Today we made a nice trip from Trieste to Vintgar gorge and Lake Bled, both located in neighboring Slovenia. It is one of the best day trips I highly recommend. You will have enough time to visit both places and come back to Trieste without any rush.
easy. Good for family walking with children
- Small waterfalls, vertical rocks, crystal clear and colorful water of Vintgar gorge
- The oldest stone railway bridge in Slovenia
- Good lunch in traditional Slovenian restaurant
- Walk around Lake Bled
- Medieval Castle and incredibly beautiful landscapes of the Lake
Vintgar gorge, that is also known as Bled Gorge, is opened from April till November. However, I recommend making this trip late spring or early autumn. The weather is warm enough and for sure there will be less crowded. There are also fewer people on Lake Bled at this time.
- Something for snack
- Documents: ID card; for non-European visitors – passport with visa
- The route doesn’t require hiking shoes. However, footwear should be comfortable, flat sandals or sneakers. Bear in mind that some part of the track in Vintgar gorge can be slippery.
- Take a sweatshirt and / or light jacket, especially if you travel in spring and autumn. It is shady and humid in the gorge. In September day temperature can be around 15 degrees.
How to get from Trieste to Bled and Vintgar gorge
The best way to reach Bled and Vintgar gorge from Trieste is by car. It takes about one hour and a half; the road is easy.
Just don’t forget to buy the vignette – special sticker necessary for using Slovenian motorways and expressways. You can buy the vignette in all petrol station in Slovenia and also in Trieste – in newsstands or some petrol stations.
There is also a possibility to go to Bled from Trieste by bus, but the bus doesn’t go often and the schedule is not convenient. Certainly in case of using a bus, it will not be possible to make this trip in one day.
There are two large parking areas near the Vintgar gorge. You can easily find them following the road indications “Vintgar gorge”.
The actual parking fee is 5 Euro (no time limit).
Actual prices (year 2019):
- Adults: 10 Euro
- Children (from 6 to 15 years): 3 Euro
- Kids under 6 years: 1 Euro
All prices is better to check on the Vintgar gorge official website. There (exactly on the Home page) you will also find the information about opening hours which are differ depending on months.
Vintgar gorge – amazing hike among the rocks and wild river
Vintgar Gorge is ideal place for easy and relax hike. The path is not very long: it took us about 2 – 2,5 hours to complete it.
The gorge is equipped by wooden roads and bridges, which are comfortable for walking. There are also many good spots from where you can take nice memorable pictures 🙂
The only minus – some parts of the road are very narrow. When there are many people in the gorge you can hit a “traffic jam”. We were lucky to visit the gorge in the lunchtime, so it was less crowded. I’ve read in different sources that lunchtime, and also early morning and late evening are the best hours for visiting, especially if you travel in the summer.
On the way we discovered a table with benches whish was great for our friends having travelled with kids. Good place to stop and have a snack 🙂
I have to say that Vintgar gorge is diverse: after another turn you will find something new.
For example, these majestic rocks with turquoise water.
I also liked places where the nature looks a bit wild, with pools and rapids created by the stream.
One more interesting place of Vintgar gorge is an arch stone bridge of the Bohinj railway, built in year 1906. It is located 33.5 meters above the walking path. It is the largest stone railway bridge preserved in Slovenia.
Not far from the stone bridge, there is a waterfall, called Šum. Translated into English Šum means “noise”, but I cannot say the waterfall is very noisy 🙂 In addition it is the highest fluvial waterfall in Slovenia.
On the way back we enjoy again the beauty and harmony of the nature.
Recommendations for lunch
Before moving towards Lake Bled – the next destination of our journey – we decided to stop for the late lunch.
There are some restaurants near Vintgar Gorge area. We chose it randomly due to the name 🙂 and were very lucky: the food was good and the place itself was quiet with a nice terrace.
The menu is rich. There are traditional meat dishes, like Pleskavica or Cevapcici. If you like meat, you will appreciate the quality and the taste.
But even if the meat is not your plate, the menu offers good choice of fish and vegetarian dishes. For example, cottage cheese dumplings with porcini mushroom sauce, which I ordered.
One more dish I would recommend you to try is traditional Balkan sweet Gibanica.
It is layered pastry cake with walnuts, quark cheese, poppy seeds and raisins. In this restaurant they know how to cook it – not too sweet, soft and with ideal combination of nuts and poppy tastes. It is definitely worth trying 🙂
Prices in the Gostilna Fortuna are average. It is not the cheapest place, but not expensive same time. To my mind, value for money is very good. By the way, you can have a look at the menu and prices on the official website of the restaurant.
Walk along Lake Bled
Lake Bled is located 5 km from Vintgar gorge, so it took us about 10 minutes to reach this beautiful place by car. Actually, before deciding to go there, I had doubts whether Lake Bled is worth visiting, but now I can definitely say it is.
Despite the fact that it is very tourist destination, the Lake has very special charm that you feel immediately.
I think the strongest point of Lake Bled is its splendid landscapes. Julian Alps, reflected in the water, an island in the middle of the lake with a small church on it, charming water lilies.
Medieval Castle located on the cliff is one of the main sightseeing of the Lake. Unfortunately, we didn’t visit it this time, but I would recommend to do it. It is the oldest castle in Slovenia (it was first mentioned in year 1011).
Moreover, incredible views are opened from the cliff where the castle is located. The information about opening hours you can find on the official website of Bled Castle.
We also met these nice “locals” on the Lake 🙂 They were very friendly and even agreed to pose for the pictures 🙂