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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrJust an hour and a half drive northwest of Ljubljana lies one of Slovenia’s best kept secrets. Lake Bohinj, the largest lake in Slovenia, is located within the area of Triglav National Park, surrounded by Julian Alps and only 16 miles from Lake Bled. The entire north shore is a protected area and the lake has managed to avoid mass urban development which has preserved the natural beauty of its shores. Its surface covers 1.2 square miles, and it reaches a depth of up to 148 feet at its deepest point. The lake heats up to 73 °F in summer and it is a great natural bathing place. Many tourist say they've never seen a more beautiful lake than Bled, but just until they've seen Lake Bohinj. The lake lacks Bled’s glamour, but it’s less crowded, unspoiled and, in many ways, more authentic. With crystal clear water, full of fish and lovely sandy bays, it is an ideal summer holiday destination, but if you are looking for tranquility and peace it's probably better to avoid it in August. While the western and eastern ends attract families and young sunbathers, the northern shore seems to be favored by nudists and other people looking for privacy among the shady trees. For those who wish to experience the lake itself, there are scenic boat excursions available. The two boats (Bohinj and Zlatorog) run from Ribčev Laz to the Zlatorog Hotel and return frequently during May to October with extended hours during July and August. The serene lake, surrounded by beautiful mountains and quiet villages is a superb place to rest and unwind. This is where you should come if you want to be treated as a guest - not just as a customer, just don’t expect a lot of thrills. Nightlife is practically non-existent.
Things to doThe Bohinj area is filled with things to see and do, including activities like swimming, canyoning, rafting, paragliding and climbing as well as the various museums and churches to be visited. Bohinj is also the ideal base for hikers who would like to explore the unspoiled beauty of Triglav National Park and Sava Bohinjska Valley with 16 marked hiking routes. On many trails, you can still meet with herders and dairy farmers to taste their wares.
Savica WaterfallThe impressive Savica Waterfall , which cuts deep into a gorge 60 m below, is 2.5 miles from the Hotel Zlatorog in Ukanc and can be reached by footpath from there. To see the waterfall you must first get to the Savica restaurant, which is a 20-minute walk up more than 500 steps to the falls.
VogelTowering high above Lake Bohinj's southern edges, Vogel at 1,535 m is one of Slovenia's premier ski resorts in winter. If you are visiting Bohinj, definitely place a trip up to the summit on your list. With skiing up to 1,800 m, the season can be long, sometimes from late November to late April or even early May. In other seasons, Vogel offers scenic rides, starting points for mountain hiking, excellent cuisine and comfortable accommodation. In the summer, the cable car operates from 7:00 AM till 19:00 PM.
Church of St. John the BaptistA visit to St Paul's Church will take you back in time and you can enjoy evening mass on a Sunday. You’ll find this medieval church on the Sava Bohinjka River’s northern side. The nave is Romanesque, but the Gothic presbytery dates from about 1440. Many walls and ceilings are covered with 15th and 16th century frescoes. The carved wooden head of St John the Baptist , on the side altar to the right, dates from 1380.
Aquapark BohinjThis lively water park, located in Bohinjska Bistrica, next to the Bohinj Park Hotel, is open year-round and has 380 sq m of indoor and outdoor pools with slides, as well as saunas, steam rooms, and fitness and wellness centers. If you’re travelling with kids, it can be a lifesaver in winter or a rainy day treat in summer.
Alpine Dairy Farming MuseumGet an insight into the life of herdsmen in the Bohinj's pastures in an authentic environment displaying artifacts, photos and other material. The Museum of Alpine Dairy Farming in Stara Fužina presents the story of herding and alpine dairy farming in Bohinj as a way of life and coexistence with nature in an alpine environment.
Getting aroundBohinj summer bus runs from 1 July to 31 August on route: Bohinjska Bistrica (train station) – Savica Waterfall. A walk around the lake is a must. A lot larger than Bled, the 7 miles walk is completed in about 3-4 hours depending on your speed and whether you stop for breaks along the way.
By BusBohinj is connected by frequent bus lines with the capital Ljubljana; they run almost every hour from early in the morning till the evening. By local buses you can then reach other villages in Bohinj.
By TrainThe lake, itself, is not on a train line. There is a train station in Bohinjska Bistrica. It is on the scenic line that runs along the Soča Valley, however it is inconvenient if you're coming from Ljubljana (via Jesenice). Also, there is the problem of getting to the lake from the station in Bohinjska Bistrica.
By CarJulian Alps are surrounded by highways, so the Valley of Bohinj can be accessed very easily from any direction you may choose. The road takes you through the town of Bled, first to Bohinjska Bistrica and after 3.1 miles you'll reach the Bohinj Lake.
Be aware that The Triglav National Park Act prohibits the parking of motor vehicles, campers, and caravans outside the designated areas.
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Author: Ayda. Last updated: Jan 14, 2015