Escape to Bohinj

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

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Wild Flower Festival, Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

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

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Cultural Heritage

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

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Floral Cuisine

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

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Mountain Hiking

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

Further Information

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

Delicious Pizza near Lake Bohinj

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

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

Coeliac-Friendly

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

Pizzas

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

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

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

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Room for Dessert?

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

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

Drinks

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

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

Practical Information

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

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

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Lonely Planet features Slovenia in its top 10 best value destinations

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

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

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

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