Lake Bled is undoubtedly one of the most magical places I have ever visited. While the town itself is quaint, jam packed with activities and obviously beautiful, the people that I met while I was there happened to be some of the nicest people I had met across Europe. I might have gotten lucky or it might just be something in the air, but either way it contributed to a great stay in a great place.
If it is activities that you are looking for then you have definitely come to the right place. The lake and its surroundings is jam packed of things to do.
Around the lake itself you can:
- Go swimming in designated swimming areas
- Walk/Run/Cycle around the lake which is 6km
- Hike to various view points ranging from 20 minutes to 2 hours. (The best being Ojstrica – view shown in the picture above and below)
- Go stand up paddle boarding (SUP) on the lake and out to the island
- Either rent a boat or go on a boat out to the island
In the area:
- Sky Diving
- Ski Lift (gives a great view of the lake)
- Summer Tobogganing (right beside the lake)
- Visit the Vintgar Gorge (45 minute walk/20 minute cycle/€5 taxi away)
All these activities were available to book through our hostel which also offered a bike and scooter renting service (which were both quite cheap!)
Where To Stay:
There are two main hostels which seemed quite prominent while I was there and that gave the best offers for it’s guests.
- Ace Of Spades/Queen Of Hearts: I actually stayed in a double private room in the Queen Of Hearts section of the hostel although both these hostels are run by the same people and share a common area. It was a clean, nice place to stay with a good common area and the staff are so helpful.
- Castle Hostel: Anyone who wasn’t staying in our hostel seemed to be staying in this hostel and just like ours you got a wristband on arrival offering you a 10% discount in various establishments around the town
There are a huge range of hostels, hotels and apartments all within close distance of the Lake, these are just the two I heard about/experienced the most during my stay.
How To Get There:
You can get to Bled via a 70 minute bus from the main bus station in Ljubljana. I think it was something like €10 to Bled but only €12 return or something crazy! The bus was jam packed when we went which was off season so it is best to buy your ticket a few hours before you intend on departing.