All You Need To Know To Visit The Bled Castle, Slovenia

Introducing The Bled Castle

Bled Castle or Blejski Grad as it is called in Slovene is the oldest castle in Slovenia, built on a precipice above the town of Bled in northwestern Slovenia, overlooking the picturesque Lake Bled. The castle was first mentioned in 1011 as Castellum Veldes (Veldes is the German name of Bled). Later on it was devastated by two earthquakes, ransacked in a peasant uprising, and finally beautifully renovated and restored in the 1950s. It is currently one of the most visited tourist attractions in Slovenia.

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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 historic and cultural attractions in Slovenia with over 300.000 annual guests. You have to pay an entrance fee to get into the grounds of the castle, but it is well worth it.

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The entrance to the Bled Castle is particularly interesting due to its Gothic arch and drawbridge across a now filled-in moat. Once you enter the castle, you’ll be surprised with the amount of things to do in the castle – there is a small chapel, a very nice restaurant overlooking the lake, two courtyards, a really interesting museum, a wine cellar with wine tasting, a blacksmith shop, print shop, and gift shop. Throughout the year, but especially in the summer months, the castle hosts numerous interesting events. Every year there is a medieval day where people experience something of life in the Middle Ages and a number of times every year, different medieval and renaissance events take place as well. Bled Castle is also the popular choice for many newlyweds for their dream wedding, with its remarkable medieval castle wedding venue.

The castle is opened from January to March between 8.00 and 18.00, from April to June 14 between 8.00 and 20.00, from June 15 to September 15 between 8.00 and 21.00, from September 16 to October 31 between 8.00 and 20.00, and in November and December between 8.00 and 18.00. Entrance fee is €9 (students €7, children €4,5). The castle can be reached by car (there’s parking at the top), or you can take a bus, but if the weather is nice, we would definitely suggest taking a 15-minute walk on a beautiful path towards the castle.

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Bled Castle Pictures

View our image gallery with 15 high-resolution photos that prove you absolutely have to visit the Bled Castle!

Two photos below by Jure Korber and Tjasa Borsnak
Aerial view of Bled Castle and Lake Bled with its photogenic island in the middle
The spectacular cliff-top Bled Castle.

Breathtaking aerial view of Lake Bled with its island and overlooking Bled Castle
The castle is perched atop a steep cliff more than 130 meters above the lake.

Next 4 photos below by Branko Cesnik
Lake Bled in Slovenia with the clifftop castle and the Church of St Martin
For over a thousand years there has been a castle perched atop a steep cliff more than 130 meters above the lake.

Bled Castle perched atop a steep cliff more than 130 meters above Lake Bled in Slovenia
The spectacular cliff top location was easily defensible.

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Lake Bled in Slovenia with a postcard-perfect church and a castle clinging to a cliff
With its cliff-top castle and picturesque island, Bled is the number one tourist destination that most people visit when travelling to Slovenia.

Photo by Ales Krivec
Bled Castle perched on a rocky cliff 130 meters above Lake Bled, Slovenia
Bled Castle is perched on a rocky cliff 130 meters above Lake Bled.

Next 2 photos below by Miroslav Asanin
Bled Island and Bled Castle in Slovenia
The Castle sits on a cliff top for more than a thousand years.

Fog blanketing all but the Bled Castle, Slovenia
The Castle raising above the fog with the Karawanks mountains lit by the raising sun in the background.

Next 2 photos below by Jakob Noc
Vila Istra design hotel below Bled Castle, Slovenia
The Castle is the most prominent tourist attraction in Bled.

Lake Bled, Bled Island and Bled Castle, Slovenia
The area around the lake is unspoilt and the backdrop of the mountains and the castle really add to the majesty of this place.

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Photo by Jure Kralj
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The castle sits atop a high rocky outcrop.

Photo by Daniel Tomanovic
Lake Bled with its cliff-top castle and a few people sunbathing on the shore
The lake with its cliff-top castle in the summer.

