Escape to Bohinj

Frequently Asked Questions about Lake Bohinj

Can you walk around Lake Bohinj?

You can walk all the way around Lake Bohinj. The walk is 12km and takes between 3-5 hours, depending on your speed and how often you stop along the way. It is a fabulous way to enjoy the nature, peace and tranquillity of Lake Bohinj. 

For those wishing to walk a smaller section of Lake Bohinj, we recommend taking the Bohinj Boat from Ribcev Laz across the lake to Ukanc. From here, you can then wander back along the northern shore.

Can you swim in Lake Bohinj?

Yes, it is possible to swim in Lake Bohinj. The water in Lake Bohinj is crystal clear and feels like silk on your skin. The lake is replenished three times a year from mountain streams, so the water is incredibly clean. There are plenty of swimming spots around the lake, some with platforms for jumping too. 

What is the water temperature at Lake Bohinj?

In July and August the water temperature of Lake Bohinj reaches above 20°C. The water is lovely and refreshing and this is the perfect time to experience all the water sports on offer around Lake Bohinj.

What is the weather like at Lake Bohinj?

The warmest months to visit Lake Bohinj are July and August. As such, these are the busiest months, although it is never as busy as many holiday tourist destinations.

 

Lake Bohinj is in the mountain range of the Julian Alps in the Triglav National Park. As such, the weather can change very quickly. However, in general, expect warm summers (around 25°C+) and cold winters, perfect for outdoor activities such as skiing. 

 

Spring and Autumn are quieter seasons offering warm weather (late teens to early 20°C). Perfect for hiking.

Where can you park at Lake Bohinj?

It is very important to only park in designated parking areas as otherwise you will be issued with a fine. Click here for a map of the up-to-date car parks near Lake Bohinj. Sustainable tourism is very important in Bohinj so we encourage people to use the Park & Ride scheme available. This is provided for free as is the bus service to and from the lake.  

 

Generally, expect to pay €2.50 per hour in summer close to the Lake. 

 

If you purchase the Julian Alps Card you get free car parking in the Bohinj Area. 

Is there a Webcam at Lake Bohinj?

Take a look at this webcam to see what the weather is like at Lake Bohinj. Sometimes it is down so be patient! We love to be able to get a glimpse of the lake when we are not visiting.

How do you pronounce Lake Bohinj?

In English,  you pronounce Lake Bohinj like “Lake Boh-een”. The ‘h’ is a bit like the ‘ch; in Scottish ‘loch’

How far is Lake Bohinj from Lake Bled?

It is just under 30km between Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled, and takes around 30 minutes in car. There are a number of buses that travel between the two lakes as well.

How far is Lake Bohinj from Ljubljana?

It is just over 80km between Ljubljana and Lake Bohinj and takes about 1 hour 10 minutes in the car. Why not stop off in Lake Bled on your journey – another beautiful lake en route. 

Can I hire a kayak, canoe or SUP at Lake Bohinj?

It is very easy to hire a kayak, canoe or SUP at Lake Bohinj for as little as €10 an hour. There are a number of providers and Lake Bohinj is so calm that it is the perfect spot for beginners and children. 

Can I camp at Lake Bohinj?

You can camp at Camp Bohinj, in the shade of the trees along the shore of Lake Bohinj. It is a very popular campsite so book early if you would like to stay here during the peak summer season.

Can I fish on Lake Bohinj?

Lake Bohinj offers a unique experience for the keen fisherman. Surrounded by mountains, the tranquil waters of Lake Bohinj provide an opportunity to fish for trout, grayling, burbot, and arctic char, to name just a few. 

Fishing is permitted on the lake between March and early November. To fish on Lake Bohinj you need to purchase a permit which is about €28 per day, the daily price decreasing the more days you fish. This is for one rod, and there are restrictions on the number and type of fish you can catch.