Here’s why Lake Bled is quite possibly Europe’s most underrated weekend destination:
It forces you to be all there.
Lake Bled is a world within a world; seemingly detached from the cares and worries of the rest of the universe. There’s a pure simplicity about this Slovenian gem that entices you to be entirely present.
Below, I’m going to give you an idea of what we did… where we stayed / what we saw / what activities we undertook. The thing is though, you can arrive with absolutely no agenda, ambition or aspirations. Simply be there, and let your curiosity take over.
Firstly, a huge thank you to Hotel Triglav, who were kind enough to put us up for a few days!
It was such an incredible hotel, and our room had unparalleled views of Lake Bled (see below).
Also, the words ‘pool’ and ‘buffet breakfast’ are pretty much some of my favourite things when it comes to incredible accommodation, and Hotel Triglav did not disappoint!
Exploring Lake Bled
As a location, it’s got to be one of the more magical places we’ve ever visited. From the traditional boats, to the island church, to the castle on the cliff overlooking the whole scene, all of these elements combine to make a mesmerising scene.
There’s four very simple things we did to get the most out of Lake Bled. You can do what you want, but here’s what we would recommend:
– Wake up early. Go for a sunrise swim. It’s the calmest, most serene time of day, without the crowds and it’ll put you in a clear state of mind for the day.
– Bring inflatables. If you didn’t pack one, grab one from a local store. It’ll make your swimming time around 40% more fun, and around 200% more relaxing!
– Slow down. When you’re trying to decide whether you want to go for another coffee, or have your sixth swim for the day, that’s when you’re doing it right!
– Row, row, row your boat. It’s only around €10-€15, and you can row into the middle island and visit the church in the middle of the lake.
– Take a hike. There’s a half hour walk to the ‘Balcony of Bled’, which offers a generous panorama of Lake Bled.
Only a short (and by short I mean around 12km round trip) walk away is Vintgar Gorge. It’s a spectacular day trip, with gorges, waterfalls and wooden boardwalks that will guide your whole trip. Also, it’s just a €4 entry, so what’s not to love?
You can take a taxi or a shuttle to Vintgar Gorge, but we opted for the walk. It takes you through some small towns and villages, and gives you a small glimpse into life in Slovenia.
Special Foodie Shoutout
Bled Cake. It’s pretty much a mountain of calories, consisting of pastry, sugar and custard.
Go on, treat yourself.
Lake Bled, with all of its charm and its beauty, deserves a spot on any European traveller’s list. Should you be lucky enough to visit, be sure to take your time, soak up the atmosphere and let your curiosity run free!
C + P.