Bled, Slovenia

Hike around Lake Bled, Slovenia

3.76 Miles Total - 100 ft gain - Loop Trail

Originally added by Josh Currie

Truly one of the most beautiful lakes and surrounding country I have every visited. With incredible views and mountain castles, this is an incredible place to hike and visit.

Bled, Slovenia is an incredibly picturesque town situated at the foot of the Karawanks Mountains near the boarder of Austria. The small lake town is often regarded as one of the best kept secrets because of the intimate and secluded location. The town center sits right on the waters edge with views of snow capped mountains, the local castle, and of course Bled Island in the middle of the lake.

There are many good hikes around this area but if you are looking for a more mellow stroll, there is nothing better than taking the hour and half walk along the waters edge. The trail is very well marked and even paved at times, but feel free to wander away from the path and walk through the woods and climb the hills for more expansive views of the surrounding area. Perched on top of the cliffside is an ancient Castle that has the most spectacular view of the lake and mountains. It's a humbling experience sitting on the ramparts of that castle thinking about how it was built so perfectly to rest above the lake.

Once you have finished your walk around the lake, you have undoubtedly been staring at Bled Island the majority of the time so please take the ferry out and visit it for yourself! It's a short 15 minute boat ride out to the Island and once you arrive you get to see Bled from a whole different vantage point, as well as explore one of the most uniquely positioned churches in the world.

Depending on where you are visiting from, this could be a wonderful day trip, but I suggest staying a few nights so you are able to explore the area more. There are quaint neighboring towns and breathtaking views, hikes, and waterfalls. Enjoy!

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After everything else I've seen in Slovenia this was a let down

Okay okay. Obviously its stunning. But I had just spent two weeks traveling all over Croatia and Slovenia. I had been warned that it was a tourist trap but for whatever reason I still wanted to go. Learned my lesson! Apparently there is another similar lake an hour west that is better in every way. We didn't make it over there but... check out that one!

Endlessly stunning

Lake Bles is one of those lakes that you’ve definitely seen in an awe-inspiring photo. It’s one of the most scenic lake views I’ve ever encountered- worth it.

Relaxed stroll around a stunning spot

Lake Bled is the stuff of fairy tales. With the Julian Alps right there, wandering around the lake was always my go to on rest days. There are tons of amazing little wood cabins doting the shoreline. Packed with snacks and a book, there are endless spots to stop off and hang out for a while. While I think things become jaw-dropping when you get to higher altitudes around here, strolling the lake is still a must.

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