Holidays to Bled are journeys into a storybook landscape, complete with an impressive castle, crystal-blue lake and forest walks along the shore.

Peaks and pines

The picturesque town of Bled's less than a two-hour train ride from Slovenia's capital, Ljubljana. Set against a backdrop of mountains and surrounded by forests and quiet farmland, it's an idyllic spot of striking natural beauty. The mighty Lake Bled itself is only a five-minute walk away.

Lady of the lake

Hop on a traditional Pletna oar boat to Slovenia's only island and check out the Church of Maria of the Lake. Until the 8th century it was the site of a Pagan temple, but nowadays it's a popular spot for weddings and sightseers.

Walk and paddle

Head off on a two-hour circular walk of the lake for the most camera-friendly views of the castle. Throughout the summer months, you can rent paddle-boards to glide across the dreamy, mirror-like surface – or just lie back and catch some rays as the clouds float by.

Out and about

Here are some ideas of things to do when staying in Bled:

• Lakeside path
• Lake bathing
• Boat trips
• Rowing boats
• Bike hire
• Castle
• Horse-drawn carriage rides
• Fishing
• Tennis courts

At a Glance

  • Head to Medieval Bled Castle for panoramic lake views
  • Glide your way across the lake in a traditional Pletna oar boat
  • Stretch your legs with a stroll through the pines

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