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A beautiful lake, with a little wooded island in the centre, a castle, and a chapel, and all backed by the Julian Alps. Bled looks like the opening plate of many a wonderful fairytale. Even down to the way the Alps are reflected in the calm, emerald waters. Its appeals mean it can be pretty busy in peak season. But it also means there's no shortage of choice when it comes to choosing the best places to stay in Bled. From five star hotels, to pensions, and Garni hotels (B&Bs), to hostels, villas and campgrounds.
Bled has long been a popular place to visit, and is still Slovenia's most popular resort town. The landscape is the big draw, but these days it's not just to admire, it's also to explore. Bled is an active holiday destination as well as a romantic one. There's biking, sailing, walking, and even climbing, rafting and canyoning opportunities.
Bled's most romantic asset is probably the lake itself. There's a gentle 6km long walk along the shore, and when you're done looking you'll be pleased to discover that thermal springs heat the lake to a very comfortable 26 degrees!
? If you're here to take in the views you'll also want to visit the castle, the island, and the church. Perched 100 metres above the lake, Bled castle is more residence than fortress. Added to over time, Bled has a little of the Baroque to it, a little of the Gothic, and its first tower, built around 1004 is Romanesque. Seat of the Tyrolian bishops for 800 years it was later a holiday home for the Yugoslav Royal Family. For visitors there is also a little museum about the lake and its history and a chapel with memorable frescos.
? Bled island is tiny, but worth the charming gondola trip over so you can climb the long staircase to the little church and tiny museum.
? The larger Church of the Assumption is worth visiting for its art. There are some lovely frescos, a beautiful Romanesque chapel and a 'wishing bell' - which all add to the romance.
Many of the best places to stay in Bled are ideal for honeymooners or those looking for a romantic spot. Lake Bled has always been a places for lovers.
Lake Bled itself is good for an afternoon's calm rowing or a spot of diving, but after that you might want to head over to Vintgar Gorge. This is a spectacular spot for less adventurous types too, as the 4km walk in offers some pretty dramatic scenery and a wooden walkway, which crosses above the tumultuous Radovna River several times. The gorge is lined with waterfalls of different sizes, as well as rapids and potholes. Vintgar Gorge is only 4.5kms walk from Bled, and is the southwestern corner of Triglav National Park, Slovenia's only national park.
If you're here to visit the Triglav National Park, some of the best places to stay in Bled are close to transport links. Within the park there's reams for active visitors to do. Explore the caves, trek in to see some impressive waterfalls, or spend two nights scaling Mount Triglav.
There are plenty of places to hire bikes in Bled, and you can also hire a horse - with or without a guide.
- If you like the idea of being right on the shores of Lake Bled, one of the best places to stay in Bled is the Grand Hotel Toplice. This is also Bled's oldest hotel, built here so that visitors could use the private beach, or take the thermal waters in the indoor pool fed by the town's thermal springs.
- A much smaller, more personal option, but also located right on the edge of the lake is the Villa Preseren. It is situated just below the castle and has a wonderful terrace for admiring the spectacular view.
Best Hotels in Bled
Hotel Villa Preseren 8 rooms from $90Bled
A charming little hotel positioned on the shore of Lake Bled. A fantastically romantic setting, comfortable boutique rooms, an excellent restaurant and terrace facing the water's edge. A great choice for a romantic weekend in Bled.Lakeside - Fabulously positioned on the edge of Lake Bled.Romantic - Good for couples.Romantic BreakSights nearby - Bled Castle is very close by
Hotel Vila Bled 31 rooms from $135Bled
A statuesque hotel on the banks of romantic Lake Bled. A grand traditional facade, spacious rooms in elegant style, and luscious gardens leading to the lake. Two banquet halls serve gourmet cuisine and excellent Slovenian wine. The villa was once a holiday destination for President Tito!Romantic BreakSailing - You can take a boat around the lake and to Bled Island.Sights nearby - Church of Sv Marika Bozja, Lake Bled, and Bled Castle.Spa
Grand Hotel Toplice 87 rooms from $162Bled
A venerable old institution on the shores of Lake Bled, perfect for experiencing the town's thermal springs and life lived at a less frenetic pace.Beach nearby - the hotel has its own private beachRooms with balcony/terrace - lovely lake viewsSwimming Pool - Outdoor and Indoor PoolsSpaRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels