Slovenia highlights: fall time in Lake Bled

Slovenia highlights: fall time in Lake Bled

There’s nothing like Slovenia in autumn time and being outdoors and enjoying nature is quite spectacular here especially Lake Bled in Autumn season. The fall season in Lake Bled, Slovenia is something everyone should experience if you are visiting the country and have time to spend outside of the capital city. 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 day trip to Lake Bled. After some initial research and saw some scenic pictures taken during the summer time, I thought this would be a nice day trip from Ljubljana (a long day trip), but definitely better with an overnight stay to enjoy the best views, hikes and exploring the cute towns, castles and other highlights in the area.

What to do around Lake Bled in Autumn

 

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 and a Lake Bled Fall colors and landscape start coming into view on this scenic train ride from the capital.

 

Lake Bled weather in fall 

The Lake Bled weather in October through November can be pleasant but variable depending on the weather patterns, but the earlier in the fall season tends to be nice and warm still during the day time and gets very cool once the sun goes down. On clear or partially cloudy days, the weather warms up after past 10am and starts to cool off again after 4pm. I would wear layers to adjust for temperature changes and rain or cloudy skies or other changes in weather.

 

 

Initial views of Lake Bled from the train station

Initial views of Lake Bled from the train station

Autumn Glory at Lake Bled

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

In the middle of Lake Bled sits the majestic Church of the Assumption on Bled island. I knew that you could actually take a short boat trip to visit the island, but the timing was off when I arrived the train station in the morning and opted to take the waterfront trails around the island and enjoy all the gorgeous fall colors in the  area.

 

Moring views -The Church of the Assumption at Lake Bled

Morning views -The Church of the Assumption at Lake Bled on Bled Island

Following the coastal trail along Lake Bled

Following the coastal trail along Lake Bled

Hiking around Lake Bled, Slovenia

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 castle, views and a village at Lake Bled

 

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

A look back at the church on Lake Bled island

 

 

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 Lake Bled 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.

Or for something fun, checkout this post about glamping in Lake Bled if you’re thinking about an overnight stay. It’s definitely worth an overnight stay to see this part of Slovenia in fall time and all the fall colors and beautiful landscape to enjoy, hike and experience.

Where to stay around Lake Bled

Definitely worth doing an overnight stay or longer to explore and enjoy fall season at its best in Lake Bled. You can check out these top rated hotels and inns here for more details.

Hotel Park – Located in Bled town and waterfront promenade this large and expansive hotel has great views, easy access to town, trails and lovely places to explore with comfortable rooms and great service

Vila Preseren – located next to Bled Castle and gorgeous views of the entre lake, this comfortable boutique hotel has great breakfast/meals and accomodating service with comfortable rooms and a view to die for.

Hotel Lovec – short few minutes walk to the lake with spacious rooms, fantastic public areas and huge pool and jacuzzi and nice breakfast spread with wonderful service.

There are a variety of fantastic places to stay from classic hotels, modern styled accommodations to small inns. Check out the best rated inns and hotels here for the best rated places to stay in the area.

 

Check out these other Slovenia posts

Inspired by Slovenia

Fall time at Lake Bled Pt 2

A first impression of Ljubjlana

Ljubjlana castle and Panoramas

 

Conclusion to a Lake Bled Autumn Season

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