Tag Archive: Lake Bled



We’ve long wanted to visit Slovenia so we drove from Vienna to Ljubljana with a Graz pit stop. Clean and green, plus it’s such a small country offering so much. Lake Bled comes to mind, but Piran stole our hearts. On a Food Trip, we included Trieste, Italy in our itinerary. Yes, that small strip of land off the Adriatic and the Italian border to Slovenia. As home to Illy Coffee, plus the prospect of seafood harvested off the Adriatic and cooked the Italian way, we couldn’t go wrong. Next, the van took us on a road trip visiting the small towns of the Istrian Peninsula. All of these destinations couldn’t have been better. By the time we left Istria and reached Zagreb, we were almost unfamiliar with big city vibes. And Plitvice? That was the highlight of my trip.

Just click on the following titles to the blog links .

From Vienna to Graz, Austria

Clean and Green Ljubljana

A Rainy Day in Lake Bled

Going Italian in Trieste

Driving Back to Slovenia’s Piran

Groznjan’s Art and Culture

More Truffles in Motovun

How Do You Say Rovinj?

Rijeka Off the Adriatic

Opatija’s Classy Vibe

Summery Day in Pula

Finally, Zagreb!

A Near-Miss in Plitvice

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Trip Length: 12 Days

Hotels:

Hotel Galeria

Hotel Coppe

Hotel Jadran

Hotel Dubrovnik


In less than an hour, we drove from Ljubljana to Lake Bled. The weather forecast wasn’t at all encouraging, but we reached Bled Castle with light showers not enough to dampen our spirits nor our enthusiasm. We hit the stairs towards the Castle, took our shots, browsed through the Museum and savoured our hot bev with that famous Slovenian cream cake from Lake Bled. Quite honestly, I thought it must be some overhyped national dessert but I actually enjoyed this local semi-sweet and creamy treat. Was it the best cream cake we had? Am not sure but it certainly passed the test: creamy enough that it sways when shaken, crispy enough that it crunches and pops once you stick your fork into the cake.

That Famous Slovenian Cream Cake from Lake Bled

The Church of the Assumption as viewed from the Bled Castle

Perched on top of a cliff is a castle that has sat there for over a thousand years. There are many photo spots around the Medieval Castle. We took as many each step of the way as we climbed up this oldest Slovenian Castle. Though it’s 130 meters above the lake, our van drove up to a point, leaving us to struggle up a steep path just for a few more meters from the castle’s drawbridge to the top of the precipice. Of course, the shots got better the higher you go. By the time we reached the highest level, I was ready to delete my earlier lakeview shots. While it grew cloudier and actually started to rain, the calm and turquoise waters of the lake remained. Frankly speaking, I dare say the view of Bled Island is better from the cliff than from the Lake. Very picturesque with the lake looking quite glacial. When it poured, we took our time in the Museum before deciding to leave. There is a chapel too within the Castle, 2 courtyards, a wine cellar and a very interesting cafe. My straw hat was soaking wet by the time we reached our van waiting at the parking area.

At a certain point, I’ve stopped snapping photos. The tranquil waters (despite a thunderstorm) makes one relish the scenery – the lake, the island, the Church, the Castle, the lovely Slovenian Alps providing a majestic setting and background. All these make it a worthwhile trip despite the inclement weather and the horrendous traffic. The photos here don’t do justice to its beauty nor this post add value to many blogs earlier written on Bled. But some things need to be said. And some cream cakes tried 🀣 and shared.

πŸ“Έ Gizelle J.