Lake Bohinj is a tectonic and the largest natural lake in the Triglav National Park and in Slovenia. The basin of the lake was transformed by the Bohinj glacier. The main tributary to the lake is Savica which springs in the Triglav Lakes Valley. The water in the lake changes three times in a year. Jezernica is the small river flowing from the lake and is one of the shortest rivers in Slovenia. Below the confluence with the Mostnica River, the Mostnica and the Jezernica merge into the Sava Bohinjka River.
The Church of St John the Baptist is the most recognisable symbol of Bohinj. It was built before the year 1300 and is, from a stylistic point of view, the richest building in Bohinj.
During heavy rainfall, the Govic Waterfall occasionally bursts out from the rock above the northern shore of Lake Bohinj. The water rises vertically in the cave and falls with a roar into the channel below the wall. The path is impassable at that time. The entrance to the cave is only a few metres wide and runs down to the underground lake with a very oscillating surface. Usually, the waterfall can be seen for only a few hours.
Don't forget to take a camera with you.
If you are on a hike with your children, don't miss visiting the Zlatorog Fairy Trail.
The south side of the lake is in the winter time mostly in the shadow, that's why we recommend warm clothes.
Rest StopZLATOROG FAIRY TRAIL
Safety informationThere can be fallen trees in some parts of the trail due to tree cutting and damage caused by strong winds.
The trail can be flooded by torrents during heavy rainfall.
A part of the trail runs on the local motor road.
Danger of icy surfaces especially on the southern (shady) side of the lake shore, so be careful.
Tips and hints
Turizem Bohinj, Stara Fužina, tel.: +386 4 57 47 590
TIC Bohinj, Ribčev Laz, tel.: +386 4 574 60 10
TIC Bohinj, Bohinjska Bistrica, tel.: +386 4 574 76 00
TIC Bohinj, Stara Fužina, tel.: +386 4 572 33 26
TNP Bohinj Centre, Stara Fužina, tel.: +386 1 200 97 60
The Julian Alps: Bohinj Card offers free transport and other benefits.
Stop and relax at various restaurants in Ukanc and Ribčev Laz. Picerija Ukanc in Ukanc, Lovec and Zlatovčica Restaurants and Foksner Snack Bar in Ribčev Laz offer dishes with the Bohinjsko/From Bohinj certificate.
During the International Wild Flower Festival (end of May, start of June) you can join a guided hike (with a botanist) along lake shore, where you can get detailed information about the flora of this area.
In the past, Ukanc was a grazing pasture. As the legend says, the name "Ukanc" was formed from the phrase "u konc" meaning "at the end of the world", because in the past people believed that the world ended below the walls of Komarča.
A military cemetery is located near the car park in Ukanc. You can visit graves and a chapel that reminds us about the atrocities of World War I.
Zlatorog Fairy Trail is located along the trail around Lake Bohinj. You can walk an hour or the whole day along the approximately 2 kilometres long circular trail. The circular trail can be visited individually or in an organised group. The perfect guide is the booklet containing fairy tales from Bohinj, a map and slots for stamps that you can collect along the trail.
The Church of the Holy Ghost was built in the 16th century in Baroque style. Its exterior has a painting of St Christoph (patron of drivers). The shape of its roof is connected to a legend. When there were major floods, the people of Bohinj asked the church authorities for advice how to get rid of that pest. They took their advice and built a church in the shape of a camel that will drink all the water. Thus, the roof has a camel back shape.
Getting thereDrive by car to Ribčev Laz from Bled, through Soteska or over Pokljuka. You can also access the village across Jelovica and Soriška planina.
ParkingRibčev Laz 2 car park (behind the Jezero Hotel) (coordinates: 46.276426, 13.886311)
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EquipmentWe recommend hiking boots.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.