Lake Bled and its homonymous village are located in the Upper Carniola region, in north-western Slovenia.
This lake is the most popular tourist destination in Slovenia, receiving thousands of national and foreign visitors every year.
Bled is located next to the Karawanks mountain range, near the Austrian border, about 50 km northwest of the country’s capital, Ljubljana.
Bled is especially known for the glacial Lake Bled, which makes it a major tourist attraction.
Hanging on a rock overlooking the lake is the iconic Bled Castle. The city is also known in Slovenia for its vanilla and cream cakes or kremna rezina.
When choosing the best areas to stay in Bled, the area that borders the Bled Lake is the most scenic place to stay.
In case you don’t have the time or patience to continue reading the entire article, this is a summary of the best areas to stay in Bled, Slovenia.
Keep on reading to discover more detailed information about each of the areas.
The centre of Bled is located on the eastern shore of the lake.
This area is the liveliest part of town and gathers most of the shops, restaurants, cafes and bars in the city, making it an excellent area to stay in Bled if you are looking to socialize and be close to everything.
In this area, some local and intercity buses stop.
The centre is a great area to stay in Bled as it is equidistant from places of interest like Straza Hill or the Castle.
In the stores in the area, it is possible to book tours of the lake and the Vintgar gorge.
In the evening, the terraces overlooking the lake come to life, and it is possible to have a beer or dine against the impressive backdrop of the lake and the castle.
The centre, being the most urbanized area, also has a good number of accommodation options, making it possible to find cheaper rates than you would expect in areas like Straza or the castle.
Pension Vila Preseren is located in a 19th century villa, on the shore of the beautiful Lake Bled, under the castle in the centre of Bled. It offers free Wi-Fi.
Traveller’s Haven Hostel is located below Bled Castle, and it offers free Wi-Fi and free parking. It has a shared living room with an LCD cable TV and a computer. Lake Bled and the bus station are a 3-minute walk away.
Hotel Krim is located in the centre of Bled, 100 metres from the lake and close to the sports complex. It offers rooms with balcony, bathroom, telephone, satellite TV and internet connection. There are 2 restaurants, a snack bar and a lounge bar.
Rose Bled Hotel has an indoor pool and a spa centre. It enjoys a unique location, just behind the Spa Park, just 160 metres from Lake Bled. Surrounded by greenery, it offers modern-style accommodation and a restaurant.
Bled Castle stands on a rocky hill located on the northeast shore of the lake.
It is a medieval castle built on a cliff overlooking Lake Bled.
According to written sources, it is the oldest Slovenian castle and is currently one of the most visited tourist attractions in the country.
This ancient structure can be visited, and its terrace offers spectacular views of the lake, the village and the surrounding mountains.
This area of Bled offers some pensions and boutique hotels.
In the area north of the castle, on the outskirts of Bled, there are numerous tourist apartment, ideal if you have a car to get around.
One thing you should keep in mind is that it is a very steep area, so it is more recommended for athletic visitors if you need to get around the city on foot.
Apartments Violeta occupy a recently built family house, and it is located on the street below the historic castle of Bled. It offers free Wi-Fi and free parking.
Straza Hill is located on the southeast shore of Lake Bled, south of the village.
Both the hill and the surrounding area are the most interesting areas to stay in Bled, from the luxury tourism point of view.
This lakeside promontory offers, unsurprisingly, stunning views of the castle, island and village.
In between November and March, the hill becomes a ski slope to enjoy winter sports.
At the base of the hill is the main jetty from which the small motorboats known as pletna depart to visit the island of Bled.
Around the hill, particularly on its west side, are some luxury hotels with lake views.
Unique Forest Lodge offers barbecue facilities and a terrace located in Bled, 800 metres from Grajska Beach, 1.2 km from Sports Hall Bled and 1.7 km from Bled Castle.
Vila Bled was the former summer residence of President Tito. It is located on the banks of Lake Bled, surrounded by a park of great beauty. It has a luxury spa and offers free Wi-Fi.
For nature lovers, Bled has one of the most beautiful natural parks in Central Europe.
Vintgar Gorge is a 1.6 kilometre gorge in north-western Slovenia, in the municipalities of Gorje and Bled
It is located four kilometres northwest of Bled.
Vintgar Gorge is the closest point to enter Triglav National Park from Bled.
Most accommodation in the area is located next to the park or in the nearby villages of Podhom, Zasip and Spodnje Gorje.
Something that makes this area special is the abundance of hotels and eco-friendly accommodation with national and European certification.
The Vintgar gorge area is accessible from Bled through organized tours, although many visitors prefer to visit it on foot (about a 12 kilometres round trip).
ECO Boutique Hotel AMS Beagle is located 200 metres from the Vintgar Gorge and the Triglav National Park, it offers free WiFi and a ski school. The hotel has a children’s playground, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Free private parking on site.
Bled mixes history and nature like few other cities in Europe do.
Lake Bled is the most important attraction and the central axis of the city. In its centre stands a small island with a hermitage, the Church of the Assumption.
Bled Castle, considered the oldest in Slovenia, is suspended on a rocky cliff overlooking one of the lake’s shores.
Very close to the city of Bled, you can visit unbeatable natural landscapes such as the Bled Gorge or the Triglav National Park, with imposing perennial snow peaks and immense forests that seem straight out of a fairy tale.
Getting to Bled is not as easy as other European tourist destinations, but maybe that’s the main reason why the area has kept its charm.
The Lesce-Bled railway station is 4 km from the centre of Bled. Bled can be reached by bus Bled Jezero Train Station, which is just 1.5 km from the centre of Bled.
There are also long-distance bus connections between the main Slovenian cities and Bled, the bus station is located next to the Lesce-Bled railway station.
When it comes to accommodation, the best area to stay in Bled is anywhere around the lake. See accommodation near Bled Lake.
The accommodation in Bled is one of the most expensive in Slovenia and is more in line with what you might expect from an alpine city in Austria. In this city, cheap hotels can easily cost €80 and, for a luxury one, you can expect to pay +€150.
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