After trekking the Vintgar Gorge, our day trip from Ljubljana continued as we found our way to Lake Bled, a truly majestic lake with the clearest water you can imagine. The only comparison I can make is that of Lake Tahoe where the water is stunningly clear – and cold.
I’m guessing most everyone has seen the iconic photo of the church sitting on a small island, in the middle of a lake in the Julian Alps, in Slovenia. I know I have. I’ve seen that photo more times than I can count always thinking, wouldn’t it be nice to see it for myself.
And, now I have and it did not disappoint. Majestic. Lake Bled is majestic. Lake Bled is pristine. It’s not a large lake, we walked around the entire lake in maybe two hours stopping to oohh and aahh along the way. Beautiful evergreen trees with crystal clear water and snuggled up against the Julian Alps, how picture postcard perfect can it be? One tidbit about the little island sitting in the middle of Lake Bled is that the island is the only natural island in all of Slovenia. That’s kinda cool, right?
I really don’t have a story to tell about our visit to Lake Bled. We just embraced the moment of being there and having the time together in such a beautiful spot. But, I thought the lake was worthy of it’s own post because it’s so darn pretty and how often can one say they have walked around a like in Bled, Slovenia set in the alps?
Oh, and there is a castle on the cliff overlooking the lake. Of course there is.
On our return trip from Vintgar Gorge to Lake Bled, the shuttle driver volunteered to drop us off at the castle overlooking the lake. I would highly recommend doing as we did. Visit the gorge first, get dropped off at the castle (because you would not want to climb the stairs up to the castle – trust me) and then spend the rest of your day walking around the lake as if you don’t have a care in the world. You can even carry along your swim suit and stop to splash in the water at one of the beaches. There are a few snack shops and cafes at the beaches as well.
Visiting Vintgar Gorge and Lake Bled make for the ideal day trip from Ljubljana. Even better, spend a night or two in the town of Bled and take in the charm of the village.