Ljubljana to Lake Bled is a great day trip from Slovenia’s capital, or you can spend the night in nearby accommodations. Lake Bled is located in the northwestern edge of Slovenia, snuggled in between the Alps to the north, and Triglav National Park to the west.
Being a sub-alpine lake, the crystal clear waters are almost 30 meters deep. Surrounding the lake are rolling hills carpeted in verdant forests and rustic countryside. Altogether, it looks like a scene from the pages of a fairytale, making Lake Bled one of the most magical places in Slovenia, if not Europe.
The incredibly scenic lake close to the Alps is utterly astounding. You can explore the picturesque lake with its backdrop of stark mountains and hillsides dotted with clifftop castles, an island church, and red-roofed buildings.
The best way to truly get a feel for the beauty of this incredible spot is to simply explore it. There are many trails that run a complete loop around Lake Bled, so the best way to enjoy it in its entirety is to walk around it. The walk is around six km, alternating between open spots and shady forests.
One of the most well-known attractions in Lake Bed is the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria. Nestled in the middle of the lake among the trees, this little island church is a magical sight. The church’s belfry is quite a vision, and the 99 step staircase seems to go straight into the water. Legend goes that if you ring the church’s bell three times, your wish will be granted.
Tito’s villa for coffee and štrukli. This Slovenian lakeside tea room is a converted remnant from a dead regime. This former Summer Residence of President Josip Broz Tito offers spectacularly unforgettable views while enjoying the popular traditional pastry.
Ljubljana is Slovenia’s capital and largest city. It is well known for its university and parks, including Tivoli Park. The city’s old town is divided from its commercial core by the twisting Ljubljanica River, lined in restaurants and outdoor cafes.
Ljubljana has numerous museums displaying historic exhibitions, paintings, and sculptures. Of note are the National Museum of Slovenia and the Museum of Modern Art.
Ljubljana Castle, rising above the middle of the city on a green hill for 900 years, is Ljubljana’s main attraction. Explore the castle and enjoy the beautiful city views offered by the castle’s ramparts.
Can’t Miss: The pedestrianized old town is incredibly charming with cafes along the river, plus there’s a castle! Indulge yourself in an extraordinary river cruise on a tourist boat and experience Ljubljana’s old town and its bridges.
Insider Tip: Rent a bike and explore–it’s the best way to get around Ljubljana. On warm and sunny days, biking is an uncomplicated, affordable way to explore Ljubljana. Some local accommodations offer free loaner bicycles while available, and others offer bike rentals for a fee. The city also offers a bike-sharing program.
Restaurants: Valvasor in the old town is a trendy restaurant, with outside tables in the summer and a traditional, romantic atmosphere inside. The incredibly varied menu offers delicacies like scallops, sea bass alongside meat options and grilled specialties. This one-star Michelin restaurant is very popular, so be sure to make a reservation!