Bohinj's Top Attractions



























Where Lake Bled may be seen as the tourism show pony for Slovenia, the purists will have none of it. You will run into many who will claim that Lake Bohinj is simply the real deal and once you embrace its shores at Ribcev Laz, you begin to see why. This brooding, eerily calm and silent body of water is a nature lovers paradise. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Bled, then come to Bohinj to become one with nature!

1. The Lake

Description:
Slovenia's largest lake is a picture of peace and serenity.
It's brooding and mystical feel are encouraged by the steep mountain faces that rise out of the lake on the northern side, with mountain peaks also dominating the background to the west and south.
On clear days you can even see the peak of the mighty Triglav.
If it is nature and alpine beauty you long for, then Bohinj is your number one choice!


The LowDown:
The Lake is popular as a holiday destination due to its peace and quiet, and the myriad of opportunities for visitors to interact with the pristine surroundings.

Whether you choose an activity around the lake, or move off into the surrounding Julian Alps, the daily stresses of our everyday lives will disappear as you embrace the fresh alpine air.

Most people will arrive at the largest lakeside town at Ribcev Laz. Acommodation is usually sourced here or at nearby Stara Fuzina.
There is further accommodation at the other end of the lake at Ukanc.

After settling in, a walk around the lake is a must to get your bearings. A lot larger than Bled, the 12km walk is done in about 4-5 hours depending on your speed and whether you stop for breaks along the way. Most people start by following the lake just over the bridge in Ribcev Laz on the north side. The trail hugs the northern side of the lake until you reach the other end at Ukanc. Cross the Savica river and head towards the cable car station to Vogel. The trail on the southern side is elevated above the busy road until you reach Ribcev Laz again.

For those who wish to experience the lake itself, there are scenic boat excursions available. The 2 boats (Bohinj and Zlatorog) run from Ribcev Laz to the Zlatorog Hotel and return frequently during May to October with extended hours during July and August. For the remaining months excluding January and February the boat runs when the weather is good or if the boat has been booked by a group. Ask at the Information centre to make a reservation.

Fishing is a very popular pastime on the lake and Sava Bohinjka River from around March to November. You can obtain permits from the tourist office. Lake Trout, Brook Trout and Brown Trout are found along with Char and Grayling. Only fly-fishing is allowed in the river. Spinning, Fly Fishing and Coarse Fishing are permitted in the lake.

Swimming is another popular pastime in the lake and there are a few places around the shore where you can enjoy shallow waters. The best areas are at the western end of the lake and the bay pocket at the north eastern corner. You may find some nude bathing happening around the northern inlets so beware!

There are 15 marked bike trails around the lake so hire yourself a bike and get out there! The whole family will love the experience.

In winter the lake often freezes over and people can be seen taking a leisurely stroll across the lake!


Where is it \ How to get there?:
Lake Bohinj is situated 26km west of Lake Bled and most people will reach Ribcev Laz (the main town) via this road. The train also stops at Bohinjska Bistrica from either Bled or Most Na Soci, where you can offload your car from the car train and drive on, or catch a bus to Ribcev Laz.


Price List: Operating Hours:
Excursion Boat Bohinj:
OneWay - Adults 9e, Children 6.50e
Return - Adults 10.50e, Children 7.50e
From Ribcev Laz - 0930,1010,1050,1130,1210,1250,1330,1410,
1450,1530,1610,1650,1730,1810
From Ukanc - 0930,1010,1050,1130,1210,1250,1330,1410,1450,
1530,1610,1650,1730,1810
Lake Bohinj is nature at its best Where is Lake Bohinj? Check out the map. Zlatorog at Bohinj

2. Savica Waterfall

Description:
France Prešeren, the most famous Slovene poet, chose the waterfall for his epic poem entitled Krst pri Savici (Christening at Savica), and from that it has been labelled "The Source of Life" and a location dear to all Slovenes hearts. From the Triglav Lakes above, the waters from the source of Slovenia's longest river come cascading down 60 metres into the deep pool below. A visit to Bohinj is not complete without visiting the Savica Falls!

The Low Down:
Visitors can approach the falls by car and on foot, but everyone must pay the entrance fee and then hike the remaining 500 odd steps (or 20 minutes) that zig-zag uphill through the woods and over streams.
You finally reach the small viewing platform where you can see the power of the Savica as it crashes into an emerald pool below.

The place is packed with tour groups and day trippers in peak season, so expect some jostling as everyone tries to get pole position to view the falls and take their holiday snaps! The falls are best viewed after a decent downpour and it's a good idea to bring something waterproof to combat the spray!


Where is it \ How to get there?:
The falls are located at the far (western) end of Lake Bohinj. Follow the road along the lake from Ribcev Laz to Ukanc. From the Hotel Zlatorog the falls are about 4kms away. You can choose to take the paved road by car or follow the signed walking paths. By foot it takes about 45 minutes. Once you reach the entrance, you must pay a fee then everyone must walk the final steps to the falls.

