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Through the Vintgar Gorge to Bled

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  • Eingangsbereich: Vintgar-Klamm
    Eingangsbereich: Vintgar-Klamm
    Photo: Valentin Wulz, Dr., ÖAV Sektion Klagenfurt
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In the Triglav National Park we encounter the Vintgar Gorge, and then dive into the interesting hilly landscape and Bled - the Wocheiner Bahn takes us back.

Distance 15.6 km
5:00 h
500 m
550 m
685 m
477 m

On the way to the Vintgar Gorge we get into the right mood with a long forest hike. We then take in the scenic beauty of the Vintgar Gorge and linger towards the end of the gorge hike at the magnificent Vintgarski šum. Slightly uphill we reach Sv. Katarina and thus for the first time on this easy route tour with its 600 m, 16 km and approx. 4 hours walking time an open, well-maintained cultivated landscape. On winding, gently descending paths, always approaching the High Castle in Bled visible from afar, we finally reach the northern Slovenian climatic health resort of Bled/Veldes. In this town we enjoy the view of the glacial lake with the small island of Blejski Otok, the culinary offers, the parks and the promenade. At the end of the route, we can unleash our nostalgic feelings at the sight of the old Wocheiner Bahn nostalgic feelings - with it, we manage to catch a glimpse of the Vintgar gorge just before Vintgar.



Author’s recommendation

The three churches and the castle offers should not be passed by with distance, especially as there is still a fun train.


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Valentin Wulz, Dr. 
Update: January 06, 2023
Highest point
just below the entrance to the dam, 685 m
Lowest point
just before the railway station in Bled, 477 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 53.08%Dirt road 0.84%Forested/wild trail 30.33%Path 15.68%Road 0.06%
8.3 km
Dirt road
0.1 km
Forested/wild trail
4.7 km
2.4 km
0 km
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Safety information

Although safety in the Vintgar Gorge is basically ensured, care should be taken to wear suitable footwear.


Throughout these 16 km, it is necessary to change several times between the main service roads (HWW) and asphalted öpublic roads - on the latter, we strictly adhere to the LEFT WALK (paired walking is possible).

Caution. On the promenade path always WALK RIGHT!


Tips and hints

The restaurant near the swimming pool, i.e. below the castle (to the south), is highly recommended!


INFOCENTER Triglavska roža Bled, Ljubljanska cesta 27SI - 4260 Bled


Phone+386 (0)4 5780 205


Slovenian Alps - Gorenjska:

Triglav National Park:, 



06:45, Blejska Dobrava, station forecourt in Vintgar (578 m)
46.409669, 14.098237
46°24'34.8"N 14°05'53.7"E
33T 430691 5139961


13:15, Blejska Dobrava, station forecourt in Vintgar

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Short description:

Depart.: 05:30, Benedictine Square

  AP: 06:45, Blejska Dobrava, station forecourt in Vintgar


Easy hike: 600 hm, 16 km, duration: 6 ½ - of which 5 h walking time        

WAYPOINTS: PP/Bf. Vintgar-Vintgarklamm (Südeingang/Gh. Vintgar)-Vintgarski šum-Sv. Katarina-Zasip-Gmajna-Cemetery-Bled Castle-Parish Church-Sea Promenade-Bank Road-Bf. Bled Jezero (13:06)-Bf. Vintgar-PP



  1. We walk from the station forecourt to the fire station, then turn left, SE on the main road, after about 150 m we come to a turn-off to the right, SW. After approx. 300 m we come to a fork, we go to the r., NW and after approx. 80 m again to the l., SW, to leave the asphalt after approx. 150 m.
  2. Nearly after that, already in the forest area, we go half-left at a fork – this path brings us after approx. 1.9 km to the car park and the dominant Radovna River) – we are at the southern starting point of the Vintgar Gorge (Südeingang/Gh. Vintgar)- (1st break, 2.6 km) and then enjoy the path through a fascinating part of the Triglav National Park to the Vintgarski šum.
  3. Now we head slightly uphill towards the SE in the direction of Sv. Katarina and take the second break there after 5.4 km. We now walk along the Rebr cesta in a NE direction back into the forest to reach Zasips (with a small church, Sveti Janez) in a bend.
  4. We follow Stagne cesta S, cross a road and then follow Ledina cesta W – here we meet Blejska cesta and follow it S. After approx. 800 m, we turn left at Jermanika cesta coming from the right, SE to the beginning of a dirt road (3rd break, 9.2 km).
  5. After about 900 m, we meet an asphalt road, which we follow very briefly to the east – then we turn W and after about 1 km we come to the NE corner of the Bled cemetery. We walk along the south side of the cemetery into Seliska cesta, which leads us in a SW direction – we cross Presernova cesta.
  6. At the next fork we turn right into Grajska cesta – after approx. 180 m we choose a path that leads to the left, S. up to the castle (Blejski Grad) and to the viewpoint (4th break, 12 km).
  7. Now a path (partly stairs) leads us to the east in the direction of Sveti Martin, then to the Pod Skalo-Veslaska promenada junction. We then hike in an arc through the two parks to the north of Veslaska promenada and Cesta svobode.
  8. At the turning point, we enjoy a coffee house (5th break, 13.3 km) and then walk along the beach path after approx. 600 m to the Veslaska promenada, in order to walk into the pot okoli jezera immediately afterwards.
  9. After approx. 1.2 km we hit asphalt and can already see the Bled-Jezero railway station – we walk up to the station to board the nostalgic Wochein train (Departure: 13:06) (15.6 km).




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Public transport

Bus connection to Benediktinerplatz

Getting there

Benediktinerplatz-Viktringer Ring-August-Jaksch-Straße-Junction Villach (A2)-Rosenbach (A11)-Karawankentunnel (€ 7,2)-Jesenice-zahod (E61, turn right)-Hrusica (201, at entry r., E)-Spodnji Plavz (452)-north past the station (452)-Cesta Zelezarjev-Cesta Boriska Kidrica (452)-Koroska Bela (452)-before Javornik to the right, S. (634)-Cesta Janeza Finzgarja (634)-Podkocna-über die Save (634)-Podkocna Lipice (634)-highway underpass-Plejska Dobrava-Bf. Vintgar (forecourt) – approx. 70 km.


Station forecourt in Vintgar


46.409669, 14.098237
46°24'34.8"N 14°05'53.7"E
33T 430691 5139961
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Info from the Tourist Office in Bled/SLO, furthermore:

Author’s map recommendations

Julian Alps and Triglav National Park, further: 


Book recommendations for this region:

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The change from gorge hike to castle or promenade hike requires good preparation, e.g. sturdy shoes. Furthermore, we prepare for all-weather clothing, food and drinks.


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5:00 h
500 m
550 m
Highest point
685 m
Lowest point
477 m
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