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10 Things to do in Lovely Ljubljana [Updated]

10 Things to do in Lovely Ljubljana

Hard word to say, hard city to leave! No one dislikes the very laid-back capital city of Slovenia, Ljubljana (‘lyoo-BLY-AH-nah’). This small European destination is comfortably discovered by foot, offers interesting architecture to stare at, and has a very progressive attitude to zero waste. There are plenty of things to do in Ljubljana for those on a two or three-day city break so here are the top rated, in no specific order. If you have longer than two days in Ljubljana, don’t miss out on the majestic day trip to Lake Bled.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia Things to do

1. Take It To The Bridge

…as Justin Timberlake once said.

First thoughts of Ljubljana, so many bridges and one of them is even split into three!

Regardless of there being so many, each one tells its own unique story.

In the past, local bakers who cheated their customers out of quality bread were dunked into freezing cold canal water via the Shoemaker’s Bridge (or Cobbler’s Bridge), an exciting spectacle for all to watch.

Today, lovers can secure their passion by hooking a padlock onto the Butcher’s Bridge.

Some of the architecture might seem curious, such as the Greek-like podiums on the Triple Bridge which was designed by Ljubljana’s resident architect, Jože Plečnik.

For an expert explanation of Ljubljana’s confusing architecture and the history of the city (with a ride on the Castle funicular), check out the two-hour official Ljubljana walking tour hosted by Ljubljana Tourism.

  • Time: 10am daily during peak season
  • Price: 17 euro
  • Location: Town Hall

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2. Ride Ljubljana’s Funicular

If you look up from your phones, you won’t miss Ljubljana Castle perched above the old town. You may, however, miss the unobtrusive funicular railway which connects the street to the Castle for under 5 euros.

The funicular is open all year round and one of the best ways to see the city from above. The ride is over quickly, in under a minute you race up 70 metres to the Castle Hill area.

Here you can take in the view for free, or purchase entry to the Castle grounds.

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Views of lovely Ljubljana from the castle funicular 

3. Fun Food Tour With Ljubljananjam

What’s the best way to find out about a country’s culture? Fill your belly like one of the locals with Ljubljananjam Food Walks!

Ljubljana is a foodie’s dream. Influenced by the Germanic/Austro-Hungarians, Mediterranean, and Yugoslavia, the Slovenian diet features lots of meats, cheese, veggies, bread, and wine.

Iva and her team will present a taste of the Ljubljana’s close-knit culinary community, as well as providing historical knowledge and bowls, plates, cups, and glasses full of Slovenian treats.

The trail takes you around some of Ljubljana’s traditional restaurants as well as the more hipster spots, leaving you with local tips and content stomachs for you to savour.

100% of Ljubljana best things to do for food and drink lovers. I am still thinking about the Orange wine we tasted and have only managed to purchase it once (in London) since then. 

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Orange wine, my new favourite!  Oh Ljubljana what to do? Drink my friend! 

4. Ride Ljubljana’s Mean Streets By Bike

Everyone cycles in Slovenia’s capital, and you can too, at a ridiculously cheap price.

Pick up your bike at the Slovenian Tourist Information Centre (STIC) and for 2 euros you can have a wheely good time seeing the sights at a fast(er) pace.

An easy and enjoyable route is to pedal east to Ljubljana’s beach in the city (Špica).

An alternative option is to cycle south to Tivoli Park which, like the rest of Ljubljana, has designated paths for cyclists.

We hope this does not happen to you but people fall, the body fails (and taxi drivers mount pavements like what happened to us in Lima, Peru)- never travel without insurance.

We use True Traveller as our insurer and I had to claim in Canada (dizziness caused by ear crystals, nothing serious, just annoying), they paid out quickly. See if their website matches your travel needs here. North American readers may want to check out the most popular travel insurance provider, World Nomads. You can read our comparison review here.

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5. Life’s a Beach in Ljubljana

Ok, so you won’t be making sandcastles at Ljubljana’s tranquil riverfront but the people of Ljubljana are so progressive that they do not let something as insignificant as sand get in the way of relaxation.

Pull up a sun lounger, buy a glass beer, and watch the world (and the waves) go by at Špica!

Apparently, there is even a floating bar but be aware, the river is not for swimming. One of the nicer things to do in Ljubljana in summer. 

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Plans are always best made with Slovenian wine!

6. Stay in a Prison

You heard me right; Ljubljana has a converted military prison where the cells have been moulded into special works of art, behind bars of course!

Hostel Celica, once home to political prisoners and menacing militarians is now a bright, modern building oozing with community spirit.

This local and tourist hotspot not only offers sleeping arrangements but also has a popular cafe, hosts live music, and an art gallery showcasing local artists of all ages and genres.

Visitors can select which cell they wish to sleep in (click here for details).

Since each room has been designed by different international artists, they are individually special!

A stay also includes a full continental buffet (not gruel, thankfully), Wi-Fi, baggage storage, solitary confinement, and use of the kitchen on the second floor.

People of all cultures, religions, sexual preferences and political beliefs are all welcome to the institution which once silenced its prisoners.

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  • Price: 20+ euros (cells, rooms, dorms)
  • Location: Metelkova 8, SI – 1000 Ljubljana

» If you are a fan of staying in unique places you may want to check out our guide to staying in castles in Scotland!

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Street Art Attack: Ljubljana Things to See and do

Tucked behind Hostel Celica is the abandoned military barracks, which has been taken over by the younger generation, loaded with spray paint.

Check out the artwork splattered over the converted buildings and the art gallery, Galerija Alkatraz.

Buy a beer and join in the laid-back vibe of the Metelkova area. This was not an easy ride for the community, it took nearly a decade of negotiating with the government not to bulldoze it and let Ljubljaneers do what they do best – regenerate!

You may want to check out the Museum of Modern Art too.

7. Ljublana Pub Crawl

One of the most popular tours in GetYourGuide is actually the Ljubljana Bar Crawl. If you are looking to party hard with a group of international visitors then reserve your spot with your party guide.

The pub crawl tours last for 5 hours and include 5 shots, drinking games (including beer pong) and entry to one of the best clubs or dance bars in the city. The guides really make solo travellers feel like friends.

8. Go Green

It’s no wonder that this small city has won the award for the EU’s greenest city.

Years ago, the government pedestrianised the canal streets (take note, Edinburgh) and introduced public water fountains on every corner.

» Budget tip – remember your water bottles.

As you can drink from the tap in Slovenia, there is no need for a filtering bottle. Something like the Tree Tribe bottle (which we personally use) is worth packing.

The city also has every type of recycling bin the Eco-warrior could desire, discreetly lined around the centre and by 2025, Ljubljana pledges to recycle 78% of its waste.

To play your part, you can purchase at any of the zero waste stores in the city, use the milk vending machines (from local farms) dotted around the town, and buy food at the market.

