As you started planning your Slovenia adventure, it wouldn’t have taken long for you to start looking into things to do in Lake Bled.

As one of Slovenia’s most famous attractions I’m guessing you’ve seen photos of Lake Bled already. Despite this, most people tend to only spend one or two nights at Lake Bled before moving on with the assumption that there are not many things to do. I disagree.

In this post you’ll read about the things I did in Lake Bled.

I spent one week in Lake Bled during October, when the leaves were changing colours. The scenery was stunning, and a couple of locals I spoke to said it was the most beaituful season in their opinion. I’m sure you could find people who prefer Lake Bled in each of the four seasons, but I liked the autumn as the peak tourist season was over which meant less tourists and with fewer companies offering holiday packages (bus tours) visiting and the temperatures more reasonable during the day (it gets chilly in the evening).

Before you read on, open this link (opens in new tab) that shows you the main bus station in Lake Bled. Catching the bus is a super-easy way to get to the different attractions listed below (that aren’t within walking distance). Check with the reception at your accommodation to get the latest timetables for each destination you want to visit.

8+ Things To Do In Lake Bled

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Walk Around The Lake |Find The IG Spot |Hike To Babji Zob | Go Rowing | Vintar Gorge | Lkae Bohing | Visit The Castle + Sunset Views | Eat A Burger | Bled In October”

1. Walk Around The Lake

view of the island on lake bled with strong cloud formations

A moody view of Lake Bled

Make this your first activity in Lake Bled. The perimeter of the lake is just over a 6km round trip and you won’t take more than 2.5 hours, even if you’re dawdling and taken a bazillion photos. Once you’ve done a lap of the lake, you’ll have a good grasp of what makes the area so magical.

I didn’t actually walk around the entire lake in one go but did run around it on several occasions, but I’m guessing most people would prefer to walk 🙂

2. View The Lake From The Most Instagram Friendly Spots

view of Lake Bled

(Insert Instagram model on the rock)

You can include these two viewpoints in your walk around the lake, but from those, I talked to they preferred going on a separate trip to the viewpoints which are accessed from the southwest corner of the lake.

The names of the two most popular viewpoints are Ojstrica and Mala Osojnica. They’re both within a 20-minute walk of each other so you can visit both, starting with Ojstrica.

The trail is reasonably steep once you start walking away from the lake, but it’s not a long walk so everyone should make it okay (20 minutes to Ojstrica). You’ll then be able to follow signs to Mala Osojnica (the trails aren’t available on Google Maps) which means you’ll essentially go across the hill rather than going down and then back up again.

Both viewpoints are on the side closer to Bled Island, which means you should go earlier in the day for the best lighting. I never got around to waking up early enough to see the sunrise, but apparently Ojstrica is the best sunrise spot in Lake Bled.

3. Hike To Babji Zob

mountains surrounding lake bled

A different view of the lake from Babji Zob

When you’re wandering around Lake Bled the keen observers will notice the almost vertical cliff in the distance to the south. It turns out you can actually hike to this cliff from the village Bohinjska Bela (you can catch a bus to here). While you can take various routes up the hill, following the signs to Babji Zob is the best.

It’s not an easy hike, but won’t take more than five hours return and you get yet another awesome view of Lake Bled (maybe I need to write a post about finding all the Lake Bled viewpoints) as well as down to the valley at the bottom of the cliff.

Tip: Download Maps.me to help you, the hiking trail to Babji Zob is on there (it’s not on Google Maps).

4. Row Out To Bled Island

I’m not sure what the experience is like in the peak season but with plenty of people offering rowboats for hire and not so many tourists in October you can spend a couple of hours hanging out on the water with your own rowboat with the goal of making it to Bled Island.

They’ll happily rent you the boat out for a couple of hours for 10 euro per person in the shoulder season (you may need to negotiate and prices will be higher in peak season) and with up to six people comfortably fitting on a boat I had a surprisingly fun time doing this!

You’re allowed to swim in the Lake too, so be prepared to take a potentially chilly swim. Bring a beer too.

5. Hike To Vintgar Gorge

vintgar gorge with the walkway and cliffs towering above

The fall colours of Vintgar Gorge

Vintgar Gorge is a few kilometers from the shores of Lake Bled and a very popular attraction. You can catch a shuttle to the entrance from the main bus station (there’s a regular bus in the summer too) but I recommend you walk there as it’s no more than 45 minutes and it’s a nice walk.

The Gorge entrance fee is 10 Euro which is a little high, but it’s one of those ‘can’t miss’ destinations. I had FOMO so found myself heading there on my last day. The gorge has a boardwalk all the way through the ~3km gorge.

The colours of the water combined with the steep cliffs make this a stunning location, and you’ve got the Sum Waterfall at the eastern end to complete a beautiful attraction.

