Church on an Island in Lake Bled

The Church of Mary the Queen, also known as the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary, or Our Lady of the Lake, is located on a small island in the middle of Lake Bled. It has such a beautiful setting that photographs of it are regularly found in travel magazines. Of special interest in the church is a bell of wishes, made by Francesco Patavino from Padova way back in 1534. The legend says that those who ring the bell and make a wish, will see their wish come true. But there’s one rule: you can make only one wish.

There are three ways to get to the Island. The usual way to reach the island is by taking a trip on the traditional Pletna boat. The Pletna is a large gondola-like row boat with a canopy that takes visitors from the shores of Lake Bled to Bled Island. There are regular departures throughout the day and it takes about 20 minutes each way. It costs €12 for a roundtrip to Bled Island and this includes waiting time of 30 minutes so you can explore the island and the church. Another option is to rent a rowboat. It is cheaper and you get the pleasure of meandering back and forth through the lake. You can rent a boat at the Castle boathouse (address: Veslaska promenada 11, 4260 Bled), at Grand hotel Toplice (address: Cesta svobode 12, 4260 Bled) or at the Pension Pletna (address: Cesta svobode 37, 4260 Bled). A boat for 3 persons costs around €15 per hour, a boat for 5 persons costs around €20 per hour. If you are a good swimmer, you can also swim to the island. But be aware – if you swim to the island, you won’t be able to explore the church unless you ask someone to bring you clothes by boat.

Slovenia has only one island but it’s a very special island in the middle of Lake Bled with an idyllic baroque church built on it.
Bled island, Slovenia
Image by James Southorn / CC BY 2.0

Lake Bled with an island and Bled castle.
Lake Bled with an island and Bled castle
Image by James Southorn / CC BY 2.0

Picture-postcard island with its glorious church of the Assumption of Mary in the middle of Lake Bled.
Lake Bled island with a church
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The church is decorated with remains of Mediaeval frescos and a rich Baroque equipment.
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On visits to the church on Bled Island, don’t forget to ring the bell and make a wish.
Wish bell in the Church of Mary the Queen

You can visit the church on an island in Lake Bled either by swimming their, renting a rowing boat and docking at the island or by taking a traditional gondola-like wooden boat, called a Pletna.
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Image by Peter Collins / CC BY-SA 2.0

Pletna boat ride in Lake Bled
Image by Maik-T. Šebenik / CC BY-ND 2.0

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Image by Luca Mascaro / CC BY-SA 2.0

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Image by Grant Bishop / CC BY-SA 2.0

More info about the church on Bled Island: Review of the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary on Bled Island
More photos of the church on Bled Island: 15 Beautiful Photos To Inspire You to Visit The Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary on Bled Island

Location of the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary on the Bled Island
Address: Otok 3, 4260 Bled, Slovenia
Latitude and Longitude Coordinates: 46.36256, 14.09022
GPS coordinates: 46° 21′ 45.2160” N     14° 5′ 24.8028” E
Traditional region: Upper Carniola (Slovene: Gorenjska)
Municipality: Bled

Directions from Apartments Fine Stay Gorenjska to the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary on the Bled Island: (drive 9 km, 10 minutes + a 20 minute trip on the Pletna boat)

Directions from Apartments Fine Stay Bled to the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary on the Bled Island: (walk 1 km, 10 minutes + a 20 minute trip on the Pletna boat)

2 thoughts on “Church on an Island in Lake Bled”

  1. The Pletna boat ride of €12 s per person will bring you to the island – relatively good considering the time you are on the boat and they wait for you to view the church and island before taking you back to start. The clear water and the serenity of the lake make the boat ride an unforgettable experience. The island is quite small, so I’d suggest going early in the day when there aren’t too many tourists crowding the place. The views from the island are stunning.

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