Escape to Bohinj

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Family-owned holiday home, sleeps 6 (+1)  ♥  Currently undergoing complete renovation ♥  Easy walking distance to Lake Bohinj

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5 Reasons to Love Autumn in Bohinj

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The evenings are drawing in, and the days are beginning to feel that bit cooler. Autumn is upon us in Bohinj. After the busyness of summer, life slows down allowing you to enjoy the natural beauty that this season offers. Here are 5 reasons why we love autumn in Bohinj;

1. Amazing Colours

The reds, yellows, oranges, golds, browns and greens of the trees are stunning at this time of year, particularly when bathed in the soft evening sunlight. On a still day, you can see these amazing colours reflected in the glassy water of Lake Bohinj

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Head out in a kayak to the middle of the lake to get the ultimate vantage point, surrounded by this beautiful palette.

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2. Hiking & Biking Adventures

September and October are excellent months for hiking and biking in the Triglav National Park and wider Julian Alps. The weather is generally stable, with fewer storms than in the summer months, and most visitors are long gone. There is something wonderful about wrapping up warm and heading out into the crisper, cooler air. You can really soak up the peace and tranquillity of this unspoilt place and immerse yourself in the natural world. Now that the days are shorter and fewer mountain huts are open, make sure you plan your trip to ensure you are well prepared and stay safe.

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3. Nature’s Bounty

Look carefully and you will see fruits, nuts, seeds, mushrooms and toadstools in a wealth of different shapes and sizes. Slovenia is a lush country and around 60% of the land is covered in forest. With the warmth of summer replaced by cooler, damper air, autumn brings a flurry of growth. In Bohinj there is a real focus on using locally sourced food, so take the opportunity to sample foraged delicacies in the local restaurants – delicious!

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4. Early Morning Mist

The cooler, longer nights and increased moisture in the air often wrap Lake Bohinj in an early morning blanket of mist. It is a magical and mysterious time to be at the lakeside, made all the more special as you are likely to be there by yourself. When it starts to clear, the mist is often replaced by brilliant blue skies within 10 minutes. Look out for that perfect spider’s web, dappled in the morning dew. There is beauty all around if you look for it.

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5. Affordable Holiday

After the summer holidays, demand for flights falls and the prices can drop to as low as £60 return with budget airlines such as EasyJet and WizzAir. Some restaurants and cafés also reduce their prices now the main holiday season has gone.

Autumn in Bohinj

So come and enjoy an autumn break in Bohinj. Watch the golden leaves fall from the trees against blue skies, listen to them crunch underfoot in the forest, feel the warmth of the autumn sun on your back and taste the foragers’ treasure trove of goodies. It really is a season for all the senses.

Top 3 Hikes to Viewpoints over Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

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There are lots of hikes that give wonderful views over Lake Bohinj and the Julian Alps. So many that it can be hard choose between them! Some are major, full-day expeditions, serious outings that climb to over 2,000m. But the hikes described below are our top 3 for fantastic views with relatively little climbing. They’re nice at any time of day, but there is something special about an amazing sunrise or sunset.

The first walk, to Peč, is the quickest and easiest. If you have time, why not try all three?!

Viewpoint #1 - Peč - Alt. 640m (2km, 40-minute round trip from Stara Fužina)

This picture-perfect view of Lake Bohinj (see above) is taken from Peč, a promontory on the lower slopes of Rudnica. It is about a 40-minute round trip from the village of Stara Fužina, an hour if you take it slowly. You never get more than 100m above the water, but the views over Lake Bohinj, and the meadows along the way, are superb. The final view is beautiful, with the church and bridge acting as gatekeeper to the lake. This photo was taken at the end of a glorious day in March.

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From the centre of Stara Fužina, cross the bridge over the river, heading east. Turn right down the small road after the wooden barn, following the flow of the river. After a while, you’ll cross the smaller Ribnica river and join a cycle path. After about 500m, the path rises gently to a road crossing the river from the right. Turn left here and follow the signs to Peč.

