Are you desperate for a vacation, but don’t know where to go? If you fancy traveling to Europe, but you are still hesitant about the destination, or you feel worried about your safety. For first-timers, Slovenia is ideal for a solo female traveler. A blissful Lake Bled holiday might be just what you need to recharge!
Is it possible you might never have heard of Lake Bled? Thanks to the many Instagram influencers posting about this fantastic place, I found it! If you are traveling from Ljubliana to Lake Bled, I will have some helpful information in this post.
As I mentioned, Lake Bled is a safe destination for solo travelers. The safety index in Ljubljana is rather high up, according to Numbeo. Below is an account of my experiences traveling alone in Lake Bled.
What to Expect When Traveling Alone in Lake Bled
I would expect that safety is everyone’s top concern when traveling by themselves in a foreign country. As a whole, Slovenia is a destination which many families choose to raise a family. Safety is very highly regarded throughout the country, and this is even more true about the natural wonder – the Lake Bled. I have to say I felt very secure there even at night
Lake Bled is charismatic and very peaceful. It is just under 2 hours from Slovenia’s capital city, Ljubljana! And Ljubljana is another hidden gem! A terrific destination in Slovenia for a solo trip after Lake Bled.
What you can expect when traveling alone in Lake Bled is that it will be very peaceful. So, if you are looking for a peaceful and breathtaking escape, you should go to Bled! From Ljubljana to Lake Bled, it’s just 1 1/2 hours, located at the foothills of the Julian Alps. The short distance makes it’s perfect for a day trip or overnight stay.
I visited in the middle of October, which was past the busy summer season. I would recommend that if you want to spend more than a day trip, try and go in peak season. At the time of my visit, you could see the town was really settling down from the travel season.
Blissful Lake Bled Holiday Ideas
Bled has a very popular campsite by the lake, Garden Village Bled. It is located 300m from Lake Bled. Tree Houses, Glamping Tents with Hot Tubs, Pier Tenants, and Luxurious Apartments available! I can’t think of a better way to spend a blissful Lake Bled holiday than in a hot tub!
Another popular resort site is Camping Bled, and it also offers glamping tenants, little designer cottages, and luxury rooms. Be sure to check out the special packages offered at both resorts. Resorts are closed from approximately mid-October until April. Don’t forget to book in advance!
The most popular activities of Lake Bled are all focused around nature. Some ideas to keep you busy during the day would be:
- Kayak around Lake Bled for a calming and centering afternoon.
- Row a boat to the Church of Assumption, and ring the bell.
- Hike to the many viewpoints Lake Bled.
If you are more of an indoor girl, not to worry, there are still a lot of things to do that don’t require rowing or hike.
I will be honest; I didn’t row or hike anywhere. Expect I did slowing crawl my way up to the Bled Castle, but I only did that so I could eat Bled Cream Cake!
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What to Expect at Bled Castle
Bled Castle, not to be confused with Bled Island, is the 11th-century castle sitting up on top of the hill. Its views are incredible! Definitely worth the hike up if you choose to go on foot. There is a bus service to reach the top of this fantastic place.
The castle grounds are filled with exciting places to explore, such as the museum and wine cellar! You can pay a visit to the printing works room that is “the home” of postcards and other craftwork.
It is the perfect place to take photos of the entire lake. You will enjoy nearly 360 degree views. Visiting in autman was such a wonderful choice being able to enjoy the foliage.
Should you be hungry, this will not last for long. You could either go for the cafe-style restaurant with outdoor seating or head straight to Bled Castle Restaurant, where a reservation is needed. The latter has made my head spin – I do recommend it!
How to Visit Bled Island
Bled Island is the famously photographed Gothic church centered on its island in Lake Bled. Built-in 1465, this single-nave Gothic church has a particular featured 52m high bell tower, that you can ring! This church is open to the public, and has a viewing tower, worth the climb!
To reach Bled Island, you can do so, by rowing a rented rowboat, or by joining a small group on a Pletna boat! These boats are relatively inexpensive. You won’t need to book in advance. However, you should have the cash to pay.
I spent less than a hour checking out this idyllic piece of history. If you get a nice day like I did, you will want to have your camera with you!
Day Trips From Lake Bled
The most popular day trip from Lake Bled is to the Plitvice Lakes. Located in Croatia’s first proclaimed park in 1949. The lake park is declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
For nature lovers, this day trip is a must! Of course, you could visit alone, but I would highly recommend joining a day tour. The distance from Lake Bled to the Plitvice Lakes is approximately 3 1/2 hours. With a long travel time such as this, you will want to get an early start on your way to the park.
