Bled, Slovenia

Bled is a small town, 40 minutes outside of Ljubljana. Bled is mostly known for Lake Bled, a lake with a church in the center of it. In Bled you can go for a hike and see Lake Bled from above or go to the castle and fork over €10. I decided to skip the castle altogether. The reviews online were not great and people regarded the castle as a tourist trap with nothing interesting to see and mostly a place for overpriced food. I wouldn’t spend more than a day in Bled. There isn’t a lot to do in Bled and parking can be really expensive and hard to come by.

Tldr: Make Bled your base and explore Triglav National Park

Getting the day started

During the four days that I had in the area of Bled, I’d start everyday by going out for coffee and cake. I know, it’s not the healthiest choice in the world but breakfast in the traditional sense was not an option in Slovenia. My suggestion for coffee in Bled is Confectionary Winter. I went to a few other coffee shops in Bled and Confectionary Winter had the best coffee. Confectionary Winter was fairly cheap, as well. A latte and a pastry would cost about €7 and change.

Exploring Lake Bled

Lake Bled is another one of those famous Instagram places that you should see but don’t expect Bled to be a place where you stay a few days. There isn’t a lot to do in Bled, if I’m being honest. I recommend you walk around Lake Bled, it really is a stunning place. The trail is 3.7 miles and quite easy to do. I spent a few hours doing the trail because I was flying the drone and shooting time lapses with my camera. Apart from this trail, take the hike to the top of a hill to get a great view of Lake Bled. This trail is called Ojstrica and it’s much harder to do than the 3.7 mile walk. This is not a walk, this is a hike with steep incline. I suggest you take proper shoes and please be careful. The hike is worth the effort, the views are incredible and if you’re in Bled, do this hike.

3.7 mile walk around Lake Bled

Lake Bled Trail is a great walk and one that I recommend you do. It isn’t very hard to do but it sure is enough to burn all the calories I consumed earlier in the day.

Hiking Ojstrica for a great view of Lake Bled

I mentioned Ojstrica earlier but I’d like to reiterate about about it here: If you’re in decent shape, do this trail. It provides a great view of the lake and it’s not really difficult to do. The hike is pretty steep but if you exercise at least once a week, this will be easy to do.

Concluding thoughts of Bled

My thoughts of Bled are different than expected. There isn’t much to do in Bled and you should be aware of that if you’re going. Go to bled, do not skip this town. This town is beautiful and while it doesn’t have a lot to offer, it’s beautiful in its own way. I just wouldn’t spend too much time there.

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Piran, Slovenia

Piran is a beautify city by the coast of Slovenia with a few quirks that make it an interesting place to spend time in. I haven’t spent any time in Venice but people that have point out that Piran very much reflects the style of Venice. The center of Piran is vibrant with vendors selling amazing gelato, coupled with decent cold brew and fresh seafood. I very much enjoyed Piran, the view at sunset is spectacular and the overall walkable aspect of the city made it a great place to spend time in.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana is the start of my road trip across Slovenia. I spend enough time to see Ljubljana, have breakfast and see the major spots. The cathedral is worth spending time in, as well as the castle. Walking through the center of town is a must and it’s really important to try all of the pastries.

Triglav National Park

Triglav National Park is the only national park in Slovenia and one that hosts the natural beauty of Slovenia. The park it self is home to many natural wonders, including Lake Bohinj, Savica Waterfall and my favorite, Vršič Pass. My suggestion, if you’re going to Slovenia set a base that you can drive back to at night. Slovenia is really small and you can spend the day in the park, drive back to base and explore the rest of the park the next day.

Bled, Slovenia

Bled is a small town, 40 minutes outside of Ljubljana. Bled is mostly known for Lake Bled, a lake with a church in the center of it. In Bled you can go for a hike and see Lake Bled from above or go to the castle and fork over €10. I decided to skip the castle altogether. The reviews online were not great and people regarded the castle as a tourist trap with nothing interesting to see and mostly a place for overpriced food. I wouldn’t spend more than a day in Bled. There isn’t a lot to do in Bled and parking can be really expensive and hard to come by.

Piran, Slovenia

Piran is a beautify city by the coast of Slovenia with a few quirks that make it an interesting place to spend time in. I haven’t spent any time in Venice but people that have point out that Piran very much reflects the style of Venice. The center of Piran is vibrant with vendors selling amazing gelato, coupled with decent cold brew and fresh seafood. I very much enjoyed Piran, the view at sunset is spectacular and the overall walkable aspect of the city made it a great place to spend time in.

Gorizia, Italy & Kanal, Slovenia

Visiting Italy was not in the agenda but when a great friend from high school knew I was visiting Slovenia, he messaged me on Facebook and suggested I cross over into Italy to have pizza in his hometown of Gorizia. This was an offer I could not refuse. On this day I had the opportunity to catch up with an old friend from high school and chat about life and eat incredible pizza. Pietro, my friend from school showed me around town and we eventually made our way up into the castle of Gorizia where the views of the city were spectacular. To finish the day we drove to Kanal and chatted over a cup of coffee and gelato. Solid day!