There is even a small bus called a Kavalir, which runs on electricity, for tourists. It’s green, naturally, looks like a large golf cart and cruises the historic area. You can book a ride here: +386 (0)31 666 331 or by hailing one down.

Finally, check out the castle lights at night, guess what colour they shine? It’s not just me that was impressed with how clean Slovenia is, check out Claudia’s views here in her guide of what to do in Slovenia.

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9. Chase The Dragon

Warning: Ljubljana is so charming, you will be hooked and looking for your next fix as soon as you leave!

However, I don’t mean the consumption of heroin when I say ‘chase the dragon!’

I am referring to Jason’s dragon, that Jason from Jason and The Argonauts – the one he killed on his way back from stealing the gold fleece from King Aetes.

You’ll find these mythical beasts on Dragon Bridge, and in every gift shop. Ljubljana to do list, check it off!

Dragon Bridge in Ljubljana

10. Get High in Ljubljana

Take the lift to the top of Nebotičnik, the 70 meters high skyscraper with the torch–like top. The views from Ljubljana’s Empire State Building are stunning, day and night, and guess what?

A glass of red will only set you back a couple of euros! One of the cool things to do in Ljubljana at night. 

If booze is not your bag, check out this guide to the best coffee shops in Ljubljana.

  • Location: Štefanova ulica 1, 1000 Ljubljana (a Ljubljana must see)

» You may also like | Europe’s most romantic destinations

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BONUS – Leave Ljubljana

Although this list of Ljubljana things to do and see could easily fill up a long weekend itinerary I highly recommend leaving the city.

It will be tough, but there are lots of lovely day trips from the capital, including the fairytale Lake Bled (the town with the church in the middle of the lake) and to the Slovenian/Croatian border where you can go glamping if you are in Slovenia for longer.

You can even visit Bled in winter to ski, sledge and watch the sunken bell tradition! Read more here.

Let someone else do the driving! This popular tour to Bled and Bohinj gives you ample time to take a short hike to Bled Castle and to ride a famous Pletna.

It also includes a stop at Vintgar Gorge (waterfall, rapids, lush green space) and dinner a local Alpine restaurant.

It’s not over yet! See the less touristy Lake Bohinj and wander through the medieval town of Skofja Loka.

» » Check availability of this day Bled day tour here

Lake Bled | Things to do at Lake Bled

» Don’t miss our guide to the best Ljubljana day trips – adventure, scenery and wine

How to Get to Ljubljana

Ljubljana is well connected, Slovenia’s capital is home to Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (previously known as Brnik Airport/code: LJU), Ljubljana railway station and a bus station (Avtobusna postaja Ljubljana).

We entered Slovenia via the Budapest to Ljubljana train from our previous stop on our European trip, Hungary.

Thinking of travelling around Europe? Here’s a guide to how much you can expect to pay on transport, accommodation, food and tours. 

Accommodation in Ljubljana

Considering Slovenia’s capital is such a small city there are numerous options to meet every budget.

For backpackers, there are over 30 hostels, with the majority of them located in the centre. Dorm beds start at under 25 euro and privates from 50 euros.

Check out your options and read reviews here.

Slovenia Packing List

  • A waterproof coat like this Marmot Precip US / UK or Mountain Equipment Rupal US / UK
  • Comfortable walking shoes and hiking boots – I swear Salomon Ellipse trek shoes US / UK
  • Camera and battery
  • Battery pack for your phone – I vouch for Anker’s range US / UK
  • Osprey bag cover US / UK
  • Eco water bottle as there are heaps of places to fill up for free – the practical Tree Tribe US / UK
  • Or Water to Go Water To Go [quote TSA15 at checkout for 15% off]
  • Bamboo cutlery set US / UK
  • Skross universal travel adaptor with USB slots US / UK
  • Pacsafe safety net US / UK
  • Hydration tablets US / UK if participating in some Slovenia wine tasting!

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9 Magical Lake Bled Winter Activities Not To Be Missed

Lake Bled Winter Activities

Lake Bled is found in Slovenia and it is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in the region. This picturesque lake draws millions of tourists from all over the world every year. Most visitors choose to visit Lake Bled in the spring and summer months, however, the landscape of Lake Bled in winter is a must-see. There’s also an array of Lake Bled winter activities to be enjoyed as well as some festive ones. Starting your Slovenian adventure in Ljubljana? Here’s our city guide

Things To Do At Lake Bled During Winter

Winter is quite a romantic time to visit Bled.

There is snow on the Alp mountains, Lake Bled freezes over and festive events bring the sleepy town to life.

Photographers will be taken away by the winter landscape and winter sports lovers can choose from skating, skiing and sledding.

Ice Skating at Bled

Lake Bled offers the perfect spot for ice skating during winter if the lake freezes over.

Unfortunately, it isn’t every year that the lake freezes enough for visitors to skate on it and authorities dictate what is safe but there are other options.

A man-made pop-up ice rink is built overlooking the lake and the inside sports arena has a rink big enough of skating discos, ice hockey, curling and ice bowls!

Skiing on Straža Hill

You don’t have to walk far from Lake Bled to experience skiing in Slovenia! Straža Hill is home to an organised ski school and equipment rental.

The hill’s altitude is 503-634 metres above sea level so not the most challenging of hills but decent enough to stretch the legs and a great starting place for beginner skiers.

More advanced skiers might want to check out Vogel Ski Resort below.

Straža Hill has two runs, a chairlift and night time skiing opportunities. The real beauty of this compact ski resort is the views of Lake Bled during winter.

Straža is open every weekend and then every day during the Christmas holidays.

During spring, summer and autumn Straža Hill becomes a playground without the snow – toboggan rides at their Adventure Park!

Do remember to book your insurance for winter sports before you travel. We use True Traveller, I claimed when I was sick in Vancouver with no issues.

Sledding at Bled

Throwback to your childhood years and hit the slopes for some sledging.

No specific skills required like skiing or boarding so a fun winter opportunity for everyone! Wrap up and sledge down.

Snowshoe at Pokljuka

One of the most popular winter things to do at Bled is snowshoeing.

Snowshoeing involves strapping clamp-like guards to your waterproof hiking boots and walking through, yes you guessed, snow.

It’s a great activity to get you out and about in the forest of Pokljuka regardless of the weather.

You just can’t beat that fresh feeling of being out in the snow for a couple of hours!

Guided tours usually last around four hours and provide walking sticks and snowshoe guards.

Visitors must dress warmly and wear waterproof hiking boots to stay dry. This activity is suitable for adults and children.

Snowboard Lessons at Vogel

Vogel is one of the southern Julian Alps mountains located at Triglav National Park.

The mountain itself is 1922 metres high making it one of the biggest ski resorts in Slovenia. For ease, cable cars run from Lake Bohinj.

Naturally, you can ski and board at Vogel Ski Resort independently but if you would like to learn to snowboard during your trip to Bled you can!

