The final stop on our road trip in Slovenia was the fairytale Lake Bled. We’d been told that the nearby Lake Bohinj is a much less touristy, and some would argue better, option, but the first photo that ever captured our attention of Slovenia was one of Lake Bled, so we really wanted to visit. We got to Lake Bled on our road trip around 4pm on a Sunday so the crowds weren’t too much and we still had time to do all the things we wanted. Seeing the image above was worth the visit alone. If you’re there in wintertime, this post has suggestions for the best things to do in Lake Bled in winter – I think the castle looks even more beautiful at that time of year!
When we arrived, the lake was looking its moody best. The clouds cleared a little later meaning we got to see the lake’s colours transform through a spectrum of blues and greens.
One of the things we wanted to do was hire a boat and row to the lake’s castle. Boats cost €10 for an hour have to be returned by 6pm. It took around five minutes one-way, so we had plenty of time to fit it, and loved taking in the gorgeous views across the lake.
However, being the giant kids that we are, we opted not to tour the castle as there was something else that had caught our eye – the Straza toboggan ride!
The Straza is open from April-October each year and is a 450m toboggan track down a hill overlooking Lake Bled. You sit in a little toboggan and control your speed by pulling a lever to and fro. It’s easy to stop if you need to, but you can also reach great speeds. If you’re embarrassed at your childishness (we’re not!) then you can always use the views as an excuse to have a go!
The views are certainly worth it…
… but the ride is where the fun’s at. SO much fun! We had to go on it twice!
Lake Bled may be touristy, but with such a picturesque setting, it’s very easy to see why. Plus we know the perfect place to stay…
Read about where we stayed in a tree house in Lake Bled.