Top 15 Things To Do In Bled, Slovenia

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Of the “new” countries that came out of the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, it could be argued that Slovenia has most quickly and effortlessly carved out its own niche. It’s viewed by many as a desirable location for a holiday or even to begin a new life due to its charming architecture, cheerful way of life and, not least, its beauty. If you’re looking for the ideal sight-seeing trip, this is one that’s hard to beat. Many would argue that the jewel in Slovenia’s crown is the mountainous town of Bled. Right on the banks of the lake that share its name, Bled offers attractions in all directions; up into the mountains for skiing or hiking, or around that lake. Or, indeed, you could check out one of its historic buildings. Whatever you choose, you’ll be glad you did. Here are the 15 things to do in Bled, Slovenia.

1. Mala Osojnica

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A hilltop viewpoint just above the west shore of Lake Bled, Mala Osojnica is a great place for hiking while out and about in Bled, Slovenia. It’s a challenging and steep hike that offers incredible panoramic vistas of the lake from the top. Along with serene lake views, you also get to see the island, castle, and Karavanke mountain range surrounding the hills. When it’s time to go back, be careful as the pathways and the stairs can get slippery when wet.

Mala Osojnica

Address: Ljubljanska cesta 8, 4260 Bled, Slovenia

Website: Mala Osojnica

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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2. Ojstrica

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Ojstrica is another hill rising above the west shore of Lake Bled. Found in the eastern part of the Kamnik Alps, this mountain is famous for its distinct feature. Ojstrica, which means “pointy” in Sloven,“ has a pyramid-shaped top with an elevation of 2350 meters (7710 feet). To climb the top of Ojstrica, it will take you around 20 minutes to finish. Although the route to the hilltop is steep, the views from the top are simply breathtaking. Marvel at the stunning views of Stol Mountain, Dobrča, and Savska.


Address: 4260 Bled, Slovenia

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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3. Jezero Bled

Lake Bled
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A popular tourist destination in Bled, Slovenia, Lake Bled (also called Jezero Bled) is situated in the Upper Carniolan region’s Julian Alps. The lake is easily accessible from the airport, capital city, and even the train station. Lake Bled is a combination of tectonic and glacial origins, and it even comes with a small island. It is encompassed by forests and mountains, with an ancient Bled Castle and a museum sitting above the lake.

Jezero Bled

Address: 4260 Bled, Slovenia

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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4. Spica Bar And Restaurant

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Nestled in the center of Bled, Spica Bar and Restaurant is a charming restaurant serving various dishes. Formerly known as Chilli, Spica is a beautifully revamped restaurant that is now considered one of the nicest places to relax—thanks to the castles, lakes, and mountains that act as backdrops. While here, try some of the crowd favorites such as Pletna boatman’s snack, risotto with grilled radicchio and pancetta, lamb chops, taquitos fried chicken strips, and burritos, to name a few.

Spica Bar And Restaurant

Address: Cesta svobode 9, 4260 Bled, Slovenia

Website: Spica Bar And Restaurant

Opening hours: 9am - 12am (daily)

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5. Straza

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Straza, which means “the guard” in English, is also called the toboggan hill. This place is the go-to place for locals and tourists who enjoy watching sunsets. The sun sets behind the mountains that encompass the lake. There are several areas that offer stunning views of Lake Bled, and Straza is one of the easiest to access. Visitors can enjoy other features here such as the open chair lift, roller coaster, ropes park, and short hiking trails. After watching the sunset, you can grab a nice cup of coffee from the little cafe on site.


Address: Unnamed Road, 4260, Bled, Slovenia

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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6. Provost's House

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Head to Provost’s House in Bled, Slovenia, and enjoy a day of looking around in this house-turned-museum. This house on Bled Island was transformed into a gallery and a souvenir shop. If you’re just after the gallery, check out the first floor of the building where exhibits change often. If you’d like to shop for souvenirs and take them back home with you, there’s a souvenir shop located within the same building.

Provost's House

Address: 46°21'52.0"N 14°05'41.0"E, Slovenia

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7. Bled Castle

The Great Bled Castle
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Let’s get it out of the way right now - this medieval castle is very much at the centre of Bled’s thriving tourist industry. And no wonder; built in the 11th-century, it looks out over the lake from the edge of a dizzying precipice. Periodically it has been through renovations, but the castle itself looks much as it did a millennium ago. A magnificent castle in a stunning setting; you’re cheating yourself if you come to Bled and don’t block off half a day for a trip here.

Bled Castle

Address: Grajska cesta, 4260 Bled

Website: Bled Castle

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8. Lake Bled

Lake Bled, Slovenia (42950431981)
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Lake Bled is, along with the castle, one of those spots that simply define Bled. It’s not just the lake itself, although it looks beautiful from anywhere in the town (and wherever you stay, you’re liable to have some sort of lake view). What really makes it is the setting - it’s hedged all around with forests and mountains, and in the centre of the lake is an island with a church on it. More on that later - it’s kind of important to the town.

