Lake Bled

The Lake was first mentioned in 1004 and we're sure they marvelled at its beauty just as we do today. To get acquainted, there is nothing better than to stretch your legs with a lazy walk around the lake. The length is 6km and can be done in a brisk hour

Heading west from Bled Town you pass the famous Hotels Toplice, Trst and Jadran. There is plenty of history here and these hotels were the first to take advantage of the thermal springs that still supply the hotels today.

Walking past the Straza Hill which has skiing in winter and tobogganing in summer, you go round a corner into Mlino, a small hamlet that also houses the famous Hotel Vila Bled. This was a famous summer residence for the late President Tito and these days guests can sit down to a regal dinner at the hotel restaurant. Not cheap, but something to consider if you want to experience some fine dining.

Continuing on to the far side of the lake, we pass Osojnica hill which offers great views if you wish to take the path to the summit. The far side at Zaka is where we find the Bled Camping site and the Slovene Rowing Centre. Regular World and National Championships are held on the lake.

As we head back to town we pass the Grajsko Kopalisce or the swimming area underneath the Castle. It's a very popular spot in summer. The steepish path also leads up to the castle from here which is partly obscured by trees and woodland. Approaching town again, we take in Vila Preseren and the multitude of merchants who will tempt you to take a boat ride to the island in the traditional pletna.