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Lake Bled

Explore a quaint island church, climb to the heights of a medieval clifftop castle and enjoy views of this scenic lake.

Lake Bled is a large body of water surrounded by forested hills and picturesque mountains. In its center stands a scenic island full of green plants and a charming church. Hike the perimeter of the lake through its varied foliage to encounter a medieval castle and many excellent viewpoints.

Atop a steep cliff on the northern shore of the lake is Bled Castle. Visit its museum to learn about the history of Bled. See the Romanesque tower that dates back to the 11th century. Climb to the top of the castle for excellent views of Lake Bled and its island church.

To reach the island, ride the pletna boat, a gondola-like vessel native to Bled with a roof and just one rower. The pletna picks up passengers from the park in Mlino on the lake’s southern shore. Spend some time on the island exploring the 17th-century church. Admire the remaining parts of frescoes that depict the Virgin Mary’s life. Visit the bell tower to see the complex clock mechanism and have a good view of the lake.

Rent a boat to row across the lake and appreciate the silence in this tranquil setting. Stroll along the Bled Promenade, a charming path flanked by trees. Admire the changing colors of the leaves in fall and the white glow of snow in winter.

Learn about the geological origins of the lake, which was formed by a glacier and a natural tectonic hollow. It is nearly 7,000 feet (2,100 meters) long and 4,500 feet (1,400 meters) wide. The World Rowing Championship has been held at this lake several times.

Stay at one of the hotels that surround the lake. Certain hotels on the northeastern shore make use of thermal springs for their pools. Boat rentals and trips to the island have a small fee.

Find Lake Bled in the heart of the Julian Alps in the southwestern part of Bled in the Upper Carniolan region of northwestern Slovenia. Fly to Ljubljana International Airport, which is a 30-minute drive southeast from the lake.


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Grand Hotel Toplice - Sava Hotels & Resorts
Grand Hotel Toplice - Sava Hotels & Resorts

Grand Hotel Toplice - Sava Hotels & Resorts

Cesta Svobode 12, Bled
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 167 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Bled, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Martin's Parish Church, Lake Bled and Bled Castle. Mala Osojnica and Church of Sv Marika Bozja are also within 2 miles (3 km).

    Hotel Vila Bled
    Hotel Vila Bled

    Hotel Vila Bled

    Cesta Svobode 18, Bled
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 160 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Church of Sv Marika Bozja and Mala Osojnica. Lake Bled and St. Martin's Parish Church are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Hotel Kompas £93
      Hotel Kompas

      Hotel Kompas

      Cankarjeva 2, Bled
         
        3.9
        of 5, from 164 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        This family-friendly hotel is located in the city centre, within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Martin's Parish Church, Lake Bled and Bled Castle. Church of Sv Marika Bozja and Mala Osojnica are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Best Western Premier Hotel Lovec
        Best Western Premier Hotel Lovec

        Best Western Premier Hotel Lovec

        Ljubljanska Cesta 6, Bled
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 209 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Located near the slopes, this Bled hotel is situated in the city centre and within 1 mile (2 km) of St. Martin's Parish Church, Lake Bled and Bled Castle. Church of Sv Marika Bozja and Mala Osojnica are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Hotel Savica Garni - Sava Hotels & Resorts £97
          Hotel Savica Garni - Sava Hotels & Resorts

          Hotel Savica Garni - Sava Hotels & Resorts

          Cankarjeva 6, Bled
             
            4.0
            of 5, from 81 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Bled, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of St. Martin's Parish Church, Bled Castle and Church of Sv Marika Bozja. Lake Bled and Mala Osojnica are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Hotel Jelovica Bled £90
            Hotel Jelovica Bled

            Hotel Jelovica Bled

            Cesta Svobode 8, Bled
               
              4.1
              of 5, from 238 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Bled, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Martin's Parish Church and Bled Castle. Vintgar Gorge and Hunting Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Vila Prešeren £90
              Vila Prešeren

              Vila Prešeren

              Veslaska Promenada 14, Bled
                 
                4.1
                of 5, from 88 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Located in the heart of Bled, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Martin's Parish Church, Bled Castle and Lake Bled. Church of Sv Marika Bozja and Mala Osojnica are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Hotel Jadran - Sava Hotels & Resorts £61
                Hotel Jadran - Sava Hotels & Resorts

                Hotel Jadran - Sava Hotels & Resorts

                Cesta Svobode 12 Entrance B, Bled
                   
                  3.5
                  of 5, from 143 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Located near the slopes, this Bled hotel is situated in the city centre and within 1 mile (2 km) of St. Martin's Parish Church, Lake Bled and Bled Castle. Church of Sv Marika Bozja and Mala Osojnica are also within 2 miles (3 km).