Ultimate One Day Trip to Lake Bled: Best Things to Do

by Sam
Aerial view of Lake Bled in Slovenia, showcasing the iconic Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria on an island, surrounded by emerald waters, with the Julian Alps and Bled Castle in the background on a sunny day

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A one-day trip of a lifetime awaits! During my European interrailing trip, I had the pleasure of visiting various Slovenia locations, and one that definitely stood out was Lake Bled.

From my travels, I’ve compiled a Lake Bled guide filled with tips, recommendations and the best things to do during a day trip here.

But before we dive into the details, the question arises:

Is Lake Bled worth visiting? 

There is no doubt about this answer: Lake Bled is one of most beautiful places in Slovenia. You’ll be rewarded almost instantly with some of the best lake views Europe has to offer 

Corned in by the Julian Alps, Lake Bled is a wonder to behold, surrounded by lush greenery and instant fun-day activities to keep you busy while you’re there.

Better yet, it is still under the radar from the bustling crowds in most seasons and is highly underrated.

Best time to visit Lake Bled.

The best time to visit Lake Bled is during the shoulder months!

Although Lake Bled is stunning across Summer, with the sun rays shining on its waters and more opportunities for swimming, it is recommended to come during May-June and September for a balance of great weather and fewer crowds. 

I visited during the summer when there were longer days and fewer nights. However, it can be just as stunning in the dark, with the lake all illuminated from Bled Island, perfect for scenic late-night walks. 

Lake Bled illuminated at night

Getting to Lake Bled from Ljubljana

The cultural capital of Slovenia is only a transport link away, which is why many take a day trip to Lake Bled from Ljubljana.

Here is how you get there;

Getting there by bus – Take the bus from Ljubljana bus station to Bled Bus Station. The journey takes roughly 1 hour and 25 minutes, and you can find the updated timetable here. Tickets cost €5.70 each way. *Highly recommended

Getting there by train – Take the train from Ljubljana train station to Bled Jezero. This is the closest train stop to Lake Bled (It requires a connection between Jesenice). Tickets cost €6.60 each way and can be purchased online.

Through a travel agency – For a hassle-free experience, opt towards booking a day trip from Ljubljana to Lake Bled through a travel agency. Transport to Lake Bled is provided, alongside a sightseeing tour with detailed guidance regarding the attractions.  

Well, without further ado, let’s get into the best things to do in Lake Bled for a day trip.

Best things to do in Lake Bled Slovenia

Best things to do in Lake Bled, Slovenia

I will be going over the best things to do in Lake Bled. With so many fun day activities and adventures at your feet, let’s jump right into your perfect day trip to Lake Bled.

1. Walk around Lake Bled

Undoubtedly, one of the best things to do during your one day in Lake Bled is to walk around the lake. There are so many little spots around the lake, with different angles for photo opportunities, all unique to one another. 

Walking around the entirety of it will take roughly 1 hour and 30 minutes at a leisurely pace. It can still, however, be enjoyed without doing the whole route or just taking a short stroll.

The lake has some of the quaint walkways I’ve ever seen, with perfect angles of Bled Island. 

Feeling adventurous?

In the hotter climates, tourists flock to Lake Bled’s waters for a swim. During my time there in the summer, it was bustling with tourists who came to participate in many water activities. 

View of Lake Bled Island in Slovenia
Walking around Lake Bled

2. Take a Boat to Bled Island

A must-do in Lake Bled is to take a boat across to explore Bled Island. The trip to the island takes around 15 minutes. Once you arrive, take a breather and get ready to climb up the 99 steps. 

Up the stairs, you’ll find the famous Church of the Assumption, a beautiful 17th-century baroque church that offers powers of its own. Legend says those who wish in the Church while ringing its bell three times will have their wish come true!

Getting there – There are four boat stations around the lake offering Pletna boat rides to the island. Here is the location of the most popular one I used during my travels there. It’s also beside Hotel Starkl, where you can enjoy delicious food, perfect for an afternoon snack.  

Costs: €18 for Plentna boat ride (cash only), €12 for entrance to Assumption of Mary. 

