i have just got back from 4nights/5days in bled, and i absoultely loved it there!
such a beautiful place, until you go you can't actually believe just how blue and clear the lake is, it was the temperature of a cool swimmingpool, and you could see down really far down into the water, to the rocks and fish.it is so clean and nice to swim in.there are 2 sunbathing/swimming areas by the lake where you pay to go in and use that area, around 2euros, that have sunbeds, and 1 has a bar and small waterslide,that stays open until teh evening.there are only 2 other areas around the lake which are designated to swimming and wearing bikinis, which were both really busy when we went.everywhere else around the lake your not allowed to sit unless you are wearing shorts and a top, and there are 'no swimming' signs.however, lots of people including locals dont pay attention to the rules, and neither did we, it seemed pretty pointless, and its much nicer to sit quitely by the lake than in a noisy area.and only once were we told to put some clothes on or move to the designated area, and we were never shouted at for swimming in a no swimming area.
to get to the castle in the middle of the lake you can either swim,hire a rowing boat, or pay for a man to row you there and back(no motorised boats are allowed on the lake which keeps it so clean and peaceful). we hired a row boat for 10euros for the 1st hour, and further hours were 8euros.however, we later saw that there was a cheaper place to hire them from at the opposite side of the lake to the town, they are swan shaped boats and around 7euros cant remember exactly.rowing to the castle was really nice, and you can jump off into the lake to cool down if needs be.
me and my boyfriend hired mountain bikes one day and cycled to vintgar gorge, which is 2km away.i would definitley recommend doing this, the cycle there takes about 40mins, and the cycle back takes about 10 because its all downhill.there are lots of places to hire bikes from, we hired them from amigos on the front promenade,paying 8euros per person for the afternoon(12ish til 4.30ish), when you get to the gorge you have to pay to walk on the wooden paths next to it, we payed 2.50euros each(student price).its well worth it though, really beautiful and blue, far too cold to swim in unless your crazy!and theres a place to get a drink and an icecreme at the end before you walk back up the same route.
we did rafting on the sava dolinka river 1 morning, also booked at the same place, but there are a few places where you can book activities(such as horseriding,canoeing,canyoning,paragliding etc).we payed 25euros for 2hours ish, and it takes about 10mins to get there on the minibus they take you in.we'd never done it before and it was really fun, not exactly whitewater though,but worth doing all the same.there is another rafting excursion the places do on the soca river thats 2hrs away, thats combined into a day trip costing 88euros.that rafting is harder i think.
while we were there there was some festival thing on, so the front promenade was full of craft and food and beer stalls, and a stage for performers.it had a really good atmosphere, with music on every night, and a band performing every day walking down the street, and i think without all this on it could hav got a little dull at night there.1night there was a massive fireworks display which was amazing, so if your visting next summer id definitely say try and coincide your trip with this festival thing(not sure what its called or what it was in aid of!)
we also played crazy golf 1 evening, its quite a good course, and a fun thing to do 1 evening.there are a fair few pubs/restaurants/bars/cafes to choose from to eat at, so you wont be stuck with finding a decent place to eat.there is also a tobogging type thing in bled but we didnt go on it.it cost about 10euros which seemed a bit pricey for what it was!there is also a golf course which we didnt go to.
i think thats about everything, any questions please message me!