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Top 10 Activities at Lake Bohinj in Slovenia

Top 10 activities at Lake Bohinj Slovenia

Top 10 Activities at Lake Bohinj in Slovenia

Discover our top 10 activities at Lake Bohinj to help you make the most of your holiday in Slovenia. All our favourite activities are within a kilometre of the lake, so you can spend more time out and about and less time in the car! 

1) Swimming at Lake Bohinj

Swimming and splashing about in the lake has got to be top of the list. The water is crystal clear and incredibly clean. In fact, all of the water in Lake Bohinj is replenished by mountain streams and springs three times a year. In summer you can expect the water temperature to be in the early 20s °C. So perfect for cooling off after a walk or hike in the mountains. 

swimming lake bohinj

The water feels like silk on your skin and there is nothing better than swimming out into the lake and looking at the impressive Julian Alps all around you. It’s easy to see why so many people fall in love with this magical place.

relaxing lake bohinj

Even in the height of summer it is still possible to find a secluded spot to laze around, take a dip, and watch the fish dart around the shore line. There are shallow swimming areas which are perfect for toddlers, and a floating platform for older children, whilst high rocks give bold teenagers an opportunity to fling themselves into the water. More ideas can be found in our Blog Post here.

swimming activity lake bohinj

Top Tip

Head down to the lake for a swim a sunset. You’ll probably have the lake to yourselves.

2) Kayaking or Stand Up Paddleboarding

Enjoy even more fun on the water with a kayak or Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP). Lake Bohinj is very calm, making it ideal for beginners and children.

Lake Bohinj Kayaking

Hiring is inexpensive and can be done directly from a number of operators on the lake shore. With water splashing on your body and the sun on your back, it’s easy to relax into the holiday spirit. We recommend hiring for the day (approximately €35) as then you can discover little inlets, take a picnic with you, and paddle about at your leisure.

kayaking activity lake bohinj

Head far out into the lake to get that postcard view of Lake Bohinj with the bridge and the striking Church of St John the Baptist. Soak up the peace and tranquillity and take in amazing views of the surrounding mountains. It is easy to see why this area is protected by the Triglav National Park. 

postcard view lake bohinj

Top Tip

Remember that sunshine reflects off the surface of the water. Do take the necessary precautions – sun cream, sun hat and sun glasses.

3) Experience Lake Bohinj by Boat

One of the most delightful ways to experience Lake Bohinj is to take the tourist boat across the lake.

Take the Lake Bohinj Boat for stunning views of the Julian Alps in Slovenia

Go on a bright, sunny day and you will be rewarded with Instagram-worthy photos of the Julian Alps reflected in the crystal-clear water. The boat, powered by electricity, is completely silent, so you can really appreciate the natural beauty as you glide across the lake.


As you relax on the boat, the captain provides an interesting talk about the history of the vessel, the lake and the geology of the surrounding area.

Top Tip

For those with a little more time and energy, take the boat one way across the lake and return by foot along the northern shore line footpath.

4) Stroll around Lake Bohinj

Lake Bohinj is the largest and perhaps the most beautiful natural lake in Slovenia. A great way to get your bearings is to take the well-marked trail around the lake. It takes between three and five hours to complete the 12km circuit, depending on how often you stop to admire the views or take a dip in the water.

A popular activity at Lake Bohinj is to walk around the lake

We recommend you start in Ribčev Laz and head over the bridge towards Stara Fužina and around the quite side of the lake. Once you reach Ukanc at the end of the lake (great photo opportunities here), you can buy and ice-cream or drink at the campsite café.

A popular swimming beach at Lake Bohinj in Slovenia

From Ukanc, head along the roadside path or the “rougher” forest path higher up.

It is lovely walk, and it is hard not to feel inspired by the beautiful scenery. In fact, when Agatha Christie visited and was asked if she could use Bohinj as a location for one of her crime novels, she famously remarked that Bohinj “was too beautiful for murder”. 

Top Tip

For a shorter walk, from Ribčev Laz, head along the shore line towards Stara Fužina. There are lots of shallow swimming places, grassy areas and opportunities for refreshments. Return back along the same path.

5) Discover the Slap Savica Waterfall

Slap Savica (“Slap” means waterfall in Slovene) is one of the most famous waterfalls in Slovenia. At 70 metres high, the water bursts through the rock and crashes down to the emerald-green pool below. It is a must-see when in Bohinj.

Having visited a number of times, I think that it is the setting which adds particular charm to this waterfall. The hike is through a lush forest, with gorgeous views out over Lake Bohinj. 


There are 550 steps (yes, we have counted!), but there are plenty of resting places. As you near the waterfall, you can hear the water thundering down.

Top Tip

In summer it can get quite busy, so go early to avoid the crowds.

slap savica waterfall bohinj slovenia

6) Ride the Lake Bohinj Cable Car to Vogel

For the ultimate panoramic views of Lake Bohinj and the Julian Alps, head up to Vogel on the cable car. In just 4 minutes you glide up to an altitude of 1,535m. It’s really exciting, especially for children. This is the quickest and easiest way to experience the pure mountain air of the high alpine world.

Take the cable car from Lake Bohinj to Vogel for views of the Julian Alps

At the top, on a clear day, you can enjoy breath-taking views, watch sheep amble about, and observe beautiful alpine flowers bursting out from rock crevices.

Relax in the café or take advantage of the ski chairlifts, some of which also operate in summer, to start one of the numerous, well-marked, high-altitude hiking trails.

alpine flowers vogel

For the more energetic, try the zip line or mountain bike park; for the fearless, paragliding offers an unforgettable experience.

Top Tip

The café at the top does amazing hot chocolate!

7) Hike to a Viewpoint over Lake Bohinj

Heading up to one of the viewpoints overlooking Lake Bohinj is a real treat, and is well worth the time and effort. We recommend Pec viewpoint for a picture-perfect view of Lake Bohinj.

It is about a 40-minute round trip from the village of Stara Fužina. You never get more than 200m 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 of St John the Baptist and bridge acting as gatekeepers to the lake.

pec viewpoint lake bohinj

Top Tip

Head up to the Peč viewpoint for sunset and watch Lake Bohinj on fire!

Dramatic Sunset from Pec viewpoint over Lake Bohinj in Slovenia

8) Immerse yourself in Nature at the Mostnica Gorge

One of our favourites walks when we visit Lake Bohinj is to head up the Mostnica Gorge. The moss-carpeted forest floor, impressive rock formations and refreshing breeze from the cold mountain water combine to make it beautiful and atmospheric – imagine the perfect home for pixies and elves. It is a cooling haven on a hot summer’s day.

Water has gushed down the gorge for millennia, carving striking pools, crevices and waterfalls into the rock. In places, the gorge is only 1 metre wide, with the bottom looking impossibly distant below.

As you go through this enchanting gorge, look out for the rock formation, below, said to resemble the head and trunk of an elephant.

mostnica gorge trees
Walk the Mostnica Gorge for a family activity at Lake Bohinj Slovenia

It takes about 1.5 hours to reach the top of the gorge from Stara Fužina. Here you will find Koča na Vojah, a mountain hut offering refreshments.

Top Tip

Stop at the Koča na Vojah for a delicious slice of blueberry strudel.

9) Devour a Banana Split Overlooking Lake Bohinj

Indulge in a delicious banana split at Kramar café overlooking Lake Bohinj. Or if that’s not your thing, try a Nutella-filled pancake or one of the locally crafted beers. You can’t get a better view.

banana split lake bohinj

The café is situated next to a small pier. Wander along to watch the trout swimming in the clear water, or run and jump off into the lake. A very popular activity for children, and indeed with our own!

Top Tip

Café Kramar only accept cash. There is a cash point in Ribčev Laz by the tourist information.

jumping lake bohinj

10) Visit the Church of St John the Baptist

To add a little culture to your stay in Lake Bohinj, visit the beautiful medieval Church of St John the Baptist.

The church at Lake Bohinj is a popular tourist site

This church is considered to be one of the most brilliantly frescoed churches in all of Slovenia. 

The simple, plain style of the white exterior belies the detailed and vivid artwork inside the church. If you decide to view the art inside, be prepared for a few gory surprises!

Top Tip

For a small fee, you can climb up the tower for a superb view of the lake.

fresco church lake bohinj

Top 10 Activities at Lake Bohinj

Ready to start planning your visit to Lake Bohinj in Slovenia? Hopefully by now you will have a flavour of the types of activities you can try here in summer. You can explore the local area by foot, boat, cable car, as well as by bike, horse and even electric scooter! So much to do… I hope you have time to try all 10!

lake bohinj garden

Escape to Bohinj Holiday House

Escape to Bohinj Holiday House

Escape to Bohinj Holiday House is just 10 minutes by foot away from Lake Bohinj, and offers spacious accommodation for 6 people. It is a great base from which to try all the activities on offer at Lake Bohinj. At the end of an active day, come and relax in a lovingly restored cottage fully modernized for contemporary living.

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Join the Bohinj International Wild Flower Festival


Join the Bohinj International Wild Flower Festival: Discover the Magical Wildflowers in Slovenia's Julian Alps

Awaken your senses with a trip to the International Wild Flower Festival in Bohinj this spring (24th May-9th June). For anyone who loves nature and botany, this is an event not to be missed. The festival is a celebration of the stunning wildflowers that grow in the mountains and valleys around Lake Bohinj.


Where is Lake Bohinj?

