Beginners Guide to Bled
I loved Slovenia.
One of the main reasons why I decided to book Busabout’s Bohemian Trek on my Central Europe trip was because the tour included a two night stay in Bled, Slovenia.
Ahhh, Slovenia! A country that’s been high on my bucket list for years!
You haven’t heard?
Get on board! Slovenia is AWESOME.
Located smack in the middle of my itinerary, Slovenia’s natural beauty, affordable prices, and relative “off-the-beaten-pathness” all appealed to me. There are so many cool things to do in Lake Bled too. I remember flipping through my guidebook and permanently placing my bookmark in the Slovenia’s chapters. I couldn’t explore Central Europe without stopping here.
Now, reflecting on my trip, I wish I had spent longer than two nights in the majestic place called “Bled.”
Bled is a popular spot for vacation-seekers for a good reason. Gazing at the blue lake waters, you really do feel all the stress fall off your joints, and your anxiety vanishes with every single sweet bite of Bled Cake that melts in your mouth.
Now that I’m in the middle of the looooongest part of the school year, half-melted snow and ungraded homework assignments surrounding my unmade bed, I can appreciate everything Bled had to offer me at the time.
Ugh, what I would give to go back again.
I think most of us travelers have seen that iconic photo of The Church of the Assumption settled on an idyllic island in the middle of Lake Bled.
Be still my beating heart, and keep ignoring the snow outside your window! You’ll return to beautiful Slovenia one day, I promise!
Not sure what to do for your first time in Bled? Here are some of my suggestions for a first timer’s visit to Bled and its surrounding areas!
Have a great trip. Bled and Slovenia are truly gems in this region of Europe.
Go Paragliding Over the Julian Alps.
I’m the biggest wuss about flying, but paragliding in Slovenia showed me that I can face my fears abroad and send them packing.
Powerful stuff, huh?
Okay, let’s say you’re more of a daredevil than I am and paragliding itself isn’t enough to get your adrenaline pumping. This activity is still worth booking in Bled simply for the fantastic views of the lakes and mountains. Plus you can take your camera and make incredible memories.
If you get a good weather day, like I did, then you can soar through the sky for 35 minutes or more! And paragliding isn’t so harsh on your pocketbook either. It cost me a grand total of 95 euros. To compare, in neighboring Austria and Germany, the cost would be over 110 euros.
If you want to skydive, there are plenty of opportunities to do that, too!
Wander around Lake Bled itself.
Bled, Slovenia is a relaxing destination. No need to rush around like a crazy backpacker, panicking and checking off a million sites, as you elbow fellow tourists to move out of your way. You’re here to breathe the fresh air and commune with peacefulness of the Julian Alps.
Also the bar scene isn’t exactly what I would call “cutting edge” either, so don’t fret about staying out late on the town and recovering in bed until noon. Your body will appreciate the rest here.
Ultimately, if you need a “vacation” from a breakneck travel pace, then Bled is seriously the spot for you. I had been on the road for roughly four weeks and Bled was a wonderful respite for me.
Spend some time walking around the lake itself and go swimming if you’d like! There are also plenty of photo opportunities if you’re a fan of churches, castles, and flowers. And swans. Swans are literally everywhere!
Although I didn’t have to time to do this myself, you can also row out to the island and ring the bell inside the church for good luck. A hit with tourists!
Take Hikes in the Julian Alps.
If you’re more physically fit than I am (working on it!), then check out alllll the amazing hiking opportunities in the Julian Alps. I’m now a complete and total fangirl for mountains, and greatly enjoyed all the jaw-dropping views of the Alps.
There are paths for every fitness level. If you travel in the summer, the weather tends to feel cooler in the mountains, so conditions are ideal for exploration and plus you’re rewarded with a needed rest from the heat.
Don’t worry about bringing bottled water. You can directly drink from the springs themselves. Doesn’t get any better than that.
Man, I need to become a better hiker. I’m so jealous of you hardcore outdoors people! One day, one day.
Go on the Emerald River Adventure Day Trip!
Oh my god, this adventure trip was so much fun! And I paid for it out of my own pocket, fyi. I wouldn’t be recommending it if it was crap.
It was amazing.
This tour is especially valuable for people, especially younger backpackers, who have limited time in Bled and want to experience as much of the beautiful nature as possible.
What did we do?
- Hop on a statue of a goat for good luck
- Went white-water rafting on River Soca. Be warned: the only place to change is outside, so don’t be bashful!
- Rode on top of a train
- Jump off a bridge (Blond Wayfarer was too much of a weenie to do this).
- Took a hike through the Julian Alps and saw the greatest views
- Swam inside a waterfall. The water is COLD AS HELL but grin and bear it. Trust me, it’s fun.
And finally, make sure to munch on Bled Cake!
I don’t have any pictures of this divine dessert because I immediately devoured it before I even thought to take out my cell phone. Whoops.
I hope you enjoyed my beginners guide to Bled! So is Bled, Slovenia on your bucket list? Have you ever visited Bled? What tips would you add to this beginner’s guide? And as always, share your honest opinions in the comments!
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