by Erin Elaine
Slovenia is a tiny country wedged between Croatia, Italy, and Austria. Lake Bled is an incredibly beautiful and peaceful (no motors allowed!) lake at the foothills of the Julian Alps. Spending time at relaxing lakeside locations always makes me nostalgic for my childhood, but Lake Bled also has a castle, so there’s that. 😉 This place would be absolutely breathtaking in the summer, though of course more crowded. There are also tons of hikes to do in the nearby foothills and valleys when the weather is warmer.
The lake isn’t too big, you can easily walk around it in 2-3 hours. There is a paved lakeside path that’s perfect for running, biking, even wheelchairs.
The castle overlooking the lake is 1,000 years old and very well preserved.
There is a tiny island in the center with a church on it, which is otherwise uninhabited. Traditionally, couples in the area ride a boat there for their wedding, and the groom must carry the bride up all 99 steps.
The lakeside promenade is very peaceful, and a great place to admire the view or read a book for however long you like.
Bled Town is tiny and so adorable!
They are known for their amazing desserts. The classic one is the cream cake on the right, called kremšnita.
No motorized boats are allowed on the lake, so it’s incredibly peaceful and quiet. The traditional boats are called pletna, as you can see below. I think this is my favorite shot!
There are quite a few swans on the lake. I watched one swan trying to fly, and the poor thing couldn’t fully lift off the surface of the lake, so his wings were slapping the water as he flew, it sounded like someone slapping a water balloon over and over except it echoed all around the lake as he flew for like 30 seconds. It cracked me up, I’d never realized some swans aren’t graceful!
I came to Lake Bled for beautiful views, and I found them. I was really glad I managed to go there, I’d been dreaming of it for a decade.
The rest of my pictures are below.