Small group tours are picked up at Bled and driven to Vogel where equipment is then collected after the cable car ride.

The half-day lessons last around three hours and are suitable for all levels from beginner through to advanced, just advise OUTdoor Slovenia of your level you are booking.

Freestyle technique lessons can also be thrown into the mix for the daredevils!

Ski Lesson at Vogel

Just like with snowboarding, you can book half day ski lessons at Vogel too.

The ski groups are no bigger than four skiers per guide to ensure that you get the maximum attention during your lesson.

Like with boarding, equipment can be hired at Vogel Sky Resort. New ski techniques are also taught on request. Alternatively, check out the full day ski lessons.

Tour Bled Castle

Bled Castle is built on a high rocky prominence towering over the lake. This castle was built in the 12th century. Today, the castle welcomes thousands of visitors every winter.

The fortress offers the most amazing views over the lake. Inside Castle Bled, there is a restaurant, a blacksmith’s shop, wine cellar, printing works and museum.

Sticking around for Christmas dinner? Dine overlooking Lake Bled at the Castle Restaurant. 

Visit Lake Bled Church

Lake Bled Church, also known as the Church of the Assumption of Mary, is a popular destination in Lake Bled during winter.

There are 99 steps to get to the church and it is believed that if a groom carries his bride all the way to the top they will have a happy marriage.

The church also has a bell and it is believed that if one rings it three times after making a wish it will come true.

If the lake is frozen you can skate to the church, if not then there are boats to paddle there (or let someone else do the paddling).

Legend of the Sunken Bell

Lake Bled in December is the best time to experience a local tradition. On the 25th of December, locals gather around Lake Bled to watch divers recover a lit up bell which sinks into the lake in honour of a Slovenian tale.

The story goes that Bled Castle was robbed and during the robbery, and Hartman Kreigh was murdered and thrown into the lake.

His widow, Poliksena, was distraught, naturally, and in her grief gave all of her gold away in exchange for a bell.

The bell would be awarded to the chapel on the island to commemorate her husband.

However, the bell was never to make the chapel. The boatman, the boat and the bell all sunk.

In response, the widow gave up everything and joined a monastery. Once she passed, the Pope heard her story and commissioned a bell for the chapel.

Today, visitors ring the bell three times while making a wish in the hope that it will come true and those who visit on Christmas Day can see the bell sink and divers recovery it.

Bled Church with snow

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How To Get To Lake Bled

Accessing Lake Bled is fairly simple since Slovenia has a very good transport network.

Tourists from neighbouring countries can also get to Lake Bled using rail transport, buses and cars. Once you get to Lake Bled, there are a number of great hotels one can stay at.

  • Ljubljana to Lake Bled

There is a 75-minute bus trip to Bled from Bled is best reached by bus from Ljubljana (€13 euros return, can use for 30 days). Ljubljana’s bus station is next to the train station in the middle of Ljubljana. Click here to check the timetable.

The bus drops you off three minutes away from Lake Bled. Coming to Slovenia from Hungary?

The train is the most efficient way, you can read about the journey here.

  • Bled to Ljubljana

Buses going back to Ljubljana from Bled leave the bus station at Glavno Postajališče (where it drops you off) hourly during the day.

Where to Stay in Lake Bled

The family-run Guest House Mlino offers an Alpine-feel stay overlooking Lake Bled. Breakfast gets a thumbs up from users too. The on-site restaurant also comes to highlight rated. Check Booking or TripAdvisor for availability. 

Location, location, location is what the super modern Penzion Vila Prešeren is all about. The 19th-century villa is situated on the shores of Lake Bled, and the terrace views are commended. See if your dates are free at Booking or TripAdvisor.

Both hotels have parking and free WiFi.

Bled’s Best Hostels

There are seven hostels in Bled which offer dorm-style beds for under €10.

We stayed at the Ace of Spades Hostel at the top of the hill. The room was cosy and there are communal kitchens and a common room with a TV for those looking for a social stay in Bled. Backpacking around the continent?

Here’s our guide which details how much travelling in Europe costs

Winter in Bled Packing List

  • Europe gets cold, layers are essential!
  • Cute hat, gloves and scarf
  • A waterproof coat like this Marmot Precip US / UK or Mountain Equipment Rupal US / UK
  • Rab Alpine down coat USA / UK
  • Merino Icebreaker tops USA / UK
  • Comfortable walking shoes and hiking boots – I swear by Salomon Ellipse trek shoes US / UK
  • Camera and battery
  • Battery pack for your phone – I vouch for Anker’s range US / UK
  • Osprey bag cover US / UK
  • Eco water bottle like the practical Tree Tribe US / UK, also keeps hot liquids warm
  • Bamboo cutlery set US / UK
  • Skross universal travel adaptor with USB slots US / UK
  • Pacsafe safety net US / UK
  • Hydration tablets US / UK if participating in some Slovenia wine tasting!

Straza Hill Skiing Bled

Final Words

Lake Bled is especially magically during winter and it’s not just your camera that will get a workout. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy skating, skiing and snowshoeing. Visitors looking for a bit of relaxed fun can sledge too!

Stick around for festivities and join in the cultural event on December 25th in the search for the sunken bell of Slovenia. If Bled still doesn’t quite tick the festive box, click here click here to read our guide to 15+ European winter breaks, tried and tested by travel experts.

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15 Fun Things to do at Lake Bled

Lake Bled | Things to do at Lake Bled

Bled is a small town, northwest of Slovenia’s capital city, Ljubljana. It is located in the beautiful Julian Alps and there are lots of awesome things to do in Lake Bled and around the town. Bled is popular with tourists but what the heck, sometimes tourist hot spots are visited for a reason – Lake Bled is stunning! Just picture a fairy tale story and you are there. Here are the Lake Bled activities not to be missed (and what to avoid).

» » Don’t miss our top things to do in Ljubljana! « «

Things to do in Lake Bled, Slovenia

  • Walk or Cycle Around Lake Bled

Lake Bled is the obvious reason to visit Bled and the paved road around the lake is only 6k long so it is an easy stroll or pedal for travellers of all fitness levels. The benefit of taking this trip around the lake is that you can see Bled Castle and The Church of the Assumption from different angles. I will never tire of looking at this lake!

Trees make for lovely framing if you are a photography fan and during winter the town displays a heart-shaped wreath for lovers to get a cute picture with. 

Cycling is a stress-free activity to do at Lake Bled but if you don’t want to cycle you can, of course, walk. It is a pleasant stroll along a paved path (the image below is just off the path).

As you can see from our picture, it rains in Europe, even in summer.

Pack a waterproof jacket. 

» »  Price:  €5

Cycling in Bled Slovenia
Wheely great time: Lake Bled things to do 

  •  Lake Bled Swimming

Join the locals in the summer months as they cool down from the 27-degree heat in Lake Bled.

There is a designated swimming area so you won’t backstroke into a plenta boat! It even has slides and a jump board.

