The Pier – Bled Lake – Slovenia

Dock at Bled Lake - Slovenia

Pier at Bled Lake – Slovenia

Location: Bled Lake, Slovenia.

What to shot: Bled really is the perfect training spot for landscape photography. Its lake is dominated by the iconic Bled Castle, perched on a rock, and embellished with a fairy-tale small island, which lies just in the middle of the lake, between the thermal waters and the Alps, and  is home to the Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Gothic Church. A local tradition at weddings is for the husband to carry his new bride up these 99 steps, during which the bride must remain silent. I was there for three days of a rainy week of June, but I was lucky enough to spectate to a gorgeous sunrise, when the sun broke through the clouds, and filled up the sky with brighty colors. Getting up early is really well rewarded at Bled. You can place your tripod on the bank on the west shore of the lake and take your morning shots pointing your camera right toward the small island and the sun rising behind. Sunset and the blue hour offer good light condition too, of which you can take advantage from the boardwalk on the south coast.

Ideal time to shot: Both sunrise and sunset.

Gear: Standard zooms in the 24-105 mm range.

How to get there: The nearest international airport is Ljubljana Airport, 36 km away. Regular bus routes connect Bled with all major towns in Slovenia. The Lesce-Bled railway station (4 km) lies on the Villach – Jesenice – Ljubljana – Belgrade – Istanbul – Athens railway line.

Coordinates: 46°22′04″ N 14°06′45″ E

50 thoughts on “The Pier – Bled Lake – Slovenia

  1. Oh, wow! This is fantastic, in the literal sense of the word. A fairy tale photo!! We wish you all the best for a happy, healthy, photogenic 2015! Jean & Alex

    • Hi Marks, Thank you so much! The shine of the pier really was the key of the picture! It lasted just a few minutes and vanished when the sun rose up in the sky! I wish you all the best for a terrific 2015 with a lot of fabulous pictures!😉

    • Hi Kan, thank you so much! Maybe Slovenian people are so well trained that some marriage is still celebrated!😉🙂 But acutally I haven’t seen anybody carrying their spouse in those days. I wish you all the best for a terrific 2015!

    • Hi Lauren! The tradition is lovely indeed! But I’d like to be there and cheer up one of those grooms carrying their spouse up all of those steps! All the best for a gorgeous 2015 to you!🙂

    • Thank you so much Loren! I really appreciated your comments! I just hope to keep up this combination in the next year and to see you again. I’m really going to enjoy your blog, me and my girfriend recently have visited southern west France and also we have falled in love with it! I wish you all the best for a gorgeous 2015 in that fabulous part of the world!🙂

    • Thank you so much dear Sonia, it was impressive how the atmosphere changed soon after the sun rose up and the lake began to get crowded! I wish you all the best for a gorgeus 2015 full of terrific travels and great experiences!🙂

    • Thank you so much! I envy those ones too!😉 But with some passion, training and wish, we can get pretty close to them!😉 I wish you all the best for a terrific 2015, full of fantastic shots and whatever you may like!

    • Thank you Joanna! I’ve seen some terrific drawing on your blog, also of Venice, my hometown! It’s astonishing how tiny our world could be!😉 Wish you all the best for a gorgeous 2015!

  2. Really beautiful shot. My dad is from Trieste and my sister lives in Milan – so really enjoying your photos of northern Italy and surrounding areas!🙂

    • Thank you so much Lynda, I’m really happy to help you keeping a visual contact with this corner of the world!🙂 I’ve been living in Trieste for more than 10 years and conserve wonderful memories of that city and surroundings!🙂

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