The path around the lake is approximately 6 kilometres and mostly flat, making it the perfect option for walking or cycling. It also offers many photo opportunities along the way. If you’re up for a short hike, then a climb to the top of Ojstrica is highly recommended. The climb to the top is short but steep, but once you get your breath back you will be rewarded with the most wonderful panoramic view, taking in the castle, lake, and island.
Steep climbs and long walks aren’t for everyone, so if you prefer to enjoy the scenery a different way then the tourist train is one of the most fun ways to go. This cute little train runs from May to October (check seasonal timetable) and stops at several points along the way where you can hop off and back on again.
During the warmer months, the lake is also a popular swimming location. You can even swim over to the island, just watch out for the boats!
Sitting pretty on this tiny, picture-perfect island is the Church of the Mother of God, in front of which is a stone staircase. Marriage ceremonies are still performed today, and many couples keep a longstanding tradition alive where the groom carries the bride up the 99 steps. Even if you’re not looking to get wed, the island is still very much worth a visit and holds some other interesting historical sights, including the wishing bell, the sexton’s house, and a stone chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes, which dates back to 1888.
The island is best reached by one the many pletna boats you will see around the shore. A ride on one of these flat-bottomed boats takes around 10 minutes and runs year-round.
Slovenia proudly boasts having around 500 castles and fortresses. The oldest, and most famous, is the magnificent one right here in Bled. The castle sits atop a 130 metre cliff, and gives the most spectacular backdrop to an already magical location. The original castle was built over 1000 years ago, with additional towers added in the Middle Ages. After a devastating earthquake in 1511, the castle was rebuilt and renovated numerous times over the next few centuries. Today, its rich history is kept alive through museum exhibitions, festivals and medieval demonstrations. The castle can be reached on foot, by car or by tourist train, and the views from the tower gallery are breathtaking!
Located just a few kilometres from central Bled, this beautiful gorge certainly deserves its place in our top five. It was discovered in 1891 by photographer Benedikt Lergetporer, and two years and 500 metres of wooden bridges and walkways later, it was opened to the public. This 1600 metre long, 250 metre deep gorge was carved out by the Radovna River. As you follow the walkways alongside and over the river, you can enjoy the stunning, clear blue pools and thrashing rapids. Towards the end of the path you’ll see the bridge of the Bohinj railway towering over the water. This magnificent stone arch was built in 1905 and is still used today.
A trip to Bled will reward visitors with some of the most spectacular sights in Slovenia, and even if you only stay around the lakeside you’ll leave feeling refreshed and energised by its seemingly magical properties. But there are other ways to enjoy the region and add something extra special into your visit.
Zipline Dolinka offers guests the chance to fly across the Sava Donlinka river, the valley and its surrounding nature, where you’ll get a superb bird’s-eye view of the stunning protected area below you. The tour is made up of seven ziplines, giving a total distance of 4 km. Our expert guides will ensure that everyone is safe and well-prepared for the adventure. During the short picturesque forest walks between the ziplines they are happy to share with you their knowledge of the flora and fauna, and also the story behind our zipline adventure.
The Zipline Dolinka tour is an exhilarating and truly memorable experience that will stay with you forever.