Price List: Operating Hours: (Not open if snowing)
Adults: 3 euros
Summer 0800-1900
Outside Summer 1000-1600
The magnificant sight of the Savica Waterfall at Lake Bohinj!


3. Mount Vogel

Description:
Towering high above Lake Bohinj's southern edges, Mount Vogel at 1800m is one of Slovenia's premier ski resorts in winter. It is also one of 'the' places to check out some amazing views over the Alps and Lake Bohinj. If you are visiting Bohinj, definitely place a trip up to the summit on your list!

The Low Down:
In winter, Vogel is a hive of skiiers and boarders enjoying the 26km of beautifully groomed runs, whilst in the other seasons, visitors can take the gondola to the summit for some amazing views!

The cable car station is located at the western end of lake in Ukanc, about 250m above the Hotel Zlatorog. For those who have the nerves to scale the 1540m to the summit, the 5 minute effort is more than worth it. On a clear day the peaks and sky unfold around you as far as the eye can see.

The ski season can last from November to May and there is accommodation, refreshments and hire facilities at the summit.
See our Ski Page for more information.
The summit can also be reached on foot from Ukanc or Ribcev Laz and allow for 2 hours to complete the trek.


Where is it\How to get there?:
The cable car station to the summit of Mount Vogel can be found at the western or far end of the lake at Ukanc. Take the road from Ribcev Laz.


Cable Car Price List: Operating Hours:
Adults: 10euros (o/w) or 14euros (return)
Students: 8euros (o/w) or 12euros (return)
Children 4-14yrs: 7euros (o/w) or 9euros (return)
Every 30 minutes during normal daylight hours
Come to Mount Vogel at Bohinj! Photo courtesy of www.unusvita.com

4. Hiking around Bohinj

Description:
One of the main reasons people come to Bohinj is because it is one of the main starting points for many of the trails that lead up into the Alps. It is of course said that every Slovene must climb Triglav once in their lives and so they come in droves to do just that! There are easy, moderate and difficult trails to suit all levels. Don't be a spectator, get out on the track and experience nature at its best!

The Low Down:
Pick up a map from the tourist office and then decide which trail you want to try! Trails lead off from Stara Fuzina just north of Ribcev Laz through the Voje Valley and onwards towards Triglav. Other popular trails include the one to Savica Waterfall and then onwards to the Lakes and Komna. South of the lake there is of course Vogel. Looking at the guide, you're sure to find a trail that suits you.

Hikers will be rewarded with lush meadows with fields of flowers (in season), green valleys and towering mountain peaks in all directions. Drink in those views, they are truly magnificant!

Hiking season is at its peak in summer from around May to September with those attempting Triglav having the best chance in August and September. Of course it goes without saying that the conditions in the mountains are anything but predictable. Things can change in a matter of hours or even minutes so make sure you are well prepared. Mountain huts are available along the higher routes for those tackling Triglav amongst others over 2 or 3 days. They get extremely busy in peak times so make sure you try to book ahead!

Look for the targets or red circle with a white centre that mark the trails. Happy hiking to all!

Where is it\How to get there?:
Pick up a hiking guide from the main tourist office at Ribcev Laz. The guide will mark out dozens of different trails and show their starting points.

Hiking is amazing at Bohinj!


5. Adventure Sports around Bohinj

Description:
Bohinj and the surrounding area is a great place to take part in all kinds of Adventure Sports. So if you're not the type who likes lying by the pool, Bohinj is a great choice for the whole family!

The Low Down:
As noted on our Adventure Sports page there are many activities on offer around Lake Bohinj. These include Canyoning, Horse Riding, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Hydrospeed, Tandem Paragliding, Sky Diving, Rafting, River Tubing, Rock Climbing and Hiking and Skiing which have already been mentioned.

Most of the water activities are on the Sava Bohinjka River whilst tandem paragliding take off spots can be found at Vogar (north of lake) and also Studor, Vogel and Kobla.
The Bohinj Horse Centre is the main focus for horse lovers in nearby Studor.
Mountain Bikers can pick up a trail map from the tourist office, there are many trails to choose from.
Climbers can find a climbing wall within walking distance of Ribcev Laz whilst more serious climbers will head for Pod Skalco, Pod Bellevue, Pec, Nomenj and Bitnje.

If you need more information on any of these activities, then drop us a line and we'll point you in the right direction!


Paragliding above Lake Bohinj!


6. Mostnica Gorge and Waterfall

Description:
The ravines of the Mostnica Gorge provide yet another fantastic walk with endless photo opportunities. This walk culminates upon reaching the 20 metre high Mostnica Waterfall below Mount Tosc which is also known as the Voje Waterfall. A great way to spend a relaxing afternoon!

The Low Down:
Just north of Ribcev Laz, the trail through the Mostnica Gorge up to the waterfall begins about 1km north of Stara Fuzina.
In season, you must pay a small fee at the entrance to the Gorge.

