30 Beautiful Bled Castle Photos To Inspire You To Visit Bled, Slovenia

About Bled Castle

Bled with its idyllic lake, picture-postcard church on an island, and a medieval castle clinging to a 130-metre-high rocky cliff is the most photographed place in Slovenia. The iconic Bled Castle was built by the Bishops of Brixen and first mentioned in the year 1011. It celebrated its 1000 year anniversary in 2011. The castle is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Slovenia.

In addition to the stunning panoramic views of Lake Bled and its island and church, the castle has a museum, chapel, wrought iron and coin making facilities, plus a wonderful fine dining restaurant, a wine cellar, the beekeeping area where you can sample a variety of delicious honeys made on-site and a gift shop.

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Bled Castle Photo Gallery

A beautiful picture gallery containing 30 high resolution Bled Castle photos, taken either by professional photographers or amateur photo enthusiasts!

Aerial view of Bled Castle and Lake Bled with its photogenic island in the middle
A beautiful view over the Bled Castle and Lake Bled from an aerial photography platform. (photo: Jure Korber and Tjasa Borsnak)

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The iconic Bled Castle. Image by Mihael Grmek / CC BY-SA 3.0

Overlooking Lake Bled is the iconic Bled Castle
Overlooking Lake Bled, perched more than 100 metres high above on a precipice, is the Bled Castle. Image by Eneko Bidegain / CC BY 2.0

Water lilies and swan on Bled Lake, Slovenia
The castle as seen from Lake Bled. Image by Mihael Grmek / CC BY-SA 3.0

View of the castle cafe and courtyard from the entrance
View of the castle cafe and courtyard from the entrance. Image by Gord Webster / CC BY-SA 2.0

Lake Bled with an island and Bled castle from the Ojstrica view point
Lake Bled with its island and castle from the Ojstrica view point. Image by James Southorn / CC BY 2.0

Bled Castle looks like how most people imagine a medieval fortress to be
Bled Castle looks like how most people imagine a medieval fortress to be. Image by Bastian Gross / CC BY-SA 2.0

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The walking path takes you to the Bled castle within less than 15 minutes
The walking path takes you to the castle within less than 15 minutes. Image by Eneko Bidegain / CC BY 2.0

The entrance to the Bled castle is particularly interesting due to its Gothic arch
The entrance to the castle is particularly interesting due to its Gothic arch and drawbridge across a now filled-in moat. Image by Eneko Bidegain / CC BY 2.0

Bled castle has a drawbridge over a moat
Bled castle has a drawbridge over a moat. Image by Eneko Bidegain / CC BY 2.0

Entrance to the chapel on the upper courtyard
Entrance to the chapel on the upper courtyard. Image by Eneko Bidegain / CC BY 2.0

Bled castle has two levels
The castle has two levels. Image by Eneko Bidegain / CC BY 2.0

View on the Slovenian Alps on the other side
View on the Slovenian Alps on the other side. Image by Eneko Bidegain / CC BY 2.0

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The view from the window in Bled castle
The view from the window in the castle. Image by Maik-T. Šebenik / CC BY-ND 2.0

Another view from the window in Bled castle
Another view from the window in the castle. Image by Eneko Bidegain / CC BY 2.0

The Bled castle wine cellar attracts with tastings of its top quality wines
The Bled castle wine cellar attracts with tastings of its top-quality wines. Image by Eneko Bidegain / CC BY 2.0

The old well at Bled Castle
The old well at the castle. Image by Eneko Bidegain / CC BY 2.0

Some flowers at Bled Castle
Some flowers. Image by Eneko Bidegain / CC BY 2.0

A museum in the castle shows you the history of Bled from the ice age
Used in defense of the castle. A museum in the castle shows you the history of Bled from the ice age to the middle ages and all the way to the present times. Image by Pinky sl / CC BY-SA 3.0

