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Introduction

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Bled is a small alpine town of just over 10,000 people in northwestern Slovenia. It is situated on Lake Bled amongst the Julian Alps and features numerous worthy sights, not least among them the lake itself.

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Sights and Activities

Lake Bled

The most famous feature of Bled, fabled to have healing properties is Lake Bled. Irresistably beautiful with crystal blue waters with a church and castle as a backdrop. It is 2,120 metres long and 1,280 metres wide, with a maximum depth of 30.6 metres. The southern and eastern sides of the lake are easy to walk due to good paths and is usually crowded as it is nearer to the town. It is shaded with many benches to watch over the lake. The west of the lake offers the best view, capturing the island and castle in one view. The northwest of the lake is usually very busy with people sun bathing and swimming due to the nearby campsite. Row boats can be hired for €10-€14 per hour. It takes about 1 hour to walk round the lake or 40 minutes on bicycle.

Bled Castle

Bled Castle (€7 adult/€3.50 student) is located on top of a cliff overlooking Lake Bled and the surrounding area. It was originally built in 1004 A.D. and thus only recently celebrated its 1,000-year anniversary. It can be accessed by a road winding up from behind the castle or alternatively (and more excitingly) via a winding walking trail uphill through the hillside at the front/side. This walking trail connects to the walking trail around the lake itself & is signposted (albeit via a small wooden signpost). Although small, inside the castle are various weapons & suits of armour as well as remnants of the former fitout of the castle. From one small window inside there is a view that looks directly towards the island in the middle of the lake. From anywhere in the external parts of the castle one will have fantastic views of the lake and the surrounding area.

Bled Island

Bled Island emerges from fog in Bled Lake, Bled, Slovenia

Bled Island emerges from fog in Bled Lake, Bled, Slovenia

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Bled Island is a small island in the middle of Lake Bled. It can be reached via manually rowed boat from many departure points from around the lake's edge. Prices for this are standard but boats may not leave until somewhat full. People will be given around half an hour to explore the island, which is pushing it, but on a busy day it should be no problem to arrange a longer stay and a ride back on the next boat.

On the island itself there are several buildings, the tallest being the clock tower. The other main building being the Church of the Assumption, a beautiful 17th century church. Entry to the church costs around €3 but once inside the rope can be pulled, ringing the famous wishing bell that is often heard ringing out across the lake (be sure to give it a solid pull).

The local story behind the bell is that many years ago a young woman lived near the lake whose husband had been killed by robbers. Distraught, she almost bankrupted herself to pay for the commission of a bell for the church on Bled Island. During transit across the lake, the bell, its boat & its crew were lost during a violent storm. Again distraught at this further misfortune, the lady gave what she had left to the church & left for Rome where she become a devout nun until she died. After her death, the Pope commissioned a new "Wishing Bell" for the church on the island.

Vintgar Gorge

Nearby Vintgar Gorge ((€5 - adult, €4 - student, €2.50 - concession, 4 kilometres from Bled) entails a walk through the gorge (1.6 kilometres) on platforms that are in many cases built onto the sheer rock walls above the river. About 30 minutes from the entrance is the 16-metre-high Šum waterfall. A small entry fee is required to walk through the gorge. Afterwards you are able to walk back to Lake Bled. This walk may take a couple of hours along narrow streets through the town of Hom, passing St. Catherine's church with a beautiful view (be mindful of traffic). Whatever local operators may claim, the walk back is not signposted clearly (if at all) but at most times after the initial section Bled Castle can be seen in the distance as a clear reference point.

St. Martin's Church

A white neo-Gothic church. Paths lead here to/from the castle and the lake.

Adventure

Numerous places offers adventure tours, including bike rides and rafting. One such place is Lifetrek adventures located on Ljubljanska Cesta 1.

Cycling

Bicycle's can be rented for around €1 per hour, €8-€10 for the day (usually until 5:00pm) or €10-€12 for 24 hours from many places around town. It is probable the best way to enjoy the nature that Bled has to offer.

There are many paths you could take but the most popular is to cycle to Vintgar Gorge or to the Radovna Valley in Triglav National Park. To cycle there, head north following signs to Spodnje Gorje, this (sometimes steep) uphill cycle should take less than 1.5 hours. Once you reach the centre of Gorje, next to the beautiful St. George Church with a red tower, follow the signs left to go to Radovna (follow to Zgornje Gorje then Krnicn, about 1 hour) or right to go to Vintgar (about 30 minutes, a little more uphill). Or you can choose to take a well-deserved break at a pub there.

The Radovna valley cycle route is a beautful park surrounded by green hills and mountains. It is about 16 kilometres from the town of Krnica to Pocar Farm museum at Zgornja Radovna. The journey should take more that 3 hours with a gentle incline. However only the first 2.5 kilometres is paved, the rest is gravel. There are a few sights along the way such as the Napoleon Stone which, as legend has it, a soldier of Napoleon carved the emperors signature into a stone as they marched through (6-kilometre mark). The cycle back to Bled is more enjoyable and should take less than an hour. A complete journey takes 6-8 hours to cycle to Radovna, Vintgar gorge (you cannot cycle on the gorge) and back to Bled depending how far in Triglav National Park you cycled.

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Getting There

By Train

From Ljubljana take a train to Jesenice then transfer to Bled Jezero. It is an hour walk to Bled town centre from the station. There is only one train a day going directly from Ljubljana to Bled Jezero.

By Bus

Frequent service connects Bled with Ljubljana (€6.20, 1.5 hours). Some services may require a change in Jesenice.

