Bled – a scintillating jewel
Lake Bled lies before you like an emerald, shrouded in bliss. Full of grace. Sparkling green. And embraced by a colourful landscape of rolling hills and mighty mountains. Your gaze wanders from the charming island up to the magnificent medieval castle that reigns over Bled. One of the most beautiful towns in the world.
A holiday in Bled.
The Pletna boats glide unhurriedly over the shimmering green lake to the teardrop-shaped island, where the ethereal 17th-century church stands. The magnificent castle on the steep shore towers over all. The harmonious sound of the wishing bell enhances the scenery, which resembles a painting by Caspar David Friedrich. Bled, the old spa resort of the Austro-Hungarian empire, has lost none of its splendour. The lake, which sprang from the melt water of Bohinj glacier over the course of millennia, the many lovely villas from the town’s early days, the mountain homes in Alpine style, and the fairy-tale nature – the view enchants people from all over the world. Bled stands at the top of the list of the most beautiful travel destinations. But various measures have made it possible to preserve the original charm of this magical place, leading the spa resort at the entrance to Triglav National Park being named as the second-best place for sustainable development in Europe as part of the international non-governmental project “Green Destinations”. Find a fairy-tale land. Discover Bled.
Your journey to Bled.
Dense forests and high mountains pass you by. The valley broadens. And so does your view. Your gaze falls on the mystically beautiful lake, with Bled nestled on its shore.
Lesce-Bled train station (four kilometres from the centre) is on the Munich – Salzburg – Villach – Ljubljana line or on the local Jesenice – Ljubljana line.
Bled-Jezero train station (three kilometres from the centre), on the other hand, is on the Villach – Jesenice – Nova Gorica – Koper or Gorizia line or on the local Jesenice – Nova Gorica line.
Trains regularly run from Germany (via Munich), Austria (via Salzburg, Villach, or Graz), and other European countries to Bled. For further information, visit the website of the Slovenian railways.
You can reach the centre from the train station by taxi or on the regular bus services.
We only recommend travelling by plane for long distances. A transfer can be organised from Ljubljana international airport upon request. During the peak season (June to mid-September), there are regular bus connections from the centre of Ljubljana via the airport to Bled.
A holiday without your car in Bled.
Whether by bus, tourist train, boat, ship, bike, or horse-drawn carriage, there are plenty of transport methods available to you on water and land in Bled. You have the choice.
- From Lesce-Bled train station, regular bus services or taxis bring you directly to the centre. At Bled-Jezero train station, a horse-drawn carriage or the tourist train are waiting to carry you to Bled. Upon request, your hosts will be glad to pick you up.
- On weekends in summer, a tourist train takes you to the most beautiful spots around Lake Bled every 45 minutes.
- You can comfortably explore Bled and the region with a hire car.
- Let yourself be ferried around the lake on an electric or Pletna boat (traditional wooden rowing boat).
- Rent a rowing boat and explore Lake Bled while getting a gentle workout.
- Fiaker, the traditional horse-drawn carriages, will take you around the lake or to fantastic excursion destinations in the surroundings.
- If you travel by electric car, 16 charging stations and 38 parking spaces await you. You can charge your car for free at the public charging stations.
- The Julian Alps Card: Bled gives you numerous free and reduced mobility and holiday offers.
- In winter, the comfortable ski bus or winter shuttle service bring you to the Vogel, Krvavec, or Kranjska Gora ski areas and up to Pokljuka plateau, where the cross-country skiing and biathlon centre is found.
- Bled castle is a real must-see. A bus takes you there and back to your accommodation.
- Do you want to enjoy zero-emission excursions? Discover the loveliest spots on guided tours. You can rent e-bikes from the tourist information office.
- The “Bled Green Ways” automatic bike-sharing system lets you rent bikes at four stations. A total of 24 bikes are available.
Worth booking: accommodation in Bled.
Lake Bled lies nestled like a jewel amidst a vast mountain landscape. Find the accommodation that best suits you on its shores and in the nearby villages.
Worth experiencing. Bled’s natural paradise.
Dream-drenched. Magical. Mystically beautiful. With fairy-tale charm. Bled, one of the most beautiful towns in the world, is a multi-faceted jewel that shines in unique splendour, whatever the season. Let its scenery enfold you and write your very own holiday fairy tale in Bled.
Slowly, mindfully, and grounded in the moment, you follow the path. Your thoughts are still while your gaze wanders over the fairy-tale landscape. You’re captivated by the lake, the mountains, the castle, and the little natural treasures by the wayside. A wealth of well-signed walks and hikes lead you around the lake and up the surrounding panoramic mountains, such as Grajski hrib (castle mountain), Straža, Dobra Gora, Kozarca, Osojnica, or Kuhovnica, from where you can admire Lake Bled in all its splendour. Equally impressive are the steep Bled gorge and unspoilt Vintgar gorge at the entrance to Triglav National Park with its majestic vertical rock faces, waterfalls, and rapids. The surrounding peaks of the Julian Alps invite you to enjoy authentic mountain adventures, while sports climbers can defy gravity in the Pod Iglico and Peč climbing areas. Delve into the mountain on an adventure-rich expedition into the cave under Babji zob rock face or into Šimnova cave.
Do you want to collect wonder-filled memories and thrill-rich stories as you ride outwards kilometre by kilometre and upwards metre by metre? Then hop into the saddle and discover the Bled area by bike. Countless routes lead you past natural beauties, cultural treasures, and architectural wonders, through tranquil forests and over vast meadows. Whether it’s by city bike or mountain bike, trekking bike or gravel bike, road bike or e-bike, you’ll find your dream route here. The “Bled Green Ways” automatic bike-sharing system lets you easily and conveniently rent a bike at any time. Experienced bike guides will show you the enchanting landscape on guided tours. One tour that’s especially worth experiencing is the outdoor escape adventure by e-bike, on which you step into the shoes of the legends of Bled to rescue the witch.
Glide softly over the shimmering lake towards the island on a Pletna boat. Wherever your gaze happens to fall, you discover a new treasure. The mighty castle on the rock. The wild cliffs. The dream-like bays. The chic Secession-style villas. The boat docks at the small island, where the pagan temple of the goddess of life, Živa, once stood. A hint of magic floats on the air when the bells sound. Time to make a wish. 99 stone steps lead you to the small church, one of Bled’s most beautiful attractions. The ride on a Pletna boat is just one of many aquatic adventures that await you in Bled. Here at the lake, you can swim to your heart’s content, go diving, row, or cruise over the lake on a stand-up paddle board. If you’d like a little more excitement, dive right into tubing, rafting, or kayaking in the waters of Gorenjska or discover hidden treasures while canyoning.
Have you ever seen Bled in winter? When the first snowflakes fall and the landscape is covered in a magical cloak of white, peace and calm fill your soul. The horses prance unhurriedly through the snow. Cocooned in a thick blanket and snuggled close together, you soak up the fairy-tale atmosphere. Hand in hand, you stroll through the narrow lanes and streets that exude a very special charm at this time of year. In winter, the ski bus takes you directly to Slovenia’s best ski areas, such as Zatrnik, Vogel, Kranjska Gora, Krvavec, or up to Pokljuka plateau, where over 50 kilometres of perfectly groomed cross-country ski trails, panoramic ski tours, and an endless variety of winter hikes await you.