Lake Bled
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Lake Bled

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When Is the Best Time

When Is the Best Time

Lake Bled in Slovenia is a popular travel destination with more than 1.2 million overnight guests annually. Communication is easy because the Slovenes speak English and often German as well. The weather is influenced by the mountain ranges and especially the Julianne Alps.

The best time to visit Bled regarding the weather and crowds is April, May, September, and October. Temperatures are pleasant and a bath in the lake is also possible from May onwards. The summer is the busiest, hottest, and wettest time of the year with half of the annual visitors. Day temps are often above 30°C/86°F. The winter months are the quietest and driest.

Season Guide - Avoiding Crowds
Spring (March-May)

Lake Bled in spring

March can be pleasant and nice but also cold. The average day temp is 13°C/55°F but can drop significantly as well, especially in the night to 3°C/37°F. April is much warmer day temps are on average around 18°C/64°F but nights are still cold around 7°C/45°F. Increasing rainfall in May and warmer day temps around 23°C/73°F during the day. The water temperature of Lake Bled is refreshing cold. Expect one-digit night temps if you plan to camp in spring.

Summer (June-mid-September)

Lake Bled late June

June is a lovely month for Lake Bled. Temperatures are on average already around 25°C/ 77°F but can climb up to 30°C/ 86°F as well. Swimming in the lake is fantastic with water temps around 22°C/72°F. It is super busy around the Statehood Day late June. Most residents are taking some days off to enjoy a long weekend. July and August are the hottest and wettest months. It is more likely to experience thunderstorms in the afternoon. Temps above 30°C/ 86°F are common in summer. Nevertheless, nights are cool around 16°C/61°F perfect for restful sleep. If you want to dodge the crowds, don't go in these summer months and try to avoid weekends in general. The crowds thin out in September. There is a lower risk for thunderstorms and day temps are pleasant not any longer too hot.

Time of Day in Summer: You can avoid the crowds by starting your activities early in the day. For example, visit the iconic Bled Castle first thing in the morning: It opens at 8 am. It starts to get really crowded at around 11 am. Enjoy your day at the lake and walk through Vintgar Gorge in the evening after 6 pm. The next morning you could rent a boat and row to Bled Island. Again, if you do this early, you'll dodge the crowds and enjoy a peaceful lake and island. Special tip: When it gets insanely crowded later in the day, wander around Lake Bled, go swimming, and you'll find at least some spots of solitude. Another option is to hike a strenuous or longer trail. Most visitors do the short walks only.

Autumn (mid-September-November)

Lake Bled in autmn with fall foliage

Decreasing rainfall in autumn but lower temperatures. In October the day temps are on average around 18°C/64°F in November around 12°C/54°F. Crowds are not any longer an issue. Expect one-digit temps during the night in October and November. November is often cold, rainy, and overcast.

Winter (December-February)

Lake Bled with snow covered mountains in the back

The winter is the driest time of the year. However, usually, it starts snowing in December and even more in January. The mountain peaks are covered with snow. You frequently experience a sunny blue sky but freezing temperatures ranging from minus degrees up to 7°C/45°F on average in the winter. The glacial Lake Bled freezes over every few years, which is perfect for ice skating. The Vintgar Gorge is closed for safety reasons. Except Christmas and New Years celebrations Bled is quiet and accommodations offer discounts for your stay. However, winter is a great time to enjoy this place since it's super quiet. Compared to the summer months Lake Bled has 80% fewer visitors.

 

Where to Stay (bookmark the links)
  • Adora Luxury Hotel
    Adora Luxury Hotel next to Lake Bled

    It is a beautiful historical villa directly at Lake Bled. It offers fantastic views of the lake and the mountains in the back. It is a family-run hotel, and the staff walks the extra mile for you. The rooms are super clean, and the food is excellent. However, there are some of the best restaurants in walking distance. One of our preferred accommodation!

  • Hotel Park
    Hotel Park at Lake Bled

    The hotel has truly a beautiful location in front of the lake. Rooms are newly renovated in 2020. There is a fantastic wellness area on top of the hotel with an awesome view to Lake Bled. The restaurant offers a high food quality and the staff is very helpful. You can rent a bike at the reception which is perfect during the summer months.

