Slovenia’s iconic Lake Bled has historic landmarks, a scenic waterfall backdrop and crystal-clear blue waters, setting the scene for an idyllic Slovenia holiday in 2017. Lake Bled has a magical beauty and serene atmosphere that feel like something from a fairy tale, adding a touch of the extraordinary to your family break or couples’ holiday. Thanks to a ban on motorised boats, Lake Bled has a remarkably quiet ambience and sophisticated visitor audience so you won’t have to contend with the noisy crowds or drunken revellers of many other holiday resorts. For a Slovenian holiday destination that offers heritage, culture and surroundings that are a cut above, choose Lake Bled.
Lake Bled has gorgeous scenery, top class attractions and tourist-friendly amenities to make your 2017 holiday your best yet. Most of the attractions here are based around the lake, with a wide range of water sports and water-based activities on offer. If you’re keen to enjoy a laid-back holiday, you’ll love Lake Bled’s no-motor boat policy, which keeps things nice and tranquil on the lake at all times. The non-motorised boats here (known as Pletna boats) transport visitors and locals alike to the island church at the heart of Lake Bled, with excursions departing throughout the day. If you prefer to stay safely on dry land, you can head out on treks along the series of lakeside paths to take in the superb natural beauty of the area, snapping envy-inducing holiday photographs along the way. Many tourists here enjoy spending relaxed days fishing at the lake, playing tennis with friends or the locals and spotting wildlife. Other popular attractions and resorts in the area include the bustling metropolis of Llublijana, which can be reached by bus from Bled. There are trains travelling to Jesenice from Bled Jezero station frequently throughout the day, as well as a tourist train that runs from the centre of Bled town every 45 minutes from 9am to 9pm.
Wine and Dine
Lake Bled has some wonderful restaurants, coffee shops and restaurants scatted along the lakeside paths that lead to the iconic Bled Castle. Naturally, one of the most picturesque places to dine in Lake Bled is the Castle Restaurant, which has its own terrace offering breath-taking views over the lake itself. Thanks to the lovely fresh waters, all restaurants here offer newly-caught fish and other seafood dishes. Some of the must-try dishes here include grilled calamari, baked sea bass and trout amandine. The Okarina restaurant is a good choice for Indian cuisine if you’re craving some international options, with popular dishes such as chicken tikka masala and lamb rogan josh on the menu alongside tasty vegetarian dishes.
Lake Bled’s natural beauty and intimate environment make it a wonderful choice for families with children of all ages. Lake Bled has a wide range of family-friendly attractions and things to do, including lake bathing, swimming, boat tours, boat rental and fishing. If you’re all used to sitting on the sofa in front of the TV at home, Lake Bled is the ideal place for you to start a fitness regime and enjoy plenty of active experiences. Other memorable activities on offer at Lake Bled include taking a ride in the cable cars to the vertiginous mountain summits and venturing on day trips to the scenic local waterfalls and gorges. Glamping is a great option for families holidaying on a budget and gives you a pared-down, simple experience that will have you feeling reconnected as a family. Kids and parents alike will love a day trip to historic Bled Castle, or if you’re a wildlife lover you can go bird spotting around the lake, taking a bicycle for added adventure.
Action and Adventure
Lake Bled has more than its fair share of activities to get your blood pumping, from cycling to swimming and other water sports. One of the best things about taking an active holiday in Lake Bled is that the stunning surroundings make you feel energised and ready for action each and every day of your holiday, helping you to maximise your time on vacation. Water sports to enjoy in Lake Bled include boat tours, boat rental, lake bathing, swimming and fishing. There are a number of scenic gorges and waterfalls in the area around the Lake itself which are ideal for hiking, cycling, climbing and exercising in the outdoors. If you enjoy Spartan-style outdoor workouts, you’ll love Lake Bled’s outdoor environment for your morning exercise sessions. More adventurous holidaymakers may wish to head to the Bled and Bohinj Valley Canyoning Adventure, which is around a 3-hour trip from Bled. Here you can make use of a professional tour guide to provide you with guidance on navigation and all the equipment necessary for traversing the jagged canyon-filled landscape, an adventure you can only experience at a few places in Slovenia.
