Bled is a small town in northwestern Slovenia that has enchanted and inspired poets and writers in the past.
This magical place, also known as Veldes, is surrounded by pine forests, hills and plateaus but is famous above all for its lake.
Although it is a very small town it is an extremely touristic place thanks to the surroundings that offer the possibility of engage in different activities. Here are a series of things to see and do in Bled in 3 days, alternating a bit of movement, moments of relaxation and the discovery of new places.
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1 - Morning: Breakfast at The Park Cafe, walk and visit to the Castle
We suggest you start your first day in Bled with an excellent breakfast at the Park Cafeteria which serves excellent sweets and various delicacies (costs starting from € 4,90). From here, with a 20 minute walk on a path indicating "Grad", reach the beautiful Castle which is located in a panoramic position (opening hours every day from 8:00 to 18:00; in the summer months until 21:00, admission € 9,00).
We suggest you arrive here around 10:00 in the morning, visit the various rooms of the fortress, the museum collection and the small Gothic chapel from the th century. Enjoy the view and then stop directly for lunch; if you book a table in the castle restaurant, remember that the visit is free.
2 - Afternoon: Lunch at Castle Restaurant, Bled island and walk around the lake
If you want to eat while enjoying a superb view, the Bled Castle Restaurant is perfect. The dishes are inviting and optimally cooked, so treat yourself to this luxury (main courses from € 15,00 to € 25,00). After refreshing yourself, return to the shores of the lake from where the pletna, typical boats that reach the island of Bled at a cost of € 14,00 round trip. For the more sporty it is possible to rent canoes, rowing boats, etc. (prices starting from € 10,00 for a 2-hour rental).
When you disembark you will have about an hour to visit this tiny islet. Climb the southern staircase with 99 steps, reach the Church of the Assumption and the Bell Tower inside which is the wishing bell (admission € 6,00). Take back the pletna (or your rowboat) to return to the mainland and enjoy a beer seated comfortably at the Devil Caffe & Bar.
3 - Evening: Dinner at Osteria Peglez'n and Pub Bled
For a good fish dinner in the center of Bled we suggest the Osteria Peglez'n which serves exquisite dishes (main courses from € 9,00 to € 23,00). To end the evening, if the season permits, take a walk on the shores of the lake, or, alternatively, move to the Bled Pub located above the Osteria. Excellent cocktails are served here and sometimes you can listen to live music.
- Distance traveled: 4,9 km / 1 h 5 min
- Places visited: Visit of Bled Castle, Bled Island, Church of the Assumption, bell tower, shores of Lake Bled
- Lake Bled tour
- Breakfast at The Park Cafe (Get directions), Lunch at Castle Restaurant (Get directions), Dinner at Osteria Peglez'n (Get directions)
1 - Morning: Breakfast in the Zima pastry shop, Vintgar Gorge
After a hearty breakfast at the Zima pastry shop with an excellent slice of millefeuille (from € 4,00), put on some sneakers and set off to reach the Vintgar gorge about 4 km from Bled.
From the center, initially follow the signs for Presernova cesta, then for Partizanska cesta and finally Cesta Vintgar.
In an hour you will arrive in Podhom where you will find the signs indicating the entrance to the gorge (open from the end of April to October from 8:00 to 19:00; admission € 4,00).
The show is magnificent and even if you get a little wet it will be really worth it.
At the entrance there is a 1600 meter long walkway that runs through the gorge crossing the river which in many points forms rapids, some natural pools and the beautiful Sum waterfall, 16 meters high.
Once at the end, go back and stop at a kiosk to refresh yourself.
If you would like to reach the gorge by bus, a tourist bus departs from June to September every day at 10:00 and returns to Bled at 15:00
2 - Afternoon: Lunch at Gostlina Vintgar, walk to the Church of St. Catherine, village of Zasip and return to Bled
For lunch you can stop at Gostlina Vintgar, a tavern near the Gorges that serves typical dishes with seasonal products (menu from € 10,00). Once you have regained your strength set off to return to Bled taking a different route from that of the first leg.
Follow the signs for Hom, pass by Church of St. Catherine, a famous pilgrimage destination protected by th century fortifications, and arrive at the small village of Zasip.
To get back to Bled you have to pay 2 hours of walking also calculating some stops to take photographs and admire the landscape. Finally, as a worthy conclusion to a day on the move, take a carriage ride around the lake starting from the stop located near the Palazzo delle Feste in the Thermal Park (cost € 40,00 for half an hour).
3 - Evening: dinner at the Okarina restaurant and casino
To end the day, dine at the excellent Okarina restaurant which combines Slovenian traditions with Indian flavors.
If you are not tired you can continue the evening at the Bled casino in the town center, a few minutes' walk from the restaurant.
Here have a drink while aiming for luck!
