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The source of the Bistrica river

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    Photo: Mitja Sodja, Turizem Bohinj
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    Photo: Mitja Sodja, Turizem Bohinj
  • / The source of the Bistrica river
    Photo: Mitja Sodja, Turizem Bohinj
The Bistrica river with its source Pod Luknjo is the strongest affluent of the Sava Bohinjka river.

The stream flowing through the Bohinjska Bistrica river gets its water from the lower Bohinj mountains. The Bistrica stream has a picturesque impassable gorge which has not yet been arranged for tourist visits. You can, however, visit its impressive source with the waterfalls.

 

HISTORICAL AND CURRENT IMPORTANCE OF THE BISTRICA RIVER:

A hundred years ago, some of this water had been conducted by means of wooden troughs above the Bohinjska Bistrica river and into the hydroelectric power plant. The electricity produced was used for the boring of the Bohinj tunnel. Today, the crystal clear water from the source of the Bistrica river is used to supply the Bohinjska Bistrica water distribution system.

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Update: December 23, 2021

Public transport

Bohinjska Bistrica is accessible with regular bus lines, as well as by train from direction of Nova Gorica and Jesenice.

Getting there

HOW TO GET TO THE SOURCE OF THE BISTRICA RIVER?

  • from Bohinjska Bistrica past the hamlet Pozabljeno (marked)
  • from the village Žlan (not marked)
  • via Rebro (where you can also visit a cemetery from the World War I)

Once in the hamlet Pozabljeno in Bohinjska Bistrica, follow the signposts. The forest cart track with visible remains of a formerly paved road is suitable for walking and mountain biking. The whole length from the source takes approximately 45 minutes of easy walking.

You can prolong the trip by one hour and a quarter (and make it even more beautiful) by crossing the bridge over Bistrica and following the unmarked hunter’s path to a steep pass above you. Once on the summit, you will see spread before you the meadows of Čibrovica (716m) crowned with the majestic range of the Julian Alps in the distance. Follow the cart track towards the valley via the meadows of Dobrava all the way to the hamlet Pozabljeno.

Parking

Parking spaces in Bohinjska Bistrica are located:

  • in the center of the villiage at the main grocery store
  • parking at the train station
  • big free parking at the campsite Danica

Coordinates

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46.256030, 13.923044
DMS
46°15'21.7"N 13°55'23.0"E
UTM
33T 416994 5123058
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