I hate planning. When I headed to Europe earlier this summer, I had no real itinerary in mind. Besides an insanely cheap standby ticket to Ireland, I decided to wing the rest of my trip, which resulted in me booking a cheap flight to Vienna after several amazing days in Galway.
After a few lackluster days in Vienna, I determined there was one place I had to go, despite my disdain for plans. I decided to make an exception for this fairytale dream town that I had seen all over Pinterest: Lake Bled, Slovenia.
While waiting at Vienna’s Hauptbahnhof for my train to Bled Lesce (one of the two train stations servicing Lake Bled) I had no idea what to expect. My nerves began to kick in, only intensifying as the train approached. It wasn’t until we were deep into the Austrian and Slovenian countryside that I realized I had made the right choice. Out of all the ways to reach Lake Bled, but the train has to be the most scenic!
Upon my arrival, my hostel’s gracious host was waiting for me. Even the drive to the hostel was beautiful, and the hostel itself came complete with incredible views.
Walking through Lake Bled was like walking through a storybook – it is truly one of the most surreally beautiful places I have visited. After I had thoroughly explored the area by foot, I decided to rent a moped to see a bit more. The rental mopeds reserved for tourists had an embarrassingly low speed limit, but this didn’t prevent me from enjoying my ride! I spent about three hours cruising around and taking in the stunning Julian Alps.
Most tourists pass through Slovenia on their way to Croatia, only leaving one or two days for Lake Bled and Ljubljana. I was planning to do the same, but my three-day trip ended up turning into a nine-day trip. If I hadn’t had plans to meet with a friend in Dubrovnik, I would have happily stayed in Slovenia longer!
Best of all, Slovenia is incredibly safe with low crime rates and a friendly population! Nearly everyone speaks English, and it’s a great starting point for female solo travelers.