I was told Bled is similar to Hallstatt in Austria and should consider other place to go. And for a moment I found myself searching for other destinations, but something made me stick to Bled. And glad I did. Bled is nothing like Hallstatt, both places are incredibly beautiful, but far from similar. Without thinking more, booked flight, accommodation and bye London!
To get to Bled from Ljubljana Airport is easy, there are shuttle busses operating and can be booked in advance, more detailed information here or at the airport. To save some money (Christmas coming!), I chose to get on a share ride shuttle van GoOpti to Ljubljana main bus station (takes about 30min) and from there to Bled. Bus ride from Ljubljana to Bled takes about 1h 20min. Have to say, it was full of English speaking people from all over the world!
I was hoping to experience lots of snow as it was already end of November and it turned out to be the warmest winter in Slovenia they have ever had. Seems like the winter is slowly leaving Europe… And sadly, my winter boots stayed in a luggage all my trip in Slovenia. Never mind, I was welcomed with a beautiful, sunny autumn like weather.
When arrived in Bled, the lake was covered by the fog – very magical. And for surprise there were not that many tourists, as I expected. I’ll sound selfish, but good that many people don’t like when it gets a bit chilly outside and hot countries become their destinations – a lot more space for me!
My trip to Slovenia was 5 nights long – Bled, Bohinj and Ljubljana were my destinations, but about Bohinj lake and Ljubljana in the next post. First day in Bled I spent wandering around the town, walked up to the castle for some great views and have to admit, I walked down the ‘tourist’ path and got on a muddy path (behind the castle) away from people and enjoyed Bled from the hill on my own. There are other hills to see Bled from height. More information about Bled can be found here.
Second day in Bled – a lot of walking, have to keep myself fit! As the day was nice, decided to walk to Vintgar Gorge, took me about an hour to walk there from Bled, passing small villages, views to mountains and when thinking about my walk to Vintgar Gorge, the smell of the food was so strong that I slowed down and enjoyed the lovely smell, reminded me of grandmother. When finally reached the Vintgar Gorge, I noticed ticket office and it was closed. There was a gate too with sign – closed, but still easy to get in and for a moment I got confused, walked all the way and not to see Vintgar Gorge was not an option for me! Felt brave and walked in anyway. After, I was told by locals, Vintgar Gorge is closed during off season. But as mentioned before, it is easy to get in, just need to bend a bit and I met maybe 5 other people during my 1h or so walk. Beautiful trail and I believe it can get very crowded during the season. I was lucky enough to be on my own almost all the walk.
And now – photo time!