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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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.

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

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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.

NATURAL ATTRACTIONS IN BLED AND THE SURROUNDING AREA
LAKE BLED - the most stunning and romantic place you could ever imagine
Lake Bled tumb

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

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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.

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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