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Lake Bled

Lake Bled: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

1. From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

Explore the city of Ljubljana and the iconic Lake Bled on a guided sightseeing tour from Zagreb. Marvel at the Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, hop on a boat on the lake and soak in the panoramic views of the surroundings before driving back to Zagreb. Depart Zagreb in the morning and head to the capital city of Slovenia to take a guided tour of the old city center of Ljubljana. See some of the finest works by the architect Jože Plečnik before experiencing the local vibe and discovering where the residents buy their food. Hear why Napoleon was one of the city's most popular politicians, why Slovenia lives with love in its name, and how the iconic Triple Bridge got its name. Have free time to explore the hidden spots on your own. Continue to the Alpine resort of Bled and go to the old castle perched on top of a steep cliff above the lake. Take in the spectacular views of the surroundings from the terraces and then board a traditional boat to reach the only true island in Slovenia. Ring the fortune bell and soak up the sun and fresh mountain air before being dropped off at your hotel in the evening.

From Ljubljana: Lake Bled and Bohinj Trip

2. From Ljubljana: Lake Bled and Bohinj Trip

Enjoy Bled, or the “Image of Paradise,” which has been attracting visitors with its breathtaking beauty for centuries. The calm and inviting waters of its lake spurred the tradition of making the typical ‘pletna’ boats back in the 12th century.  Optionally you can board one of these wooden beauties to reach the island, with its romantic church and mysterious wishing bell. Sightseeing in Bled continues with a visit to the impressive castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. Step back time in its museum and enjoy the unforgettable view of the surroundings. Surrounded by alluring summits, the Bohinj Valley charms visitors with its inspiring scenery, crystal lake waters, and the harmonious coexistence of man and nature. The picturesque lakeside boasts the frescoes of the Church of St. John the Baptist. You will have time to discover the legend of Zlatorog (Goldhorn), enjoy a stunning view over Mount Triglav, and try the hearty local cuisine. 

From Ljubljana: Trip to Lake Bled and Bled Castle

3. From Ljubljana: Trip to Lake Bled and Bled Castle

Lake Bled is often mentioned as the pearl of the Slovenian Alpine region due to its emerald-green waters, picture-perfect postcard church on the island, medieval castle on the rocky cliff, and some of the highest peaks of the Slovenian Alps as the background. Take a short walk along the lakeshore as the beauty of the surrounding mountains reflects off the lake surface. No matter the season, you'll enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the lake and the fresh mountain air.  Perched atop a steep cliff more than 100 meters above the lake, Bled Castle is the iconic image of a medieval fortress, with towers, ramparts, moats and a terrace offering magnificent views. The castle houses a unique treasure - a reconstruction of Gutenberg's wooden printing press, on which the master printer will demonstrate old printing techniques using hand-made paper. Take the Pletna boat, a traditional boat known only to this region, to the tiny tear-shaped island on the lake. Upon returning from the island, stop at the local patisserie and taste Bled’s famous cream cake, kremšnita. In the last 60 years they have sold as many as 12 million of these cakes - they are definitely a can't-miss and a perfect way to top off your day.

From Trieste: Lake Bled and Ljubljana Tour

4. From Trieste: Lake Bled and Ljubljana Tour

Depart Trieste and journey to the capital of Slovenia to take a guided tour of Ljubljana. Learn more about its cultural, economic and political history as you explore the ancient and modern architecture of the old town center. Discover monuments by the architect Jože Plečnik and hear how he played an important part in Ljubljana’s most famous bridges, town squares and parks. Admire attractions such as the Town Hall, stone lamps of the Triple Bridge and the Cobblers’ Bridge that connects 2 parts of the city's medieval heart. Marvel at Ljubljana Cathedral, the Baroque Robba Fountain and buildings of the central Prešeren Square.  Continue to the Alpine town of Bled and get back to nature on the lake that surrounds Bled Island. See the Gothic church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and go for a walk around the lake. Gaze in awe at Bled Castle, built on a precipice above the lake, and enjoy a delicious vanilla and custard cream cake called kremšnita.