  • Old Parish House
    Old Parish House less expensive

    Budget Tip! Not really cheap, but significantly less expensive. Unique location in a historic building next to a church, but still quiet except for the bell tower. You can walk in 7 minutes to Bled Castle. Helpful staff, remodelled rooms, modern bathrooms and very clean. Excellent food!

  • Penzion Kaps
    Penzion Kaps close to Lake Bled



    This guest house is high rated due to their hospitality, the spotlessly clean rooms, the delicious breakfast. What I like most is the quiet location. Lake Bled, restaurants, and shops are all in walking distance. Parking is in front of the house. Even a laundry service is available for 5€ only.
     
  • Camping Bled
    Camping Bohinj

    There are two huge campgrounds at lake Bled. One is located north of the lake and the other south with beach access. Both are well-rated but we spent a couple of days close to Lake Bohinj at Camp Danica. We visited Bohinj and Bled at the end of June. It was super busy at all campgrounds next to one of the lakes. Therefore, we chose one in six kilometres distance of Lake Bohinj. We loved our stay at this newly renovated campground with a bakery shop on site.
     

Top Day Tours for Bled
 

Where and Tips

Bled
Slovenia

Bled is just a 45 minutes drive from the capital city Ljubljana. The only international airport is located 27 km north of Ljublijana just half an hour south of Lake Bled. The lake is famous for its picturesque "Church of the Assumption of Mary" on the tiny island. To get to the island, you can either rent a boat and row or book a trip on a traditional "Pletna" boat. These boats remembered me to Venice; they are gondola like rowboats made from wood. You can swim to the island as well, but you have to be a good swimmer. Don't underestimate the difficulty of swimming 290 m/951 feet without a break.

"Lake Bled is truly a magical place with so much to see and do. We arrived in Spring to our amazement to see a beautiful clear freshwater lake with an island in the centre. It is well preserved with no motorised boats on the lake, but you can row or swim to the island and explore. For those picturesque views of the lake, you can walk up to Blejski Castle, enjoy a meal and the view. Visit the museum of Bled, a Blacksmith and many other things to explore (which includes wine).

Bled Castle and rowing boat on Lake Bled

If you are still up for a hike after visiting the castle, I suggest walking to Blejski Vintgar Gorge (about 2-hour hike to get there and 2-4 hour hike through the gorge). This was a secondary highlight just board walking over the fast-flowing and still water parts of the gorge. It was a beautiful display of nature which showed very little interference from tourists. Not up to the slow pace of rowing and hiking? There is an extreme bobsled on the side of the mountain for the adrenaline junkie plus so much more on and off the ground. Whatever your way of travelling and expectations are, you won't be disappointed with Lake Bled.

Since it was Spring check out to see if the Bled Film Festival is running - we stumbled on this. You can walk the red carpet, drink and talk to the locals. You can watch an open-air night cinema with a lit-up castle/lake as the backdrop."

reviewed by Daniel Knowles

 

Lake Bled Facts

Lake Bled view from the highest outlook

  • Located on 475 meters elevation

  • Max length of the lake is 2.120 m/6.955 feet

  • Max width 1.380 m/4.528 feet

  • Depth 30,6/100,39 feet

  • Hike around the lake 5,8 km/3,6 miles

  • It freezes over every few years

  • Swimming from May to September with pleasant temps (for free)
     

Lake Bled Map

Lake Bled Map


Things To Do / Activities Around Bled
  • Walk to Bled Castle

    Bled Castle

    You have to walk up to Bled Castle at least once. Enjoy the stunning view and check out the museum as well (Prices Bled Castle). Depending on the location of your hotel or B&B, it’s a 10 minute to 60 minutes walk.
     
  • Visit Vintgar Gorge

    Vintgar Gorge

    It’s an easy hike from Bled to this gorgeous place (google maps). We suggest this beautiful round trip: Bled > Zasip > Vintgar Gorge > Bled. This gorge is a must-see; it extends up over a waterfall and has a built-in bridge. However, there is plenty of parking next to the entrance of the gorge. It is a ten minutes drive of Bled only. During weekends, the gorge is pretty busy, especially from June to September. The walk through the gorge and back through the forest takes maximum 2 hours depending on your pace. There are two trails to get back to the parking, a shorter and less strenuous one in total 4.5 km long and a longer 5.5 km climbing upslope for an amazing view. Both trails are well marked. Due to COVID 19, you are not allowed to walk the same way back. Entrance fee 10 € and parking 5 €. Gorge opening hours; April, May, June, September 8 am - 6 pm, during summer in July and August from 7 am - 7 pm, and in autumn October, November 9 am - 4 pm. It is closed in the winter for safety reasons. During summer, early morning and evening are tranquil the rest of the day a little crowded. Due to COVID19 limited entrance from 10 am to 2 pm the busiest time.
     
