Bled Slovenia is STUNNING! We were blown away by this mountain paradise
Join us as we visit Bled - one of the most picturesque spots in Slovenia.
Lying along the glacial Lake Bled and surrounded by the foothills of the Julian Alps, the town of Bled is an absolutely stunning Slovenian resort town. The lake has all of the ingredients for a perfect getaway including an 11th-century medieval castle, Blejski Grad, perched high on a precipice above the town.
We arrived in Bled from Ljubljana and stayed at a Home Exchange in the nearby village of Bohinjska Bistrica for the first few nights. Bohinjska Bistrica is located near the border of Italy, Austria and Slovenia is home to Lake Bohinj – the largest lake in the country. There is a postcard-worthy church and bell tower, at the head of the lake beside a beautiful stone bridge, dating back at least 700 years! In the area there are also numerous waterfalls and Triglav National Park, the gateway to the highest mountain in the country Mount Triglav at 2864m.
As we explored the region, it felt like we were in a miniature Switzerland surrounded by beautiful mountains, chalets overflowing with flowers, water fountains and more - at a quarter of the cost!
During our time in Bled, we stayed at a beautiful hotel in town called Penzion Berc. Here we also had an amazing dinner at their onsite restaurant called Finefood Berg.
Bled is the perfect sized town to explore on foot or by bike and there is a beautiful walkway around the entire lake. We enjoyed a delicious lunch at Grajska Plaza as we walked along the lakeside walkway. It had outdoor pools on the lake with water slides going right into the water!
While we were in Bled we also discovered that we could take electronic bikes to visit the lake. It was the most fun and fastest way to take a tour. We absolutely loved the peace and quiet as no motor boats are allowed on the water. Along the lake we discovered a hotel named Vila Bled that was once the residence of Tito, the leader of Yugoslavia.
In the middle of the lake there is an enchanting island to visit. Atop this small island is the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria and some really good ice cream 🙂 We took a boat ourselves and had a small picnic in the middle of the lake.
We also visited the Bled Castle which has a tremendous view of the lake from the up above. The castle houses a museum, chapel and printing press!
Straza Bled was next on our list of places to visit in Bled and we are so glad we didn't miss it. Here we enjoyed an epic mountain coaster ride and later had a great meal at the Vegan Kitchen Restaurant.
Bled has many other outdoor attractions, including hiking trails, secluded swimming spots and in the winter, skiing and skating. We visited off season in October, which was a great time to discover the town with nice weather and less tourists.
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