Bled Island

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At the centre of Lake Bled is a sublime island that gives the lake a magical feel. On the island is a 17th-century Church of the Assumption of Mary, a pilgrimage site. It is enriched with beautiful Gothic frescoes from 1470. There is a 52 metre tower and an old Baroque stairway with 99 steps leading up to it. The castle can be reached by swimming (although it's not advised). The best way to see it is by rowing boat. Pletna are a traditional type of rowing boat that have been in use for hundreds of years. They are similar to a Venetian gondola. It is free to walk around the island but the boats must be hired. There are half a dozen places to hire boats from around the lake. A small self-row boat costs about 20 euros an hour to hire. Rowing to the island takes close to 20 minutes one way, with time spent on the island to make the most of the views, 2 hours for the trip should suffice. Photo: Maria Clara Cavallini - Unsplash
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