Lake Bled Slovenia–All Important Information About It
Get the best information about the Lake Bled Slovenia and find out all about the island, the famous cake and others tourist attractions.
Lake Bled Slovenia is one of the most visited and popular tourist destinations in the country, attracting local and foreign guests with its unique beauty on the edge of the Triglav National Park with stunning views of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps.
You can find a lot of information on the internet about the town, transports, accommodation and various events that will prepare you for your holidays or a day trip. We have prepared for you an article with a summary of questions and answers, where you will get all the information in one place.
If you view the Lake Bled Slovenia map online you will get a better insight into the exact location of the main attractions. You can also stop by at our headquarters in the town center, not far from the lakeshore. We will advise you on the selection of different Lake Bled activities so that you can spend an unforgettable day in nature with our guides. Our office is the starting point for almost all the adventures in the offer. From here, we will drive to various top destinations in the heart of Triglav National Park.
Bled castle, standing on a 130-meter high cliff, is one of the top attractions in this beautiful alpine town. You can climb the stairs that lead from the lakeshore or you can get there by car. It is a short walk uphill from the parking lot to the entrance of the medieval fort. You can take a tour through the Bled Castle. At the gate, you can buy an entrance fee and see:
The area is fascinating because of the alpine lake, in the middle of which stands a small island with the St. Mary’s Church. Climb the famous stairs leading to the top of the island and ring the Bell of desire, which, according to a local legend, fulfills every hidden wish. You can also see the magnificent interior of the church.
The charming town offers an excellent opportunity to visit the top sights, including the castle and the island in the middle of the lake. You can also take a stroll along the lakeshore or taste the culinary delights in one of the restaurants.
However, if you are more into sports and adrenaline adventures, we have prepared many offers for Lake Bled Slovenia activities. Adrenaline Lake Bled activities are suitable for couples, families with children, single travelers and groups. Whether you come in summer or winter, you will find the most exciting and memorable tours, such as:
In our agency, you can also rent a guide book with Lake Bled map and other destinations, in case you would like to explore the alpine world on your own. You can rent a guide book about climbing routes in the area, popular biking and hiking tours and much more.
A 6-kilometer-long Lake Bled hiking path runs around the lake. It is suitable for light recreation and a walk. You can start a Lake Bled hike under the castle, continue through the lively center along the shore, and to the village of Mlino at the other end of the lakeshore. Along the way, there are many benches for taking a rest. If you would like to take a ride with a bike, you can rent a city bike in our agency.
If you are not up for a walk, you can ride along the lakeshore in a traditional carriage, which the locals also call fijakerji. The carriage ride is a very romantic experience.
Alternatively, you can go on a Lake Bled Slovenia hiking trail, which will lead you to the top of the hills above the lake, offering breathtaking views of the town and the lake. These hills are:
Below the lake’s surface live different species of fish, such as:
You can go on a carp fishing adventure, which makes an excellent opportunity for all enthusiasts of fishing in unspoiled nature. You need to purchase individual fishing permits. When buying permits, they will also explain the additional rules for fishing, mainly as regards the conservation period for fishing carps, permitted daily limits, fishing methods, and other information.
Above the lake’s surface live feathered animals and water birds, among which you can see ducks, common coots, cormorants, and mandarin ducks while walking along the lakeshore. The biggest attraction and trademark of the town are the elegant swans, which mostly linger along the promenade, between Villa Prešeren and Grand Hotel Toplice.
Swimming is permitted anywhere in the lake at your own risk, except in the designated areas with lifeguards. You can find your spot under the sun anywhere along the lakeside or spend your summer days on Lake Bled beach, such as:
Swimming in the lake is free of charge, no matter where you decide to go on the lakeshore. You will need to purchase an entrance fee for visiting the Grajska Lake Bled beach under the mighty castle. You can view the price list for daily tickets on the website. Other bathing places like Velika and Mala Zaka are free of charge.
The average annual water temperature is 12°C, with the highest temperatures up to 25°C in July and August. The bathing season begins in June, when water temperatures rise to 19°C, and finishes at the end of September. The lake warms up quickly, as it has no significant natural affluents, only a few creeks.
Particularly fascinating are the thermal springs near the east lakeshore, whose temperatures do not drop below 20°C throughout the year. The thermal springs are ladled in the pools of the Grand Hotel Toplice. There is also a private Lake Bled Slovenia beach in front of the hotel.
If you go on vacation or a day trip in the winter months, you will have the opportunity to see the lake covered in ice. The ice appears on the surface only when the temperatures are very low. If the layer is thick enough, you can also ice skate on it.
Cruising on the lake with a traditional Lake Bled Slovenia boat, also called pletna, is one of the most popular attractions in the area, as it will take you to the romantic islet with a church. It is a flat-bottomed wooden vessel, similar to the Venetian gondola.
Helmsman operates an 18-passenger vessel while using a two-oar stand-up rowing technique. This way you can enjoy the ride and the views of the alpine landscape. You don’t need to book a trip in advance. You can board onto a vessel on the main ports:
Alternatively, you can rent a smaller Lake Bled boat for two people, making it a fun cruising trip to the islet. You can rent a wooden rowboat at the pier in front of the Grand Hotel Toplice or in the boathouse at the Velika Zaka bathing place.
Most restaurants, coffee bars, and pubs with snacks are located in the heart of the town and by the lakeshore. In the charming cafés with magnificent views you can try the famous cream cake, also called kremšnita.
You can choose from a variety of culinary offerings. We recommend that you try some of the traditional Slovenian dishes and dishes originating from the Upper Carniola region. Taste delicious and fresh Slovenian cuisine in the best restaurants in town:
Slovenian traditional recipes are preserved through the generations. The country is divided into 24 culinary regions, with a particular dish originating from each region. Certain food products are also protected by the geographical mark, which gives Slovenian food worldwide recognition. You can also try some of the national dishes in many restaurants in Lake Bled Slovenia. These specialties include:
There are different types of accommodation available in town and nearby, so you can search for accommodation based on your preferences, desired location, and financial budget. There are many five-star hotels and luxury villas by the lakeshore and overlooking the lake. Hostels, guesthouses, and apartments are also available.
Through our website, you can book some of the best accommodations without any other intermediaries. In the offer, you will find:
In spring, summer and autumn months, you can stay in one of the camps near the lake. These are modern, fully equipped five-star camps. There are two campsites available:
If you are going by car from Ljubljana to Bled, then it is good to know some road directions. You will drive about 40 minutes and make 55 kilometers at that time. Therefore, you won’t spend much time on the road from Ljubljana to Bled, so this is also an excellent opportunity for taking a day trip. During the summer months, there may be traffic jams on the road.
Ljubljana is an excellent starting point for going on day trips around the country, as the central train station and the central bus station are located in the heart of the city. You can also buy a bus or train ticket at the station or book them online. Available transportation:
In the town, you can only park in designated areas. Lake Bled parking spaces differ based on:
Prices are slightly higher in areas closer to the lake and in the center. There are many Lake Bled parking lots available that have been expanding in recent years due to increased needs in the high season.
Prices range from 1 to 3 euros per hour. You need to take a ticket from the park machine and place it in a visible spot in the car. You can pay with euro coins, banknotes or with the EasyPark app. Some Lake Bled parking spots have limited park hours. This way you need to indicate your time of arrival.
In the summer season, you can move around the town and nearby villages with a shuttle bus. Information about shuttle buses:
Lake Bled airport is located in Slovenia and neighboring countries such as Croatia, Austria, and Italy. Regular bus and train lines are established between the airports and Ljubljana and then Bled. Among the closest to Lake Bled airport are: