Nestled within a valley basin at the foot of the Triglav National Park, Lake Bohinj is the perfect base for an exceptional outdoor activities holiday.
The glistening glacial lake and National Park together with two stunning rivers, forests, alpine meadows, ravines and river gorges are spectacular and provide a beautiful setting for your Slovenian outdoor escape. From hiking and biking, to fishing and rafting, the range of outdoor pursuits will satisfy those with a passion of all things al fresco.
Background to Lake Bohinj
April to October -Lake Bohinj offers a warm climate and enjoyed throughout the summer period. The shoulder months of Months May, June, September and October offer slighter cheaper accommodation and lesser crowds. The months of July and August are generally fairly warm and can hit 30 degrees.
Ideal for: Experiencing the beautiful lakes and the best of Slovenia
Departure dates: Between May to Sep 2016
Visiting: Lake Bled, Triglav National Park, Lake Bohinj
Scenic Lakes of Slovenia Tour
Things to do in Lake Bohinj
Hiker’s Paradise: The chances are that you'll choose Lake Bohinj for its walking and hiking credentials. Bohinj is a starting point for many trails into the Julian Alps and suitable for all levels, with the tourist office in Ribcev Laz offering a hiking guide. A ride up Mount Vogel on the cable car rewards you with spectacular views of the lake and valley below. Circular walks around the lake are equally rewarding (12km), or even half a circuit, starting at the lake's main focal point, Ribcev Laz heading to Hotel Zlatorog on the west edge and taking a bus back.
Savica Waterfall: For those wanting to enjoy the fantastic scenery at a more gentile pace, a popular walking route is to the Savica Waterfall (Slap Savica). Open April to October, it is the source of Slovenia's longest river and can be found 4 km from Hotel Zlatorog in Ukanc. The 60m falls are a highly impressive sight, but remember to bring a waterproof as you may get a little wet from the spray! A small entrance fee is payable.
Background to Lake Bohinj: Slovenia’s largest lake, the tranquil Lake Bohinj is known for its its wide variety of opportunities for visitors looking to interact with its surrounding. Its enchanting forested mountains and alpine air make for wonderful walking and hiking routes, especially those that head into the Julian Alps. The pristine water is ideal for water based activities such as swimming, kayaking and canoeing. For those yearning an extra adrenaline kick, there’s canyoning and white water rafting available nearby too.
Activities ahoy: Lake Bohinj and its surroundings have the perfect ingredients for being a natural playground for the active and adventurous. Canyoning, rafting, kayaking and canoeing are among the most popular water based activities. Horse riding at Mrcina Ranc in the idyllic village of Studor offers guided tours lasting between one hour and three days. Swimming in the crystal-clear lake is also very popular in the summer as well as at the Aqua Park Bohinj. Other activities around Lake Bohinj include fishing and high rope courses, walkways and giant swings at the Bohinj Adrenalin Park.
Excursions from Lake Bohinj
Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle: Postojna Caves is one of the largest karst cave networks in the world, dating back two million years. An incredible series of passages, chambers and galleries, visitors are left in awe at the sheer beauty of the natural formations. Just a few miles from Postojna Caves stands the 700 year old Predjama Castle. Sitting within a 123 metre cliff it was once a hideout for a rebellious baron, the subject of a romantic legend and is now home to a fascinating collection of weapons and paintings from the 15th century. Car is the best way of getting here from Lake Bohinj.
Lake Bled: Lake Bled is one of Slovenia’s star attractions. The placid emerald green lake, lone island where the stunning St Martin's Pilgrimage church stands and the cliff top castle all make Lake Bled an incredible picturesque location. Walk round the lake to get views from every perspective and visit the famous Vintgar Gorge where the raging river and stunning waterfalls can be explored from the wooden walkways. You can easily get to Lake Bled by bus from both Ukanc and Ribcev Laz (1 hour). For more information on Lake Bled click here.
Ljubljana: One of Europe's best kept holiday secrets, Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia makes for a perfect tailor-made holiday. Serving as the country's economic, political and cultural centre it is the gateway to the Balkans. Straddled by a series of rivers and waterways, it is crossed by more than a dozen bridges. Explore the old town, take a river cruise and visit the impressive hilltop Ljubljana Castle which has spectacular views of the Old Town and beyond the river to the city centre. Buses to Ljubljana depart regularly via Bled (1 hour 45 mins). For more information on Ljubljana click here.
The Coast: Slovenia’s coast may be only 30 miles long but boy if is worth it! Wedged between Italy and Croatia, the picturesque town of Piran is the main draw. A magnificent medieval town that sits on a peninsula, Piran invokes an air of wonder and surprise, notably for its Venetian flair and architecture. If travelling by car, we’d recommend you incorporate a trip to the Skocjan Caves on the way. Car is the best method of getting to Piran from Lake Bohinj (2 hours 15 mins). For more information on Piran, head to this website.
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