Holiday Information for Bled, Slovenia
Bled is a mountain town located in north-western Slovenia, situated in south east Europe.
TYPES OF HOLIDAYS
Hiring a car is the easiest way to reach the town, but there are also public transport links such as Lesce-Bled railway station.
Bled is a great destination for a cheap weekend getaway due to the ease of access and the fact that many budget airlines fly there.
The peaceful atmosphere and miles of countryside to be explored also mean that people choose to come for longer, relaxing holidays.
BEST TIME TO GO
Bled has a typically European climate, with warm summers and cool winters. Temperatures in the winter months can drop below freezing, so if you are looking for a sunny holiday then this is not the ideal time to visit.
Summers are beautiful in Bled, with the array of natural beauty in the area looking its best, and temperatures reaching a very pleasant 26°C. The full range of accommodation and tourist sites are also open during the summer months.
Some people do however choose to visit during the winter for the crisp Alpine air, with Christmas being a particular favourite for those looking for something different over the festive season.
SIGHTS TO SEE
Lake Bled is the main attraction in the area. Measuring 2120m in length and 1380m in width, this vast glacial lake is surrounded by the beautiful Alpine scenery on all sides, making it a popular spot for walking and boat hire.
In the middle is Slovenia's only natural island, on which sits Bled Castle. The gothic castle sits on a rocky outcrop 130m above the lake and dates from the middle ages.
As well as visiting the castle and enjoying the views of the surrounding area, there is plenty to see inside as well. There is a museum that tells you about the history of the castle and the town, as well as a printing works, where you can see traditional manual printing techniques at work.
You can visit the herbal gallery for novelty souvenirs to take back with you, and the fine wine cellar offers tours, personalised bottles and tasting sessions on a regular basis.
If you want to explore the capital city of Ljubljana, you are just 36km (22 miles) away, so it is ideal for daytrip to see Ljubljana Castle, St Nicholas Cathedral, and the National Gallery. Alternatively you can just wander the streets and enjoy the baroque architecture of the buildings.
From the peaceful countryside to the buzz of the city Slovenia's capital, Ljubljana, is a short drive away. Here you can wander the streets taking in the beautiful architecture, stop at one of the many excellent cafes and restaurants, and visit one of the many art galleries and museums.
Being an area of such outstanding natural beauty, Bled is great for those wishing to sit back and enjoy the scenery, or you can go and explore it up close.
Triglav National Park covers 3% of Slovenia's total land mass and is named after its highest mountain, the 2864m Mount Triglav. There is wealth of cycling and hiking routes designed to suit anybody's level of personal fitness. There are also guided tours available if you'd like to learn more about the formation of the glaciers and the wildlife in the area.
You can also go rafting and canoeing on Lake Bled, and there are a number of centres that offer equipment, lessons and excursions in the town.
Being landlocked, there is no beach as such in the area around Bled. However, there is the public lido on the island in the centre of Lake Bled. The water has been awarded the EU Blue Flag for cleanliness and the main swimming area is enclosed, making it ideal for young children to bathe in.
Kids will also enjoy the waterslides as well as the adventure playground on land. Facilities here include over 1000 changing rooms, lockers, toilets, showers and refreshment kiosks.
Bled is great for a peaceful and quiet getaway, but there is still plenty of entertainment to enjoy in the evenings in the town.
Café Latino is popular for its range of beers, wines, cocktails and food, and features an outdoor terrace so you can enjoy the sunshine. Apropos is famed for its extensive cocktail menu, while Pri Planincu is one of the oldest inns in Bled and serves a wide range of European beers. Pub Bled is an Irish bar where you'll be guaranteed a good craic!
Casino Bled on Cesta Svobode is great for anyone that fancies laying on a few bets and having a glamorous night out.
The area of Bled has a wide range of accommodation options available.
The Garni Hotel Berc is one of the most popular in Bled. This boutique chalet style hotel has plenty of Alpine charm and is conveniently situated for any activities you want to indulge in during your stay. High speed internet and excellent food round off the package in this peaceful hotel.
Penzion Mayer boasts a great location overlooking Lake Bled. You can rent either hotel rooms or self contained holiday cottages, and the range of Slovenian traditional food on offer is sure to please everybody. An extensive wine cellar will be of interest to any wine connoisseurs!
The Alp Penzion is just a few minutes' walk from the town centre and Lake Bled. The peaceful, secluded location provides the perfect setting for a relaxing getaway. The food is excellent and the staff are happy to help you plan activities such as walking and cycling tours.
And Hotel Triglav offers en-suite rooms with internet access and stunning views over Lake Bled. The lake and centre of town are in walking distance and there is public transport available. If you fancy staying inside of an evening, the outstanding Restaurant 1906 will tend to all your culinary needs.
Latest Bled Holiday Reviews
The weather was very fine. Most days the temperature was about 28 -30 celcius. Occaisional short showers in the afternoon.