Lake Bled is at its beautiful best in late spring.
The Slovenian resort town of Bled nestles in the foothills of the Julian Alps on the shores of beautiful Lake Bled. There’s plenty to do during a stay in Bled – I was fortunate to spend nearly a week in this lovely spot last May, and found it to be an excellent base for a relaxing and interesting holiday.
It’s possible to walk or ride right round the lake, enjoying wonderful views from every spot. The 6 kilometre-long trail is a popular way to begin a stay in Bled and you’ll come across many other tourists on your way round. If you take any of the little paths up to higher points above the lake you’re likely to find some peaceful, untouched little hamlets and also some splendid viewpoints.
The 11th century Bled Castle is set atop a steep cliff and dominates almost every view of the lake. A trip up to the castle will reward you with a superb view of the lake, Bled Island and the town of Bled with its beautiful mountain backdrop. A boat trip across the shimmering water to Bled Island is a lovely way to spend a day. You can visit the little Gothic church on the island, featured in so many postcards of the area.
Whilst staying in Bled it’s well worth spending a few hours exploring this charming little town. The town of Bled itself is quaint and picturesque. A stroll along the grassy lakeside promenade is also a “must”. I can recommend stopping at one of the many cafés to treat yourself to a Kremsnita, a delicious pastry made from butter dough with a layer of vanilla cream, topped with whipped cream. It’s worth walking an extra few hundred metres around the lake to earn yourself a taste of this delicious local speciality!
The 4 star Golf Hotel in Bled has undergone a total renovation and has relaunched as the 4 star Rikli Balance Hotel. The hotel has very much been brought into the 21st century with excellent spa facilities and fabulous views of Lake Bled.
During a stay in Bled you can easily take the train to the delightful Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. There are regular trains running throughout the day and the journey only takes about an hour. Alternatively, you could move on to stay a few nights in Ljubljana. The architectural beauty of the city has been shaped by massive earthquakes in 1511 and 1895. The result is a fascinating mixture of buildings of different ages and architectural styles. Ljubljana Castle is the city’s main tourist attraction. The castle houses several permanent exhibitions such as Slovenian History and The Penitentiary, an exhibition showcasing the history of the castle. You can also enjoy stunning views of the city from the Viewing Tower. The castle can be reached by funicular railway or by a tourist train from the Triple Bridge.
I can thoroughly recommend a visit to Lake Bled in the spring – it deserves to be on anyone’s “must do” list for so many reasons.