When I was planning my ideal bucket list itinerary I knew there was one place
The main reason we came to Slovenia though, was to visit Lake Bled. You can get there from Ljubljana on the train in just over an hour and the journey itself is worth it. Once there you’re greeted by some of the most stunning natural scenery you’ll ever see. Lake Bled is, yes you guessed it, a lake surrounded by mountains, with a small island in the middle and a castle overlooking it. Sounds pretty special, doesn’t it.
I’m a little bit worried that it’s becoming too touristy now, which may ruin the idyllic setting. When we visited it was starting to be overrun by tourists but you can see why it would be. I’m going to suggest some ideas on what to do when spending a day at this beautiful Slovenian gem.
1. Take a Walk around Lake Bled.
Now, this may seem like the obvious thing to do, but it was probably my favourite thing whist visiting. You can walk it in about 45 minutes, but you will find you’ll be stopping to take a photo of the lake and the island from every different angle just because of its natural beauty. It’s a lovely scenic walk, part of on a wooden walkway on top of the lake. There is no need to rush, as you can just amble around in the sunshine (if you go in Summer) soaking up the viewpoints from every side.
2. Take a hike up to Bled Castle.
If you’ve got the legs to climb up a load of steps after you’ve walked around the lake, then this is not to be missed. There are a number of different paths you can take but all lead to the same spot. It’s quite an energy sapper in the high heat but the views from the top are totally worth it. If you’ve got a bit more time and are willing to splash the cash, you can enter the castle, learn about its history and dine in the restaurant overlooking the lake. We didn’t have the time or the cash to do either so the viewpoint is where we stopped. The view from the top is simply breathtaking! You can see the whole of the lake and miles and miles of the surrounding area. It’s a must do when visiting Bled.
3. Sample a Bled Cream Cake.
Bled is famous not only for the lake but also it’s own cake. This Bled Cream Cake is also known as the ‘Cremschnitte’ and is a concoction of custard and pastry. I know, that doesn’t sound completely amazing but believe me, accompanied by a coffee and a view of the lake, you’ll be wanting more. If you had to compare it to something in the UK, it would most likely be a Vanilla Slice. Sweet-toothed people, you’ll love this one I promise.
4. Visit in an Evening.
I don’t know about you, but I always like to see somewhere in both, the morning and the evening. This was especially true for Lake Bled. We actually got there in the evening so the first sight of the lake for me was when the sun was setting. Settle down at a restaurant on the lake front, and take in the moonlit lake, with the castle all lit up towering over it. It’s a sight everyone needs to see one day. I could sit there all night and not get bored of it. I felt so at peace, and content with life and would recommend it to all.
Have you ever been to Lake Bled, let me know your thoughts on this wonderful part of the world. I’ll be posting more about my Interrail adventure soon so make sure you keep checking back for more.