It’s that time again, a time to take a look back on an amazing year and recap the best of the best. We’re going to kick things off with my favorite destination of 2015: Bled, Slovenia.
Bled is in the northwest part of Slovenia, a small country just south of Austria. If you’re in western Austria already (visiting Hallstatt or my favorite little village of St. Gilgen) it’s an easy drive south into Slovenia. The roads are great and Bled is a great overnight stop, either to see Bled itself or to see both Bled and Slovenia’s capital of
Lublub Jubjlub Ljubljana (about 45 minutes away). I like Slovenia because it feels much more foreign and unexplored than Austria despite being so close. Lovely people too.
There are no big chain hotels in Bled, but plenty of B&Bs and smaller hotels to fit almost any budget. You can walk around the entire lake and I spend much of my time whenever I go to Bled doing just that.
The views around the lake during my visit in April were just wonderful. Lots of wildlife and lots of people just out enjoying the cool weather and great scenery.
I walked away from the town a bit towards the island to try and catch a sunset. The sunset just ended up being hazy and massively bright so it wasn’t much good for pictures but I got some other great pictures that I’ve been very happy with.
Bled’s castle sits high on a hilltop overlooking the lake. It looks like it’s right out of the pages of history, except for the massive tower crane doing some renovations.
The town of Bled surrounds the lake with plenty of touristy restaurants to choose from. It’s definitely a tourist stop but that shouldn’t steer you away. There are lots of ways to get out of town a bit. An early and frigid hike took me to a place called Osojnica, which has one of the best views of Lake Bled and Bled Island. It’s one of many hikes that I’d recommend doing, the Julian Alps are such a beautiful area!
This post isn’t designed to be a thorough and all-encompassing review of Bled, just sharing some pictures of places I’ve enjoyed seeing this year in hopes of giving you some ideas of your own! If you want to go see Bled, I’m happy to answer any questions!