Is Lake Bled worth visiting for a day?
Yes, Lake Bled is 100% worth a visit, even if it's just for the day. Some travelers will choose to spend 2-3 days here, but if you're short on time, a day trip is definitely worth it. The turquoise waters are beautiful, and it's a great spot to have a relaxing day.
How do you get to Lake Bled?
It's quite easy to take a day trip to Lake Bled from Ljubljana. Buses leave regularly from the central bus station to Lake Bled for ~13 euros round-trip. The ride is between 1-2 hours, depending on how many stops (or if you get a direct bus). They start running as early as 6:00 am and well into the evening for your return. You can also join a day tour (60-80 euros), but I found it easy to do on my own. Plus, it means you're not on anyone else's schedule.
What to do in Lake Bled
Honestly, I'd consider skipping this. While the water is cool looking, it's one of those spots that just loses its appeal if you've seen *anything* similar before. The path is one-way and nearly single file — even early in the morning there was quite a crowd. You can't really pass people so you end up queuing all the way through the gorge. The "highlight" section is only about 15-20 minutes, and then you either hike back to the start, or down to Bled. It's a nice hike, but nothing special -- and if you're walking back to Bled, much of it is just on the road.
Walk around Lake Bled
It's about 3.5 miles to circumnavigate the lake, but you'll want to take your time. There are plenty of spots to stop for a swim, read a book, grab a beverage or just chill. The lake is beautiful, the vibe is *chefs kiss*
Hike to the Mala Osojnica viewpoint
This short hike is on the far end of the lake and takes you to one of the classic viewpoints of Lake Bled and the surrounding area. Definitely worth the side trip.
Take a boat ride to Blejski Otok
Bled is perhaps most famous for the island right in the middle of the lake – it's the only island in Slovenia. You can take a gondola over to the island for around 12 euros, leaving from a few different points on the lake. On the island you'll find The Church of Mary the Queen which you can explore and even ring the "bell of wishes". The legend says that those who ring the bell and make a wish, will see their wish come true. You can also rent your own rowboat to get to the island, or swim, although swimmers won't be allowed in the church without clothes.
Eat some Bled Cream Cake
Known locally as Kremsnita, this delectable creation goes great with an afternoon coffee (or beer). It's delicious.