It is forbidden to stay in Slovenia and NOT get out of the city, not go wild in nature, take a stroll in one of its fairy-tale lakes and generally not get a taste of its unique natural beauty. Slovenia has been described (and not unfairly) as one of Europe’s diamonds, both in terms of its natural beauty and its high environmental awareness as a state. One of the most famous places , is lake Bled.
Over 24,000 species of animals live in Slovenia and many rare plant species thrive in this relatively small country whose 12.6% of the area is now a lawfully protected area.
The queen of the lakes in Slovenia is none other than Lake Bled – though some strongly argue that Lake Bohijn should have the crown – however in today’s article I will refer to Lake Bled, which I have been in love with ever since i saw a random photo of it online and decided , i should go there in person!
How to get to Lake Bled.
Lake Bled is located in the Julian Alps on the north-western tip of Slovenia. There are three ways to get there from the capital Ljubljana, of course starting with the most convenient one, which is to rent a car and drive all the way up there!
For driving on Slovenian highways, do not forget to buy a special vignette, which you can easily buy online, depending on the vehicle and the length of time you will need it. From Ljubljana you will reach Lake Bled following the signs on the A2 highway to Kranj and Kranice. Depending on the traffic, it won’t take you more than 1 hour.
Second choice is the train. There are relatively frequent routes to and from Ljubljana, with the only negative being that the two nearest train stations in Bled are within a distance of 3 or 4 kilometers. This means that by arriving at Lesce and Jezero Bled stations respectively, you will need to either take a bus or a taxi to reach your destination.
The best option and the one we chose was the bus. From Ljubljana Central Station there are rutes to the lake every hour. The route depends on the type of bus you choose, as some are more local and make more frequent stops. However, with any option the route will not exceed one and a half hours. The ticket costs around 7 euros on return and the bus leaves you 300 meters away from the lake.
Reaching Lake Bled
Reaching the lake, the scenery will leave you speechless. It is honestly one of the most breathtaking scenes I’ve ever encountered, especially dressed in the unique colors of autumn. You can rent a bike or walk the lake by cycling. It will take you about two hours of leisurely walking around it but it is well worth it.
The small islet in the middle of the lake is easily accessible using the small boats you can rent and explore the lake. Traditional wooden pletna boats also feature a boat to make your stroll even more romantic. In summer, swimming is allowed in some parts of the lake.
If you are a person who can withstand hiking and a bit of climbing, the most magnificent views of the lake are of course the Castle that is a little higher. It dates from 1011, and is the oldest in Slovenia.
Of course a visit to Lake Bled is not complete unless you eat the famous Bled Cake or the Slovenian Kremsnita. Two layers of cream (vanilla and whipped cream) between crust leaves, sprinkled with powdered sugar, is a treat you MUST try.
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Have a great time!