Lake Bled, Slovenia, 3rd June 2018

12th June 2018
Written by: Rob Slusar

About this time last week, I got back from Slovenia.

I’ve never been to Slovenia, or indeed that part of the world, but wow was I drawn in. The scenery there is a photographers dream, and the people are lovely.

Having a friend studying out there, we knew a bit about the size of the country, so in contrast to our normal holidays, we decided to hire a car and drive around. We flew into Ljubljana before driving down to Maribor for a few days, finally heading back to Ljubljana for the last couple of nights.

On the day we went back to Ljubljana, we had stunning weather. Being in full tourist mode, we decided to take a detour out into the mountains and stop off at the hugely popular Lake Bled.

Lake Bled

Slovenia’s tourism website describes Lake Bled as an “Alpine lake with the only island in Slovenia that been a world-renowned paradise for centuries, impressing visitors with its natural beauty, wealth of legend, and special powers to restore well-being”.

It’s true. This beautiful view is the setting for not only an island housing a church, but a mountain top castle that overlooks the town of Bled. I have seen many pictures of this place, but it is hard to describe its beauty without being there.

Being a Sunday, it was full of families who had ventured out to explore nature and enjoy the sunshine.

This was one of the places I was most looking forward to in Slovenia, and now looking back, I wish I had planned better and taken a tripod, or got their earlier or stayed later to enjoy it without other people around. That said, it is such a stunning setting you can always get a good photo.


I took lots of pictures of the lake. My worst nightmare is that I went there and don’t get enough pictures and then none of the ones I do have turn out alright. Luckily that didn’t happen.

Here are the ones I kept.

One of the first views of Bled Island as we travelled around on the tourist road train.

Bled Castle stands high above the lake and overlooks the town. On this occasion, we didn’t go up to the castle. Something on the list for next time.

Another picture of Bled Castle.

Castle Bled from the side of the lake.

The island has several buildings, the main one being the pilgrimage church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. Again, we didn’t go on the island as we were not by the boat stop. We will next time. I tried to be arty here and use the boat in front as foreground interest. Not sure it works?

I got quite panorama happy. You kind of have to with a place like this.

On the camera, this shot didn’t jump out at me. When I got it to the B&B and did a quick edit on my Ipad it popped.

Bled Island with the caste and mountains in the background.

Another panorama.

One last closeup of the island. looking back I regret not going to the church. Next time.

Final Thoughts

I could have stayed here for hours. Days even.

This is one location that has been added to my “must go back to” list. Hopefully, it won’t be long.

Thanks for looking.