Overview Lake Bled

Visiting Lake Bled

Nestled among the Julian Alps in northwest Slovenia, Lake Bled and its surrounding areas boast a mild climate, gorgeous surroundings and plenty of recreation, making it a popular tourist destination since the mid-19th century. Lake Bled itself is a large glacial lake, measuring over 1.5 miles in length and 0.85 miles in width. It’s a historic Slovenian site, home to the oldest castle in the country - Bled Castle, dating back to 1011 AD or earlier. In the middle of the lake is the idyllic Bled Island and the 15th century Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary. A popular spot for weddings, Bled Island tradition dictates that the groom must carry the bride up the island’s 99 steps, with her in complete silence for the arduous journey. The Alps provide some of the most stunning geology in the world, and the areas surrounding Lake Bled bear witness to this. The mile-long Vintgar Gorge, with its 330 foot tall sheer walls and rushing rapids is one of the area’s most popular spots for sightseeing and... Read More Nestled among the Julian Alps in northwest Slovenia, Lake Bled and its surrounding areas boast a mild climate, gorgeous surroundings and plenty of recreation, making it a popular tourist destination since the mid-19th century. Lake Bled itself is a large glacial lake, measuring over 1.5 miles in length and 0.85 miles in width. It’s a historic Slovenian site, home to the oldest castle in the country - Bled Castle, dating back to 1011 AD or earlier. In the middle of the lake is the idyllic Bled Island and the 15th century Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary. A popular spot for weddings, Bled Island tradition dictates that the groom must carry the bride up the island’s 99 steps, with her in complete silence for the arduous journey. The Alps provide some of the most stunning geology in the world, and the areas surrounding Lake Bled bear witness to this. The mile-long Vintgar Gorge, with its 330 foot tall sheer walls and rushing rapids is one of the area’s most popular spots for sightseeing and day-hiking, while outdoorsmen flock to the Vrata Valley for challenging hiking and climbing expeditions. The whole family can enjoy a trip along the winding Vrsic Pass, which winds through 50 hairpin turns along the spine of the Julian Alps. So once you’ve booked your flight and found the right hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers to Lake Bled.    Close

Stories and Tips Lake Bled

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Lake Bled - Attractions and Activities

Written by fizzytom on 17 Jul, 2009

No brochures or guidebooks could prepare me for just how beautiful Lake Bled is. It is almost too perfect with its tiny island and Bled Castle guarding over it protectively one hundred metres above on an ominous looking crag. There have been settlements on the…Read More


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Bled - an Overview

Written by fizzytom on 17 Jul, 2009

Bled is a small town in north west Slovenia with a population of around 6000. It lies close to the edge of the Julian Alps and it is the most popular tourist destination in the country, mainly because of it's beautiful, picturesque lake, but in…Read More


You explode, is okay for you!--Dining at Lake Bled

Written by evilchris on 24 Aug, 2003

“And now,” the gravelly voice of the restaurant host bellowed, “is time for dessert.” The seven of us at the table looked at one another apprehensively. We had all just eaten a massive four-course lunch whose Slovenian name I cannot recall, but probably translated as “Absolutely…Read More


Bled to Ljubljana

Written by The Irish Journeyman on 24 Jun, 2003

It's less than an hour from Bled to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, but it's very interesting. The first village you pass through is Lesce. The railway station for Bled is here (a distance of 4km, so you'd want to get a taxi if you arrive…Read More


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