One of the many appeals of Slovenia is the opportunity for outdoor adventures. The area around Bled in particular offers visitors plenty of opportunities to get outside. With only a limited amount of time in the area, we decided to take the classic hike: around the lake with a stop at the Velika Osojnica viewpoint.
Walking along the water was more of a stroll than a hike. We passed a few sweet old Slovenian women beginning their day by bathing in the lake. We also got a closer view of the famous island. This little island and the church upon it are what make Bled the romantic and picturesque destination that it is. You’ll be seeing plenty of photos.
The Church of the Assumption plays an important role in town. On weekends you can spot grooms carrying their brides up the 99 steps to the church door. We kept our eyes open for a glimpse of the local tradition but I think it was a bit too early in the day for wedding festivities.
The trailhead for the viewpoint took us up up up and up the side of the mountain. I kept thinking the end must be near… but no. There’s even a nice little spot with a bench at the top of a very steep set of stairs that makes you think you’re at the top, but you’re not. Persevering was well worth the effort, the view from the tippy-top was even better.