Bled Castle (Blejski Grad)
Bled Castle (Blejski Grad)
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  • ER
    Bristol, United Kingdom21 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Astonishing view, underwhelming castle
    Worth going for the view but the castle itself is incredibly underwhelming. Quite frankly I was a bit confused as to what I had actually paid for. I spent a fair bit of time wandering around trying to find what the cost of the ticket covered, convinced that I must have missed something. Turned out I hadn’t missed anything and the castle really is just made up of a few modern looking rooms and looks nothing like what you would expect a castle to look like from the inside. The outside of the castle is infinitely better and you can see that for free from the lake. I’m glad I went just for the view, although it’s worth noting that there are plenty of hiking trails around Bled that will give you an equally astonishing view for free.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 20, 2023
  • WilliamWillieWilson
    Nashville, Tennessee1,618 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting history, amazing view!!
    As far as castles go around the globe, this one is pretty ordinary. A few interesting features include a replica of an early printing press that changed the way we share knowledge around the world, and a primitive version of indoor heating by radiator in the upper rooms. The chapel is beautiful., but the rest of the facility is rather mundane. On its own, the castle would have a three-star rating from us. However, the real reason you go up to the castle is the million-dollar view of Lake Bled and the valley beneath. That’s worth every penny! So I split the difference and gave it four stars.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Sn9wolfy
    Basel, Switzerland509 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Way better than the Bled Island!
    Quite a must to visit this place. Not so much for the castle itself but more for its breathtaking view of the lake from above. The coffeeshop serves delicious bled cream cake and refreshing ice tea. Entrance for the castle is pricey and the parking rate has increased. Still, definitely way more worth it than the bled island!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Vierdank
    Stockholm, Sweden6,379 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning!
    We came to Bled castle on a very rainy day. Nevertheless, the experience was stunning! An unbeatable view over the Bled lake, marvellously beautiful. The castle itself is nothing special really. It is the location and the views that counts. We also tried the restaurant for lunch - surprisingly good and highly recommended! Preferably book in advance. Well arranged parking (with a fee) beneath the castle. A bit tricky to walk up to the castle: steep and with "mean" little stones under ones feet... Quite expensive entrance fee... but it's worth it!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia2,065 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit for the views alone
    Nice castle to visit, climb to castle is very steep in some areas so if you have mobility issues you may struggle, just take your time and enjoy the walk up to castle. Castle itself is rather small compared to other castles in Europe but visually nice to look at and photograph, rooms in the castle for me disappointing with many of them not looking like how the rooms would have looked like in medieval times. For me castle is all about the views looking over lake bled top quality world class views not to be missed. If castle was at ground level I would say give it a miss but with location would recommend visiting.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Lauren D
    7 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Waste of time (great views though)
    Only saving grace was the amazing views, we weren’t too disheartened with the experience because of them. The museum was quite interesting but the rest of the castle was not worth €15. To add insult to injury, I paid for two tickets online before visiting, the company didn’t send me my tickets with the QR codes, so had to pay again when we got there. They have since refunded after complaining but when you hike up to the level of the castle to find the tickets you’ve paid for arent there, it’s a bit of a downer to the trip. Like I say, the views are amazing but you can get free views if you hike up to ostrica for free. I think the castle is a waste of time - still don’t even know who lived there!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Chapbillsmith