Life's a Beach
As you’d expect from a location named Lake Bled, the picturesque waters of Lake Bled are its main draw for tourists and locals alike. One of the best things about Lake Bled for a relaxing holiday is the absence of motorised vehicles on the lake, which keeps the ambience quiet and gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy sophisticated conversation and spending quality time with your loved ones. The traditional rowing boats here, Pletna boats, are both a transport system and a distinctive cultural feature of Lake Bled. Another great benefit of not having motorised boats here is that you can safely learn to row or swim in peaceful surroundings. For a fun-filled day on the water you could also hire your own rowboat from the Lido swimming zone. Rowboats here are very reasonably-priced and are shaped elegantly like a swan, making them a popular choice for couples and families alike. When it comes to water sports, the lake itself is the perfect place to enjoy water sports that you are already experienced in, or try out new sports altogether. You can find facilities for almost all lake-based water sports here including bathing, fishing and swimming, with a public swimming area offering 300 metres of safe, enclosed space. During the peak summer period, the thermometer hovers around a balmy 26 degrees Celsius throughout June and August, ensuring you won’t get a nasty shock when you get in the water.
Whether your tastes in nightlife are party animal or more quiet and cultured, Lake Bled is a wonderful destination for those looking for a cultural holiday that still offers plenty of opportunities for action and adventure. Bled itself is situated closeby and has a wide selection of bars and nightclubs. Some of the most popular venues in Bled include Club Stop Robert Nemecek, the sophisticated Bar Pyramida and Art Café and the more intimate, laid-back Pub Bled. Each of these venues has reasonable prices and a friendly atmosphere, ideal for relaxing and unwinding at the end of a hectic day exploring the town itself or enjoying water sports on Lake Bled. If you’re a young holidaymaker you’re likely to enjoy the Bar Pyramida’s trendy feel and younger clientele, while more mature holidaymakers and couples will feel right at home at the Art Café. If you like your nightlife fast and furious, you’ll want to head to Panorama, a vibrant local venue that is bustling each and every night of the week, or you could head to the casino that is open from 3pm to 5am daily. There’s also a great Irish bar close to Bled bus station so you can enjoy a home away from home.
Lake Bled’s peaceful atmosphere and idyllic beauty seem custom-made for romantic couples’ holidays. Couples that enjoy a truly peaceful, laid-back holiday will adore Lake Bled’s serene ambience and the lack of motorboats, lending a sense of the unspoilt beauty of nature. You can hire your own boat for a romantic boat ride on the calm waters of the lake, enjoy a lake bathing session or go for a hand-in-hand stroll along the lakes that wind around the lake. If you’re looking to treat your loved one to a taste of the good life on holiday but are holidaying on a shoestring budget you’ll be relieved to hear that the food and drink prices in Slovenia are very affordable, making this a great place for a romantic lakeside picnic. With spectacular views of the mountainous landscape, every day out in Lake Bled is unforgettable.
Lake Bled is renowned as one of Slovenia’s best culturally-enriching holiday attractions, with a wide range of both cultural and historic attractions to enjoy during your holiday here. Of course, no holiday to Lake Bled would be complete without a trip to the historic Bled Castle, both for its cultural significance and spectacular views over the Lake. The heritage of the castle extends all the way back to the year 1004, when the Germanic Emperor Henry II gifted his estate at Bled to one of his favourites, the Bishop Albuin of Brixen. History lovers will be interested in the castle both for its historic architecture, which features a Gothic archway and a distinctive double-layered structure. Interestingly, the interior part of the castle was used a residence for feudal lords, while the outer part featuring buildings and walls was intended to be used by the castle’s servants. Once you’ve disembarked your Pletna boat or moored your rowing boat at the dock, you can stroll around Bled island to enjoy the other historic attractions such as the Church of Maria of the Lake.