There is a Slovene saying that goes:
After 8 February, the sun moves from the mountains to the plains, and in November from the plains to the mountains.
That means that end of winter brings more sunny days to the villages and towns beneath the mountains. Whereas in late autumn the sun will be more generous up in the mountains – that might be already covered in snow.
Slovenia experiences all four seasons that bring changes in the weather. As always, there are some pros and cons of travelling in each season. For example, summer months are great for outdoor activities as the days are long and sunny while the accommodation costs are the highest.
In summer, it is also more lively by the lake while it becomes more peaceful again when autumn colours dominate the landscape. I always say that Lake Bled in autumn is for the romantics. However, romantic souls will find something for themselves in each season!
See Lake Bled in different seasons:
Slovenia is known for being a green destination due to abundant nature it has. If you come to Lake Bled in spring, you will have the opportunity to experience the richness of nature in full swing.
Lake Bled is surrounded by a number of parks where you can enjoy the smell of different plants while sitting on wooden benches under old trees. – Some of them are more than hundred years old! In springtime, nature awakes and Bled starts to bloom in vivid colours.
In summer, daily temperatures are normally well above 28 °C and you will see people taking a bath in the lake or just relaxing under the shade of bushy trees flanking the lake.
People take advantage of the warm weather and do outdoor acitivites such as walking, swimming, cycling, rowing, paddle boarding and hiking on the hills above the lake to enjoy the view.
However, those who prefer a bit sedentary lifestyle or are not able to be active can sit on the terraces of the restaurants that are located by the lake, taste local cusine, sip wine or refresh themselves with ice-cream.
It becomes more peaceful again in Bled as autumn nears. Many enjoy long walks by the lake while taking photos of autumn leaves changing colour.
It is a time to put on warm sweaters, drink tea, watch children go back to school, eat roasted chestnuts and be a little bit nostalgic about summer while anticipating festive December.
While our grandparents were still able to predict winter weather, meaning they could anticipate that the lake would freeze and the snow would stay on the ground for weeks, that is not possible anymore. However, there is no doubt that if you plan to visit Lake Bled in December, January or February, make sure to pack warm clothes: a coat, waterproof boots and a woollen cap.
Thinking about walking by the lake in winter, those are the first things that come to my mind: snowy-capped mountains, morning frost, the smell of mulled wine and the snow crunching under my boots. Christmas lights, ice-skating, footprints in the snow, skiing and getting rosy cheecks while being outside.
“The harvest will be plentiful if it is sunny on the first day of the year.”
In Slovene culture – like in many other cultures, weather plays a central role in many aspects of life. There are numerous Slovene proverbs about weather that were epecially taken into account by farmers who planned their work according to weather predictions.
Even today you can hear locals discuss weather. “Oh, it is going to be hot today. I should water the garden!” you might hear when taking a morning walk in summer.
Slovenia sees all four seasons and that is (for me) one of the best things about living here. However, summer as well as other seasons can sometimes bring unexpected changes in weather due to climate change. For example, it might be snowing for a day in spring. Or it could be really warm for a couple of days in winter.
Lake Bled lies in the mountanious part of Slovenia, so called Alpine Slovenia, but becuse of a relative closeness to the Adriatic Sea, winters are milder in comparison to other places in the area.
Many people who live here are outdoor enthusiats (enjoy hiking, biking, swimming etc.) and would go outside to get some fresh air even when it rains cats and dogs. So if you are here when the weather is a bit “sour“, do not hesitate to go and and explore! Be like many locals and enjoy the nature in any season.
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