Slovenia highlights: fall time in Lake Bled

Slovenia highlights:  fall time in Lake Bled

Slovenia highlights: fall time in Lake Bled

Slovenia highlights:  fall time in Lake Bled

Fall time in Lake Bled, Slovenia is something everyone should experience especially during the autumn season. Even though the mornings are relatively cool, The temperatures are still warm during the day time and a walk around the lake is a wonderful experience. Not only are the views spectacular everywhere you turn, but it seems to have this surreal it can’t be real – but it is that stunning. Surprisingly, I had no expectations of how amazing the trip would be, only that I did some initial research and saw some okay pictures taken during the summer time and thought this might be a nice day trip from Ljubljana ( a long day trip).

 

Fall countryside train ride in Slovenia

Fall countryside train ride in Slovenia

A sweet train ride

Although there are many modes of transportation to Lake Bled, I ended up taking the trains since it really is my favorite way of traveling and you get some stunning views of the countryside along with having the flexibility of walking around or having the convenience of doing anything while you are on the train. The trip leaving Ljubljana was not that interesting passing through some suburbs and smaller communities, but once you get into the countryside and into the foothills, things start to change for the better.

The pastoral scenes are bucolic and pretty, you get views of small farmlands, towns in a distance, meandering next to some river s and canyons and finally climb slowly into some mountain areas thick with pine forests and trees showing their colorful fall foliage.

 

 

Initial views of Lake Bled from the train station

Initial views of Lake Bled from the train station

Autumn Glory

Along the way, everyone has to make a change at one of the junction areas to switch to a local train headed to Lake Bled. The process only took about 10 or so minutes and we were quickly on our way. In no time we were able to finally get to the main railway station ( a small sleepy station with no staff at the station. No worries, we check for the return schedule and look at the large map outside fronting Lake Bled. It’s mid morning and the weather is nice and sunny, a perfect day to walk around the lake. First impression of the lake and areas is that it is a lot smaller than I was assuming. For some reason the photos I have seen with these monumental mountains with Lake Bled in the middle, make it looks huge. But in reality it is quite compact and feels more like a resort area, still nice but not as majestic as I had envisioned. Although I was pleasantly surprised when we started our hike along the coastal trails.

 

 

Autumn glory by the shore line at Lake Bled

Autumn glory by the shore line at Lake Bled

 

Views from the lake = stunning!

 

Inspired by Slovenia - a photo essay

Inspired by Slovenia – a photo essay

Morning comes on the island and the Church of the Assumption

 

Moring views -The Church of the Assumption at Lake Bled

Morning views -The Church of the Assumption at Lake Bled

Following the coastal trail along Lake Bled

Following the coastal trail along Lake Bled

A pleasant hike

You have to walk downhill from the train station to get to the main hiking trail that runs along the lake’s edge which looked easy going downhill, but I was sure would be a pain going uphill at the end of the day.  Walking to one of the piers jutting out of the lake, I see the iconic island and castle located in the middle and just starting to get lit with the suns first rays on the island – stunning (I’m saying to myself) and picking up my camera to snap shots in different angles to try to capture that first light. My traveling friend Kyna gets a head start and I’m trailing far back since I stop to check out the scene and frame some more photos.

 

 

A pleasant hike around Lake Bled in Fall

A pleasant hike around Lake Bled in Fall

 

The colors of fall at Lake Bled = magnificent

 

Fall color at its best in Slovenia

Fall color at its best in Slovenia

 

 

I couldn’t stop taking pictures every hundred feet or so, the show was just incredible. I haven’t seen fall colors so stunning like this in a very long time and I wanted to capture the moment and also enjoy the moment while nature was giving me this wonderful show. Along the way I stopped by the shoreline to glance back at the island in the middle of the lake, here’s another wonderful shot that I took from a further distance below.

 

A look back at the church on the island  at Lake Bled

A look back at the church on the island at Lake Bled

 

 

A castle, views and a village

 

Continuing on our route, I noticed a sign for a castle located on a hill, I’m sure the views must really be outstanding from above. I told my friend Kyna that we should make this detour and climb up to the top and explore the castle. It was not easy to do this first thing in the morning, but we trudged on to find something pretty amazing. But, you’ll just have to wait for my next post when I continue on our discovery tour of the castle and views around Lake Bled. For part two of this fall hike to Lake Bled continue here.

 

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14 Responses to Slovenia highlights: fall time in Lake Bled

  1. Pat October 20, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    Wbeautiful photos, Noel! I really love the photo of the church surrounded by autumn foliage.

  2. Johanna Bradley October 20, 2014 at 6:04 am #

    It truly looks idyllic, Noel. I thought it was quite pretty around here but I can’t compete. 🙂

  3. jesh StG October 19, 2014 at 8:11 pm #

    Slovenia and S. Germany (Schwarz Wald) are similar in landscape, but the hills are higher in Slovenia – exquisite colors – you’re there at the right time! Never too many pics:):)

  4. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} October 19, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    That first photo of Church of the Assumption is simply wonderful. It really captures the season, the architecture of the area, and nature’s beauty.

  5. Dale October 17, 2014 at 5:38 am #

    Slovenia is as outstanding as you’ve captured here. Tiny country though it might be, it’s by far one of the densest in terms of natural beauty.

  6. Rhonda Albom October 16, 2014 at 11:12 pm #

    Wow, the views with the lake were amazing, but it is that red tree along the path that is my favorite.

  7. Marilyn Armstrong October 16, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    Your pictures of Slovenia look remarkably like the ones I took last week in the White Mountains of Maine and Vermont. I guess they have a true autumn there. I’ve been wondering where else in the world they get the brilliant colors and you just answered the question. I only wish Autumn would last a while longer.

  8. Sand In My Suitcase October 16, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    Beautiful fall colors! And beautiful images of Slovenia in autumn…

  9. Faith October 16, 2014 at 7:26 am #

    Beautiful! I have had Slovenia on my list of places to visit. These photos raised it on my list of priorities.

  10. Suzanne - Travelbunny October 16, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    Absolutely beautiful. I’ve wanted to visit for a while but hadn’t considered visited in the autumn – your post has made me think again 🙂

  11. Corinne October 16, 2014 at 3:26 am #

    Noel, Gorgeous photos. I really want to go to Lake Bled as well!

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