BledBled is a town in Slovenia, on the east side of Lake Bled.
By planeThe closest airport is Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU), which is easily accessed by bus for €7 or by taxi for €40 and up to €55; see the link for details.
Near Lake Bled is a small civil airport Lesce-Bled for fun and sports fliers.
By busThe bus station in Bled is centrally located northeast of the lake at the intersection of Cesta Svobode and Grajska Cesta.
Buses leave from Ljubljana to Bled hourly on the hour and return from Bled to Ljubljana hourly on the half-hour. The journey takes 75 minutes and costs €7. Schedules are available online.
A lot of buses from Ljubljana drop passengers off at Lesce-Bled station 4 km southeast of Bled where you can switch to a local bus to Bled (it costs 1,6€)
By trainTrains from Ljubljana drop passengers off at Lesce-Bled station, 4 km southeast of Bled. The journey takes slightly under an hour by regional train. These run irregularly, but more or less once every hour. In addition, there are a few IC services a day, which are slightly faster.
Buses connect the station with Bled at least every 30 minutes for €1.30. A taxi to/from the station costs €10.
Bled Jezero Station is on the other side of the lake, opposite the town, 1.5 km away. From here, trains leave to/from Jesenice and Nova Gorica every two hours or so.
Train schedules are also available online.
On footBled is small enough to cover on foot. A walk around the lake will take just over an hour.
By pletnaThe traditional way to reach the lake's island is by a pletna boat, which resembles a huge gondola. The round-trip fare is fixed at €12 per person, and the rowers will typically wait to get minimum ten people on the boat before departing. The entire trip takes 90 minutes, including 60 minutes of rowing and 30 minutes on the island. The pletnas depart from various locations around the lake. For reservations visit web site www.pletna.si
By rowboatA popular method of travel to the island church is by renting a rowboat.
By bicycleBled and the vicinity are great for riding bicycles, which can be rented at many outdoor agencies. There are no designated bike lanes in Bled. Cycling off-road or off-track is not allowed in Slovenia. A list of suggested bike routes is available here.
By horseHorses are available for rent, with or without guides/instructors, at most outdoor agencies. In addition, horse-drawn carriages are available for rides around the lake, to the castle, and further afield.
Lake BledFormed after the recession of the Bohinj glacier at the end of the Ice Age. As much as 2120 m long and 1380 m wide. Maximum depth is 30.6 m. With no natural tributaries, it is fed by a few springs.
Bled CastleA picturesque white and red castle enclosed by a Romanesque wall with parapets, ramparts, and towers. The current incarnation of the castle dates from the 17th century and was restored in the 1950s. The upper courtyard includes a 16th-century chapel decorated with frescoes from 1700 and includes a painting of Henry II conferring Bled to Bishop Albuin. There is a small museum with an exhibition on the castle's history and the usual array of medieval pomp, pageantry and weaponry. However, the items do not include descriptions in any language. The castle terrace offers great views of the lake and island below. There is also a small wine center run by Andre, the monk. There, for the price of a champagne bottle (€15) Andre will teach you how to perform Sabrage, or Sabree, the art of cutting the top of the bottle off with a blade. You can also bottle, label, and wax stamp your own wine right in the cellar with Andre. The wooden steps near the wine cellar lead to small shop that sells various herbs and oils. Go in here for the smell.
Bled IslandExcavations on the island have revealed the remains of a pre-Romanesque Chapel and a large Slavic cemetery dating to 9 AD.
Church of the AssumptionThe present baroque church dates from 1698. Well preserved frescoes depict scenes from the life of Virgin Mary. Ring the wishing bell, which was installed in the original Gothic church in 1534. The Provost's house and the smaller building behind the church were used as guesthouses. According to local tradition, a husband who can carry his newly married bride the 99 steps up from the dock into the church will be ensured a happy marriage, and ringing the bell in the church will fulfill one of your wishes.
Iglica Waterfall18m high, but very narrow waterfall over a vertical wall of Permian limestone. Popular for rock climbing. If you go up the stairs you have a beautiful view over the whole area.
Babji Zob (Hag's Tooth) Caves300m cave system includes rare helictites (calcium deposits) and a tooth-shaped pillar atop a 1128m peak. Very different than other caves in Slovenia. Three-hour tours take place Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays in the summer. Meet at Bohinjska Bela 34.