Lake Bohinj is situated in the Julian Alps in the north east of Slovenia. Think mountains, rivers, waterfalls, meadows, valleys and lakes. The area is protected inside the Triglav National Park and is home to an abundance of wildflowers.  In fact, Lake Bohinj has over 1000 different plant species, and there are over 40 Orchids native to the Bohinj area alone!

Lake Bohinj in Spring

Festival Summary

The delightful event offers a unique opportunity to learn about the alpine flowers and experience the cultural heritage of the Bohinj region. Many of the talks are given by local experts who have years of experience living off the land or using flowers for medicinal purposes or for food. Through shared knowledge and understanding, we can protect endangered plant species so that they are there for future generations.   

Wild Flower Festival Programme

There are a variety of events including guided walks, botanical excursions, floral cuisine, markets, village concerts and exhibitions. You can dip into as much or as little as you would like. 


Click here for the full programme. Some festival highlights include:

Guided Hikes

Expert guides will lead you on a journey of discovery, introducing you to the unique ecosystems that support Bohinj’s wildflowers and pointing out the rare and endangered species that call it home. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a first-timer, you’re sure to be captivated by the beautiful views and the wealth of knowledge that the guides have to offer.


Floral Cuisine

Discover the edible wild plants that can be used in cooking. Learn to identify different species and more importantly, know which ones not to eat! Learn about the folklore and traditions associated with the local flora, and even taste some of the edible flowers that grow in the area. Discover how to prepare a 3-course meal from plants foraged from the meadow. 

Do also try one of the floral inspired menus on offer at the  local restaurants.

Relax at Lake Bohinj

A visit to Lake Bohinj is not complete though without some time for rest and relaxation. Be enchanted as you stroll from Stara Fužina across the meadow to Lake Bohinj and see all the blossoming flowers swaying in the breeze. With crystal-clear waters reflecting the snow-capped peaks of the Julian Alps, it’s easy to see why this is one of Slovenia’s hidden gems.


The International Wild Flower Festival is a unique event for nature lovers. So why not plan your visit now and discover the wonders of Bohinj’s wildflowers for yourself?

Lake Bohinj Accommodation

Slovenia Holiday House near Lake Bohinj

Escape to Bohinj Holiday House is ideally located to experience spring in Bohinj. Walk directly from the house across the flower-filled meadows to reach Lake Bohinj. At the end of the day, relax in a spacious, traditional farmhouse, fully modernised for contemporary living. 

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5 Reasons to Love Spring in Bohinj

Spring in Bohinj Slovenia

5 Reason to Love Spring in Bohinj

I love the hopeful feeling you get when you start to see the first spring flowers peeking up through the grass. Relieved to say goodbye to winter, you know that the warmth and sunshine of spring are just around the corner. Suddenly everywhere feels brighter. It is a time of new beginnings. A time to try new experiences, to wander through flower-filled meadows and to reconnect with the natural world.

Here are 5 reasons why we love Spring in Bohinj:

1. Fabulous Flowers

Meadows come alive with a fabulous array of wild flowers. Woodland paths are scattered with primroses, bluebells and snow drops as spring arrives in Lake Bohinj. Take a leisurely stroll, and you will be amazed at the variety and abundance of wild flowers that you will see.


High in the mountains, you’ll be able to spot edelweiss, gentians and orchids, to name just a few. There are over 40 orchids native to the Bohinj area alone! The flowers are one of the real highlight at this time of year, and there is even a festival devoted to them.

Bohinj's Wild Flower Festival

Bohinj’s International Wild Flower Festival is from 24th May-9th June, and is a treat for anyone interested in nature and botany. The event is a celebration of the bio-diversity of spring in Bohinj. Many of the workshops are free and suitable for families. 

wild flowers bohinj
edelweiss bohinj flower festival

Learn about the alpine flowers on a guided walk. Sample local produce at the markets, listen to Slovene music and visit exhibitions. Head to a restaurant and try some of the dishes inspired by local flowers, often using recipes handed down the generations. This unique event will you give you a real feel for the cultural heritage of the Bohinj region of Slovenia.

2. Peaceful Hiking in the Julian Alps

Springtime is one of the quieter times to visit Lake Bohinj. You will be rewarded with walks and hikes where you may not see another soul. Maybe you fancy a walk in the valley to a local viewpoint. Or maybe a wander through the forest, or a scenic gorge walk. With longer, sunnier days you might want to summit one of the dramatic peaks overlooking Lake Bohinj. There is a huge amount of choice for all levels in the Julian Alps. And remember, many mountain huts are now open for that tempting slice of strudel to fuel you on!


3. Dramatic Waterfalls

Late spring and early summer are often the best times to visit waterfalls, as the melting mountain snow creates a rush of water descending the valleys.

Slap Savica (“Slap” means waterfall in Slovene) is 70 metres high and is the third most visited attraction in Slovenia. In summer it can get quite busy, but in spring there are fewer people – and more water. You can combine a visit here with the Bohinj Tourist Boat and walk from the quay to the start of the waterfall trail.

Savica Waterfall near Lake Bohinj

The final ascent to the waterfall is a climb up 550 steps through the forest – yes, we have counted! It is a beautiful hike, with plenty of resting places to admire the views. If it is a particularly impressive day, be prepared to get sprayed with water as you approach the waterfall. Hope you packed that waterproof!

Check out the other fab waterfalls close to Lake Bohinj in our Blog Post. Maybe visit all three if you have time!

4. Sample Chocolate Treats

Spring brings Easter, which in turn brings Easter Eggs. For those who are fans of chocolate, the Radovljica Chocolate Festival, 20th-21st April, is a must-do activity. It is the biggest chocolate festival in Slovenia. Imagine a traditional market, but with amazing displays of pralines and chocolates, exquisitely made and beautifully presented.


Radovljica, also renowned for its traditional beekeeping and honey production, is 30 minutes’ drive from Lake Bohinj. Meander through this charming medieval town, watch street theatre, dip into cookery shows, hear local music and (most crucially) taste lots of chocolate…

5. Wellbeing

Lake Bohinj is an area where you want to be outdoors. Step outside and witness nature awakening after the long winter. Take time to stop and admire the wild flowers, watch the gorgeous butterflies dance through the air, and listen to the sweet song of the birds’ chorus. You can’t help but feel more energised with all the new life around you. A break in Bohinj will give you a spring in your step.

Visit Lake Bled Slovenia

With fewer people in spring, many of the popular tourist sites are that bit more pleasurable to visit. Lake Bled is an obvious example. 

Discover Bohinj this Spring

Feel uplifted and re-energised with the pure alpine air, inspiring scenery, impressive waterfalls, and abundance of new life around Lake Bohinj this Spring. On leaving, you can breathe more easily, ready to face the challenges back at home. 


Escape to Bohinj Holiday House


Escape to Bohinj Holiday House is ideally located to experience spring in Bohinj. Walk directly from the house across the flower-filled meadows to reach Lake Bohinj. At the end of the day, relax in a spacious, traditional farmhouse, fully modernised for contemporary living. 

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Top 10 FREE Things to Do at Lake Bohinj in Slovenia


Top 10 FREE Things to Do at Lake Bohinj in Slovenia

We all know that family holidays can be expensive. Thankfully, there are plenty of fun, FREE things to do at Lake Bohinj to keep the whole family entertained without breaking the bank.

Lake Bohinj attracts visitors from all around the world to experience its crystal-clear waters and natural beauty. Lake Bohinj is quieter and less developed than the more famous Lake Bled nearby, and is protected inside the Triglav National Park.


1) Walk Around Lake Bohinj

A walk around Lake Bohinj is a must-do activity at any time of the year. Entirely free, this is the best way to appreciate the stunning lake setting surrounded by the magnificent Julian Alps. 

So grab your trainers, pack a picnic and head out along the well-marked trail around the lake.

Good to Know

  • The path around Lake Bohinj is 12km (~8 miles)
  • Walking all the way round will take 3-5 hours, depending on how often you stop
  • The path around Lake Bohinj is well-marked and level, but bumpy underfoot in parts. Parts of the northern shore are not well suited to buggies – best to carry small children in a sling or backpack

We recommend that you walk anti-clockwise around Lake Bohinj, heading along the north shore to begin. This means that you go along the quieter and more scenic side first. If walking the whole of the lake is too much, you can then either turn around and return along the same path or get a bus or boat back from Ukanc (not free!)

Map showing the walk around Lake Bohinj in Slovenia

Click here for a detailed guide and map for walking around Lake Bohinj.

Relax & Recharge

One of the joys of walking around the lake is that your mind begins to slow down. You will soon forget the busyness of life.  There is time to chat, observe nature, and relax.  Reconnecting with the natural world and each other.

You’ll notice the tinkle of the bells as the cows graze in the adjacent meadows. You’ll notice the paragliders soaring above your head, skilfully swirling without a care in the world. You may even spot a golden eagle if you are lucky. Children love to gaze at the fish darting about along the shore line. Even the resident ducks seem friendly.

Take along a yummy picnic or snack, and you will while away the whole day, enjoying mother nature for free.

2) Swim in Lake Bohinj

You can swim anywhere along the shoreline at Lake Bohinj for free. During the summer period, the lake water can reach well over 20 degrees – easily warm enough to paddle or swim.

Mountain streams refill Lake Bohinj three times as year, making the water incredibly clean and refreshing. You can feel confident that the water quality is high here. Ideal for families and those with small children who spend a lot of time in and out of the water!


