Bled Castle (Blejski Grad)

Bled Castle (Blejski Grad)

Bled Castle (Blejski Grad)
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Jessica
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A good experience. You get free entry to the castle (usually €13 pp) with a booking at the restaurant so would recommend booking into the restaurant and arriving early to visit the castle. Not sure we would’ve paid €13 pp for the castle alone.

The food at the restaurant was definitely on the more expensive side for full main courses and wine, however we enjoyed a small cheese plate, salad and 2x cocktails for €35 which, taking into account the free castle entry, was good value.
Written May 8, 2022
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Joss
Manchester, UK25 contributions
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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TK138
Manchester, UK14 contributions
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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Phineas F
London, UK27 contributions
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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Jim W
Schonaich, Germany2,394 contributions
Frankly, I am surprised that this is the ninth ranked thing to do as it should easily be in the top three. First of all, the views of Lake Bled from up here are incredible. Secondly, how they built this castle into the rock is amazing. Lastly, it is a an excellent castle with lots to see and do to include a fine dining experience. My wife and I opted to walk up one of several paths to the castle. There is also an opportunity to drive and park too. There are various rooms to see in the castle as well as numerous look out points. With the price of admission of 13 euro per person, you also get a free print at the ole print shop or a free wine tasting. We opted for the wine. We also took the opportunity to buy several awesome Slovenian wines (a Zellen, a Rose, and a Cabernet Sauvignon) at the wine shop in the castle. On one of the castle walls is a vine that is actually an offshoot from the oldest grape vine in the world. It belongs to the grape called Zametovka (also known as Ametovka and Kavčina črna). It is a red Slovenian wine grape variety and is one of the oldest domesticated grape varieties in Slovenian. It produces a wine of pure red color. A single vine of Žametovka growing in the Slovenian town of Maribor is estimated by the Guinness Book of Records to be the oldest living vine still producing fruit in the world at over 400 years of age. If you are in Bled, then this castle and the grapevine is a must see!
Written March 15, 2022
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JohnAnn B
Vancouver, Canada455 contributions
We toured the castle as part of a Rick Steve's tour in May 2022. As such I cannot comment on the price, but we did get a full tour of the castle with guide giving us history and explaining the various exhibits. The castle was lived in the recent past but all of the furniture and wall coverings etc have been removed and replaced by exhibits including geology, and dioramas of prehistory and historic residents of the area. It is quite interesting and there are more recent tiled heating units introduced by the owners in the last hundred years or so. Outside one the tired levels the views are spectacular even from the cafe area where you should enjoy one of Bled's cream cakes and a coffee. Well worth the visit.
Written June 14, 2022
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Lara Schnepf
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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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Allison L
West Wales., Uk20 contributions
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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Brett H
105 contributions
Couples
So I initially saw the prices for entrance and felt like we were about to be swindled, but I was pleasantly surprised. The views are unparalleled, and the little shops are not exactly what everyone on here is reducing them to be.

The forge is full of handmade goods by a fourth generation blacksmith who is carrying on a 2400 year old tradition. He said to us ‘this is NOT made in China goods.’

The printing press room was a valuable history lesson by a passionate printer who showed us all of the inner workings of the replica Gutenberg press, along with some interesting facts.

Everybody was friendly and kind, and we are glad we didn’t skip it.
Written February 20, 2020
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Aethelred
Cambridge, MA1,027 contributions
Five stars if you are anyway visiting Bled; four stars altogether as an experience. I think this is a nice castle, spectacularly situated; also inside nice (except the chapel), and the various touristy offerings are nice if it's not too crowded, which on a dreary October Saturday afternoon it absolutely wasn't. Was grateful for a good espresso at an open coffee bar there! The views are spectacular (also of the island), and the history of this admin stronghold of the Bishop of Brixen quite interesting. A bit of a hike; be careful if it's wet and you have walking problems.
Written October 25, 2021
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