the best way to enjoy the lake (if you're in good condition, what was not exactly my case) is to walk along the lake. There's a good path that, I think, goes completely around the lake. We used it for a few hundred meters, and enjoyed the many points with excellent views.
Bled has one of the most beautiful course in Slovenia and even Europe. It is opened from March to December and it is the host to numerous international tournaments. The course is located 2 km from Bled town with an easy acess but the accomodation can be found within the course itself.
Summer tobogganing is pretty new summer sport activity in Straza - Bled.
Some technical facts:
Length of the track: 520 m
Altitude difference: 131 m
Speed: max 40 km/h
Average Inclination: 25,2%
This is a skiing resort only 40 minuttes from Bled with a fantastic view to the mountain region of Slovenia and Bohinnj Lake in the vally. You can see the highest mountain Triglav very clearly.
To get there you take the big cable car to Vogel ski hotel from the south-west side of Bohinj lake (near the village Ukanc) it runs every 30 minuttes from 8am to 6pm.
The skiing is not difficult with 13 km red track and 10 km blue track and 7 chair and drag lifts.
They also offer skiing school, ski equiepment rental and children nursery.
Equipment: Bring varm clothes. Bring your own ski equiepment, or rent it at the ski center.
Bled is for sure the place to go for an active holiday. You can do : Cycling, Paragliding and Gliding, Swimming and Diving, Rafting, Canoeing, Alpine climbing , Horseriding, Tennis, Rowing, Mini golfing ....and in the winter all kind of winter sports.
This is a great way to have fun and to get a good view of the lake. The Straza chairlift can be found near the town centre on the south shore of the lake. The chairlift runs up the Straza hill where you can see great views of the lake and then take the toboggan back down to the entrance. The toboggan criss-crosses back down the hill for a length of 520m on a metal track that is a couple of feet off the ground. The actual toboggan is controlled by a lever which you operate to slow down or go faster. It's possible to reach speeds of 40km/h and is great fun beleive me!
Open: 9am-12pm & 4pm-8pm daily from 17th June-17th Sept. 10am-6pm weekends only from 18th Sept-27th Oct. 10am-5pm daily 28th Oct-5th Nov. 1 ride on the chairlift and toboggan costs 1,000SIT. Chairlift without toboggan costs 500SIT.
Try this. It is exciting, fun and you will enjoy beautiful views and nature. The guys in Osa will organize a short or long trip for you lasting 2 - 5 hours. Riding the quads is easy and can be done with 2 persons on one quad.
Equipment: Clothes that can get dirty
With this temperatures we're having now here, lake started freezing. In the last years this happened rarely. But when I was a kid, I remember it was often frozen. Many times did me & my family go to Bled. While my parents were walking, me and my sister skated to the island. There we had a cup of tea and then headed back to the mainland. So did many others. Lake and the island was full of people, sometimes it was even overcrowded. But the winters got warmer and the lake only occasionly froze to that point, to be safe to walk on.
Currently the lake is only partly frozen, but the locals now where it's safe to skate. I'd suggest, whenever you want to go ice-skating, let somebody else try first.
Equipment: Skates and some warm clothes.
Lake Bled's renowned as 1 of the most beautiful venues of the Annual World Rowing Competition on still water.
End of April-May Day Rowing Regatta
June-International Rowing Regatta
1st weekend in August-Summer Hockey League
September-Slovenian Rowing Championship
There are several excellent golf courses in Slovenia, but perhaps the most beautiful 1 is in Bled. It has 27 holes and is a true challenge.
The oldest course in Bled was constructed in 1938. Its 18-hole and 9-hole courses are set in outstanding mountain scenery.
And, if you're by any chance in Bled in April to September, you'll be able to enjoy a Golf Tournament.