Most of the outdoor adventure activities, as well as the must-see Vintgar Gorge, are in nearby Triglav National Park. However, Bled also offers numerous activities.
HikingBled offers several easy to moderate hikes, many of which offer amazing picturesque views of the island. Velika Osojnica, a 756m high peak at the southwestern corner of the lake offers the best and most famous views of Bled, and is popular among photographers. An easier, but less spectacular option is to hike up 638m Straza, covered with linden oak and spruce trees, southwest of the Grand Hotel Toplice.
- Canyoning & rock climbing There are multiple canyons near Bled that allow outdoor enthusiasts to jump and rappel with the rope over waterfalls. In Triglav national park you can also find over 10 sport climbing areas.
- Take amazing photos Best viewpoints are Mala Osojnica near Camp Zaka and Bled castle. You can enter the castle for free in the evening after the museum closes. Just say that you are going to a restaurant.
Swimming at Grajsko kopališče (Castle Bathing Area)6,000 m2 area, a great place to swim, also has two waterslides, a trampoline, a climbing wall, four outdoor swimming pools, a jump board as well as climbers, swings and a sandbox for children, table tennis, chess, 1,000 changing rooms, 107 lockers, boat rental, snack shop, and a grassy beach.
Strel Swimming AdventuresSwim across Lake Bled and around the Island with well known operator for Slovenian swimming adventure holidays.
phone: +386 4 578 0534
phone: +386 4 537 77 00address: Kidriceva 10cSlovenia's premier golf course.
Mini Golfphone: +386 41 840 079address: Ljubljanska cesta18 holes. Hosts a variety of classic mini golf competitions, including the National Championship.
Spas & Wellness CentersUnwind in thermal pools, whirlpools and saunas, or alternatively let yourself be pampered with a soothing massage, a calming bath or a rejuvenating beauty treatment.
address: Cankarjeva cesta 4
FishingFishing for catfish, pike, carp and lake trout is permitted on Lake Bled with the purchase of a permit from the tourist office for €20 per day.
FestivalsA complete listing of events in Bled is available on the Tourist Information website
Bled DaysThree days of fairs and concerts. The event culminates in fireworks and the lighting of thousands of candles on the lake.
Okarina Etno FestivalEthnic festival featuring folk music performances.
International Music Festival BledClassical music festival.
- Medieval days A weekend festival that takes place on first weekend in June at Bled Castle
Most of the hotels have restaurants and bars. In addition, the following are stand-alone restaurants worth a visit. Prices in Bled tend to be inflated due to the tourist nature of the town. Try the local speciality kremna rezina also called kremšnita (Cremeschnitte), a cake of vanilla custard and cream.
phone: +386 4 5794 424Good for special occasions, but not as expensive as you might think. Booking advised, especially for outside tables by the wall.
phone: +386 4 574 16 13address: Grajska cesta 8Over 100 years old. Still retains original ambience.
phone: +386 4 5798 453address: Cesta svobode 8aNice view.
phone: +386 4 574 14 58address: Ljubljanska cesta 8Amazing quality, large menu blending Indian and Slovene dishes including a substantial vegetarian selection. Not the cheapest, but high quality and extremely friendly service. Beautiful decor, relaxed atmosphere. Highly recommended.
address: Cesta Svobode 19aGreat fish restaurant
Simončinkaaddress: Ljubljanska cesta 4Great fast food including burgers, chicken, and salads.
phone: +386 4 574 17 81address: Ljubljanska cesta 26Bled's most sophisticated outfit, georgeously decorated, and beautifully lit. High quality food and wine.
Most prices listed do not include tourist tax of €1.01 per person.
Camping BledIn a beautiful green setting close to the lake. Free (but slow) WiFi at the reception.
phone: +386 41 567 512address: Grajska Cesta 22Free internet.
phone: +386 40 743 398address: Grajska 21Five rooms with 20 beds. Free Wi-Fi. Laundry service. Adventure trips.
address: Grajska 17Popular place for families and adventurous pensioners! Member of Hostelling International. Breakfast included.