Bohinj Lake Beaches

The water is shallow along the “beach” areas on the east shore (between Ribčev Laz and Stara Fužina). There are also toilets, grassy areas and shady trees. It’s easy to while away half the day here, lounging about, reading, splashing, and swimming. For the more adventurous, there is a small pier which you can run and jump off. Young and old alike love this! 

Swimming pier at Lake Bohinj Slovenia

There is also a floating platform secured in Lake Bohinj where the path leads off to Stara Fužina. Older children enjoy diving and jumping into the deep water here. Who needs to pay for an indoor swimming pool when you can have so much fun outside?

Teenagers love to swim at the floating platform at Lake Bohinj

The platform is also a great place to meet people and make friends. Our kids have chatted with people from all over the world in between flinging themselves into the lake.

Cold-Water Swimming at Lake Bohinj

As cold-water swimming has increased in popularity, many people come to Lake Bohinj even in winter.


These two photos were taken on consecutive days in February!


To make the most of the swimming on offer at Lake Bohinj, check out our Blog Post on the 5 Top Spots for Swimming at Lake Bohinj.

3) Hike to a Viewpoint over Lake Bohinj

Lake Bohinj and the Triglav National Park are full of walks and hikes to suit all abilities and ages. In fact, there are 300km of marked hiking trails in Bohinj alone! Hiking is one of the most popular reasons that people visit the area. And the great thing about hiking is that it is totally free – the only things that you will spend are time & energy.

Peč Viewpoint over Lake Bohinj

One of our favourite hikes is to the Peč viewpoint. You have probably seen photographs of this fabulous vista on promotional material for Lake Bohinj. It’s one of the classic shots, with the church and bridge acting as gatekeepers to the lake.


Good to Know

  • Altitude: 640m (climb of about 100m)
  • Path length: 2km round trip from Stara Fužina
  • Time: 40-60 minutes round trip from Stara Fužina

How to get to Peč Viewpoint

The walk begins in Stara Fuzina, one of the prettiest of the traditional Bohinj villages, 10 minutes’ walk from Lake Bohinj.  

From the centre of Stara Fužina, cross the main bridge over the Mostnica 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. Head stright on, and 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 won’t be disappointed!

Click here for detailed directions and a map to Peč viewpoint.

Peč is a great walk that you can do with the whole family. However, as is common in Slovenia, there are no fences or barriers on the way up. So do keep little ones close by to avoid them straying from the path. There are also gaps between rocks which could be dangerous for carefree children. 

Once you have seen the view it is easy to see why this is one of the most popular Lake Bohinj viewpoints. 

Check out our other hikes to viewpoints here.

4) Watch the Paragliders Take Off & Land

It is thrilling to watch the skilful paragliders take off, loop-the-loop, and land in the meadow next to Lake Bohinj.   

paragliding lake bohinj with teenager

Vogar Paragliding Launch Site

Mount Vogar is another popular viewpoint over Lake Bohinj. This is the mountain above the north-eastern end of the lake. It’s a steep climb, but well worth the effort as you see the panoramic views over Lake Bohinj and the village of Stara Fužina.

One of the highlights of hiking up to Vogar is that you get to watch the brave paragliders close-up. Perching on the grassy bank, it is thrilling to watch them take off, and then soar high in the sky like a bird. It’s easy to spend time here, soaking up the view and atmosphere.   


Good to Know

  • Altitude: 950m (climb of around 400m)
  • Length: 6km round trip from Stara Fužina
  • Time: 2-3 hours round trip from Stara Fužina

How to get to Vogar

From the bridge in the middle of Stara Fužina, follow the road uphill to the west. Go past the children’s play area on the left and you will then see a car-park on the right hand side. From here, a signpost directs you to Vogar, a 1 hour 15 minute hike.

Hike up through the forest, marked by signposts and the typical red circles surrounding a white spot. As you get close to the top, you will see a sign post to the paragliding launch site on the left. 

Click here for more detailed directions and a map to Vogar.

Watch the Paragliders Land

Equally fun, and a lot less physically exerting, is to observe the paragliders land in the meadow between Ribčev Laz and Stara Fužina.  Watch them land and witness the buzz of excitement as families gather to spot their loved ones descend from the sky. 

5) Admire the Frescoes at the Church of St John the Baptist

Unlike most churches, the Church of St. John the Baptist is not free to enter. The church is a historical monument under heritage protection, and the entrance fee is used for preservation. However, you can still wander around the outside of the church for free and admire its simple elegance and location. 

The church at Lake Bohinj is a popular tourist site

Fortunately, you can also see some of the detailed frescoes which are on the outside of the building. Look out for St. Christopher, patron saint of travellers, with six toes! People used to believe that they would not die if they had gazed upon St. Christopher that day. 

Experts believe that the Church of St. John the Baptist in Bohinj was built in the mid-11th century, or late 10th century.  Although the exact date is unknown, it one of the finest examples of medieval architecture and frescoes in all of Slovenia. Most of the frescoes were painted in 15th and 16th century.  It is one of the most photographed churches in Slovenia, and you can easily appreciate its beauty for free from the outside.

6) Explore The Triglav National Park Centre

The Triglav National Park Centre in Stara Fužina is well worth a visit and is free to enter. A light and spacious building, it contains information about the history and culture of Bohinj and the Triglav National Park. It will put many of the things you see and do around Bohinj into context.


There is also a reading room with a fabulous view down towards Lake Bohinj, plus a selection of books to grab your interest.

The Triglav National Park Centre holds free community events throughout the year, so it is worth popping in to find out what is on during your stay. Currently it is the Autumn Potato Festival and so there are guided walks for parents and children, craft and cooking workshops. In springtime there is the International Wild Flower Festival.

7) Visit the Four Brave Men & Zlatarog Monuments

Having now learnt a little more about the history of Bohinj, you will be well placed to visit the two iconic Bohinj monuments.

In the village of Ribčev Laz, you will find the bronze statue of the four brave men. These local men were the first to climb Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia, in August 1778. You can see that they are discussing their route, pointing towards the summit of Triglav. 


The monument is certainly a fitting tribute to this piece of history, perched on a grassy slope with the Julian Alps rising up behind. The surrounding gardens make a lovely spot to sit and admire the view.

By the shore of the lake, 250m from the four brave men, you will find the statue of Goldhorn (or Zlatorog in Slovene), the keeper of Lake Bohinj. 

zlatorog lake bohinj golden horns

According to local legend, the golden horns of the white chamois held the key to the treasures hidden in the Bohinj mountains. A greedy merchant who wanted to seize the treasure wounded Goldhorn. From Goldhorn’s dripping blood grew the Triglav flower. Goldhorn ate the flower and his powers were restored. He then fled into the mountains, never to return again. The treasure, meanwhile, remains hidden in the mountains under Triglav.

8) See the Bohinj Hayracks

As you arrived in to the Bohinj region, did you notice the unusual wooden hayracks? The finest examples are in the village of Studor, 2km up the valley from the lake. These double hayracks, with a roof spanning between them, are unique to the region and are called ‘Toplar’ or ’Kozolec’. 


The double hayracks have heritage protection and are beautifully crafted pieces of architecture. They are still used today to dry hay and store wood, and are a reminder of the rich agricultural history of the region.

9) Outdoor Entertainment in Summer

During the main tourist season, there are evening markets and concerts held in the Bohinj villages, all free to attend. These are a lovely way to see and taste products made locally, such as cheese, honey, and chocolate, as part of the “Bohinjsko” (From Bohinj) brand.

“From Bohinj” are tourism products that support local life, entrepreneurship, and have a low carbon footprint. This is at the heart of sustainable development in Bohinj. 

Stara Fužina holds it market every Tuesday evening in summer. Expect local Slovene music, food and dancing. These are vibrant, friendly events which will give you a feel for the Slovene culture. There are also free outdoor cinema nights held weekly in the village.

10) Watch a Bohinj Sunrise or Sunset

Sunrises and sunsets in the mountains are notoriously beautiful, and those in Bohinj are no exception.


Sunrise is best viewed from the village of Ukanc at the west end of the lake, looking east back towards Stara Fužina. Here you can watch the sun peek up behind the U-shaped upper Bohinj valley, with the mist rising off the lake. 

There is something incredibly uplifting about being present at the start of a new day, particularly in such a picturesque spot, before anyone else has surfaced. Feeling energised, why not take a dip in the lake to set you up for the day? You’ll definitely leave with your own special glow!


In contrast, sunset is best viewed from Stara Fužina looking west towards Ukanc. Watch as Lake Bohinj’s blue waters slowly turn into vibrant pinks as the sun disappears behind the Julian Alps. 

Sunset over Lake Bohinj, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Peč viewpoint is also a great place to watch the sunset. A magical place to end a magical day.


Read our Blog Post here to discover other spots for sunrise or sunset in the Bohinj area.

As you can see, there are plenty of free things to do at Lake Bohinj. You can experience the cultural heritage of the area, swim in the silky waters, hike forever, visit viewpoints, watch sunsets, all within a kilometre of the lakeside.  

Once you are in Bohinj, your holiday in Slovenia does not have to cost you anything if you are happy to immerse yourself in the great outdoors. 


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A Winter Escape to Lake Bohinj

Things to do in winter at Lake Bohinj in Slovenia

A Winter Escape to Lake Bohinj

Experience a magical winter escape to Lake Bohinj in 2024. With serene landscapes and snowy adventures, Lake Bohinj offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Rest, relax and recharge.

