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Tourist information for holidays in Bohinj, Slovenia. Accommodation, sights and walks.

Bohinj Eco Hotel – Five Stars and Eco-Friendly

Lake Bohinj
Lake Bohinj

The Bohinj Eco Hotel in Bohinjska Bistrica has been awarded a Five Star rating. What really sets this hotel apart though is it’s “green” eco-friendly credentials.

The hotel is setting new standards in energy efficiency.  Using a 430m deep geothermal well, which heats the hotel in winter and cools it in summer, reduces energy consumption.  Other advanced measures include the extraction of heat from waste water before it enters the sewage system; the majority of hotel lightning is based on Power LED technology; and sensors on guest room windows will switch off the air-conditioning if left open.

Bohinjska Bistrica is right on the edge of the Triglav National Park and is a great base for walking, either in the valleys, around Lake Bohinj or on the nearby peaks of the Julian Alps.  We have six walks around Bohinj in our book, but there are lots, lots more.  See also our Bohinjska Bistrica local information page for more details.

Disclaimer: This article is not an advert and we have no connection with Bohinj Eco Hotel.

Lake Bohinj from Ribčev Laz
Lake Bohinj from Ribčev Laz

A 12 Day Walking Tour in the Julian Alps of Slovenia

Triglav, Slovenia's highest mountain
Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain

In the autumn of 2009 David and I completed one of the most exciting and exhilarating walking trips we have ever done, a grand walking tour in the Julian Alps. Since our first visit to Slovenia in 2001 we had always dreamed of climbing Triglav and incorporating this challenge into a circular walk and sleeping in the mountain huts in the Julian Alps. It was a walk that we will remember and cherish all our lives.

Zasavska Koča na Prehodavcih
Zasavska Koča na Prehodavcih

Slovenians are proud of their hiking prowess and the mountain huts enable those who love the “Great Outdoors” to stay for days or weeks amidst the high peaks. Huts is a bad translation of koča or dom as these buildings provide clean accommodation, including bedding, warmth and good basic food. There is always a warm welcome and, even with only a few words of Slovenian, it is easy to communicate. The huts are run by various walking clubs and usually there are 2 or 3 people in charge who spend the summer months cheerfully catering to the needs of the hungry, weary walker. Generally there is never more than 5 hours walking between the huts.

With many routes to choose from and a choice of accommodation we found it easy to plan a tour that allowed us to start and finish from the same place and, what was truly magical, we could see where we had come from and where we were heading many times on the journey. As everything you are going to need has to be carried on your back, careful preparation is essential. In addition to the usual necessary walking equipment only a little extra is needed in order to stay in the huts. Just the basics are needed in the washing department as water is very limited, so don’t expect a shower! A torch is recommended for use in the dormitories at night, but you will have one in your pack anyway. Carry a spare set of clothes to wear in the evening and enough cash in your pocket to pay for your bed and meals and you are set to go.

Day One

Knafelc waymark
Knafelc waymark

Our holiday started with a pleasant walk from Ribčev Laz, passing by Lake Bohinj, to Stara Fužina, from where we climbed up the well way-marked but steep path to Planina Uskovnica. A quick bite of lunch, sitting in the warm sunshine beside the pretty chapel there, was followed by a long traversing walk, mainly through trees, around the head of the Voje Valley where we met the main path from Rudno Polje to Triglav. We were clear of the trees and we would not walk in them again for the next week. Having made our height for the day it was then an easy traverse around to our first hut, Vodnikov Dom at 1817m.

Unusually, no one in the hut seemed to speak any English, but with our very basic Slovenian we had soon secured a room for the night and had a refreshing cup of tea in our hands. Supper was vegetable soup and bread and more tea, soon followed by an early night and falling to sleep to the sound of cow-bells drifting up from Velo polje just below.

Day One stats – 6 1/2hrs walking, approx 1400m of ascent.

