Lake Bled is fairytale perfection. An Alpine lake, 475m above sea level, in the Julian Alps of Slovenia with a medieval castle perched on a cliff, and a church on an island where they say listening to the bell ring makes your wishes come true. Legend has it that the lake has special powers to restore health and well-being. When you think of Lake Bled you think of honeymooners, romance, a peaceful relaxing getaway. But don’t let that image fool you, there are plenty of adventurous outdoor activities in and around Lake Bled…..
One thing I must mention so you are not shocked when you get there. It’s surprisingly small. Much smaller than it seems in photos.
9 Outdoor activities in and around Lake Bled
1. Row on the Lake
Now you can’t come to Lake Bled and not go on the lake, and what is more picturesque than doing it by rowboat? Nothing. Nothing is more picturesque. There are a few places you can pick up your boat, just take a walk along the lake and you will find one.
(not)Fun fact: My GoPro fell into the lake whilst taking this photo. I managed to grab it before it went out of reach
I got mine from Grajska boathouse, situated on the North East side of the lake, near the castle. It costs 15 euro per hour, then 8 euro for every additional hour.
I paid for 1 hour rental but was actually out for 1.5 hours. They didn’t charge me extra when I returned, however, I suspect I was just lucky.
Now, it was a slightly windy day, which was enough to make rowing in one direction significantly harder than the other. You will see what I mean in a minute…
I set off on my merry way towards the island on the other side of the lake. I didn’t actually go onto the island but just hung out near it. Around the lake, it was incredibly busy but surprisingly few people were rowing on the lake, so I enjoyed the peace whilst sunbathing and jumping into the water to cool off.
Now, rowing to this point was incredibly easy. The way back, however, was another matter. The wind. It was a hard slog to get back to the other side. If I ever stopped rowing to take a break I would drift back the way I came.
So I couldn’t stop.
2. Other lake activities
3. Take a ‘hike’ to the perfect viewpoint – Osojnica
I’d seen pictures of this viewpoint and it looked like it would be a solid hike to get there. It wasn’t. I think calling it a hike is pushing it a little.
From the road that goes around the lake, you take the trail and walk up for maybe 10min. Then you are there. The lake is surprisingly small, and it took me about 30min to walk here from my hostel which was right on the other side of the lake.
So, to get here, let’s say you are walking from Bled town, walk anti-clockwise around the lake. As you reach the west side, go past the camping ground and a bit further along there will be a trail directly from the road. It’s a very short but steep uphill to reach the viewpoint.
Top tip: It’s a very popular viewpoint so go early. I was there for about 7am and there was no one around. At around 7:30 is when more people started to arrive.
4. Walk around the lake (or bike)
The lake is about 6km around. You will walk on a mix of asphalt path, dirt track
This was a very last minute decision. I had initially gone to the gorge that morning but left without going in (you will see in a minute). I needed something else to do so went to a tour office and booked this, then an hour-ish later I was up in the sky.
I had wanted to skydive…until I saw how much it cost. Paragliding was half the price (95 euros). No brainer really.
6. Summit Mt Triglav
Now, this is one of the main reasons I came to Lake Bled. I mean, I knew I wanted to visit the lake someday, but it was arranging to trek up Triglav that sealed the deal. At 2863m, Mt Triglav is the highest mountain in Slovenia. Technically not at Lake Bled itself, but rather Lake Bled is on the outskirts of Triglav national park.
I went with a company called
Alternatively can just turn up at a tour company and book whilst you are there.
The whole excursion only takes 2 days. Day one through and up the Julian Alps to the mountain hut, then day 2 is a via ferrata summit, then back down to Bled.
Via ferrata is where you are harnessed to a cable for safety.
I will put out a more detailed blog post about it sometime.
7. Other outdoorsy Lake Bled activities
Be it winter or summer at Lake Bled, you have quite a few activities to choose from. With only a few days here, I didn’t have time to do everything. Here are a few other things that
Rafting, canyoning, zip lining, cave kayaking, scuba diving, snowshoeing, ice climbing, aerobatic stunt flying. There are a few adventure tour companies dotted around the lake. For more info about these activities, you can check out
8. Rent a scooter
I picked this bad boy up near the main roundabout with the bus terminal as you enter Lake Bled. You should see them as you walk down towards the lake. I’m not sure what the engine size was, but I can tell you it wasn’t much.
Going uphill on it was……interesting.
If you have a need for speed this scooter isn’t for you. But you don’t really need speed in Bled. Why rent a scooter? Well, why not? I always try to rent something like this when I travel, it makes exploring a bit further afield easier (and more fun). It gave me a chance to ride around seeing the surrounding areas of Lake Bled.
Cost (at the time of writing): 35euros per day
9. Vintgar Gorge
Now I’m putting this place in here because apparently it is the number one thing to do/see in Lake Bled. I was also told by a few people that I had to go there.
Well, I went (about 10
I don’t hate people, it’s just I don’t enjoy nature with mass crowds, for me it distracts from the beauty.
If you are interested then you can find out more info about it on the Vintgar website.
Well there you have it, 9 outdoor activities to do in and around Lake Bled. I only had 4 days there, but with all the fun activities available, I could have stayed much much longer.