Bled castle rooms are furnished with old furniture dating mainly from the 19th century
The exhibition rooms are furnished with old furniture dating mainly from the 19th century. Image by Pinky sl / CC BY-SA 3.0

Castle Restaurant offers stunning views over the lake and Slovenian Alps
Castle Restaurant offers stunning views over the lake and Slovenian Alps. Image by Gord Webster / CC BY-SA 2.0

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One of the reasons, why to go to the castle is the breathtaking view
One of the reasons, why to go to the castle is the breathtaking view. Image by Johann Jaritz / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Bled castle on top of a cliff above the lake
The Bled castle on top of a cliff above the lake. Image by Kevin Jones / CC BY 2.0

The town of Bled and Lake Bled from the Bled Castle
The view of the town Bled from the castle. Image by Mihael Grmek / CC BY-SA 3.0

Bled Castle looks pretty small from afar, but it's pretty big when you're closer
Bled Castle looks pretty small from afar, but it’s pretty big when you’re closer. Image by Ciaran Roarty / CC BY-SA 2.0

The oldest castle in Slovenia stands on a sheer cliff above Lake Bled
The oldest castle in Slovenia stands on a sheer cliff above Lake Bled. Image by Eneko Bidegain / CC BY 2.0

You need to travel by gondola, known here as Pletna to visit the Lake Bled island
The castle as seen from Lake Bled. Image by Maik-T. Šebenik / CC BY-ND 2.0

Sitting atop a steep cliff 100 meters above the lake is Bled Castle
Sitting atop a steep cliff 130 meters above the lake is the iconic Bled Castle, a magnificent medieval fortress with towers, ramparts, moats and a terrace. Image by Eneko Bidegain / CC BY 2.0

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Lake Bled, Slovenia, taken from western end of lake at twilight
Lake Bled, Slovenia, taken from western end of lake at twilight, October 2013. Image by Edwardwexler / CC BY-SA 3.0

Bled castle and lake at night
Bled castle and lake at night. Image by Eneko Bidegain / CC BY 2.0

Bled Castle at night
The castle at night. Image by TravelingOtter / CC BY 2.0

A walk by Lake Bled when lit up at night is truly magical
A walk by Lake Bled when lit up at night is truly magical. Image by Gilad Rom / CC BY 2.0

All You Need To Know To Visit Bled
BLED – possibly the most beautiful and remarkable Alpine resort in Europe
View of Bled, Slovenia

With an incredibly beautiful glacial lake surrounded by the peaks of the Slovenian Alps, an iconic church nestled in a tiny island in the middle of the lake and a medieval Gothic castle built on a 100-meter cliff overlooking the lake, Bled is possibly the most beautiful and remarkable Alpine resort in Europe.

NATURAL ATTRACTIONS IN BLED AND THE SURROUNDING AREA
LAKE BLED - the most stunning and romantic place you could ever imagine
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Overall Rating:     10/10   (Must-See)

In Slovenia, there is a real place that looks like it came from the fairy tale world! That place is the beautiful Lake Bled, known for its stunning mountain-backed vistas, the iconic church located on a tiny island in the middle of the lake and the spectacular medieval Gothic castle built on a 130-meter cliff overlooking the lake.
BLED ISLAND – the fairytale island with an idyllic baroque church on it
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Overall Rating:     10/10   (Must-See)

When people say that a place is like something from a fairy tale, often they are exaggerating, but that is not the case with this charming little tear-shaped island in the middle of Lake Bled. The island has such an extraordinary beautiful setting that photographs of it are regularly found in travel magazines and it’s without a doubt the most recognizable place in Slovenia.
VINTGAR GORGE - one of the most extraordinary places to visit in Slovenia
Vintgar Gorge Bled Slovenia

Overall Rating:     10/10   (Must-See)

This stunningly picturesque gorge with turquoise water of the Radovna river and a spectacular waterfall at the far end is part of the Triglav National Park and is located just outside the northern side of Bled. It has been made into a huge attraction by the addition of walkways alongside and across the river.

