The lakeside town of Bled is one of the most beautiful places in Slovenia. It’s a heavily visited tourist attraction and it’s not hard to see why.
When you’re there your options are endless, you can take in the stunning sights of Bled Castle and the surrounding Karawanks mountains. I found walking around Lake Bled very relaxing. It was great exercise because it only took me around an hour and a half. Of course, it was compulsory to reward myself with an ice cream afterwards!
As well as walking, you can get involved in a range of activities on offer. Take your pick from underwater diving, hiking and even a gym… yes, a gym! I saw a mini outdoor gym for budding gym bunnies!
There’s a designated swimming area but if you’re feeling adventurous you can swim in any part of the lake (warning signs advise you to swim in these areas at your own risk because they aren’t official swimming zones).
If you fancy a trip to the island, why not travel in style in a traditional wooden boat (a pletna) as you make your way to the island. There’s a beautiful handmade wooden swan shaped boat if you really want to push the boat out (sorry) or you can row yourself if you feel like giving your arms a good workout.
The Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church is very pretty. It’s a Slovene tradition that after a couple are wed there, the husband has to carry his new bride up the 99 steps, during which the bride has to remain silent. If you’re not a fan of awkward silence you may struggle with that. Don’t even think about asking “Are we there yet?”
Picturesque Bled Castle is the oldest castle in Slovenia, making it a tourist must-see. Built on 22 May 1011, it overlooks Lake Bled. You can even see the splendid Julian Alps from the castle. The views are breathtaking.
I can’t say no to cake at the best of times and seeing as lots of cafés offer the kremšnita, the traditional cream cake of Bled, I just had to have a slice. The recipe was originally created by Ištvan Lukačevič, in 1953 and it’s very popular with tourists from all over the world as well as locals.
You can buy them in other parts of Slovenia, including the capital city, Ljubljana but the best ones are definitely from Bled. The Park Café has actually sold 12 million cakes in 60 years… that’s a L-O-T of cake! Made with butter dough and utterly delicious vanilla cream and topped with a crispy layer of butter dough, they’re like a tiny piece of Heaven. I’m actually wishing I had a slice right now…