit
Apartments Union, Ljubljanska 9 (300m to lake), ☎ +386 4 57 80 110 (email@example.com), . Apartments available. Great bar downstairs. Accessible by disabled.Single: €25-€55; Double/Twin: €31-€38. edit
Vila Ajda, Cesta svobode 27 (central), ☎ +386 (0)4 576 83 20 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Four apartments. Fish restaurant. Lake views.Four-person apartment €110. edit
Pension Tiffany, Jarska Cesta 7 (in the very vicinity of the lake and the centre), ☎ +386 4 574 26 53 (email@example.com), . All of the apartments have well equipped kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms with cable TV and balconies. Parking place is ensured. Free Wi-FiApartment for 2, 3, 4, 5 persons, €45-€90. edit
Grand Hotel Toplice, Cesta svobode 12, ☎ +386 4 579 10 00 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 5-star hotel. Features thermal springs.Single: €140-€195; Double/Twin: €150-€240. edit
Hotel Vila Bled, Cesta svobode 26 (On the southern side of the lake), ☎ +386 4 575 37 10 (email@example.com), . 4-star hotel. This was the private getaway of Marshal Tito during the days of Yugoslavia. Inspite of its recent renovation, it hasn't lost any of its historic charm. The hotel also features a small new wellness studio.Double/Twin: €159 when booked for 3+ nights. edit
King's Club House, (on Bled Golf Course), . 4-star hotel.Single: €170; Double/Twin: €238-€258. edit
Park Hotel, Cesta svobode 15 (on the lake shore), ☎ +386 4 579 1800 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 4-star hotel. Features a swimming pool on its highest floor with a great view. The famous cream cakes were invented at the hotel in 1953 and over 10 million have been baked in its patisserie so far.Single: €103-€125; Double/Twin: €130-€170. edit
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