At the top of the list – as the most iconic, known and loved destination in Slovenia – is Lake Bled. Located in the north-western part of the country, you can easily get to Lake Bled from Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana. This is approximately a one-hour car journey and along the way, you can enjoy beautiful views of the Julian Alps and the alpine forests. A half or full day trip to Lake Bled is highly recommended.
The lake itself is a glistening emerald color, combining hundreds of green and blue shades. The Julian Alps – a mountain range stretching from north-eastern Italy to Slovenia – are the backdrop to Lake Bled, and in the foreground, sits a small island in the center of the lake. On the island is a small church, which is the iconic ‘postcard picture’ of Slovenia.
You can visit the island on a Pletna boat which is a small traditional wooden boat (similar to the gondolas in Venice), or by a rowing boat. When you arrive on land, you can walk the 90 steps to visit the church. Many locals have got married here, some even carrying their partner up the steps. Other things to do include walking around the lake (approximately 1-2 hours), swim in the lake, or visit Bled Castle which offers panoramic views of the shimmering lake.
Visit Lake Bled on our 14-night Wonders of Croatia, Slovenia & Mentenegro Cruise Tour.