I really wanted to visit Slovenia after seeing photos of Lake Bled on Pinterest. I also decided to visit Ljubljana as it’s the capital of Slovenia, I still have no idea how to pronounce it though! Lake Bled lived up to my high expectations, its like a fairytale you could spend a few days there admiring the views. Here is what I got up to on my trip.
I got a funicular to the castle, ticket price with entrance to the castle is €10 or €7 with a student card. It is slightly cheaper to walk to the castle and pay for entrance €7.50 or €5.20 for students. The funicular runs frequently around every 10 minutes. Once at the castle climb up to the viewing point for a beautiful view over the city.
If you walk around the city in the evening you will see the castle lit up green.
Lake Bled is amazing it’s so picture perfect with its emerald waters and cute church in the middle.
How to get here
To get here from Ljubljana I got a bus it takes about 1hr 15 minutes. I went in August and the bus was full lots of people were standing. I left at 10am and the buses got even busier after this. I would recommend arriving at the bus station early so you can get a seat. At the bus station there is a kiosk you can buy a single or return ticket €12 from and also a small bakery you can get some snacks from. Once you arrive it is only a few minutes walk from the lake.
What to do
A medieval castle built above the city of Bled overlooking the stunning lake. The castle has a museum, restaurant and the most breathtaking views. It takes about 20 minutes to walk up here it is quite steep and there is a lot of stairs. It costs €10 or €7 if a student.
Walk, cycle & swim
There is an area cornered of for swimming you have to pay to get in but it has changing rooms, showers and you can rent a beach umbrella. Its also great to walk or cycle (they have bikes to rent) around the lake and you can get a closer view of the church on the island.
Accomodation – Hostel Tabor Ljubljana
- Free breakfast & wifi
- Good location short walk from centre and about 15 minutes from bus station
- Hostel used to be a school, it feels funny sleeping in a school but its quite cosy
- Quite a big hostel so not that easy to meet people, the people in my dorm room where really friendly though
- You have to give your key in everytime you go out which is a bit annoying so try and remember your room number
- Getting around Ljubljana is easy by foot
- Don’t eat dinner too late I went to one restaurant around 8.30pm and most of the dishes where sold out and another pizza place I went to shut at 9pm. People tend to eat fairly early here.
- Currency: Euro
- A lot of museums are closed on Mondays
- A lot of shops and supermarkets are closed Sunday or close early