LJUBLJANA to BLED, POSTOJNA CAVE and PREDJAMA CASTLE
Our tour from Ljubljana to Lake Bled, Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle includes private or SIC transfer and tour guiding to show you the three most recognised attractions of Slovenia.
On our excursion from Ljubljana to Bled, Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle, we will first take a short drive to Bled with the possibility of visiting the Vintgar Gorge on the way (typically open between April and November). Upon arriving in Bled, we will first take a “pletna” boat ride to the island in the middle of the lake, which is named after the city of Bled and is, in fact, the only island in Slovenia. We will take a look at an impressive medieval church and its wishing bell. After that experience, it is time to take a break with a good cup of coffee, enjoying the beautiful view of the lake at the foot of Pokljuka and tasting the traditional local dessert “kremšnita” (cream cake), which has been made in Bled for over 60 years.
Afterwards, we can go on a tour of the Bled Castle, which is located on a steep cliff 139 m above the lake surface and offers a heavenly view of Lake Bled, as well as surrounding Alpine mountain tops and valleys. Bled Castle, first mentioned in the year of 1011, is one of the oldest Slovenian castles. In the old castle cellar, you can taste various Slovenian wine sorts and admire the old wooden Gutenberg printing press and the castle’s smithy. Bled Castle is also famous for being one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Europe.
We will continue our trip in the direction of the Notranjsko-Kraška region (SE Slovenia) to the town of Postojna and its beautiful cave. We will join a tour of one of the largest and most beautiful monuments of the Karst – Postojna Cave. The electric train will take us through the tunnels of the cave, which is with its 20 km long cave system the most impressive and the most visited cave in Europe. We will be able to spot human fish, the most famous cave animals in the world. They are the largest and the only type of underground vertebrates in Europe, which used to be believed to be dragon offspring.
Our excursion to Postojna will conclude with a tour of the mighty Predjama Castle from the 12th century, which is mounted on a 123 m high cliff above the Lokva River. There are many tales and legends about the castle and its knights. The most famous of them all is the story of Knight Erazem of Predjama, who rebelled in the 15th century against the emperor and became the first Slovenian Robin Hood.
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Bled is a small town, situated in the heart of the Gorenjska region and offers more than just admiration of natural resources and beauty. Known as the pearl of Slovenia, it is a must-see for a relaxing afternoon that will fill your heart with joy and amazement.
What to see in Bled
As the most photogenic place you can visit in Slovenia, Bled offers breathtaking panorama. The best view is inarguably from the Bled Castle, but there is a lot to see down by the lake, too. The traditional pletna boats are known as the “gondolas of Bled”, beautifully crafted by the locals. If you are in a pampering mood, you can take a lovely ride with the coachmen Fijaker – a special Bled tradition on its own
What to do in Bled
After the initial amazement, you can take a closer look at the lake, watch the peaceful sailing of the swans, chill on the beach, look out for local craft and have a delicious lunch. You can go rowing on Lake Bled or swimming during warmer months. The best way (or the only way?) to conclude your visit is by tasting the Bled cream cake, one of the symbols of Bled!
Where to go in Bled
Vintgar Gorge and Bled Island are definitely on the top of your bucket list by now. Apart from natural sights, Bled also offers interesting cultural sites: Bled Castle with its printing press, churches, monuments and galleries. The best way to discover them is by taking a walk around the lake (about 5 km).
The biggest classical karst cave with as much as 20 km long cave system is the most visited cave in Europe and one of the largest karst monuments in the world. Located only about half an hour’s drive from Ljubljana, it welcomes you to an entirely different, mystical underground world.
TIP: The cave has a constant temperature of about 8°C – 10°C, so you will need an additional layer (pullover or jacket) even in summer.
What to see in/near Postojna Cave
The illuminated trail leads through the Great Mountains (Kalvarije) across the Russian bridge, built by Russian prisoners during World War I in 1916, to the beautiful Tubes’ Hall, White Hall and Red Hall – until Brilliant Passage, where the most famous stalagmite Brilliant, the symbol of the Postojna Cave, is located. In a large concert hall, you can see an aquarium with human fish, the most famous cave animals in the world.
What to do in/near Postojna Cave
Guided tour of Postojna Cave includes walking and driving by an underground train, where you can admire 5 km of tunnels, passages and spectacular halls. By Hotel Jama in front of the cave, you can visit the souvenir shop and get a baby dragon of your own. Enquire about additional experiences and activities in the area!
Where to go in/near Postojna Cave
If you can spare a day or two, you can stay at the recently renovated Hotel Jama, located only 100 m from the cave entrance. Situated in the heart of the Postojna Cave Park, it offers pleasant natural surroundings and proximity to attractions such as Predjama Castle, Pivka Cave and Postojna adventure park.
Predjama Castle tour is a must when visiting Slovenia! It is listed among the Guinness World Records as the largest cave castle in the world. Carved in a 123 m high towering cliff, it is a unique Renaissance structure with a hidden passageway under the cliff. Picturesque, magnificent, defiant, mysterious and impregnable, it has been dominating this area for over 800 years.
Fun fact: Due to its location and favourable temperatures, the cave under the castle is inhabited by a colony of bats, which is why entering there is only possible between May and September (when not hibernating).
What to see in Predjama Castle
Predjama Castle offers a unique insight into the history of medieval people. With ingenuity and special construction techniques, they found shelter from the intruders there that you get to explore 6 centuries later! Inside the castle, you can see a renovated room in the main attic with an amazing view of the entire valley below the castle, where a number of replicas of various weapons, armours and firearms are on display.
What to do in Predjama Castle
Predjama is also the venue for a special medieval-inspired event that takes place every summer: Erazem’s Knight Tournament. This is a wonderful opportunity for archers, knights, swordsmen and horsemen to show their skills and offer the visitors a presentation of the historic way of life from a time long gone.
Where to go in Predjama Castle
Special audio guides available in 17 languages guide you on a tour of Predjama Castle and present you its legacy. You can also visit the spot where Erazem of Predjama was assassinated and walk to the linden tree, under which he is resting (as legend has it). Remember to take a photo stop on the bridge leading to the castle!
- Duration: 10h
- Price includes: Transport, English speaking guide, Entrance fees to Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle and organization.
- Optionals: Bled castle: 10 Ђ, Pletna boat ride: 14 Ђ, Vintgar gorge: 4 Ђ
- * Prices may vary depending on the departure point and group size. These prices include departure and arrival to your hotel in Ljubljana.