Taking a boat to Bled Island
Assumption of Maria Church Bled

3. Taste the famous Bled Cream Cake

Homage to local traditions, the famous cake ‘Blejska kremšnita’, made of layers of cream, vanilla, and crispy pastry, is simply a must-try when visiting Bled. It is one of the most delicious treats you’ll find in Slovenia.

Why not try it with a view?

This delicious treat is best enjoyed with a gorgeous view overlooking the lake. One of the best views you’ll find is from The Park Cafe, where you can sit on its balcony and marvel at the stunning scenery while you tuck into that scrumptious Bled Cake.

Bled Cake with a view of Lake Bled

4. Go for a Lake Bled hike.

There are so many hikes in Lake Bled that are soon worth the graft and sweat to get to some of the best viewpoints of the lake. 

The one hike I highly recommend is the hike to Velika Osojnica. Be sure to stop off at Mala Osojnica Point and then make your way to Velika Osojnica for an even more stunning viewpoint of Lake Bled! 

Note: You’ll be instantly rewarded with a conveniently placed bench for a well-earned rest.  

It should take roughly 1.5-2 hours to complete, climbing up a steep elevation of 865ft. I sadly missed it during my time in Lake Bled, but I will be sure to return and complete it, conquering it through pure blood, sweat and tears. 

Velika Osojnica hiking viewpoint of Lake Bled in Slovenia
The viewpoint from Velika Osojnica is simply stunning!

5. Head to Bled Castle

Built in the 11th century and one of the oldest in Slovenia, this medieval castle is a must addition to your Bled itinerary. 

Bled Castle is perhaps best visited in the evening, mainly because of the stunning views of the lake this famous monument offers during sunset. While at the castle, you can explore its interior, which houses a museum and provides a glimpse into the area’s history.

Also, if you’re feeling peckish, head to the Bled Castle Restaurant. Alongside The Park Cafe, this offers one of the best lake views! And it also sells Bled Cake, so it’s a win-win situation. 

Note: Bled Castle requires a steep climb of over 10 minutes to reach it, but it is 100% worth it. 

Ticket cost: €15

Birdseye view of Bled Castle in Lake Bled, Slovenia

6. Visit Vintgar Gorge 

Vintgar Gorge is located just 4km from Lake Bled. This stunning natural wonder guides you along wooden suspension bridges on a 30-minute walk through the natural beauty of the Radovana River. 

As you walk through the Gorge, you’ll discover many breathtaking waterfalls and rock formations. It is truly stunning to walk around. Plus, there is a cafe at the end of the walk, right next to a waterfall, all the means to sit down and take in nature. 

Getting there: It takes around 1 hour and 5 minutes to walk from Lake Bled to Vintgar Gorge. A bus is available from Bled Bus Station to Vintgar, which drops you about a 3-minute walk from the Gorge. Parking is also on-site for those driving. 

Note: The Gorge is closed during Winter. Also, bring some walking shoes, as the Gorge can get slippery.

Ticket cost: €10 

Vintgar Gorge Slovenia 1
Vintgar Gorge in Slovenia

7. Explore Lake Bohinj 

Lake Bohinj is definitely worth a visit if you have the time during your Lake Bled day trip. It is one of the most beautiful places in Triglav National Park and only a 28-minute bus away from Bled Bus Station!

The lake offers stunning views of the Julian Alps and crystal-clear waters, perfect for swimming or kayaking. It includes adventure fun activities, including hiking to the Savica Waterfall or taking the cable car to the top of Mount Vogel for one of the most beautiful views of Lake Bohinj.

It is 100% worth visiting, if you have the time mind you!

View overlooking Lake Bohinj in Slovenia
View overlooking the surroundings next to Lake Bohinj

Final thoughts

And there you have it, my guide for a day trip to Lake Bled comes to an end. 

When I visited, Lake Bled really did prove to be a treat. It is truly one of the most beautiful places to visit in Europe. If you are visiting Ljubljana or hopping from the country during your interrail trip, then consider visiting Lake Bled for a day trip; you won’t regret it. 

If you have any questions, please get in touch; I’ll be happy to provide you with more guidance. Anyhow, safe travels! 

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