Day Two

On the way to Dom Valentina Staniča pod Triglavom
On the way to Dom Valentina Staniča pod Triglavom

Breakfast was two fried eggs, a slice of bread and a cup of tea (just over 5Eur each) which was to become oue morning ritual. Today’s walk to reach Dom Valentino Staniča pod Triglavom, named after the man who first accurately measured the height of Triglav, was only a three hour hike and a further 500m climb. Setting off we could see Dom Planika high above us but Triglav behind, was shrouded in mist. From Konjsko sedlo we traversed below the cliffs of Ržki podi and around Rž to descend slightly to the hut. What a wonderful position this hut commands, surrounded by high peaks yet accessible from the Kot and Vrata valleys and fine views across to the Karavanke on the Austrian border. After lunch we dumped our rucksacks and explored the nearby peak of Visoka Vrbanova špica (2408m). Later on in the evening, chatting with our host we discovered that we would be unable to stay at Triglavski Dom at Kredarica or Dom Planika on Saturday because they were fully booked. We would have to stay here another two nights.

Day Two stats – 4hrs walking, approx 600m of ascent.

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24. Vogel, Bohinj, Slovenia

Walk 24 – Vogel, a mountain walk above Bohinj from a Walking Guide to Slovenia.

Triglav from the Vogel Ski Station
Triglav from the Vogel Ski Station

A relatively easy mountain walk above Bohinjin the Julian Alps, to the summit of Vogel (1922m). We use the Vogel Cable Car to gain a bit of height!

Start/Finish – Vogel Ski Station car park

Distance – 10km/6.2miles

Height gain – approx 650m

Time – 3h40min

Grade – fairly strenuous. A high-level mountain walk on waymarked paths, involving a little easy scrambling. Vogel is liable to lightning strikes; avoid if storms are forecast (see our mountain weather advice).

Recommended map(s) – are the 1:50 000 Triglavski Narodni Park or the Julijske Alpe vzhodni del (eastern) maps, published by PZS.  There is also the 1:25 000 Bohinjsko jezero map, again by PZS.

Equipment – Walking boots, walking sticks. See our clothing and walking equipment page for more recommendations.

Refreshments on route – At the Upper Cable Car Station; none on route.

Edelweiss
Edelweiss

Updates to the 2019, 5th EditionThere are no updates.

Public transport – The Cable Car Station is easily reached by bus.

Car parking in Bohinj – there is a parking charge at all car-parks beside or near Lake Bohinj. For more details see, our Bohinj information page.

Car parking is free for users of the Cable Car.

Nearest Town/VillageBohinjska Bistrica. In the town and nearby villages, including Ribčev Laz there is a wide range of hotels, apartments, guesthouses and rooms plus there are a couple of camping sites – Camp Danica at Bohinjska Bistrica is our favourite. The town also has a good range of shops too.

View towards Šija and Rodica from Vogel
View towards Šija and Rodica from Vogel

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23. Rudnica and the Upper Bohinj Valley

Walk 23 – in Zgornja Dolina, the Upper Valley of Bohinj, also climbing Rudnica, from a Walking Guide to Slovenia.

Hayracks in Zgornja Dolina
Hayracks in Zgornja Dolina

Starting at Ribčev Laz, this pleasant countryside walk meanders through the villages and fields of Zgornja Dolina, the Upper Valley of Bohinj, as well as climbing Rudnica.

Start/Finish – Ribčev Laz

Distance – 11.8km/7.4miles

Height gain – approx 400m

Time – 3h40min

Grade – moderate; mainly on good paths and tracks, except for the steep and sometimes loose descent from Rudnica.

Recommended map(s) – are the 1:50 000 Triglavski Narodni Park or the Julijske Alpe vzhodni del (eastern) maps, published by PZS.  There are also the 1:25 000 Bohinjsko jezero and Triglav maps, again by PZS.

Equipment – Walking boots, walking sticks. See our clothing and walking equipment page for more recommendations.

Refreshments on route – Available at Srednja Vas, Stara Fužina and, in summer from a hut near the summit of Rudnica.

Logs and flowers, Srednja Vas
Logs and flowers, Srednja Vas

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Public transport – Ribčev Laz is easily reached by bus.

Car parking in Bohinj – there is a parking charge at all car-parks beside or near Lake Bohinj. For more details see, our Bohinj information page.

