If you’re looking for places to backpacking in Eastern Europe that are a little off the beaten track, Slovenia should certainly be on your bucket list. This gorgeous country in the Balkans is full of stunning natural scenery, rustic culture and a laid-back approach to life that makes it the ultimate backpacking destination for travellers looking to detox from modern life.
A stunning lake set in beautiful surroundings, Lake Bled in Slovenia is the perfect getaway when you have been stopping off at the wide range of Eastern European cities on your trip. The backpacker’s journey in this part of the world is often quite city-orientated, moving from capital to capital by train and taking on life in the fast lane. After countless nights on the town, days of pavement-pounding and stunning (if slightly repetitive) architecture, Bled is the perfect escape.
Life slows down here, the quiet streets only see a car from time to time and it is nature that takes over. Surrounded by lush green mountains the lake sits beautifully hidden away from the pressure of city life and allows travellers to sit back, have a breather and contemplate their journey so far. Hiring a boat and rowing out to the island is a must, where a small church sits, majestically overlooking the lake in all its splendour.
Slovenia is known as being a haven for outdoor activities, so if you’re a fan of things like hiking, swimming, cycling and sailing then you’ll have the time of your life at Lake Bled. The food in Slovenia is also famed for its exceptional flavour, sustainability and high-quality fo ingredients, so if you’ve worked up an appetite during the day you’ll be able to indulge in some of the best food in Eastern Europe.
If your Europen backpacking journey has taken you from Prague to Bratislava to Budapest, then it’s time you took some time out and enjoyed this hidden, rural gem.