Bled Island, Bled

Ride a traditional wooden boat called a "pletna" or rent your own boat and row to Bled Island rising above the surface of a glacial lake. This Ice Age limestone glacial deposit covered with trees is thought to have been inhabited since prehistoric times. Archaeological excavations have uncovered traces of Slavic settlements from the 9th and 10th centuries. Legend has it that the present stone Baroque church was built on the remains of an ancient temple dedicated to the Slavic goddess of fertility. Climb the monumental 99 steps leading up to the church and ring the "wishing bell" above the church nave. Use our Bled trip planner to add Bled Island and other attractions to your Bled vacation plans.
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  • It is the only natural island in Slovenia. This treasure of Bled is in the middle of the lake which is, for many, considered the postcard of the country. I went to the island in a small rowing boat (10 min) because it is forbidden to use motor boats not to pollute. On the island, I did not visit the interior of the church and the main attraction is to touch the bell of the tower because it is said to be lucky. I completed the trail around the island and appreciated closely the transparency of the water as well as the absence of rubbish. A true natural beauty.
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  • I went over by rowing boat which I rented at the hotel. It was closer than I expected, and it was so fast. It's a small island, but there's also a walking path around, so i think it's good to take a walk. I was surprised that the church outside of my mind was beautiful. When the land was the territory of the Habsburgs, for the poor people, Maria Theresa gave the right to hand over, and it is said that it continues now, and the ship which carries the tourist comes and goes from the morning.
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  • We took a row boat to the island. It was a Nice experience. Had coffee & cake at the cafe. Coffee nice, traditional cake, not so nice. You don’t need to spend much time on the island as it’s quite sma...  more »
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  • Must see experience with stunning views, fresh air and nature all around.
  • Quiet and stunning place with fantastic 370 degrees views of Bled lake. Is very small island but st the same time very unique, the only way to reach is by boat or swimming if you are a good one. The island have a fantastic coffee shop where they del the most amazing local cakes, ice creams and coffee. Highly recommend it this place to visit and enjoy the nature and views.
  • Most attractive place in Slovenia. Romantic walk around lake where island and church on it can be seen from all around
  • Great place to visit! Would recommend to everyone visiting lake bled to take a trip to the island in the lake. You can catch a boat ride over to the island, my ticket was €14. Boat journey is quick and you are allocated a time to be back on the boat - we had 40 minutes. Steps up to the church on the island are quite steep, can be a struggle for people with walking difficulties but I you take your time it will be fine. There is an ice cream shop and a souvenir shop; ice cream is fantastic and the flavours are magnificent! The souvenirs are great and I purchased a magnet to remember my holiday. Toilets on the island are located in the shop area and are down some stairs and are kept clean and you. On a sunny day you can see how beautiful the surrounding area is and I is amazing. The church on the island has an entry fee that covers the church visit, island visit and tower visit. Inside the church there are beautiful pieces of art and is a great place to reflect and pray. You can also ring the church bells! Amazing attraction a must for all to visit!
  • This should be in your bucket list if you are in Slovenia, the island is reachable by a rowing boat, ticket cost is 14 euro back and forth , once you are in the island the boatman will tell you that you have 40 minutes to explore ,there's a pathway around the island,. A must see place !!
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