Lake Bled is the only alpine lake with a natural island in Slovenia and one of the most photogenic places in the area of the Julian Alps, especially during autumn.
It is also a home to different kinds of aquatic animals, offering a great place for relaxation and recreation for the locals and visitors alike.
'Oh, it is even more beautiful than in photos!'
Lake Bled that lies in a small alpine town – Bled – in the Northwest Slovenia was in the 19th century a favourite holiday resort of many promising artists, curious travel writers and wellness enthusiasts coming from the neighbouring provinces.
And one of them once wrote:
It is impossible to describe the smell of a flower; likewise, it is impossible to describe the beauty of Bled.
While gathering information about Slovenia, you have probably come across many photos showing green and blue lake with the island, and the castle sitting on a cliff above it.
When you see this scenery in reality for the first time, it truly is breathtaking. Some even say: ‘Oh, it is even more beautiful than in photos!’
However, the experience of visiting the lake varies according to different seasons. ― In Slovenia, we have all four of them.
Taking a walk around Lake Bled in autumn
In comparison to summer, it becomes more peaceful again in Bled as autumn nears and leaves start to change colours.
Lake Bled in autumn is for the romantics. — Even if you do not consider yourself a romantic, I am quite positive that autumn colours will awaken a romantic part of your soul.
Below you will find a collection of photos I took while walking around Lake Bled in autumn months. If you are planing to take a walk there too, here are some things you should know:
- It is possible to walk around the entire lake;
- You will be walking on macadam, wooden or asphalt roads;
- The route around the lake is around 6 kms (3 miles) long and it takes around one hour and 15 minutes to get around;
- It is possible to come around the lake on a wheelchair or with a stroller;
- You may also cycle around the lake, however, mind the pedestrians;
- You can climb one of the hills above the lake, go to Bled Castle or visit St. Martin’s Church in the meanwhile.
Lake Bled is a place that you can visit at any time of the year, yet, the colour of the scenery transforms over different seasons. Besides, it is very lively, sometimes even bustling from June to mid-September by the lake while autumn and winter times are more tranquil.
- PRACTICAL INFORMATION -
LOCATION: Lake Bled (Blejsko jezero in Slovenian) is located in the northwest of Slovenia at 475 m (1500 ft) above sea level. It is named after the small alpine town it lies in — Bled. Bled sits on the edge of Triglav National Park.
GET IN: You can get to Lake Bled by bus, train or car. See useful information for bus and train connections.
BUS: Lake Bled is situated in the heart of Bled. If you come to Bled by bus and get off at the main bus station (near Bled Rose Hotel) you will need to walk only a few minutes to reach the lake.
TRAIN: The train station is located above the lake, around 3 kms (1.8 mi) from the centre of Bled. The trains running from Nova Gorica (near Slovenia-Italy border), Most na Soči (Soča River) and Bohinj (Lake Bohinj) stop at Bled train station that is named ‘Bled-jezero’.
However, if you are coming from Ljubljana or Kranj to Bled, you need to get off at the train station in Lesce, a small town near Bled. From there, you may take a bus or a taxi to get to Bled. It takes around 10 minutes to get from Lesce to Bled by bus/car.
CAR: If you come to Bled by car, you can leave it at many parking areas across the town of Bled. You need to purchase a parking ticket from the nearest parking machine.
GET AROUND: You can either walk around the entire lake (6 km / 3 mi – takes 1 hr and 15 mins), run, cycle or take a ride with a horse-drawn carriage (called fijakarji) when the weather is warm enough.