The island in the middle of Lake Bled is without doubt one of the premier attractions of the area, which surprises and charms every visitor.
There are many myths and legends associated with Bled and the island.
The 99 steps leading to the church on the islands – it is said that the groom has to carry his newly married wife all the way up to assure them a long and happy life. The step no. 100 is supposed to be at the chapel on the Bled castle but of course no one can go behind the altar to check it.
Another legend says that the bell in the island church makes wishes come true – you only need to ring it three times and truly believe in God.
The origin of the bell is pretty interesting too. A young widow living in Bled castle, after losing her husband, gathered all her jewellery and recast them into the bell. When it was transformed to the island a huge thunderstorm started and the boat with the bell sank down in the waters of Lake Bled. The devastated widow sold all her property, donated the money for the construction of the new church on the island and moved out to Rome to live a modest life of a nun. After she died the pope was so moved by her story that he had decided to make a new bell, the one that can be found now on the Lake Bled church.