There are several places that I take visitors to when they visit Slovenia and Lake Bled is always one of them. For this trip, I am joined by my friends Anja and Patty. Lake Bled is Slovenia’s most famous and popular tourist attractions and is a place I can never get enough of and there are many reasons for this. For one, Lake Bled is stunning and I am not the only one that believes this. Condé Nast Traveler ranked Lake Bled as one of the most beautiful places in the world. Whether it is strolling through town and enjoying the scenery along the lake, or more adventurous activities such hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, rafting, or skiing in the winter, there is something here for everyone.
One of the most photographed spots is the church on Bled Island. There are many ways to get there including renting a row boat but I recommend letting someone else do the work and taking a traditional Pletna Boat. This is a large covered gondola row boat and is fairly economical. The island is fairly small and features “ancient Slavic goddess of love Živa.” There is now a gothic church that features a tall iconic bell tower that was completed in the middle of the 17th century. One of the legends states that the groom has to carry the bride up 99 steps in order to get married in the church – good luck with that! Ask about some of the other legends as this is a place with lots of history and beauty. Aside from scenery, there are historical sites, shops, and food and drink.
For some of the best views in Lake Bled, visit Bled Castle. Perched high above the lake, this is a great place to take pictures with great views of Bled Island, the lake, and the Julian Alps. This castle is over a thousand years old and is the oldest castle in Slovenia with lots of history to take in. Aside from the historical points, there is also a great restaurant here that you should consider but I recommend advance reservations.
Located at the Savi Hoteli Bled is The Park Café. This restaurant is known for a few things. For one, it has a huge terrace overlooking Lake Bled – the view is great! It is also known for its sweets and in particular it’s Bled cream cake. That have been making this cake since 1953 and must be tried and my friends and I do just that! Aside from the many delicious desserts, they also have a light menu for lunch and that is why we are here. We soak the sun and enjoy the day here.
Another restaurant worth mentioning is The Julijana Restaurant located at the Grand Hotel Toplice in an intimate setting. This boutique restaurant has great views and delicious food that is adapted seasonally for the freshest ingredients. This is a great restaurant for dinner but I recommend reservations since it only seats 20.
Lake Bled is a great way to show off Slovenia. I had an amazing time in Bled with my good friends Anja and Patty and cannot wait to go back!