The countdown continues 🙂 Here are my top five things to do in Slovenia!
Ljubljana is Slovenia’s capital, it is smaller than most capitals but that is the the fantastic part, it makes everything easier to reach, you can walk, cycle or ride on a free cart (the driver likes a tip). We walked through the old part of the city towards the cable car which took us up to the castle on the top of a steep cliff. The castle was lovely, apparently the Queen has been there! We sat down and had a lovely fresh orange juice taking in the atmosphere. We then walked through the market stalls, and walked towards the Union Jack park (official name is Star park), from above it looks like the Union Jack flag. Watch out for the Dragon Bridge, their tails move! (apparently) There is so much to do in this lovely capital you could spend days finding new and fascinating things.
This ride starts at the top of Straža which can be walked up or you take the cable car. The picture below shows how high it was!
My husband would kill me if I put this higher than 5th place because he loved it, but I’m afraid I couldn’t do it. The fear of heights and speed got the better of me. Once at the top you are strapped into a toboggan with a brake handle and you are pushed down the track. I must admit whilst I stood watching him fly down the hill I could also see kids younger than 10 years old enjoying themselves whilst they flew down the hill. Yes, I’m a whimp 🙂
Here is a link to my husband’s video that he took whilst going down the hill, apparently that thing went 16mph-
3. Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary
Visit the church on Bled’s island built during the 15th Century. It is a short 10-15 minute Pletna boat ride, depending on where you get on, we boarded a boat on one of the shortest routes, this ride costs €12 for the round trip.
This is lovely ride especially on a gorgeous hot day. Our ride was rather eventful. We were minding our own business soaking up the rays when the boat nearly topples over! A man decided he preferred the other side, a better photo opportunity perhaps?? The boat relies on the balance from several bodies, thus by moving he disturbed the balance. It made the trip across interesting if not somewhat scary.
The 15th century church is very popular for weddings, I can understand why it’s beautiful, however there is a condition a groom must stick to if they marry on this island. I personally love this condition and it should be applied everywhere 🙂 The groom must carry the bride up the 99 steps to the church. A picture of the steps below.
If the groom makes a single noise whilst doing this, a groan, a murmur, and it results in the bride taking the ‘boss’ role throughout the marriage 🙂
2. Bled Castle
The castle is a medieval in style and is perched on a steep cliff. You can access the castle via many routes, we decided to walk up, it was miles, I’m sure it was (it probably wasn’t). The walk up is completely worth it, despite the aches. The view is stunning and whilst up there you can enjoy a walk around the museum, wine cellar and defensive walls. There is also a café up there so you can enjoy a refreshing drink whilst taking in the views. It is a definite must do!
1. Lake Bled
The lake itself, you can beat it!
You can walk, run, cycle or take the little train around the lake. On foot it takes around an hour and half at a leisurely pace. Whilst there I would suggest walking to enable you to see more of the lake and surrounding scenery. It it well worth it. I personally walked around the lake twice and also cycled around it twice 🙂 Below is proof that I actually cycled (or maybe I decided to stand next to a random bike and put a silly helmet on my head….)
There are many areas to stop whilst you walk around the lake, as cafés and restaurants provide great views. There are benches all around so you can also take regular breaks.
So, that is my countdown, these should definitely go on your list, if you ever go 🙂 I do hope this persuades you to visit Lake Bled or Slovenia in the future, you will not regret it 🙂
Have a lovely day!