Lake Bled – the Fairy Tale Island

Lake Bled is one of the most popular touristic attraction in Slovenia. It’s famous for the astonishing fairy tale-like view of the Church of the Assumption standing on an sole island in the middle of Lake Bled. On top of the hills is one of the oldest castle in Slovenia: the Bled Castle – Blejski grad.

Yesterday, we had a very nice weather, so we decide to go to Bled for a short trip and the view was fa-bu-lous.


We didn’t take the highway and on the way, we were able to catch a beautiful sight of the highest peak in Slovenia: Triglav (the three heads mountain). Triglav is an iconic symbol of Slovenia.

Triglav on the way to Bled

Beautiful Mountain Triglav on the way to Lake Bled, Slovenia


Lake Bled and the Church of the Assumption

The town of Bled is a well-known point of interest in the Julian Alps, which Triglav is part of, in the north-west side of Slovenia, known as Gorenjska (the mountain region).

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It has a beautiful lake and a sole island: Bled IslandBlejski otok – which is only reachable by small boat. During winter though, when the lake is frozen and the ice strong enough, you can walk to the island.

There’s also walking paths all around the lake. It is worth it to take a walk to admire the views and to take beautiful photos.

Bled - the Island

Beautiful Church of the Assumption reflecting in Lake Bled, Slovenia

On Bled Island, stands the Church of the Assumption – a very popular destination for weddings. It has a stair with 98 stones steps, and it is believed that if the groom carries his bride all the way up on their wedding day, ring the bell and make the wish, that they will have luck in their marriage.

Believe it or not? I still think that it would be a very romantic thing to do!


Bled Castle on the Hill

alternate textFrom the lake, you can climb a good amount of stairs to reach the Bled Castle, which is sitting on top of a rock hill – but there’s also a road for you to drive up.

Bled Castle is one of the oldest and most visited castle in Slovenia, due to its location, I presume.

There were also a medieval actors in the castle when I visited it, in 2011 – a wine master, a forging master and paper craft master, if I remember correctly. Quite interesting, especially for children.

I think that people visit the castle mostly for the astonishing views it gives on Lake Bled and the Church of the Assumption

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…and the kremšnita.


Famous Dessert from Bled: Kremšnita

If you like light cream pastry, Kremšnita (cream slices in Slovene) is for you.

Kremšnita from Bled Castle

Delicious Slovenian Cream Cake, Kreamšnita, in a Paper Boat in Castle Bled, Slovenia

You can get Kremšnita in many Slovenian pastry shop, but they are particularly good and famous in Bled. So, if you do pass by Bled, make sure to try it!

Thanks for enjoying the wonderful day at Bled with me. We’ve also took the opportunity to take photos with my new camera, you can look at them in my Gallery.

Until next post,
Anna.

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12 thoughts on “Lake Bled – the Fairy Tale Island

  1. Anna, glad to come across your nice blog. A few years ago I’ve been to Lake Bled. That’s really a fairy tale place. And in general Slovenia is a very beautiful country. This year I’m planning to visit Logar Valley, somewhere in Northern Slovenia. But there seems to be a lack of public transportation information……

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  2. Hey starlightfish!
    Awesome news, do you visit Slovenia often? I haven’t been in that part of the country yet, but I can try and look for some information for you, if you want. The “public” transportations in Slovenia are pretty much coach bus, city bus and train!

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  3. Thank you, Anna! You are so nice. No, I’ve been to Slovenia just once, and this summer would be the second time.
    I have checked the bus timetables in these two sites: http://www.izletnik.si/avtobusni-prevozi/vozni-red.aspx and http://www.ap-ljubljana.si/eng/
    Seems that the only way by bus from Ljubljana to Solcava (a place close to Logar Valley) is via Celje…… but that is a long way.Wondering if there are any shorter bus routes I might have missed (e.g. via Gornji Grad)…… but I’ve got no reply from the tourist institue.
    Oh yes if you could look for some more information, that would be a great help for me! Thanks so much! 🙂

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  4. Seems like there’s only via Celje with public transport: http://www.logarska-dolina.si/index.php?id=113 – maybe consider to rent a car or go with a private tour?
    If you do stop at Celje, be sure to visit the Stari Grad Celje, the view is nice and the story behind it as well!

    I will try to keep an eyes out for it, but for now, seems it’s only via Celje…

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