Lake Bled in the north of Slovenia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. It is not surprising as it’s offering the beautiful church on an island in the middle of the lake. It is worth taking a walk or a bike ride around Lake Bled, but here are 5 more activities that I enjoyed during my stay at Lake Bled.
Paddling at Lake Bled
One of my Lake Bled highlights was paddling at Lake Bled. I am not the best paddler, and if I had paddled, the water rescue would have had to get us, but we had our fun with it. Boats can be rented at the boat rental at the Lake Bled camping site at the western tip of the lake. We paid 15 or 20 Euros for a boat with 4 people for half an hour I think after some negotiating, but we were travelling in the Corona time, where the prices were probably often a bit cheaper than usual. Half an hour is easily enough (if I do not paddle) to get to the island and back and also to pay the church on the island a visit.
The islands and church on the lake
If you paddle on the lake, you can also visit the island and the famous church. If you don’t want to paddle yourself, you can also take one of the boats from the east shore to the tourist information. These are definitely more expensive and less fun than renting a boat yourself.
If you want to enjoy the lake from a different perspective, you can walk to a viewpoint called Ojstrica in 20 to 30 minutes. However, take good shoes with you, as you have to walk up the forest. But the view is rewarding. If you want, you can walk further from Ojstrica to Mala Osojnica, from where you get a slightly different perspective of the lake. The hike starts near the campsite on the west shore of the lake. You can park directly at the camping, which has been 3 Euro per hour in 2020. If you turn right from the campsite (towards the road from which you came by car), after 200 meters you will find a small hiking sign on the right and a small path that leads to the viewpoint. You walk through the forest all the time, most of the time moderately uphill, but at the end you will be rewarded with the best view.
The Vintgar Gorge
Not far from Lake Bled you will find one of the many spectacular gorges in Slovenia. The turquoise water makes its way through the rocks. The entrance fee of 10 Euro per adult is quite expensive though. As an alternative, you can visit the gorges in the Soca Valley, which are cheaper and the water is even more colorful.
The castle on Lake Bled
Those who want to see the lake from a different side can explore the historic castle on the hill. It is recommendable to visit it during the opening hours, as you will not get a good view of the surroundings around the castle. It is the oldest castle in Slovenia, several centuries ago it was built on the prominent rock. You can also visit the castle itself and learn about the history of Lake Bled.