HISTORIC AND CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS IN BLED AND THE SURROUNDING AREA
BLED CASTLE – the oldest castle in Slovenia perched high above Lake Bled
Bled Castle above Lake Bled, Slovenia

Overall Rating:     10/10   (Must-See)

Above the incredibly beautiful glacial Lake Bled, on a mighty steep cliff rising 130 meters high, is the iconic Bled Castle. It is one of the most visited Slovene sights with over 300.000 annual guests.
CHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY – the idyllic church on Bled Island
The Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary on Bled Island, Slovenia

Overall Rating:     10/10   (Must-See)

The Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary, also known as The Church of Mary the Queen or Our Lady of the Lake is located on a a tiny, tear-shaped island in the middle of an incredibly beautiful glacial Lake Bled in Slovenia. The church has such a beautiful setting that pictures of it are regularly found in travel magazines and on travel blogs and forums.

Places to stay in Bled that we recommend
The accommodation options in Bled can be divided into six main categories: hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, apartments, farm stays and hostels.
HOTELS IN BLED THAT WE RECOMMEND
Collage of Lake Bled hotels

Finding a hotel that suits your needs and fits your budget can be a hassle. Bled is a very touristic place with lots of hotels of varying standards, from ultra-luxurious where guests can indulge themselves in some exquisite spas to a nice choice of affordable 3-star hotels. Find out which hotels in Bled we recommend and why.
GUESTHOUSES IN BLED THAT WE RECOMMEND
Collage of Lake Bled guest houses

Bled guesthouses are definitely a nice, safe option for a place to stay as they are comfortable and homely with owners who take an interest in their guests. Many offer not only breakfast, but also lunch and dinner. There are quite a few wonderful guest houses in Bled, find out which one would best suit your needs, style and budget.
BED AND BREAKFASTS IN BLED THAT WE RECOMMEND
Collage of Lake Bled bed and breakfasts

Bled bed and breakfasts are family-run places that range from small homes renting out two or three spare bedrooms to large guest houses with more than a dozen rooms. Find out which B&Bs in Bled we recommend and why.
APARTMENTS IN BLED THAT WE RECOMMEND
Collage of Lake Bled apartments

Many local residents in Bled offer apartments for rent in their houses. Each apartment has one or two bedrooms, a bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. Some also have a living room and a balcony or a terrace. It's a very popular wallet-friendly option when you are staying in Bled. But be careful, the rates and quality vary seriously, so always do a good research before you book an apartment for your stay! Here you will find the apartments that we think are the best ones in Bled right now.
HOSTELS IN BLED THAT WE RECOMMEND
Collage of Lake Bled hostels

Hostels are a very popular option for those seeking low-cost accommodations in Bled. Most spaces and amenities are usually shared, but even if you’re not up for the cheapest option - a bed in a dorm room - you can often get a basic private room at a Bled hostel for significantly less than the cost of a low-end hotel or privately rented room. Competition between Bled hostels has grown over the past 5-10 years so the quality has risen considerably. There are now some really nice hostels in Bled, find out which are the ones that we recommend and why!
CAMPING AND GLAMPING SITES IN BLED THAT WE RECOMMEND
Collage of camping and glamping sites in Bled

There’s nothing quite like going to sleep under the stars, surrounded by nature and only the sound of birdsong to wake you up in the morning. The Bled area has a breathtaking nature which is perfect to do just that: whether it’s an all natural campsite or a luxurious glamping experience, these are the best outdoor sleeping areas in Bled.
FARM STAYS IN THE LAKE BLED AREA THAT WE RECOMMEND
Collage of Lake Bled farm stays

Farm stays are an increasingly popular vacation option, especially for families with young children. Styled after traditional B&Bs, farm stays offer comfortable lodging, low rates, generous breakfasts and direct access to farm animals, fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs. On some farms you can also join in with farm tasks, including feeding and egg collecting. Find out which farm stays in the Lake Bled area we recommend the most.

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