Lake Bled on a Grey Day

Very few places on this planet that I have visited have completely taken my breath away.  Before heading to Slovenia, I heard Lake Bled would be another one I would be adding to that list.  Unfortunately, it didn’t make the cut.  And sadly, I believe that mother nature was mostly to blame.  I was also told that Lake Bled would be more my ‘thing’ than Ljubljana.  Apparently whoever told me that doesn’t realize I have a super deep appreciation for a culture that has its locals sitting at outdoor bars at 9am with a large beer and a newspaper.

This is what Lake Bled looked like through my eyes:

Lake Bled on a grey day.

I didn’t give Lake Bled much of a chance, to be honest.  I could have planned an entire day trip there, but it was raining, so I did a little cave exploration at Postonja instead (post to come soon on that touristy little place).  I ended up hitting up Bled and all its glory on our drive from Ljubljana to the Czech Republic… just making a pit stop for a short while to check out what all the hype was about.  I didn’t realize it would begin pouring and leave me only wanting to stay for about 5 minutes.  I drove almost completely around the lake looking for that special spot I kept hearing about and just never found it.  Maybe this should have been done by foot and not car?  Maybe I should have given this place more of a chance than what I did.

Either way, Lake Bled didn’t blow me away like I expected it could.  But the more I look at these photos I took, the more I think the place has an enchantment all of its own that leaves me still thinking about it.  Maybe Lake Bled did just what it was supposed to do for me.

Lake Bled on a grey day.

Lake Bled on a grey day.

Lake Bled on a grey day.

Lake Bled on a grey day.

Have you ever been to Lake Bled? What is the prettiest lake you have ever visited?

  • Melanie
    Posted at 09:20h, 10 May Reply

    I have never been, but even though your pictures are overcast and cloudy, they are still beautiful!

    As for me…I know its close to home for me, but short of the ocean, I have never seen water so beautiful as Lake Michigan. Especially overlooking the lake from the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. Gorgeous!

    • Megan
      Posted at 09:51h, 10 May Reply

      i love the great lakes! i think they are so underrated. but i definitely agree with you that lake michigan is gorgeous…nothing like sitting in chicago with a drink in hand overlooking that water!

  • Ioana-Carmen
    Posted at 09:54h, 10 May Reply

    Wow, beautiful pictures darling!

  • mizhenka
    Posted at 10:02h, 10 May Reply

    Obviously it doesn’t look as stunning on a grey day, but it’s still beautiful.

  • Jenna
    Posted at 10:43h, 10 May Reply

    The difference between the first pictures and the ones you took is huge! Maybe if the sun had showed it’s face a little bit the lake would have left a different impression because the houses and architecture look really enchanting and beautiful :) Funny enough I’m not sure what the most beautiful lake I’ve seen is, maybe Hartbeespoort in SA although I’m pretty sure there are more spectacular ones out there.


  • Michelle P
    Posted at 12:24h, 10 May Reply

    Wow I love those pictures!

  • Alex Butts
    Posted at 12:35h, 10 May Reply

    I think mother nature totally determined it – I can see the beauty and charm even through the grayness. Always harder to enjoy the lake when there’s no sun. My favorite lake inthe worllddd is Lake Austin. But then again, I haven’t seen half te variety I’d like too. Lake Tahoe isn’t too shabby either.

  • Alyx
    Posted at 13:59h, 10 May Reply

    Ahhh, that’s such a shame! I’ve seen some pics of Lake Bled on Facebook, and they all look like the first one… Sorry you saw it when it was so gray, but I still think it’s beautiful!
    That shot with the boats is AMAZING, by the way. Seriously. I stared at it for like, 30 seconds… and that’s a long time for me to look at a picture. lol

  • Miss K
    Posted at 14:11h, 10 May Reply

    the pictures are gorgeous! they are super enchanting and remind me of a fairy tale

  • Alex
    Posted at 18:19h, 10 May Reply

    It looks like something out of a creepy storybook, which I really enjoy.

  • MaviDeniz
    Posted at 20:38h, 10 May Reply

    OMG it looks scary, almost haunted lol


  • Chelsea
    Posted at 03:34h, 11 May Reply

    I see what you mean about the enchantment. I can tell from those pictures that there’s just something special and mystical about that place. I love how you said maybe it “did just what it was supposed to do for me” :)

  • Miss Caitlin S.
    Posted at 04:23h, 11 May Reply

    wow! certainly not the picture you saw and likely had in your mind but I can see why you’re still thinking about it!!! It looks SO eerie, like a movie set for a crime in the early 1900s. I would honestly love to go look at this in the sun or the drear- looks spectacular.

    and beer at 9am, ha- so cool. I only wish I was half that badass.

  • Jay
    Posted at 06:10h, 11 May Reply

    Dreary days can make us dreary so perhaps that was the case. Had it been sunny & warm and had you had a cooler of beer in the car for when you found that special spot you could have a beer picnik, I bet you would have liked it more!

    And you are right, it does look a little enchanting! To be honest, they dark & grey photos are more interesting than the one you didn’t take!

  • Kamischka
    Posted at 06:14h, 11 May Reply

    I was in Bled in an amazing sunny day and I loved it, I’m sure if you had a decent weather you’ll enjoy it much more too. But just few kilometers further there’s Lake Bohinj and that’s a breathtaking place, must be my favourite lake of all times! that’s a pity you didn’t go over there, that’s the place to love in Slovenia! :)
    and yeah, Ljubljana is pretty awesome when it comes to bars :) I think that’s the only place I’ve visited that opens bars so early!