The 2km gorge is very narrow in places as the path winds along both sides of the gorge, so it is possible to take one trail and return via the other. In some places, you can get very close to the river itself, whilst in others, the path veers away from the river, only to return later.
The highest point is around the stone carved "Devils Bridge" at a height of around 20m and built in 1777. There are many bridges to admire and the main talking point is the rock shaped like an elephant.

Another 20 minute walk past the gorge and you arrive at the Koca Na Voje hut which can be a good place to stop for a drink on a hot day. Continue on another 45 minutes and you reach the Waterfall which cascades over its lime wall in 3 sections. The Slide Waterfall at the top falls about 15m onto the moss before falling another 5m onto the Mostnica Waterfall proper which plunges 20m into a beautiful emerald green pool. There is another fall called the Konjski Rep that is 5m in height.


Where is it \ How to get there?:
The start of the main trail to the Gorge\Waterfall is about 1km north of Stara Fuzina.

Mostnica is a beautiful and relaxing hike near Bohinj!

Entrance Fee:
Adults: 2.50euros
Students\Seniors: 2euros
Children: 1.25euros

7. Alpine Dairy Farming Museum & Mountain Pasture "Cheese" Routes

Description:
In the highland alpine pastures around Bohinj, dairy farming was once big business with large quantities of cheese being made. Today it is all manufactured in a factory in Srednja Vas but you can still relive the past at the excellent Alpine Dairy Museum in Stara Fuzina. If you want to take it a step further, you can visit the pastures themselves as you choose from a list of great walking trails. On many trails, you can still meet with the herders and dairy farmers to taste their wares. What a great day out!


The Low Down:
The Alpine Dairy Museum is contained in a building in Stara Fuzina that was once a dairy itself. They house an enjoyable and interesting collection of old photos, dairy farming equipment and even a mock herders village. Dairy Farming was big business amongst the family co-operatives that formed in the late 19th century and was still going strong until modern manufacturing technology eventually saw the local practice die out from the 1950's onwards.

A few die-hard farmers still continue the tradition however, combining their skills with a head for business as they now welcome tourists high onto the highland pastures to sample sour milk, curd cheese, raw butter and the regional speciality "Mohant". The views are also to die for!

Pick up a map from the tourist office and choose from the many trails that are on offer.

Where is it\How to get there?:
Trails to the farms and pastures centre around Bohinjska Bistrica and the highlands north of Stara Fuzina and Srednja Vas.


Tourist Cheese Routes are fun at Bohinj!


8. Studor Hayracks

Description:
You may see thousands of haystacks across Europe, but only Slovenia has the unique double haystack or "toplar" as known locally. Easily identified by the double rack complete with roof for storage, nowhere is there a better example of them than here in Studor near Bohinj.

The Low Down:
The toplars in Studor are probably the most scenic collection of the hay drying racks anywhere. Dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, the racks make excellent hay. Modern machinery means that the practice is almost obsolete but there are still examples of beautifully preserved Toplars in Studor that are still used today.

Where is it\How to get there?:
Studor is found a few kilometers north-east of Ribcev Laz on the road that crosses the bridge at Ribcev Laz and continues through Stara Fuzina to Studor.

The Toplar Haystack around Bohinj!


9. Adrenaline Park

Description:
For adults (and children over 150cm) who want to test their agility skills and bravado, the Bohinj Adrenaline Park may be the perfect place for you to spend a few hours if you enjoy climbing, traversing ropes and hanging out!

The Low Down:
The course is made up of various high ropes, climbing nets and swings ranging from heights of 8m to 14m. Under the supervision of experienced and professionally trained instructors, first timers will have the opportunity to experience completely new and unusual situations! The park can handle groups up to 45 people and caters for school groups, sports teams and businesses looking for team building activities.

The price is 29euros per person.

Where is it \ How to get there?:
The Park is situated beside the southern side of lake Bohinj beside the Hostel Vogel. Take the main road from Ribcev Laz that follows the southern shore for about 2km.


Test your skills at Bohinj Adrenaline Park!

10. Bohinjska Bistrica

Description:
Bohinjska Bistrica is more often than not given the cold shoulder by tourists who see no reason to stop there with the lake only a few minutes up the road. The town is the largest town in the region and for those who cannot find accommodation at the lake, Bohinjska Bistrica makes a great base for exploring the area.

The Low Down:
In summer, the town sees quite a bit of activity around the train station as people with cars are either getting on or off the car train which goes through the mountain to Most Na Soci on the other side. In winter, the ski slopes at Kobla attract locals and is a great alternative if the heights of Vogel are too much for you. There is also an aquapark with slides and climbing walls plus wellness facilities that will keep you amused for an afternoon. Campers also swell the numbers in peak season as the Danica campsite is a popular site for locals and foreigners!

Where is it\How to get there?:
Bohinjska Bistrica is located on the main road from Bled to Ribcev laz at lake Bohinj and is about 20km from Bled and 5km from lake Bohinj.

A magical white Bohinjska Bistrica during winter!


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