Grajsko Kopališče aka the Castle Bathing Area has relaxing sun loungers and umbrellas (to rent) for those who prefer some shade.

Grajsko Kopališče is open from June until September.

Grajsko kopalisce Lake Bled Swimming

  • Bled Hiking to a Viewing Point

There are a 15 signposted hikes around Bled which involve leaving the 6k paved road and trekking uphill, but the advantage is that they provide a viewing point, such as #6 Osojnica.

Hikes range from 20 mins to three hours (for more information, click here). 

Forgot your walking boots? No stress, Bled Castle also offers nice views (and free WiFi!)

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A muse for every fairy tale 

  • Visit Bled Castle, Fit for a King

The oldest castle in Slovenia, according to records, Bled Castle overlooks Lake Bled completing the romantic setting.

Not only can you see the lake from the castle terrace but also the mountain ranges of the Karavanke and the Julian Alps. There are two contrasting structures – the walls of the castle are Romanesque whereas the buildings are Renaissance, representing two different periods of time.

Speaking of time, here’s a tip – we managed to sneak into the Castle at night, for free, to check out the views. A nosey inside the Bled Castle would be an ideal thing to do in Bled when it is raining.

» » Price: €11 (Bled Castle Website).

  • Dine At Bled Castle

Bled Castle Restaurant offers outdoor terrace dining (capacity 100) and the indoor seating has large windows which frame Lake Bled.

The menu offers traditional Slovene dishes such as sausage but with a modern twist. Meats, fish, cheese and a salad feature throughout.

There is also a tasting menu for those who are indecisive!

Visitors state that the food is high quality, value for money (around 45 euros for two lunches) and the view is priceless! The service is also top class. 4.5/5 star rating on TripAdvisor speaks volumes – one of the more expensive yet romantic Bled activities!

Bled Castle Restaurant Dining

  • Take A Bite: Bled Cream Cake

Not everything is focused on the Slovenian Lake, there’s food to try too.

Officially called Cremeschnitte but affectionally known as Bled Cream Cake, this custard delight can be bought at most cafes and restaurants in Bled town centre.

Bled cake is unique to the area and enjoyed with a coffee. The calorific dessert dream resembles a custard slice in the UK making it a Lake Bled attraction for those with a sweet tooth (yeah that’s me!) for sure.

Bled Cake

  • All Aboard! Bled’s Boat Rides

A hit or miss activity in Bled is the boat rides.

There are several opportunities around the lake to hire a boat and paddle to The Church of the Assumption on Lake Bled Island in the middle of the lake.

Arms sore from lifting the fork from your plate to mouth?

You can hire a boat with a captain so s/he can do all the hard work for you!

We opted out of this activity as we’d read that it was a bit of a tourist trap. However, it still gets 5/5 on TripAdvisor…

» » Plenta Boat: €15 holds 20 people/40 – 50 mins on the island (not pictured).

Lake Bled Boats

  • Ding Ding! Ring The Bled Church Bell

A traditional thing to do at Lake Bled is to ring the wishing bell of the church on Bled Island. This sound fills the air all day, or as long as there are tourists visiting Bled. Bled Church, The Church of the Assumption, puts 99 steps in front of you before you can ring that bell though. The Slovenian tradition is that the groom carries the bride up the 99 steps!

»» Price: €6 with boat ride required.

The Church of the Assumption Bled Slovenia

  • Rafting on Sava River

This rafting tour is the most popular tour on GetYourGuide. Adventure lovers hit the longest rafting route in the region, taking in 13 km of waves and thrills. 

The 2-3 hour tour wasn’t an option when we visited or we would have booked it. Especially since there is a Bled pickup and drop-off. 

You don’t need any experience of rafting, as there are trained guides who provide the equipment.  did it in Australia, it was wild. We did it as a couple in Scotland, the water was lame.

»» Price: €35 per person/two person minimum. Reserve your spot here

  • Picnic At Lake Bled

Add this to your Lake Bled to do list: pick up a can of beer or bottle of wine (starting from €2, wine is super cheap in Slovenia) and some snacks (there’s a shop near the campsite) and watch the sun set (or in our case, the mist!) over this cute wee island.

The famous Lake Bled Slovenia

Laśko by the Lake, views from Bled Castle 

  • Wine Tasting

Did you know that Slovenia is famous for wine? Try seven different types at this wine tasting class set in a 100-year-old cellar. Appetisers are also included during the two-hour wine experience.

»» Price: €37/£32/$42

Slovenian Wine

  • Lake Bled Toboggan

During the Summer months, visitors can sledge down Straža Hill on a toboggan with beautiful Bled in sight! 

A cool activity (boom boom) do in Bled during Winter is to ski or board on Straža. The slope is small (503 – 634m) but you are skiing with Lake Bled in full view. 

Magically, the slope is lit up for night skiing.

No gear? No problem as you can rent equipment there. Straža is a very short walk from the centre of Bled.

» You may also like our guide Bled in Winter

Straza Hill Bled Toboggan

  • Canyoning in Bled

Looking for something a little more adventure and water-based? Check out the guided canyoning experience and lasts for 3.5 hours. The canyoning tour challenges you to climb and jump your way through the waterfalls and rapids of Bohinj Valley with the support of a fully certified guide. Wetsuits, helmets and zip lines provided.

»» Price: €60 (morning and afternoon departures/not available in winter). Check availability here

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  • Kayaking in Bled

Thrillseekers with a full day to spare in Bled should consider this eight-hour kayaking tour which takes you underground and through abandoned mines. There is a 15-minute descent of 95 metres into the mine so this sport is not for the fainthearted.

Once in the mines, your tour will kayak through the passages for four hours. The tour includes paddling and hiking with the use of a headlamp as the only source of light. Drysuits, boots, life vests, helmets and headlights are all provided.

»» Price: €45 per person/two minimum 

  • Ziplining Tour

Prefer to stay dry when you pump up the adrenaline? What about a flying through the air on five different zip lines with a combined measurement of 2.4kms?

If that sounds like your idea of fun then a ziplining trip over the Dolinka River near Bled is for you.

Tours start in the town of Bled where a minivan drives you to the valley. There is some easy hiking involved in this tour.

»» Price: €57/£50/$65

  • eBike Tour to Vintgar Gorge

Another way to see Bled and beyond is by a 4-hour self-guided eBike tour.

eBikes rides are an easy way to experience Slovenia because they do all the hard work for you.  

It starts with an orientation explaining how to use the eBike then it is off on your adventure to pedal through the countryside to the striking Vintgar Gorge. 

» »  Price:  €45/£38/$52.

How to Get to Lake Bled

  • Ljubljana to Lake Bled

Bled is best reached by bus from Ljubljana. The journey is 75 minutes and buses leave on the hour for €13 euros (return, can use for 30 days). Ljubljana’s bus station is next to the train station in the middle of Ljubljana.

