Bred Island is a small tear-shaped island floating in the middle of Lake Bled in northwestern Slovenia.
On the island sits the 170ft tall Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary, a Baroque church established in 1534. The church on the island is a popular place for locals to wed, with the requirement that the groom carries the bride up the 99 stone steps leading from the boat dock to the church door.
Tourists enjoy hiking around the lake and rowing in its peaceful waters during the summer. One can also reach the island by Pletna boat or, dare we say, by swimming there.
During the winter, the frost over the island looks like a scene from a Disney movie. The mountains and forests surrounding the lake add to the picturesque view of the church.
Bled island is the only natural island in Slovenia. It’s also the country’s most famous destination, along with the nearby medieval castle built on a steep cliff above the lake.
Straight out of a fairy tale, we can see why this little island is a real treasure.