You can extend the walk by following the marked trail to the summit of Rudnica (946m, 3hr round trip). This hill splits the Bohinj valley into its upper and lower halves and forms the southern side of the U-shaped valley. The ascent up Rudnica from Stara Fužina is lovely, gentler than Vogar or Studor (see below), and passes through forest, pastures and flower meadows.

Close to the summit, a large clearing provides beautiful views to the lake below and high mountain summits further afield. 

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There are few more lovely spots for a picnic, and because so few people venture up here (there are no facilities & nowhere to buy refreshments) you and the resident deer will probably have the hill to yourselves. The far side of the hill is steeper, the paths more challenging, so it’s best to descend the same way.

Viewpoint #2 - Vogar – Alt. 950m (6km, 2-3hrs round trip)

Vogar provides a wonderful viewpoint high above the north-eastern end of the lake. It is the spot from which many paragliders take off in summer. From the bridge in the middle of Stara Fužina, follow the road uphill to the west. Beyond the children’s play area is a car-park, from which Vogar is signposted as 1 hour 15 minutes.

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It’s a steep climb up through the forest, marked by the typical red circles surrounding a white spot, and signposts. The path was previously roughly paved by large boulder slabs. Although some of these are still in place, it is quite bumpy where they have become dislodged.

As you get close to the top, you will see a sign post to the paragliding launch site on the left. The view appears quite suddenly, with a panorama over Lake Bohinj and Stara Fužina below. You may even get to watch some brave souls launch themselves off the mountain under their parachutes. If you have ever want to fly like a bird, this must be one of the best places to try. What an amazing view!

If you’re still feeling energetic, head a little further up the path to the Kosijev dom na Vogarju. This mountain hut offers refreshments, and you can sit down, relax and enjoy the wonderful views all around.

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Vogar offers lovely views all year round. This photo was taken in December, after early snowfall.

Viewpoint #3 - Studor – Alt. 980m (5km, 2-3hr round trip)

The hill of Studor forms the northern side of the U-shaped valley. The walk to the top is steep enough to get your heart beating, but the views are worth it. You can see along the entire length of Lake Bohinj from the top – a worthy reward. Start in Stara Fužina and follow the path towards the Mostnica gorge. Just before the Devil’s Bridge (Hudičev most), turn right to follow the path to Uskovnica, through a beech forest. When the path splits, keep right and follow the trail up, contouring across the southern face.   

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There is a small clearing near the summit which gives fantastic views along the lake. This clearing is a much less-used paraglider take-off point – it’s quite a climb from the nearest road.

We have never had to share the summit of Studor with anyone else – it’s beautifully quiet.

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So, will it be number 1, a quick scamper up Peč for the picture-perfect view over church and lake? Or will you choose number 2, a steep climb up Vogar, joining the paragliders as they soar into the sky? Or maybe it’ll be number 3, secluded Studor, the quieter option that will take your breath away?

The decision is yours…

Family Canyoning Adventure near Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

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“Just keep your arms in and legs together.” These were the instructions from the lovely Luka as I sat at the top of a boulder and tentatively peered down at the pool beneath. “That’s a long way down”, I thought nervously… And that was the start of our family canyoning adventure near Lake Bohinj in Slovenia.

After watching the kids whizz down without batting an eyelid, I somehow summoned up the courage to tip myself over the edge. I survived (I had been a little concerned that I might not), and I actually quite enjoyed it. “If it continues like this”, I thought, “I should be fine!” Of course, that was just the beginning, the easy bit. More challenges were to come!

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What is Canyoning?

Canyoning involves getting from the top of a river canyon to the bottom, wearing a wetsuit, rubber shoes, harness and helmet to keep you safe. An expert guide is on hand at all times – thankfully! You abseil down waterfalls, jump off boulders into pools, and whizz down slides formed naturally in the rock that have been carved out by water rushing downhill over millennia. Often, it is the only way to visit such inaccessible places and appreciate the unspoiled nature. There are quite a few canyons in the Bohinj/Bled region, some easy and some harder for those who really want to push themselves to the limit.

