We were blown away by its beauty!
There are many ways you can enjoy Lake Bled, including (but not limited to): hiking round the edge, renting a paddle boat and paddling on it, and hiking up to Bled Castle to see it from above.
Our Big Berry guide, Alberto, told us that the photos of this are hilarious: the brides are beaming as they are carried up the steps, and the grooms are red-faced, sweaty, and grumpy looking.
To witness Lake Bled and Bled Island in all their splendour, we recommend a trip up to Bled Castle. Entry is 10 Euros (5 for children), and this gains you access to the castle, the chapel, the museum and of course the best views of Lake Bled:
and the chapel is super cute:
Franciscan Church of the Annunciation
Next to the bridges is this pretty little church. Directly to its right is a statue of a naked woman. The church hated it and tried to get it taken down/covered. But they lost that battle and instead planted the tree you can see in the above photo which hides the woman from view of the church entrance.
The castle itself was cool too. It was built around the 11th century as a medieval fortress. It has been rebuilt and used for several different things over the years, and by the early 19th century it was being used a penitentiary.
We also really liked the ceiling of the chapel:
Ljubljana's Open Kitchen
Right next to the Celica Hostel is Metelkova. Originally an artist squat, it has developed over the years into a touristy bar area similar to the ruin bars in Budapest.
We liked it, and there were lots of locals there too. They recommended that we try a Bull's Blood (shot involving red wine, lots of spirits and no blood):
We visited Ljubljana and Lake Bled whilst we were staying at the fabulous lifestyle camp - Big Berry.
Ljubljana is only an hour and a half drive away from Big Berry, and thus it makes the perfect day trip. Staying at Big Berry will give you a chance to see the 'real' Slovenia which you won't necessarily experience if you stay at Ljubljana/near Lake Bled.
Have you started a Slovenian bucket-list yet? Pin this one to it! :)
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