  • Hiking

    Lake Bled view from the hiking trail Mala Osojnica
    View from the hiking trail Mala Osojnica

    There are many marked/signposted trails around Lake Bled. The trail around Lake Bled itself is 5,8 km/3,6 miles long and takes less than 2 hours. A short but outstanding hike to a fantastic viewpoint is the Mala Osojnica trail. The walk takes 20 minutes uphill. The hike to Pokljuka Gorge shouldn't be missed! A longer and slightly more strenuous hike is Mt. Stol. Another nearby base for hiking is the Pokljuka Plateau, with daily buses going there from Bled in the summer (Transportation Bled)

    Row a Boat

    Rowing boat with group of people

    Hire a rowboat to row around the lake. You can get to the island and wander about at your leisure. Between 12-18 EUR/hour. Or you could get a spot on a historic Pletna Boat.
     
  • Eat a Bled Cream Cake

    Bled Cake

    No kidding, try it at least once. It can be bought at most cafes and restaurants in Bled. This unique cake was first created in the Park Hotel Restaurant in 1953. Estimated 500.000 pieces are sold annually in total more than 30 million pieces of the Bled Cake since then.
     
  • Ice Skating on Lake Bled

    Iceskating

    Lake Bled freezes over every few years only. It is rare to experience, but if you are lucky, it is a unique way to get the island with the church on it. However, a few outdoor ice rinks are created for ice skating each winter.
     
  • Snowshoeing and Skiing in the Triglav National Park

    snowshoeing


    You can go skiing and snowshoeing in the Triglav National Park just 25 minutes south of Bled. There is a ski center on mount Vogel. A cable car leads up from Lake Bohinj to this area. Vogel Cable Car on Google Maps

Parking in Bled

There are plenty of parking zones in Bled. Parking fee is a little expensive 2€/hours from 8am-8pm.
 


Special Tour Tip

Venice to Budapest including Lake Bled (8 days). Hiking, biking, canoeing at Lake Bled, a train ride to Salzburg, Opera House in Vienna and much more off the beaten path. Highly recommended tour!

Comments

Veronika Cech

I have to highly recommed this lovely place! I have never seen so clear water like there is. It's also paradise for runners because of path around the lake and I cannot forget on Bled Cake - Kremsnita and other tasty local food. I agree, you won't be disappointed.

Memory Catcher

This place is just beautiful - whether you are there in the rain or the sunshine. We visited in April. The weather was mild and there were few tourists around. We stayed at the caravan park at the other side of the lake. It was being spruced up after a heavy winter and we were one of only 6 motorhomes camping there for the 4 nights we stayed. We walked around the lake in the drizzling rain on day one. We rode around the hinterland on our bikes in overcast weather on day two. Day three was gloriously cloud free. We walked up the to the castle and spend a long time admiring the view. Bled would rate as one of the best places we have been to (others included Plitvice Lakes in Croatia and Cradle Mountain in Tasmania Australia). Bled is simply gorgeous. I would recommend a visit outside the peak time. We were told that in peak season the place is buzzing with visitors. We always travel and visit high profile attractions outside the high season and have seldom been disappointed. Bled in the rain was a delightful experience not to be missed.

travelguy

Gorgeous place! Definitely worth it to hike to the nearby gorges as well.

Anna

Bled is an awesome place to visit. We went there in August. Even if it was a bit crowded, we really enjoyed our stay! In about 1h you can walk around the sea. We also loved to hike up to the viewpoints called Ojstrica and Mala Osojnica. The views of the lake up there is stunning. In August there was a free festival where a great band from france was playing music. We could enjoy it by sitting on the gras and having some beer. It was a really nice location directly in front of lake Bled.

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