Less than an hour outside of Ljubljana by car lies the beautiful city of Bled and its famous lake. An easy day trip that will leave you never wanting to leave. I was really looking forward to visiting Lake Bled. I had seen so many photos of it and it looked absolutely stunning. The blue water reflecting the forested hills surrounding the lake makes it seems like you’ve stepped into another world.
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Situated in the middle of the lake is Slovenia’s only natural island, Bled Island. On this island is the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary which was built in the 15th century. It is customary to climb the 99 steps to the church and ring the wishing bell in the hope to make one’s dream come true. There are boats for hire that can take you out to the lake, or you can row yourself there as well.
The combination of the church on the island with Bled castle perched on a steep cliff in the background makes for a stunning scene. It’s very picturesque and the day that we were there couldn’t have been more perfect weather-wise.
Bled Castle, dating back to 1004, is exactly what you would imagine a medieval castle to be. Entrance into the castle is 9 euros. There isn’t too much to see in terms of exhibits inside. It is your typical display of medieval armour and weapons, but the view from the top is worth the entrance fee alone. On one side you look down towards the lake and island, on the other you get magnificent views of the Julien Alps. There are options to hike up to the top, but be warned, it’s high! We had a car so opted to drive.
There is also a walk that go around the lake (about 1.25 hours) that offers great views, but we opted to stay close to the city. The city of Bled is also famous for their vanilla and creme cakes (Kremna rezina) which is a must try.
I enjoyed a lazy day by the water, eating lunch in the sun while various wildlife tried to get food from us. I took a mini nap on a bench. Just me, and my iPod soaking in the sun and glorious environment that I was in. It was a fantastic day. No wonder I love Slovenia so much. It’s gorgeous!
Have you been to Lake Bled? Did you adore it as much as I did?