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Top 10 Activities at Lake Bohinj

Top 10 activities at Lake Bohinj 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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Bears & Bees, Caves & Trees: 10 Fun Facts about Slovenia

10 fun facts about Slovenia

Here are some quirky and interesting facts which help to make Slovenia so special.

1. sLOVEnia

Slovenia is the only country with LOVE in its name. This is particularly apt as most travellers seem to fall in love with Slovenia when they visit. Although it is only small (the size of Wales in the UK), Slovenia is incredibly diverse and packed full of natural wonders. From lush forests, emerald green rivers, picture-postcard lakes, waterfalls, castles, caves, mountains to charming towns, Slovenia offers something for everyone.

2. Forests

Over 60% of Slovenia’s land area is covered in forest. Unlike in many countries, these forests are actually expanding. Green and verdant, over 50% of land in Slovenia is protected, making it the perfect haven for nature lovers. It is home to the Triglav National Park, one of the oldest in Europe, which surrounds Mount Tiglav, Slovenia’s highest peak at 2864m. So if you enjoy pristine nature, in a country where sustainability is a top priority, then Slovenia is a must.

forest sunset slovenia

3. Bees

Speaking of nature, there are about 90,000 beekeepers in Slovenia – not bad from a population of 2 million. Slovenes take great pride in their beekeeping history and are particularly proud of their distinct “Carniolan Bee” which is only found here. This bee is a symbol of hard work and diligence and has given rise to the Slovene saying “priden kot čebela” which means “as hardworking as a bee”. Honey is a wonderful treat to try when visiting Slovenia and makes a lovely gift for family and friends back at home. 

 

Look out for the colourful wooden beehives as you travel around, or visit the museum of apiculture in the beautiful old town of Radovlijca.

honey bee slovenia

4. Bears

With such a high density of forests, it is no surprise that Slovenia has one of Europe’s largest brown bear populations, numbering over 500. If you have ever dreamed of watching bears in their natural habitat, this is the place to come!

 

There are a number of operators in the south of Slovenia: Slovenian Bears offer bear-friendly and human-friendly photo experiences whilst Bears & Wildlife offer the option to spend the night in a simulated bear cave – one for the bucket list! The best time to view bears is between May to September.

5. Caves

Slovenia is full of amazing natural wonders, and home to over 10,000 caves, with more than 100 new ones discovered each year. That’s a lot of caves! Over 20 caves are open to visitors, with a variety of tours depending on your level of adventure.  Experience the underground world by train at Postojna, or even kayak or bike through the tunnels of the Mežica Mines

 

Postojna cave is the largest and most visited in Slovenia and home to the amazing “human fish” or baby dragons which can survive for up ten years without food! 

 

Meanwhile, Škocjan Cave, a Unesco World Heritage site, has one of the largest underground canyons in the world, combining four miles of underground passages, vast chambers and waterfalls. It is a like a fantasy world – think of the “Mines of Moria” in “The Lord of the Rings…

skocjan cave slovenia

6. The Solkan Bridge

Slovenia is home to the longest stone arch railway bridge in the world. It was built at the beginning of the twentieth century from 4,533 stone blocks. The total length is 219m and the central span is 85m stretching  across the Soča river. It is marvellous piece of civil engineering, all the more beautiful with the emerald green river that flows underneath. Travel by train across the bridge or visit by car and enjoy lunch in one of the picnic areas.    

solkan arch stone bridge

7. Ski Jump

Slovenia has the second largest ski jump or ski-flying hill in the world at Planica, near the resort of Kranjska Gora. Planica is the traditional venue for the finals of the Ski Jumping World Cup, with over 60 world records being set here.

 

If you would like to experience the freedom of an elite ski jumper, then visit Planica Zipline, the steepest zip line descent in the world. It is 566m long and you will reach speeds of 85km/h! That is certainly only for the very brave! It’s open every day in July and August.

ski jump planica slovenia

8. Wine Makers

Many people are unaware that Slovenia is a superb wine producing country, with one vineyard for every 70 inhabitants. The Mediterranean and Alpine climatic influences allow 48 varieties of grape to flourish within this small country. The rich wine heritage is evident in the town centre of Maribor in the North East of Slovenia, where the world’s oldest grape vine can be found. 


Climbing around the Old Vine House, this 400 year old vine is listed in the Guinness Book of Records. Due to the age of the vine and the small number of grapes yielded, the wine produced is very rare and expensive. Only 100 miniature bottles are made each year. Slovenia has given bottles as gifts to the Pope and Queen Elizabeth II. We hope they enjoyed them!     

old grape vine slovenia

9. Narnia

Did you know that scenes from The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2007) were filmed in the Soča Valley, in the West of Slovenia? The first film, The Chronicles of Narnia, was filmed in New Zealand and the producers were looking for a similar landscape to shoot the second film. Andrew Adamson, director of the movie, said “The beauty of this place overwhelmed me, as a director and a tourist. It is gorgeous and the Soča river is the perfect place for filming a fairytale.” The stunning emerald green colour of the Soča river, combined with the huge range of outdoor activities on offer, make this part of Slovenia a popular region to visit.

soca river valley slovenia

10. The Slovene Language

Spoken by just 2.3 million people, the Slovene language has 46 different dialects and is the only EU official language recognised as having a “dual” form. This is used when referring to precisely 2 people or objects, in addition to the more conventional singular and plural forms. 

That's the end of our fun facts about Slovenia

We hope that you have discovered something new in our fact guide about Slovenia. Do let us know below if you have some interesting facts we could add to our list. 

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Lonely Planet features Slovenia in its top 10 best value destinations

beach lake bohinj

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.