Nearest Town/VillageBohinjska Bistrica. In the town and nearby villages, including Ribčev Laz there is a wide range of hotels, apartments, guesthouses and rooms plus there are a couple of camping sites – Camp Danica at Bohinjska Bistrica is our favourite. The town also has a good range of shops too.

A Studor toplar
A Studor toplar

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22. Mostnica Gorge Walk and the Voje Valley, Bohinj, Slovenia

Walk 22 – along the Mostnica Gorge and the Voje Valley, beginning at Stara Fužina, from a Walking Guide to Slovenia.

Sloncek, an underwater arch in the Mostnica Gorge
Slonćek, an underwater arch in the Mostnica Gorge

Starting at the pretty village of Stara Fužina, this walk explores the Mostnica Gorge (Mostnica Korita) and the meadows of the alpine Voje Valley as far as the Slap Mostnice waterfall (also known as Slap Voje).

Start/Finish – Stara Fužina or Ribčev Laz (see Updates)

Slap Voje
Slap Voje

Distance – 11.3km/7miles

Height gain – approx 230m

Time – 2h49min

Grade – easy; mainly on good paths and tracks.

Recommended map(s) – are the 1:50 000 Triglavski Narodni Park or the Julijske Alpe vzhodni del (eastern) maps, published by PZS.  There are also the 1:25 000 Bohinjsko jezero and Triglav maps, again by PZS.

Equipment – Walking shoes, walking sticks. See our clothing and walking equipment page for more recommendations.

Refreshments on route – Available at Slap Mostnice in season and at Planinska Koča na Vojah mountain hut on Saturdays. See our mountain huts of Slovenia page more information.

Updates to the 2019, 5th EditionThere are no updates.

Public transport – Ribčev Laz is easily reached by bus. There is a more limited service to Stara Fužina.

Car parking in Bohinj – there is a parking charge at all car-parks beside or near Lake Bohinj. For more details see, our Bohinj information page.

Nearest Town/VillageBohinjska Bistrica. In the town and nearby villages, including Ribčev Laz there is a wide range of hotels, apartments, guesthouses and rooms plus there are a couple of camping sites – Camp Danica at Bohinjska Bistrica is our favourite. The town also has a good range of shops too.

Mostnica Gorge
Mostnica Gorge

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21. Walk to the Triglav Lakes Valley

Walk 21 – the ascent of Komarča to Črna jezero and the Triglav Lakes Valley, from a Walking Guide to Slovenia.

Triglav Lakes Valley
Triglav Lakes Valley

Viewed from any distance the cliffs of Komarča look impassable, but there is a path, a steep one, that leads to Črna jezero and the foot of the Triglav Lakes Valley (sometimes called the “Seven Lakes Valley”).

Start/Finish – Slap Savica car park

Distance – 3.8km/2.3mile

Height gain – approx 650m

Time – 2h50min

Grade – Strenuous; a short but exceptionally tough ascent on a steep and sometimes exposed path. Cables protect the route in places and, at one point, metal pegs provide the holds.

Recommended map(s) – are the 1:50 000 Triglavski Narodni Park or the Julijske Alpe vzhodni del (eastern) maps, published by PZS.  There are also the 1:25 000 Bohinjsko jezero and Triglav maps, again by PZS.

Equipment – Walking shoes, walking sticks. See our clothing and walking equipment page for more recommendations.

Refreshments on route – A bar at the Slap Savica car-park, but none on route.

Updates to the 2019, 5th EditionThere are no updates.

Public transport – The Slap Savica car park can be reached by bus from mid-June until the end of Septmber.  Alternatively, catch a bus to Ukance (Bohinj Zlatorog) and follow the signed path to the Slap Savica car-park and the start of the walk.

Car parking in Bohinj – there is a parking charge at all car-parks beside or near Lake Bohinj. For more details see, our Bohinj information page.

Nearest Town/VillageBohinjska Bistrica. In the town and nearby villages, including Ribčev Laz there is a wide range of hotels, apartments, guesthouses and rooms plus there are a couple of camping sites – Camp Danica at Bohinjska Bistrica is our favourite. The town also has a good range of shops too.

Črna jezero
Črna jezero

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20. A walk around Lake Bohinj and to Slap Savica

Walk 20 -a circuit of Lake Bohinj, including Slap Savica, from a Walking Guide to Slovenia.

