There are lots of hikes that give wonderful views over Lake Bohinj and the Julian Alps. So many that it can be hard choose between them! Some are major, full-day expeditions, serious outings that climb to over 2,000m. But the hikes described below are our top 3 for fantastic views with relatively little climbing. They’re nice at any time of day, but there is something special about an amazing sunrise or sunset.
The first walk, to Peč, is the quickest and easiest. If you have time, why not try all three?!
Viewpoint #1 - Peč - Alt. 640m (2km, 40-minute round trip from Stara Fužina)
This picture-perfect view of Lake Bohinj (see above) is taken from Peč, a promontory on the lower slopes of Rudnica. It is about a 40-minute round trip from the village of Stara Fužina, an hour if you take it slowly. You never get more than 100m 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 and bridge acting as gatekeeper to the lake. This photo was taken at the end of a glorious day in March.
From the centre of Stara Fužina, cross the bridge over the river, heading east. Turn right down the small road after the wooden barn, following the flow of the river. After a while, you’ll cross the smaller Ribnica river and join a cycle path. After about 500m, the path rises gently to a road crossing the river from the right. Turn left here and follow the signs to Peč.
You can extend the walk by following the marked trail to the summit of Rudnica (946m, 3hr round trip). This hill splits the Bohinj valley into its upper and lower halves and forms the southern side of the U-shaped valley. The ascent up Rudnica from Stara Fužina is lovely, gentler than Vogar or Studor (see below), and passes through forest, pastures and flower meadows.
Close to the summit, a large clearing provides beautiful views to the lake below and high mountain summits further afield.
There are few more lovely spots for a picnic, and because so few people venture up here (there are no facilities & nowhere to buy refreshments) you and the resident deer will probably have the hill to yourselves. The far side of the hill is steeper, the paths more challenging, so it’s best to descend the same way.
Viewpoint #2 - Vogar – Alt. 950m (6km, 2-3hrs round trip)
Vogar provides a wonderful viewpoint high above the north-eastern end of the lake. It is the spot from which many paragliders take off in summer. From the bridge in the middle of Stara Fužina, follow the road uphill to the west. Beyond the children’s play area is a car-park, from which Vogar is signposted as 1 hour 15 minutes.
It’s a steep climb up through the forest, marked by the typical red circles surrounding a white spot, and signposts. The path was previously roughly paved by large boulder slabs. Although some of these are still in place, it is quite bumpy where they have become dislodged.
As you get close to the top, you will see a sign post to the paragliding launch site on the left. The view appears quite suddenly, with a panorama over Lake Bohinj and Stara Fužina below. You may even get to watch some brave souls launch themselves off the mountain under their parachutes. If you have ever want to fly like a bird, this must be one of the best places to try. What an amazing view!
If you’re still feeling energetic, head a little further up the path to the Kosijev dom na Vogarju. This mountain hut offers refreshments, and you can sit down, relax and enjoy the wonderful views all around.
Vogar offers lovely views all year round. This photo was taken in December, after early snowfall.
Viewpoint #3 - Studor – Alt. 980m (5km, 2-3hr round trip)
The hill of Studor forms the northern side of the U-shaped valley. The walk to the top is steep enough to get your heart beating, but the views are worth it. You can see along the entire length of Lake Bohinj from the top – a worthy reward. Start in Stara Fužina and follow the path towards the Mostnica gorge. Just before the Devil’s Bridge (Hudičev most), turn right to follow the path to Uskovnica, through a beech forest. When the path splits, keep right and follow the trail up, contouring across the southern face.
There is a small clearing near the summit which gives fantastic views along the lake. This clearing is a much less-used paraglider take-off point – it’s quite a climb from the nearest road.
We have never had to share the summit of Studor with anyone else – it’s beautifully quiet.
So, will it be number 1, a quick scamper up Peč for the picture-perfect view over church and lake? Or will you choose number 2, a steep climb up Vogar, joining the paragliders as they soar into the sky? Or maybe it’ll be number 3, secluded Studor, the quieter option that will take your breath away?
The decision is yours…