Here is a taste of what to expect if you visit Lake Bohinj in winter. 

Winter Wonderland

Last year, we had an abundance of snow, making the area around Lake Bohinj a Winter Wonderland. Just take a look at this video to see how serene and  beautiful Lake Bohinj is under a blanket of snow.

Snow brings stillness and peace to the mountains – even the air smells different! Do you want to build a snowman, ice-skate, have fun sledging, get energetic on the slopes or try some invigorating cross-country skiing? There are even opportunities for night-time sledging and skiing under the starlit sky!

Build a snowman at Lake Bohinj Slovenia

Lonely Planet has recently recognised Vogel Ski Resort (just above Lake Bohinj) as one of the most affordable ski resorts in Europe offering “unforgettable views of the Julian Alps.” If you are after a low-key resort, where you can give skiing a try, then Vogel is the place to go. And it won’t break the bank either! 

vogel ski resort lifts bohinj

Set in the Triglav National Park, Vogel Ski Resort offers 22km of gentle blue and red runs, alongside an exciting snow park. The resort is ideal for families and beginners. You won’t feel overwhelmed here and can focus on learning to ski. That’s if you can keep your eyes off the amazing views, of course!

Vogel has ski rental shops so you can easily kit yourself out with the right equipment, or book some lessons to get you started. Cafes and restaurants serve hearty, Slovene dishes to sustain your adventure on the slopes.

Whilst the lakeside may not always be blanketed in snow, there are an array of alternative activities for you to enjoy at Lake Bohinj. 

Invigorating Winter Walks

One of our favourite activities is to wrap up warmly and head around Lake Bohinj for a refreshing walk. The walk around the lake is 12km and takes about 3-4 hours. Bright blue skies, with the snow-capped Julian Alps reflected in the water, make this walk particularly stunning during the winter time. You will hardly see a soul – just you, the lake and the majestic mountains all around. Bliss.  

Winter walk around Lake Bohinj Slovenia

When you are half-way around the lake, why not pause at Restavracija Ukanc for a hearty lunch or a warming hot chocolate? Best to check opening hours before you head out though as the restaurant is usually only open at weekends in winter. 

Even on misty, foggy days, Lake Bohinj has an ethereal quality, making it incredibly atmospheric and beautiful.

Mist at Lake Bohinj Slovenia

Another option is to try snowshoeing – imagine giant trays on your feet spreading your weight as you traverse the snow. Experienced guide, Grega at Hike & Bike, offers snowshoeing hikes around Lake Bohinj and has an abundance of local knowledge which will keep you entertained. Or maybe you’d like to try the unique Full Moon Walk at Vogel Ski Centre for an unforgettable evening.  

Other popular local walks include the Mostnica Gorge and Savica Waterfall

Cold Water Swimming

As cold-water swimming has increased in popularity, many people come to Lake Bohinj to swim even in winter.


These two photos were taken on consecutive days in February!


There are many health benefits to cold water swimming, including an increased metabolism, reduction in inflammation, improved circulation, as well as giving your body a boost of happy hormones. Our kids are certainly in a good mood after dipping in the icy water.

Do take adequate precautions though, and be aware of your limits before immersing yourself into Lake Bohinj in winter. 

Winter Hiking

For the adventurous, mountain hiking in winter offers fabulous vistas if you are experienced and well prepared. Lake Bohinj, situated in the Triglav National Park, serves as an excellent base for exploring the Julian Alps in Slovenia.

Winter hiking in the Julian Alps, Slovenia

A favourite hike of ours is the mountain Pršivec, on the north shore of Lake Bohinj. At 1,761m, you get amazing views over the lake and the Julian Alps. 

Hiking up Pršivec, Julian Alps, Slovenia

This is a hike that is perfect when the winter is mild, as otherwise there is too much snow. Read about our winter ascent of Pršivec here.

Moreover, with the sun rising later, winter is the perfect time of the year to get up for that spectacular sunrise over the mountains. The summit of Viševnik is a terrific place to watch the sun slowly rising up, creating a radiant glow over the Julian Alps. Compared to other peaks over 2,000m, Viševnik is a shorter hike, and is therefore a more accessible location to reach in the dark for that amazing sunrise.

Sunrise over Triglav from Viševnik, Julian Alps, Slovenia

Read how we got on climbing Viševnik for a sunrise adventure here.

After a day of hiking, nothing beats the warmth of an open fire and the comfort of some local, traditional food. Old favourites such as pizza and pasta are easily available too. 

Pizza and Lasagna near Lake Bohinj Slovenia

Fewer restaurants are open at this time of year, so it is always best to check opening hours before heading out.

Rest & Relaxation

A winter holiday isn’t complete without an opportunity to rest those tired muscles after a day out exploring. The Aquapark in Bohinjska Bistrica, just 8km from Lake Bohinj, offers a wealth of therapies to help you relax. 

For adults, pamper yourself with a massage (including chocolate and fruit!) or a facial, zone out in the saunas or try the salt room. Children love the swimming pool, with whirlpools, water jets, the wild river, a rock-climbing wall over the water and slides. Buy a day ticket and hang out for some rest and relaxation… remember to bring a good book too!

The weather in winter can be unpredictable, so the Aquapark is a great wet-weather option, keeping children active and entertained. Alternatively, take a day trip to Bled (stunning with a dusting of snow), explore the charms of Ljubljana or venture into one of the amazing caves at Postojna or Škocjan.   

Lake Bled, Slovenia in winter

Plan a Magical Winter Escape to Lake Bohinj

It is easy to see why Lake Bohinj offers a magical winter escape. 

Winter at Lake Bohinj

A visit here offers a tranquil escape from the hustle & bustle of life, a place to slow down and reconnect with family and friends. So come and experience the restorative power of being outside and in nature with a winter escape to Lake Bohinj.  

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5 Reasons to Love Autumn in Bohinj

5 Reasons to Love Autumn in Bohinj

5 Reasons to Love Autumn in Bohinj

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 is slowing 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.

lake bohinj colours autumn

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

Hiring a kayak is a fun thing to do on Lake Bohinj Slovenia

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.


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!

wild toadstool mushroom bohinj

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.

lake bohinj misty morning

5. Cosy Nights In

With the cooler autumn evenings, its time to light the log burner again. Snuggle up next to the fire with a hot chocolate, or a tipple of choice. Did you know Slovenia is famous for its schnapps? Our favourite is Borovnicevec – a blueberry liquor which is delicious and particularly warming on a cold evening. After a day out exploring Lake Bohinj, there is nothing nicer than a cosy evening in next to the fire.


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.

bohinj colours autumn

Escape to Bohinj Holiday House


Escape to Bohinj Holiday House is ideally located to experience autumn in Bohinj. Grab your walking boots and head out the front door to witness the changing colours. At the end of the day, relax in a spacious, traditional farmhouse, fully modernised for contemporary living.

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Things to Do at Lake Bohinj with Teens

Things to Do at Lake Bohinj with Teens

Things to Do at Lake Bohinj with Teens

Lake Bohinj in Slovenia is a great holiday destination for families with active and thrill-seeking teenagers. The area’s abundance of outdoor things to do means that phones are easily forgotten, except maybe to snap some photos.

As every parent knows, planning a family holiday can be tricky. Teenagers can get bored quickly, and it can be difficult to know which activities will appeal. What follows is a sample week-long itinerary based at Escape to Bohinj Holiday House in Slovenia. Based on what our own teens have enjoyed, it includes plenty of fun, time to relax and lots of good food!

Arrival Day in Bohinj

The best thing to do after arriving and unpacking is to get your first experience of Lake Bohinj. After travelling, it feels good to get mobile and have some fresh air. Walking from the house to the lake only takes 10 minutes: cross the bridge in front of the house, head straight up the quiet road and follow the path through the meadows. Our teenagers are always eager to have their first swim, so make sure to bring your swimming costumes. Remember to grab one of the beach towels provided at the house. 

lake bohinj swimming beach

After a dip in the lake, head back to Stara Fužina and pick up some food supplies from the local shops. If you don’t fancy cooking on the first night, you can stroll next door to Gostilna Bohinj to refuel. Gostilna Bohinj serves pizzas that go down a treat with teenagers. Local trout, meat and veggie dishes are also available if you fancy trying some Slovene cuisine.

Top Tip: As you head down to the lake, look right as you cross the bridge for a fabulous view of the summit of Triglav. At 2,864m, Triglav is Slovenia’s highest mountain. Its name means “three heads”, and it is represented on the Slovene national flag.

Day 1 - Get Your Bearings

After a good night’s sleep, it’s time to get your bearings. What better way to do this than walking around Lake Bohinj? We suggest walking along the quiet, north shore first, where the path winds along the lake edge and through the forest . The total trail is 12km (3-5 hours) and provides you with ample swimming opportunities and beautiful views of the Julian Alps. Be sure to bring books and a pack of cards with you: you’ll likely succumb to the temptation of one of the numerous small coves to stop for a dip and a sunbathe. 

Quiet swimming beach at Lake Bohinj in Slovenia

At the far end of the lake is the hamlet of Ukanc, which in Slovene means “the end of the world”. It is certainly the end of the road – the ridge of mountains beyond here is only passable on foot. If you get tired, you can get a bus back from Ukanc. We often stop for a bite to eat at Restavracija Ukanc. Alternatively, the café at Camp Bohinj makes a good pit stop for lunch, a drink or ice cream.