Lake Bohinj
Lake Bohinj

Starting at Ribčev Laz, enjoy a leisurely stroll around Lake Bohinj (Bohinjsko jezero), take a picnic and perhaps a swimsuit because in summer the water is warm enough to take a dip. The walk also heads up to Slap Savica, an impressive waterfall and source of the Sava River.

Start/Finish – Ribčev Laz

Lake Bohinj and Ribčev Laz
Lake Bohinj and Ribčev Laz

Distance – 11.8km/7.3mile

Height gain – approx 275m

Time – 3h16min

Grade – easy; on good paths and tracks.

Recommended map(s) – are the 1:50 000 Triglavski Narodni Park or the Julijske Alpe vzhodni del (eastern) maps, published by PZS.  There are also the 1:25 000 Bohinjsko jezero and Triglav maps, again by PZS.

Equipment – Walking shoes, walking sticks. See our clothing and walking equipment page for more recommendations.

Refreshments on route – A bar at the Slap Savica car-park.

Updates to the 2019, 5th EditionThere are no updates.

Public transport – Ribčev Laz is easily reached by bus.

Car parking in Bohinj – there is a parking charge at all car-parks beside or near Lake Bohinj. For more details see, our Bohinj information page.

Nearest Town/VillageBohinjska Bistrica. In the town and nearby villages, including Ribčev Laz there is a wide range of hotels, apartments, guesthouses and rooms plus there are a couple of camping sites – Camp Danica at Bohinjska Bistrica is our favourite.  The town also has a good range of shops too.

Slap Savica, Bohinj
Slap Savica, Bohinj

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19. Ridge walk above Bohinj, Slovenia

Walk 19 – above Bohinj from Črna prst to Rodica, from a Walking Guide to Slovenia.

View from Konjski vrh to Črna prst
View from Konjski vrh to Črna prst

Marvellous ridge walking on the edge of the Julian Alps with stupendous views across Bohinj to Triglav in the north and far reaching vistas over the wooded hills of Primorska to the south-west.

Start/Finish – Štržišče

Knafelc marker on route to Rodica
Knafelc marker on route to Rodica

Distance – 18.5km/11.5mile

Height gain – approx 1400m

Time – 8h04min

Grade – very strenuous. A long and committing mountain ridge walk. Map and compass skill are essential, especially in bad weather.

Recommended map(s) – are the 1:50 000 Triglavski Narodni Park or the Julijske Alpe vzhodni del (eastern) maps, published by PZS.  Almost all of the walk is covered by the 1:25 000 Bohinjsko jezero map, also by PZS.

Equipment – Walking shoes, walking sticks. See our clothing and walking equipment page for more recommendations.

Refreshments on route – In season, basic meals and drinks are available from the Dom Zorka Jelinčiča mountain hut on the summit of Črna prst.  See our mountain huts of Slovenia page more information.

Updates to the 2019, 5th Edition There are no updates to the described route. An alternative start and finish could be made by taking the Vogel cable car and climbing up through the ski grounds to the ridge just below Šija. Turn left here to walk along to Rodica and the follow the route in reverse to Črna prst. Descend by the waymarked path via Planina za Liscem to Bohinjska Bistrica. At one time or another we have walked these paths and can recommend these alternatives.

Public transport – No public transport to Stržišče. It is possible to start the walk at nearby Podbrdo, best accessed by train from Bohinjska Bistrica or Most na Soči.

Nearest Towns/VillagesTolmin has at least one hotel, apartments, guesthouses and rooms plus a camping site. Tolmin also has a good range of shops, plus cafes and restaurants. Bohinjska Bistrica has a wider selection of accommodation and excellent shops.

Dom Zorka Jelincica hut on the summit of Crna prst
Dom Zorka Jelincica hut on the summit of Crna prst

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Bohinj – Bohinjska Bistrica, Slovenia

Bohinj - decorated church tower
Bohinj – decorated church tower

Bohinjska Bistrica is the main commercial and administrative centre of the Bohinj area but the highlights and attractions of Bohinj are to be found in the two valleys, Zgornja (higher) and Spodnja (lower) Dolina and around Lake Bohinj, 6km to the west. Undoubtedly the area’s natural scenic beauty is it’s main asset but the visitor will also discover medieval churches, museums and, in the villages, a pace of life that is perhaps a little more relaxed.

