I arrived in lake Bled on an overcast day with clouds hiding its real beauty and hotels by a lake made it look like just another tacky resort town. I found my hard to find bed and breakfast after lots of walking around, knocked on the door and there was nobody there. I walked back in to the town and found a phone to call them but there was no answer so I walked back to the place and still nobody home. I found a tourist information centre who also tried to call them for me. Then I gave up and went looking for another room. They were all full or way over my budget. I eventually got a room online. Me and this town had seriously started off on the wrong foot!

So whats the attraction with Bled anyway I started asking myself? A castle on a hill and a church on an island, I have lived in the west of Ireland for over 20 years, I can tell you all about beautiful lakes and scenery like this. When they use the word lake they are not using it sparingly either! I suppose pond would not sound as good in the brochures I thought to myself. Anyway trying to be upbeat about it I climbed up to the castle only to discover the entrance fee was an extortionate €10. I mean they could have put a big sign up before the climb warning you of the inevitable shafting you will receive on arrival after breaking in to a sweat getting up there.

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Speaking of expensive things I opted out of paying €4 for a pre packed sandwich in a country I usually find so cheap so my only other option was a kebab for lunch, which was rank! I set off to walk around the lake and the first thing I saw was a family with their children puking on the path ahead. I hope they didn’t just have kebabs for lunch I thought.

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The ‘trail’ round lake Bled was more like a tarmac road. The only thing missing was a stone to kick about as a form of entertainment because I could see nothing but clouds and was getting rather bored. At this stage I started wondering how long I could sleep for, I had been working hard and traveling all week so maybe if I go back to the guest house I can sleep till its time to leave tomorrow.

The day started getting better that evening, I went out to a restaurant that had been recommended to me by the lady running the guest house and got chatting to a group of people over a stone baked pizza. Walking home I could see stars in the sky so maybe tomorrow will be a better day.

Lake Bled day two, a much better day!

 

Lake Bled

Day 2

I conked out as soon as my head hit the pillow and forgot to close the curtains which turned out to be a good move. I was woken early by a bright orange sunrise on a misty blue skied Sunday morning. I got up and looked out of the window to an amazing backdrop of snow covered Alps so I got dressed, grabbed coffee and walked back down to the lake. It was 7am, there was hardly a soul in sight and the water was misty and glassy. It was a stunning sight.

7.30 am

7.00 am

Lake Bled castle

Bled castle

I climbed back up to the castle and got the most breath taking views over lake Bled and the island with the mountains and forest surrounding it. I walked back down to the lake and again did the full circle only this time stopping and taking it all in over a 2 hour hike.

I got back to Bled and sat on the terrace of a café overlooking the water eating breakfast. I took back everything I had thought the day before. As you can see below, this place is magical.

Climbing up to the castle

Climbing up to the castle

The view from the summit

The view from the summit

Break time

Break time

Glass

Glass

Half way there

Half way there

Lake Bled Reflections

Reflections

Breakfast time!

Breakfast time!