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Anyone who knows me well will know that I am not an adrenaline junky. I like my feet on the ground, able to change my mind if I don’t like something. So why did we sign up for canyoning? With three children aged 16, 14 and 11, I thought it would be a great family activity. And, after all, how hard could it be? The blurb said no experience was needed and that children over the age of 8 can have a go.

Family time can often feel squeezed, and sometimes it is hard to compete against the allure of a screen. Holidays can provide the ideal time to try something new and spend some quality time together. And it is good to get out of your comfort zone every now and again too. Or so I am always told!

Jerečica Canyon

The canyon that we descended is considered suitable for beginners, and we were in a group of 12 people, mostly adults and teens. Our guides, Luke & Miha, who spoke excellent English, were reassuring, friendly and funny, helping us all enjoy the activity to the full, even those of us who were a bit scared. This was especially important for the higher jumps. In fact, for the biggest jump, if anyone had any doubts or concerns they were advised not to do it. Safety was certainly the number one priority.

The biggest jump involved jumping over a rock into a pool 8m below you – certainly not for the faint-hearted! Our two teens gave this a go and came bubbling to the surface of the water with huge grins on their faces. There is something incredibly empowering doing something that you thought you might not be able to do, and our family canyoning experience offered that to each of us at our own level. We could see our children grow in confidence before our eyes.

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Family Bonding

I opted for a lower jump of ‘just’ 5m – I could have skipped that too if I’d wanted to. With the kids cheering me on with “you can do it Mum!”, I looked at the pool beneath me and made the leap. It is such a weird sensation falling through the air, having the time to think “I haven’t hit the water yet”.  Yet I did it! There were huge cheers for everyone as they did their jump. Roles are reversed as the kids offer the adults support and encouragement, and you cannot help but feel more connected as a family as you help each other through each of the challenges. There was lots of laughter too as you emerge from descents into pools looking slightly shell-shocked but with smiles and sparkly eyes.

Canyoning is certainly an exhilarating and unforgettable experience. With each challenge you grow in confidence, so that by the end of the session you have a real sense of accomplishment; the kids are buzzing with confidence and there is a great feeling amongst the group not just of having survived, but of actually having thrived. As soon as we had finished, the kids said “can we go again – now?” and they meant it. They have a lot more energy and stamina than us adults, that’s for sure! Next summer we may have to try the next level up of canyoning. I think, for me, though, Jerečica offered enough of a challenge and excitement…

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Practical Information

We went to the Jerečica canyon with Sport4fun. Maruša, the owner, was really helpful via email before our trip, explaining what we could do and what the canyoning involved. You need to make a reservation at peak times, so we booked at Sport4fun’s hut at Camp Danica in Bohinjska Bistrica once we had a better idea of our holiday plans and the weather forecast.

The canyoning cost us €69 per person, with discounts available for families. The price includes all of your equipment, transport to and from the canyon, plus English speaking guides and a drink and a snack afterwards. Unusually for us, we paid the optional €15 extra for the photos at the end of the trip; you’ve just been looking at some of them, and I hope you agree that the guides clearly know when to click the button to brilliantly capture the experience.

You need to be over 8 years old and be able to swim. Wear your own swimsuit (you are provided with wetsuits to change in to at the office before you depart in the minibus), and bring a towel for drying off afterwards.

Canyoning runs daily at 9am and 3pm between May and September, and there is a wealth of providers in the Bohinj/Bled region.

* All costs and details accurate summer 2018

Wild Flower Festival, Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

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We are delighted to see all the wonderful events listed for the Wild Flower Festival (24th May-9th June 2019) around Lake Bohinj. For anyone who loves nature and botany, this is an event not to be missed. There will be guided walks, family activities, botanical excursions, floral cuisine, embroidery workshops, folk dancing, lakeside yoga, concerts and exhibitions. This huge variety of activities, many of which are free of charge, means that there is something of interest for everyone.

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Cultural Heritage

The aim of the Wild Flower Festival is to promote and raise awareness of the unique cultural heritage in the Bohinj region of Slovenia. It is an opportunity to celebrate the beautiful displays of flowers in the alpine meadows in conjunction with the skills and knowledge of local people. So why not come along and learn how to make unique flower arrangements from the flowers gathered in the meadow? Or visit one of the oldest working Mills in the valley where they grind flowers? Under the expertise of local people you can learn about the traditional methods that have been used for centuries.

