Visiting Lake Bled and an Alpine Fairytale Tour in Slovenia

 

If you do a Google image search for Slovenia then the first thing to pop up will undoubtedly be Lake Bled.

Lake Bled is one of the most popular places to visit in Slovenia and is arguably one of the most beautiful spots in the whole country. And in a country this breathtakingly beautiful, that really is saying a lot!

I took another tour with Roundabout Travel but today was the Alpine Fairytale tour. Even the name sounds magical, doesn’t it?

The tour began by visiting a beautiful village followed by the grand castle overlooking Lake Bled. We had lunch and then visited Bohinj, the largest glacial lake located in the Triglav National Park. Finally, we headed back to Lake Bled for a closer look. We had the option to take a boat trip to the island in the centre of Lake Bled but due to some unfortunate rain we opted for the warmth of a bar where we drank coffee and ate cream cakes.

 

Skofja Loka

Our first stop was the charming little town of Skofja Loka. It’s one of the oldest towns in Slovenia and is so impossibly pretty it looks like it’s the set for a TV show.

Skofja Loka Slovenia

Old houses in Skofja Loka

Windows in Skofja Loka

Wonky streets in Skofja Loka

Statue in Skofja Loka

Skofja Loka river

Window in Skofja Loka

Slovenia national tree

The Linden Tree, or Lime Tree, is the national tree of Slovenia. It’s a symbol of friendship, love and loyalty and traditional meetings were always held in the shade of a Linden Tree.

Bled Castle

The next stop was Bled Castle, a medieval castle overlooking the beautiful lake.

Lake Bled Castle

Lake Bled 2

Lake Bled 3

Castle overlooking Lake Bled

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Lake Bled 5

Wine Tasting Castle Lake Bled

Views from Castle Slovenia

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Gostiina Murka

We ate lunch at Gostilna Murka, a traditional inn close to Lake Bled, serving incredible food. Our greedy group were keen to try everything on the menu so we ordered a dish each and shared the food between us.

Cheese and Proscuito

Paella Slovenia

Sausage

Trout

One more stop at Lake Bled

Of course, we’d come all this way to see Lake Bled so we stopped off one more time for closer look. This also gave us the perfect opportunity to try a Bled Cream Cake, a cake that has become a national delicacy. Everyone on Twitter had been telling me how incredible these cakes are so I was desperate to try one. They’re similar to a vanilla slice only much lighter and creamier and generally more delicious.

This was another perfect end to another perfect day in Slovenia.

Cream Cake Slovenia

Lake Bled

Lake Bled Boats

Goat statue at Lake Bled

Boats on Lake Bled

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Roundabout Travel Tour Review

This was another excellent tour with Roundabout Travel and again, I really can’t fault them. (You can read about yesterday’s tour to the Karst and Coast here.)

They were professional, knowledgeable and fun and were happy to be flexible with the itinerary. Our group was slightly bigger this time with 8 passengers so was still pretty small and intimate.

If you’re short on time then I would recommend taking the half day tour. I really enjoyed visiting the surrounding villages but it was really just padding for Lake Bled as this is the main attraction.

I travelled to Ljubljana with Visit Ljubljana and a travel blogger collective, The Travel Mob

 

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Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a professional blogger and has travelled around the world in search of stylish adventure travel.Monica has recently had her second baby and is determined to prove that travelling with a baby is possible!

SHOWHIDE Comments (23)
  1. I keep hearing so much about Lake Bled and it is so beautiful. I love your photographs, you have really captured the character of this area well! I can’t wait to visit here someday!

  2. This is so up my street – especially the bled cream cake! Seriously though, what a gorgeous, picturesque place, I’m not surprised it’s called a fairytale tour! Slovenia has never been on my list of places to go but I might have to add it now. xxx

    (PS. love the new look!) x

  3. I was so disappointed that I didn’t have time to visit Lake Bled whilst I was there, but it just gives me a very strong reason to go back ASAP! Your photos are amazing… It does look like it’s stepped straight out of a fairytale 🙂

  4. Ah reminds me of my trip to Slovenia a good few years ago. Lake Bled was so beautiful! It’s a wonderful part of the world, isn’t it!

  5. Hi. Am from Slovenia. And if you only want to see Lipica and horses, then the best place is Lipica hotel, or some private rooms in town Lipica. Yes you have a lot of transports one even offer a hotel 😉
    But if you are in Lipica you must see Predjamski grad and Postojna caves, they are near bay.
    But if you visit for more then 3 days, then the better chose is to go to Ljubljana main capital city and get hotel (in city hotel is where I work), because from Ljubljana you can go to all directions of Slovenia and visit a lot of things. Bled is a very beautifull to see, it’s magic a small island with a church on it in the midlle of a lake or a castlle on rock and you can look down on that lake.
    really a lot of things to see, from mountatns, see, lakes, city with history,….

  6. Awesome photos and very beautiful and picturesque views of the nature. Everything looks perfectly. I think that all people will remember this travel forever.

  7. Hey there! We also have a travel blog called http://oitheblog.com and we are going to Slovenia next month. Your article’s been really useful for us and we are so excited to explore Slovenia! We just wanted to say thanks for all the information. 🙂

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