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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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Crowded but worth it

Visiting Lake Bled is a truly unforgettable experience. On a sunny day, it can be insanely crowded but if you wander around the lake you can find pockets of solitude. My favorite part was renting a row boat and paddling around the small church in the middle of the lake. Make sure to grab your shot of the church framed with imposing Bled Castle in the distance before you row back in.

Unike nature

I love Bled's unique nature, especially the one of kind island with it's recognizable little church. It's a pity you get around the lake so fast. The paths are also great for biking or rollerblading. The most annoying thing is that there are many peope during sunny days. During summer is great to take a ride with a boat as it's sad above, if you really want to feel the tradition of Bled, you should take the traditional Pletna boat.


Lake Bled is a spectacular place. In addition to the Castle mentioned above (which is a worthy hike - the views are stunning!) swing by the Villa Bled, which was the summer residence of Yugoslavian President Tito, and ask nicely at the front desk to see the ballroom with Tito's revolutionary murals. After completing the loop swing by the Park Restaurant to eat one Lake Bled's famous Bled Cream Cake. Lake Bled is also home to the Slovenian national and Olympic rowing team, and you may see them out on the waters.

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