Things to do in Bled

A clifftop castle and a deep blue lake are just a taste of what Slovenia’s most popular resort has to offer.

Our most recommended things to do in Bled

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

1. 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.

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. Guides will roll 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.  To experience a bit of trekking, you'll end the day with an enjoyable 20-minute hike to the beautiful Savica Waterfall, thundering from a high rocky cliff, and enjoy a rewarding view of the Lake.

From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled with Minivan Day Trip

3. 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.

From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

4. 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.

Bled or Ljubljana: Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle Half-Day

5. Bled or Ljubljana: Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle Half-Day

Depart Ljubljana or Bled and journey to the underground world of Postojna Cave, the most popular karst cave in the world. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the cave system by electric train, and then walk through the beautiful passages and chambers of spectacular drop stones, pillars, limestone curtains and other extraordinary natural wonders. Continue to the idyllic village of Predjama and visit the Renaissance castle built within the mouth of a cave. Admire the fairytale setting and architecture of the medieval fortress of Predjama Castle, famous as the former seat of the knight Erazem Lueger. Marvel at the dramatic setting among the hills of the Inner Carniola region. Learn the legend of Erazem Lueger, a renowned robber baron sometimes referred to as the "Slovenian Robin Hood." Hear other local folk tales and traditions and stop for some local spirit tasting in Postojna, before the journey back to Ljubljana or Bled.

From Ljubljana: Trip to Lake Bled and Bled Castle

6. 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 Bled: Self-Guided E-Bike Tour of Vintgar Gorge

7. From Bled: Self-Guided E-Bike Tour of Vintgar Gorge

Meet in central Bled to begin your self-guided e-bike experience of Vintgar Gorge. After a brief orientation session, set off to explore the stunning landscape around Vintgar Gorge. Upon arrival walk through the gorge and make a circle back to the your e-bike Avoid the traffic, parking, and queues, and soak in the views of the rolling countryside and the beautiful nature of the area. With the e-bike propelling you up hills, enjoy the views without breaking a sweat.

Lake Bled and Bled Castle Tour

8. Lake Bled and Bled Castle Tour

From Ljubljana to the Alpine region below the Julian Alps, you will reach Bled, the magnificent Alpine resort. Ascend the old castle perched on top of a steep cliff above the glacial Lake Bled. The castle terraces offer spectacular views of the lake and its tiny island in the middle. Take a boat ride with a Pletna – traditional boat made by locals and reach the only true island in Slovenia. Ring the ‘fortune bell’ and soak up the sun, peace and fresh mountain air. Stop for tastings of some local food in Bled before returning to Ljubljana.

Bled and Bohinj Alpine Lakes Tour from Ljubljana

9. Bled and Bohinj Alpine Lakes Tour from Ljubljana

Start your small-group tour with a pick up from your central Ljubljana hotel, and depart for Lake Bled in Slovenia’s Julian Alps in an air-conditioned minivan. Admire rural Slovenia and listen as your guide describes the glacier-formed lake and the legends that surround Bled Island, as well as the church-topped islet in its center. 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, 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 cafe. Next, drive up to Bled Castle and visit the museum to chart the castle’s story from its roots in the 11th century. Return to the lakeside for free time to walk around, and if you wish, sample a local specialty, kremšnita vanilla cream cake. After a break for lunch, visit Vintgar Gorge, and be amazed by its rapids as you walk along a 1.6 km path of wooden bridges above the water. Admire Pokljuka plateau, covered with coniferous forest and famous for its Biathlon Centre, where some of the best Slovenian athletes train in the winter time. Continue to Lake Bohinj, the largest and most beautiful Alpine lake in Slovenia.  Discover alpine villages such as Ribčev Laz and Ukanc and take a short hike to picturesque Savica waterfall. Then, return to your minivan and end your tour in Ljubljana, with a drop off at your hotel.

From Bled: Full-Day Underground Kayaking

10. From Bled: Full-Day Underground Kayaking

Depart from your Bled hotel for an 8-hour kayaking adventure trip through an underground mine. Drive two hours to the abandoned mine and descend for 15 minutes into the depths of the earth on an original old mining train. The tour involves a short hike and a climb down and up some steep stairs that reach depths of 95 meters. Upon reaching the underground water, row in your sit-on-top kayaking through passages and galleries. Spend four hours in the mine (about one hour on the kayak) and enjoy the mix of dynamic activities, with a bit of both hiking and paddling. Illuminate your way with glowing headlamps, the only source of light in the mine. All the dry suits, boots, life vests, helmets and lights are provided. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be brought back to your Bled hotel. The tour lasts for about eight hours in total, with departures always only in the morning from Bled, the departure time depending on availability. You will be notified about the exact departure time before the day of the tour.

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What people are saying about Bled

Overall rating

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based on 1,331 reviews

Everything was perfect! Our guide Antonio was very friendly and organised. He was explaining everything very well. The mini bus he was driving it was very smooth and comfortable. Slovenia was beautiful and you have many things to see in the city. The lake bled was stunning. I absolutely recommend it!!

Maja was a great guide and gave us a lot of information and experiences during the trip.

Our tour guide was very nice, funny, and well informed. Thanks for a great itinerary!

the trip was wonderful and also the driver was amazing!!

Borut was knowledgeable and had a sense of humour.