Fall time in Lake Bled part 2

A last view, Lake Bled panorama

 

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Exploring Lake Bled in Autumn

 

Unlike the easy lakeside trail that I posted previously on Lake Bled, the hike up from the trails to the castle was a workout going up a steep incline. The climb up is through some forested areas so you are sheltered from direct sun which for a fall day was incredibly warm.  Unfortunately this was the only route from the lake trail, but once you are at the top, you are rewarded with remarkable views of the entire region. Plus you can easily chalk this up as burning calories in advance for the amazing dessert selections that the area is known for, and of course this will be your just reward for the rigorous climb to the castle.

 

 

The Bled castle entrance appears

The Bled castle entrance appears

 Voila – the castle!

We finally make it to the fortress walls below and it really looks impressive from the entry and almost impenetrable. Al the walls were covered with this shocking red colored ivy, a beautiful contrast to the creamy walls of the castle interiors. I didn’t expect to see a tudor looking castle, but since there is a lot of Austrian influence, it made sense to the architectural details.

 

 

Main entry at Bled Castle with red ivy

Main entry at Bled Castle with red ivy

A room with a view!

 

A room with a view at Bled castle

A room with a view at Bled castle

 

 

Exploring the castle grounds is more leisurely with an audio guide self tour and the views from all the rooms and castle walls are simply stunning. I had a small picnic with my travel companion Kyna on the castle walls and you couldn’t have asked for better weather and magnificent fall views of the entire region.

 

The views from the top of Bled castle

The views from the top of Bled castle

 

 

 

The surrounding hills around Lake Bled

The surrounding hills around Lake Bled

 

 

 

More colorful autumn views of Lake Bled from the castle

More colorful autumn views of Lake Bled from the castle

 

 

 

Rent a row boat at Lake Bled

Rent a row boat at Lake Bled

 

A view of Bled castle from below

 

Looking back up at Bled castle

Looking back up at Bled castle

 

 

 

A broad view of the castle and Lake Bled autumn colors

A broad view of the castle and Lake Bled autumn colors

 

 

 

The town of Bled with fall colors

The town of Bled with fall colors

Oh the dessert!

Well here is the dessert you’ve done your work out climbing up to the fortress and now you can sample the regional dessert which is a pudding and whipped cream cake, with a crunchy topping – dig in!

 

The Bled cream cake = heavenly

The Bled cream cake = heavenly

 

 

 

A panorama shot of the castle and Lake Bled

A panorama shot of the castle and Lake Bled

 

A last view, farewell Lake Bled

 

A last view, Lake Bled panorama

A last view, Lake Bled panorama

 

 

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