Bled is a small town fifty minutes by train from Ljubljana. The town is known for its incredibly blue glacial lake and its thermal baths that became popular with European aristocracy at the beginning of the 20th century. In the middle of the lake there’s a small island home to Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church that can be reached by climbing 99 steps. This church is a popular venue for wedding ceremonies.
Bled Castle watches over the lake. The castle has an exhibition of the history of the area. The entry to the castle is 8 euro but it’s worth visiting if only for the beautiful views of the lake and its surroundings.
About 4 km away from the lake is Vintgar Gorge. You have to walk through the quaint countryside of Bled to get there. Golden corn fields and beautiful gardens line the road.
A wooden walkway 1,600 m long has been built along the steep banks of the Radovna River. The river flow is interrupted by waterfalls and the water is crystal clear. The walk is spectacular.
We made our way back to Bled through the country side climbing down another side of the hill. Slovenians take pride in their homes and many enjoy gardening.