Slovenia Travel Guide: Ljubljana + Lake Bled

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I’ve visited some seriously beautiful places in this world – Cinque Terre, Athens, Bruges – and each time I thought, “This is the most beautiful place ever.” And then I went to Slovenia. After visiting only 2 cities, I’m convinced the entire country is straight out of a fairytale.

My mom came out to Budapest, and we knew we wanted to plan a few trips outside of Hungary as well. Honestly, Slovenia kinda came out of left field. I think I saw a post on a travel Instagram account with a pretty picture, did a little research, and before I knew it, the trip was booked. The plan: visit the capital, Ljubljana, and Lake Bled.

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We took what could be described as the most eventful train ride ever from Budapest to Ljubljana. (Long story short, it took 1 wrong tram, a taxi, a bus, and 2 trains to get there.) The train from Budapest to Ljubljana takes about 8 hours, but if you’re looking for a budget friendly option and aren’t in a huge rush, the train is perfect. Just don’t forget to pack a lunch and plenty of water wine.

If you take the train, you’ll arrive in Ljubljana around 4:30pm. Plan to spend the evening wandering around the charming little town. The downtown pedestrian area isn’t very big, so I’d recommend checking out some of the main sights.

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Upon arrival, drop off your bags and head straight to the lake. We decided to rent a row boat. It took a bit to get the hang of the rowing technique, but it was so much fun. If I had to recommend ONE thing you MUST do, this would be it!

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Hike #2 (and 3): Ojstrica. This is probably one of the best viewpoints of Lake Bled. You can see the island, the castle, and even the Alps in the distance. While it’s only about a 20-30 minute hike, it is VERY steep.

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On our way up we somehow missed the sign for Ojstrica and hiked all the way up to another viewpoint: Mala Osojnica. It was incredibly steep and rocky, but the view was worth it. We caught Ojstrica on our way back down.

After a full day of hiking, sit back and relax with a Bled Cream Cake (so GOOD) at Park Restaurant and Cafe.

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There really is no other way to describe both Ljubljana and Lake Bled other than magical. And while there were a few tourists, it seems like this is a hidden gem in Europe (although I’m predicting this will change very soon!). Slovenia was never on my radar of places to visit, but I’m SO glad my mom + I decided to go! Has Slovenia found its way onto your travel bucket list?

XO  –  Courtney

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2 Comments

  1. Sheree
    October 24, 2018 / 9:30 am

    I visited Ljubljana last May and was enchanted by its architecture and those dragons. I loved the countryside around the capital and I’d like to return with my bicycle to better explore.

    • October 24, 2018 / 3:02 pm

      So beautiful! I would love to go back and explore more of the National Park!

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