All You Need To Know To Visit Lake Bled, Slovenia

Introducing Lake Bled

Lake Bled is a picture-perfect lake of iconic beauty. It was formed at the end of the Ice Age and is 2,120 meters long, 1,380 meters wide and up to 30 meters deep. It lies at the foothills of the Julian Alps in the northwestern corner of Slovenia, where it adjoins the town of Bled.

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In Slovenia, there is a real place that looks like it came from the fairy tale world! That place is the extraordinary Lake Bled. With an iconic church nestled in a tiny island in the middle of the lake and a spectacular medieval Gothic castle built on a 130-meter cliff overlooking the lake, it’s a fairytale setting. The color of the water is mesmerizing! You can easily walk all around the lake on a lovely flat path. It’s truly like walking through a fairytale. Lots of nice places to stop for a rest or get a snack on the way. It takes between one and one and a half hours to walk around the lake, which is a little more than 2 kilometers long and a little less than 1,5 kilometers wide, with a maximum depth of 30 meters.

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In the middle of the lake there is a charming little tear-shaped island, the only island in Slovenia. You can reach it either by swimming their, renting a rowing boat and docking at the island or by taking a traditional gondola-like wooden boat, called a Pletna. The Pletna boat is operated by the pletna oarsman who rows standing up. This profession is very respected and it’s transmitted from generation to generation. The island has several buildings, the main one being the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary, built in the 15th century. There are exactly ninety-nine steps that lead from the dock to the church and there is also a wishing bell that grants you one wish upon ringing it.

Lake Bled has the longest swimming season of any alpine lake in Europe (from June to late September). The summer temperatures reach up to 28 degree Celsius. There are designated areas for swimming but most people ignore them and swim wherever they like. It’s free to swim in the lake but there is also a paid swimming area called Grajska Bathing Area that features a climbing wall, swings, a sandpit, two water slides and a nice patch of grass to relax on. Lake Bled is also ideal for rowing since it provides all the natural elements it requires. Row boats can be hired from places all around the lake and it usually takes around two to three hours for a trip to the island and back again with enough time to explore. The lake is also a popular spot for fishermen. Fishing for catfish, pike, carp and lake trout is permitted.

To get panoramic views of Lake Bled you need to visit Bled Castle, a medieval castle built on a cliff overlooking the lake and the city of Bled. Seeking more views of the lake you can follow the steep forest trail up to Velika Osojnica for postcard views of Lake Bled from above. Lake Bled is truly a treasure of Slovenia.

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Lake Bled Pictures

View our image gallery with 50 high-resolution photos that prove you absolutely have to visit Lake Bled!

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

Beautiful view of Lake Bled and its island and castle in winter with a blanket of snow
A view of the lake in winter.

Next 3 photos below by Jure Korber and Tjasa Borsnak
Aerial view of Bled Castle and Lake Bled with its photogenic island in the middle
Lake Bled, with its cliff-top castle and lovely small island. (photo: Jure Korber and Tjasa Borsnak)

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

Aerial view of Lake Bled with the Church of the Assumption of Mary on the island
A small tear-shaped island lies spectacularly in the middle of the lake.

Next 2 photos below by Luka Esenko
Bled Island is barely large enough to embrace the 15th-century Church of the Assumption
Bled Island is a tiny Island in the middle of the lake.

Lake Bled in Slovenia is beautiful in winter with the scenery of snow
Bled is beautiful in winter with the scenery of snow.

Next 4 photos below by Ales Krivec
Ornate carved wooden swan boats in the morning sun at Lake Bled, Slovenia
Ornate carved wooden swan boats in the morning sun.

Graceful Swans in the early morning on Lake Bled, Slovenia
A pair of graceful white swans in the early morning.

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Hot air balloon over Lake Bled, Slovenia
Hot air balloon over Lake Bled.

Autumn panorama of Lake Bled Slovenia from Ojstrica by a fine landscape photographer Ales Krivec
A view from the Ojstrica viewpoint.

Next 2 photos below by Piotr Skrzypiec
Dramatic view of Lake Bled, Slovenia
Elevated view of the lake on a moody day.

Stunning view of Lake Bled, Slovenia in winter with snow
In winter with plenty of snow, the lake looks so amazingly picturesque you may have a hard time believing it is real.

Next 8 photos below by Bojan Kolman
An elevated view of Lake Bled from the Babji Zob Mountain in northwestern Slovenia
From afar, Bled looks like something out of a story book.

An elevated view of Lake Bled from the Ojstrica viewpoint at sunrise
The lake lies placidly in the shadows of the Slovenian Alps, ringed by green forests and guarded by a medieval cliff-top castle.

The medieval Bled Castle and the Church on the island in the middle of Lake Bled, Slovenia
The lake with its picturesque island in the middle.

View of the Island and the Castle from the surface of Lake Bled in Slovenia
The lake’s bright aquamarine waters.

