Dina, Helen and Vicky visited the beautiful Lake Bled on a recent travel conference and here is their feedback.
We flew to Venice and then had a 3 hour transfer to Lake Bled. There is a fast dual carriageway which we used on our outward journey, on our return the driver took us on the scenic route with beautiful alpine villages, rivers and lots and lots of trees. If you travel from Manchester on a Wednesday or Saturday in the summer months you can fly directly to Ljubljana and Lake Bled is then just a 30 minute transfer.
Bled is a beautiful lake side town set among the stunning scenery of the Julian Mountains with a church set on a small island and castle perching on the cliff. Staying by the lake offers a very tranquil scenic experience but there are also plenty of other things to do in the surrounding area. Lake Bled has the longest swimming season of all the Alpine Lakes and other local activities include:
- Take a traditional Pletna boat (a Gondola-like boat) to the church on Bled Island
- Climbing to visit the castle perched high above the lake
- Mountain hiking trails and guided walks around the hills in Bled or the nearby villages
- A round of golf at the historic course at Lake Bled
- Hire a bicycle to explore the wonderful countryside
- Enjoy hunting, fishing, horse riding or white water rafting
- Bled is also ideal for trips to Ljubljana, less than an hour’s drive away
We stayed at the modern 4* Golf Hotel situated in a slightly elevated position but right at the heart of the resort with amazing views across the lake and Julian Alps. There were a number of steps up from the lakeside so we wouldn’t recommend for anyone with mobility problems but if you can manage the steps the view is definitely worth it. Every room has a lovely view but we would definitely recommend paying for a lake view – the mist floating on the lake in the early morning was quite magical! A special feature of the hotel are the corner suites, with sitting area and large terrace with views of both the Julian Alps and the lake.
The hotel has a spa and indoor pool and in the summer months you can swim in the lake. Also during the summer (June – Sep) the hotel has weekly Slovenian evening with music and daily “happy hour” from 6-7pm. We found the staff always friendly and very helpful and prices compared very favourably with other European destinations.
We also visited the 5* Hotel Toplice, This is a small very traditional style hotel located on the shores of the lake, separated only by the path which circles the lake. We enjoyed a lovely meal there with excellent Slovenian wines. Once again we would recommend paying the supplement for a lake view room or suite as the view is wonderful. In the summer the private lido on the lake shore comes to life and the boat house opens offering guests’ boat trips and rowing on the lake, the hotel also provides deck chairs and umbrellas for those who just want to relax.
Lake Bled could be combined with a city break in Venice to offer a very good two centre holiday. For this we would recommend flying into Venice and hiring a car and then driving up to Lake Bled, at the end of your trip return the car and then enjoy a few nights in Venice.
If you would like to know more about visiting Lake Bled then please call us - we are now making bookings for summer 2015.