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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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