Picturesque Lake Bled is located in northwestern part of Slovenia in the Julian Alps.
Bled was once part of Yugoslavia and became independent in 1991. Before our trip, I had seen scenic pictures of Lake Bled and was anxious to experience the magical place but when we arrived it was overcast with drizzle. Even with the not so ideal weather the place was still beautiful.
After checking into our hotel, we went out and walked the scenic 3.5 mile path around the crystal clear emerald green lake, surrounded by mountains, with a beautiful church on an island in the middle. There are plenty of photo opportunities to capture the beauty of Lake Bled.
Could you imagine having a private home along the lake waking up to these views?
There are plenty of places to rent boats to get to the island and church in the middle of the lake. If you don’t want to row yourself, you can hire someone.
The Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church located in the middle of the lake on the island was built in the 15th century. The tradition says for wedding held at the church, since its existence, it would bring good luck for the groom to carry his bride up the 99 steps. This tradition still continues today.
By the time we walked completely around the lake, the castle was lite up creating a magnificent vision.
The next day it was still overcast as we made our way up the hill to the castle. There is a very steep cobblestone path to climb to get into the castle, but it was worth it for the fantastic views.
It was too early to eat, but there is a café on site to sit and enjoy the views.
We spent some time in the museum at the castle.
The castle had its own small chapel.
The original bathroom in the castle.
We visited the black smith shop and souvenir shop before going back down to the town.
You cannot visit Lake Bled without trying there famous cream cake. We ordered one but after the first bite, we had to order the second, as it was just too good to share.