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Floral Cuisine

Let your taste buds experience new flavours for the first time here in Bohinj.  Local businesses such as Gostilna DanicaGostilna Pri Hrvatu, and Restaurant Reste, all offer a special menu during the festival so you try foods flavoured by the mountain plants. Hotel Krystal, renowned for its chocolate shop, will be offering chocolate tasting as well. A speciality is their chocolate flavoured with the local Mohant cheese and hemp seeds! If that sounds a bit exotic you can always try their delicious strawberries and raspberries dipped in chocolate.    

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Mountain Hiking

Springtime is one of the quieter times to visit Lake Bohinj and you will be rewarded with walks and hikes where you will see hardly another person. You can enjoy the meadows in full bloom, spot Orchids (did you know that there are 40 Orchids native to the Bohinj area alone?), Lilies, Dianthus, Arnica, Lunaria, Edelweiss and Gentian to name but a few. 

Further Information

For a complete timetable for the Wild Flower Festival, please click here.

Discover Lake Bohinj, Slovenia’s Hidden Gem

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Why Lake Bohinj is the perfect base for your holiday in Slovenia.

It’s the time of year when your thoughts may have turned to the summer, to where you will go on holiday and what you will do when you get there. Different things appeal to different people, and sometimes trying to please everyone within the same group of family or friends can prove challenging. City or countryside? Relaxing or active? Beach or mountains?

Slovenia is a small country nestled between Italy, Austria and Croatia. It’s at the northern end of the Adriatic Sea and the southern end the Alps, combining a Mediterranean climate with dramatic mountain landscapes. The variety of scenery, activities and cultural & natural wonders defies its size, and there are few places in which so much beauty is so close to hand.

Dramatic mountains plunge via tortuous gorges to serene lakes, postcard villages lie dotted through farmland and along the coast. The self-confident capital city, Ljubljana, offers a myriad of cafés and restaurants interspersed between the varied architecture.

Something, perhaps, for everyone then. In which case you may be wondering why you’ve never thought of going there before? Or have maybe never even heard of it? Shhh – don’t tell anyone, it’s a secret…

The perfect base from which to explore this wonderful country is Bohinj, just a 45-minute drive from Ljubljana International Airport. In the heart of the Julian Alp Mountains and with a stunning lake for summer swimming, Bohinj is a quiet escape from the pressures of everyday life, yet is still within easy reach of the rest of the country. You can combine chilling in the sun, walking through forests and high-altitude hiking with time in Ljubljana and trips to coast and caves.

Relaxing

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The scenery is so stunning around Lake Bohinj and the Julian Alps that it’s hard not to stop and stare, soaking up the beauty of this magical place. Take a gentle stroll through the meadows down to the lake to sunbathe, swim or paddle. Unwind, relax, breathe in the pure alpine air and disconnect yourself from the daily routines at home.

Exploring

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Locally

The area around Lake Bohinj can be explored by foot, bike, horse, boat, cable car… Hike up the Mostnica Gorge and marvel at the incredible power of water to carve deep channels into the rock, or take one of the many hiking trails higher up. Bike or ride along the lake’s southern shore, through the Bohinj valley or up into the mountains. Take the panoramic tourist boat across the lake and walk up to Slap Savica – the most famous waterfall in Sovenia. Experience the high alpine world with a trip up to Vogel on the cable car. From here you can head out of one of the countless hiking trails or just relax in the café with a hot chocolate. The views are breath taking on a clear day, with Lake Bohinj surrounded by the Julian Alps with the magnificent Triglav in the background.

Further Afield

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From Lake Bohinj there is wonderful array of excursions close at hand. Hiring a car in Slovenia is inexpensive, and because Slovenia is a small country it is possible to access many of the main tourist sites quickly. Slovenia is incredibly diverse, with snow-topped mountains, turquoise rivers, spectacular underground caves, an historic Mediterranean coastline, vineyards, spas and castles. Take your pick… Maybe a day at Lake Bled, swimming in the lake there, visiting the castle and tasting the famous “Bled cake”? Or maybe you fancy the magnificent caves at Postojna or Škocjan? Or a trip to Planica, the home of the Ski Jumping World Cup? These day trips are all easily accessible from Bohinj.

