Lake Bled

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Lake Bled is a slice of European heaven. Nestled in-between tree lined valleys, it doesn't get more picturesque than this. The locals have discovered it, but it is pretty much off the radar for the American tourist.  We had intended to only pass through on our drive down to Croatia, but having forgotten my passport and consequently being turned away at the Croatian border, we returned to Lake Bled for the remainder of the weekend.   

Truth be told, the end of May is still a quiet time for Bled.  Businesses close early and the alpine slide wasn't even open yet.  It actually made for a very pleasant stay--parking was much easier to come by and restaurants didn't require reservations.   You can read about our trip last year here, here and here.  

We stopped in for lunch at our favorite pizza restaurant Pizzaria Rustika which we count as one of the best in Europe.  Service can be slow when busy, but they offer free wi-fi and an upstairs patio for a pleasant outdoor dining experience.  
Last year I wasn't crazy about our accommodation, but this year we were very pleased.  With last minute notice (thanks to my passport fiasco) we booked a room with Pension Bled.  They accommodated our late arrival, ended up giving us two rooms for the price of one, and breakfast was included. They gave us hiking tips and a good dinner recommendation.  Two thumbs way up for their customer service.  
TIP: Those without a car might find them a little far from the center of town. 
We ate dinner at the Pension Union located on the main street as you head into town from the freeway.  We ordered the mixed grill platter which they cooked on real wood chip embers right in front of our table.  The food was delicious and as you can imagine, fresh!
TIP:There is no onsite parking--There is a public lot across the street about a block away marked with a big P.

Lake Bled is perfect for an afternoon stroll and look what I found. The swan was so picturesque I think I took 10 photographs of her.

Slovenia is known for its honey and consequently you will see colorful hives like this one around the country.


  1. Great photos and lots of information!
    Thank you so much