A Firsthand Guide to Bled Slovenia

The 2018 editions of Firsthand Guide to Bled are now available.


Slovenia is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe and Bled is the jewel in its crown. The medieval castle with its Romanesque tower sits high above the turquoise water of Lake Bled. In the lake on the tiny island is the church. It is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary (Cerkev Marijinega vnebovzetja), and was a place of pilgrimage in the past. Now tourists, are ferried there on colourful flat bottomed pletna boats.

The Firsthand Guides to Bled are focused entirely on the town as a destination and as a base.

The books are available here on Amazon. All versions were revised and updated 27 February 2018

Standard Edition 2017: All the information plus interviews and articles

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Amazon.com Paperback – Kindle


Shorter Edition 2017: Just the basic information

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They are intended for anyone who is travelling independently and holidaymakers who want to get to know the town quickly to get the most from their stay.  The books are packed with important information from who to turn to in emergencies, through to where to find the best cake shop. And people who live in Bled will give you their insider knowledge on places to go and what to see.

  • If you arrive in Bled by bus, should you turn right or left to find the lake when you get off? Either, if you turn right, take the next left. If you turn left take the first right.
  • If you want to find out more about Slovenian wine, where should you go? For a good selection at affordable prices try Zdravljica a two minute walk from the bus station.
  • You want to buy something unique and about Bled, where should you go? Speak to the man who designs his own unique jewelry. More information in the book 
  • Where is the nearest cash machine? There are six. Where are you?
  • Where is the nearest launderette? Try Speed Queen Prešernova cesta 50, 4260 Bled


More than 20 restaurants are reviewed or recommended as are the best bars, best coffee shops and best pizza. If you want to try Slovene food, where should you go first? If you want to know about Slovene wine, who will help you?

The Firsthand Guides will take the reader through the year in Bled. It offers straightforward detailed information for the visitor and independent traveller from arriving by bus to summer and winter highlights.

The shorter edition only contains the basic facts and advice. The standard and special editions contain much more. There are interviews with some of the people who make Bled the town that it is. There are suggestions of things to do and places to go not just in Bled, but I the surrounding area; the spectacular alpine Gorenjska region of Slovenia.

The music, sport and music highlights of the year, entertainment for children at the Castle and some of the lesser known events. Activities in Bled are not ust focused on eight weeks in the summer, it is a 12 month destination with secrets to share. And many locals do share their insider knowledge of the town.The author, Davy Sims is a former BBC producer. He has lived in Bled for more than a year over a period of three years. He first visited in 1996 to produce a travel report about Slovenia. While he was there, he rang the Wishing Bell in the church on the island and wished to return – and did many times before his extended stays. He knows where to get the best pizza, the best easy walks and some wonderful people who have become friends.



Producer - Broadcaster - Podcaster - Writer - exBBC Editor - exTEDx Organiser. Author "Podcasting for Journalism Students", "Podcasting for Community Organisations" and "Firsthand Guide to Bled Slovenia" - all available on Amazon.


  1. Here we are in Bled with a very dogeared copy of your firsthand guide. We’ve followed many of your suggestions and recommendations…..and gone off piste a few times with our own ideas. Could you find time to cover Barcelona for me in a similar way before the end of October please.
    Thanks for the helping hand

  2. Hi Kim,

    It is very kind of you to take the time to comment. You have given me a very positive start to the day. If there are any of your own ideas about your time in Bled you would like to share and I can include in next year’s edition (with credit, of course) please email me at LakeBledNews@gmail.com

    Sorry that I can’t put something together for Barcelona by the end of October = maybe next year! But here’s some music to get you in the mood http://www.davysims.com/2017/07/mediterranean-music-catalonia/

    Again, thank you for writing. You can follow what else is going on in Bled on Twitter @LakeBedNews

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