From Ljubljana: Postojna Cave & Lake Bled Trip

5. From Ljubljana: Postojna Cave & Lake Bled Trip

Discover 2 of Slovenia's best natural attractions with a guide. Visit the charming town of Bled with its stunning lake and marvel at the stalagmites inside Postojna Cave. Meet your guide at your hotel in central Ljubljana and settle into your ride as you set out for 2 of Slovenia’s most enchanting natural wonders, Lake Bled and Postojna Cave. First, visit the charming resort town of Bled with its breathtaking lake. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the best sites with your guide.  Take a trip on the emerald green waters of Lake Bled in one of the traditional 'Pletna' boats to discover Slovenia's only island and see if ringing the church bell grants your wishes.  Then, enjoy a pleasant stroll around the lake, climb up to the mysterious Bled Castle, or treat yourself to a piece (or 2) of delicious Bled cream cake. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading to the second natural wonder, Postojna Cave. Enter a mysterious world of underground passages, caverns, and great halls, decorated with dripstones, translucent curtains, and pillars in fascinating shapes and colors.  Return into the daylight and discover the astonishing Predjama Castle, the seat of the robber knight Erasmus. Learn about its history from your guide and admire views of lush, rural Slovenia. After that, sit back and relax on your ride back to Ljubljana.

Ljubljana: Slovenia Day Tour to Bled, Postojna, and Predjama

6. Ljubljana: Slovenia Day Tour to Bled, Postojna, and Predjama

You will start your small-group tour with a pickup from your central Ljubljana hotel and depart for Lake Bled in an air-conditioned minivan.  On the 1-hour journey, you can admire rural Slovenia, the glacier-formed lake, and the legends surrounding Bled Island, the church-topped islet in its center. On arrival, you can drink in the views of the lake and towering mountains and gaze up at medieval Bled Castle, the fortress perched high on a cliff above the water. Then, you will ride a two-oared pletna to the island and enjoy free time to explore. Visit the Church of the Assumption of Mary or sample some scrumptious potica at the island cafe.  Next, you will be driven up to Bled Castle and can delve inside the red-turreted fortress. Absorb the bird's-eye views of the lakes from the walls and visit the museum to chart the castle's story from its roots in the 11th century. You will then return to the lakeside for free time to walk around. If you wish, sample a local specialty, kremšnita vanilla cream cake. Then, after a break for lunch, travel onward to your next stop, Predjama Castle. You can marvel at this remarkable cliffside castle and hear how it was extended through the centuries after being built in 1202. Then, you can choose to explore its stairways and chambers on your own or with a guide.  Lastly, you will continue near Postojna Cave, Slovenia's most-visited tourist attraction. Ride the mini-train into the depths of this underground network and then follow a guide through its eerie caverns. Admire the bizarre stalactites, stalagmites, and rock formations. Hear the tales about the cave's creation and the rare amphibians that live in its underground rivers — the blind salamanders known as 'human fish.'  Then, return to the minivan and end your tour in Ljubljana with a drop-off at your hotel.

Lake Bled: Rafting and Canyoning Excursion

7. Lake Bled: Rafting and Canyoning Excursion

Explore the natural surroundings of the beautiful town of Bled on this full-day activity. The canyoning and rafting tour combines the area’s most popular activities. Your guide will take you on an epic exploration of hidden places where nature still reigns. The Sava Dolinka river near Bled offers a perfect rafting trip for beginners, groups and families. It is very close to the Bled town, and it offers beautiful nature scenery, and a lovely fun and exciting rafting descent. Each part of the activity last 3 to 3.5-hours. Between the trips, you’ll have a short break to get some food before heading to your next adventure.

From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled with Minivan Day Trip

8. From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled with Minivan Day Trip

Take a day to capture the spirit of magical Slovenia, visiting the two most sighted Slovenian gems. Take a scenic drive from Zagreb and discover the conutryside, before exploring Ljubljana and the Alpine resort of Bled. Set off in a small group (max. 8 people) from the capital Zagreb and enjoy a scenic drive through the beautiful Croatian and Slovenian countryside. Get familiar with the itinerary for the day, as well as information about the sites you are visiting and the general history of Croatia and Slovenia. Arrive at Ljubljana. On your arrival, your guide will take you on a walking tour around the city center. Besides seeing many historical buildings and monuments you will climb up with funicular to the 13th-century medieval fortress, a symbol of the Slovenian capital Ljubljana. There, you can see spectacular views of the town and Alp mountains in the distance. Gain a deeper understanding of the city's landmarks and more confidence to navigate on your own for the next 1 hour of your free time. Continue to the Alpine resort of Bled. Upon arrival, ride up to the top of the cliff which seats the oldest castle in Slovenia. Be hypnotized by the views of Lake Bled, surrounded by stoic mountains. The whole castle is one big museum where you will learn all about Bleds culture and history. After about 45 minutes at the castle, descend down to Bled town which sits on the edge of the lake. Go explore, sit down for a coffee, order the famous Bled cream cake, or if you are more adventurous, rent a bicycle a do a spin around the lake. Make yourself comfortable and enjoy a scenic ride back to Zagreb.

