A Day in Beautiful Bled

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. 


Upon returning to Bled, it was time for a well deserved Bled Cream cake and coffee! There are lots of terraces with beautiful views, so we picked the closest one. 


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. 

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  1. Thanks for sharing, Amanda! I will be there in a few months. All booked but definitely looking for activity and restaurant recommendations! Will be 3 weeks between Slovenia and Croatia and I can honestly say I am most looking forward to Ljubljana, the Julian Alps of Slovenia and Rovinj. Are you there now? Where are you headed next?

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    1. Our dinner in Bled at Penzion Berc was really good, I’d recommend it, and of course walking or biking around the lake. Posting about Ljubljana soon, that was one of the best surprises of the trip! We moved on from Slovenia to Croatia and Montenegro, and I’m working up posts on the rest of our destinations. 3 weeks will be amazing! What activities have you planned?

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      1. Sounds amazing! I’ve got some highlights for each location, but we have a car rental for some of the trip, so really looking forward to getting out and exploring Slovenia and Istria!

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  2. Tanja says:

    Bled is so pretty! I’ve been a few times:) #farawayfiles

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    1. I definitely wouldn’t mind going back, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been!

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  3. Addie says:

    Lake Bled looks absolutely stunning! I have yet to visit, but it’s definitely on my list. This post pushed it up a few spots 🙂

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    1. Lake Bled does not disappoint! I hope you make it there to lounge on the lakefront (or hike) and enjoy the views for yourself!

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  4. Katy Clarke says:

    Your photos are incredible Amanda. I’d love to spend a day or two on Lake Bled just strolling and toe dipping! Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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    1. Thanks! I wish we’d had more time to spend there relaxing by the lake, it’s such a gorgeous spot!

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  5. Ali May says:

    Beautiful images Amanda! I have a friend who got engaged at Lake Bled, and its easy to see why this place would captivate anyone’s heart. #farawayfiles

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    1. Definitely! What a beautiful place to get engaged!

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  6. Oh my gosh I wanna go here! Slovenia was just awarded the most sustainable travel destination by Nat Geo and it looks soooo beautiful! Great post Amanda. Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Erin

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    1. I hope you get a chance to go- it’s absolutely gorgeous! Slovenian food and culture only add to the reasons to visit!

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  7. I have always wanted to visit Slovenia and this lake! Thanks for the inspiring post, Amanda!

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    1. I hope you get a chance to go, it’s absolutely gorgeous in person!

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