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Getting Around

By Foot

Unless you choose to sleep at one of the guesthouses in the countryside (which are fairly popular and plentiful due to their spectacular scenery) a visitor should have no need for any form of transportation other than their feet and a boat to reach the Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church located on an island in the middle of Lake Bled.

By Bike

Bicycles can be rented for around €1 per hour, €8-€10 for the day (usually until 5:00pm) or €10-€12 for 24 hours from many places around town. A ride round the lake will not take more that 40 minutes and is rather pleasant.

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Eat

Kremna Rezina put Bled on the gastronomical map. It is a vanilla and cream based pastry available throughout the town.

Pizzeria Rustika ((04) 576 89 00, Riklijeva 13) is a nice local place selling decent pizza and also delivers. It's a 5 minutes walk from St. Martin's Church. It's €8 for a large pizza.

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Sleep

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PropertyAddressTypePopularity
ACE Apartments BledRibenska cesta 1cApartment-
Apartments rooms Maja Bled SloveniaLevstikova 15Apartment89
B&B Pension Mlinar BledLevstikova 12a BledGuesthouse90
Back Packers RoomsGrajska C. 21Hostel85
Bled HostelGrajska cesta 22Hostel-
Bloch ApartmentsZeleska cesta 28Apartment-
Budget Pension Hotel PibernikLjubljanska 40Hotel91
Castle Hostel 1004Grajska Cesta 22Hostel92
Garni Pension SvigeljLevstikova 2Guesthouse-
Guesthouse TinaCankarjeva 23bGuesthouse86
Hotel AstoriaPresernova 44 BledHotel-
Hotel KrimLjubljanska cesta 7 BledHotel-
Jakelj Backpackers HouseSelo 11A 4274 ZirovnicaHostel86
Kristan Matjaz ApartmentsFinzgarjeva 29APARTMENT89
Pension BomiKidriceva 12Guesthouse-
Penzion KovačLangusova 71GUESTHOUSE-
Penzion PreserenBled,Zasip Rebr 12Guesthouse-
Reka Hisa4263 Bohinjska Bela Obrne 17Guesthouse90
Traveller's HavenRiklijeva cesta 1Hostel88
Vila GorenkaZeleska cesta 9GUESTHOUSE86
Youth hostel BledecGrajska 17Hostel-
Hotel Triglav BledKolodvorska cesta 33Hotel91
Jazz Hostel & ApartmentsPreernova Cesta 68HOSTEL95
Andrea's HomeČrtomirova 18HOSTEL89
HostellerPartizanska 27Hostel88
Marija Lesnikcesta narodnih herojev 3Hostel83
Hotel Astoria IIPresernova cesta 39Hostel-
Apartments Bled CenterRiklijevaApartment88
Apartments BledMevkuz 7aApartment-
Apartment van BakelCesta v vintgar 24Apartment-
Garni hotel Vila BojanaLjubljanska cesta 12, 4260 BledHotel84
Apartments Muznik , BledPrežihova cesta 4Apartment95
Apartments SashaLEVSTIKOVA 19Apartment92
Tourist Farm MulejDamjana in Jože Mulej Selo pri Bledu 42aCampsite-
Guest House KunsteljGorenjska cesta 9Guesthouse-
Pension TTTKajuhova 6Hostel-
Jadran HotelCesta Svobode 12Hotel-
Pension BledJermanka 20Guesthouse87
Apartments SkokZasip, Reber 18APARTMENT-
Union Travel Rooms and ApartmentsKEY COLLECTION Ljubljanska cesta 11Apartment-
Hostel Hacienda BledJelovska 25HOSTEL82
Bed and Breakfast StojanovicFIngarjeva 23 aGuesthouse89
Apartments Poklukar Bled32 Črtomirova ulicaApartment94
Hotel and Castel DrncaDvorska vas 37a Begunje na GorenjskemHotel-
Beskola ApartmentsGrajska cesta 15Apartment-
Apartment AidaSpodnje Gorje 222 Zgornje GorjeApartment-
Apartma Valant BodesceBodesce 37APARTMENT-
Hotel Astoria BledPresernova 44Hotel-
Vesna ApartmentRebr 8a ZasipApartment-
ATS Bled - Garni pension KuraltSpodnje Gorje 104SI-4247 Zgornje GorjeGUESTHOUSE85
Milena Apartments & Rooms BledGregorciceva ulica 8Apartment-
The MillhouseZa Pizem 8 RibnoHOSTEL87
APARTMENTS KAPUS BLEDPresernova cesta 8 4260 BLEDApartment-
Vila Mangart HostelKolodvorska cesta 2HOSTEL-
Apartma ArhSpodnje Gorje 106/a Zgornje GorjeAPARTMENT-
Apartma'Hostel KoklLancovo 7d RadovljicaHOSTEL-
Hozjan GuesthouseGrajska 34aGUESTHOUSE-
Hostel Vila ViktorijaCasta Svobode 27aHOSTEL-
Apartments 77Prežihova Cesta 12APARTMENT-
Ace of Spades HostelPrešernova Cesta 41aHOSTEL-

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Post

Posta Slovenije is the national postal service of Slovenia. It has relatively fast and reliable services. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday and 8:00am to noon on Saturdays. Only the larger central post offices keep longer hours and/or are open on Sundays. You can also use them for money transfers and some other simple banking services. Stamps are available here or at newspaper stands/kiosks. Domestic rates for sending postcards/standard letters start at €0.29. International rates start at €0.39 for postcards and €0.44 for standard letters. Parcels start at around €16 for delivery to other Europena Union Members. You can also use companies like UPS, TNT or DHL to send parcels, as they offer comparable prices and fast services. The central post office is located not far from the lake and is easy to find. ATMs are available inside.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 46.3666862
  • Longitude: 14.1085106

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