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Few experiences can match the serene ambiance of a Pletna Boat Cruise to the Island Bled. Transporting passengers in the stunning Lake Bled, these traditional Slovenian boats offer an enchanting voyage full of breathtaking views, topped off by the visit to the historic Bled Island.


The pletna boats have a rich history dating back over 400 years. These traditional, wooden, gondola-like boats were introduced by the Bled Lord of the time, who granted 22 local families exclusive rights to ferry pilgrims to Bled Island, a tradition that continues to this day, passed down through generations.

How to Get There

Pletna boats depart from several locations around Lake Bled, including the Bled Promenade, Mlino, and Velika Zaka. These areas are easily accessible by foot, car, or local bus from anywhere in Bled.

List of Attractions

  1. The Pletna Boat Itself: Unique to Lake Bled, Pletna boats are pushed by an oarsman known as a Pletnar, using the special “stehrudder” technique.
  2. Breathtaking Views: The journey offers splendid views of the Bled Castle perched high on a cliff and the Julian Alps surrounding the lake.
  3. Bled Island: The culmination of your boat trip, spend time exploring the island’s Church of the Assumption of Mary and other attractions.

Ticket Information

A round trip to Bled Island by Pletna boat costs about 18 Euros per adult round trip.

List of Tips for Visiting

  1. Check the Weather: Boat rides are subject to weather conditions. Make sure to check the forecast before your visit.
  2. Timing: The ride takes about 20 minutes each way, with an additional 40 minutes to explore the island.
  3. Safety First: Remember to maintain personal safety while on the boat, especially if traveling with young children.
  4. Charge Your Batteries: Don’t forget to bring your camera or smartphone. You’ll encounter some breathtaking views!
  5. Respect the Environment: Make sure to follow the instructions of the boatman and respect the local environment.

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