If you walk back along the south shore, look out for the rope swing opposite the youth hostel, “Pod Voglom”. Our teens love to swing off into the water here. For the bold, there are also some ~10m high cliffs a little further along the path. Obviously, jumping into water can be risky – please consider whether it is safe to jump, and you do so at your own risk.

jumping rocks lake bohinj

Top Tip: Look out for the fish darting about along the shore line, listen for the cows with their bells, and gaze up to the sky to watch the paragliders – and golden eagles – soar.

Day 2 - White-Water Rafting in the Soča Valley

Venture out of the Bohinj Valley for the day to explore Lake Jasna, the Vršič Pass and the Soča Valley. The Soča Valley is famous for its amazing turquoise river, which offers superb white-water rafting, kayaking and canyoning. This day involves an early start and quite a bit of driving, but it is a fabulous trip around the Julian Alps, with many adrenaline activities to try. 

Soča river in the Triglav National Park in Slovenia

Setting off early, head down the valley to Bled. From there, follow signposts to Kranjska Gora, nestled under the mountains near the borders with Italy and Austria. Dubbed “The Chamonix of Slovenia”, Kranjska Gora is an outdoorsy mountain base where skiers flock in winter. Follow the signposts to Vršič, the highest mountain pass in Slovenia at 1,611m. Kranjska Gora is a nice town to wander around, with plenty of cafés and outdoor shops.

Soon after leaving Kranjska Gora, stop at Lake Jasna. Compared to Lake Bohinj, the water feels freezing, but adrenaline-seeking teens can jump off the 6-metre high tower into the water. The more cautious among you can enjoy the impressive mountain views. To the south, the impressive north face of Prisank (2,547m) dominates the skyline. 

lake jasna slovenia

Leaving Lake Jasna and driving up Vršič pass rewards you with a series stunning vistas. The road up to the pass, built by Russian prisoners of war at the end of the first world war, is a true feat of engineering, consisting of 50 hairpin bends.

Once in the Soča Valley, white-water rafting is the thing to do for families with teenagers. Not only is it exhilarating, but it is a great activity to re-connect the family, both to the natural world and to one another. Jumping into icy water (don’t be fooled by the inviting turquois colour!) is life affirming, and looking out for each other and working as a team to navigate the rapids creates a memorable family experience. 

Jumping into the Soča river in Slovenia

You can read about our rafting experience here. The vibrant water, mesmerising mountain backdrop and rafting action provide a fabulous day trip.

From Bovec continue to Kobarid, a town famous for the battle which took place there in World War I. If you have time, it’s well worth stopping at Napoleon’s bridge to peer deep into the Soča River and up at Mount Krn. To get back to Bohinj follow the signposts to Most na Soci, Podbrdo, Soriška Planina and then Bohinska Bistrica. Although the road is pretty twisty, it will feel tame after Vršič, but the views do not disappoint!

Top Tip: Rafting needs to be booked in advance. Choose the afternoon slot to give time to visit the other sites first.

Day 3 - Relax at Lake Bohinj & Discover the Mostnica Gorge

After a long day circumnavigating the Julian Alps, its time to kick back and relax! Kramer Cafe by the lake does incredible pancakes, and their outdoor seating spot is undoubtedly the best place for coffee in the valley. It’s easy to pass time reading, chatting, swimming and watching the world go by.

banana split lake bohinj

If your teenagers want to get out onto the water, paddleboards and kayaks can be hired from Ribčev Laz. Rental is affordable and will provide hours of entertainment. Paddleboarding is a particular favourite of our teens – although maybe the bit they actually like best is pushing each other in!

Hire a kayak/canoe/SUP at Lake Bohinj

In the afternoon, head up the Mostnica Gorge. The Mostnica is the river which runs through Stara Fužina and directly in front of Escape to Bohinj Holiday House. A walk upstream unexpectedly reveals a dramatic gorge with bright green, icy water in the bottom set in beautiful forest scenery. There is a path on both sides, allowing you to make a round trip, perhaps with a stop off at Koca na Vojah for refreshment! If you’ve got enough energy, extending the walk to include Voje Valley is definitely worth it. The valley is stunning, and Slap Voje (the Voje Waterfall at the head of the valley) is impressive and far less crowded than the more famous Slap Savica

Walk the Mostnica Gorge for a family activity at Lake Bohinj Slovenia

Top Tip: Look out for the rock that looks like an elephant along the Mostnica Gorge. A small signpost points to it from the path on the east river bank – “Slonček” is elephant in Slovene.

Day 4 - Hiking in the Triglav National Park

It would be rude to come to the Triglav National Park and not go on at least one hike! The endless supply of trails means that there is something for everyone, depending on levels of enthusiasm, fitness and experience in your family. In our experience, teenagers are often keen to get high up and bag a peak, so we’ve suggested 3 hikes which involve summitting, each of varying length.

prsivec lake bohinj

If you want a big walk straight from the house, Pršivec (1,761m), the mountain directly above the north side of the lake, is a great option. The hike is around 20km with 1,300 m of ascent and descent (equivalent to climbing Ben Nevis from sea level!). You get amazing views over Triglav, Lake Bohinj and the Bohinj Valley from here.

Viševnik (2,050m) is another possibility. Starting from Rudno Polje (a 30-minute drive from Stara Fužina) it only takes 2 hours to reach the summit, from where you get extensive views of the Julian Alps. The hike is around 7km in total with 700m of ascent and descent.

Finally, if you want an even bigger challenge, a ridge walk along the Lower Bohinj Mountains will not disappoint. Catch the cable car up to Vogel and then the additional chair lift up to Orlova Glava. After hiking up to the ridge, follow the path east to the summit of Crna Prst. From Crna Prst, there is a long descent to Bohinjska Bistrica, from where you can get the bus back to Bohinj. This hike is around 25km, with 500m of ascent and 1,700m of descent, so less climbing, but a lot of downhill. The views are incredible, with the high Julian Alps to the left and forest-covered hills falling to the Adriatic Sea in the distance to the right.


You can read about all these hikes and more in the Cicerone Guide “Walking the Julian Alps of Slovenia: Mountain Walks and Short Trecks” which can be found in the house. Hiking is completed at your own risk: only you know your experience and ability.

Top Tip: In addition to using a paper map (no batteries to run out!), we use an App called Komoot to plan and help navigate on longer hikes.

Day 5 - Lake Bled & the Vintgar Gorge

After a hike the previous day, it’s likely you’ll want a slow start to the day! Take time to have a lie in, admiring the mountain views from Escape to Bohinj Holiday House.

After a late start, head to the Vintgar Gorge, located near Bled. After parking and paying for entrance, follow the trail through the gorge, admiring the stunning scenery and the power of nature. It’s particularly impressive after (or even on) a rainy day, when the water levels are highest.

After enjoying the gorge, visit Lake Bled. The more famous lake of Slovenia, Bled is becoming increasingly well known and is featured on many interrail itineraries. 

Visit Lake Bled Slovenia

Go for a wander around the lake and check out Grajsko kopališče, a designated swimming area complete with diving boards, slides and inflatables which you can pay to access. You can take a boat to the little island in the centre of the Lake, or swim there if you’re feeling strong! If you still have energy, a hike up to the hill of Mala Osonijca (1 hour round trip) offers spectacular views over the Lake and the mountain backdrop of the Karavanke.

There are many restaurants to eat at in Bled, so something for everyone. One of our favourite restaurants is Pri Planincu where upstairs they have a super pizzeria. They even serve gluten-free pizzas, which is perfect for our Coeliac teenager. 

Top Tip: Leave some room to try the traditional Bled Cake.

Day 6 - Canyoning or Paragliding

If you haven’t had enough adrenaline and action for one week, then consider booking a canyoning or paragliding trip.

Canyoning involves navigating down a stream by scrambling, climbing, abseiling, swimming and jumping: it’s as exciting (and wet) as that sounds! It is an exhilarating and unforgettable experience that all three of our kids loved. As soon as we had finished, they were asking when they could go again!  There are a number of different companies around Bohinj which offer canyoning packages, and you can read about our experience in more detail here

Canyoning near Lake Bohinj Slovenia

If you fancy joining the eagles for truly unforgettable views of the Lake Bohinj and the surrounding mountains, paragliding may be for you. Several companies operate trips from a few take-off points – we have flown with Kumulus before. No previous experience is necessary, as you will have a tandem flight with an experienced pilot. You can either ask your pilot for a gentle flight, which is genuinely tranquil, or a more acrobatic experience.

paragliding lake bohinj with teenager

As these are only half-day activities, they can easily be paired with a morning or afternoon relaxing at Lake Bohinj.

Top Tip: Pay the extra money to get the photos from your canyoning or paragliding experience. You won’t be disappointed! 

Day 7 - Final swim at Lake Bohinj

After an action-packed week, enjoy one last swim before you depart from Bohinj. We often send our teenagers down to the lake to have fun whilst we finish up the last bits of packing: too many people can just add to stress! Saying goodbye to Bohinj is always sad, but we hope you and your family will leave with many happy memories. Maybe you’ll even come back in the near future…

Teenagers love to swim at the floating platform at Lake Bohinj

Top Tip: The local tourist office in Ribčev Laz sells a variety of locally produced souvenirs to take home. We like to buy mountain tea and a blueberry licquor called Borovničevec.

