Walk around Lake Bohinj
Walk around Lake Bohinj and experience the pristine nature of the Triglav National Park and enjoy spectacular views of the Julian Alps in Slovenia. A walk for all seasons and one of the best, free activities to do in the area.
Need to Know
- Walk Length: 12km
- Walk Time: Approx 3-5 hours
- Trail: Easy, well-marked, but bumpy underfoot in parts
- Refreshments: Can be bought in Ribčev Laz & Ukanc
We recommend you walk around Lake Bohinj in an anti-clockwise direction: Ribčev Laz → Stara Fužina → Ukanc → Ribčev Laz
Map for Walking around Lake Bohinj
Guide to Walking around Lake Bohinj
During the walk around Lake Bohinj there are plenty of wooden benches to take a rest and sit a while. Or find a shady spot under a tree. One of the joys of this walk is that it is easy to forget the busyness of life and begin to reconnect with nature and relax.
1) Ribčev Laz
Here, at the start of your walk around Lake Bohinj, you can see the picture postcard view of the stone built bridge and the stunning St John the Baptist Church. Take a look into the water below the bridge to see the large fish darting about. Then enjoy the beautiful vista of Lake Bohinj with the dramatic Julian Alps rising up all around.
Walk over the bridge and take the trail along the shore line north. Here you will see lovely shallow swimming areas, which are perfect for young children. It is very tempting to stop at Cafe Kramar for a coffee and to watch the paragliders soaring overhead. You can’t get a better view for that morning cuppa!
As you follow the path, notice the meadows on your right. In springtime, they are bursting with wild flowers, butterflies and bees. Just before you head west, you will see a path heading off to Stara Fužina, and the Mostnica Gorge. Should you have more time to spare, a walk up the Mostnica Gorge is another popular activity well worth doing.
3) Heading West along Lake Bohinj
The west side of the Lake Bohinj is completely unspoilt, as the area is protected in the Triglav National Park. It is easy to find your own secluded swimming spot here in summer. Listen out for the cow bells (I have once seen the cows actually in the lake!)
As you walk along, look out for the abandoned fish farm, as well as the big rock perfect for that selfie. You can even jump off it if you are feeling brave!
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, popular with beach lovers, and where the river Savica flows in to the lake.
5) Savica River
As you wander through Ukanc, stop and enjoy the views at the wooden bridge over the Savica river. The water is an amazing emerald colour and very cold to the touch.
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. Whether it made a difference to the later harvests, we do not know!
The upper, quieter, path through the forest, is known at the “Hunter’s Path”, and winds you through the dense forest. Expect to see toadstools and mushrooms, lizards and small mammals.
7) Zlatorog Statue
As you approach Ribčev Laz again, you will see cafes 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 up the road to observe the statue of the four brave men who were the first to climb Mount Triglav.
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, swim in the refreshing water.
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.