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So what's it like?
Travel writers are often guilty of using clichéd words, such as "stunning", when describing destinations. So, in an effort to avoid this, we are not going to tell you about the stunning views that you get from the stunning Bled Castle across the stunning crystal blue lake. We aren't even going to mention how stunning the island church is. And we definitely are not going to say a word about the stunning green forests that underline the stunning mountain backdrop.
One of the first things you'll notice about Lake Bled is how quiet and peaceful it is.
There's a good chance you will see a fair few boats on the lake, but none of them with an engine. Quite simply, motor boats have been banned. Instead traditional Pletna boats, handed down through generations, have the run of the lake, transporting people across to the much photographed island church. Wedding's are a regular occurrence at the iconic Church of Maria of the Lake. Grooms traditionally carry their bride-to-be up the 99 steps (in one go) to the church before ringing the wishing bell for good luck.
If you're feeling fit then the 6km walk around Lake Bled can be completed in under two hours and there's loads of quiet spots to stop off and sunbathe or take a dip in the lake. Highly recommended along the way - grab a coffee and a delicious Kreme Schnitte cake from one of the many lakeside cafés.
Away from the lake, you can get stuck into a wide range of different activities including walking, horse riding, tennis and golf. Bled is also an excellent base for sightseeing with the Julian Alps and the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, both within easy reach.
Lake bled has so much more than just its scenery. Thing is, we have to admit one thing - it is pretty stunning.
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There is a bus service to Kranjska Gora (45 minutes) and Bohinj (45 minutes). Boat trips can also be taken on the lake. The train services from Bled (Lesce station) are excellent.
Walking: The areas surrounding Bled 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. Situated on the edge of the Triglav National Park, Bled is an excellent base from which to enjoy some of the walking routes in the 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 & Wellness centre at the Hotel Golf in Bled will satisfy anyone looking for some invigoration or a soothing rest. The Luisa Studio at the Grand Hotel Toplice will 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 is has been updated in relatively recent times, Romanesque elements can still be found in the walls and late-Gothic in the 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 & 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
In the summer months there are numerous events, ranging from village festivals to religious holidays in the Bled area. The festival not to be missed is the 'Bled days festival' which 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.
· 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
Discover more of Slovenia by combining (for example) Hotel Riviera in Portorož with the Hotel Golf in Lake Bled.
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 Bled 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 online for our handpicked selection of gorgeous ceremony venues, or contact us.
Pre-book 3 full day excursions and receive a half day trip, in resort, absolutely free!