24 Hours in Lake Bled
Lake Bled is the poster child of Slovenia, which can make it a turn off for some travellers who are afraid of falling into a tourist trap. But don’t be fooled! Slovenia is the perfect destination for those who are looking for a trip a bit off the beaten path, and the views of Lake Bled are exactly picture perfect. Join our Slovenia Discovery tour, which gives you plenty of leisure time to explore Lake Bled at your own pace.
Here’s our guide to a perfect 24 hours in Lake Bled to make the most of your visit.
Make your way around the Lake
If you enjoy a long walk be sure to make your way around Lake Bled on foot. The trail is about 6km long and may take some time, so be prepared, but is definitely worth it. Alternatively, you can take a horse-drawn carriage ride and admire the views in a bit more comfort.
Ride to Bled Island
Lake Bled itself is characterised by the tiny islet in the middle of the lake topped by a Baroque church making it appear straight out of a Disney movie as it arises through low-lying clouds. Visit the island on pletna boat, or you can rent a canoe or kayak yourself and paddle over. Make your way up the 99 steps to ring the bell and make a wish. If you have time, climb to the church bell tower where you will enjoy a magnificent view across the landscape as well as see the functioning of the oscillating tower clock mechanism.
Hike to Ojstrica for an unforgettable view
There are a number of viewpoints from which to see Lake Bled in all its entirety. We recommend Ojstrica, which is the lowest of the three main viewing points. Be sure that you have enough daylight hours when you start as the round trip will take between 1.5-2 hours. The viewpoint is located on the opposite side from the town centre but offers undoubtedly the best view of the Lake. The end of the path starts to get fairly steep with some rocky switchbacks so take care. At the top there is a bench to sit on and admire the view – perhaps bring a small picnic with you.
Relax at the Thermal Springs
Lake Bled itself emerged from the unique tectonic structure of the land, which has contributed to the occurrence of a number of natural thermal springs on the East side of the lake. These thermal springs are now used in three hotels in the area, including Grand Hotel Toplice, which is the only hotel that enables you to refresh in the original thermal waters at 22°C.
Visit Vintgar Gorge
Just a 10min drive from Lake Bled, a trip to Vintgar Gorge is a must do to wander at natures finest. The walking trail is around 2km and made up of wooden platforms and stone pathways that snake through the limestone cliffs, over crystal clear turquoise waterways and rapids, finally ending at the Šum Waterfall. The whole walk takes around 2 hours which gives you enough time to stroll at your own pace, stop to take in the whole view, capture photos and inhale the cool fresh air.
Secret tip: Lake Bohinj
While Lake Bled is the more popular of the two, and a better place to stay as it offers a lot more services and activities, neighbouring Lake Bohinj is rumoured to be unmissable. Just a 30min drive away, Lake Bohinj is even quieter and perfect for those who like outdoor activities. The area is made to be explored on foot and you can capture a great view by taking the gondola up Mt. Vogel. You’ll also be able to try some local cheese produce on your way.