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Reviewed on 17 Aug 2019
Majestic lakes, dramatic peaks and iconic historical architecture make the landscapes of Lake Bled and the Julian Alps the stuff Slovenia’s postcards are made of.
Lake Bled and the Julian Alps overflow with outstanding natural beauty, but the scenery here isn’t only good for filling your social media feeds. The good looks of the region provide a platform for adventures in the great outdoors, with hiking in the snowy Julian Alps, kayaking in the clear blue-green lakes of Bled and Bohinj, and cycling in the fresh alpine air of the countryside.
Rising highest at Mount Triglav, the Julian Alps is a striking snow-capped mountain range. Named after Julius Caesar, who founded one of the towns in the foothills of the Julian Alps mountains, the range offers incredible alpine views to the hikers and cyclists who tackle its jagged peaks. Much of the Julian Alps lie within the conservation area of Triglav, Slovenia’s only national park, where you can see crashing waterfalls, rivers, gorges and lakes.
In the foothills of the Julian Alps, the iconic town of Bled is best known for its incredible glacial lake, Lake Bled. Check into a hotel in Bled and you will have the lake’s famous blue-green water on your doorstep.
Bled is also the perfect starting point for treks, hikes and bike rides up into the Julian Alps. The lake serves up lovely views from every part of its shoreline and you can rent traditional, flat-bottomed boats to sail out on to the water. But the lake isn’t just a pretty face; thermal springs warm the water up to a toasty 26 degrees Celsius in the summer, making it ideal for swimming and diving.
Only Lake Bohinj, the biggest glacial lake in the Slovenia, is a match for Lake Bled’s beauty. Head half an hour south west of Bled to find it and decide for yourself which one is the fairest.
It is not just natural beauty that Bled has going for it – there are a couple of manmade treasures too. Overlooking the lake is the Baroque Bled Castle, and on an island in the centre of the lake is the picturesque 17th-century Church of the Assumption, which has a wishing bell you can ring for good luck.
Lake Bled and the Julian Alps are some of the most sought-after spots in Slovenia, so there are plenty of hotels in both. If you are planning a trip to Bled and Julian Alps on the cheap, go for one of the comfortable two-star hotels or guesthouses. Or, if you want to enjoy the stunning natural surroundings in complete luxury, book some upmarket accommodation around Lake Bled, which includes lakefront hotels with private beaches.