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Following the trails of Arnold Rikli - Bled Castle (600 m)

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m 550 500 450 1.6 1.4 1.2 1.0 0.8 0.6 0.4 0.2 km Bled Castle The castle wine cellar Dornberg Church of St Martin Spa Park Vila Prešeren Bled Rose Hotel
The Bled Castle on the Castle Hill, right above Lake Bled, is Bled's most recognisable and visited attraction. It is an amazing viewpoint with a medieval castle converted into a museum.
easy
Distance 1.8 km
45:00 h
82 m
89 m
The Bled Castle sits atop the Castle Hill (600 m), which overlooks Lake Bled. The Bled Castle is the most visited attraction of Bled. It was erected 1000 years ago and has been upgraded several times in its history. The castle was converted into a museum with many attractions, halls and a prestigious restaurant. An entry fee needs to be paid in order to enter the castle complex. Various events are organised there, and as an attraction with amazing views it is visited by almost every Bled tourist. A road and several walking paths, among which stands out the maintained and illuminated Rikli's Trail to Bled Castle, lead to the area under the castle.

Author’s recommendation

  • We recommend the use of the ARikli app with which you will learn more at individual points and even do some exercises.
  • Do not forget to take the camera with you.
  • An entry fee needs to be paid.
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
570 m
Lowest point
481 m
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Rest Stop

Vila Prešeren
The castle wine cellar Dornberg
Bled Rose Hotel

Safety information

  • Except for the stone-paved path from the parking area to the castle’s entrance, which is slippery when wet and requires some caution, the path to the castle is fully maintained and safe.
  • Leaning over the wall on the castle terrace is prohibited.

Tips and hints

TIC INFOCENTER Triglavska roža Bled

Ljubljanska cesta 27, SI-4260 Bled

E-mail: info@visitbled.si, info.trb@tnp.gov.si 

Phone: +386 (0)4 5780 205

Websites: http://www.bled.sihttp://www.tnp.si 

 

TIC - Tourist Association Bled

Cesta svobode 10, SI-4260 Bled

E-mail: info@td-bled.si 

Phone: +386 (0)4 5741 122

Website: http://www.td-bled.si/ 

 

Bled Castle - Bled Cultural Institution

Cesta svobode 11, SI-4260 Bled

Phone: +386 (0)4 5729 782

Fax: +386 (0)4 5729 783

E-mail: blejski.grad@zkbled.si 

Website: https://www.blejski-grad.si/en/ 

Start

Prešeren Monument near the lake by the road under the Church of St. Martin (480 m). (487 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.370057, 14.105249
DMS
46°22'12.2"N 14°06'18.9"E
UTM
33T 431180 5135553
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Destination

Bled Castle (600 m) and Spa Park in the immediate vicinity of the beginning of the Lakeside promenade (480 m).

Turn-by-turn directions

PREŠEREN MONUMENT–BLED CASTLE–CHURCH OF ST. MARTIN–SPA PARK

 

From the Prešeren Monument under the Church of St. Martin we follow the Rowers’ promenade – road that leads toward Zaka. Rikli's Trail branches off uphill under the castle above the Public Lido, by the information boards. We ascend zig-zagging (in serpentines) all the way to the Castle Park. On the plateau/parking area under the castle we cross the drawbridge on a steep paved castle path until we reach the castle’s entrance (entry fee). When leaving the castle we head back to the plateau/parking area and from there we continue downhill on the right on Rikli’s Trail, then turn left downhill at the junction until we arrive to the square in front of the Church of St. Martin. From here, we continue on the street (Rikli’s Trail) in the settlement of Grad, and we descend on the right at the first intersection passing by several catering establishments to the bus station. After that we turn right downhill toward the lake and we conclude our hike at the Spa Park by Rikli's weather house.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

You can get to Bled by bus or by train to the nearest railway stations of Bled Jezero or Lesce Bled. More information is available at: https://www.bled.si/en/information/how-to-get-to-bled/ 

 

The start of the path at the Prešeren Monument and conclusion of the hike at the Spa Park are 200 m away from the main Bled bus station.

Getting there

You may get to the starting point by car in Bled from the direction of Lesce (exit from the Ljubljana – Karavanke motorway) or on local roads from Bohinj or Jesenice.

Parking

Several payable parking areas are available in Bled: https://www.bled.si/en/information/getting-around-bled/20190920131938/parking-lots  

Coordinates

DD
46.370057, 14.105249
DMS
46°22'12.2"N 14°06'18.9"E
UTM
33T 431180 5135553
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

  • Hiking footwear or sports shoes are recommended.

Basic Equipment for Nature Trails

  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Umbrella
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
1.8 km
Duration
45:00 h
Ascent
82 m
Descent
89 m
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