After a day at a tourist site there is nothing nicer than returning to tranquillity of Lake Bohinj. Once the day-trippers have gone, head down to the lake for that sunset swim. You’ll probably have the place to yourself!

Building Lasting Memories

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Lake Bohinj and the Julian Alps provide the perfect holiday destination for sharing experiences and creating lasting memories with family and friends. Whether it is sunbathing, swimmingwalkingcanyoning, rafting, kayaking, rock-climbing or paragliding, there is a wealth of activities for everyone to enjoy together. Help children and teenagers to escape the allure of screens and technology by spending time together in the natural world outside.

Holidays are the ideal time to strengthen bonds; you cannot help but grow closer together when you try something new for the first time, relying on each other for support and encouragement as you test your limits and embrace your fears.

For those who want an active, but less adrenaline-filled holiday, there are endless hiking trails, from short walks to multi-day treks. Enjoy immersing yourself in nature; take time to stop and look at the wild flowers and gorgeous butterflies, watch the fish swim about in the crystal-clear waters of Lake Bohinj, and keep your eyes peeled to the sky for golden eagles.

Bohinj is a place which makes you want to hold yourself in the present moment, and gives you the space to create shared experiences with the ones you love. A holiday in Bohinj is not only enjoyable at the time, but one that provides building blocks for your future family life together.

Hiking to Suit all Abilities

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Lake Bohinj is surrounded by the magnificent Julian Alps, which are protected inside the Triglav National Park, one of the oldest national parks in Europe. There are endless hikes to suit walkers of all abilities, from gentle strolls around Lake Bohinj or Lake Bled, to multi-day climbs culminating in the ascent of Triglav, Slovenia’s highest peak at 2864m. Lush alpine meadows, valleys and mountains paths are easily navigated by following the Slovenia “target” trail-mark. The tourist information centres are a great source of knowledge for all local walks, providing leaflets, expert guidance and a chance to buy local maps. Mountain huts scatter the Julian Alps so there are plenty of opportunities for a pit-stop to take in the fabulous views or stay a night for an unforgettable alpine experience.

Unspoilt Nature

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BecauseTriglav National Park is a protected area, it is home to a wonderful array of plant and animal life. Some of the plants are unique to the park, whilst traditional Alpine flowers such as edelweiss, orchids and gentians are found in abundance. This biodiversity is celebrated in late May/early June with the International Wildflower Festival. The event offers activities the whole family can enjoy, including guided walks, botanical excursions, floral cuisine, embroidery workshops, folk dancing, lakeside yoga, concerts and exhibitions. The Festival uniquely celebrates the impressive displays of flowers in the alpine meadows in conjunction with the skills and knowledge of local people.

The park is also home to the revered chamois, a gorgeous mammal found roaming the alpine pastures. In fact, around Lake Bohinj you will see many references to the Zlatorog, the golden-horned chamois who was believed to guard his treasure on the Komna Plateau to the west of the lake. Wolves, lynx, marmots, ibex, red deer and golden eagles are also to be found, and Slovenia also hosts a wild brown bear population, although they are seldom seen.

Slovenia’s unspoilt nature is one of the major draws of Lake Bohinj. The soaring peaks of the Julian Alps, the crystal clear waters of the lake, the emerald colour of the rivers, impressive gorges, beautiful waterfalls and the lush green forests all contribute to this mesmerising landscape.

Slovene Culture

A warm welcome awaits you in Bohinj. Slovenes are keen to share their rich history, culture and culinary delights. English is widely spoken, so it is an easy country to navigate, and although tourism is on the increase, there is strong focus on sustainability. At the heart of this philosophy is the protection of the natural and cultural heritage so that for many more years to come, people will be able to experience the power of the natural world and the magic of Bohinj.

