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 North Eastern 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.
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.
Sightseeing and Excursions
|Excursions ||Child ||Adult |
|Lipica Stud Farm (3/4 day, Sun) ||£28 ||£57 |
|Julian Alps (full day, Mon) ||£18 ||£36 |
|Ljubljana (3/4 day, Wed/Sat) ||£16 ||£32 |
|Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle (3/4 day, Thu) ||£28 ||£55 |
|Venice (water taxi not incl.) (full day, Fri) ||£34 ||£68 |
|Taste of Slovenia (full day, Tue) ||£30 ||£60 |
|Bohinj valley (1/2 day, Fri) ||£16 ||£3 |
A full range of excursions is available from your Holiday Advisor in resort.
· Lake Bled boasts a beautiful lakeside setting for a relaxing break · Slovenia offers great value shopping, eating and drinking · This is a superb base for exploring the area with plenty of interesting excursions
Twin centre suggestion
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, which you can book online from our twin-centre holidays page.
Please keep in mind that transfers run on Wednesdays and Saturdays and may involve going via an airport.
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.
In-resort Holiday Advisor
Your Holiday Advisor will be based in your resort and will be in touch before you travel. 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.
Lake Bled is a truly magical setting for your special day. Get married in a fairytale castle overlooking the lake or have a blessing on the tiny wooded island 'Maria of the Lake' with its onion domed baroque church. You can stay in any of our hotels but for a touch of luxury we recommend the impressive Grand Hotel Toplice or the modern Hotel Park right on the lake. Take a look at our weddings page to read more about our weddings packages and download our weddings guide, or give us a call and we'll help make your day flawless from start to finish.
Walking: The surrounding areas are easily explored on foot, with a range of interesting walks. The scenic walk around the lake itself is a good start, from which you can climb to the ramparts of the castle for fantastic views. The resort is also an excellent base from which to enjoy some of the walking routes in the Triglav National Park. Other places of interest include Vintgar Gorge, Pokljuka Plateau and Pod Babjim zobom Cave.
Spa: The fairytale-like nature, unique climate and mysterious energy of Bled have always been thought to have special healing powers. The 'Živa' Spa and Wellness centre at the Hotel Golf will satisfy anyone looking for some invigoration or a soothing rest. The Luisa Studio at the Grand Hotel Toplice is another centre dedicated to elegant baths - a paradise for fans of rest and relaxation.
Local Culture: Bled castle should be one of the highlights of any holiday. Although much of the building has been updated in relatively recent times, Romanesque elements can still be found in the walls and the late-Gothic chapel. The local cuisine is another major draw, try some fantastic regional flavours such as Karst ham, deer prosciutto, beef in Karst sauce with grilled polenta, veal stew, cottage cheese roulades and speciality cakes
Festivals: The fantastic 'Bled days' festival climaxes at the end of the night with a spectacular display of thousands of egg shell candles lighting up the lake, followed by fireworks (normally held on the 4th weekend in July). Also, throughout July is the Bled International Music Festival.
Evening atmosphere: Although the resort can be bustling in high season, generally the town is relatively laid back and relaxed. There are some great places to enjoy the glorious sun set across the lake.
Why not try -
- A horse and carriage ride can take you up to the medieval Bled Castle, with its fascinating museum and terraced restaurant offering breathtaking views
- Take a 'Pletna' ride across the lake