Ljubljana or Bled: Lake Bled & Postojna Cave Day Trip

9. Ljubljana or Bled: Lake Bled & Postojna Cave Day Trip

Just 45 minutes north of Ljubljana, there lies the magical Alpine resort, Bled with its magical lake. Ascend the old castle, perched on top of a steep cliff above the lake, and take some time to enjoy spectacular views of the surroundings from the castle's terraces. A boat ride on a ‘Pletna’ – a traditional boat made by locals – is mandatory when visiting Bled. Reach the only true island in Slovenia, ring the fortune bell, and soak up the sun, peace, and fresh mountain air. Then it's time to head south to discover the mysteries of the Slovenian karst in the Postojna cave. The guided tour of the cave takes you on a ride by electrical train and a walk through the beautiful passages and chambers with spectacular drop stones, pillars, limestone curtains, and other extraordinary wonders of the underground world. Afterward, enjoy tasting some local spirits in Postojna. Then, continue to the idyllic village of Predjama to enjoy the medieval fairytale of the amazing Predjama castle, the largest cave castle with its dramatic setting in the gaping mouth of a cavern halfway up a hillside. Learn about the legend of a famous knight, Erasmus – the ‘Slovenian Robin Hood’ and other local folk traditions before heading back to Ljubljana.

Full-Day Ljubljana and Lake Bled Trip from Zagreb

10. Full-Day Ljubljana and Lake Bled Trip from Zagreb

Discover the highlights of neighboring of Slovenia on a day tour from Zagreb. Explore the Slovenian capital of Ljubliana, followed by a visit to the scenic Lake Bled. Start with pickup from your centrally located hotel in Zagreb, or at Zrinjevac Park. Sit back and relax in an air-conditioned vehicle for the scenic drive to Ljubljana. Admire the variety of Ljubljana's architectural styles, rich history, and quirky bridge with dragons on a guided walking tour. Take the funicular to the castle from where you can soak up the beautiful panorama of the Slovenia capital. Discover the highlights of the city, as well as some hidden gems. Then, make the short journey to the town of Bled, situated on the beautiful shores of the lake. Admire the sight of the impressive medieval castle that dates back to the 11th century which is perched atop a steep cliff rising 130 meters above the glacial lake. Take in the mesmerizing views of the Julian Alps, the Church of the Assumption of Mary on the rocky islet, and the surrounding natural beauty. Get up close to the lake and enjoy a walk to take in even more breathtaking vistas. You can choose to take a ride on a traditional Pletna boat, try the famous cream cake, or enjoy a swim before returning to Zagreb.

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What people are saying about Lake Bled

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4.8 / 5

based on 1,094 reviews

I recently took a full day tour visiting Postjama Castle, Postojna Cave, and Lake Bled and I have to say, it was an excellent tour. The price of the tour was more expensive than other tours, but it was worth it because the entry tickets for Postojna Cave and Posjama Castle were included. One of the best things about the tour was that there was only a group of two and the guide, so we practically had a private tour. We went with a personal car and the guide was very informative and talked about various different topics that exceeded the coverage we expected. On the way to Lake Bled, we stopped in a small village and had a delicious lunch at a local restaurant with authentic Slovenian cuisine. I would highly recommend the Deer Steak. The only disadvantage of booking the tour in the winter months is that daylight is shorter. Overall, I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Slovenia and looking for a comprehensive and enjoyable experience

Anyone coming to Ljubljana needs to do this tour! It was amazing! Our guide was fantastic, punctual, informative and flexible. The caves are terrific and the tour through is spectacular- even has a train! Then onto predjama castle - again our guide took us through professionally and explain the exhibit. Then we drove easily to Lake Bled and we’re explained the options for the boat trip to the island and church. He helped us the whole way. Then we saw the castle on the hill, tried cream cakes and went finally to Radovljica to finish tour with more great information. Van for transport is comfortable and everything is do easy and effortless.

We absolutely loved this tour!! Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and being a small group of only 4 of us meant there was flexibility for people to do their own thing. The caves and castle are absolutely incredible and worth paying the extra money to visit (entry fee not included in tour). Then we set off to Bled and caught a pretna boat to the island, again ticket not included but worth the experience. Bled castle was interesting but very different to Predjama!

Memorable experience. It is really worth visiting this picrurisque scenery.

Very convenient. Time helped. Transport and safe driving. I recommend.