Goodbye Lake Bohinj

There are far too many exciting activities to fit into a one-week holiday at Lake Bohinj. However, we hope that our 7-day Bohinj itinerary for teenagers will provide some inspiration for your trip. One of the reasons we fell in love with the Bohinj area was that it provided a good mix of action and relaxation. Thrill-seekers and chill-seekers are well catered for in Slovenia!

Family Holiday at Lake Bohinj Slovenia

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5 Top Spots for Swimming at Lake Bohinj

5 Top Spots for Swimming at Lake Bohinj Slovenia

5 Top Spots for Swimming at Lake Bohinj

If you want to experience swimming in crystal-clear water surrounded by majestic mountains, then come to Lake Bohinj in Slovenia. In fact, Lonely Planet have recently highlighted Lake Bohinj as one of the best wild swimming spots in Europe, and we can see why.

Relaxing by the lake is a popular thing to do at Lake Bohinj in Slovenia

Lake Bohinj is the largest permanent lake in Slovenia and is protected by its location inside the Triglav National Park. Only a few electric boats are allowed on the lake, making it a quiet haven for wild swimming, kayaking, walking and enjoying the natural world. 

The lake is replenished by mountain streams and springs three times a year, so the water is incredibly clean and refreshing. It’s an idyllic setting for anyone who loves to swim – wilder and more tranquil than the more famous Lake Bled.

swimming lake bohinj

Look how clear and clean the water is!

Best Time of Year to Swim in Lake Bohinj

The water is warmest in July and August, with the temperature rising well above 20°C.  At this time of year, the water temperature is comfortable for paddling and lounging about.


We swim between June and September, but the water is cooler; you have to keep moving!

Map of Swimming Spots at Lake Bohinj

map lake bohinj swimming spots

1) Best Swimming Spot for Small Children

If you have small children, we recommend swimming at Lake Bohinj along the shore line between Ribčev Laz and Stara Fužina. The best place to park is P4 Stara Fužina, from where it is just a short walk to the lake shore. This is useful if you have to carry a lot of stuff, or need to keep popping back to the car.

The water along this stretch of the lake is quite shallow, so is warmer and safer for small children. There is also a lot of grass to run and crawl over, and some trees for shade. Children take great delight in watching the fish dart about along the water’s edge. Friendly ducks often come visiting too.

Shallow swimming beach at Lake Bohinj perfect for families with young children

There are toilets here (always good to know), and café Kramar serves food, drinks and ice creams. Next to the café there is a small pier which is popular with young and old for jumping off. Kramar is pretty much the only building actually on the lake shore.

Swimming pier at Lake Bohinj Slovenia

Our kids like to alternate between the café and the pier!  

cafe kramer lake bohinj slovenia

Should you need to pop to a shop, or hire a kayak or paddleboard, Ribčev Laz is only a 10-minute walk away.

With all your amenities close at hand, this is a great spot for a lazy, family day, chilling by the lake.

2) Best Swimming Spot for Older Children

Our teenagers love to swim in the area of the lake closest to our holiday home, Escape to Bohinj Holiday House, in Staža Fuzina. It’s only a 10-minute walk from the house, making it quick to get to whenever you fancy a dip. In the summer months there is a floating platform in the water which is perfect for jumping and diving. The platform is far enough out that you can dive safely – the lake gets deep quickly here.

Teenagers love to swim at the floating platform at Lake Bohinj

It is a lovely spot for watching the world go by –  admire the paragliders soaring overhead, kids playing in the water, paddleboarders gliding past. Or maybe fall in, but with a smile.

lake bohinj swimming beach

There is also a small kiosk selling drinks and ice-creams.

3) Best Swimming Spot for Couples

For a quieter, more romantic spot, head around the north shore of the lake. Here you will find small, secluded coves and strips of shoreline. It’s easy to find a private spot, especially at the start and end of the day.  If you want to go skinny dipping, this is the best place! The water is silky soft on your skin.

romantic swimming places lake bohinj slovenia

4) Best Swimming Spot for Tropical Beach Vibe

Can a lake look like a tropical paradise? Take a look at the photos below and decide for yourself!

Head to the west end of Lake Bohinj to the hamlet of Ukanc. There is a large car-park near the camping ground – P6 Ukanc.  A short walk from here, you will find a small peninsula jutting into the lake which has an amazing tropical beach feel. Think light coloured shingle, shimmering water, sunshine… you just need a piña colada!

A popular swimming beach at Lake Bohinj in Slovenia

The Savica river flows in to Lake Bohinj at this point. The river flows down from the high mountains via the Savica Waterfall, so the water to the right (south) of the peninsula is usually quite a bit cooler. We therefore recommend swimming on the other (left, north) side. As you gaze along the length of the lake, notice the U-shaped valley at the far end. This is a remnant of the glacial period that formed the lake.

wild swimming lake bohinj slovenia

5) Best Swimming Spot for Daredevils

Maybe a jumping spot isn’t strictly a swimming spot… but we thought this should be included as many people don’t know about it. As you leave Ribčev Laz on the road towards Ukanc (walk, as there is no parking), there are some cliffs above the lake. In summer, this is a popular spot for local adrenaline junkies who jump and dive off the rocks. 

jumping rocks lake bohinj
rocks lake bohinj slovenia

To find the cliffs, look for a building with a small (private) car park on the righthand side of the road. It’s about 200m beyond the sailing club, just as the road reaches a high point and starts to drop again. Head through the trees and bushes and you will get to the spot.

There is danger involved in jumping from height into water. The lowest jumping spot is about 5m up, and some are closer to 10m. You jump at your own risk.

Good to Know

There are no lifeguards around the lake – wild swimming means just that. You need to be aware of your own limitations and those of children in particular. In most places, the water gets deep quite quickly – 10m out from the shore you will be out of your depth almost everywhere. If you are a strong swimmer, there is nothing nicer than swimming further from the shore where you will be on your own, able to soak up the mountains, forest and sky.

You must only park in the designated car parks or you will be heavily fined. If you purchase the Julian Alps Card, parking in the car parks is free. Alternatively, if you stay at Escape to Bohinj Holiday House, you can walk to all of these swimming spots.

As of 2021, there is a ban on large inflatables on the lake.

More ideas for places to swim at Lake Bohinj can be found here.


Have fun on the lake! We hope you are inspired to go swimming at Lake Bohinj. Getting outside, connecting with nature and doing some exercise is great for wellbeing.  Head down to Lake Bohinj for sunrise or sunset and you will have the place virtually to yourself.

Do you have a favourite swimming spot at Lake Bohinj? Let us know in the comments below.

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3 Top Spots for Waterfalls near Lake Bohinj

Waterfalls near Lake Bohinj Slovenia

3 Top Spots for Waterfalls near Lake Bohinj

Late Spring is a great time to go in search of waterfalls in Bohinj. With the snow beginning to melt in the high mountains of the Triglav National Park, water cascades down the valleys, turning trickles into spectacular torrents. Waterfalls give you energy (more on that later) and are often in gorgeous locations. So why not lace up your walking boots and enjoy the warmer, longer, sunny days of spring to discover three of the best waterfalls in the Bohinj Valley?

Interactive Map of Waterfalls near Lake Bohinj

Trip map created using Wanderlog, a travel planner on iOS and Android

1) Savica Waterfall

VISIT: It is easy to see why this is one of the most popular waterfalls in Slovenia, and the inspiration for many poets and writers. Set above beautiful Lake Bohinj, with the high peaks of the Julian Alps all around, it’s hard to imagine a more stunning backdrop. The start of the hiking trail to the Savica Waterfall is readily accessible by foot or car from Lake Bohinj, making it an easy excursion. 

Savica Waterfall near Lake Bohinj

SEE: The Savica Waterfall literally bursts out of the limestone rockface in a unique A-shape, creating two falls that pour into a striking emerald pool below. The water feeds through an underground cave system from the Triglav Lake Valley 1,000m above. After the waterfall, the water flows into Lake Bohinj from where it forms the start of the Sava Bohinjka River. 

TIME: From the ticket office, the hike to the viewing platform takes 20-30 minutes up 550 steps through pine forest. 

DO: Stop as you take the steps up to the waterfall and admire views over Lake Bohinj. Read the information displays to discover the history and geology of the Bohinj area.

GOOD TO KNOW: “Slap” is the Slovene word for “waterfall”, so Savica Waterfall is really called “Slap Savica”.

2) Mostnica Waterfall

VISIT: Have you heard the expression that life is about the journey, not just about the destination? This applies to the Mostnica Waterfall – the hike includes the Mostnica Gorge and the Voje Valley, and is a complete joy in itself.

Mostnica Waterfall near Lake Bohinj

SEE: You can’t help but be impressed by the naturally carved rock formations and the green water gushing down the Mostnica Gorge on the walk up. Look out for the rock that is said to resemble an elephant’s head. As you get further up the trail into the Voje valley, take time to enjoy the lush flower- and butterfly-adorned pastures. Finally, you reach the impressive 21m-high Mostnica Waterfall.

TIME: From Stara Fužina (where there is a fee-paying car park), the hike takes 2-2.5 hours to the waterfall. So allow at least 4 hours for the return trip, especially if you are going to stop to take photos or have a snack. The route is about 13km in total.

DO: Stop at the Koča na Voje for a slice of blueberry strudel and a coffee halfway up/down. 

