Apart from being a charming natural attraction, Lake Bled is also a great place for recreation and outdoor relaxation.
Walking, running, swimming, rowing and standup paddleboarding – those are the most common activities for the locals to do at Lake Bled that is worth visiting at any time of the year.
Ways to spend your time at Lake Bled
SIGHTSEEING: Lake Bled is among the most visited natural attractions in Slovenia (especially in spring and summer months).
There are various things to do by or on the lake, including enjoying the view, taking photos, going by boat to Bled Island that lies on the western side of the lake or taking a relaxing walk.
WALKING: It is possible to walk around the entire Lake Bled.
The route is about six kilometres long (three miles) and if you walk at an average pace, it will take approximately one hour and 15 minutes to get around the lake. You can read more on walking by Lake Bled here.
RUNNING: In spring, summer and autumn (or when the weather is warm enough which can nowadays also happen in winter), you will see many people running around the lake.
During the height of tourist season (June–September), it is especially nice to run in the morning when it is less crowded by the lake.
If you go running around the lake, you will mostly run on asphalt and macadam paths.
CYCLING: There are many places (tourist info points, agencies, restaurants…) in Bled where you can rent a bike.
In addition, there is also a public bike system called Bled Green Ways. You can find city, mountain or electric bikes at four different locations in the Bled area, including Camping Zaka (see on map) by the western side of Lake Bled. You can use those bikes in all seasons, except in winter.
However, prior to using a Bled Green Ways bike you need to register at the Information Centre Triglavska Roža. You can learn more on how to use Bled Green Ways bikes here (Useful information – Get around).
If you intend to cycle around the lake during high season (June–September), I would recommend you to do it in the morning as there will be fewer people walking around the lake. When on a bike, please be careful and respect pedestrians and joggers.
SWIMMING: During summer months (June to August), the water temperature of Lake Bled is warm enough to swim (up to 26°C / 79 °F). However, in order to preserve the lake ecosystem, it is only allowed to swim in designated swim areas.
There are some well-maintained beaches with different facilities where you can get into the lake safely, including Public Lido that is located below Bled Castle (you will be asked to pay a daily fee to enter it). Public Lido is also the sunniest place by the lake.
Please keep in mind that the lake is home to various aquatic animals, including swans and geese. Please do not scare them, try to play with them or feed them. Admire their beauty, but please do not disturb them.
At some beaches, including Velika Zaka and Public Lido, you can rent a beach chair and/or umbrella. Public Lido has also access to the lake that is suitable for elderly people.
Public Lido Bled (Grajsko kopališče Bled in Slovenian) which is situated below Bled Castle is accessible for disabled swimmers. There are also disabled toilets.
DIVING: If you are a diver or if you want to take a course on diving, Lake Bled with the average depth of 18 m (60 ft) and the maximum depth being 30 m (98 ft) is the right place.
You can discover the lake`s underwater world in organised diving tours. Did you know that there are more than 15 different fish species currently residing in the lake?
WELLNESS: Lake Bled is also known for thermal springs. You can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of thermal water in the swimming pool of Grand Hotel Toplice (water temperature is 22 °C / 72 °F), as well as in the swimming pools of Rikli Balance Hotel and Hotel Park (water in the swimming pools of the latter two is being heated up).
BOATING: You can go to Bled Island by a wooden boat that you can rent for one or more hours at various agencies near the lake.
You can rent a smaller boat or a bigger one, depending on how many people you are. The agencies’ prices for renting a boat are similar (around 20 EUR/boat/first hour – the second hour is usually cheaper).
PLETNA BOATS: If you do not feel like rowing yourself and would like to go to the island nevertheless, then you can just buy a ticket for pletna boat (14 EUR both ways) and hop on the closest one.
Pletna boats or pletnas are traditional boats for Lake Bled made of wood that can carry up to 18-20 people at once. You can purchase the ticket directly from the men who navigate pletna boats.
FISHING: If you come to Bled between April and December (fishing season), you will most probably see fishermen by the lake. If you are one of them, please keep in mind that before going fishing in Lake Bled you need to purchase a fishing permit.
You can purchase it online (through the website of Ribiška družina Bled — Fishing Club Bled) or at various places in Bled, including Bled Tourist Info where you can also find out which fish species are allowed to be fished.
GEOCACHING: You can find a number of geocaches around the lake. There is also one hidden on Bled Island!
Do you know how many steps leading to the church on the upper part of the island are there? You might want to figure it out if you want to find a geocache hidden somewhere near the lake!
CAMPING: Camping Bled is a campsite in Velika Zaka, located by the western side of Lake Bled. It is (mostly) a flat, grassy area surrounded by rocky hills and forests.
From Camping Bled you can see Bled Castle and the Karawanks mountain range. It is open from April until October. Camping Bled also provides glamping.