Click here to check the timetable. Arriving to Slovenia from Hungary? Here’s our guide to Ljubljana from Budapest.

  • Bled to Ljubljana

Buses going back to Ljubljana from Bled leave the bus station at Glavno Postajališče (next to a bike shop, a three-minute walk from the lake) hourly during the day.

Lake Bled Hotels, Hostels, Camping

Although Bled makes for a nice day trip from Ljubljana, there’s something mystical about having the town to yourself in the evening so a night at Bled shouldn’t be completely discarded!

Hotels in Bled: start from £46 to £1116+ (!) per night. Check availability here.

Hostels are your cheapest option with dorm beds for under £10 and privates for around £25. Check availability and best rates here at Hostelworld. We stayed at the Ace of Spades Hostel; the staff are friendly and it is clean. It has a big kitchen for personal use and a common room with TV.

There is a campsite in Bled which would be a nice option for the Summer months. If you are into camping you should consider checking out our review of the Big Berry glampsite in the south of the country.

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Bled Weather

The best months to visit Bled for a Summer retreat are June, July and August (25-27 degrees) although weather can be unpredictable.

May and September are cooler but still pleasant. Winter kicks in around November with lows of 2 degrees with the freeze setting in December, January and February (-2 to -4).

We visited around Easter time and it rained which was frustrating but the reality of travelling in Europe!

The wettest months are October and November. 

I am keen to head back to Slovenia when the weather is on our side to witness Bled in warmer tones and also to visit Bohinj and the rest of the Slovenian Alps.

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Another popular lake to visit in Slovenia is Lake Bohinj. It is the largest glacial lake in Slovenia.

Lake Bohinj is part of the Triglav National Park which can be found in the Northwest of the country.

Like Bled, it is close to Ljubljana so can be visited as a part of a multi-tour day trip! Click to find out more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Lake Bled?

Lake Bled is located in the Julian Alps, a quick day trip from the capital city of Slovenia, Ljubljana.

Is Lake Bled Expensive?

Bled is no more expensive than Ljubljana.

If you choose to dine at the Castle this will naturally increase your budget but there are more economical restaurants around the town.

The cost of accommodation has definitely gone up over the past years as the town’s popularity grows.

If you are travelling to multiple stops in the continent, do read our guide to how much things cost in Europe.

Can you swim in Lake Bled?

You sure can in summer. Not only this but you can fly down the slides and sunbathe on loungers.

Things to do in Lake Bled Bucket List

  • Walk or cycle around the famous
  • Row to The Church of the Assumption
  • Ring the bell of The Church of the Assumption
  • Hike to a Bled viewing point
  • Visit Bled Castle
  • Try Bled Cream Cake
  • Taste the wine
  • Canyon or kayak
  • Zipline

Slovenia Packing List

  • A waterproof coat like this Marmot Precip US / UK or Mountain Equipment Rupal US / UK
  • Comfortable walking shoes and hiking boots – I swear Salomon Ellipse trek shoes US / UK 
  • Camera and battery
  • Battery pack for your phone – I vouch for Anker’s range US / UK
  • Eco water bottle as there are heaps of places to fill up for free – the practical Tree Tribe US / UK
  • or Water to Go Water To Go [quote TSA15 at checkout for 15% off]
  • Bamboo cutlery set US / UK
  • Osprey bag cover US / UK
  • Skross universal travel adaptor with USB slots US / UK
  • Hydration tablets US / UK if participating in some Slovenia wine tasting!
  • Pacsafe safety net US / UK

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Final Words

Bled is a small but scenic stop in Slovenia which I highly recommend to anyone who is visiting Ljubljana. It was one of those images I saw online and just had to go and it did not disappoint. Biking was one of the highlights of the things we did when we visited Bled. Staying for longer? Check out this post on one week in Slovenia which recommends some other areas in Slovenia to visit.

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14 Easy + Cheap Day Trips from Ljubljana

Lake Bohinj Day Trips from Ljubljana

Ljubljana really is one of Europe’s cutest cities but the country of Slovenia has more than just its capital to show off. One of the best things about these day trips from Ljubljana is that since the country is small, you can hop to a new destination within three hours. This means less time wasted on travel and more available for fairy tale Bled, gorges, caves and wine tasting! If you are doing these day trips independently, do check out our road trip packing essentials before you drive. 

» Don’t miss our Ljublana itinerary – top attractions, food + tips

The Best Day Trips From Ljubljana

1. Bled

There’s a reason why the most popular day trip from Ljubljana is Bled. This small town is where fairy tales are based on. In the middle of Bled you will find a Lake (Bled) and in the middle of the Lake is a church. Visitors can row boats out to The Church of the Assumption, or be rowed in a plenta boat, and ring the church bell. There are a variety of hikes around the town too, many of which peak at beautiful viewing points.

Bled Castle is hard to miss sitting on top of the cliff overlooking the lake. Its contrasting Romanesque and Renaissance architecture makes it striking and very photogenic. You can pay to enter the castle. The done thing to do in Bled is to eat Bled Cream Cake which is custard based dessert and very tasty.

Ljubljana to Lake Bled: The cheapest way to get to Bled from Ljubljana (and back) is by bus. The ride takes 75 minutes and leaves on the hour from Ljubljana’s bus station is next to the train station in the middle of Ljubljana.

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Bled Tours from Ljubljana

There are lots of tours available if you would prefer to let others do the driving and/or if you wanted to avoid public transport. Tours typically last 3-5 hours and gives you time to explore the lake, church and castle independently. 

Boat Hire Bled I Slovenia Lake Bled Activities2. Vintgar Gorge

The Radovna River cuts the Vintgar Gorge deep between the hills of Hom and Boršt. There is a 1.5 km long wooden pathway that makes it easy to walk around and admire this green and gorgeous spectacle. Think gushing clear water that one can dip toes into, beautiful rapids and scenery all around.

The Gorge also boasts of a large waterfall and a stone bridge towards the end of the wooden pathway. The walk is suitable for anyone, all you have to wear comfortable footwear. There is a small cafe that sells water and snacks after the main waterfall.

There are a couple of restaurants just outside the parking lot of Vintgar Gorge, should you need more sustenance after the walk. Note: the Vintgar Gorge is closed to the public in the winter period. The entrance fee is EUR 5 per adult and a little less for kids. It is easily one of the most popular natural features of Slovenia so best to go as early as possible.

  • Ljubljana to Vintgar Gorge: Vintgar Gorge makes for an easy day trip from Ljubljana or Lake Bled. It is about an hour’s drive from Ljubljana and just 20 min away from Lake Bled by car. But if you do not have a rental car, it perhaps is better to book a tour or take a public bus from either Ljubljana or Lake Bled.
  • By Shweta Singhal | Zest in a Tote

Vintgar Gorge Slovenia

3. Lake Bohinj

While most tourists choose to go to Bled for a day trip from Ljubljana there is one more lake located a little bit further – Lake Bohinj. It’s even more breathtaking than its famous brother because the crystal clear waters are surrounded by Slovenian Alps, with nature around. After the hustle and bustle of Bled, this is a perfect getaway to relax and enjoy the stunning landscape.