So come and discover Lake Bohinj, Slovenia’s hidden gem, for an unforgettable holiday.

Delicious Pizza near Lake Bohinj

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Pizza at Pr Košnik has become a firm favourite when we come to Bohinj. Two of our family are coeliac, which means that we can’t eat any foods containing gluten; wheat, barley or rye. This can make it hard to find a suitable place to dine anywhere, and even more so if you have a craving for pizza, which is traditionally made with a wheat-flour base. But Pr Košnik has a range of gluten-free options, so it fits the bill perfectly for all of us, especially after an active day hiking in the Julian Alps or swimming in the lake.

The restaurant is in the village of Polje, less than 5 minutes’ drive from Lake Bohinj, and is a guest house as well. The owner Simona and her staff speak excellent English and offer a very warm, friendly Slovene welcome. In summer, you can sit outside under the veranda to enjoy the lovely mountain views, or in winter cosy up inside near the fire. The restaurant offers an impressive choice of different pizzas, salads and pasta and sauces, all at very affordable prices.

Coeliac-Friendly

Both the pasta and pizza come with a gluten-free option for a small additional cost. Simona is always happy to explain the menu and discuss dietary requirements, which we find very reassuring. Having walked for 10 hours one day, our coeliac son fancied some chips. Now, in many places the same fryer is used for cooking chips and breaded (gluten-containing) items, so all fried foods are off-limits for us. However, Simona was happy to ask the chef to cook some chips in a pan with new, uncontaminated oil so we could have some. Fantastic service!

Pizzas

Now to the pizzas themselves… There are lots of house pizzas to choose from, including some cheese-free and tomato-free options. You can also design your own from the wide range of available toppings. Everything that we have tried (which must by now be most of the menu) has been delicious, and if you opt for a large (‘veliki’), they are truly huge. There is only a euro difference in price between regular and large, so it is definitely worth the upgrade.

You can always tell if it’s someone’s first time in the restaurant by the look of delight on their face when they see the pizzas coming from the kitchen! If we can’t finish everything off, we get a takeaway box so that we can have the leftovers for lunch the next day.

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The gluten-free pizzas come in the regular size, as the bases are bought-in to ensure that they are not contaminated in the kitchen. Being that bit smaller, they get eaten in one sitting so there are no left overs unfortunately!

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Room for Dessert?

I love to have dessert, and more often than not the gluten-free diner is limited to fruit or sorbet. Thankfully, Pr Košnik serve the most delicious chocolate mousse (ask for them to leave off the biscuit topping.) It is so yummy that you want to use your fingers to get the last tiny bits out of the glass jar! Even after an enormous pizza, there is a little bit of space for ones of these.

For those who fancy something more traditionally Slovene, try the delicious Grmada (not gluten-free). This dessert, a bit like a Slovene-style trifle, was originally made as a way of using up old cake, layered with rum, milk, custard and raisins, finally topped with cream and chocolate sauce.

Drinks

There is a good selection of beers to accompany your meal, our favourite being the local Laško Zlatorog, named after the legendary golden-horned Bohinj Chamois.

For those of us who are gluten-free, there are local and international wines to choose from, as well as the normal assortment of hot & cold soft drinks.

Practical Information

Pr Košnik is open every day as both restaurant and takeaway. You can’t help noticing how many local people stop by to pick up a pizza, which says a lot about a place. There is ample parking and you can pay by cash or credit card. In summer, it is best to book a table, either by telephone or by dropping in as you drive past.

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So why not go and see for yourself next time you are in Bohinj. If you do, let us know how you get on!

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Family Skiing at Vogel

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We are just back from our first family skiing at Vogel Ski Centre. Our motivation to buy and renovate a house near Lake Bohinj was our love hiking, swimming and general ‘normal’ outdoor activities. We had never skied before, so the fact that the Vogel Ski Centre is so close was a potential bonus rather than a deciding factor. Having now just returned from our first ever family ski trip, that perspective has changed!

