The circular trail to the waterfall astonishes with beautiful views and the botanical richness of Bohinj. Spring when the snow is melting, or after heavy rainfall is the time when the waterfall shows all its glory. It springs up in the open in two sections amidst the steep wall of Komarča. The higher part of the waterfall measures 78 m, the lower one 25 m. Two great Slovenian poets-France Prešeren and Valentin Vodnik dedicated their verses to the waterfall. The water to the waterfall runs from the Seven Triglav Lakes Valley and from the rocky slopes of Pršivec. The waterfall is quite majestic after a rainy period and even in dry periods it never runs dry. After a long dry period of time, only the left and lower part of the waterfall runs down. A beautiful rainbow stretches above the pool below the waterfall in sunny weather and when the foamy water falls to the pool.
Savica is the largest permanent tributary of Lake Bohinj.
Don't forget to take a camera with you.
Prior to every hike, check the weather forecast and trail conditions.
You can admire diverse flora and fauna and the remnants of the glacier (boulders, moraines).
Rest StopKoča pri Savici
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.
The path can be slippery in some places in the winter, so be careful, especially at the waterfall itself.
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 waterfall can be visited upon paying entrance fee.
Julian Alps Card: Bohinj offers free transport and other benefits.
In Ukanc, you can stop at Picerija Ukanc pizzeria, or at the Koči pri Savici alpine hut and Planinski dom Savica mountaineering hut near the Savica Waterfall. Picerija Ukanc and Planinski dom Savica also offer dishes with the Bohinjsko/From Bohinj certificate of origin.
During the International Wild Flower Festival (end of May, start of June) you can join a guided hike (with a botanist) to the Savica Waterfall, where you can get detailed information about the flora of this area. We can admire the Siberian iris that is very rare and can only be found in this region.
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.
There are two intermittent lakes in the swampy part of Ukanc (Ukanško Blato). The lakes are not large in summer, but can emerge at heavy rainfall and be seen from a far.
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 to the Savica Waterfall. 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 Savica Waterfall was visited in 1807 by Archduke John of Austria, which is also proven by the memorial plaque from the same year. It was erected by Baron Sigmund Zois and made by stonecutter Leonard Kelbl.
The water energy of the Savica Waterfall has been used for the production of electricity since 1916, when the military hydro power plant Savica in Ukanc was built to supply electricity to the Carniolan land power plants system. The new Savica hydro power plant was built in the period from 1946 to 1949.
Getting thereDrive by car to Ukanc from Bled, through Soteska or over Pokljuka. You can also access the village across Jelovica and Soriška planina.
Car park Ukanc 6 is located at the crossroad for the Vogel Ski Centre, the Savica Waterfall, Ribčev Laz and Ukanc, just before the entry to the Zlatorog Campsite (coordinates: 46.278039, 13.836798).
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EquipmentHiking shoes and clothes.
Recommended small crampons.
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.