The natural island in the middle of Lake Bled is extremely seductive. The best way to visit it is with a traditional boat called a pletna. Their origin dates back to the year 1590, and this type of vessel is a major attraction of Lake Bled. Pletnas’ history goes back to the 12th century, when farmers were transporting passengers and pilgrims on Bled Island for money or tax compensation.
Pletna boats are managed by oarsmen called ”pletnar”. This profession has been passed on from generation to generation since the reign of Maria Theresa.
Pletna is 7-meters long and about 2-meters wide.
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One of the best ways to see the lake is to take a pletna boat. It really is something special and I am sure you will not regret it. Today there are twenty-two active pletna boats. They truly are one of a kind, both cultural and tourist attraction. Some even compare them to Venetian gondolas. Some sources claim that around 50,000 visitors take a ride with a pletna boat every year.