In these complicated times, let’s dream a little with the magic island of Bled
In Slovenia, there is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Lake Bled. In the middle of this lake is a charming little island with a church on top. One of the most famous things about the island of Bled is the church bell, also known as the wish bell, which can be rung by making a wish, which is supposed to come true. This story and the stories about the origin of Lake Bled and the island of Bled are among the interesting legends about the lake.
Like all legends, there is an origin and the story of Lake Bled is about young shepherds who were tending their sheep in a big green pasture. There was a chapel in the middle of the pasture, where their sheep often strayed. The shepherds did not care at all if their sheep desecrated this holy place and did nothing to prevent them from returning. This is how the lake of Bled and the island with the church were created.
The life of this island is the church which is also a popular place for wedding ceremonies, and it is understandable that some people want to get married in such a special place. There are 99 stairs that lead to the church, and according to tradition, the groom has to carry the bride up these stairs, so that their marriage will be happy.
The view is magnificent
Lake Bled and its surroundings are one of the most visited and recognizable destinations in Slovenia, as they are unique and offer a spectacular view of the mountains and crystal blue water of the lake. You should also consider visiting the not-so-distant Savica Waterfall, where a beautiful love story takes place.
Access to the island of Bled is easy, as many traditional boats, called pletna, go there every day. If you feel like cooling off, you can even swim to the island, or make the trip more active, borrow a boat and paddle yourself.
In addition to the church with the bell, there is a store on the island, which offers beautiful original products and souvenirs, serving as a reminder of your trip to Bled. You can have a bite to eat in one of the restaurants near the lake or try the traditional Slovenian dessert called blejska kremna rezina, also known as blejska kremšnita or Bled cream cake, which is considered an original feature of the city of Bled. A medieval castle, the Bled Castle, also stands above the lake.