Incredible Vista at Bled Castle Day 1 3pax Family Holiday in Slovenia 15-21Sep2018

bled castle

on the way back from vintgar gorge to grand hotel toplice, decided to go the bled castle.

parked at public carpark beside the castle.

€11pax entrance

entrance €11pax was a bomb consider for a tiny place so just consider donations for upkeep la..

wife & on bought some drink. were told tickets offer discounts paid just €2.80 for 1 flat white 1 cappuccino 1 mineral water.

view of lake bled from bled castle

Bled Castle perched atop a steep cliff rising 130m above the glacial Lake Bled is a symbol of Bled and Slovenia. according to written sources, it is the oldest castle in Slovenia, first mentioned in a 1011 donation deed as castellum Veldes.

and it offers the finest view of the Bled island, the town of Bled and of the wider countryside of the Gorenjska region.

view of lake bled from bled castle 

the views were just incredible… we stayed till sunset about 7.20pm.

the twilight afterglow quite mesmerising…

wonderful place to chill & have a cuppa la….

view of lake bled from bled castle

bled castle perch on the hill directly across lake bled from grand hotel toplice.

so offer a great view over the expanse of water & the surrounding skyline…

view of lake bled from bled castle3

view of lake bled from bled castle

hotel grand toplice just directly across the lake from this vantage point.

bled castle

we were at the lower courtyard with shops, café, gallery and the wine cellar.

sunset view of lake bled from bled castle

sunset view of lake bled from bled castle

sunset view of lake bled from bled castle

with million $ view of lake bled & the evening sunset though it was overcast…

bled castle

a staircase connects to the upper courtyard. 🙂

bled castle

bled castle

bled castle

we moved up to the upper courtyard with a 16th century chapel, the museum and the restaurant.

like many other scenic spots like bled island etc, bled castle is a popular spot for wedding receptions. there was one proceeding on the upper courtyard.

bled castle

view from bled castle

went up to the rooms & view over the surrounding plains.

pin-hole camera

there was an inverted pin-hole camera.

bled castle wall alley way

an alley way along the castle wall.

bled castle

looking over the lower court.

bled castle

small place not so much to see.

but a great place to chill, relax, have a coffee, enjoy the aerial views over lake bled & the beautiful sunset.

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Bled Castle

Location:

Grajska cesta, 4260 Bled, Slovenia

Opening Hours:

 Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec  Apr, May, Sep, Oct  Jun, Jul, Aug
 8am – 6pm  8am – 8pm   8am – 9pm

Information

T: +386 4 57 29 782
F: +386 4 57 29 783
E: blejski.grad@zkbled.si

Restaurant
T: +386 4 620 34 44

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The Charming Vintgar Gorge Day 1 3pax Family Holiday in Slovenia 15-21Sep2018

vintgar gorge

got back to grand hotel toplice and check in room

very expensive hotel & very bad atrocious service will have lots to say on my blog & reviews later

then son (designated driver for this trip) drove to vintgar gorge.

a 12mins – 15mins short drive from our hotel to vintgar gorge. we parked at the carpark just outside the entrance.

a really nice walk on mostly boardwalk alongside river radovna  with its waterfalls, pools and rapids, all the way to the railway bridge & dam and sum slap (waterfall) about 2hrs walk return.

€5pax entrance fee to vintgar gorge.

completely charming place la..

start of 1.6km vintgar gorge trail

a nice ravine with waters, very relax, enchanting walk in the wilderness and fresh air with the comfort of flat trail & boardwalks.

vintgar gorge

vintgar gorge

vintgar gorge

vintgar gorge

vintgar gorge

vintgar gorge

wooden boardwalks.

vintgar gorge

vintgar gorge

wooden bridge @ vintgar gorge

wooden bridge over turquoise waters.

vintgar gorge

vintgar gorge

vintgar gorge

an entire, very long stretch of turquoise, greenish-blue water.

vintgar gorge

families, young & old…

stacked stones

stacked stones

take time to stack stones & meditate?

vintgar gorge

dam for small Vintgar hydroelectric power plant under the Šum waterfall.

nearing the end, we came to the dam for small Vintgar hydroelectric power plant under the Šum waterfall.

single-arch stone bridge of the Bohinj railway

a single-arch stone bridge of the Bohinj railway, constructed in 1906, which crosses the gorge 33.5 m above the trail.

single-arch stone bridge of the Bohinj railway

 

vintgar gorge

vintgar gorge

vintgar gorge

13m high slap (waterfall) sum

we came to a rest stop & hut and a bridge overlooking the 13m high slap (waterfall) sum below. 🙂

13m high slap (waterfall) sum

we found the flight of steps by the trail turning right just before the hut & opposite direction from the bridge & walked down the the  slap (waterfall) sum.

vintgar gorge

vintgar gorge

stacked stones

stacked stones

stacked stones

stacked stones

stacked stones

stacked stones

admired more stacked stones as we retraced the path back.

vintgar gorge

on the way back, it was nearing 6pm, we deicded to go to bled castle on the way. 🙂

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Visitors information

Working hours:
The Vintgar gorge is open for visitors from 8.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Parking
At the entrance there is a free parking for visitors.

