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Is it better to stay near Lake Bled or one of the smaller towns?

I am wondering if anyone has a recommendation on staying in Lake Bled, or in a smaller town like Radovljica or Kranjska Gora? We will have 3 nights before moving on. It seems Lake Bled is more expensive. We to hike a bit but will not have a car. After we leave Slovenia we will move on to Slovakia.

Any ideas are welcome.

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I stayed in Radovljica last year and have no regrets about picking it over Lake Bled. Like you, I had no car on my trip so got there via bus. To visit Lake Bled, I walked there (there are a couple of routes) through fields and villages and was a bit overwhelmed by the MANY people I found when I got there. It is as stunning as it looks in all the pictures but I was relieved to grab the bus back to Radol'ca at the end of my visit. I stayed at the Lectar (https://www.lectar.com/), which was very comfortable.

That said, if you're thinking of alternatives slightly further afield (like Kranjska Gora) and don't have your heart set on Lake Bled, I highly, highly recommend staying somewhere near Lake Bohinj. I spent 6 nights in Stara Fužina and it was the highlight of my 3 weeks in Slovenia. The hiking is fantastic, the lake is amazing for swimming, and it is all way calmer than Lake Bled.

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I spent 2 nights in Lake Bled a few days ago. I am in Ljubljana now.
It was quite pleasant and tranquil when I was there. Some beautiful walks around the lake and environs.
I stayed in a not cheap apartment but that was my choice.
However I am leaving today at 12 noon for Lake Bohinj for 2 nights. I found a small apartment on Airbnb that is managed by the tourist office at Bohinj which is close to the lake and certainly convenient for info. I think Bohinj is more my style. I can see both lakes becoming very busy later, especially Bled,but now is a great time to visit.

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I am staying two days prior to a RS Adriatic tour at Pension Mayer at Lake Bled, which is a Bavarian-style building with lovely grounds close to the city center. I reserved several months ago, however, and do not know if there would be openings without reserving ahead. That said, I don’t know if the entire pension is open right now because I have not seen very many other people. I was surprised at the number of hotels here. This must indicate a large influx of people in high season. Since I rented a car at the airport, I may take a trip to Lake Bohinj which appears to be a larger, less populated lake. Lake Bled is a beautiful lake and is not overly touristy right now. I plan to visit the castle, walk around the lake, and visit Vila Bled (Tito’s summer residence, now a hotel) for a cream cake with views from the outdoor terrace. Since our tour returns here next week, I’ll save the ride on the plaetna boats to the island for then.