- Fairies created the lake.
One of the most famous folk tales about the creation of the lake is the fairy tale. The story says that the place was a valley covered with shiny grass. In the day, the valley was full of shepherds who would bring sheep to graze. At nights, fairies danced there, using the soft grass as their dance floor. They were afraid that the sheep would eat all the grass and asked the shepherds to make a fence around their part of the valley. They refused to do anything about that problem, so the sheep destroyed all the grass that was there. The fairies flooded the entire valley and created a lake as an act of revenge. However, they left the little island in the middle and continued to perform their magical dances there.
- Bled is the only island in Slovenia.
This is not only the most popular but also the only island in Slovenia.
- There are 99 steps to the church on the Bled island.
The Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria from the XV century is a building with a fascinating and diverse history, skillfully hidden in the middle of the island. If you decide to visit the island, the 99 stone stairs is going to be ahead of you. The newlyweds often visit this island because they believe it is good luck if the groom carries his bride up the stairs on the day of their wedding.
- The boat which transport people around the lake is called Pletna.
This particular boat has a flat bottom and a pointed bow with a striped awning. Oarsman uses the unique technique where he stands and rows with two oars. It is a highly valued profession, and many families that live in Bled still consider it as their heritage. It is believed that the origin of the name is from the German word for a flat-bottomed boat.
- The bell of the church on the island grant wishes.
Another folk fairy tale says that a young woman lived in the castle. One day, thieves murdered her husband. The woman then sold her gold and bought a little bell. She intended to move it to a chapel on the Bled Island, where she wanted to pray for her husband. The colossal storm came as she transported it over the lake, and the bell ended at the bottom of the lake. The poor woman then sold all of her remaining wealth, built a church on the island, and went to Rome where she became a nun. Pope blessed another bell after she died, and it was moved to the island, as a sign of the memory for the widow. People believe today that the church bell can grant wishes to whoever rings it.