GOOD TO KNOW: The hike is suitable for families, but we recommend staying close to small children. As you walk up the Mostnica Gorge there are no fences. It would be easy for a curious child to get close to the edge, and the drop is very high.

3) Grmečica Waterfall

VISIT: Grmečica Waterfall is a hidden gem of the Bohinj area, more popular with locals than tourists. Unlike the more popular Savica Waterfall, you will probably have the place all to yourself. 

SEE: A perfect place for peace and tranquillity, and the opportunity to get as close to the waterfall as you want. The path takes you to the pool at the foot of the waterfall, which is a lovely spot to sit awhile. There is also a small gorge that you can explore to the right of the waterfall.

TIME: This is an easy 30-minute, 2km walk each way from the villages of Nomenj or Log through farmland.

grmecica waterfall Bohinj

DO: If you are bold and experienced, you can go on a canyoning adventure up the Grmečica Canyon. You then get the opportunity to jump off the top of the waterfall! The waterfall may not look that high up at 6m, but from the top, the pool seems a long way down.

For a more sedate experience, why not take a picnic on a warm day and be soothed by the sound of the water as you sit on the shingle shoreline.

GOOD TO KNOW: This is one of the few waterfalls where you can take a dip in the water. However, be warned – the ice melt makes the water very cold. Even in summer, the water is only 12°C. Perfect for any cold water swimming enthusiasts out there though!

Waterfall Benefits

Many people have observed the great sense of well-being that accompanies a visit to a waterfall. Why is this? Science offers a fascinating explanation for this phenomenon, and there is more to it than just being inspired by a beautiful view! 

The human body has a magnetic field made up of both positive and negative ions. These ions naturally occur in the air we breathe. An overload of positive ions, sometimes referred to as “free radicals”, which can come from mobile phones, computers, heating systems for example, can adversely affect our magnetic field, making us feel drained and tired. In contrast, negative ions, produced in abundance by moving water, give energy and vitality. This is perhaps because negative ions are believed to produce a biochemical reaction in our body, increasing the mood chemical serotonin. This in turn helps to relieve stress and increase a feeling of well-being. Fascinating! 

So by visiting a waterfall, you get a real top-up of negative ions which will boost your mood and energy. Negative ions are mostly found in the mountains, at sea and in forests (5,000 to 50,000 anions per cubic centimetre.) Amazingly, at the Savica Waterfall, the quantity of negative ions is measured at over 100,000 anions! As the sign recommends; “stop, close your eyes and feel the positive energy of the sprinkling water drops of the Savica Waterfall.”

We hope you are tempted to get outside and explore one of the super waterfalls near Lake Bohinj and get your mood-enhancing fix. Slovenia is a country rich in rivers, lakes, and waterfalls, so if you have time, head further afield and explore some of the other impressive waterfalls in the country. 

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5 Top Spots for Sunrise & Sunset near Lake Bohinj

5 Top Spots for Sunrise & Sunset near Lake Bohinj Slovenia

5 Top Spots for Sunrise & Sunset near Lake Bohinj

Sunrises and sunsets in the mountains are notoriously beautiful, and those in Bohinj are no exception. Lake Bohinj lies in the Triglav National Park in Slovenia, one of the oldest national parks in Europe. The area is renowned for its crystal-clear lake, stunning views over the Julian Alps and pristine nature. It makes a dramatic backdrop to experience a magical sunset or sunrise.

Sunrise from Viševnik in the Julian Alps Slovenia

At a time when life is dominated by Coronavirus, getting outside and connecting with the natural world is a real antidote. Waking up early to catch the dawn of a new day is life-affirming and invigorating. Similarly, taking time out to watch the sun disappear, bathing the skies in a glow of oranges and reds, is a great way to escape the stresses of everyday life and focus on the present. You can’t come away from witnessing a beautiful sunrise or sunset and not feel better about life.

Favourite Spots for Sunrise & Sunset

We’ve put together a list of our five favourite spots for a sunrise or sunset, all accessible from Lake Bohinj. Some are easy walks suitable for all the family whilst others, like climbing Triglav for sunrise, are much more demanding. Whichever spot temps your fancy, the view won’t disappoint.

Sunset in the Julian Alps in Slovenia

Things to Consider for your Sunrise or Sunset Hike

Winter can be an excellent time of the year to watch the sunrise. With longer nights, the sun rises later, giving you more time to hike to your viewpoint (or extra time in bed!). It is much colder though, so requires experience if you plan to hike to a viewpoint high up in the mountains.

It can be hard to predict a good sunrise, so check the weather forecast – the clearer the better. Clear skies are also great for sunsets, but a scattering of clouds make it even more impressive as they reflect the vibrant colours.

Also remember to check the time of the sunset or sunrise and allow enough time to hike to and from the viewpoint. Without sunlight, the mountains are cold and dark, even in summer. Make sure you wear appropriate clothing and have a torch with you.

1) Lake Bohinj

Watching the sunrise over Lake Bohinj may require the least effort, but it is by no means the least impressive. Sunrise is best viewed from the village of Ukanc at the west end of the lake, looking east back towards Stara Fužina. Here you can watch the sun peek up behind the U-shaped upper Bohinj valley, with the mist rising off the lake. 

There is something incredibly uplifting about being present at the start of a new day, particularly in such a picturesque spot, before anyone else has surfaced. Feeling energised, why not take a dip in the lake to set you up for the day? You’ll definitely leave with your own special glow!

In contrast, sunset is best viewed from Stara Fužina looking west towards Ukanc. Watch as Lake Bohinj’s blue waters slowly turn into vibrant pinks as the sun disappears behind the Julian Alps. A perfect way to end a summer’s day.

Sunset over Lake Bohinj, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Alternatively, head to café Kramar which has tables just above the shore of Lake Bohinj. Treat yourself to dessert or a drink as you gaze out at the incredible view. We’d recommend the pancakes – they are delicious!

2) Sunset at the Peč Viewpoint

Peč is a popular viewpoint just above Lake Bohinj and a great destination for sunset. You get fabulous and extensive views down the entire length of Lake Bohinj, with the church and bridge acting as gatekeepers to the lake. The viewpoint is a 30-minute walk from Stara Fužina, making it a lovely after-dinner stroll to make the most of the evening light. There is a bench where you can sit down and soak up the picture-postcard view.

Sunset over Lake Bohinj from Pec viewpoint

It’s a lovely spot to rest a while, watching the white clouds reflect the shimmering light. One thing you begin to notice is that each sunset is unique. The water is fantastic for reflecting the colours of the sky – it looks like Lake Bohinj is on fire!

Dramatic Sunset from Pec viewpoint over Lake Bohinj in Slovenia

3) Vogar – Ideal for both Sunrise or Sunset over Lake Bohinj

Vogar is a wonderful viewpoint high above the north-eastern end of Lake Bohinj. It is one of the take-off points for the paragliders you see soaring in the sky. Here you get superb views of the Lower Bohinj mountains, Lake Bohinj itself and the village of Stara Fužina, making it an ideal spot for both a sunrise or sunset.

Reaching Vogar from Stara Fužina is about an hour’s walk. Don’t let the short distance (3km each way) deceive you though – the viewpoint is over 400m vertically above the village, which makes for a steep (but rewarding) hike! As you approach the top, take the little path to the left signposted to the paragliding launch site. Here, a grassy opening and bench provide an inviting spot to take in the evening rays or morning pastel hues.

In the morning, the sunlight kisses the tops of the lower Bohinj mountains, making them glow. There is often a layer of cloud in the valley, creating a mysterious and dynamic spectacle.

Sunrise from Vogar in the Julian Alps, Slovenia

Sunset is equally radiant.

Sunset from Vogar in the Julian Alps, Slovenia

4) Viševnik

To experience a sunrise or sunset in the high Julian Alps, we recommend climbing Viševnik. Compared to other peaks over 2,000m, Viševnik is a shorter hike, and is therefore a more accessible location to reach in the dark.

Starting at Rudno Polje (around 45 minutes’ drive from Bohinj up onto the Pokljuka Plateau) allow around 2 hours each way to the summit. Read how we got on hiking up Viševnik for sunrise in our Blog.

Sunrise on Triglav, Slovenia

From here, you get impressive panoramic views over Triglav, Slovenia’s highest peak, as the new day dawns or fades.

Sunrise from Visevnik in the Julian Alps, Slovenia

The summit of Viševnik is a terrific place to be to watch the sun slowly rise up behind the mountains, creating a radiant glow over the Julian Alps.

5) Climbing Triglav for Sunrise

There’s no better place to watch the sun rise than the highest point in the country! Triglav (2,864m) is the majestic peak in the centre of the Triglav National Park and makes a challenging, but amazing climb. There are many welcoming mountain huts (Dom or Koča in Slovene) in the Julian Alps, providing an opportunity to stay high up in the mountains. This means you can summit high peaks for sunrise without having to hike for hours through the night. Much safer!

When we’ve climbed Triglav for sunrise, we have stayed overnight at Dom Planika, which is located just to the South of the summit at 2,401m. If you look carefully and have good eyesight, you can see the hut from the bridge outside our holiday home at Escape to Bohinj in Stara Fužina.

From Dom Planika, it is a 2-hour hike to the summit of Triglav. The first half gets you up to the ridgeline and the second follows an exposed ridge along to the summit: definitely not a hike for the faint hearted!

