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Walks around Lake Bled

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Address: Cesta svobode 10, 4260 Bled
Phone: 04 5741 122
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www.bled.si
Bled and its surroundings are not only interesting for the lake, island and castle; on the contrary, there are a number of tiny hidden spots and attractions awaiting a restless spirit. Do you think you have explored all the refreshing springs, hidden cave pits and vantage points in the Bled area? Well-designed and carefully maintained footpaths lead to isolated hills above the lake. And the vistas of the landscape from Straža, Dobra gora, Kozarca, Osojnica or Kuhovnica are the tender balm for a soul searching for some peace and tranquility. Wien setting on a walk in Bled or its surroundings, one mustn`t forget the rich art historical and architectural heritage most clearly expressed in the sacral buildings of various periods and in holiday villas dating back to the second half of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century which embody the spirit of Historicism and Secession.
The walks in and around Bled are numbered 1 – 15, and the numbers and geographic names of walks correspond to the information given on signposts. The starting points for all the walks are in Bled or in the villages nearby.

Lake Bled Walk – 1 hour 15 minutes
This circular walk round Lake Bled is among the most popular walks one can make in the Bled area. The route uses pathways and pavements wherever possible and on the northern shore, it runs along a lakeside road closed to traffic.

1. Bled Castle (601 m) – 20 minutes
Perched on a high rock above the lake, Bled Castle is the most famous and most frequented tourist attraction in Bled. The best way to visit the castle which offers breathtaking views, a renowned museum and an excellent restaurant is on foot, following one of the well-designed walking routes (Walk 1) or from the parking place on its northern side.

2. Višce (550 m) – 1 hour
To the west of Bled Castle, there is a small plateau overgrown with forests and meadows. The Višce Walk is a pleasant stroll which can be extended with a visit to the Castle, Rečica and Mala Zaka.

3. Kuhovnica (664 m) – 30 minutes
Kuhovnica is a hill or, to be more precise, an edge of a small plateau on the north-western side of Lake Bled. It offers one of the most beautiful and at the same time underestimated views of the castle, lake and island. Walkers setting off on a walk to Kuhovnica can extend it with a visit to Ravnice and return via Stan.

4. Stan and Ravnice (733 m) – 1 hour 30 minutes
Steep slopes behind the railway station Bled – Jezero show no sign of a plain they hide, covered by forests, meadows and pastures. As there are many variations to this walk, the signs for Walk 4 should be closely followed. On Stan rising steeply above the camp site at Velika Zaka, some caution is recommended when walking. The walk is ideal for all who seek peace and tranquility.

5. Bohinjska Bela (468 m) – 1 hour (from Velika Zaka to Bohinjska Bela and back)
The village winding below picturesque rock faces can best be reached from Velika Zaka Through Megre. The walk can be extended with a visit to Slamniki and Rčitno, Kupljenik or even an ascent to Galetovec (1259 m).

6. Osojnica (756 m) – 1 hour
Osojnica, the highest of all the isolated hills in the Bled area, is located on the south-eastern side of Lake Bled. Its peak is densely overgrown, ceding most of its fame and visitors to Mala Osojnica (691 m), a photographer`s paradise.

7. From Mlino round Obroč – 1 hour
Isolated hills south of the lake behind the village Mlino are called Obroč (»ring«) and Kozarca. A gravel road that runs between the two hills forms the first part of the walk (Walk 7) which a walker can either extend to the Sava Bohinjka river and the village Selo, or simply follow the footpath along the western slope of Obroč and return to Mlino.

8. Straža (646 m) – 1 hour
Straža is the best-known isolated hill rising above Lake Bled. Numerous vantage points and a forest of linden, birch, oak and spruce trees attract a visitor. On the northern slope of Straža, there is a ski slope with ski lifts. Laid out through the forests, Straža boasts an exercise trail called Riklis Fitness Promenade. Since 1995, Straža has been protected as an Outstanding Natural Feature.

9. To Dobra gora (620 m) and round it – 1 hour 30 minutes (from Bled and back via Mlino)
Dobra gora is a hill south of Straža, less frequented than its higher counterpart. Its peak on a ragged cliff above Selo, however, offers a splandid view of the Sava Bohinjka and the Jelovica plateau. The walk can be extended with an ascent to Straža or a descent to Mlino via Megre.

10. Ribno, Bodešče and Koritno – 2 hours to 3 hours
A walk to these villages lying south-east of Bled runs over vast fields and meadows. People wishing to prolong the walk can venture to the Ribenska gora hill (587 m), the Sava Bohinjka and the picturesque hamlet Na Pečeh which is part of Bodešče.

11. Kupljenik (645 m) and Talež (752m) – 3 hours (from Bled and back)
On a terrace cut in the slope of the Jelovica plateau lies a picturesque hamlet Kupljenik which can be reached from Bled via Selo or from Bohinjska Bela. A maintained path links Kupljenik with the hunters lodge on Talež, an extremly popular walkin destination offering different yet amazing views of Blejski kot (Bled and its surroundings). The shortest route to Talež runs from the bridge over the Sava Bohinjka at Ribno.

12. Selišče, Reber and Dobravca – 1 hour 30 minutes (from Bled to Zasip and back)
Reber is a remnant of a glacial moraine overgrown with an oak forest, which splits the plain between Bled and Zasip. Pathways and trails run through fields, meadows and orchards and provide for a variety of walking options. Those who decide to explore this part of Bled should not forget to visit one of Bleds greatest natural treasures – the wetlands of Brje.

13. Vintgar
Vintgar Gorge is the Best-known natural feature in the surroundings of Bled. The route offers several options to come to the village Podhom which is near the entrance to the gorge. The visit to the gorge itself is made even more memorable if we proceed from the delightful Šum waterfall to the Church of St. Caterine on Hom and enjoy the view of the Bled area. The route returns to Podhom along a footpath cut into the southern slope of Hom. The gorge is open to visitors from May to October.

14. Poljščica and Poglejska cerkev (the Poglej »church«) – 1 hour 45 minutes
Poljščica ranges among the most attractive villages in the Gorje area. Above Poljšica, there is a large natural semicircular overhang called Poglejska cerkev, which is also an important archaeological site. The walk runs further through the hamlet Zatrata and descends to Bled along a steep forest road.

15. Rčitno (900 m) – 3 hours
Rčitno is a hay meadow alp located west of Bled under the edges of the Pokljuka plateau. walkers can return the same way, descend through the village Slamniki to Bohinjska Bela or pay a visit to the nearby Zatrnik.

View Sprehajalne poti - Walking trails in a larger map 

Difficulty
undemanding walk, easy tour, undemanding tour 

Course
in low mountains, around the valley 

Maps : Bled s Pokljuko 1:33000 

Range of hiking available
family excursions, walks, trails along lakes, group tours, trails along rivers, trails through forests, winter hiking, trails to waterfalls, trails to mountain pastures 

A precise map with descriptions is available in Bled Tourist information centre for 6,00€. The free map is distributed to most of the tourist providers. 
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Administrator : Bled - Turizem Bled - LTO | ++386 4 578 05 00 | | last modified: 19/05/2014

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