Bled Castle

This is a charming little castle built on a precipice above the town of Bled, overlooking Lake Bled. The views from the castle over the lake and town to the mountains beyond are really spectacular. You have to pay an entrance fee to get into the grounds of the castle, but it is well worth it. The museum in the castle is really interesting and there is a blacksmiths forge, old printing room and a small chapel. Throughout the year, but especially in the summer months, the castle hosts numerous interesting events.

It is the oldest Slovenian castle and is currently one of the most visited tourist attractions in Slovenia. The castle is opened from January to March between 8.00 and 18.00, from April to June 14 between 8.00 and 20.00, from June 15 to September 15 between 8.00 and 21.00, from September 16 to October 31 between 8.00 and 20.00, and in November and December between 8.00 and 18.00. Entrance fee is €9 (students €7, children €4,5). You can walk up to the castle from the lake (it takes a good 15 minutes and is not too easy), you can get there by car (it’s only about 12 minutes drive from our apartment – there’s parking at the top) or you can take a bus.

Overlooking Lake Bled, perched 130 metres high above on a precipice, is the Bled Castle.
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Image by Eneko Bidegain / CC BY 2.0

The castle as seen from Lake Bled.
Water lilies and swan on Bled Lake
(Image by Mihael Grmek / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Pletna boat ride in Lake Bled
Image by Maik-T. Šebenik / CC BY-ND 2.0

View from the entrance.
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Image by Gord Webster / CC BY-SA 2.0

The entrance with a Gothic arch and drawbridge across a now filled-in moat.
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Image by Eneko Bidegain / CC BY 2.0

Another view from the window in Bled castle.
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Image by Eneko Bidegain / CC BY 2.0

Used in defense of the castle. A museum in the castle shows you the history of Bled from the ice age to the middle ages and all the way to the present times.
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Image by Pinky sl / CC BY-SA 3.0

Old furniture in the castle.
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Castle Restaurant offers great views over the lake and Slovenian Alps.
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Image by Gord Webster / CC BY-SA 2.0

When you are up in the castle, you will enjoy a panoramic view of Lake Bled and it is the best place to take pictures of the beautiful lake.
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Image by Mihael Grmek / CC BY-SA 3.0

Bled Castle looks pretty small from afar, but it’s pretty big when you’re closer.
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Image by Ciaran Roarty / CC BY-SA 2.0

Bled Castle is sitting atop a steep cliff 130 meters above the lake.
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Image by Eneko Bidegain / CC BY 2.0

More info about the Bled Castle: Bled Castle Review
More Bled Castle photos: 30 Beautiful Photos To Inspire You to Visit the Bled Castle

Location:
Bled Castle address: Grajska cesta 61, 4260 Bled
Bled Castle Latitude and Longitude Coordinates: 46.36987, 14.10068
Bled Castle GPS coordinates: 46° 22′ 10.9884” N     14° 6′ 2.3292” E
Traditional region: Upper Carniola (Slovene: Gorenjska)
Municipality: Bled

Directions from Apartments Fine Stay Gorenjska to Bled Castle (drive 12 km, 12 minutes)

Directions from Apartments Fine Stay Bled to Bled Castle (drive 2 km, 4 minutes; walk 1,5 km, 20-25 minutes)

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