If you’re visiting the incredible country of Slovenia, then there’s a very high chance you’ll be going to its national treasure of Lake Bled. The best way to experience it is to stroll around the waters and enjoy the view of the world-famous Bled island with the Assumption of Mary Church in the middle. Here are some tips for your visit, how to get the best view, and what to expect during your walk around Lake Bled in Slovenia!
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History of Lake Bled Slovenia
According to a well-known Slovenian folk tale, Lake Bled was actually created by magical fairies. The story goes that the lake was once a valley full of luscious grass where the fairies would dance at night. Then afraid that the sheep would eat all the soft grass, the fairies asked the local shepherds to build a fence around the dance floor.
Next, when the shepherds refused and the sheep ate all the grass, the fairies flooded Lake Bled as an act of revenge. This created a small island in the middle where they could dance all night! Aside from this popular folk tale, Lake Bled in Slovenia has been the country’s biggest attraction for years. If you couldn’t tell already… It’s well worth the visit!
Walk Around Lake Bled in Slovenia
Fortunately, the best way to see Lake Bled in Slovenia is to simply walk around it. Go for a stroll and explore the different angles of the lake, Bled island, and the Assumption of Mary Church.
Stop for an ice cream at one of the many stands along the water and take in the natural beauty of this Slovenian landmark. In total, it should take you about 2 hours to completely walk around Lake Bled. Bike rentals are also available if you’d like to cruise instead of walking!
Getting Out onto Lake Bled Slovenia
Following your gorgeous walk around Lake Bled, we’ll guarantee you’ll want to get out on the water! There are several options you can pick from that we break down below.
Pletna Boat: These traditional wooden boats fit up to 20 people, and have origins in Slovenia dating back to 1590. This is a great option if you’d like to save yourself the hard work of paddling to the island. The Pletna boat rowers go back generations and will take you to Bled Island and back for 12 euros.
Rowboat: Take a wooden paddleboat out on the lake for an authentic Slovenian experience. You will see places to rent these every few minutes on your walk around Lake Bled in Slovenia, and they cost about 15 euros per hour.
Kayak: Take a kayaking tour out around Bled island and the church. This fun alternative to rowboats will have you zipping around Lake Bled in no time!
Stand up Paddleboard (SUP): Stand up paddleboarding is another exciting way to see Lake Bled Slovenia. Not only do you get a ton of exercise, but this will be a unique experience compared to the traditional boats.
Exploring Bled Island
The unquestionable centerpiece of Lake Bled is the island in the middle, with the Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church sitting proudly atop. You can take in the view on a walk around Lake Bled, or use one of the transportation methods mentioned above to see it up close.
The gothic-style church was built way back in the 1400’s. Yet human traces have been found by archeologists on Lake Bled island dating back to the 9th century.
Many legends exist about Lake Bled in Slovenia and it’s one of a kind island. These include the sunken wishing bell and the fabled staircase leading up to the Chapel of Virgin Mary. Legend has it that a groom must carry his bride up all 99 steps to get married in the church!
Where to Swim Around Lake Bled Slovenia
Now it’s time to actually get in the water! Honestly, pointing out where to swim is kind of silly because everywhere is a good place on Lake Bled. We’ve never seen water this blue and clear that wasn’t an ocean besides Lake Ohrid in Macedonia. With that said, there are a couple of main swimming spots I wanted to point out.
Grajska Beach: Grajska is the recreational area near the center of town, and is a great place to relax for the day. It’s equipped with 2 water slides, 4 outdoor swimming pools, and a bevy of beach chairs to layout and find your own slice of heaven. It was 8 euros for entry at the time of our visit.
Velika Zaka: This is a beach and camping site at the far end of the lake. Velika is a great spot to chill for awhile and soak in the sun. There’s a cafe for snacks, and some fun docks to jump off with a great view of Bled Island.
Hiking Above Lake Bled
The last thing you need to do in Lake Bled is to get that dream view from above. We hope you’re up for some exercise! There’s a pretty intense hike that leads to several different viewpoints. All of them have unique and glorious views of the lake and Bled Island.
The hike will only take about 30 minutes, but it’s very steep and exhausting. We promise it will be worth it for your photo though! The entrance is located just a short walk behind Velika Zaka Beach. For a more intense climb, you can check out the Ojstrica hike as well.
Should You Visit Lake Bled in Slovenia?
100% yes!! Whether you decide to walk around Lake Bled, hire a boat to visit the Assumption of Mary Church, or hike above, you’re sure to have an amazing day. This is obviously the most touristy place in Slovenia. However, you’ll quickly see why it’s so popular when you see it with your own eyes.
Have any questions about our walk around Lake Bled Slovenia or want to share your own experience here? Let us know in the comments below!
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Where To Stay In Lake Bled Slovenia
Ultra Luxury – Apartment Wellness Essense – If you’re looking for the ultimate luxury stay in Lake Bled, this is it. Just a few minutes drive from Lake Bled, Apartment Wellness Essense features bicycles, spa, and a hot tub and sauna.
Fun Vacation – Villa Istra – With an amazing view of Bled Island and its surroundings, Villa Istra is the perfect spot to stay if you’re looking to maximize your time here. Walk around Lake Bled as it’s right at your doorstep!
Hostel – Jazz Hostel – We stayed at this boutique hostel in the mountains above Lake Bled. Fortunately, it’s a short 10 minute walk from town and has an unbeatable atmosphere compared to the other available hostels.
For more places to stay in Lake Bled you can explore the latest prices here!
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Slovenia Travel Planning
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