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Discover Lake Bled, Slovenia's Hiddne Gem Lake Bled
May 2024
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In the Julian Alps of Slovenia, this stunning lake is often referred to as the pearl of the country, and it's not hard to see why

Its breathtaking blue waters are punctuated only by a picture postcard church in the heart of the lake, perched on a small, scenic island. The water is perfect for swimming and boating, with plenty of spots dotted along the shoreline perfect for exploring.
Bled Castle Bled Castle

Though most famous (and rightly so) for the lake, there is plenty to do in and around Bled. Head to nearby Vintgar Gorge with its wooden walkway that spans the gorge (and dates all the way back to 1893) and takes you to Šum Waterfall. Bled Castle is an impressive clifftop fortress overlooking the lake. With a history that spans 1,000 years and a fascinating museum collection it’s a wonderful place to spend a day. May and June are particularly good times to visit as the castle hosts its annual medieval days, which include knightly challenges, a medieval camp and a children’s carnival.

No trip to Bled would be complete without visiting Bled Island and the historic church that draws visitors from far and wide. The church, which is known by a few names and is often referred to as the Church of The Mother of God on the Lake, dates back to the 17th century (with the history of the island stretching back even further). Climb the impressive 99 steps to reach the church and be sure to ring the Wishing Bell – it brings good fortune!

There are plenty of places to eat here but Old Cellar Bled is worth checking out – it’s a cosy and fun restaurant with a rustic interior. The whole menu looks great, but the trout tartar would be our pick, along with the local Carniolan sausage and mushroom risotto. If you’re looking to splash out, Restaurant Julijana at the Grand Hotel Topic is a great choice, boasting great outdoor seating with views across the lake and a menu which has been awarded the Michelin Plate. Wherever you choose to eat, make sure you sample Bled cake, a local delicacy made of pastry, custard and cream which is available practically everywhere in the area.

Julijana restaurant Julijana restaurant
Villa Adora Villa Adora
Hotel Starkl Hotel Starkl

Where to Stay

Villa Adora

This small but luxurious boutique hotel right on the waterfront has seven beautifully decorated suites to choose from. Originally built in 1878, the villa has been carefully renovated. Airy and bright with wonderful views across the lake, the Penthouse Suite is our room of choice.

Hotel Starkl

This modern hotel comes with custom furnished rooms inspired by the local legend of the sunken Wishing Bell and was created with comfort in mind. Choose their lake view rooms and spend time on your private balcony admiring the view, and make sure you try the hotel’s own luxury chocolates which also take inspiration from local folklore.

Bled Rose Hotel

A modern hotel that is dedicated to wellness and relaxation. Although it has undeniably fabulous rooms, the true gem of this hotel is undoubtedly Rose Wellness, featuring an on-site spa, sauna, pool and treatment area. For something a touch different, book yourself in for a chromotherapy session, a treatment that uses colour to restore balance in the body, mind and soul.

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