- Distance traveled: 10,5 km / 2 h 21 min
- Places visited: Vintgar Gorge, St. Catherine's Church, Zasip village, carriage tour of the lake
- Vintgar Gorge: self-guided e-bike tour from Bled
- Breakfast at Zima Pastry Shop (Get Directions), Lunch at Gostlina Vintgar (Get Directions), Dinner at Okarina Restaurant (Get Directions).
1 - Morning: Breakfast Caffe Peglez'n and visit to the village of Radovljica
For breakfast go to Caffe Peglez'n. Entering this small cafe in the center of Bled you will feel like you are in a doll's house but the excellent desserts accompanied by a coffee are the right way to start the day.
From here in 5 minutes walk you reach the bus station to take the bus that will take you to Radovljica (runs every 30 minutes, single ticket € 1,80). This small town 7 km from Bled is located on a hill overlooking the plain and valley of the Sava river and has a historic center worth visiting. You can stroll through the streets of the center where the beautiful square stands out surrounded by decorated buildings and shops;
if you are interested visit the Beekeeping Museum (admission € 3,00 with timetables to be consulted according to the season) and the Gingerbread Museum in the Lectar Restaurant (admission € 1,50).
2 - Afternoon: Lunch at the Gostlina Lectar, spa on Lake Bled
Finish your visit to Radovljica with a good lunch in this restaurant that offers excellent regional dishes with a little twist (main courses from € 9,00 to € 16,00). Get back on a bus, head back to Bled and treat yourself to a afternoon in total relaxation at the spa, precisely in the wellness center at the Rikli Hotel. This establishment is considered one of the best as it has many spa treatments that allow people to regenerate thanks to the warm waters and various balneotherapy treatments (information on costs and reservations at the hotel).
3 - Evening: Dinner at the Julijana Restaurant
Finally, to end your stay in Bled in the best possible way and spend a romantic evening, book a table at the Julijana restaurant.
In summer you can dine on the beautiful panoramic terrace overlooking the lake but even in the cold the windows will give you a wonderful view (main courses from € 22,00).
- Distance traveled: 14,7 km / 3 h 8 min
- Places visited: Radovljica, Bled Thermal Baths
- Breakfast at Caffe Peglez'n (Get directions), Lunch at Gostlina Lectar (Get directions), Dinner at Julijana Restaurant (Get directions).
How much does a weekend in Bled cost
Slovenia is not an expensive country, however Bled is a rather touristy place where, especially in the high season, prices rise considerably. To save money, the advice is to rent a small apartment or stay in a B&B and have meals in the typical Gostline which are cheaper than the luxurious and panoramic restaurants. However, for a weekend you will have different options depending on the budget you have.
- Costs to eat: about € 45,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- Costs for museums and attractions: about € 77,50 per person following the itinerary we suggest
- Transportation: about € 150,00 if you use the car (highway from Trieste to Bled and vinjeta, petrol cost for the motorway section and for travel around the various attractions). If you travel by public transport, the Trieste - Bled route starts at € 10,99. The daily cost to rent a pedal assisted bike is about € 20,00.
- Hotels, accommodation and b & b: Hotel and b & b starting from € 48,00 per room -
- Fun: from € 50,00 per person (including entrance to thermal pools)
- Total cost of a weekend in Bled: from € 380,00 per person
Before leaving: useful tips
- When to visit Bled: In winter the snow gives these places a fairytale atmosphere and during the Christmas period stalls, concerts and torchlight processions enliven the town. Between June and July, however, the Violina Festival takes place in which numerous internationally renowned violinists participate. While at the end of July there is the Blejski Dnevi, a craft fair with fireworks and shows. Finally, autumn and spring are the ideal seasons to enjoy a weekend in Bled: the temperatures are perfect for walking and discovering this small town and the surrounding valleys. For more information on the best time to visit Bled, please read this article.
- The closest airports are Trieste (161 Km - 1 hour and 40 minutes by car) and Brnik / Ljubljana (37,7 Km - 25 minutes by car), the latter, however, is poorly served by direct flights from 'Italy. Therefore the best way to get to Bled is to reach Trieste first. From Trieste you can go by car via the motorway (direction Ljubljana, then direction Jesenice); to cross the border it is necessary to buy the vinjeta (cost of about € 15,00 - weekly validity), a sort of sticker that replaces the toll and is applied to the windshield of the vehicle. Alternatively it is possible to go by Flixbus (Trieste - Bled route from € 10,99).
- If you own a car and like to be surrounded by nature, we recommend that you stay in one of the many tourist apartments located just outside Bled. If, on the other hand, you travel on foot or by bicycle, the most convenient area is the one to the north east of the lake, where there are several hotels equipped with every comfort.
- Getting around: In Bled you will move most of the time on foot or by bicycle because the things to see are close and reachable from the center with pleasant walks or pedaling. Buses to get around the surroundings are not frequent so if you want to reach places a little further away it is better to contact the hotels, or the tourist office, which organize various excursions at reasonable prices.
- Other: In Bled the currency used is the euro and only the identity card is required to enter Slovenia.