Attractions around Bohinjska Bistrica

Lake Bohinj and Ribcev Laz from Pec
Lake Bohinj and Ribčev Laz from Pec
  • Ribčev Laz Lying at the eastern end of Lake Bohinj (Bohinjsko jezero) it is a picture postcard location, a tourist “honeypot” and understandably so! Just across the bridge over the Sava Bohinjka is the beautiful old church of Sv Janeza Krstnika (St John the Baptist), with its decorated bell-tower and interior decorated with 15th and 16th-century frescoes. Opening times vary, but the Bohinj Tourist Office in the village will have the details. Less visited but just as attractive is the church of Sv Duh (Holy Spirit) on the southern shore of the Lake. On the shore, beside the road, you will find a statue of the fabled golden-horned chamois, Zlatorog.
  • Lake Bohinj – surrounded by the mountains of the Julian Alps, Lake Bohinj is Slovenia’s largest permanent Lake. It is a beautiful and peaceful spot, perhaps best viewed from Ribčev Laz or, if you would like an overall view, from the viewpoint on Peč (see our Walk 23). The water is clear and easily warm enough in summer for swimming. There is also a very attractive walk around the Lake (Walk 20). Boat trips on the lake board at Ribčev Laz or Ukanc at the western end.
  • Vogel cable car – the trip up to the Vogel Ski Station by cable car is a popular outing, many just going for the view over to the Triglav massif. We use it to access the fine ridge walking between the mountains Rudnica and Vogel (Walk 19 and Walk 24).
  • Slap Savica waterfall – The source of Slovenia’s longest river, the Sava. A 78m fall and a magnificent sight, particularly after heavy rain! There is a carpark about 4km beyond Lake Bohinj. There is also a footpath from Ukanc (see Walk 20). Entrance fee. Open seasonally – check with the Bohinj Tourist Office.
Toplarji, Stara Fuzina, Bohinj
Toplarji, Stara Fuzina, Bohinj
  • Stara Fuzina – home to the Alpine dairy Museum. Open all year except from late October to Christmas, times vary.
  • Mostnica Gorge – a deep gorge in the Voje Valley. In season there is an entrance fee. Our Walk 22 explores this valley as far as the Mostnica waterfall
  • Studor – the Oplen House in the village centre is well worth a visit to learn about village life in 19th-century Bohinj. Opening times are the same as the Alpine Dairy Museum in Stara Fuzina. Studor, is perhaps most famous for its double hayracks or toplarji – the best ones are at the entrance to the village. Our Walk 23 goes through this charming village.

Walking

We have six walks around Bohinj in our book, but there are lots, lots more.

Accommodation in Bohinj and Bohinjska Bistrica

Bohinj and Bohinjska Bistrica has a wide range of accommodation. Newly opened in 2009 is the eco-friendly 5* Bohinj Park Hotel in Bohinjska Bistrica.  There are two campsites, Kamp Zlatorog at the western end of Lake Bohinj and our favourite, Camp Danica, on the outskirts of Bohinjska Bistrica. We advise you to book in the summer months!

The Bohinj Local Tourist Board has lots of useful information and it has two offices, one in Bohinjska Bistrica and the other in Ribčev Laz.

Public transport

Bohinj is easily reached by bus or train.

Car parking in Bohinj

There is a parking charge at all car-parks beside or near Lake Bohinj. If you are staying in the area it might be more economical to purchase the Bohinj Guest Card which entitles the holder to free parking, plus a range of discounts in certain shops and visitor attractions. The card can be purchased at the Tourist Offices in Ribčev Laz and Bohinja Bistrica, at Camp Danica and at some other locations. Ask at your hotel or apartment reception.

Bohinjska Bistrica has a good range of shops, cafes and restaurants. Trips, excursions and activities of all kinds can be booked at the Bohinj Local Tourist Board.

Walking by hayracks in Zgornja Dolina, Bohinj
Walking by hayracks in Zgornja Dolina, Bohinj

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