    Salisbury, United Kingdom117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Castle above a Lake
    It’s a steep climb up to Bled Castle but only 30 minutes from the main lakeside. Worth the climb and lots to see. Museum exhibits on 3 floors, bar and restaurant(bookable for lunch or evening meal), incredible views and battlement walks. Much better than the castle in Ljubljana. If you are a senior, ask for a senior ticket and you save a lot.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • lakelover908
    Kendal, United Kingdom1,150 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Castle
    A lovely walk up to this beautiful castle on the edge of Lake Bled. Has a lovely cafe on a terrace overlooking the Lake. Some very interesting rooms including a colourful chapel. There was a car park near the entrance so road access too.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 25, 2023
  • SnowyShasta
    Portland, Oregon2,312 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile experience
    We visited the castle towards closing time and spent about an hour visiting it. It was worth doing, although for the price (€15 each) I didn't feel that it was a must-do. My favorite part of the castle was probably the small gothic church that sits off of the upper courtyard. It was very pretty inside. We also explored the museum, which was semi-interesting, and the printing press area. One of the main attractions is the views down over Bled, the lake, and the nearby mountains. These are indeed pretty amazing, although we got others, probably even better, from the Mala Osojnica viewpoint at the opposite end. The general setup of the castle with its courtyards and pathways was interesting, as was a climb (short flight of stairs) up to the walkways running along the walls. We walked to the castle by parking our car near St. Martin's church and following the path up. It was a bit steep but only took about 15 minutes, and less time going down. Overall we had an enjoyable visit to Bled Castle.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 26, 2023
  • BunburyTim61
    Bunbury, Australia2,089 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful view of lake Bled from the top terrace
    This is a medieval castle above the city of Bled that has the best view of Lake Bled and Bled Island. This is probably where most of the iconic pictures of the lake are taken. Nice to explore this castle but it’s the view that is breathtaking Apart from the views whilst there try the Bled Cream cake at the cafe which is divine!!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
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Allison L
West Wales., Uk22 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Having walked the full circuit of Lake Bled and whilst it was truly beautiful, we were very surprised to see how quiet it was. Lots of places were closed. Being December, we also expected it to feel more festive. There were a few wooden huts near the village side of the lake, and were only really selling mulled wine and hot chocolate. So after our walk we decided to go to the castle and have a coffee there whilst enjoying the views. After climbing the steep steps up to the castle which took a good 20 mins (there were loads of them and they nearly finished me off), we finally got to the entrance. The sign said 11 euros per person for entry. We explained we only wanted to have a cup of coffee. But no. 11 euros each. We explained that there was no mention of entrance fees on the signs at the bottom of the hill, but she was having none of it. Needless to say, we refused to pay 22 euros on top of the price of a coffee. So disappointed. And put a dampener on our visit.
Written January 7, 2020
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Nat
Mexico City, Mexico853 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
This castle is really lovely on many aspects: it has an amazing view from the top, the architecture is well preserved and it is important in terms of both the landscape and the history of Bled, but...

