Theoretically, the only way to see Lake Bled from above is by paying the castle entrance fee, 8 euros. However, we found a vantage point used by the local Slovenes. Arriving at the castle car park, you'll see a pathway off the right. From there, take the dirt path up the rock to where the castle sits. We climbed up beside the walls and took in the amazing panorama.
We're accustomed to seeing many national parks and reserves very "humanized," that is, adapted for visitors and lacking that wild touch that everyone so desperately wants to see. Well, that's not the case here. Once you pass through the gates, you're treated to unbeatable views which are still unknown to many people. To hike in the shadow of the gorge, with the burble of the river as your only distraction, is a great luxury. Note: I recommend going as early as possible since you'll practically be there by yourself, be able to take great photos, and have a lot more fun!
Only 4 km from Bled is Vintgar Gorge, near the villages Zasip and Podhom. Wooden walkways that go all the way across from side to side get narrower dodging the walls so you can observe this wonderful place from a distance of about 2 km. The path can be done in 30 mins but it is so spectacular that you take lots of pictures, with a super-clear water and lush vegetation. At the end of the journey there's the Sum waterfall with a small picnic area and toilets.
This is a lovely place to visit in August afternoons and enjoy the sunset on the lake, watching how the sun plays with the mountain shadows. The beach is not sandy but pebbly yet it is a good place for a swim, explore the lake by canoe or just enjoy the incredible scenery. A spectacular site!
While in Slovenia, we went for a weekend with our friends to The Bled Island. This island in the middle of a lake, about 60 miles northwest of Ljubjlana, the country's capital. There, we discovered a small village that was quite large and filled with beautiful scenery.
The visit Bled Castle has not been as pretty as their environment. The best thing is the view. Inside is small and has few rooms to see, except for the museum. My advice is that if you go you go with just enough money, take a photo and then go down.
Skofja Loka is one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Slovenia. You can find it at the confluence of the Selská Poljanska Sora and Sora rivers. It's surrounded by medium height mountains. The city is proud of the vestiges of the past that still linger there, and, of course, of its origins of splendor, which begin with the reign of the bishops of Freising in 830. You'll not only be impressed by the cultural and artisan wealth of this city, which is marked especially by the metal work, but by the natural beauty of the two valleys, the Selská and Poljanska, which are submerged between mid-rise lifts that offer the possibility of countless walks.
This castle is located in the upper part of the city, and I am not sure of exactly when it was constructed, though I do know it was the XIII century. It was the administrative center of the Loka territory, and the grocery store also served as a lodging to the bishops during their stays. In 1511 an earthquake almost completely destroyed it but it was rebuilt by Bishop Filip. Today there is a museum inside (archeology, ethnography, history, natural sciences)
Driving along the highway from Bled to Ljubljana Kranj we walked in to see the city and closer to the medieval town of Skofja Loca, 10 kilometers away from the last place. We got caught in the middle of an accident between two different areas that cut the road and after a while we decided to wait and continue to the highway Zagreb as between one thing and another it was getting late. But before returning to the highway we took some pictures of Kranj from the side of the road.
Loka Skofja is the main square in this pretty medieval Slovenian village. It's striking because instead of being square and Spain, the tendency there is to have a lot of elongated spaces, almost like a slightly wider street. In the center of this square is a statue of Mary (Marijino ZNAMENJE) that was built to give thanks for prevention against plague and fire. You can also go see the Town Hall that dates back to the 16th century and was restored in 1972, leaving bare Baroque frescoes.
To spend the rest of the afternoon, we went to Bohinj Lake or Bohinsko Jezero, situated about 28 kilometers from Bled. It's nice to see the roads of Slovenia, gutters without paper or plastic, transparent and clean rivers. We swam in a beach on the lake, the Beach of the Goat, in N 46 16.626. 13 53077-530 E m. had a car park that fit motorhomes (1 hour one euro, euro and half the motorhome, in this country everything is paid for). The water was icy but not as much as the river was that morning.
Why as a parking spot?, For several reasons. First, it is the ideal place to rent the boats that go to the island in the center of the lake, for they are closer to this than the people, you have to paddle much and take advantage of the time you pay for the boat on the island bathing you. Second, you stop the car and you can swim or take something on the beach that faces the parking lot. Third, if you go in camper is an alternative to camping next to the car park, as you can spend the night in it for 10 euros. The 10€ are from 20:00 am to 8 am, but I guess you can stretch more without being charged. Very comfortable and quiet. If you are on this vehicle you must know that this service does not have parking. Coordinates: +46 ° 21 '44.57 ", +14 ° 4' 52.97"
In the Koca pri Savici is the entrance to the park. Admission is only € 2.40 for adults and 1.20 € for children. After walking up a stepped path for about 20 minutes through a lovely forest, you come to a wooden gazebo where you can see the great waterfall, Savica, which is more than 60 mts. high and is the source of the river Sava tributary of the Danube.
Kropa is a fantastic town, perched on the mountains, famous for its iron oil . There are workshops, exhibitions and you can visit many types of fences, railings decorative objects, and a museum showing the splendor that was a few years ago where they made screws . There are Train routes across Europe at the time of expansion.