Lake Bled

Lake Bled

After I researched Slovenia, I knew I had to do at least one blog on the country’s famous Lake Bled and its fairy-tale island. I even found photos of the island covered in snow which give it an even more romantic look. Since the days of the Hapsburg’s, Slovenes would take their guests to this magical island. Lake Bled is near the Julian Alps.

On the island is a church where many weddings are held. Here are some intriguing details, quote: There is a Baroque stairway dating from 1655 with 99 stone steps leading up to the building. The church is frequently visited and weddings are held there regularly. Traditionally it is considered good luck for the groom to carry his bride up the steps on the day of their wedding before ringing the bell and making a wish inside the church. (Source)

The Pletna boats are the traditional way to get to the island. They are piloted by local oarsmen and because the boats don’t have rudders, they require the skill of the pilot to navigate the craft across the water. The oarsmen steer with two long oars while standing. The profession is traditionally passed down from generation to generation.

The first, short video is an excerpt from Rick Steves’s full-length video on Slovenia. This 7-minute video, with relaxing music, is a lovely pictorial of Lake Bled. Here is an engaging couple and their trip from the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, to Lake Bled.

FunFacts about Lake Bled: (Source) (Source)  

  • Lake Bled is in the Julian Alps and adjoins the town of Bled.
  • The lake is only 34 miles from the capital city of Ljubljana.
  • The lake is 6,960 ft. long and 4,530 ft. wide with a maximum depth of 97 ft.
  • On the north shore, you can see medieval Bled Castle situated on a precipice above the lake and the city of Bled.
  • The island has a church, the Assumption of Mary, and was built near the end of the 17th century in its current form.
  • The Pletna boat is the traditional method to reach the island.
  • You can rent row boats to tour the lake as well.
  • There is a tradition of ringing the bells in the church on the island: Ring three times to make a wish come true. (Source)

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32 thoughts on “Lake Bled

  1. I have never been to any place like in those beautiful pictures…the air looks so clear and crisp! I would NOT easily climb 99 steps! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Lake Bled is now definitely on my wishlist of places I’d like to go! The fairy tale island is so picturesque I’d even brave the 99 steps to get the full experience. I feel like I could sit at the lake and enjoy the view for hours because it’s so beautiful!

  3. I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful or romantic place to hold a wedding but I think I’d pass on being carried up 99 stairs by my future husband. With my luck he’d either drop me by accident or be so tired I wouldn’t have much of a wedding night.

  4. Truly something out of a fairy tale! Each picture is mote magical than the last, and the last picture is magical. (NYC)

  5. Beautiful photos. I love the snow pictures and the one of the swans with the little babies. The last photo kind of makes me uneasy. Great look for a vampire scene though.

  6. The steeple really makes these photos pop.

    Lovely, just lovely.

    The swans are gorgeous birds. Too bad they are so ill tempered.

  7. Well, the groom would have to be in pretty good shape to carry his bride up the 99 steps!
    A lovely setting for weddings but that castle looks like it would be cold!

  8. It’s so nice to see pictures in color to go with the black-and-white ones taken by my mom as a teenager back in the 50’s! She and her family have actually been there while a wedding was being held on the island. They were visiting family members the area at the time. Your pictures brought back a lot of memories, as my mom’s entire family is from this area and had only emigrated from Slovenia in the very early 1900’s, before World War I. Thank you for bringing back such good memories for her!

  9. Lovely! Post card pictures all! Though I will say, the picture from the lake of the castle rising above that rock cliff – breathtaking. I adored the couple touring Lake Bled. They were so cute as well as being informative about their experience. Rick Steves is amazing. Did you see the 60 Minutes spot on him? Nothing like making what you love pay. Awesome! Lake Bled – Incredible! Thank you for bringing us back for another look. Now where is my piece of cake that seems to be an obligatory part of the visit? It looks so good!

  10. How amazing!

    I know of a few islands with buildings, but they’re slowly eroding to the point it’s not safe to inhabit the buildings. I remember a man trying to save his ancestral home in the Chesapeake Bay, he spent years trying to do it by I hand. My heart went out to him.

    denise from maryland

  11. What a beautiful place and loved all the pictures, especially the ones with the castle and the snow. I don’t think I could climb the 99 steps but I wouldn’t mind going there and trying. Watched the video with Rick Steve-beautiful! Thanks for sharing all these beautiful pictures. AZ

  12. Wow! Despite the actual history, I can so see the island as the hidden home of an ancient race of elementals or perhaps a vampire King! Beautiful!

  13. Love the last picture and the fantasy red! That island looks so tiny, but it makes me want to go there so bad lol. I would love to live in the castle on the ledge. I am obsessed with castles and anything mid evil.

  14. So absolutely loved the church and all the mountains and the water and all the area around it is so beautiful I’ve never seen such a thing I didn’t even know things like that existed I would love to be able to go there in person that is such a gorgeous area. It must be awesome to be able to see things like that and go places like that you are so blessed

  15. The pictures are wonderful, and I would love to visit. I would climb the 99 steps, but it would take me a while, due to my breathing issues.

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