Lake Bled is Slovenia‘s most popular attraction no doubt. If you search for pictures of Slovenia on social media, most pictures will most likely be of Lake Bled. Ask anyone who has been to Slovenia for recommendations and Lake Bled would be on top of the list. So of course I was going to check it out. I wanted to see if the place deserved all the hype. Even if I find it overrated, chilling by a lake sounds like a great way to spend a summer day.
Getting to Lake Bled from Ljubljana is easy. It’s a very popular route, so there are buses leaving every hour from the central bus station. A single journey ticket only costs 7 euros. I managed to take a picture of the bus schedule at the hostel. The prices weren’t updated but the schedule was still accurate.
It’s a really short trip, so lots of people do day trips from Ljubljana if they just want to see the lake. The bus dropped us all off at the nearest bus stop to the lake. The very minute I laid eyes on the lake, I knew it deserved all the hype. It’s like the entire place was lifted right out of the pages of a fairy tale book. If you plan on heading to the island in the middle you can ride one of those Pletna boats which costs 14 euros for a round trip. A cheaper option would be to rent your own rowboat for about 10 euros. Once you get to the island you have to pay 6 euros to get inside The Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary. Yup, that building you see on the island is a church. For some reason a lot of people think that’s Bled Castle.
We just opted to walk around the lake and stop every now and then to take in the scenery and to take a dip in the water. The water was cold but it was nowhere near freezing— I’d describe it as refreshing. There were a lot of people on some parts, particularly in the shallow area where a lot of families were hanging out. Most of the area surrounding the lake barely had any people though, there were lots of isolated spots where you can just jump right in.
The are a couple of hikes to several viewing points. From the lake you can clearly see the Bled Castle near the edge of a cliff. We were told that you need to pay 8 euros to get in. Nobody we met was recommending it though. Everyone we spoke to said the inside of the castle isn’t impressive, and though the views are good, the view from the other viewing points were allegedly much better. The best part? You don’t have to pay a single cent to go to those viewing points!
The trail to these viewing points starts near the west end of the lake. It’s quite easy to find since there were signs nearby. The trail was quite steep at the start, but after the first couple of minutes you’re gonna see a couple of switchbacks and it gets easier from there. The first viewing point is called Ojstrica. The views from here are already gorgeous, but if you want a higher viewing point, just head back down until you’re back in the main trail and continue walking onward. Eventually you’re gonna end up in a clearing. This is the higher viewing point called Osojnica. During the short hike we encountered a few other people on the way up and down. It seems that most visitors were content on just relaxing by the lake.
Though a day trip is enough just to see Lake Bled, I feel it deserves more than that. The entire place really is picturesque, and the atmosphere is incredibly serene. No wonder I’ve met travelers who have been staying for a couple of days already, just relaxing and chilling by the lake. It’s hard to get tired of gazing at such beauty.