Bohinj is Instagram-worthy so get ready to capture the bridge and the church at the shore of the lake. The biggest highlight of Bohinj is the boat ride across the lake with stunning views of surrounding nature. The boats operate daily from the beginning of April until the end of September, tickets cost 9€ for one way and 10,50€ for return.

There are 7 boats per day, the first one departs from near the bridge at 9:30. From the quay on the other side of the lake, it’s only a short walk to the cable car which heads up Vogel Mountain – expect mind-blowing views! Savica Waterfall is a short twenty-minute hike too.

  • Ljubljana to Lake Bohinj: There are 16 buses per day (between 6am and 9pm) connecting Ljubljana with Bohinj, the journey time is around 2 hours, one-way ticket costs 9,80€ and return is 16,44€. 
  • By Kami | My Wanderlust 

Ljubljana to Lake Bohinj and Bled Tours

Why not combine a Bled and Bohinj tour from Ljubljana? This 10-hour day trip gives you ample time to explore the best of Bled and Bohinj – two lakes in ten hours!  

Lake Bohinj Day Trips from Ljubljana

4. Slap Savica

Slap Savica is one of the most beautiful waterfalls one can find in Europe. The emerald green looks unreal and before you go here you might think that the image and colour is photoshopped, but it really has the emerald green colour.  The water is flowing nicely down the mountain wall and it’s just pure bliss to look at the beauty of Slap Savica.

The only downside is that you can’t go for a swim or get really close to the water since it’s blocked by a fence, in order to protect it from tourists. Slap Savica is quite a popular tourist attraction in the Triglav National Park, so it’s totally understandable. Before or after you’ve visited the fall, you can also take a sip of the fresh spring water, which is said to be the fountain of the youth.

  • Ljubljana to Slap Savica: It’s easy to get here, especially if you’re near Lake Bled or Bohinj. For seasoned hikers, it’s possible to hike here, but for most people, it’s probably easier to just rent a car or bicycle to get to the entrance and ticket booth. From there it’s just a short and easy walk to the Slap Savica waterfall.
  • By Alex Waltner | Swedish Nomad

Slap Savica near Ljubljana

5. Radovljica

Located about 40 minutes from Ljubljana and just 10 minutes from Bled, the town of Radovljica should definitely find its way onto your Slovenia itinerary! The Old Town Square of Radovljica exudes small-town charm with an abundance of fascinating history.

Fun Fact: There is only 1 remaining moat in Slovenia and that moat, which dates back to around the year 1500, can be found in Old Town Radovljica. The buildings in the Old Town Square are a picturesque example of what a medieval town looked like back in the 14th and 15th centuries.

If you visit Radovljica on a Tuesday, be sure to stop by the Tourism Office at 10 am for a free guided tour of the Old Town. Otherwise, you can always do a self-guided tour any day of the week and visit the Church of St Peter and the Chapel of St Edith Stein, two of the towns most notable features.

Consider a stay in Radovljica if nearby Bled is too crowded or you’re simply looking for a peaceful small town to base yourself for a few nights. Radovljica has a nice selection of cafes, restaurants, and shops and the surrounding views of the Julian Alps can’t be beat!

  • Ljubljana to Radovljica: Getting to Radovljica from Ljubljana is easy, as public buses run between these cities run often. For a bus schedule and up to date ticket prices, check here. As of August 2018, a bus ticket from Ljubljana will only cost 5.60 Euros. Radovljica is located a mere 4 miles (7 km) from Bled, so if you’re already in Bled and you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can walk or cycle through the scenic countryside. Otherwise, you can take a bus between Bled and Radovljica. However, the easiest way to get to Radovljica from Ljubljana is via motorway, so if you rent a car during your time in Slovenia, you can be to Radovljica in just over 30 minutes!
  • By Toccara & Sam | Forget Someday

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6. Kranjska Gora

Love to Ski but don’t like the expense? Consider Slovenia for skiing this Winter. Kranjska Gora has 18 slopes which vary in difficulty. Slopes cover 26km in length with blue, red, black piste available. There are seven chairlifts, three drag and one gondola. The height comes in at just under 2000, with artificial snow. The season usually runs from mid-December to late April.  

  • Ljubljana to Kranjska Gora: only a 1 hour and 10-minute drive from the city centre or 57 minutes from Airport Ljubljana (LJU).

7. Jezersko

Jezersko is a mountain valley in the Alps of Slovenia, barely 40 minutes from Ljubljana – yet, there are next to no tourists, probably because the road to reach the valley is full of twists and turns. The name Jezersko derives from ‘jezero’, meaning lake because the valley was once covered by a glacial lake that retreated over the centuries. To pay homage to this former lake, a group of locals created a beautiful heart-shaped lake, now in the middle of the valley.

There’s a lot to see and do around Jezersko. Adventurers can choose between hiking, climbing, cycling and even attempting some challenging via ferrata – but make sure you do so with a guide, as they are not easy. Those who prefer to relax can indulge in some delicious cuisine at local restaurants and mountain huts, learn about beekeeping and cheese making, and even take a walk with Matej, the local herbalist.

The landscapes of Jezersko are really beautiful, and the valley can be visited year round – we were told that it’s worth seeing in Autumn when all the trees change colour.

  • Ljubljana to Jezersko: The easiest way is renting a car for the day – it should cost around €40 and since it’s only 50 km from Ljubljana the petrol shouldn’t cost much. You can also take a bus but it you need to change bus in Kranj, so it takes over two hours.
  • By Margherita Ragg | The Crowded Planet 

Jezersko Tours from Ljubljana

This 8-hour day trip takes travellers around Eastern Slovenia driving along through Brdo, Karawanks Jezersko Mountain, the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and into Logar Valley.

Short hikes are factored in throughout the trip to see the mountain views and take in the fresh air. The more adventurous visitors can try out paragliding or archery.

Jezersko mountains near Ljubljana_

8. Škocjan Caves

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Škocjan Caves make for an excellent day-trip from Ljubljana.

The cave system was created by the thundering waters of the Reka River, and in addition to the usual stalactites, stalagmites, cliffs and creatures, it contains one of Europe’s largest underground caverns. The scale is absolutely mind-boggling and makes visitors feel totally insignificant.

At times the scenery really feels like a set from Game of Thrones, but it’s all real and all very impressive!

Much of the cave system was created by the river weakening the limestone above and causing cave-ins (known as ‘dolines’), so there are several places where the deep-underground cave system is open to the air. But don’t worry, it’s very stable these days!

At the Caves, there are two main tours available: the Underground River tour, and the Reka River Underground tour. The Reka River tour is only available during summer months (June-September, with limited offerings in April/May/October), and can be done either with a guide or as a self-guided walk. It takes about 90 minutes and costs 12,50 euros for adults.

