Bled, Slovenia

a church on an island in the middle of a lake

For The Adventurer In You: Try Bled, Slovenia On For Size

Once upon a time there was a charming little town on a lake bedecked with wild swans gracefully swimming in a bright blue lake in which floated an island festooned with trees out of which a tall white church steeple peeked through. This town is no fairytale, it is Bled, Slovenia.  A town so picturesque you will think you have stepped into a storybook of castles and knights, and maybe you have.

Bled is a resort town located on Lake Bled in the northwestern region of Slovenia.  It has become a major tourist attraction and wedding destination due to its undeniable beauty.  Bled is the perfect destination for the outdoorsy adventurer with alpine climbing, ballooning, geocaching, golf, horseback riding, caving, bellyaking, cyclcing, kayaking, swimming, summer tobogganing, rafting, diving, fishing, canyoning, tubing, rowing, ziplining and glamping,!  That’s a long list of things to keep you busy…and that’s only the summer activities.  Just because it gets cold outside doesn’t mean the adventures are over…quite the opposite.  When the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall head on out for alpine skiing and snowboarding, ice climbing, sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing or head to the sports hall for ice-hockey competitions, figure skating events, curling…you name it.

a small island with a church covered in show and surrounded by a lake frozen into ice
Even when covered in snow and ice, Lake Bled is picture perfect

Another main attraction to this idyllic town is the scenic Lake Bled. With its mild, thermal, sapphire blue waters bathers can enjoy a swim all the way up to late autumn.  Surrounded by lush, castle-topped cliffs, make your way by gondola (pletna) or rowboat to the Church of the Assumption, located on Bled Island in Lake Bled and ring the “wishing bell” to see if your wish comes true.

Bled, like the rest of Slovenia, is considered very safe with a low crime rate.

Due to its small size, the job pool is rather small and, depending on the industry, some knowledge of Slovenian will likely be required.

Fun Facts

an illustration of a bride and groomTraditionally, if a couple is married in the Church of the Assumption in Lake Bled, the groom must carry the bride up the stairs to the church.  Yes…all 99 steps!

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Monthly Budget For A Couple Living In Bled, Slovenia
Rent € 600 Unfurnished, two-bedroom apartment or house near lake
Gas N/A/td>  
Transportation € 75 Taxi, train, and bus rides
Electricity € 150 Gas and water is included in electricity bill
Water N/A  
Telephone € 30 Bundled with internet and cable
Internet N/A  
Cable TV N/A  
Groceries € 200 Basic items for couple. 
Entertainment € 274 Movie tickets: €7 per ticket; dinner and drinks for two: €30–60; drinks for two: €10
Total € 1,329.00/b>  US$1,476.67
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