Bohinj is another hidden pearl in Slovenia. It’s less touristy than Bled, but nevertheless offers a lot of activities to do. It’s a paradise for anyone who can’t sit still for a minute and the ones who want to take it easy and take all the scenery in alike.
Lake Bohinj is Slovenia’s largest lake. Surrounded by mountains it offers breathtaking views, lots of hiking trails, a great place to relax, a divine place in the summer to go for a swim or a great place to go for a walk – it takes about 3h to walk around it.
The Lake is 4,2 kilometres/2,6 miles long and 1 kilometres/0,62 mile wide. By origin, it’s a glacier Lake where its largest stream, the Savica river, it’s fed by the waters from the Valley of the Triglav Lakes and Pršivec.
The most famous Slovenian poet, France Prešeren, chose this waterfall for his epic poem entitled Krst pri Savici (Christening at Savica), you’ll see why. This water is one for the sources for Slovenia’s longest river Sava. The waterfall is 78 meters/256 feet high and it cascades into the poll below. It’s a short hike from the parking lot, it takes 20 minutes to get to the top with a small entrance fee.
One of the main reasons people come to Bohinj is because it offers many starting points to its surrounding mountains. You can choose from easy, moderate and difficult trails and can hike for days and sleep in Lodges, to experience this national park at it’s best.
Here are a few hikes ideas near the Bohinj Lake:
- Možic – explore the bunkers from the 1st World War,
- Triglav Lakes Valley – there are several ways to the top and 7 lakes to see along the way (even a few more, but then we recommend a two-day trip),
- Vogel and Vogar – both have amazing views of the Valley and if you’re feeling a bit tired, you can take a gondola to get to Vogel,
- Triglav – Slovenia’s highest mountain at 2864 meters/9396 feet, the hikes form the sites near Lake Bohinj can take a day or four, depending on the hiking condition you’re in,
- Mostnica Gorge – 2 kilometers of alluring forces of nature, where you can see the rock known as “Little Elephant” and the beautiful Voje waterfall,
The list could go on and on and on…
Monument of four courageous men
The monument is dedicated to four courageous men, who on the 26th of August in the year 1778 were the first ones to reach the top of Slovenia’s highest mountain, Triglav. Those men were: Luka Korošec, Matevž Kos, Štefan Rožič and Lovrenc Willomitzer.
The Monument of four courageous men (kip štirih srčnih mož) stands in the village Ribčev Laz. If you look at the way where they are pointing their fingers on a sunny day you can see the glorious Triglav.
Adventures sports in Bohinj
Bohinj offers a variety of sports and adrenaline activities to do.
Just some ideas what you can do: kayaking, canyoning, rafting, river tubing, mountain biking, tandem paragliding, zip lining, rock climbing, hiking, swimming in the summer and skiing in the winter.
There are so many things you can choose from. The water activities are mostly on the Sava Bohinjka river, the spot for tandem paragliding is Vogar, mountain bikers can choose from 15 marked roads, Vogel is the perfect place for skiing and Kobla for ziplining.
This is a unique tradition. It happens at the end of the summer at the Ukanc village. The main event is the arrival of cows returning back from the mountain pastures where they have been all summer. There will be folk dancing, a celebration with traditional food and drinks. A Ball you can’t miss if you are in Bohinj at the end of the summer.
If you’re planning on visiting Most na Soči, Kanal or Nova Gorica, you can take a trip with the tunnel train/car train, that will take you on an unforgettable journey passing through the beautiful landscape. It’s an interesting experience, loading up your car on the train and going under the mountain to the other side of Bohinj.
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Bohinj is another hidden pearl in Slovenia. It’s a paradise for anyone who can’t sit still for a minute and the ones who want to take it easy and take all the scenery in alike.