Lake Bled is one of Slovenia’s top destinations – and it’s easy to see why.
The beautiful lake town is the gem of the Julian Alps, one of Slovenia’s most beautiful regions. Despite being privy to all the hype of Lake Bled (thanks, Instagram!), it still managed to surprise us at every turn. Everything was picture-perfect – from the ducks swimming serenely, to the traditional wooden boats plying back and forth the island, the beautiful Baroque church standing majestically, and the leafy boardwalk inviting us to relax and enjoy the stunning views.
And the beauty doesn’t end there. A few short drives from Bled brings you past smooth countryside roads to majestic falls, a scenic ravine, and breathtaking viewpoints all around the Julian Alps.
There’s definitely a lot to see and do, eat and experience, and enjoy in Lake Bled. While a day trip from Ljubljana will bring you to the must-sees and the highlights, a holiday in Lake Bled is all about slow and lazy mornings by the lake, exciting outdoor adventures in the afternoon, and superb food and wine in the evenings.
Stay at least 2 or 3 days in Bled and discover more of the Julian Alps. Here’s where to stay in Lake Bled.
Where to stay in Lake Bled – best hotels and holiday homes
Here are my quick recommendations to help you choose your perfect base in Bled.
- If you want to explore Lake Bled easily and fully enjoy the lake town’s charming ambiance, stay in one of these beautiful lakeside hotels. You’ll wake up to spectacular views of the lake, enjoy a private beach area, be near all the best restaurants, and explore Bled’s must-see sights easily. This is your ideal base if you’re planning a relaxing holiday by the lake and want to make the most of the lake town’s charms.
- If you’re planning a road trip around the Julian Alps with your family or friends, stay in one of these cozy holiday homes and apartments. The road that runs along Lake Bled can be quite busy, so if you plan to road trip around the Julian Alps while based in Bled, your best option is to stay in a lovely pension or apartment just outside Lake Bled’s tourist center. You’ll still be within walking distance of Lake Bled’s sights and restaurants, plus enjoy traffic-free journeys to the surrounding countryside.
- If you want a relaxing stay away from the crowds, stay in one of the quieter villages outside Bled. While Lake Bled is worth battling the tourist crowds for, if you want a more laidback holiday with all of Bled’s beauty but minus the crowds (and costs), stay in one of the quieter villages outside Bled. You’ll still get to enjoy Bled’s natural and pristine beauty, discover lesser-known sights and restaurants, and see a side of Bled that you’ve never seen splashed all over Instagram. This is for you if you like holidays with a mix of must-sees and offbeat destinations.
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Map – essential landmarks and best hotels in Lake Bled
Use this Google map to help you plan your trip to Lake Bled. I added all the important landmarks, the best places to visit, as well as the best hotels and restaurants in the area. I also added nearby destinations in case you have more time to explore the area.
If you want to explore Lake Bled easily and fully enjoy the lake town’s charms, stay in one of these beautiful lakeside hotels
Plush bed, a luxurious suite, and stunning views of Lake Bled and the Julian Alps… If this is how you want your holidays in Bled to begin, stay in a beautiful hotel along the lake’s serene shores.
Spend the day lounging on a private beach, watching the wooden boats and ducks go by. Take a break at one of many restaurants serving the best dishes in Bled along the boardwalk. Then energize with a quick power hike in one of the scenic hiking trails around the lake. End the day with a stunning sunset and a bottle of Slovenia’s finest wines for that picture-perfect holiday.
While there are lots to explore around Bled and the Julian Alps, the star attraction is still Lake Bled. Staying in one of Bled’s lakeside hotels will give you front-row seats to the town’s best views, relaxing ambiance, and spectacular gastronomy.
Best lakeside hotels in Lake Bled
★Top Pick: Vila Bled is one of the most luxurious hotels in Lake Bled. It’s located on the shores of the lake and surrounded by a beautiful park. You can enjoy spacious rooms, a bar and a restaurant, stylish amenities, and – best of all – a private swimming deck. They also have parking for guests, making it an ideal base both for enjoying the lake and going on road trip adventures around Bled. Double rooms start at EUR 150.
Grand Hotel Toplice also has a private beachfront and a spa center.
If you’re planning a road trip around the Julian Alps with your family or friends, stay in one of these cozy holiday homes and apartments
Even when you’re on holiday in a lovely destination, there’s nothing quite like the comforts of home. These beautiful holiday homes and apartments are great options for you if you’re traveling with your family or a big group – you’ll get to enjoy spacious rooms, extensive amenities, private parking spaces, and the comforts of home.
These are also great options for couples, especially if you’re planning a trip filled with hikes and drives around the Julian Alps. The road that runs along Lake Bled can be quite busy, so if you want to avoid the occasional traffic jam, stay just outside the tourist center to have the best of both worlds – easy access to Lake Bled’s lively boardwalk and a quick escape to the country roads.
Best holiday homes and apartments in Lake Bled
★Top Pick: Old Bled House is a charming and rustic holiday home 300 meters from Lake Bled. While its name perfectly reflects the wooden house’s old-world charms, it was recently renovated and now blends a cozy and homey ambiance with modern amenities. You’ll be within walking distance to the lake and the boardwalk restaurants, enjoy comfortable rooms, plus have free private parking. Suites for four adults start at EUR 190.
Vila Cvetka and Green Heaven are also worth checking out. These apartments in Bled’s residential areas are great for families and groups looking for spacious and furnished accommodations, a convenient location, and free parking space.
If you’re coming to Bled for an intimate and quiet little holiday enjoying the outdoors, you might want to stay away from Bled’s touristy areas. While a visit to Lake Bled is a must when in the area, you don’t have to spend all your time there. Especially if you plan to do lots of hiking and driving out into the countryside, having to battle through Bled traffic and its tourist crowds may put a damper on your holiday.
Avoid all that and stay in one of the quieter villages a short drive from Bled. You’ll get to enjoy a taste of the sweet rural life, enjoy Bled’s pristine outdoors, discover lesser-known sights and restaurants, and explore offbeat destinations.
Best places to stay for a relaxed holiday in Bled
★Top Pick: Farm Holidays Povsin is a beautiful holiday home set on an idyllic farm in the countryside. It’s a short 2-km drive from Lake Bled and an excellent base for couples and families looking for a relaxing holiday. Aside from cozy and spacious rooms, you’ll get to enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet made with fresh products from the farm. It’s the perfect farmhouse holiday experience for nature-lovers. Double rooms start at EUR 120/night.
Other idyllic holiday homes in the quieter villages outside Bled town are Apartments Kocijancic, Lodge Bled, and Pension Bled. All these offer spacious apartments in a peaceful but convenient location with free parking, and most things you’ll need for a comfortable stay.
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Ready to plan your trip? Here’s my Lake Bled travel guide. It’s the perfect guide for exploring Bled and the beautiful Julian Alps. It covers Bled must-sees, day trips to surrounding villages and towns, and plenty of amazing natural landscapes that make Slovenia one of the best destinations for outdoor adventures.
Stay at least two nights to have enough time to explore and enjoy Lake Bled’s charming ambiance. You can spend up to a week here and you won’t run out of things to see, so if you love the outdoors, plan for an extended trip.
If you’re planning to see more of Slovenia, check out my road trip itinerary. It brings you from the charming capital of Ljubljana to the coasts and the countryside. It’s the perfect overview of Slovenia if you’re visiting for the first time.
I hope these all help you plan your trip to Lake Bled and Slovenia! If you have any questions or need custom recommendations, send me a message, and I’ll be happy to help you out.
Thanks for reading and have a lovely little holiday in Slovenia!