A few weeks ago, we embarked on our very first European ski trip with some of our best friends from home. Our destination, for our very first ski experience, Slovenia, a place that has well and truly stolen my heart. While the purpose of our trip was to ski, it was Lake Bled that really stole the show. Beautiful in summer but Lake Bled in winter is absolutely breathtaking.
Slovenia is without a doubt one of the most magical winter destinations in the world. Located between Italy, Croatia and Austria and set amongst grand lakes and mountains, the picturesque towns really come to life when covered in frost and snow. With spectacular scenery and a vibrant cultural scene, I highly recommend organising a ski trip to bled. There are of course many other areas to ski in Slovenia but Bled, home to Lake Bled is truly something out of a fairytale.
Reasons to visit Lake Bled in Winter
1. Peace and tranquillity
Lake Bled is one of the most visited sites in Slovenia. It goes without saying that during the warmer months, particularly summer, it can become overcrowded. But show up here in winter and you can experience Lake Bled in all its majestic glory.
In the height of winter you will find a pleasant Slovenian town, surrounded by snow capped mountains and a slow paced life. This is the perfect place to relax and reflect on all that is happening around you. You will find it both glorious and quiet.
2. Frozen: You could be the next ice queen
Could you think of anything more magical than ice skating on Lake Bled in winter? The lake freezes over once every 5 – 9 years. If you’re not lucky enough to be there when this does happen, there is a small man made ice rink outside the Park Restaurant and Café overlooking the Lake.
It’s hard to beat the beauty of gliding over the ice with the sun beaming down on you while taking in the fairytale setting around you.
3. Magical views
The most beautiful view of Lake Bled and its surrounding peaks can be seen from the Bled castle towering over the lake on a cliff. While the views here are breathtaking all throughout the year, nothing can beat the the view of the snow-covered castle perched on a cliff and the alpine scenery in the background.
The snow topped castle and frosted outskirts of the town, make for a distinctive and unforgettable landscape. Just take a look at some of the photograph captures by Bored Panda. These are beautiful views that you definitely would not get in summer.
4. Row your boat
Situated in the middle of Lake Bled, you will find Bled island. This is a tiny isle that you can usually reach by paddle boat. However, if the lake has frozen over, you can actually make your way by foot. But you will need to proceed with caution since it is icy and dangerous. On Bled island you will find the most recognizable place in Slovenia, the church of assumption. It’s worth the visit and you can get some amazing photos from here.
However, the best part about making this trip in winter is that you can take a boat out across the still waters with nobody else in sight. It is a truly beautiful experience.
5. Ojstrica and Mala Osojnica
These are the hills which rise above the west shore of Lake Bled. This is a relatively easy and pleasant hike where the climb will reward you with some of the best views of the lake, the island, castle and the Karavanke mountain chain in the background. While there’s no doubt that the climb will be easier during the summer, there is something magical in the air when experiencing Lake Bled in winter. It could be the frosted mountain tips, or the snow capped castle or maybe it’s just the fresh breeze. Whatever it is, it’s magic!