SLOVENIA – BLED LAKE
Slovenia is a small country between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. It is quite often mistaken for Slovakia 😉 Even when our best athletes win, mistakes are made.
Our country might be small but it has a lot to offer. From seaside (around 40 kilometres of coastline) to the mountains and beautiful lakes. You cannot get bored 😉 You cant drive through our whole country in a day if you are in a hurry. But take your time, stop and enyou some of our best landmarks: Postojna caves, Ljubljana – green capital of Europe, Velika planina, Bled and Bohinj, Triglav lakes, Soca river… If you love hiking you will find lots of beautiful mountains to visit. My favourite ones are: Kompotela, Grintovec, Triglav lakes, Slemenova spica, Golica,..
We have lots of castles all around the country and quite a lot of spas.
I will try to cover the things that I find most worthy of seeing on my blog. So keep following me;)
Today I decided to tell you a little about Lake Bledthat is almost always mentioned in turist guides as it is quite a gem. Bled is a small lake with an island in the middle of it. On the island is a church (you can get married there) with a wishing bell. There is also a building called Poticnica, where you can learn about the old ways of making “potica” – slovenian traditional cake.
The island can be reached by “pletna” (gondola like boat) – but they are quite expensive (14 EUR per person) and I dont know if the visit to the island is really worth the price;) I have been there one time and unless I am getting married there, I dont think I will go again;)
PARKING AROUND THE LAKE
Usually when I come to Bled, the first thing is to find the cheapest parking;) The parking can be quite expensive – up to 2 EUR per hour if you want to park close to the lake. Me and my family have just recently found a nice parking near bus station;) After a long search for a parking space (it can get quite crowded in summer months) we decided to try our luck by the lake.
But we got lucky. It is quite a funny story. We paid parking with bananas;) Well it is true – we bought some bananas from the vendor there and we used the bill as a parking ticket,) And we had bananas for lunch;)
Instead of arriving with a car, you can also use a bus or a train to visit Bled. Both stations are near the lake and you dont have to worry about finding a place to park your car.
WHAT TO SEE IN BLED?
My favourite place in Bled is the viewing point called Mala Ojstrica. The view is amazing – you can see the whole lake, the island, Bled castle and the mountains surrounding Bled.
Zaka can be reached by car (parking off season is 5 eur per day or 10 eur per day in the main season), by a short walk from train station or by a longer walk from bus station or any other parking around the lake. I recommend that you park at Ledena dvorana and then walk to Zaka – its a nice walk by the lake.
At Zaka look for the signs for Ojstrica and Osojnica. From there is around 20 minutes walk uphill to the viewing point. On top you have a bench (it is usually taken) and a couple of larger rock that you can sit on.
That is a spot that you must not miss. 😉 Forget about the island and Bled castle – visit Ojstrica and you will not regret it. If you come in the middle of the week and before noon it is quite possible that the bench will be empty and you can have a nice lunch with an amazing view. Or just take a selfie…or a hundred of them;)
And soon its time to go back down to the lake, maybe feed some ducks or just sit back on some pier and relax.
If you still feel hungry (or you just have sugar cravings) – try the famous “kremsnita” (Bled cream cake) when you finish the walk from the hill. Its not cheap but its big and caloric;)
After a day of walking and eating 😉 you may feel tired and Bled offers a train ride around the lake. So instead of walking around it – you can take a ride (4 EUR for and adult and 2,5 EUR for a child).
Around the whole lake it is about 5 km long walk and it takes about an hour to come around. It is a beautiful walk and if you have the energy, just go.
SWIMMING IN THE LAKE
Oh, and you can also swimm in the lake. In the summer it gets quite warm. And crowded…
Come early in the morning to find the best spot for your towel;) The kids will love jumping from the piers. The swimming is possible from the beaches around the lake or on Grajsko kopališče (adults 7 EUR, children 4 EUR).
So visit in spring, fall or winter – the views will be even more amazing then. Summers are almost too crowded. And the water is still quite warm in early autumn.
Bled has a lot to offer for every taste.
Visit Slovenia, visit Bled and if you need a guide feel free to contact me – i will be happy to guide you around.
That is all about Bled from me, now I need to think what will I write in my next post.