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Things to Do in Bled

Bled is Slovenia’s flagship resort town, renowned for its lake, fairytale castle, and views of the snow-capped Julian Alps. An ideal retreat for peace-and-quiet seekers, Bled draws visitors from all over the world to its picturesque shores.

The Basics
Rich in both history and scenery, Bled is a peaceful lakeside getaway and popular day trip destination from Ljubljana and the Croatian city of Zagreb. Highlights of full-day tours often include a Bled Castle tour, a pletna boat ride to Bled Island, and a chance to sample the town’s famous Bled cream cake. Opt for a small-group or private tour for a more intimate experience, or choose a day trip that also includes other Slovenian attractions such as the Lipica Stud Farm, Postojna Cave, and Predjama Castle. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bring comfortable walking shoes for exploring the town and its surroundings. 
  • Almost all of Bled’s sights can be reached on foot, although a tourist train runs around the lakeside every 45 minutes during summer.
  • The path around the lake is flat, although some parts are gravel and may be difficult for wheelchair users to navigate. 

How to Get There
Bled is located in northwest Slovenia, adjacent to the Austrian border and Triglav National Park. The lake resort is 34 miles (55 kilometers) northwest of Ljubljana and 121 miles (194 kilometers) northwest of Zagreb , or roughly 45 minutes and two hours by road, respectively. Regular buses connect Bled to Slovenia’s major cities, while trains from Ljubljana and the Austrian city of Villach arrive at Lesce-Bled station. The nearest international airport is in Ljubljana. 

When to Get There
Summer is the busiest time to visit, when the town hosts festivals such as Bled Days (July), the International Music Festival (July), and the Okarina Etno Festival (August). During this season, travelers should book tours and accomodations well in advance. Bled is also an enchanting winter destination, when visitors can see the landscape beneath a sheen of snow and benefit from reduced prices. 

Outdoor Activities Around Bled
The natural beauty of Bled Lake provides stunning views and an idyllic landscape for outdoor activities. Summer visitors can enjoy rowing and water sports on the lake, while winter travelers can get their powder fix at nearby ski resorts such as Vogel, Krvavec, and Kranjska Gora. There are also ample opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, with trails running to Bohinj Valley, Vintgar Gorge, and Triglav National Park—home of Mt. Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain. 
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