What to do in Bled, Slovenia: Summer and autumn guide

May 19, 2023

Lake Bled, Slovenia’s most famous landmark, crowned as one of the most romantic and beautiful lakes in Europe, is a destination that captivates you with its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. With its irresistible charm and wide range of activities, it’s no wonder that Bled has become a sought-after destination for travellers seeking a unique and enchanting experience – after all, Lonely Planet included Slovenia among the top 5 destinations to visit!

If you’re still not convinced – Here are some compelling reasons why you should add Bled to your travel itinerary:

  • Unparalleled Natural Beauty: With its stunning alpine scenery, glistening emerald-green lake, and a fairytale island topped with a picturesque church, Bled offers a visual feast that will leave you in awe. The surrounding Julian Alps provide a majestic backdrop, creating a breathtaking setting that seems straight from a storybook. Indulge in the serenity of the lake’s calm waters, take a leisurely stroll along its shores, or find solace in the peaceful embrace of the surrounding forests. The tranquillity of Bled provides the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
  • Outdoor Adventures and Cultural Heritage: Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a nature lover, Bled has something for everyone. Engage in thrilling water sports like paddleboarding and kayaking on the tranquil lake. Embark on hiking trails that offer panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Cycle through picturesque countryside paths and discover hidden gems along the way.
Image 1 - Bled Slovenia

Tips for a summer escape to Bled, Slovenia

When the sun is shining and the weather is warm, Lake Bled transforms into a playground for adventure seekers and nature lovers. Here are two exciting sections of activities to embark on during your summertime visit.

Watersports and Lake Activities

Bled’s crystal-clear waters beckon you to immerse yourself in a world of aquatic fun and adventure. Combine the thrill of watersports with the refreshing experience of taking a dip in the lake. Here’s how you can make the most of your time on the water:

  • Paddleboarding and Watersports: Gently glide across the serene waters of Lake Bled on a paddleboard, soaking in the breathtaking views that surround you. Paddleboarding is a fun way to explore the hidden spots of the lake.
  • Take a Dip in the Refreshing Waters: Cool off from the summer heat with a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear lake. Whether you choose to swim from one of the designated spots.

CHARMING PROTIP: Rent a boat and discover your own secluded swimming spot, the experience is bound to be unforgettable.

Hiking and Cycling Adventures

Surrounded by vast green forests and breathtaking peaks of the Julian Alps, Bled is THE spot for hikers and cyclists alike. Explore the natural wonders of the region on foot or on your bicycle.

There are plenty of hiking and walking trails in Bled and close surroundings, suitable for families, beginners and more advanced hikers. For breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Bled and its surroundings, embark on the Ojstrica hike. This moderate hike takes you through lush forests and eventually rewards you with a spectacular vista from the viewpoint. Remember to wear sturdy shoes and carry plenty of water in the summertime. Vista tends to be a bit crowded in the summer, so plan your hike early in the morning to avoid crowds.

Image 2 - Ojstrica viewpoint


There are also many scenic cycling routes. One of the most popular is a route that connects Bled and Bohinj. Indulge in some pedalling action along the picturesque cycling trail, which connects two of Slovenia’s most stunning lakes. This scenic cycling path takes you through charming villages, past emerald-green rivers, and offers glimpses of the Julian Alps. Enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside as you explore the area at your own pace.

image 3 - Cycling in nature

Top Tips for a Summer Visit to Bled

Bled gets crowded in the summertime and there are limited parking spaces. Instead of moving with your car, rent a bicycle and avoid the stress of finding a free (and costly) parking spot.

Book your activities and accommodation in advance, especially during peak season. Check out these accommodations suitable for solo travellers, families and couples, within walking distance from the lake:

Central Bled House: located 250m from the lake, these rustic rooms are suitable for all travellers. Free private parking and Wi-fi
Old Bled House: rustic rooms in 300 hundred years old farmhouse, located 300m from the lake. Possibility of lake views. Free parking and Wi-fi.
Bled Apartments: modern apartments located along the main road, 800m from the lake. Free private parking and Wi-fi.
Čarman House: magnificent lake views and restaurant. Free parking available.

image 4 - Charming Bled Accommodation

Tips for an autumn escape to Bled, Slovenia

As the summer crowds disappear, Bled transforms into a stunning autumnal wonderland. The trees display a breathtaking array of colours, and the crisp air provides the perfect conditions for discovering this fairytale-like place.

Top Attractions in Bled

Although these attractions are popular year-round, autumn is the best time to visit them because they are not so crowded and are wrapped in breathtaking autumn scenery.

Bled Castle: Perched high on a cliff overlooking the lake, Bled Castle is a must-visit attraction. The castle’s surroundings are adorned with vibrant foliage, enhancing the enchanting atmosphere.

Soteska Vintgar: A breathtaking natural wonder located just a few kilometres from Bled. Immerse yourself in a world of emerald-green waters, towering cliffs, and cascading waterfalls as you follow the wooden walkways that wind through this enchanting gorge.

Blejski otok: A tiny islet nestled in the middle of Lake Bled. You can reach the island by traditional wooden pletna boat, climb the 99 steps to the picturesque Church of the Assumption, and ring the famous “Wishing Bell” to make a wish.

image 5 - Bled Castle from above

The Most Beautiful Autumn Hiking Trails in Bled

Bled has a range of hiking trails for different levels of difficulty, which are the most breathtaking in the autumn.

For advanced hikers: The Stolp hike is an excellent option, taking around 4 hours to complete.

For beginners: One of the most popular hikes with jaw-dropping views are Mala Osojnica and Staža Bled hikes. Mala Osojnica and Straža are both short 25 to 40-minute hikes anybody can conquer.

For families: Families can enjoy a leisurely 6-kilometre stroll around the lake, taking in the beautiful autumn scenery and fresh alpine air.

IMAGE 6 - Hiking and walking in autumn Bled

Culinary Delights and Restaurants in Bled

Autumn in Slovenia brings an abundance of delicious seasonal produce, and Bled is no exception. The local cuisine is based on fresh ingredients and traditional recipes.

  • For an unforgettable dining experience, try Restaurant Sova, which offers a romantic setting and stunning views of the lake.
  • Central Bled Restaurant is perfect for families, with its warm, welcoming atmosphere and tasty Slovenian cuisine.
  • Old Cellar Bled is a great option for those seeking a cosy, traditional restaurant that serves homemade dishes made from local ingredients.
image 6 - Old Cellar Bled Restaurant

Top Tips for an autumn visit to Bled

  1. Dress in layers as the weather can be unpredictable.
  2. Don’t miss the annual Chestnut Festival, which takes place in late October and celebrates the harvest of the sweet chestnuts that grow in the region.

Plan your unforgettable visit to Magical Bled today!

As you can see, Bled, Slovenia beckons with its captivating beauty and a myriad of experiences to be discovered. Whether you choose to visit in the vibrant summertime or immerse yourself in the autumnal charm, Bled offers a magical escape that will leave lasting memories. 


Don’t let this opportunity slip away! Book your stay at one of the four charming accommodations offered by Charming Bled, strategically located around Lake Bled. Each property boasts its unique character, ensuring a comfortable and memorable experience. Whether you prefer a cosy lakeside retreat or a hilltop haven with panoramic views, Charming Bled has the perfect accommodation to suit your needs.

Visit our website today to explore the accommodations, browse the available amenities, and secure your reservation. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Charming Bled are ready to welcome you like a family and assist you in creating an unforgettable stay in this enchanting corner of Slovenia. Start planning your journey today and let Bled weave its spell around you.

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