We will be in Lake Bled area for 3 days in end of May and would like suggestions on things to do and see...without a car. Is there a short train ride to somewhere unusual that is not on the typical tour?
My husband and I were in Bled in October. We had a car but one of our favorite things we did was walk around the lake. The view is gorgeous from every angle. I think it is four miles around but it is flat and paved. Hope you enjoy your trip.
I agree that the walk around the lake is worth every moment. Also, I did the luge ride, and though not a fan of heights, had a great time. You can also hire a pletna boat for a ride out to the island (worth it). Rick's Eastern Europe guide book lists several other options, including hiring a day excursion to the Julian Alps or adventure trips like whitewater rafting. His book also has some nearby spots to see like the town of Radovljica and its beekeeping museum (by public bus), Vintgar Gorge (by foot or tourist bus, if operating in May), and Lake Bohinj (also by bus).
Hi Lin! You will love Bled, it is a magical place and there is loads to do around the lake. Agree with the others that a great place to start is simply a walk around the lake. Leaving from the township heading left you can stop at the presidential Vila Bled and have coffee and cake. What a grand experience even if you're not staying there. At the far end of the lake there are more cafes and a myriad of places to take hundreds of photos. As you return to Bled on the opposite side, you'll see the stairs to the castle on your left. A must-see while in Bled, the views are to die for from the top. There is a museum, shop, restaurant and wine cellar up there as well. Returning to Bled, you'll see the various points to catch the pletna to the island, usually around 12euros per person and a great experience also. Takes 30mins there and back and 30mins on the island. There are lots of great restaurants and bars to relax with a drink. It wont be busy in May so you may have a great view of the lake all to yourself in some places. Try Pri Planincu, Rustika, Devil Bar, Pub Bled, Chillis, Vila Preseren and Penzion Mayer just to name a few. Nearby is Vintgar Gorge. You can do the walk if you want. Its a great half day out and the views from the hill are amazing. Just follow the signs and get a map from the tourist office. If you have time, a day trip to Bohinj is a must also. the views from Vogel are fantastic. Oh, just a funny side note, at bars you can ask for the bill by saying "racun prosim" or rachoon pross-sem because "the bill" in Slovene phonetically actually means idiot! Have a great time
Thanks for your great suggestions. Has anyone been to Logarska Dolina? What are your thoughts about getting there and after you got there was it what you had hoped for?