· Salzburg · 232km · 3hrs 30 mins
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So what's it like?
One of the first things you'll notice while on holiday in Lake Bled is how quiet and peaceful it is.
The views that you get from Bled Castle across the glacier formed, crystal blue lake are beautiful - with panoramic views of the island and beyond to the green forests that underline the mountain backdrop. Although Lake bled has so much more than just its scenery.
There's a good chance you’ll see a fair few boats, 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. Weddings 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.
Get the most out of your time with the Bled Discovery package. Based at Hotel Park you’ll have plenty of opportunity to explore Bled. You’ll also get to spend a day in Ljubljana visiting its famous bridges and castle and time in the neighbouring lakeside village of Bohinj. Must book before 30th April 2014.
Getting married? We can help organise your wedding in Lake Bled.
Available from £107 (return)
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 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 & 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 & 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 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.
Transfer to your second centre is usually by coach or minibus and may be via the airport. Call us to book.
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 online for our handpicked selection of gorgeous ceremony venues, or contact us.
Special offers this summer
Pre-book 3 full day excursions and receive a half day trip, in resort, absolutely free!