Lake Bled in Slovenia is one of the warmest lakes in the Alps. In it lies a small island, on which the church of the Assumption of Mary stands like a fairy tale. Lake Bled is one of the most popular destinations in Slovenia and invites you to take a dip in the cool water, especially in the warm summer months.
The lake was formed over thousands of years by the recession of the Bohinj glacier, which filled the valley basin with crystal clear glacial water. However, due to some thermal springs in the northeast of the lake, the water warms up to a pleasant 23 degrees in summer.
Especially the Bled lido - Grasjsko kopalisce is ideal for swimming and bathing. In addition to easy access to the lake, there are beautiful sunbathing areas with sunny and shady spots. Another beach is located at the Bled campsite on the western shore of the lake.
Things to do
In addition to excellent swimming opportunities, Lake Bled offers almost countless sports and recreational opportunities. However, one of the most traditional and popular sports is rowing. National and international rowing regattas are regularly held on the lake. You can rent rowing boats for this purpose at the boathouse at the Schlossbad. With a depth of up to 36 metres, Lake Bled is also very popular with divers. In addition to various underwater plants, such as the white and red lotus, there are a variety of fish to see.
Outside the water, the Church of the Assumption of Mary on Bled Island is worth a visit. You can get to the island by one of the traditional rowing boats, the pletna. The flora and fauna in and around the bathing lake offers a great variety of species, which will delight nature lovers in particular. You can explore the flora and fauna on a long walk.
On hills and plateaus there are also great vantage points to overlook Lake Bled. Among the most beautiful places are the Bled Castle and the viewpoints Velika Osojnica and Mala Osojnica.
- Grab something nice to eat and a cold drink at the local kiosk or restaurant.
- Kids of all age groups will love the nearby playground and water slide, begging their parents to stay overnight.
- Planning an overnight stay? Close to the Swimming Lake there is a campground.
- There are parking spaces available in the vicinity. There are public restrooms close by at the Swimming Lake.
How to get there
If you are travelling by car, take the A2 motorway from Ljubjana in a north-westerly direction and follow the road signs to Kranj or Jesenice. Once you arrive in Bled, there are plenty of parking spaces available. You should note that most of them are paid during the day.
By public transport
There are two train stations near Bled. However, the larger station Lesce is over 4 kilometers away from Lake Bled. But you can take a bus or a taxi to the lake. The smaller station Jezero Bled is located at the western end of the lake. From this station it is 3 kilometres to the centre of Bled and 2.5 kilometres to Bled Castle.