Escape to Bohinj

Walk around Lake Bohinj

A walk around Lake Bohinj (Bohinjsko Jezero in Slovene) is one of the highlights of a trip to this stunning area. You will experience the pristine nature of the Triglav National Park and enjoy spectacular views of the Julian Alps. This is a walk for all seasons, and is surely one of the best free activities to do in Bohinj. When the water is warm, you can swim at lots of places on the way round, and easily turn it into a whole day.

Walk around Lake BohinEnjoy spectacular views as you walk around Lake Bohinj in Slovenia

We have given two options for the walk below, both starting from the bridge in Ribčev Laz, although you can pick up the path anywhere. The first, more common route takes you around the lake shoreline, through forest on the north side and returning along the cycle path to the south. The second route takes you further from the shoreline through wilder forest on the south side (we saw a wolf here once!) before returning along the north shore.

For a shorter option, walk along the north shore and take either the tourist boat or a bus back from Ukanc to Ribčev Laz. 

Walk around Lake Bohinj (lakeside) - Details & Map

Difficulty – easy, flat ground nearly all of the way, with a narrow, more uneven path near Ukanc on the north shore

Start point – Ribčev Laz (but can join from any point on the lakeside)

End point – Ribčev Laz

Highest point – 535m (just 10m above the lake level)

Total climb – 60m, gentle undulations along the path

Total distance – 11km from Ribčev Laz, 13km from Stara Fužina

Walking time – 3-5 hours + swimming time

Path type – cycle path and single-track forest path

Refreshments – available in Stara Fužina, Ukanc and Ribčev Laz

This interactive map allows you to view the route, and should show your location if you have GPS enabled. Click here to download a .gpx file for use with GPS-enabled devices.

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Walking around Lake Bohinj

Map showing the walk around Lake Bohinj in Slovenia

1) Ribčev Laz - the gateway to Lake Bohinj

Your walk around Lake Bohinj starts with the picture-postcard view of the stone bridge and St John the Baptist Church in Ribčev Laz. Look into the water below the bridge and you’ll usually see large fish darting about. The view down the lake is beautiful, with the dramatic Julian Alps rising up all around.

Cross over the bridge and just after passing the church take the footpath to the left.

Enjoy a view of the church as you walk around Lake Bohinj in Slovenia

After a few minutes, you’ll reach the lakeside carpark, with a volleyball court and public conveniences. Down to the left, it is very tempting to stop at Café Kramar for a coffee and to watch the paragliders soaring overhead. You can’t get a better view for a drink (and maybe a pancake…)

As you follow the path, you will see lovely shallow swimming areas, which are perfect for young children. In springtime, the meadows on your right burst with wild flowers, butterflies and bees. Reaching the NE corner of the lake, you will see a path heading through the fields to Stara Fužina and our holiday houseShould you have more time to spare, a walk up the Mostnica Gorge is another popular activity well worth doing. 

Stop for some refreshments as you walk around Lake Bohinj in Slovenia

3) Heading West along Lake Bohinj

The north shore of Lake Bohinj is protected in the Triglav National Park, and is completely unspoilt. It is easy to find your own secluded swimming spot here, even in summer. Listen out for the cow bells – sometimes they come down and drink from the lake! 

As you walk along, look out for the abandoned fish farm and a big rock just beyond it, which is perfect for a lakeside photo. You can jump off it if you are feeling brave!

A walk around Lake Bohinj offers many stunning views

4) Ukanc - the end of Bohinj Lake

In Slovene, Ukanc  literally means “the end” – and this is indeed the end of the valley. Mountains enclose Ukanc, and there is no way out except the paths on either side of the lake, unless you fancy one of the more adventurous hikes. Ukanc is a charming village, the gateway for the famous Slap Savica and home of the Vogel Cable Car.

You get wonderful views here of Lake Bohinj in all her glory, and you can clearly see the U-shaped valley. Stroll along the small wooden pier for that Instagram-worthy photo. You can also walk out to the little peninsular beach, popular with bathers, where the river Savica flows into the lake.

Family friendly swimming area at Lake Bohinj Slovenia

5) Savica River

Leaving the lakeside for a short while, you join a small road and cross the Savica river on a wooden bridge. The water is an amazing emerald colour. It is cold even in summer, having recently plunged down from high mountain valleys via the Slap Savica waterfall.

A little further on is the Zlatorog Bohinj campsite which has a café with refreshments and a playground for young children. The Lake Bohinj Boat departs from here campsite, so if your legs are tired head over to the small quayside for a ride back to Ribčev Laz.  

Take a look at the Savica river as you walk around Lake Bohinj in Slovenia

6) Returning from Ukanc to Ribčev Laz

There are actually two paths returning to Ribčev Laz. Most people take the quicker, low path adjacent to the road. This is very pleasant and takes you past the Church of the Holy Spirit. This small, unassuming church was built on the recommendation of a monk after a poor harvest.

The upper, quieter, path through the forest, is known at the “Hunter’s Path”, and winds you through the dense forest. This path is described further down this page, albeit in the opposite direction – it’s hard to find the start in Ukanc.

On your walk around lake Bohinj, stop at the church of the holy spirit

7) Zlatorog Statue - the Bohinj myth

As you approach Ribčev Laz again, you will see cafés and ice-cream sellers. Take a moment to admire the bronze Zlatorog or “Goldhorn” statue perched high on a rock next to Lake Bohinj. Legend says that the chamois’ golden horns hold the key to the treasure hidden in the mountains. The mythical chamois is also known as the gate keeper to Lake Bohinj.

Now back at Ribčev Laz, stroll a little up the road to visit the statue to the four brave men who were the first to climb Mount Triglav. 

Visit the zlatorog statue on your walk around Lake Bohinj in Slovenia

Walking around Lake Bohinj can be a great activity for the whole day. Lay your towel down at one of the many different swimming spots, read your book, and swim in the refreshing water.

Kids love to watch fish swimming at Lake Bohinj in Slovenia

There is always something to look at, with fish darting along the shore line, paragliders soaring overhead, kayakers and paddle boarders on the lake, and the impressive Julian Alps all around.    

Walking around Lake Bohinj is one of the most popular activities when you stay at Escape to Bohinj Holiday House. Many guests also enjoy running around the lake too. 

Walk around Lake Bohinj (forest) - Details & Map

Difficulty – shares the north shore path with the walk described above. We suggest doing this in the opposite direction as it is easier to find the path in Ribčev Laz. The first section through the forest is narrow and uneven – head up into the forest just beyond the Pod Skalco rock-climbing wall, where the (!) is shown on the interactive map

Start point – Ribčev Laz (but can join from any point on the lakeside)

End point – Ribčev Laz

Highest point – 640m (about 100m above the lake)

Total climb – 130m

Total distance – 12km from Ribčev Laz, 14km from Stara Fužina

Walking time – 3-5 hours + swimming time

Path type – narrow forest paths, short sections of road

Refreshments – available in Stara Fužina, Ukanc and Ribčev Laz

This interactive map allows you to view the route, and should show your location if you have GPS enabled. Click here to download a .gpx file for use with GPS-enabled devices.

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