If you walked to the gorge (start at the western end), you’re now left with a nice forest walk that leads down the hill to the village, Zasip, back towards the Lake.

Tip: Avoid visiting the gorge between 11 am and 1 pm when the tour bus visitors at their peak.

There’s a Vintgar Gorge alternative.

Pokljuka Gorge is totally different, but a lot less touristy and more adventurous (free entrance). It doesn’t feature any water however which makes Vintgar so magical. The Pokljuka Gorge is a figure-eight route with a lot more elevation so it’s not an easy walk and more of a hike.

To get there, you’ll want to catch a bus to the Krnica bus stop.

jub taking a selfie with the Julian Alps in the background

A cheeky selfie from the summit

When you’re at the famous IG spots mentioned above, you’ll get a great view of the Julian Alps. They almost look like a wall protecting the surroundings of Lake Bled from invaders but you can take day hikes to various viewpoints on the alps. I talked to a couple of people at the hostel and they said hiking to Stol peak would be a great challenge for a day hike, so I took it on.

You can complete the hike in a day walking from Bled (15km each way), but you’d probably be better off by catching the bus to Zirovnica to save you some time.

The hike is awesome! The trails are clear and I was surprised to see how many others were on the trails, including locals out for afternoon walks. It is steep, so it’s hard to predict how long it’ll take you, but it took me four hours one way from the hostel going at a good pace (I’d start as early as possible).

At the summit you’re straddling the border of Slovenia and Austria, and you can definitely see why the border runs along with this mountain range. You can walk up the Slovenian side okay but on the Austrian side the slope is rugged and steep, which reminded me of hiking along the border between Poland and Slovakia in the Tatra Mountains.

This isn’t a faint hearted hike (my Strava route here) but if you’re up for it, it’s an amazing day!

7. Visit Lake Bohinj

photo of a lake in the seven lakes valley in Slovenia

If you’re planning a full day ata Bohinj, consider hiking up to the Seven Lakes Valley (or all) for reflections like this!

Lake Bled gets all the attention, but just a 40-minute bus ride away is the marvelous Lake Bohinj which is actually a lot bigger. If you despise staying in touristy areas, you could consider staying in Lake Bohinj and catch the bus to Bled for a few activities (buses are regular).

At Lake Bohinj you can walk around the lake (though it’s a 12km loop), visit Savica Waterfall, hike up to the Seven Lakes Valley (amazing but not an easy hike), and walk through the Mostnica gorge (3 Euro).

Visit Bled Castle For Sunset

I didn’t go into Bled Castle itself as it’s not my cup of tea (I’m not saying not do it) but did spend a few sunsets at the summit. To get to the viewpoint you see in the photos above, follow the path around the north side of the castle and you’ll see the rock climbing wall. Continue along the path and turn left up the rocky trail after 20 metres or so. There’s a good chance you’ll have the spot all to yourself so bring a couple of beers along and enjoy the beauty.

Eat A Bucketwheat Burger

a buckwheat burger

All of the noms!

Yes, this burger is vegan (as is the restaurant), but you only need to take a peek inside Public & Vegan Kitchen Bled to see that it’s popular. There are a few burgers you can choose one, but give the buckwheat option a go. Buckwheat is a grain, similar to many others, but it’s one that Slovenian chefs love to use in their cooking. Give it a go and let me know your feedback in the comments. I was a big fan! Apparently the sweet potato fries are awesome too, but they weren’t available on my two visits.

P.s. if you’re not vegan don’t forget to pick up a Bled cream cake while you’re out and about one day (they are different from the cakes in Ljubljana).


What Is Lake Bled In October Like?

I think it’s amazing! At Castle Hostel 1004 where I stayed there were some volunteers who had spent the last three months there. They said spending time at the lake as a tourist now was so much nicer with lesser crowds and the accommodation prices not inflated as much (dorm beds go for 30+ euro in the summer, I paid 13).

And I’ll never forget the lady working at one of the Mercator’s (supermarkets) in town said about Lake Bohinj this summer (her hometown), ‘It was a nightmare and I’m excited for my day off tomorrow as the summer was a nightmare’.

That’s not too say you shouldn’t visit in the summer when over-tourism is a problem in the eyes of many, it’s up to you, but just be prepared for a lot of crowds.

How To Get To Bled?

There are lots of options, with Bled less than an hour from Ljubljana Airport many choose to take a taxi straight from the airport for about 70 Euro, though there are buses available too. The most common way to get to Lake Bled is via bus from Ljubljana which you’ll need to buy a ticket for from the bus station (they generally run every 30 minutes). Afterward you can go in various directions depending on where your next destination is. For me, that meant using one of my InterFlix bus coupons to Prague!

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I had only planned to stay in Lake Bled for two days before moving on based on what other people have said (and I wanted to visit the caves), but when one of staff at the hostel showed me this site, I realised that there’s enough hiking trails to keep me happy for months, not just two days!