Excursions from Bled: the best day trips around Bled

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Bled is a Slovenian town on the shores of the homonymous lake of glacial origin located in Slovenia. The area is immersed in the wildest nature, with green mountains all around, nature trails, animals and clean air for a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday.

Bled has interesting attractions to visit: the medieval castle overlooking the lake, the small island in the center, and many other places in the surroundings, to which you can organize day trips. Let's see the best ones together day trips around Bled.



Index

  1. Ljubljana
  2. Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle
  3. Lake Bohinj
  4. Vintgar gorge
  5. Mostnica gorge and Voje village
  6. Sava Bohinjka River
  7. User questions and comments

1 - Ljubljana

Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is very close to Bled, so you can't miss a visit, thus varying the nature trails of the Slovenian mountains for a day. It is the largest city in the country and is particularly known for its distinctive appearance, col historic center full of Central European style buildings.

It is also known for being a very lively university city and for its parks, including the TiFlights park, the most important in the city. A must visit, in Ljubljana, the castle, the suggestive bridge of the Dragons, and don't forget a walk or a boat ride along the Ljubljanica river. To admire these and other beauties of the city, we suggest a comfortable guided walking tour, which also includes the ticket for the funicular that reaches the castle.

  • Range: 52,1 km
  • 45 minutes drive from Bled. Connected by bus leaving every hour. The ride takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Tickets cost € 6,30 each way. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

2 - Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle

The Postojna Caves are the most famous karst formations in the world, they owe their fame to the spectacle they offer to visitors. Indeed, the limestone sculptures formed through the erosion of small drops of water over millions of years really leave you breathless. Inside there are beautiful and very large stalagmites, the longest reaches 5 meters, real natural jewels with a brilliant white surface in the darkness of the subsoil.

The Postojna Caves are located in south-central Slovenia and from Bled they can be easily reached for a day trip which, however, should not be overlooked. Predjama Castle. Also called Castel Lueghi, this Renaissance fortress is located a few kilometers from the caves, perched on the steep karst rocks, a magnificent spectacle that spans the centuries. From the caves it is possible to choose a specific tour that also takes you to the Castle, also inside the park there are also the nursery and the Karst caves Expo, a very interesting informative exhibition.



  • Range: 96,1 km
  • the caves are approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes drive from Bled. To visit them independently, reach Ljubljana by bus, then take the Ljubljana-Postojna Jama-Piran-Lucija line (3 rides in the morning, the last one at 12, cost € 6,00). In less than an hour it will take you to the Postjnska Jama stop, the entrance to the caves is 300 meters away. Get directions
  • in May and June the Caves open from 09:00 to 17:00, in June and July until 18:00, a visit departs every hour. During the rest of the year, the opening hours are reduced until 15 pm. The Castle in summer is open until 00:19.
  • € 35,80 to visit the Caves and the Castle, but there are several routes to choose from.
  • Recommended tour: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle tour with transfer included from Bled or Ljubljana

3 - Lake Bohinj

Lake Bohinj is located very close to Bled, the whole area of ​​the Slovenian Julian Alps is rich in glacial mountain lakes and this it is the largest body of water in Slovenia. Lake Bohinj has not yet known the tourist expansion of Lake Bled, its shores are not very built up and here you can find the peace that only unspoiled nature is capable of giving.

Very impressive it is reach the lake via the asphalted panoramic road, which from Bled then runs along the southern shore of Bohinj, up to the western end of the lake. Just before reaching the bottom, stop at cable car that will take you to the top of the Vogel, from which you can enjoy an exceptional view of the lake and the surrounding mountains.



  • Range: 28,6 km
  • it is 28,6 km from Bled, half an hour by car. By public transport, every hour you can take the bus of the Ljubljana - Boh Bela - Bohinj Zlatorog line, then get off at the Pod Voglom stop and you will be on the east bank of the lake. Tickets cost € 4,10 each way. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

4 - Vintgar Gorge

The Vintgar Gorge, carved into the rocks of the Julian Alps, is a place of rare beauty and is located very close to Bled, theideal for half day trekking. The gorge, carved by the tumultuous Radovna stream, was formed between the Hom and Boršt mountains, and is 1,6 km long. Its feature is that, in addition to offering sports courses for the more daring, has been equipped to be traveled even by families or by those who simply want to take a quiet walk.

So, throughout its run, you can walk on wooden walkways that blend perfectly with the wild landscape. The route ends above the spectacular Sum waterfall, 13 meters high, under which there is also a small hydroelectric power station. The Vintgar Gorge was created by nature in collaboration with time, but on its path you will also see a man-made construction: the single-arch stone bridge of the Bohinj Railway, which is 33,5 meters high.

  • Range: 4,2 km
  • from Bled it is 10 minutes by car. The bus of the Bled-Jesenice line stops at Vintgar Fortuna, stop 1,2 km from the gorge (departure at 07:00 and 10:30). Tickets cost € 1,30 each way. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Adults € 10,00; Children 6-15 years € 3,00; Children under 6 years € 1,00; Students € 6,00.
  • Recommended tour: Vintgar Gorge e-bike tour

5 - Mostnica gorge and Voje village

Above the village of Stara Fužina, before arriving on the Bohinj lake, you can reach another spectacular gorge, perhaps a little more inaccessible, but very interesting. It is accessible from the right side of the lake, to the north, the full length of the route is 2 km, the gorge was carved by the clear and very fresh waters of the Mostnica stream that gives its name to the gorge.

There are some points where the stream is very narrow and the rocks above it reach a height of 20 meters, but, arriving at the highest part, the valley opens up to the characteristic village of Voje, which seems straight out of fairy tales with its typical mountain houses, made of wood with sharp roofs and green meadows that open up under the rocky peaks. The spectacular ones await you at the end of the gorge Voje waterfalls, and here you can refresh yourself at the delicious mountain cafe.



  • Range: 27,5 km
  • It is 27,5 km from Bled and takes half an hour by car. By public transport, you can take the bus to Lake Bohinj but get off first, in Bohinjska Bistrica, from here change and take the bus of the Bohinjska Bistrica ZP line, getting off after 11 minutes in Stara Fužina. From here you will have to walk about 25 minutes covering 1,6 km. The bus ticket costs € 4,10 each way. There are also two direct services a day, at 10:00 and 22:20, with the Bohinjska Češnjica line. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

6 - Sava Bohinjka River

During a holiday in Bled you cannot miss to do some healthy water sport with a touch of adrenaline, spending a day on the Sava Bohinjka river with a kayak. As we have seen, the area is full of streams that create spectacular gorges and waterfalls, in particular this river flows into Lake Bohinj but, first, it forms a beautiful waterfall just ahead of the village Bohinjska Bistrica, the whose name is Savica.

Here you can do hiking, or rent a kayak and jump into the water, of course be careful! We suggest you to do it only with an expert guide, the experience will be safe as well as much more interesting. In addition, public transport is not frequent to this destination, so it is ideal to choose a tour that starts directly from Bled, we suggest one from the list below. For an excursion immersed in the nature of these magnificent waterways, there is also the other river course, the Sava Dolinka.

  • Range: 12,1 km
  • Sava Bohinjka is 12,1 km from Bled, about 15 minutes by car. By public transport you can take the Bohinjska Češnjica bus line at 10:00 and get off after 20 minutes at Soteska pri Bohinju, from here you will reach the river on foot in 20 minutes, it is 1,4 km away. The bus ticket costs € 2,30 each way. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

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