Lake Bled, Slovenia: One of Europe’s Prettiest Wanders

My latest find on the iTunes App Store is Timehop, an app that reminds you what you were up to on “this very day” a year, or 2, or 5, ago. I just saw that it’s been a year since my trip to Slovenia… and somehow, I haven’t yet written about what a beautiful little jaunt it was.

The view from across the lake

The view from across Lake Bled

I was in Slovenia as part of a multi-country train whiz through Europe courtesy of Eurail.com.  Having made my way from Berlin to Prague to Vienna to Bratislava to Venice to Rome to Bologna to Lausanne, I decided to spend a couple of days in Slovenia’s near-unpronounceable capital city: Ljubljana. 

After just a few days wandering around the extremely pleasant, walkable city, I was a little bored, so I teamed up with a fella I met at Hostel Celica for the hourlong bus ride to Bled, a town in the Julian Alps.

We didn’t have a plan for what to do once we arrived, and somehow I think that was the right way to go about a day trip to Lake Bled.

Lake Bled Slovenia

The lake, the castle and the tiny town of Bled are pulled straight from the pages of a storybook… at least, the storybooks I used to read as a kid. Imposing castle on a hill; sparkly, dark, mysterious lake; church with 99 steps marooned on an island… it was all just too picture perfect. Definitely an inspired location for a Disney princess movie if ever there was one!

Ducks at Lake Bled Slovenia

Like a real Disney Princess, I was googly-eyed over the dozens of ducklings kicking their way all around the lake’s edge, and the swans were curious about me, too.

I nearly broke into cheerful song.

Swan, Lake Bled, Slovenia

Instead of ticking off the traditional sightseeing list – castle & church – we decided to take the 6 km path all the way around the lake in order to capture every beautiful vantage point.

Lake Bled Slovenia

There’s nothing like spending a day with a total stranger, is there? Especially one you really find interesting. We chatted for hours, stopping for ice cream and occasional photographs. None of either of us, though, as the scenery really stole the show.

Make a wish!

Make a wish!

Lake Bled Slovenia

 

After weeks of non-stop travel blogging hysteria and train travel, my day at Lake Bled was a slow, welcome day of reflection, conversation and fresh air. The weather was perfect, the scenery couldn’t be beat and the company was lovely. A top travel day to remember forever.

 

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    May 14, 2013

    Looooove Lake Bled! I spent a couple days there last summer, too, and it was truly one of the highlights of my trip. Exactly like something out of a fairytale.

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      May 17, 2013

      It’s just… lovely… isn’t it? A perfect spot. Jealous you spent a few days there!

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    May 15, 2013

    What a fabulous find. That place looks stunning and I’d love to spend some time there at some point. I also like the close up of the swan 🙂

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      May 17, 2013

      That swan close-up is probably my favorite shot of the day. He was very frisky!

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    May 16, 2013

    I loved it there big time! It’s one of the prettiest lakes in Europe! Too bad you didn’t make it to nearby Bohinj as well, it’s even better!!

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      May 17, 2013

      Ah, I didn’t have time for Bohinj, but I think I may try to get back to Slovenia in the next year or so. Bohinj is on the list!

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    May 17, 2013

    Cant wait to go here next year. Love your 5th photo will the mountains in the background.

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      July 08, 2013

      Thank you so much! Looking forward to reading about your visit next year!

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    May 23, 2013

    Those photos look wonderful Angie! Slovenia has been THE up and coming destination in Europe for a few years now. It is such a diverse country and looks so pretty. But it is also much cheaper than other European countries.I have never made it there so far, but when I move back to Europe I think I will have to go.

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      July 08, 2013

      You’re absolutely right – I think Slovenia is a real sleeper! Just waiting for everyone in the world to realize what a gorgeous destination it is. Glad I got there before the masses!

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    July 31, 2013

    nice write up. Slovenia though not known to many as a tourist spot , is actually one of the best destination for all.

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