Hot Air Balloon over Bled

Hot air balloon flies over Lake Bled, Pilgrimage church, and Bled Castle in the background
The most famous example of Slovenia's beautiful pastoral countryside, Lake Bled's picture-postcard lake with its peaceful island is one of the country's most visited attractions. The lake adjoins the town of Bled and sits in the country's northwestern corner, not far from Ljubljana, the capital city (34 miles / 55 km). Backed by lush forest and surrounded by the soaring peaks of the Julian Alps, Lake Bled's fairytale shores draw in crowds of foreign and local visitors alike, from honeymooners looking to immerse themselves in the romantic setting to adventure-seekers who come for the hiking, biking, and water-sport prospects.

Rise before the break of dawn for an exciting, unique—and possibly romantic—way to welcome in the day: a majestic hot air balloon ride. You'll meet the pilot and climb into the basket of your personal hot air balloon for an epic flight over Lake Bled and the surrounding rural terrain as the sun crests the Julian Alps and Karavanks. Looking like something out of a children's storybook, you'll drift peacefully overhead while taking in the scene below: scattered picturesque villages, rolling hills, and Slovenia's oldest golf course, as well as the bluish-green Lake Bled and its namesake island and cliff-clinging castle.

Following the 60-90 minute flight, you'll help your pilot deflate the balloon but not before sharing in a celebratory glass of champagne—a tradition that dates back to the early days of ballooning—and receiving the honorary title of Baroness or Baron of Bled to commemorate your flight. And if that wasn't decadent enough, you'll find your way to an elegant rooftop terrace to enjoy a slice of the famous Bled cream cake, affectionately known as Kremšnita, with a gorgeous panoramic view over Lake Bled.

Itineraries with Hot Air Balloon over Bled

Explore the Magic of Slovenia: Ljubljana and Lake Bled - 5 Days

Get a taste of Slovenia with this five-day itinerary that takes you through the streets of Ljubljana—where you'll learn how to make potica and visit Ljubljana Castle—and then to Lake Bled, where you'll get to watch the sunrise from above with a hot air balloon ride. On the way, you'll get to explore the underground landscapes of Postojna Cave and visit Predjama Castle, which was built right into a cliff. This short, action-packed itinerary really allows you to make the most of your five days in Slovenia.