Strolling around Lake Bled is the perfect way to take in this beautiful Slovenian town. Wide, pedestrianised streets also allow you to admire the authentic architecture of Bled, and maybe enjoy a cake in one of the pavement cafés.
Non-motorised Pletna boats transport visitors and locals to the island church in the middle of Lake Bled. Pletna boats depart throughout the day from various locations around the lake.
There are two stations near Bled - Lesce station is accessible by local bus, and from here you can get to Llubljana in just under an hour. Bled-Jezero station is located on the far end of the lake and can be reached by foot. Trains from here run to Jesenice and other nearby towns every 2 hours. A tourist train also operates in Bled town centre every 45 minutes between 9am and 9pm.
The bus station is located beside Hotel Jelovica. You can jump on buses to Kranjska Gora and Bohinj and be at your destination in around 45 minutes. A tourist bus also runs once a day at 10am from the town centre to Bled Castle and Vintgar gorge. During July and August a second bus runs at 9am.
|Festival ||Month |
|Medieval Days at Bled Castle ||Early June |
|Bled Film Festival ||Mid June |
|International Rowing Regatta ||Mid June |
|Bled International Music Festival ||Late June to mid July |
|Bled Day and Nights ||Late July |
|Swinging Bled ||Late July |
|Okarina Festival ||Late July to early August |
Besides the many restaurants and cafés in the centre of town, there are various eateries dotted around Lake Bled, so when taking a stroll you’ll have a medley of places to stop at for lunch. Specialities include the gorgeous vanilla kremsnita cake and the beef in karst sauce with grilled polenta.
Tucked away on the main road beside the lake is Ostorija Peglez’n, a homely restaurant with pretty interiors and quaint atmosphere. It's known for its large seafood platters and fish dishes, and the owners are more than accommodating.
Up the hill at Bled Castle is the Bled Castle Restaurant, which offers breathtaking views of the lake below. The modern interiors and inventive Slovenian dishes make it a popular choice with tourists, and if you make a reservation before you go, you’ll get free entry to the castle too.
In the northeastern part of the lake is Chilli Restaurant, a Mexican-style restaurant with an extensive menu that includes other international dishes too. It’s always busy but never fails to provide good hospitality. And the presentation of their chocolate soufflé is definitely something to be seen.
The stunning scenery of Bled, including the iconic island church, is some of the most photographed in Slovenia – and the chance to see it up close is not one to be missed. The area is easily explored on foot, though the best place to start is with a leisurely walk around Lake Bled itself – take in the magnificent views, and stop for a drink (or two) along the way. There's a range of other interesting walks, from the trail to Vintgar Gorge, the climb to the ramparts of the castle, or the numerous paths through the Triglav National Park.
Around the Lake
The most popular way to explore Lake Bled is, unsurprisingly, by walking around the lake. There’s a path that hugs the shore along the entire perimeter, so it couldn’t be easier to join or follow. Along the way, you can discover all that the area has to offer, from great cafés and restaurants to those incredible views of the famous island and church. To do the whole loop in one go takes around an hour and a half.
A bit more demanding than the lakeside path, this 3km walk is well worth the effort – it leads straight to one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Bled. Follow route 13 towards Podham and then look for signs to the gorge. Take your time along the 1.6km boardwalk through the gorge itself – there are plenty of places to stop for photos. After that, follow the forest trail on the edge of the national park for fantastic views of Bled.
This card is handy if you want to venture out and create memories in the Gorenjska region.
· Discounts on travel
· Discounts on sports activities including cycling, adventure sports, hiking, climbing and water sports
· Guided tour of the exhibition Triglav National Park and Gorenjska
· Discounts and offers in various restaurants in Bled and the other resorts
· Discounted entry to spas and discounts on available treatments
Available free to all customers staying at Hotel Astoria, Penzion Berc, Garni Hotel Berc, Hotel Golf, Grand Hotel Toplice, Hotel Kompas Bled, Hotel Krim, Hotel Park, Hotel Savica and Penzion Mayer.
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In-resort Holiday Advisor
The contact details of your resort's Holiday Advisor team will be sent to you via email before you travel. This is handy in case you want to get in touch with them before you leave, to tap into their local knowledge and ask questions to help you get the most out of your holiday. Then, if you have any questions while you’re away or just want to say hello, you can always drop in at their info points or see them on one of their hotel visits. Alternatively, you can send them a text, give them a call, email them or even tweet them, 24 hours a day – whatever works for you.
All our holidays include shared transfers to and from your hotel. Private transfers can be added when booking. These will be taken by car, 6-seater or minibus, depending on the number of people in your booking.
Make the most of your time away by combining two holidays into one. With a twin-centre holiday, you can choose any hotels in any resorts and we’ll put them together for you – as long as your two picks are from the same arrivals airport. Take inspiration from our customers and combine Bled with Bohinj.
Give us a call to plan your perfect trip or browse our pre-chosen combinations on our twin-centre holidays page.
Please keep in mind that transfers run on Wednesdays and Saturdays and may involve going via an airport.