Welcome to Bled, the most remarkable Alpine resort in Slovenia and beyond

Introducing Bled

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.

The town was first mentioned in writing a millennium ago in 1004. It prospered in the Middle Ages due to pilgrims coming to see the church on the island. The first true tourists began to visit Bled in the 19th century to benefit from the healthy climate and thermal springs, the curative powers of which had been discovered by the Swiss hydrologist Arnold Rikli. He spent more than fifty years in Bled and founded the Institute of natural healing. Guesthouses, hotels, restaurants and villas sprang up to cater for the needs of visitors. In the beginning of the 20th century, it was recognized as the most beautiful thermal resort of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, attracting the European aristocratic elite who appreciated the value of water, air and sunlight for health.

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Nowadays Bled represents the synthesis of natural, cultural and symbolic value. It’s a vacation hotspot for tourists from all over Europe and the world. It is an all year round resort with plenty to do in both summer and winter. Numerous spas and wellness facilities, hotels with pools, organized swimming areas and numerous other water-based activities, walking paths, excellent horse riding possibilities, the oldest and the largest Slovenian golf course, tennis and beach valley courts, an adrenaline park, a casino, a sports airport in Lesce, and other nearby natural and cultural sites provide plenty of reasons for a visit.

Winter offers skiing, skating on the frozen surface (if the winter is cold enough), sledding trails, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, and more.

The glacial lake is definitely the centrepiece of Bled’s beauty. In the middle of the lake there is a charming little tear-shaped island, the only island in Slovenia. The largest building on the island is the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary. Sitting atop a cliff 130 meters above the lake is the iconic castle offering magnificent views of the lake, the lake and the surrounding countryside. Further attractions include the Vintgar Gorge and the Bled health spa.

NATURAL ATTRACTIONS IN BLED AND THE SURROUNDING AREA
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.
bled-island-church-zoom-300BLED ISLAND – the fairytale island with an idyllic baroque church on it
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 Bled SloveniaVINTGAR GORGE - one of the most extraordinary places to visit in 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 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
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.

Reviews of the best restaurants in Bled
Restaurant Labod BledRESTAURANT LABOD   (Cuisine: International)
The restaurant is located in the very heart of Bled. It's a fine restaurant with a lovely terrace that has a breathtaking view of Lake Bled and Bled Island. The menu is varied with a good selection of meat, fish and pasta dishes. The food served is full of flavour and beautifully presented and yet is not too heavy on the pocket.

OVERALL RATING:     10/10   (Exceptional)
PRICES:   price-rating-moderate   (Moderate)
A la Carte Restaurant 1906 BledA LA CARTE RESTAURANT 1906 BLED   (Cuisine: Slovenian)
Located on the quiet side of Lake Bled, the restaurant has some of the most amazing views of the lake, church on the island, and Slovenian Alps. The food is outstanding with a varied choice on the menu to suit every taste. It’s exquisite fine dining but with quite big portions.

OVERALL RATING:     10/10   (Exceptional)
PRICES:     (Expensive)
Bled Castle Restaurant, SloveniaBLED CASTLE RESTAURANT   (Cuisine: Slovenian)
This famous restaurant is now under new management of the Jezersek family who serve modern interpretations of recipes written more than 70 years ago by their grandmother. The food is absolutely lovely - it's traditional Slovenian served in a superb fine dining style with lots of lovely touches.

OVERALL RATING:     10/10   (Exceptional)
PRICES:     (Expensive)
Finefood Penzion Berc restaurant in BledFINEFOOD PENZION BERC RESTAURANT   (Cuisine: Slovenian)
This is a lovely small restaurant that is opened only during the season (from May 1st till mid-October). The setting is charming in an open garden with lit candles all around the tables. The menu is surprisingly extensive for a small place and there's something for everyone. All the plates coming from the kitchen are a feast for the eyes.

OVERALL RATING:     09/10   (Excellent)
PRICES:     (Expensive)

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.

Bled Pictures

View our image gallery with 6 high-resolution photos that proves you absolutely have to visit Bled!

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Photo by Jure Korber and Tjasa Borsnak
Aerial view of Lake Bled with the Church of the Assumption of Mary on the island
A beautiful view over the lake from an aerial photography platform.

Photo by Masa Vodenik
Breathtaking view of Lake Bled and its island and castle
View of the lake and the town from the Ojstrica hill. The town is small but is just lovely to walk around as you enjoy the scenes of the lake.

Photo by Piotr Skrzypiec
Stunning view of Lake Bled, Slovenia in winter with snow
Bled in winter with plenty of snow.

Photo by Luka Esenko
Lake Bled in Slovenia is beautiful in winter with the scenery of snow
Bled is beautiful in winter with the scenery of snow.

Photo by Dejan Hudoletnjak
Panoramic view of the town of Bled, Slovenia at winter night from the Ojstrica viewpoint
Bled at night.

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Photo by Miroslav Asanin
New year's fireworks over Lake Bled in Slovenia
There’s probably no better place to spend a New Year’s Eve than Bled.

