Slovenia is one underrated European beauty. To be honest, it was not on our itinerary for a long time. And then we heard about the dancing dragons at Postojna caves (It’s real guys!!!), and it becomes high priority for us to witness this magic. Shortly after, we decided to go there for the long weekend around the Easter holidays. After being charmed by the beautiful Ljubljana and satisfying our geeky curiosity at Postojna caves, we went to our last destinations of the Slovenia trip: Lake Bled and Triglav national park.
Local Expert: Barbara, Slovenia
Regions: Bled and Triglav national park, Slovenia
Barbara is a part of the 3glav adventures, the guided tour we booked to explore the Triglav national park. She has been in Slovenia for most of her life, so I asked her if she can give me some local insights about Bled and Triglav national park. She was super nice and helped me prepare this article. So, off to Barbara now:
What are the ‘must to-dos’ around Lake Bled?
- Visit Bled castle
- Visit the only island in Slovenia with traditional “pletna” boat
- Climb 99 steps to the church and ring the bell for good luck
- Go for a ride around the lake with horse carriage
- Visit wonderful Vintgar gorge.
Any special historical sites or museums you would recommend?
Bled castle and Church of the Assumption.
Is Bled safe for solo travel?
Bled area is in my opinion totally safe.
Best offbeat experiences?
Visit OJSTRICA – a small hill by the lake with spectacular views over the lake and castle.
Recommendations for local food/drinks?
Try famous Bled cream cake – the original one is served in Park coffee shop just by the lake.
Nisha’s tip: And do not miss the Slovenian wine! It is indeed an underrated delight.
Recommendations for local’s favorite bars and discos?
Best intercity travel options and the best way to travel within the city?
Bled is a small town, so everything is in walking distance.
Nisha’s tip: And highly recommend renting a bike and biking around the lake Bled. It is a very beautiful track but be cautious of the pedestrians on the path. For traveling between Bled and other regions of the Triglav national park, check out the regional buses and train schedules. You can also drive around by renting a car or use a guided tour like we did.
Best weather to visit? Advice for different weather conditions?
Weather in our area changes really fast, but we get most sunny days from June to August.
Nisha’s tip: We visited Bled in April, during Easter break and did not find it much crowded. Weather in Triglav national park is famous for its microclimate. Hence you can face sun, wind, rain, everything in a day. Bring your steady shoes and some warm and layered clothes.
The best way to know about the current/future events?
The specific website dedicated to lake bled, touristic information regarding what to do, what to see and the future events in the region. Do not miss this website when planning your trip!
Best day trips from Lake Bled?
Nisha’s tip: I highly recommend them as I visited the marvelous Triglav national park with them (Emerald River adventure) and fell in love with the country. Our guide Jaka was amazing and his stories allowed us to peep into the Slovenian beauty, culture and lifestyle.
What do you like the most about Bled?
Bled has the best location – it’s in the heart of Triglav National Park and is surrounded by so much natural beauty.
Nisha’s tip: And due to this central location, you can plan many day trips from Bled like Lake Bohinj, Kranskja Gora, adventures in Soča river, Bovec, Vršič Pass in the Julian Alps, Ljubljana amongst others.
Last words? Anything else you would like to suggest or recommend to travelers?
Maybe to avoid July and August as they are peak months in Bled – in order to avoid crowds I would recommend visiting Bled in May or September.
Nisha’s tip: I completely agree. While Triglav national park is huge and does not feel crowded at all, Bled on the other hand is getting more and more touristic. As you know we always vote for offbeat and offseason travel, I highly recommend not visiting Bled during summer.
Nisha’s final words
Lake Bled is a charming gem to visit in Slovenia. I wanted to prepare this article with local advice so that we do not get lost amongst other tourists and can relish the most authentic experiences. I wrote a separate article showering my love on Triglav national park and its highlights that you can visit. Other than that, you can access the map I exclusively made for Triglav national park below. This map includes all highlights with pictures, to help you plan your own trip to this magnificent national park. For a colorful stream of Slovenian beauty on your Instagram feeds, check out Feel Slovenia and wanderlust will engorge you soon to visit this stunning country. You can also use the same website for planning your trip!
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