Coordinates for navigation
latitude: 46,3920°
longitude: 14,0844°

An easy 12 mins drive from Bled

 

Stunning Views of Bled Island on Ojstrica Day 1 3pax Family Holiday in Slovenia 15-21Sep2018

bled island & lake bled 

trekked up to ojstrica in 27mins to the famous bench overlooking lake bled & bled island.

about btnr south view path to summit level of difficulty ie quite moderate/easy..

rewarded with fantastic views.

hiking up ojstrica

hiking up ojstrica

hiking up ojstrica

we love walking in the woods.

fresh air, good activity, weather was not hot but still perspire so worn light.

bled island & lake bled 

there were various vantage points mid hill with great look out too. 🙂

hiking up ojstrica

bled island & lake bled

bled island & lake bled 

wonderful vista.

hiking up ojstrica

hiking up ojstrica 

a long flight of stairs to the famous bench. 🙂

bled island & lake bled

bled island & lake bled 

reached the famous bench, stunning view of bled island & lake bled.

a zoom-in view at the bottom photo. 🙂

this the favourite spot to watch the sunrise.

weather forecast light showers late afternoon/early evening. anyway we maximise the glorious sunshine & probably not going to wake up in the dark & climb up to see the sunrise here tomorrow so this wonderful vista good enough for us.

descending from ojstrica

wife & son not interested to go further up to osojnica.

so we traced the path down.

bled island

this stunning view is edged in memory la…

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Stroll Alongside Lake Bled Day 1 3pax Family Slovenia Holiday 15-21Sep2018

restaurant and pension mlino

restaurant and pension mlino was just across the road from the lakeside.

so we just needed to step out “stealthily”, crossed the road & we were by the lake.

pletna boat ferry

there is another pletna ferry point at this location.

pletna boat lake bled 

the fare to bled island is €14pax. this location is much nearer to blef island & the journey probably takes 10mins, whereas the pletna boat at our grand hotel toplice takes like 35mins.

anyhow we wanted to hike up ostrica & to go to vintgar gorge afterwards, so we deferred to visit to bled island to the next day.

swan

the swan are used to people here, so quite unperturbed by my presence. 🙂

bled island

bled island

lake bled 

we strolled along the lakeside in the direction of ostrica trail head and enjoyed the calm & peaceful spirit of lake bled & the glorious views of bled island from different vantage points.

there were many people fishing along the lakeside.

they anchored 2 metal supports into the earth. cast the fishing line & rested it on the supports with some locking mechanism. looked sturdy enough. 🙂

chill out cafe

there is some cafe chillout place accessible from the path along the lakeside.

bled island

bled island

bled island

bled island is picture perfect from any angle.

the short walk brought us to the trail head for ostrica hike, which was just across the road from the lakeside path.

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Good Lunch @ Restavracija Mlino Day 1 3pax Family Holiday in Slovenia 15-21Sep2018

€15.70 mixed grill

we found a restaurant with good size parking not far from ostrica trailhead.

parking ONLY for pension & restaurant guest. 🙂

welcome black board

menu

we were early so carpark quite empty.

got a nice table outside (temp i think about 22degC), nice rest stop to chill out.

restaurant was part of pension mlino

restaurant and pension mlino

restaurant is part of a pension.

i wonder what is the price? probably like <1/2 maybe 1/3 the exorbitant grand hotel toplice price…if i ever come again, i will look are other accomodation options like this one.

erdinger beer

son happily chilling out with his cold erdinger beer €4.50.

my mineral water was €2.30 & wife other beer like €3.50.

after that i basically turned to drinking bitter lemon at the same price as water. lol! 🙂

bread basket 

bread basket was hearty. good for the hungry.

they don’t bring olive oil & balsamic as a practice, so had to ask, and they always bring it, no issue.

€3.50 tomato soup

the €15.70 mixed grill (top photo) was good enough.

chicken was good, sausage & the minced meat roll were good. pork was ok, beef was tough.

tomato soup was good.

this the really nice freshly made tomato soup, excellent tomato flavours, very hearty, homely, satisfying.

€11.90 unusual fish & chips

the fish and chips came in an unusual preparation. but it was good.

the batter came with almond flakes, the dry type not fluffy batter.

€11.90 unusual fish & chips

fish was good & sides were ok. 🙂

€42.60 for 3pax lunch

3pax lunch came to €42.60 including €10.30 for drinks.

bled is supposedly an expensive place, so i guess price was ok.

i think we gave a small tip, so probably paid €45.

€15.70 mixed grill

after lunch we kind of sneaked out of the restaurant & walked to the lakeside, and then to ostrica trailhead & hiked up to ostrica view point.

not that we mind paying €10 for carpark like at camping bled, but it was quite bothersome to go find parking again & the walk from the parking to the trailhead likely further.

so sneak was the best policy in teh circumstances. :-p

c.h.e.f andy