11 May Day Trip to Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Slovenia may be a tiny little country sandwiched between Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary, but the feather in its cap, the jewel in its crown, is Lake Bled. This magical, fairytale lake is rather small in size, but is arguably Slovenia’s most prized possession, appearing on postcards and in glossy features that grace the pages of travel magazines.

There are tours that go to Lake Bled, but since the weather was going to be rather dull and rainy, we decided it would be better to rent a car so at least we would have the option to do what we liked.

We rented the car through Hostel Celica and for 50 euros we were expecting a small runaround. Instead we were handed the keys to an automatic Mercedes. On the way out, the car rental man said in jest, “Just don’t bring back a smaller car” Right.

They say you can’t get lost in Slovenia because the country is so small. Wherever you go, you’re never far from where you started off. The trip to Lake Bled from Ljubljana took only around 30-45 minutes and was rather straight forward.

Lake Bled lies in the North West of Slovenia, on the edge of the Triglav National Park, which is the only National Park in the country. On the north side of the lake is a medieval castle, which reminded me of a castle that would feature in a Disney movie.

Wooden Boats on Lake Bled, Slovenia

In the centre is Bled Island, which is the only natural island in Slovenia and if it hadn’t been so cold, we might have taken a boat trip to get a better view. Instead we were thinking of our stomachs and plumped for a restaurant on the banks of the lake where I enjoyed some delicious lamb chops.

Continuing past Bled we drove around the edge of Triglav National Park and saw some breathtaking scenic views. Gazing out of the window we saw beautiful green forests and mountain peaks in the distance.

Road in Triglav National Park, Slovenia

We drove through a remote village full of chalet-style houses with piles of logs to be used for firewood. It was incredibly bizarre to see a village standing alone in the middle of a valley like that and it only reiterated to me how very different some people’s lives are.

Chalet Houses in Triglav National Park, Slovenia

We stopped at Lake Bohinj and had an ice-cream before continuing to Slap Savice (Savica Waterfall). It’s quite a hike up to the top up many stairs, but worth seeing the waterfall and the beautiful views of the National Park.

Slap Savica Waterfall, Slovenia

I would recommend renting a car because the drive is very scenic and extremely pleasant with winding roads. If you do it yourself you can stop whenever you like to take photos and admire the views. If you’re feeling adventurous there are lots of activities to do including horse riding, white water rafting, hiking and rock climbing.

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Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

  • Roy | cruisesurfingz
    Posted at 01:10h, 12 May Reply

    Wow, it looks so cute and pretty..!

  • Siva
    Posted at 03:51h, 25 May Reply

    hey..glad i found your site. Planning a trip to slovenia on July. Found your blog really informative. Celica, skeleton bar etc are definite ins. :).

    Would it be nice to rent a car from vienna and travel to salzverg, and then to slovenia and return the car back in vienna?.

    hope to see u around and have a nice trip.

    • victoria
      Posted at 10:37h, 25 May Reply

      Hi Siva, I haven’t been to Vienna and I don’t know how long the drive would take from Vienna to Salzburg and Slovenia. I’m sure it would be beautiful though. The train is also very easy, I took the 5 hour train ride from Salzburg to Ljubljana for 46 euros. We then rented a car when we were in Slovenia to explore the country. It is definitely worth renting a car to explore Slovenia and since the country is so small, you are never driving for very long.

  • Richard
    Posted at 02:12h, 22 November Reply

    Thanks, we’re going to visit in the spring and your blog is very helpful

  • Richard Powell
    Posted at 23:08h, 13 April Reply

    Sounds very much like we made the right choice for our planned trip to Slovenia. We are taking our 6 year old with us, any tips?

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