It takes less than 10 minutes to drive from Stara Fužina to the car park (free in winter) at the cable car base station in Ukanc. You can buy a myriad of ski pass options, ranging from half a day to the whole season, with discounts for kids and families. The cable car runs as often as needed, so it rarely takes more than 10-15 minutes to get on board for the 4-minute, 1000m climb up to the top. There are amazing views over Lake Bohinj and the Julian Alps as you ascend.

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Ski Hire & Lessons

Once on the mountain, we hired equipment from Ski Finžgar, with whom we had also arranged a couple of family ski lessons. Our instructor Luka was great – he was very patient with us! His English was perfect, and his explanations of what to do were very clear. As complete novices, actually doing what he asked of us was easier said than done – the kids learnt very quickly, we adults a little more slowly – but with quiet slopes and his watchful guidance, we had plenty of space & time to practise our snowploughs & turns, and by the end we were all doing parallel turns on the lovely pistes.

Vogel, as with many ski centres in Slovenia, caters brilliantly for family and beginner skiers, and the nursery and blue slopes are very easily accessible. For those who are more advanced, there are red routes and off-piste options.

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There are plenty of cafés and places to eat, and we really enjoyed learning in such a beautiful environment. We took some time to look around, and loved watching the snowboarders doing their flips and jumps – certainly not for the faint hearted!

At the end of each day, we left our hired equipment in a locker and descended back down to Stara Fužina for a hearty supper and good night’s sleep.

So, after our three “taster” days skiing, everyone wants to come back and do more. We found it to be excellent value for money, with equipment hire, ski pass and two hours’ tuition working out at about €55 per person per day.

We have hiked at Vogel in the summer, so it was lovely to see the same area covered in snow. It turns out that chair-lifts aren’t just for walkers!

Bohinj Steam Train – A stunning railway journey through the Julian Alps

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The Bohinj steam train is one of the most magnificent rail journeys you can do in a day, according to the Telegraph Travel.

There is something uniquely special about travelling on a steam train. The feel and smell, the other enthusiastic travellers… And the dedicated staff committed to maintaining the engine and celebrating its history. It is a time to stop and stare, soak up the views and atmosphere and enjoy being on holiday.

The steam train adventure takes three hours. Scenery highlights include views of Lake Bled, numerous gorges, the incredible Bohinj tunnel (6,339 metres long – not for those afraid of the dark!) and the longest stone arch bridge in the world. The Solkan bridge, with its 85 metre wide arch, crosses the stunning, emerald coloured, Soča River. The “museum train” also provides historical entertainment, with a special appearance from “Franz Ferdinand” and his wife to open the journey. Train guards are immaculately dressed and an accordion player comes through the carriages playing nationally-known songs creating a lovely atmosphere.

The Bohinj Railway was built in the early 1900s as part of a strategic railway to connect Western Austria and Southern Germany with the then Austro-Hungarian port of Trieste. The line starts in Jesenice, crosses the Julian Alps through the Bohinj tunnel and then continues to Nova Gorica, crossing the Italian border to reach Trieste. After World War I, the train line lost its importance as political divisions increased in Europe. It wasn’t until 2004 when Slovenia joined the European Union that the railway was brought back to life.

The Bohinj steam train stops at a number of stations along the route where you can get off and explore small museums or grab a snack. Just outside the final stop in Nova Gorica, you can head to Europe Square where you can stand with one foot in Italy and one in Slovenia! A great photo opportunity.

Watch the video to get a real flavour of the trip: 

As of 2019, a return train ticket costs €40 for Adults and €29 for children aged 6-12 years. With the Bohinj Tourist Card you can get a discount, usually 50%.

For more information or to book, please visit https://www.abc-tourism.si/

So next time you are in Bohinj, why not take a day to enjoy this historic train excursion?

Have you enjoyed this train ride? We would love to hear about it so feel free to comment below!

Building for the Future

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It was great to see all the progress that has been made at Pr Méžnarjo on our visit just before Christmas. The main, open-plan living space has been plastered and painted in limewash white, and the floor tiles are all laid. Antique oak transforms the windowsills, and the tabernacles have been beautifully renovated. I wonder what used to be kept in those?

