Excursions from Bled

Radovljica & Kropa

Radovljica is a delightful medieval town only 7km from Bled. Venerable houses line its compact core, the oldest of which, the frescoed Šivec House, dates from the 16th century. The main square is overlooked by the majestic Radovljica Mansion, which houses an interesting apicultural museum. For more cultural heritage, head for Kropa, a nearby settlement renowned for its tradition of blacksmithing that goes all the way back to the 14th century. An iron forging museum gives you an insight into this ancient trade.

Distance (round-trip): 38km

Lake Bohinj

A short drive from Bled along the picturesque Bohinj Valley is Lake Bohinj, the largest non-seasonal lake in Slovenia, which lies within the Triglav National Park and is embraced by beautiful countryside. A fairly short hike from the lake shore takes you up to the dramatic Savica waterfall, while Mount Vogel can be easily reached by cable car. The views that open up from the top across the lake and the mountains are simply unforgettable. Guests may get to know the traditional rural life of the area in the remarkable alpine dairy museum and Oplen house. The route over the Pokljuka Plateau offers a very scenic alternative to the main road for getting back to Bled.

Julian Alps

This trip takes you through the heart of the Triglav National Park, where you are sure to be wowed by the vistas of majestic mountains, deep valleys and dense forests. From Vršič, the highest Slovenian mountain pass, you descend into the valley of the amazing emerald Soča River and find yourself in Slovenia’s centre for white-water and adventure sports. This region is also known for its turbulent history, having been the site of many fierce battles during WWI, which were immortalised by Ernest Hemingway in A Farewell to Arms.

Škofja Loka & Idrija

A stroll through Škofja Loka, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the country, reveals historic treasures and is rounded off by a visit to its fascinating castle. A scenic route through a remote and hilly region will take you onwards to Idrija, a town famous for its age-old tradition of mercury mining, which you can get to know first-hand in Anthony’s shaft of Idrija mine. In addition to mining, Idrija is also renowned for another craft, the making of beautiful lace.

Ljubljana

No visit to Slovenia would be complete without a look around its charming capital city. Ljubljana’s attractive medieval core lies at the foot of a steep hill and is overlooked by the imposing Ljubljana castle. The Ljubljanica river winds slowly through the city, with numerous cafés and restaurants lining its banks and adding to the capital’s relaxed flair. Architectural treasures include the many creations of Jože Plečnik, such as the Triple Bridge and colonnaded central market, where residents flock to buy the ingredients for their home cooking. Ljubljana is also a city of culture, with numerous interesting museums and galleries, as well as regular cultural performances.

Postojna Caves & Predjama Castle

The underworld of the world-famous caves at Postojna is a true marvel, with their maze of mysterious underground passages, galleries and halls embellished by stalagmites and stalactites of all shapes and sizes. At the end of the tour, which is undertaken partly by electric underground train and partly on foot, a look at the unique ‘human fish’ awaits you. These unusual cave dwellers were once thought to be baby dragons, and it is not difficult to see why. Your tour of Postojna may be complemented by a visit to Predjama Castle, an imposing rock-carved structure and former residence of the legendary robber knight Erasmus.

Škocjan Caves & Lipica

The Škocjan Caves are a less-frequented, but no less beautiful alternative to the caves at Postojna. A UNESCO world heritage site, the canyon of the Škocjan Caves is an amazing natural attraction with gigantic underground halls. The river that formed it flows through the canyon, adding to its magnetism. Nearby at Lipica Stud Farm, the famous white Lipizzaner horses are bred. A performance by the Spanish Riding School will round off this fascinating trip to the Slovenian Karst region.

The coast

The sun-kissed Slovenian coast is blessed by a captivating blend of attractions, ranging from the Venetian fishing villages of Piran and Izola with their quaint cobbled lanes, to the amazing salt pans at Sečovlje and the contemporary resort of Portorož. The hamlets inland are characterised by beautiful scenery, attractive stone houses and a traditional lifestyle based on the treasures bestowed on them by the olive tree and the vine.

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