Sunrise over the Julian Alps, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

The views are absolutely breath-taking, with the whole of the Julian Alps becoming lit up by the morning sun. As you summit Triglav, you feel on top of the world gazing out across Slovenia. The mornings are often the clearest time of day in the mountains, so by getting up early you maximise your chances of uninterrupted views, which can go as far as the Adriatic Sea. After admiring the panorama, descend back down to Dom Planika and enjoy a hearty mountain breakfast before continuing your hike.

Sunrise from Triglav, Slovenia

We hope you feel inspired to get out of bed and catch a stunning sunrise near Lake Bohinj. An early morning hike and a magical sunrise really do set you up for the day ahead. Watching the sun illuminate Triglav and the Julian Alps as you hike high into the mountains is a memorable adventure.

At the other end of the day, sunsets often require less effort, and are more about being in the right place at the right time. Certainly, the glassy water of Lake Bohinj provides a superb reflection for the vivid colours as the day comes to an end. Maybe try to experience both!

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Winter Hiking in Bohinj – Pršivec

Hiking up Pršivec, Julian Alps, Slovenia

Winter Hiking in Bohinj - Pršivec

From the north shore of Lake Bohinj, rocky cliffs rise dramatically to the 1,761m summit of Pršivec. The views from the top across the Julian Alps and down to the lake are spectacular. Having hiked up Pršivec in summer and autumn, we wanted to try a winter visit. This year’s winter has been unusually mild. Heavy snow has fallen on the high peaks, but only short-lived flurries have made it lower down into the valley. This meant much of the approach would be clear, with only the higher, north-facing slopes likely to be under snow.


There are three main routes up Pršivec and we linked two of them to perform a traverse. Our ascent would be from the Slap Savica hut (653m) at the western end of Lake Bohinj. This offers the quickest ascent, a key consideration with the short winter days. The descent would be along the ridge to the east, via Vogar and home to Stara Fužina.

The Climb up Komarča

From the car park at Slap Savica, the hike climbs up the Komarča wall, signposted to Črno jezero (Black Lake). As you gaze up at the imposing rock, it is hard to imagine a path could cut a way up. However, it is a well-marked route, with red-white dots showing the way. You quickly gain height… and tired thighs! Teasing views of the lake and the hamlet of Ukanc through the trees give a
taste of what will follow.


The Komarča path has recently been repaired and there are steel ropes and pegs to help you in exposed areas. It is not advisable to climb this route in snow – it is steep and exposed, and accidents do happen. The warmth of this winter had melted the snow and ice, so our ascent was completely clear.


Črno Jezero

After 1.5 hours, we reached the top of the climb. From here, the path headed through a snowy forest to the lowest of the Triglav Lakes, Črno jezero (1,294m).


The Triglav Lakes Valley, protected since 1924, is considered one of the most beautiful parts of the Julian Alps. Although there are ten lakes, it is generally called the Seven Lakes Valley as three dry up during the year.


Črno jezero is the warmest of the Seven Lakes, being shallow and at a lower altitude. It is 150m long, 80m wide and its depth varies considerably with rainfall. Despite its name, the water is not black, but it reflects the dark pine forest which encircles it. The Alpine Newt, endemic to the Alps, lives here – they clearly don’t mind the cold water! Water from the lake drains through underground passages, feeding Slap Savica (waterfall), from where it flows into Lake Bohinj.


Because no river flows out of Črno jezero, there is no river bed to set the height of the water. We have visited at different times of year and it is noticeable how much the water level changes. On this visit, the winter conditions strikingly highlighted the fluctuation. Collapsed slabs of ice, formed on a full lake, surrounded the now lower, shrunken, surface of ice in the middle.


In the solitude of the mountains, it looked and felt otherworldly. Leaving Črno jezero, the next stop was Planina Viševnic (1,615m), a beautiful alpine pasture that in summer feels like a scene from Heidi. Log cabins are dotted among lush meadows, with high mountains all around, making it a popular hike in summer. There is a charming alpine hut here, open in summer for refreshments and lunch.


In winter, it is a different story. The red-white blazes, often painted on low rocks, were blanketed by thick snow, slowing our progress. Our prior knowledge of the area, having hiked the trail before, was invaluable in helping us establish the route. The ground turned from earth to snow and then to ice, so we put on our crampons.


On Top of Pršivec

From Viševnik, a path winds up through the forest, opening quite suddenly onto to the summit of Pršivec (1,761m). Here you get panoramic views of the Bohinj Valley and Mount Triglav, Slovenia’s highest peak at 2,864m, seen on the right in the photo below.

winter julian alps

It is a challenging climb to the top of Pršivec, but the reward is fabulous, with views up to Triglav and down to Lake Bohinj, glistening in the sunshine 1,250m below. 

prsivec lake bohinj

As with most Slovenian mountains, there is a visitors’ box here with a rubber stamp. Bring your own inkpad and paper to make a souvenir of the occasion!


We could have spent more time admiring the amazing views, spotting other peaks and breathing in the crisp mountain air. However, in February, the daylight hours are limited, so we had to start the descent. The path down the eastern side is quite steep in places, but our crampons dug in securely, keeping us safe. Here again, it was hard to find the path, so knowing the route was very helpful.

The Descent to Stara Fužina

45 minutes after leaving the summit, the snow thinned and the path became clearer as we headed towards Vogar.

Vogar  (1,054m) provides another super viewpoint over Lake Bohinj. It is a popular hiking point, detailed in our Blog post here. On clear days, it is also a paragliding take-off point. There is a mountain hut where you can get a coffee or beer, depending on your need! In winter it is usually open only at weekends, so best to check in advance if you are relying on it for food. From here, we watched the sun set over the mountains before heading down to Stara Fužina on the clear path.

Sunset from Vogar, Julian Alps, Slovenia

We had a wonderful hike up Pršivec, grateful that the warm spell provided an opportunity to hike up high. There is something completely wonderful about the solitude and stillness of hiking in winter. You can feel the warmth of the sun on your back, yet snow covers the peaks all around. We did not meet a single other person between leaving the Savica hut and returning to our home, Pr Méžnarjo. It was just us, and the mountains.

Need to Know

Start:                   Slap Savica car park, Ukanc

Distance:          14km

Ascent:              1,070m

Highest Alt:    1,761m

Need to Know

Finish:                 Stara Fužina

Time:                   9hrs in snow (7hrs in summer)

Descent:           1,190m

Name:                 Pršivec (pur-shee-vetz)

map prsivec

Route map from Komoot

Hiking in Winter

Mountain hiking at any time of year can be dangerous, and winter brings additional risks. Always make sure that you are prepared and do not exceed your own abilities and experience. Remember:

  • always check the mountain weather forecast and keep an eye on the conditions throughout the day. Conditions can change very quickly high up
  • plan the hike in advance. Trails can be covered in snow even if it all looks clear from below, so make sure you know the route. Consider escape routes just in case the weather closes in
  • days are shorter in winter and distances take more time to cover in snow, so set off early and don’t be too ambitious
  • always carry the right equipment. As a minimum, you will need: multiple spare clothing layers; waterproof, gloves & hat; strong walking boots; crampons & trekking poles or ice-axes if there is a risk of snow; mobile phone; map & compass (technology is more likely to fail when it’s cold); torch (it gets dark quickly, especially under trees); bivouac or survival bag; sunglasses & sun screen; first-aid kit; lots of food and drink

This is not a definitive list – you are responsible for your own safety in the mountains.

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Top 3 Hikes to Lake Bohinj Viewpoints

top 3 hikes to lake bohinj viewpoints

There are lots of hikes that give wonderful viewpoints over Lake Bohinj. So many that sometimes it can be hard to 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?!

Lake Bohinj Viewpoint #1 - Peč

  • Altitude 640m
  • 2km
  • 40-minute round trip from Stara Fužina
pec sunset lake bohinj

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 much more than 100m higher than 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. 


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 won’t be disappointed! Once you have seen the view it is easy to see why this is one of the most popular Lake Bohinj viewpoints.

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. 

rudnica hike bohinj slovenia

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.

Lake Bohinj Viewpoint #2 - Vogar

  • Altitude 950m
  • 6km
  • 2-3 hours 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. 

vogar viewpoint lake bohinj


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.

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.

vogar julian alps hike

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. Walk through the grassy area by the hut to head to discover another fabulous Lake Bohinj Viewpoint.


Lake Bohinj Viewpoint #3 - Studor

  • Altitude 980m
  • 5km
  • 2-3 hours 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.  

studor viewpoint lake bohinj


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.  

studor hike bohinj slovenia

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.

Which Lake Bohinj Viewpoint Will It Be?

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


The decision is yours… 

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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!

canyoning slide bohinj slovenia

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.

canyoning abseil bohinj slovenia

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.

Canyoning near Lake Bohinj Slovenia

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…

family canyoning adventure near Lake Bohinj

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. If you fancy a family canyoning adventure near Lake Bohinj, there is a wealth of providers in the Bohinj/Bled region.

* All costs and details accurate summer 2018

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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.


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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.


Take the Lake Bohinj Boat for stunning views of the Julian Alps in Slovenia


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

Visit Lake Bled Slovenia

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

family canyoning bohinj slovenia

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, swimming, walking, canyoning, 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 wildflowers 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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Because Triglav 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.

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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.

vogel ski resort slovenia

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!

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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%.

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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!

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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.

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.

Hiring a kayak is a fun thing to do on Lake Bohinj Slovenia
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.