Lake Bled is postcard perfect and an easy to reach day trip from Ljubljana, Slovenia. With a castle, an island and plenty of hiking paths, it’s one of the main reasons we added Slovenia to our Croatia trip. For about €12, you can purchase a return ticket from the bus station in Ljubljana on a direct tourist bus. It’s about an hour and fifteen minute drive, but the busses are pretty comfortable. I’d recommend getting there early as our bus filled up and some people had to wait for a second bus.
Upon arriving to Bled, we picked up sandwiches and decided to catch the short direct bus to Vintgar Gorge, a €1.50 and 10 minute long bus ride away. Busses only run to the gorge in the morning, so if you want to go in the afternoon you’ll need to walk or catch a cab. The gorge was beautiful and worth visiting. The boardwalks are attached to the edges of the gorge, and while I’d imagine they can get a bit crowded, we didn’t have any problems.
When we reached the end of the gorge, we opted to hike back to Bled (as opposed to walking back through the gorge) since busses had stopped running. There’s a well marked route through the woods then on roads that has great views. Though I survived it in birkenstocks, sturdier shoes would have been a good idea.
Rejuvenated, we resumed our walking and headed around the lake. We decided to make the trek to Bled castle (€10 to get in, and you really can’t appreciate/see much of the views of you don’t go in, unfortunately). It was pretty epic to see the lake and island from above.
It’s an easy, paved walk or bike ride around the lake, with loads of photo opportunities. We probably spent as much time taking photos and lounging with our toes in the lake as walking. The beach facilities seemed good, but we didn’t end up going swimming since we had dinner reservations. After a long day of walking, we stopped for dinner at Pension Berc, which was delicious and had lots of Slovenian wines. Lucas had the most epic meat grill dinner I’ve ever seen. Then it was time to catch the (very crowded) bus back to Ljubljana.