Visiting Lake Bled in Slovenia

By Kevin Collins | Other Adventures, Romantic Escapes | Posted 06 Jun 2013

 Only 45 minutes from the Slovene’s capital Ljubljana, Lake Bled is easily accessed.

What is imperative is that you book a room with a view over the Lake. The Grand Hotel Toplice is our favourite. Set right on the lake shore overlooking the church of the Assumption of Mary, the hotel has an old world Eastern European charm. Our balcony was huge and afforded many moments of quiet reflection taking in the majesty of the view.

We took a walk right around the Lake. This can take a few hours but is worth the time. If you are particularly enthusiastic you can even walk up to the medieval castle with its commanding views. Lunch and drinks is a welcome reprise before taking a look around the castle museum.

A 3 or 4 night break is optimum and the region offers a number of fabulous day trips. We would recommend a private guide as this always allows you to really understand the history of a destination in particular.

Lake Bled in Slovenia

One day venture through the Triglav national park with its gorges, ravines and waterfalls and perhaps even take the cable car up to Mt Vogel which at over 5000ft offers commanding views over the whole of Julian Alps and beyond.

Another great day out is taking in Postjana caves and the Stud farm for the famous Lipi

The scale of the 20km cave is extraordinary.  A fantastic maze of tunnels and passages, stalagmites and stalactites make this one of world’s premier subterranean locations . About an hour further on, and near the Italian border, is Lipica a small town with a global reputation as the breeding place for the famous Lippizaner stallions used in dressage routines worldwide but most famously at the Spanish riding school in Vienna. Take in a show, walk around the stud farm and become acquainted with horses with bloodlines going back centuries!

Lake Bled with the Church on the island and Castle behind.

No trip to Slovenia would be complete without spending some time wondering around the very relaxed city of
Ljubljana. This small compact, relaxed and scenic city is a perfect half day experience and if your flight takes off in the afternoon then do this before going to the airport.

 





 

About Kevin Collins

Kevin grew up in the wilds of Africa and with family scattered all over the world was introduced to long haul travel from an early age. This turned into a lifelong passion which he has been fortunate to turn into a successful career.

Having spent 20 years in marketing roles in a variety of business environments Kevin set up Weekend a la Carte to provide the kind of experiential breaks that are increasingly being sought after by clients eager to find enriching ways of spending valuable leisure time.

Kevin has increasingly become fascinated with the Northern Lights, and has built up a wealth of knowledge over the years as to how to increase your chances of seeing the Northern Lights taking into account weather patterns, moon cycles , solar pulses and daylight hours. Kevin is also a fervent believer in making sure that the break is action packed so you have a fantastic time , even if the Aurora Borealis does not show.

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