Probably no trip to Bled is complete without watching the sunrise from one of the hills surrounding Lake Bled. One of those hills is Ojstrica.
That, however, involves getting up early in the morning. Whatsoever, all the efforts would be paid off when seeing the lake with the island from above, being illuminated by golden morning light!
Stunning view after a short hike
Ojstrica [pronounced oystreetza] is one of the most frequently climbed hills near Lake Bled. That is not surprising as it offers a rewarding view of Lake Bled and Bled Island after a short, but intensive hike that will most probably make your heart beat faster.
People hike to the top of Ojstrica to enjoy the view and take pictures of Lake Bled from a bird’s-eye view.
A short hike to Ojstrica could be a good addition to six-kilometre (three miles) walk around the lake.
USEFUL TIP: The trail that runs towards Ojstrica continues further towards Mala Osojnica and Velika Osojnica, two other hills rising above the western side of Lake Bled. Mala Osojnica is another popular viewpoint which lies slightly higher than Ojstrica.
Good to know
LOCATION: Ojstrica rises above the western side of Lake Bled. The starting point of the hike is in Velika Zaka, a settlement where you will also find Camping Bled.
GET THERE: If you start walking towards Velika Zaka from the centre of Bled, you will need approximately half an hour to get to Velika Zaka.
- Arriving by bike or car: Near Camping Bled there is a parking area where you can leave your bike or car (you need to purchase a parking ticket if coming by car).
- Bike sharing: Next to the entrance to Camping Bled, there is a self-service terminal where you can rent Bled Green Ways bikes (or return a bike).
HIKING TRAIL: Starting your hike in Velika Zaka, you will need around 20 minutes to reach the top. There you will see a bench. The difference in altitude is 130 metres (420 feet).
The hiking trail is short but intensive and becomes steeper and narrower when you are almost on the top. That is why I would recommend you to wear shoes with good grip. When it is raining, the hiking trail becomes moody and thus slippery.
Hiking trail in pictures
Are you planning to hike Ojstrica and need more information? Let me know in the comments below!