Here is more information for Plitvice Lakes and photo inspiration.
Best Places to Stay at Bled Lake, Alone
Do you worry about safety when staying alone in a hotel? I’ve come to expect when I travel alone that I’m going to pay extra attention to the hotel I book.
I do a lot of research and make sure to stay in top-notch accommodations. If you are going to be alone when traveling, you want to feel comfortable.
Best Boutique Hotels in Lake Bled
No better way to enjoy a blissful Lake Bled Holiday, than in a boutique hotel! Here are a few of the lake’s finest!
- Rikli Balance Hotel, this hotel has all the modern and chic you will need on your little getaway. The pools are especially impressive! Two onsite restaurants, full-service spa, and airport shuttle service!
- Old Bled House, All of the charms of the world, lives in this hotel just a 20-minute walk from Bled Castle!! This hotel is small, with only five guest rooms; booking in advance is a must!
Best Luxury Hotels in Lake Bled
- Grand Hotel Toplice-Sava Hotels This is the five-star experience you have been saving for! The luxurious lakeside hotel offers world-class service and incredible views of Bled Castle.
Best Stylish Bled Hotel
- Vila Alpina is a stylish and straightforward hotel, located 6 mins by walk to Bled Lake, and 12 minutes to Bled Castle. This hotel proposes a self-service laundry, free wifi, an airport shuttle, and a garden.
Places to Eat Alone at Bled Lake
At times no matter how adventurous a journey is, doubts and insecurities might crop up and rule over our vacation. This too, shall pass…
Eating on your own could be seen as a meditation in itself. It is by no means a reason to feel sad or lonely but rather grateful to spend some quality time alone while enjoying the famous second glass of wine.
Best Lunch and Dinner in Lake Bled
Lake Bled is a small community, and there didn’t seem to be an abundance of restaurants to choose from. I take my recommendations very seriously and only have listed the few that impressed me.
- Restaurant Sova is an excellent idea for either lunch or dinner and is located right along the lake. The rooftop dining terrace is an exclusive place to enjoy a meal here.
- Penzion Berc has a lovely garden terrace setting for outdoor dining. Classic fine dining restaurant, I suggest trying the fish dishes. Be sure to book ahead.
- Castle Restaurant If you have only made up your mind for a restaurant experience – do attend the Castle Restaurant. It will be a memory to cherish. Reservation is advisable. Make reservations.
If you are traveling solo like I usually do, be sure to treat yourself to a nice restaurant. Don’t waste any time worrying about doing it alone, and thinking it would only be special if you were with someone.
It took me a long time to realize that celebrating myself and enjoying the time I had alone creates a more self-confident and capable of a person. Also, waitstaff treats you extra special when you are alone, and usually will always find a way to squeeze you into a crowded restaurant!
In other words, one is a much more manageable number. You deserve a blissful Lake Bled holiday in Slovenia. Embrace these moments and yourself! 🙂
Final Thoughts A Blissful Lake Bled Holiday
Traveling solo can be so many things. At times it can be a little lonely, stressful, and sad. But, it can also be exciting, wonderful and life-changing! I have traveled on my own for over ten years now. Each time I go somewhere new, I learn something important about myself.
I can vividly remember that it was here in Lake Bled I decided I wanted to move from the United States to Europe. It was a special moment I had with myself when I know I just wanted a change.
The peaceful time I had walking around this lake and time spent gazing at the castle above, really sunk in. It is these moments that can shape my future.
I urge anyone who has yet to actually travel solo to give it a chance. I know that some of the most common emotions I listed above could stop you, but don’t let it.
The times I spent feeling less than 100% happy were so minuscule in comparison to the time I felt blissful and grateful. Start your journey with solo travel slowly. And, be sure to read more articles I published in solo female inspiration.
Remember, you can do this! It takes practice and strength, and a little courage!
From Ljubljana to Lake Bled
The journey from Ljubljana to Lake Bled is an easy one! I started my Slovenia adventure in Ljubljana. From the central bus station in Ljubljana direct to Lake Bled, it was an hour and a half.
I can understand if you are a bit hesitant about taking the bus alone. But, hopefully, I can alleviate some of those fears. My experience aboard the bus was enjoyable. I even made a friend on this quick journey!
The bus was spotless and comfortable; I did not feel the least bit unsafe. The bus ride itself was very smooth and effortless.
A lot of travelers do rent a car when traveling in Europe. If you decide to get an automobile, you will have the possibility to explore more of Slovenia.
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