After taking delivery of the kitchen, we set to work fitting it into the new space. After watching months of progress from afar, it was great to actually be doing some work on our house ourselves. The old stone walls, reassuringly wonky as they are, definitely provided a challenge, but we were really pleased to complete all of the cabinetry ready for the granite worktop to be fitted in January.

Up in the master suite on the third floor, we now have a stunning restored wooden gable wall, and roof windows flood the room with natural light and offer views up to the mountains. We can’t wait to be able to sleep and relax in this gorgeous space.

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vogar julian alps hike

You cannot visit Bohinj without taking a walk somewhere. One of the things we love about our house is the location; from Pr Méžnarjo you can walk to Lake Bohinj in 10 minutes, or choose a longer hike among the surrounding mountains. We decided to go up Vogar, the well-known launch site for paragliders in summer. Heading up the path, we quickly reached the snowline, passing charming mountain huts for the reward of a great view of the lake. A quick cuppa in the Kosijev dom na Vogarju refuge at 1054m refuelled us for the walk back down.

mountain hut vogar bohinj snow

Our visit to Bohinj felt so short, but it is not be long before we will be back, next time sleeping at Pr Méžnarjo for the very first time. It is so exciting to be able to restore this house to its former glory, and we can’t wait to get started on the interior in earnest.

Vogel Ski Centre – Affordable Skiing in Europe

vogel ski bohinj slovenia

With the arrival of winter we are delighted to see that European Best Destinations have recognised Vogel Ski Centre (just above Lake Bohinj) as one of the cheapest ski resorts in Europe and that “It is a dream destination for winter sports”.

Surrounded by the stunning Julian Alps, Vogel offers 22 kilometres of slopes and a snowboard park, both suitable for beginners. With affordable accommodation and ski passes, “you can enjoy a very nice week holiday in the resort for an average of €600 for two people in high season”. Ski lessons are available in English, (widely spoken), and Slovenes offer warm and friendly hospitality.

skiing vogel bohinj slovenia

Lake Bohinj and Vogel Ski Centre are just under 1 hour’s drive from Ljubljana airport so it is a quick resort to reach. Hire car is inexpensive at easy to arrange in advance at the airport. 

So come and Escape to Bohinj and have fun in the snow.

vogel ski resort slovenia

Lonely Planet features Slovenia in its top 10 best value destinations

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Often, when planning a holiday, we want to make sure we are getting the best value for money from our trip. Slovenia, a small country the size of Wales and unknown by many, has now made the Best Value List for 2019 published by Lonely Planet; “in a single day you can tour a Venetian-tinged seaside town, cross Alpine passes and dine by the river in the heart of Ljubljana”.

Lonely Planet highlight that “this is the land of outdoor activities available for much less than you’ll pay in other Alpine countries” and specifically mention that even in summer when Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj are at their busiest, you can still find a quiet spot to relax.

Getting around is cheap and easy, often an event in itself as you travel through stunning landscapes. Finally, it is a place of “world-class restaurants and wineries, and undiscovered small towns”.

So why not consider Slovenia for your next holiday? Come and Escape to Bohinj for an affordable adventure.

Autumn Break in Bohinj

studor viewpoint lake bohinj autumn

We’re just back from a super visit to Lake Bohinj. We enjoyed some family hiking and relaxation and the chance to catch up on progress on the house. Stara Fužina sits in the middle of a glaciated U-shaped valley formed by two mountains, Rudnica and Studor. We’ve been up Rudnica before, so this time we walked up Studor. We were rewarded with amazing views of the village and lake bathed in the beautiful autumn colours.

Canoeing on the Lake Bohinj, swimming in the (cold!) water, and hiking up Prševic offered enough activity that we slept soundly at night, after the obligatory pizza at Pr Košnik of course.

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jump into lake bohinj

It was great to see such progress on our holiday house, Pr Méžnarjo. The underfloor heating pipes are fully installed on all three floors and the roof is now ready for tiling. The wood burning stove has been ordered to keep us cosy in the winter months and appliances chosen for the new kitchen. We really want to make Pr Méžnarjo a home from home, a place to rest and recharge. We hope our guests will feel like that too.