The Underground River tour is guided-only, with hourly tours during the summer and less frequently during off-season months. This longer walk takes two hours and costs 16-20 euros depending on the season.

You can also combine the two tours into one 24 euro ticket. Remember to bring appropriate footwear as it can get quite slippery in the caves, and of course, some warm clothing as it’s a constant 12 degrees Celsius in the caves! Unfortunately, photography isn’t permitted inside much of the cave system.

  • Ljubljana to Škocjan Caves: To reach the Caves by car it’s an easy 50-minute drive down the A1 motorway heading south-west out of Ljubljana. By train, it’s a roughly 1h:45m journey from Ljubljana to Divača station, where there’s either a connecting bus or just walking the last couple of kilometres to the cave’s visitor centre.
  • By Joel Baldwin |  World Heritage Journey

Ljubljana to Škocjan Caves Tours

There are also many tourism companies in Ljubljana offering tours, though as usual, these come with a price premium.

9. Vipava Wine Region

If you’re a wine fanatic you should visit Slovenia’s winemaking region – Vipava. Vipava is located less than two hours from Ljubljana. You can go on an organised tour or catch a local bus to visit Vipava and arrange a visit yourself. The town of Vipava is small, with less than 2000 residents and receives approximately 40 tourists a day, checking out Slovenia’s best wines.

This means you can still explore a premier wine destination and not have to fight crowds! Your first stop should be the Vinoteca Wine Museum, housed within the town’s tourism office. There you can sample wine from 45 different winemakers. Next, you’ll want to tour some of the surrounding vineyards.

Wine Tours from Ljubljana

Since no one wants to be the designated driver consider a vineyard tour (or three!) This wine day trip from Ljubljana visits two different distinct wine districts of the Primorska (Littoral) wine regions – the Vipava Valley and the Goriška Brda district.

Vipava Valley is known for its progressive winemakers of the white variety – crisp and aromatic. Goriška Brda is predominantly the region of rebula white wine (ribolla gialla). All three wineries are family-run and small in nature.

10. Postojna Cave Park

Postojna Cave Park is an easy and fun day-trip from the Slovenian capital, home to the spectacular Postojna cave, Predjama Castle among other attractions. A striking natural wonder, Postojna Cave is one of the country’s longest karst cave systems, stretching up to 24,000 miles.

Upon admission into the cave, you can take an underground train journey through the captivating cave formations and subterranean rivers. The cave even boasts an underground concert hall, lauded for its incredible acoustics.

Predjama Castle is another sight absolutely worth visiting. Nestled into a cliff, the castle the image can compete with popular Bled! Each visitor to the castle is given an audio guide in order to learn about the castle’s long and intriguing history.

There are two restaurants within the park complex, located in and around Hotel Jama (where accommodation is available if you’d prefer to spend more than one day exploring the sights). However, if you’re on more of a budget trip, it’s a good idea to bring a packed lunch with you from Ljubljana.

There are a variety of different attractions in the cave park, and a multitude of package deals are available to make the best use of your time and money. For example, a full park experience package is €45,60, giving you access to Postojna cave, Predjama Castle, the vivarium and Expo Cave Karst, all for only €15 more than the cave tickets alone.

However, it is possible to buy tickets for each singular attraction. Commissary and family ticket deals are also available.

  • Ljubljana to Postojna Cave Park: Transport to the park can be bought from the main Ljubljana bus station, where you can also buy the attraction tickets, saving you from queueing when you reach the park. The bus journey to Postojna takes about an hour and when you reach the town, it’s a good ten-minute walk to the park.
  • By Natasha Welch | World Inside My Pocket  

Postojna Cave Park Tours from Ljubljana

This combo tour guides visitors through Bled, Postojna Cave and Predjama. Activities are available at each stop including a guided tour of  Postojna cave. The tour consists of an electric train and short walk.

Postojna Cave Park Slovenia

11. Piran

Piran is a small coastal town on Slovenia’s Adriatic coast. The town is compact with narrow alleys winding through tightly packed houses. The most popular attraction in the town is the Tartini Square which is a beautiful square surrounded by important historic buildings like Town Hall, Venetian Building, Tartini House, Shell Museum, and the tourist information office. Do not miss a visit to the bell tower of the St George Cathedral which offers a spectacular view of the roof towns of the town of Piran and the blue sea beyond it.

The buses to Piran drop you at the bus station some 10 minutes walk from the Tartini Square. There are shuttles running from Tartini Square to the bus station if you do not want to walk.

  • Ljubljana to Piran/Piran to Ljubljana: The frequency of buses from Ljubljana to Piran is poor so you need to plan your schedule accordingly. The bus to and from Piran stops at the Postojna Caves which is another popular Slovenia attraction. But you may not be able to combine both in the same day due to the limited buses running from Piran Ljubljana.
  • By Rashmi and Chalukya | GOBeyondBounds

Piran Tours from Ljubljana

Avoid this logistical headache by considering the Slovenia Coastal Tour which visits not only Piran but also Koper, Izola, Strunjan and Portoroz .

12. Pula, Croatia 

If you are looking for a day trip to a place with an Italian vibe, then Pula in the Istria region in Croatia would be ideal. The entire coastline is filled with beautiful beaches and is considered to be the best in the region.

In Pula, walk around the old town and marvel at some of the Roman ruins like the Arena or the Amphitheatre, the Augustus temple or the Kastel. Alternatively, you can take a boat ride to the Briunji National park. The region is famous for its truffles, wine and beer. So don’t forget to gorge on all these before you head back to Ljubljana. Pula is a relatively small town. Hence it is quite affordable to do a road trip here.

  • Ljubljana to Pula: The easiest way to get to Pula from Ljubljana would be to drive there. It would take 2 – 3 hours one way including the time spent at the security checkpoints.
  • By Soumya Nambiar | Travel Books Food

Pula, Croatia

13. Bela Krajina

Bela Krajina is one of the most beautiful regions to visit in Slovenia, yet hardly known to mass tourism. Right at the border with Croatia, this region is a fantastic place to explore for anybody who enjoys nature, forest hikes, unique archaeological sites such as the Mithraeum of Rozanec; abandoned castles (Krupa, near Stranska vas, is a beautiful sight) and quaint villages.

The water mill at the Krupa River is a nice, hidden gem where it is lovely to walk around, relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. There are some fantastic vineyards where a wine tasting tour is a must; but honey and oil production farms are also great places to spend a few hours.

Bela Krajina Slovenia

14. Big Berry

Forget tents and sleeping mats and think luxury cabins with hot tubs at the front – now you’ve got Big Berry’s glampsite. You can literally see Croatia over the water, you can even swim to it on a warm day, which make Big Berry the perfect end destination for your time in Slovenia. Alternatively, a very nice introduction if arriving after a holiday in Croatia.