It is no longer presented as a castle to the public; it’s been turned into a shopping mall.
There are places where they supposedly sell medieval things, like printed paper (in Gutenberg style) or wine, but honestly it’s just a shop pretending to be an entertaining show (which is not). They are normal employees and normal shops... only that everyone is using a robe and it’s inside the castle, and just because of that they expect you to believe it’s unique. Heck, they even have a regular made-in-China souvenir shop that sells exactly the same things you can find in the town (only with a bigger number in the price tag).

The ONLY part of the castle that is being given a proper use is a part that has become a museum, where they give you info about the history of the place through the years. They also have interesting things like original jewelry worn ages ago, or weapons or human bones. It’s interesting, or at least worth paying the €12 of the entrance.

A historical place (specially one as ancient and precious as a castle) is not only meant to be preserved on the outside, but also to be in good state on the inside. The term “destroying” not only means breaking things and burning wood, it can also refer to non material things, like taking away the purpose or the value of something, like it happened here.
Written January 16, 2020
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TK138
Manchester, UK14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
The views over Bled were beautiful. We used our ‘free’ coupon for a glass of wine in the wine tasting cellar which was pleasant after a walk up to the castle in the rain! However the ticket seemed a little overpriced for what was available to explore in and around the castle.

Our experience of the restaurant was very disappointing. We wanted to have a glass of wine and try the traditional Slovenian cream cake. When asked if we could sit by the window to enjoy the view we were told no as these seats were only for those eating lunch. We were instead sat at the back of the restaurant in a corner. Another couple arrived again for a drink and cake and when refused a window table chose to leave for this reason. For the hour we were there there was only 1 other couple in the entire restaurant. They also refused to serve tap water stating only bottled water was available. The waiter was not friendly or welcoming in any way. Whilst the wine and cake were pleasant the restaurant could definitely improve upon these issues to improve customer experience!
Written April 30, 2022
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Joss
Manchester, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
As I had no access to a car, I took the steep walk up to the castle, which on a hot day isn't ideal, but it's nice and shaded by the trees.
Inside the castle, it is quite small, but there is a lot to see. There are various areas to explore, including the old printing room/shop, which also had an art exhibition when I visited, the courtyard with some of the best views I've seen, the museum, which gives great information about the history of the castle and Bled, and the castle walls, which also had some impressive views.
The ticket might be on the more expensive side, but it is worth it for the views alone, you could spend a few hours up there, especially with the wine bar/shop and restaurant they have.
Written July 19, 2022
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Hanni
Mexico City, Mexico1,091 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
The castle is beautiful, it has the greatest location, it is in excellent shape, looks like a fairy tale, but... Almost every single space has been turned into a shop, and that is not nice... it fades away the charm.

Like one of my daughters say: it is like paying a 12 euro ticket to let you buy. It is not what I imagined when I saw it from the lake shore.
Written January 2, 2020
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Lara Schnepf
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Me and my partner wanted to see the castle. Except it's view it was a real waste of money. We were lucky that we have just payed the students entry (8,50), but normally it would have been 13 euros!!

One of the most shocking things was the woman at the entrance. She was not only unfriendly but also so rude that we almost wanted to turn back. She didn't lose a single word, but stared at us sullenly, as if she herself hated her job so much that she transferred this directly to everyone else. No hello, no thank you, no goodbye.... Nothing. Not even one single word. A friendly woman at the entrance would change the visit in every positiv way. Thank God we had at least one good experience: the employee in the wine cellar. Very, very friendly. He was about to close, but invited us in anyway and gave us the best advice.
Conclusion: nice view, but I would advise everyone not to visit, because it is simply too expensive for what it offers.
Written June 24, 2021
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Rohit K
50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This is one of the most gorgeous places. The crystal clear water, the colors of the lake, the mountains, the church on an island, and the castle overlooking the lake — what a fairy tale setting. We would highly recommend the walk around the lake; there is an easy path and it should not take more 90 minutes with stops for obligatory pictures along the way. It can get very crowded from late morning through the afternoon, especially when the tour buses arrive en masse, so plan accordingly. Also highly recommend going up to the castle — the views of the lake are breathtaking. Again, keep in mind the large number of tour buses that arrive throughout the day, so go early or late to avoid the crowds.
Written June 18, 2023
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borutk23
Ljubljana, Slovenia991 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Bled Castle is the oldest castle in Slovenia and stands proudly on the top of the cliff overlooking the lake. Definitely worth visiting for the views which will let you breathless.
Its also a place where you can learn about the rich history of the area, medieval printing and also Slovenian honey.
Written February 27, 2020
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Phineas F
London, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We visited Bled Castle today. From below it looks like a lengthy climb to get up there but wasn't as bad as expected. There was a mix of pathway and steps. It helps to be reasonably fit, although we saw a range of ages and physiques making their way up as we descended afterwards. Took us about ten minutes from the start of the path near the lake to get to the base of the castle, where we found it is possible to drive up, there is also a motorized "train" that runs around Bled that you can take to the top. Once at the base there was another fairly steep walk to enter the castle itself, so you'd need to be reasonably mobile for even that last part. TBH the castle itself was only ok, although it may have been better had we listened to the audio tour you can download to your smart phone for what appeared to be no extra fee. But we didn't have headphones. You can wander through the various rooms some of which weren't open when we visited) in about 20-30 mins. There was a museum with a few old bits of pottery and some metal tools, not that interesting. The best part was when we went into the turret above one of the shops which had some interesting history of how Bled became a spa destination. However, all of this pretty secondary to the main reason to go, the incredible views of Lake Bled, the island, and the stunning Slovenian scenery off in the distance. That alone made the entry fee to the castle worth every penny.
Written June 23, 2022
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Declan
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
This is a great piece of history and a real must for those visiting the area. The views alone from the castle are incredible. We also ate here at the castle restaurant and I had the best meal I can remember! A touch on the pricey side but it was worth it. We had a caviar canapes as a gesture for coming, they sat us by the floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the lake and served up some phenomenal food. A really worth while visit.
Written February 10, 2020
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