Canyoning, probably one of the coolest things I have done. I would definitely recommend the Bled rafting company, use the website below or find their booth in the center of town. Their guides were excellent and friendly, speaking good English
We met our guides in the center of town and drove about 30 minutes to the destination. We doned our wetsuits and hiked for quite a while through a field and up the hill along side of the canyon. The best part was the decent down through the canyon. The water was freezing, but the wetsuits helped alot. You basically jump down levels into small, but deep pools of water. Some levels we had to use a rope to decent as it was too dangerous a jump. The biggest jump was around 40 feet high. Some of the jumps were quite tricky and you had to jump out through a narrow crevice. It was thrilling, but a peaceful way to spend the morning. While one does not have to be in good shape to do this, it probably wouldn't be something for kids under 16 or seniors. All else could handle it. My wife is not very outdoorsy and she loved it. Be warned, at the end they encourage you to jump into the water without the wetsuit on. a new level of cold. My only regret is not having a camera to take any pictures.
Equipment: The company provides all the equipment. All we needed was a bathing suit and outdoor shoes that could get wet. Bring dry clothes.
Lots of activities can be done in & around Bled. Hiking, swimming, boating even adventure sports !
Hiking to Vintgar Gorge.
swimming in the lake or swimming to the islet.
Motor boats are banned here so you can hire the boat to row to the islet.
Adventure sports will be around Triglav National Park. Paragliding, parachuting, skiing, kayaking, mountain bikings etc.
Even climbing up Mount Triglav could be planned in Bled.
One example of an agency which organises these activities is :
Ljubljanska cesta 1.
The links below...
Equipment: Bring the essential gears that you need for the activities mentioned.
Bled is a good starting point for hikes in the surrounded mountains and in the Triglav national park. There are good hiking routes and the tourist office in Bled will have good information about it.
Take enough to drink and eat, prepare different kind of clothing (the weather can change rapidely in the mountains!) and, of corse, don't forget your camera and "freeze" phantastic views!
We decide to take the longer but gentler route down to Bohinj. First we walk through a forest, then we pass a long stretch with some really strange vegetation: like high (very high) grass and nettles. Finally, we enter the forest again and eventually reach a panoramic mountain hut. In the afternoon - we start going down towards Bohinj... all the route is in the forest and the trail is huge - like a small highway compared to the trails of the previous days. Unfortunately, it's a long one - and not too scenic. 3/4 of the way down there's a bench by a fallen tree and a red mark that indicates a path. It's really badly marked and at times (especially when u have to cross the river), it takes a few attempts to pick up the trail again... but it takes you to the wonderful Savica waterfall so it's worth the hassle really. The waterfall is only 20 minutes away - and from there, there are stairs that lead you down to Bohinj. The lake in only 30 more minutes away, following the road.
Bohinj - wonderful green waters!!! Heavenly! It takes us three seconds to go change into our swimsuits and jump in the inviting waters: bad mistake! The water is as cold as it's charming - in other words it's freezing! Too late - now we are in - we might as well swim out time away until the bus that will take us back to Bled arrives.
about 1100 m downhill - 5 hours
Equipment: hiking boots and water
next stop is the the Krka mountain hut. We took our time going there - stopping often - either for pics - to change clothes (it suddenly became quite hot) - to help our friend in difficulty - to run back to the ferrata to have our pictures taken - or simply to find the trail that we had missed (as we noticed when we found ourselves nearly falling off a cliff). Then after a long break at the Krka mountain hut we have another small mountain pass to overcome before our path will start going downhill... it's small, but it's not easy! The snowfields are huge this year and we really have to be careful: if we slip it'll really be hard to stop ourselves - unless we end up hitting one of the big rocks at the bottom of the pass, which are a bit of a painful solution. We decide not to attempt this. From the mountain pass it's all the way down to the valley of the 7 lakes - it's generally an easy trail - although there are some boulders that need to be overcome. When we reach the beautiful lakes at the bottom we are exhausted and our knees are about to give in - fortunately it's all flat to the 7 lakes mountain hut, which is only 1 hour away.
asleep and dreaming.
Height difference + 100 m (and about 1000 going down) - 6.30 hours
Equipment: hiking boots and water. trekking poles are really handy for walking over snowfileds