Lake Bled, with its bluish-green lake, picture-postcard church on an islet, a medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff, and some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps, is Slovenia’s most popular resort.
This was to be the highlight of our 7 days road trip in Slovenia. We had lovely weather during our time at this enchanting area.
While there were many tourists, ranging from couples enjoying the romantic setting to hikers, bikers, and water sport enthusiasts, it did not seem crowded at all, as we were there in June, outside of the peak months of July and August.
Our travel to Lake Bled originated from Salsburg, Austria. The train ride on an Austrian train from Salsburg to Villach, Austria, was quiet and comfortable. The mountain scenery was very beautiful as the train traveled from the north to the south. We disembarked the Austrian train at the Lesce-Bled station in Villach and boarded a Slovenian train for Lake Bled. Again, the train was quiet and comfortable, and the scenery of the Slovenian country side every bit as beautiful as its Austrian neighbor.
Upon arriving at the town of Bled, we picked up our rental car and drove a short distance to our hotel. Bled is small enough to explore by foot, but our rental car will be required to see some of the area just outside of Bled plus drive to our next destination in Slovenia, Tromeja Triple Border Hike (see separate post).
Anxious to see the famous Lake Bled, we took our lunch out to enjoy with our first view of the lake, on a bench next to a grassy area directly across from the Lake.
After lunch we took a stroll around the entire lake. There is a paved pathway, 6 km, that extends the entire perimeter of the lake. During our one hour walk, we saw the 17th century Church on Bled Island, and Bled Castle from all kinds of different angles.
There were tourist and locals alike at different parts of our walk, chatting, exercising, bike riding. We spotted two hired row boats taking tourist out to the Bled Island. To add to the enchantment of this lake, there is a large Swan Family that spends the day on the lake, at time coming close to shore with all their baby swans for all to admire. In the evening, they return to their safe haven.
After the lakeside stroll, we hiked 15 minutes up the hill to visit the 17th century Bled Castle. The Castle grounds, being atop a cliff provides more stunning view of the lake.
We noticed many restaurants during our exploration of the lake so it was easy to pick one to try some local dishes. We dined on some traditional meat dumplings for dinner accompanied by Slovenian wine. But we saved enough room for the famous Bled cream cake (Kremna Rezina). The cake is a thick layer of custard topped with a thick layer of cream. The layers are surrounded by flaky puff pastry and dusted with icing sugar. It is so simple yet so delicious.
After the lovely meal, it was back out to enjoy the lake at night. The path around the lake had some lights so we did not need a flashlight to stroll around. The castle and the church on the island were both all lit up. It was like the setting for a fairy tale. Lake Bled, Slovenia, is indeed a very special place.