Photo by Domen Dolenc
View of Lake Bled from at sunset
A view of the lake from the castle.

Photo by Masa Vodenik
Breathtaking view of Lake Bled and its island and castle
A view of the lake and the castle from the Ojstrica hill.

Photo by Gregor Kacin
Lake Bled in Slovenia with its cliff top castle and St. Martin's Parish Church under it
The Castle in winter.

For more beautiful photos visit our picture gallery: 30 Beautiful Bled Castle Photos!

Bled Castle location on the map


Address: Grajska cesta 61, 4260 Bled
Latitude and Longitude Coordinates: 46.36987, 14.10068
GPS coordinates: 46° 22′ 10.9884” N 14° 6′ 2.3292” E
Region: Gorenjska (a.k.a Upper Carniola a.k.a Slovenian Alps a.k.a Oberkrain)

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HISTORIC AND CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS IN BLED AND THE SURROUNDING AREA
Bled Castle above Lake Bled, Slovenia
BLED CASTLE – the oldest castle in Slovenia perched high above Lake Bled
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.
The Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary on Bled Island, SloveniaCHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY – the idyllic church on Bled Island
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Lake Bled tumbLAKE BLED - the most stunning and romantic place you could ever imagine
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.
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Overall Rating:     10/10   (Must-See)
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Places to stay in Bled that we think are the best and worth staying at
The accommodation options in Bled can be divided into five main categories: hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, self catering apartments, farm stays and hostels.
Lake Bled hotelsHOTELS IN BLED THAT WE RECOMMEND
Finding a hotel that suits your needs and fits your budget can be a hassle. That is why we have reviewed and rated the most popular Lake Bled hotels that offer good value. If you’re planning to visit Lake Bled, read on and find a hotel that best suits your needs and budget. Our selection is not about cheap hotels. It’s about nice Lake Bled hotels offering best value for money.
Lake Bled guest housesGUESTHOUSES IN BLED THAT WE RECOMMEND
Guesthouses in Lake Bled are definitely a nice, safe option as they are both comfortable and homely, with owners who take an interest in their guests. Lake Bled guesthouses are generally on the small side, offering a warm and cosy ambience and a personalized, welcoming atmosphere. A lot of proprietors live on-site, so they are immediately available to answer all guest's questions about the local area and address any concerns/issues the guest may have.
Lake Bled self catering apartmentsSELF-CATERING APARTMENTS IN BLED THAT WE RECOMMEND
If you are looking for something a bit more private, many local residents in Lake Bled, Slovenia offer apartments for rent in their houses. You’ll find all the comforts of your own house, as well as plenty privacy. Generally, all self-catering apartments in Lake Bled are fully furnished and supplied with household equipment such as linen, towels, cutlery and crockery. Rates vary dramatically, so always do your research beforehand.
Lake Bled bed and breakfastsBED AND BREAKFASTS IN BLED THAT WE RECOMMEND
Lake Bled bed and breakfasts are usually small, family-run places with fewer amenities but more character than a hotel. Most bed and breakfasts offer up to five rooms in the hosts’ own house, though they can range from large guest houses with more than a dozen rooms to small homes renting out a single spare bedroom.
Lake Bled hostelsHOSTELS IN BLED THAT WE RECOMMEND
Hostels are a popular option for those seeking fun low-cost accommodations in Lake Bled. Most spaces and amenities are usually shared, but there are also some facilities that provide en-suite rooms. While you might not get as much privacy, hostels are usually cheap and of great value.
Lake Bled farm staysFARM STAYS IN THE BLED AREA THAT WE RECOMMEND
Farm stays are an increasingly popular vacation option, especially for families with young children who adore having friendly animals on tap and lots of space and fresh air to run around in. On some farms in the Lake Bled area you can also join in with farm tasks, including feeding and egg collecting, and feast on home-grown produce.

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