Discover beautiful Bled and the surrounding area through amazing photos!
Lake Bled SloveniaLAKE BLED, Bled (30 pictures)
Lake Bled is such a spectacularly beautiful place that it appears to have been lifted straight from a fairy tale.
Bled Castle above Lake Bled, SloveniaBLED CASTLE, Bled (30 pictures)
Above the incredibly beautiful glacial Lake Bled, on a mighty steep cliff rising 130 meters high, is the iconic Bled Castle. It's one of the most visited Slovene sights with over 300.000 annual guests.
Bled Island SloveniaBLED ISLAND, Bled (8 pictures)
Bled Island is a tiny Island in the middle of Lake Bled. It 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.
The Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary on Bled Island, SloveniaCHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY, Bled (15 pictures)
The church is located on a a tiny, tear-shaped island in the middle of Lake Bled. It has such a beautiful setting that pictures of it are regularly found in travel magazines and on travel blogs and forums.
Vintgar Gorge Bled SloveniaVINTGAR GORGE, Zgornje Gorje (near Bled) (20 pictures)
This beautiful gorge 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.
Lake Bled SloveniaBLED (10 pictures)
The town of Bled, located in the northwestern corner of Slovenia between Austria and Italy, is a spectacular destination surrounded by Slovenian Alps.

Location of Bled on the map


Address: Presernova cesta 1, 4260 Bled, Slovenia
Latitude and Longitude Coordinates: 46.36359, 14.09380
GPS coordinates: 46° 21′ 48.9528” N 14° 5′ 37.6980” E
Region: Gorenjska (a.k.a Upper Carniola a.k.a Slovenian Alps a.k.a Oberkrain)

For more tourist information on the town of Bled and Lake Bled, see our articles below
Lake Bled Attractions And Things To Do
In order to help you get the most out of your trip to Lake Bled, Slovenia, we have compiled a list of the most popular attractions and things to do in Bled and the surrounding area.
Lake Bled Weather and Climate Information for Travel Planning
Lake Bled enjoys pleasant, sunny summers when days are long and temperatures can often exceed 25°C, particularly in July and August. Winter weather in Bled, by contrast, is bitterly cold, with snow and frosty days when temperatures hover at or just below freezing.
Lake Bled nightlife
The nightlife in Bled is fairly relaxed and the atmosphere is more calm than lively – perfect for families and those wishing to make the most of a truly relaxing break. There are bars and pubs that can pack a good crowd and provide evening entertainment.
The delicious Lake Bled cream cake a.k.a. Cremeschnitte
The alpine resort town of Bled with its idyllic lake, island with a church, and castle, is among the most iconic sights in Slovenia. But Bled is the home to another Slovenian icon, the Bled cream cake (or cremeschnitte), known in Slovenian as kremna rezina or kremsnita.
The Best Restaurants In Lake Bled, Slovenia
There are lots of great restaurants in Lake Bled offering delicious local and international food and great locations.
Lake Bled – what to do and see
There are many things you can do in Bled. It is a paradise for lovers of sports and outdoor activities. Swimming, bathing and numerous other water-based activities, cycling, hiking, horse riding, fishing, golf, beach volley, tennis and in winter also skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, sledding, snowshoeing and more.
Bled Gorge also known as Vintgar Gorge
Bled Gorge, also known as Vintgar Gorge, is the major attraction in the immediate vicinity of Lake Bled. It’s a must see in Slovenia with its waterfalls, pools, rapids and vegetation.
Bled is the perfect base for hiking trips of every degree of difficulty
Bled is known for it’s stunning setting, lake, castle on the rock above the lake and an old church on the island, but it’s also an extremely attractive starting point for hiking trips of every degree of difficulty to the eastern reaches of Triglav National Park.
Bled Jezero train station, Slovenia
It is possible to reach Bled by train but the Bled Jezero train station is on the other side of the lake, opposite the town, approximately one and a half kilometres away.
Tourist Information Centre Bled – TIC Bled
The Bled’s well-stocked tourist information centre is the best place to begin a visit to Bled. The helpful staff can provide a wealth of information on all of the sights both in the town and the surrounding countryside, and various souvenirs, postcards, books and maps are also available for purchase in addition to free brochures and other handouts.
Lake Bled self catering accommodation with all the comforts of home
If you’re looking for a home away from home in Lake Bled, why not stay in a self-catering apartment? You’ll find all the comforts of your own house, as well as plenty privacy.
Lake Bled accommodation cheap – stay for less, budget accommodation
Find budget places to stay in Lake Bled, Slovenia from as low as €15 per night. Places to stay in Lake Bled are as varied as the places you visit. Whatever your budget, the choice – from basic rooms to smart hotel, from tiny cottage to grand villas – is all part of the fun. If you’re looking to stay in Lake Bled for less, don’t miss budget accommodation options.
Lake Bled hotels
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.
Self catering holiday apartments in Lake Bled
There’s a vast selection of privately rented holiday apartments to rent in Lake Bled, Slovenia. From family friendly holiday apartments to luxury apartments for romantic breaks.
Lake Bled private rooms accommodation
If you are looking for something a bit more private, many local residents in Lake Bled offer rooms for rent in their homes. This option is an ideal choice for those looking for a budget place to stay in Lake Bled.
Lake Bled wellness centres and spas
Wellness centres and spas are available in a number of Bled hotels, offering a range of holistic health and beauty treatments. Many external guests can also do some good for themselves while relaxing.
Apartments near Lake Bled‎
As you might expect, self catering privately rented apartments with a lake view are more expensive than than those without lake view. And rates of apartments with a lake view are generally lower than apartments that are lake front.
Lake Bled weather forecast
Rain or shine? Be prepared with the most accurate 5 day forecast for Lake Bled, Slovenia.

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