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Lake Bohinj

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  • Bohinjsko jezero
    / Bohinjsko jezero
    Photo: Mitja Sodja, Turizem Bohinj
  • / jezero v jesenskih barvah
    Photo: Mitja Sodja, Turizem Bohinj
  • / Bohinjsko jezero
    Photo: Mitja Sodja, Turizem Bohinj
The largest natural lake in Slovenia with endless opportunities for outdoor activities.
Lake Bohinj is located in a glacial valley and it comprises almost 100 million cubic metres of water – according to an old Bohinj joke: no more than a bucket if it is large enough. The steeply descending lake basin is relatively smoothly shaped and has no shallow areas. In summer, the temperature of the water rises to 22 °C; in winter, the lake freezes sometimes. Water level rises 2 - 3 metres after heavy rainfall.

Lake water is restored three times per year. The main tributary is the Savica, and the main distributary is the Sava Bohinjka. More than a third of the water flows into the lake from the Karst springs under the lake surface along the northern shore. During heavy rainfall, the Karst waters gush out as the Govic spring on the Pršivec hillside.

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Public transport

Villiage Ribčev Laz where the lake is situated, is accessible by regular bus lines.

Getting there

In Bohinj we can drive by car through Bled, through Pokljuka, Soriška planina or Jelovica. You can also reach the lake with a car from the direction of Bohinjska Bistrica or Stara Fužina.
  • The bus passes from Ljubljana through Bled.
  • From Ljubljana and Villach (via Jesenice) and from Nova Gorica you can reach Boh. Bistrica by train but from there you continue the path on foot, by bike, or by bus.
  • Or with a car train from Nova Gorica, Most na Soči and Podbrdo.


Payable parking places are located near the lake:
  • in Ukanc (at the end of the lake and valley)
  • in Ribčev Laz (several paid parking lots)
  • between Ribčev Laz and Ukanc (a small parking lot at the Church of the Holy Spirit and a large payable parking place called Naklove glave)
  • in the summer months, the best alternative is a free parking lot in Bohinjska Bistrica, next to the Danica Campsite, which also offers a free shuttle bus to the lake and back


46.282276, 13.864521
46°16'56.2"N 13°51'52.3"E
33T 412525 5126037
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11.7 km
5:00 h
585 m
585 m
11.3 km
2:30 h
103 m
151 m
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Hiking trail · Upper Carniola
Zum Savica-Wasserfall
Premium Difficulty moderate
Distance 11.7 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 585 m
Descent 585 m

Mittelschwere Wanderung am Bohinjsko jezero im Triglav Nationalpark

from Svenja Rödig,   Outdooractive Premium
Top Difficulty moderate open
Distance 11.4 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 99 m
Descent 99 m

A walk around Lake Bohinj is almost obligatory for every visitor who comes to Bohinj. You can shorten it and walk only along the north or south ...

from Turizem Bohinj,   Turizem Bohinj
Top Difficulty easy Stage 7
Distance 11.3 km
Duration 2:30 h
Ascent 103 m
Descent 151 m

A short stage of the trail runs from Stara Fužina, Ribčev Laz near Lake Bohinj on unpaved roads and paths across the panoramic Dobrava meadows to ...

from Marko Lenarcic,   Julian Alps
Top Difficulty moderate open
Distance 12.7 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 320 m
Descent 320 m

A walk around Lake Bohinj is almost obligatory for every visitor who comes to Bohinj. You can shorten it and walk only along the north or south ...

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