It is located deep within the Julian Alps in the far northeast of Slovenia, which was a part of the former Yugoslavia. From the Austrian city of Klagenfurt, it is about an hour drive. Lake Bled in the summer hosts a rowing regatta and in the winter it is used by ice skaters. Also in the summer you can take a ride on the pletna, which are gondola-like boats that take visitors to the small island of Blejski Otok, which is the only island of Slovenia. Here you will find a seventeenth century baroque Church that is a must see to visit.
If you love to hike, or walk, you can travel around the island in about sixty minutes. You can also ride around the island in a fijaker, a horse and carriage. Lake Bled came into existence when the waters that were released when the Bohinj glacier melted, fill the natural basin that the glacier formed. There are also many four-star hotels to stay in along with a hostel for backpackers in the area. Lake Bled is one of the most visited areas in Slovenia.
here’s 10 tourist attractions and beautiful place must see around Lake Bled :
Romantic Ljubljana’s city center: river Ljubljanica, Triple Bridge (Tromostovje), Preseren square and Franciscan Church of the Annunciation; Ljubljana, Slovenia, Europe.
1. Bled Castle
This castle is also known as Castle Bled, which is built on a three hundred foot rock one hundred meters above Lake Bled. Since 1004 it has stood as the protector and sentinel of the people and township of Bled. To get the clearest vistas of the surrounding landscape it is best that you visit the castle first thing in the morning or at night. When then make sure that you check out the museum that contains historical artifacts, captivating stories that detail the town of Bled’s history, and the armory collection. When you look down on the lake the boats that take you to Blejski Otok look like tiny toys.
2. River Sava
On the right bank in the suburb of Ljubljana there is a kayaking course that you can try if you enjoy this type of sport. This is also the river where the summer regattas take place. There are also places where you can go swimming and sport fishing. You can also go whitewater rafting in the Sava river.
You need to make sure that you visit the town of Bled where there are many quaint little shops along with the modern shopping center. While there you must try the cream cake which is a combination of vanilla cream, whipping cream in a crisp butter crust with a ducting of icing sugar. You can also relax in the thermal springs located at the Grand Hotel Toplice. In the summer you can go swimming in the lake.
Lake Bled, Slovenian Alps
4. Triglav National Park
This is the largest and only national park in Slovenia and was established in 1924. It is named after the highest mountain located in the heart of the park. In the park there are many different trails you can hike along with guided tours and even a bicycle route that can take from two and a half to almost four hours to complete. When hiking through the national park you can see unique animals and vegetations, magical lakes, and picturesque valleys.
5. Blejski Otok
After arriving at the island on the pletnas you need baroque church, Chapel of St. Maria. To reach the Church of the Assumption there are ninety-nine steps that you much climb but it is well worth the climb to see the amazing vies of Lake Bled from the terrace and quaint café at the end of the climb. According to local legend the husband will be guaranteed a happy marriage if he can carry his new wife up the steps from the dock to the church. In 1142 the small Christian baroque church was first consecrated but the church that is there now on the island was built in the seventeenth century and has a freestanding bell tower. Another local legend is if you make a wish, ring the bell three times, it will come true.
Ljubljana river embankment in downtown on central street
Romantic Ljubljana’s city center, the capital of Slovenia, Europe. City hall and Roba’s fountain shot at dusk.
6. Vintgar Gorge
Vintgar Gorge is located approximately two and a half miles northwest of Bled. It a mile long and was carved by the Radovna River with the sheer walls reaching from one hundred sixty-five to three hundred thirty fee high. You can take hikes along the gorge that can take from thirty to sixty minutes. You can also walk along the wooden observation walkways and decks as you follow the flow of the water to the picturesque forty-three foot Sum Falls. As you make your way to the falls the river will bend, flow through rapids, pools, and down other waterfalls. The walk to the falls is mostly on a level trail so it is not strenuous at all and can be done in less than thirty minutes one way but it depends on how often you stop for pictures and to admire the scenery along with how much foot traffic there is. Since it can take awhile to travel to the Sum Falls, you should take along something to drink and snack on. If you are hiking and have walked from Lake Bled you can continue from Sum Fall and enjoy different scenery back to town.
7. Adrenaline Parks
There are many of them located around Lake Bled such as Betnava Adventure Park, Soca Fun Park, and Outdoor sports Slovenia where you can defy your fear of heights, test your motor skills, boost your self-confidence by doing such things as conquering narrow footbridges and high rope trails. You can also take a ride on a giant swing. What is offered depends on the park you are visiting.
Stone bridge across the Soca River
Ljubljana – Slovenia (Church and river)
You can visit this city by taking a bus from Bled and once there you visit the Triple Bridge, the Bishops Palace, the Dragon Bride, the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, and the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation. There is also the central market for your shopping experience. There is a walking route that you can take or you can make your own route. It is like a European city with Austrian influence and is the capital of Slovenia
Ljubljana, capital city of slovenia
Ljubljana, St James Church, Slovenia
Evening view of Ljubljana’s historic city center, Roba’s fountain and the town hall in the background.
Interior of Cathedral Saint Nicholas in Ljubljana – Slovenia
9. Soca Valley
This is a great place to visit if you enjoy hiking. It is carved into the Julian Alps and is comprised of canyons and ravines that are interspersed with waterfalls and pools. When hiking and exploring here you will be chasing the flow of the Soca River.
10. XXL Sports
This is the place for people who love to raft and even for beginners who have never rafted before. You can take an all morning/afternoon trip down the river. For beginners there are Grade 2 rapids, which are easy rapids to manipulate through. For those that are pros this river may not seem too scary or challenging but it is a great experience. There is even a spot where you can get out and jump off a bridge into the river from seven meters up.
Ljubljana, Slovenia, Europe – Ljubljanica River and Central Market in sunset. Ljubljana open market buildings was designed by famous architect Jože Plecnik.
Romantic medieval Ljubljana’s city center, the capital of Slovenia, Europe. Night life on the banks of river Ljubljanica, where many bars and restavrants take place. Franciscan Church of the Annunciation in the distance.