Lake Bled

Address: Bled, Slovenia

Website: Lake Bled

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9. Pokljuka Plateau

Frozen village at the Pokljuka plateau in Slovenia
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Slovenia is an attractive destination for fans of winter sports. Some will in fact recognize the name Pokljuka, which is frequently used as a venue for world-class biathlon meetings. If you’re not quite that active, then it’s still worth visiting for the austere beauty that really comes into its own each winter; you can always excuse yourself and settle down in one of the warm restaurants or hotel bars that are nearby and enjoy the view from there.

Pokljuka Plateau

Address: Pokljuka Plateau, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Website: Pokljuka Plateau

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10. Vintgar Gorge

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Bled’s number one selling point is its natural beauty, there’s no doubt. Even the constructed attractions like castles and churches are made more special by where they are set. Another example of this natural wonder is Vintgar Gorge, carved out of the Earth by the Radovna river. Taking a walk along the banks didn’t use to be possible, but over the years this special space has become more and more accessible to tourists - which is why you should definitely have it in your itinerary.

Vintgar Gorge

Address: Turistično društvo Gorje, Podhom 80, 4247 Zgornje Gorje

Website: Vintgar Gorge

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11. Triglav National Park

Bled’s setting in the mountains makes it a perfect place for those who enjoy hiking. If that includes you, then you might be interested in Slovenia’s only natural park, Triglav, which offers beautiful natural views in all directions and is free to enter. It is named after the country’s highest peak and is filled with nature trails, stores selling sustainable local produce and even accommodation. Set yourself down here and you may find yourself begging to stay at the end of your holiday!

Triglav National Park

Address: Slovenia

Website: Triglav National Park

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12. The Church of St Martin

Church of St Martin, Bled, Slovenia
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It’s not Bled’s most famous church (we are getting there, though), but it is the parish church and it is also more than worth a visit. It’s a neo-Gothic design, built in 1905 on the site of two previous churches. The site has history ranging back to the beginning of the last millennium. The interior is brought to life with frescos and statues created by artists native to the area. Entry is free of charge, and it’s a stop you’ll be glad you made, offering a wonderful chance to see the works of Slovenian creative minds.

The Church of Saint Martin

Address: Riklijeva cesta 26, 4260 Bled

Website: Church of Saint Martin

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13. Bled Island Gallery

Flatterers might argue that Bled does not need paintings, nor sculptures, because the look of the place itself is a work of art. True enough, but that can also inspire artists with paint and tools. The gallery on Bled Island is certainly worth your visit (along with the nearby Gallery 14), not just for the pleasant trip out to the island itself. Once there, you can see a range of sculptures by local author Ladina Korbar; statues depicting people in local dress, which are recognised as a fine preservation of Bled’s local culture.

Bled Island Gallery

Address: Lake Bled, Slovenia

Website: Bled Island Gallery

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14. Church of the Assumption of Maria

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Slovenia, and Bled in particular, is among the most popular destination wedding locations in all of Europe. That may be down in large part to the fact that Lake Bled, in its fairytale setting, has a church right in the middle of it. Officially known as the Church of the Assumption of Maria, the church itself is built in a Baroque style and filled with exquisite artwork. To get to the church, one must climb 99 steps and, tradition dictates, a groom should carry his bride-to-be up those steps if he is to be permitted to marry her. This, however, is not a rule. You can just walk up the steps, and then you’ll both have your breath to take in the wonder around you.

Church of the Assumption of Maria

Address: 4260 Bled, Slovenia

Website: Church on the Island

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15. Straža Ski Slope

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As previously noted, Bled is an enduring destination for lovers of winter sports. Straža is perhaps the epicenter of this, although if you visit in summer it is less likely to be for skiing - due to the town’s Mediterranean climate - and more likely to be a hiking destination. Either way, it is a challenging descent for beginners and does allow summer tobogganing. The views over the main town are, of course, stunning; the 9 EUR (10 USD) fee includes one toboggan ride for an adult and a chair lift to the top.


Address: 4260 Bled, Slovenia

Website: Straža

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See Bled in all its natural, historic glory

From opulent churches and castles built by hand to the most magnificent scenery nature could bestow, Bled is a destination that will keep your camera clicking and your heart thumping. Whatever time of year you visit there’s always going to be something to see, to do and - thanks to the wide range of cafes and bars in the town - plenty of local specialities to eat, too. Right now it may not have the profile of other European destinations, but that is certainly changing; there’s plenty of reason to make it your next holiday stop.

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Antonia Kelly is a freelance writer based in Leicester, UK and she enjoys European travel as well as road trips closer to home. Her favourite domestic destinations include Snowdonia and the Brecon...Read more

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