Jakelj Backpackers Housephone: +386 31 616889address: Selo 11A 4274 ZirovnicaFree pickup from the Bled train station. Free Linens/Towels and Internet. This hostel is run by a great family. The son runs some excursions and is very nice. The breakfasts were complimentary eggs (made by the mother) and are fantastic. Dinners at the hostel are €6 for 4 courses of Slovenian fare. The food is fantastic. They offer a huge range of activities (rafting, canyoning, horse back riding, outdoor camping, skiing, national park trips).
phone: +386 5 904 42 26address: Riklijeva cesta 1Features what are possibly the most comfortable mattresses in any hostel around the world! Located in a typical Bled house from the beginning of the 20 century in the old part of Bled, just a few minutes from the bus station or the lake, with the grocery store just across the street. It has 27 beds in 6 rooms, an equipped kitchen, living room and two small balconies. Free laundry machines. You can arrange free pickup from the train station. Free bike rentals.
phone: +386-4-5744722address: Želeška cesta 9Built in 1909.
phone: +386 4 5744 841address: Levstikova 2, BledFamily-run four star pension famous of it's hospitality, fabulous breakfast and traditional architecture. Free internet in all rooms (cable, wireless), free computer access, free parking.
phone: +386 4 574 14 77address: Levstikova 10, Bled40 square meter furnished apartments for 2-4 persons. Quiet location, free computer access, free wi-fi, tvs in all apartments, free parking.
address: Cesta svobode 8Three-star higher middleclass hotel, connected with a pleasant park leads down to the lake shore.
phone: +386 4 579 7000address: Ljubljanska cesta 73 star hotel with 115 rooms. Restaurant and Wellness center. Breakfast included.
phone: +386 4 576 56 5815 rooms. Family-run three-star hotel. B&B. No credit cards. Free internet.
phone: +386 4 579 1365address: Cesta svobode 12In a beautiful historic building overlooking the lake. Use of the wellness facilities at the Toplice is free of charge for guests of the Jadran.
phone: +386 4 576 81 70address: Ljubljanska cesta 123 star family-run hotel. 11 rooms. Free internet: LAN and WIFI in every room. Roof terrace.
Family Hotel Savica3 star hotel. Pool. Family friendly, provides all necessary facilities for babies and young children as well as a broad animation program. Apartments and suites are available. Breakfast included.
Hotel TrstGuests may use the swimming pool of the Toplice free of charge.
phone: +386 4 578 31 00address: Izletniška 4458 rooms and three suites. Free wi-fi. Popular for weddings and corporate outings.
phone: +386 4 576 5740address: Želeška cesta 7Restaurant and summer garden. Free wi-fi. Cottage and apartments available.
Krek Hotel34 rooms. New modern hotel and restaurant, big secured underground parking, free internet access B&B.
Krek PensionFamily-run three-star guesthouse. Excellent location for fishing and hiking.
phone: +386 4 574 14 0413 rooms. Free wi-fi.
phone: +386 4 57 80 110address: Ljubljanska 9Apartments available. Great bar downstairs. Accessible by disabled.
phone: +386 4 576 83 20address: Cesta svobode 27Four apartments. Fish restaurant. Lake views.
phone: +386 4 574 26 53address: Jarska Cesta 7All of the apartments have well equipped kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms with cable tv and balconies. Parking place is ensured. Free Wi-Fi
phone: +386 4 6204 100address: Ljubljanska Cesta 64 star hotel. Breakfast included.
phone: +386 4 579 1700address: Cankarjeva 44-star hotel featuring the excellent Ziva Wellness Centre.
phone: +386 4 579 10 00address: Cesta svobode 125-star hotel. Features thermal springs.
phone: +386 4 575 37 10address: Cesta svobode 264-star hotel. This was the private getaway of Marshal Tito during the days of Yugoslavia. In spite of its recent renovation, it hasn't lost any of its historic charm. The hotel also features a small new wellness studio.
King's Club House4-star hotel.
phone: +386 4 579 1800address: Cesta svobode 154-star hotel. Features a swimming pool on its highest floor with a great view. The famous cream cakes were invented at the hotel in 1953 and over 10 million have been baked in its patisserie so far.
InternetMost of the hotels and hostels in Bled offer internet access.
Post officeThe post office is located at Ljubljanska 14 and is open M-F 7AM-7PM, Sa 7AM-12PM
Bled can become extremely crowded during the summer months especially at weekends. A visit during winter, while cold, presents you with the chance to see a frozen Lake Bled and have the place to yourself. Alternatively those seeking a bit of peace will find that the side of the lake opposite the town is often somewhat quieter.
address: Cesta Svobode 15