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The traditional Pletna boat in Lake Bled with Bled Island in the background
The tiny isle can be reached by a traditional gondola-like row boat called Pletna.

An elevated view of Bled Island with a Gothic church on it in snowless winter time
The most prominent building on Bled Island is the Church of the Assumption of Mary.

An elevated view of Lake Bled in winter with fresh snow all around
Some say that Lake Bled may be the most beautiful spot on the planet.

Next 4 photos below by Daniel Tomanovic
Lake Bled with its cliff-top castle and a few people sunbathing on the shore
Lake Bled has the longest swimming season of any Alpine resorts.

Lake Bled with its small island in the middle
There is a small island in the middle of the lake with a church on it.

A view over Lake Bled towards the Straza hill
The water is clean and a cross between being emerald green and aqua blue.

Lake Bled in autumn with the Karavanke mountain chain in the background
Amongst the Slovenian Alps sits the most amazing lake and in the middle a small island with a church steeple peaking out.

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Next 2 photos below by Dejan Hudoletnjak
Beautiful autumn panorama of Lake Bled, Slovenia at sunrise
A view of the lake from the Ojstrica hill.

Panoramic view of the town of Bled, Slovenia at winter night from the Ojstrica viewpoint
A walk by the lake when lit up at night is so relaxing and just beautiful.

Next 8 photos below by Jakob Noc
Lake Bled, Slovenia in autumn
Autumn is such a photogenic and colorful time of the year to visit Bled.

Bled Island, also known as the Fairytale Island, Lake Bled, Slovenia
If Bled Island looks like something out of a storybook, it’s because it basically is.

Bled Island, Bled Castle and the Karawanks mountain range in the background
The area around the lake is unspoilt and the backdrop of the mountains and the castle really add to the majesty of this place.

Bled Island with a white blanket of snow in winter
Beautiful scenery and crystal clear waters.

A lakeside bench with a view of Bled Island in winter
The best way to enjoy Lake Bled is to sit on a bench facing the lake.

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Lake Bled, Bled Island and Bled Castle, Slovenia
A tiny tear-shaped island in the middle of the crystal clear water.

Postcard perfect view of Lake Bled from the Ojstrica mountain, Slovenia
Bled is a nice spot near the mountains. The lake and island are a beautiful view.

View of Lake Bled and the town of Bled at night
The lake is beautiful in any season, at any time of day.

Next 2 photos below by Klara Kulovec
Lake Bled is the number one tourist attraction in Slovenia
The water in the lake is crystal clear.

A traditional wooden boat, called Pletna in Lake Bled, Slovenia
To get to the island, you must hire a Pletna, Slovenia’s version of a gondola. You can find one at five different places around the lake.

Next 2 photos below by Jure Kralj
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The castle looming above and the church out on the island make it a photographer’s dream and the waters remain clean and clear.

A Pletna boat on Lake Bled with Bled Island in the background
The Pletna boats take you to the beautiful island and you have to appreciate the silence of the lake while being rowed.

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Next 2 photos below by Domen Dolenc
View of Lake Bled from at sunset
A view of the lake from the castle.

Lake Bled, Slovenia in the snowy winter setting
The lake looks stunning in the snowy setting.

Next 3 photos below by Branko Cesnik
Lake Bled with its picturesque small island and medieval cliff-top castle
The lake is the number one tourist destination that most people visit when travelling to Slovenia.

Lake Bled in Slovenia with the clifftop castle and the Church of St Martin
The lake’s crystal clear aquamarine waters are so inviting in the warm summer months.

Lake Bled panorama in autumn
A trail runs along the entire perimeter (6 km/3.7 miles) of the lake and takes anywhere from 1-1.5 hours to circumnavigate.

Next 4 photos below by Miroslav Asanin
Lake Bled with a group of white swans floating in front of the island
There’s a large flock of the most elegant white swans at the lake.

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Lake Bled in Slovenia is naturally beautiful any time of year
Lake Bled is naturally beautiful any time of year.

Lake Bled from the vantage point of the Ojstrica mountain, Slovenia
Mystical beauty of the lake.

New year's fireworks over Lake Bled, Slovenia
New year’s fireworks over the lake.

Next 3 photos below by Jernej Leben
Bled Island in the middle of Lake Bled covered in snow in winter
The island in the middle of the lake looking lovely with a covering of snow.

Elevated view of Lake Bled from Ojstrica in winter
The view from Ojstrica viewpoint beautifully captures crystal lake, church island and snow-capped mountains in the background.

The famous bench on Ojstrica, overlooking Lake Bled, Slovenia
Everything is just more magical at night.

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Lake Bled location 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)

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
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

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.

2 thoughts on “All You Need To Know To Visit Lake Bled, Slovenia”

  1. What a beautiful selection of photos, I have been there! Twice actually. About two to three years ago. It’s really amazing. There is a tourist train going around the lake.

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