Bordered by Croatia, Hungary, Austria and Italy, Slovenia is a prefect escape for seasides, lakes and mountains throughout any season. Half of Slovenia is covered in forest, making it one of the greenest countries on earth! The country is tiny and Ljubljana is a perfect start to explore the rest of Slovenia.
When the sun is up, cafes’ terraces decorate the center of the Ljubljana, which is restricted from traffic. Pedestrians and cyclists flock around Cathedral of St Nicholas, Triple Bridge and Dragon Bridge to enjoy the cultured city center. To no surprise, Ljubljana was awarded the green capital of Europe for 2016.
But what truly stole my heart from Slovenia was the gorgeous setting of Lake Bled, which is only a one-hour bus ride away from Ljubljana. I have my own reservations when it comes to my visit to Lake Bled. Many dubbed it as the number one tourist trap of Slovenia. Yet as soon as I saw the glittering emerald green lake from afar, my heart melted. As picturesque as a lake can be, Bled provides the quaintest postcard perfect destination. With the iconic white church standing alone on an idyllic island and surrounded by the snow-capped Julian Alps, it is my absolute definition of relaxation.
The 15-minute steep hike up to Bled castle can be daunting in winter, but the bird’s eye view from the terrace of the castle quenched my thirst! I completed my visit with a slow stroll around the lake for 1.5 hours. Lake Bled deserves all the attention it receives and there is nothing overrated about it.