We woke early on the morning of leaving Vesna and The Herbal Rooms.
Early as in before 6am…
We had a full day ahead of us to explore beautiful Slovenia and were keen to pack in as much as possible, hence the early wake up call!
We were headed towards Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj and then were set to finish the day in Ljublijana where we’d standup paddle board down the river: the best way to see a new city.
The car train to Lake Bohinj
Vesna had recommended that we take the car train towards the lakes. Something we never would have found out about without her.
We left the village of Plave promising to return one day to explore more of this gorgeous vallley and wound our way through the hills to Most na Soci.
The drive is a beautiful one and the emerald green river is never far from sight.
The car train costs about 16euros for one car and two pasengers and take a short 20 or so minutes as you speed your way through the valley. Along the way you travel through Bohinj tunnel which is an impressive 6,327m long.
Arriving for the 7:30am car train there was only us and other other car onboard at this time, although the train can cater for more as well as arbout 30 passengers in the passenger car.
Using the car train is simple was great fun. There are barriers running along the side, but other than that the train is completley open, allowing you to take in the views.
Going through the tunnels is actually quite scary! it’s pitch black and your car wobbles about all over the place. It was a completley different type of transport to anything I’ve come across before and I’d highly recommend it.
The car train arrives in Bohinjska Bistrica which is a short 10-15minute drive away from Lake Bohinj.
We pulled up to Bohinj at around 8am and had the whole lake to ourselve; it was perfect!
The mountains, lake, forest and just one or two little lake houses: pretty much my ideal location for a house.
The water was perfectly clear, the sun made an appearance and I even dipped my feet in the water!
After wandering around some more and taking plenty of photographs, we got back into the car and headed towards Lake Bled.
Vesna’s other tip for our day in the lakes was to park at the train station in Bled for free parking – a tip we definitely appreciated.
Lake Bled is beautiful too but I far preferred the more isolated Lake Bohinj. If you can, do visit both and be sure to let me know which you prefer!
Bled is the smaller of the two lakes and we strolled around it’s entirety, stopping for lunch on the way.
The castle in the middle of Lake Bled is believed to be the oldest castle in Slovenia. It sits atop a steep cliff rising 130 metres above the water. This symbol of Bled and Slovenia has made the area one of the most recognised in the world!
After lunch we headed back up the hill to the train station and drove off to Ljubliana for some standup paddleboarding in the springtime sun.