A Walk Around Beautiful Lake Bled


lake bled walk hdr

I spent my first day in Bled walking around the entire circumference of the lake.

The lake itself is two kilometers all the way round, but it took me about five hours to walk the whole distance.

I just couldn’t get over how beautiful it was.

I found myself stopping to take photos literally every two or three steps and ended up taking over 500 photos altogether.

As Lake Bled is found in the Julian Alps it means that everywhere you look there are dramatic landscapes of mountains and forested hills.

As I walked down to the edge of the water, this was my very first view of Lake Bled:

lake bled walk hdr

At certain stops around the lake it is possible to rent rowing boats so that you could row out to the famous island in the middle. Fearing that I’d spend an hour going round in circles, I decided this probably wasn’t the best idea.

rowing boats lake bled

The route around the lake consisted of wooden walkways…

paved walkway lake bled

And walks through higher land surrounded by trees and forests:

forest lake bled

Lake Bled is well known amongst rowers as it recently held the World Rowing Championship here in 2011, so lots of sections of the lake were marked off for rowers to practise:

lake bled in july

My first view of the famous Bled Castle, which I hiked to on the following day:

bled castle over lake bled

The island in the middle of the lake with Bled Castle in the background:

lake bled island and castle

 I finished my walk just as the sun began to set behind Bled Castle:

sunset at lake bled

Lake Bled was the perfect place for me to relax and unwind spending hours by the water watching the world go by. What are some of your best places for relaxation and stress relief?

37 Comments

  1. Mike
    September 13, 2011
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    Great photos…some of your best without doubt.

  2. Julie - the fairy trails
    September 13, 2011
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    Woah. These photographs are so beautiful. I would love to make it to Slovenia one day.

    • September 14, 2011
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      It’s one of my favourite places in Europe!

  3. Eurotrip Tips
    September 13, 2011
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    Beautiful photos – and beautiful place! Slovenia has been on my bucket list for a while, I can’t wait to go after seeing this!

    • September 14, 2011
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      Thanks! Hope you get to make it there soon! :)

  4. eGichomo
    September 14, 2011
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    WOW! Your photography is breathtaking!!! I like.

  5. September 14, 2011
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    Awww, thanks!

  6. Jordan
    September 14, 2011
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    I agree with everyone else here. Beautiful.

  7. Poi
    September 16, 2011
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    That last photo is gorgeous! and the rest of course!

  8. Mark Wiens
    September 16, 2011
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    Amazing place, and awesome photos Lauren! I can definitely relate to visiting a place that’s so beautiful it’s unbelievable. Lake Bled looks like it’s a worthy place to stop and take a photo every few steps!

    • September 19, 2011
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      Thanks, Mark! Yeah, it was crazy how many photos I took!

  9. Lily Leung
    September 18, 2011
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    Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos. Unfortunately I didn’t make it to Lake Bled when I was in Ljubljana on this trip, but this is a good reminder I should go next time I’m in the area :)

    Great shots!
    – Lily

    • September 19, 2011
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      Thanks Lily! You really need to go next time you’re there :)

  10. sam
    September 19, 2011
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    most beautiful pix, good composition…

  11. Angie Orth
    September 19, 2011
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    Such pretty shots. Looks like the perfect spot to spend an afternoon!

    • September 21, 2011
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      It really was the perfect place!

  12. Christy @ Ordinary Traveler
    September 19, 2011
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    I love the 3 boats photo! Awesome job!

    • September 21, 2011
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      Thanks so much, Christy!

  13. Nomadic Samuel
    September 20, 2011
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    These are some great shots! My favourite is #3 along the path.

  14. Amanda
    September 20, 2011
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    The photo of the boats? Amazing.

  15. Jade Johnston
    September 22, 2011
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    wow! Thats soooooo beautiful!

  16. Kate McLeod
    September 22, 2011
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    WOW. What incredibly beautiful pictures – thanks so much for sharing them!

  17. Erik
    September 24, 2011
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    I’ve heard so many amazing things about Bled! It’s on my short list of things to possibly do next.

  18. Martin Gicheru
    September 29, 2011
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    Woooow! I wanna travel and see for myself firsthand. So amazing pictures, serene environment.

  19. Sam
    November 9, 2011
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    I was at the lake briefly when I was on a bus tour around Europe. Beautiful lake. I swam to the little island with the church on it. I’ll be following your journeys.

  20. April 10, 2012
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    Did you stay overnight at the lake? If so, what sort of price range?

    • April 13, 2012
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      Hi Tom,

      I didn’t stay overnight. When I looked online at prices I couldn’t find anything for less than £200 a night!

  21. Richard
    January 16, 2013
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    You were probably right not to rent a rowing boat. I stupidly decided to propose to the wife on one, but it was such hard work I ditched that idea and popped the question when we’d got back to dry land and I’d got my breath back.

    Bled is a magical place and somewhere we try to get back to every two years. Thanks for sharing some of your 500 photos.

  22. Mitja
    July 1, 2013
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    Amazing photos! I’m glad you enjoyed it. :D If you ever decide to visit Lake Bled again, I would recommend visting the Vintgar Gorge as well, which is 4 kilometres northeast of Bled. Not many people know about it, so they just visit Bled not knowing about this beautiful site. (http://www.bled.si/en/what-to-see/natural-sights/the-vintgar-gorge)

  23. Joan
    December 25, 2017
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    We have just walked around this picturesque lake, and actually it is 3.728 miles…wonderful reflections with the Julian alps covered in snow…Wonderful clear blue sky, sun shining and very warm, Christmas Day sure was Idyllic.

    • December 31, 2017
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      oh lol. I was such a good travel blogger in 2011.

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