  • Sara Louise
    Posted at 06:40h, 11 May Reply

    Your photos are so eerie! I wouldn’t be surprise if Dracula popped around the corner and shouted, “Boo!”

  • Mandy @ In the Fashion Lane
    Posted at 18:34h, 11 May Reply

    Rainy, cloudy, foggy…your pictures have me mesmerized. It gives the place such a spooky feeling. Your travels make me so jealous ;)

  • jaymo
    Posted at 22:14h, 11 May Reply

    I actually think your photos are better than the first, sunny and “pretty” one. Great atmosphere. Had me thinking Vlad the Impaler, for sure!
    Prettiest lake for me? Lake Tahoe is up there, for sure, as is Lake Meade. Lake Como has a lot more going for it than just George Clooney. But really, beauty is everywhere to eyes that are open! Great post, as always.

  • Lindsay
    Posted at 01:25h, 12 May Reply

    Okay, so maybe it didn’t look exactly like the perfect, postcard shot you expected, but I still think it is pretty enchanting, even in the rain! Thanks to you, Slovenia is definitely on our hit list for the summer road trip. Can’t wait! And some of the prettiest lakes I have visited are in the Jasper and Banff, Alberta. I am not being biased because I am Canadian either, the Rockies rock (pun intended hahaha), and I highly recommend a visit! Oh, and Lago di Caldero, and Lake Como in Italy, while super touristy, are awesome too. And there are tons of lakes in the Swiss Alps that are pretty wonderful. Maybe I am obsessed with lakes haha.

  • Tiffany
    Posted at 04:55h, 12 May Reply

    It’s beautiful….although a different kind than you were expecting from the picture above. I love that last one you shot!

    My favorite lake, hands down, is Lake Geneva in Switzerland. My cousin lives in Cully (between Geneva and Montreux)…it’s this tiny village that is right on the lake and surrounded by vineyards with the Alps in the background. Visiting there was like heaven on earth!


  • Anonymous
    Posted at 12:25h, 13 May Reply

    I think it looks amazing!

  • kimberly rae
    Posted at 18:00h, 13 May Reply

    okay the first pic looks awesome, but your pics look beautiful too! i hate it when mother nature doesn’t cooperate!! that happened to me when i was hiking the inca trail! we specifically went in august which is supposed to be ‘dry season’ but out of the 4 days we were hiking it was totally clouded over two of the days! so annoying!!

    the prettiest lake i’ve seen is lake cuomo while crossing from italy into switzerland (we just drove past) and then lake lucerne is switzerland was beauuuutiful!!!

  • Laura @Travelocafe
    Posted at 19:23h, 13 May Reply

    I love lakes, and I love them even more if they have a historic building, a castle or a palace close by. Amazing photos and a great article.

  • Daryl
    Posted at 20:28h, 13 May Reply

    I like the photos you took – they look haunting! That fog is crazy.

  • Katie.Daily
    Posted at 21:48h, 13 May Reply

    wow that looks so neat even with the rain and fog! I think I need to go there!!

  • Minna
    Posted at 14:58h, 14 May Reply

    Well there’s a slight difference between this commercial (?) photo and the ones that you have taken. The weather didn’t obviously favor you but I think it still looks kinda magical with all the fog… =) Just my opinion. ;) But if I visited the place I’d prefer the sunny weather as well! =)

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    • Minna
      Posted at 15:08h, 14 May Reply

      Thanks for the entry – you were quicker than I thought. ;)

  • Dana
    Posted at 20:19h, 14 May Reply

    Bah ha ha – I literally laughed out loud at my desk when your ‘picture comparison’ scrolled across my screen. You are hilarious and those pictures make Lake Bled look like the spookiest place ever. Sorry you didn’t enjoy it as much as you were expecting, but it was worth this awesome post.

  • John
    Posted at 01:59h, 16 May Reply

    Sorry the weather didn’t cooperate for you in Bled! Although I do think you got to see a different side of it that a lot of others don’t get to see. The fog actually makes it look like a pretty mysterious and enchanting place in its own right.

  • Spencer
    Posted at 03:20h, 16 May Reply

    I absolutely loved Lake Bled when I went there! I had a magical afternoon there. It was such a beautiful setting.

  • Lana and Chris McCoy
    Posted at 20:49h, 02 June Reply

    Bummer the weather was sort of crapy! I am planning a trip there this summer . . . so hopefully the weather holds up. Love your blog! Makes me want to get to Norway soon!

  • Erika
    Posted at 16:34h, 20 April Reply

    It’s amazing how different it looks when the weather isn’t that great! I actually ended up spending a few more days in Bled than I had planned, just because I really liked it there. It was peaceful and yeah, I’d say enchanted in a way. But of course, I got to experience it in all of its shimmering wonder (as opposed to The Haunted Mansion vibe that you saw it with). I think if I saw it like you did, I’d feel the same way!!!

  • Marko @ Travel Photo Blogging
    Posted at 10:08h, 22 January Reply

    Obviously you were totally out of luck on that day. It can be really beautiful but for me the nearby lake Bohinj is even more beautiful. However on your day I suppose it would look equally miserable.

    I would take this as a sign to return to Slovenia one day and give it another chance. ;)
    You are welcome to drop me a line at my blog if you ever need a local advice. Have fun, keep travelling and don’t stop blogging about it!

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