Big Berry’s philosophy is ‘Luxury of Freedom’ – freedom to use the glampsite car to explore the local region of Primostek and freedom to dine at your own leisure but a guarantee of good local and family-run businesses produce. Wake up every morning to a packed picnic basket of fresh milk, bread, fruit and yoghurt and enjoy a slow breakfast while watching the river flow by.

  • Ljubljana to Big Berry, Primostek: 1 hour 30 minutes (shuttles from the city available)

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Ljubljana Day Trips Map

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Ljubljana Day Trips Summary

1. Bled
2. Vintgar Gorge
3. Lake Bohinj
4. Slap Savica
5. Radovljica
6. Kranjska Gora
7. Jezersko
8. Škocjan Caves
9. Vipava Wine Region
10. Postojna Cave Park
11. Piran
12. Pula, Croatia
13. Bela Krajina
14. Big Berry

Final Thoughts

As you can see there’s a lot going on in such a small country, especially for travellers who love nature and historic towns. Ljubljana is honestly one of the coolest and most forward-thinking cities that I’ve visited and I love the Slovenian attitude to fresh, local produce and laidback attitude – so leave the city in search of these Ljubljana day trips!

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Big Berry, Slovenia

Describe paradise and Big Berry, Slovenia may be it. Since it sits on the border of both Slovenia and Croatia, Big Berry is a sweet choice for travellers and holiday-makers visiting either of these beautiful countries. Big Berry glamping is located in Primostek, is modern, stylish and I can reassure you – there is not a tent pole in sight! Many travellers who visit Slovenia will prioritise visiting the capital city, Ljubljana and the fairytale town of, Bled, however, camping in Slovenia has never been so appealing now that Big Berry, Primostek is on the scene.

Location: Big Berry, Slovenia

Big Berry is a new glampsite which sits in the south of Slovenia at the Kolpa River in the Bela Krajina region. The capital city of Slovenia, Ljubljana is a 1 hour 30 mins car ride away (Slovenia is not very big!) The Bela Krajina area has supermarkets, bakers, bars, and restaurants.

This is ideal because each of Big Berry’s houses have a well-equipped kitchen for those who like to cook but a variety of culinary options (local and international) only a short car ride away, all meals are included in the overall price – hence the tagline ‘Luxury of Freedom’.

River I Big Berry, Slovenia

Croatia is but a river away!

Why choose Big Berry? Luxury of Freedom

As soon as you step inside the Big Berry house, you know that a lot of thought has been put into these stylish holiday homes. Our house was decorated with the colours yellow (my fave) and baby blue, very fresh and cute.

The bedroom was comfortable, a nice sized wardrobe which lights up, comfy double bed and – hallelujah, a full-length mirror (why is this vital amenity often missing from vacation accommodation?!) There was lots of storage space too, it was refreshing to unpack our backpacks and have space to put the 80l monstrosities away out of sight, and relax! My only gripe is that the Wi-Fi did not reach the house (#5), hopefully, this teething problem will be resolved for the future.

The kitchen/living space had a fridge, microwave, hob, kettle, juicer, crockery, and nice glasses for all the delicious Slovenian wine! There was a welcome pack with said wine, food, and bath products – all from local companies.

Hot Tub I Big Berry, Slovenia

Comfortable yet cool

Local Produce – Bela Krajina Farms to Fork

I really admire Big Berry’s ethos of keeping it in the Bela Krajina family! In the morning we dined on a hamper of bread, apple juice, meat, fruit, yoghurt, and milk – all products from local farmers, it’s nice to know where your food is coming from.

Oh ghee whiz, how could I forget? Big Berry also gave us lots of different types of ghee, who knew that it was used out with curry? News to us, tasty! It was very relaxing brunching on the decking, watching the river flow by, hypnotic! The out of bounds hot tub was a tease though, I’d like to go back when it is fully functioning! A glass of vino, bubbles, and that view – yes please.

Breakfast at Brown Berry I Big Berry, Slovenia

Put some south in your mouth

Lovely Liquids

The river is not the only liquid that you can delve into, Big Berry also took us on trips in the local area to meet the producers of what we were putting into our bodies.

We spent an afternoon within Pivovarna Vizir learning about the beer making process and tasting their craft beer. Over the past six years, there has been a craft beer revolution in Slovenia and this award-winning brewery have been there from the start. We sampled six beers from pale ale to stout, as Maja, the director of this family run business, shared the story behind each beer.

My favourite was Gringo (a mix of Slovenian and Americans hops) while Craig enjoyed… all of them! Beer lovers! Ljubljana hosts a beer festival, this year it is in June. Wine lovers! Pivovarna Vizir also produces wine, if you’ve made your own, Maja can test it for you in her laboratory! Like beer? Slovenia’s Žalec has a beer fountain, read about it in this guide of the best beer cities to visit.

Vizir Craft Beer I Big Berry, Slovenia

Hey good looking, what’s cooking? Barley and hops!

We played a sensory wine tasting game at the Big Berry restaurant, with local wine, the red was my weapon of choice. This place was one of the dining options. We tried an unusual local eggy bread style pudding with meat which was lovely. The soups were delicious too.

Wine Tasting I Big Berry, Slovenia

Semiska Penina also introduced us to their Penina wine (Slovenia’s champagne) on the Big Berry glampsite, a sparkling end to our four days at Big Berry, Slovenia.

Semiska Penina I Big Berry, Slovenia

Pecaric Oil showed us to his large collection of oils. Also an award winner, we tasted each oil and both agreed that the pumpkin oil was our favourite. Did you know that certain oils have specific healing properties? For example, sesame oil for arthritis. I need to get me some thistle oil to flush out my liver!

Pecaric Oil I Big Berry, Slovenia

Big Berry Camp: The Package

The price of a stay at the Big Berry, Slovenia houses includes three meals per day – an organic and locally sourced breakfast basket, freedom to choose from partner restaurants (currently three, with the hope to increase the Big Berry family in the future) for lunch and dinner.

Meals typically include a choice from two soups (with bread) and two mains, hot and cold beverages including beer and wine. The cost also covers the use of a communal car (where available) and trips to local companies as mentioned above.

There is also the possibility of tours further afield such as Ljubljana Postojna Caves but unfortunately, we didn’t experience in this in our short time there. Do check out our Slovenia day trips guide by clicking here.

Check out this post on Slovenia accommodation for other stops too!

Big Berry, Slovenia

Final Words

  • This new Slovenian glampsite is now open to the public, we had a ‘berry good’ time during our four-night stay and would love to return in the future to see Big Berry, Slovenia in season!

  • Check availability and the best rates clicking here.
  • Address: Primostek, 50, 8332 Gradac, Slovenia.
  • Contact: [email protected].
  • Price: €200 / £174 / $226 per night.

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Over to you, have you been glamping?
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Many thanks to the Big Berry family for hosting us, an honest review as always!