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Circular walking route through the Vintgar gorge

Hiking trail · Julian Alps
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m 900 800 700 600 5 4 3 2 1 km Church of St. Catherine Vintgar Gorge

 Take a round trip offering an interesting trail alongside the gorge and the slopes of Hom hill – from here you will able to see the Ljubljana basin, the Karavanke mountains and the Julian Alps.

 

easy
5.7 km
1:49 h
153 m
148 m

The Vintgar Gorge, formed by the Radovna river between the Hom and Boršt hills, is one of the most beautiful gorges in Slovenia. The Radovna river leaves the Vintgar Gorge on the eastern side and descends into the depths via the Šum waterfall. A single arched railway bridge, built in 1878, crosses the gorge above the waterfall and 33.5 metres above the path. The Vintgar Gorge was discovered in 1891, but paths, bridges and galleries had to be built in order for it to become accessible by the public. The gorge was opened to the public in 1893 and nowadays it is one of the most visited natural beauty spots in Slovenia.

 

Author’s recommendation

  • Don’t forget to bring your camera!
  • There is an entrance fee to go into Bled Castle.
  • We encourage you to take this round trip to avoid the crowds in the gorge in the summer months and walk back on the same path you came on.
  • There is a fee for the Vintgar Gorge.
outdooractive.com User
Author
Mateja Vilman
Updated: May 15, 2020

Difficulty
easy
Technique
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Highest point
645 m
Lowest point
544 m
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Safety information

  • On rainy days the path can be slippery, so be careful, especially from the Šum waterfall towards St Catherine’s Church at Hom.

  • In summer, a section of the path (from St Catherine’s Church at Hom in the direction of the carpark lot at Vintgar) is highly exposed to the sun.  

Equipment

  •  Light hiking shoes or sneakers are recommended.
  • The use of sun protection is recommended on sunny days.
  • In the warmer part of the year the use of tick repellent is recommended

Tips, hints and links

TIC INFOCENTER Triglavska roža Bled

Ljubljanska cesta 27, SI – 4260 Bled

E-maili:  info@visitbled.si info.trb@tnp.gov.si   

Tel: +386 (0)4 5780 205

Web address:  http://www.bled.si http://www.tnp.si   

 

TIC - Turistično Društvo Bled

Cesta svobode 10, SI – 4260 Bled

E-mail:  info@td-bled.si  

Tel: +386 (0)4 5741 122

Web address:  http://www.td-bled.si/   

Start

Vintgar parking (595 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.389748, 14.084281
UTM
33T 429593 5137760

Destination

Vintgar parking

Turn-by-turn directions

 

VINTGAR PARKING LOT - ŠUM WATERFALL - ST CATHERINE’S CHURCH - VINTGAR PARKING LOT

 

The path through the gorge to the waterfall is 1.6 km long and there are several wooden bridges you need to cross along the way. At the Šum Waterfall you can follow the signpost pointing towards St Catherine’s Church and after 20 min of walking through the forest you will end up at the viewpoint at Hom. You then continue on the so-called rim of Podhom, where a signpost for the Vintgar carpark will take you down the slope to the starting point.  

 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

  • Bus:   Take the bus from the main bus station in Bled and get off at the Podhom or Spodnje Gorje – store stops. Continue walking (1.5 km) to the Vintgar Gorge entrance point.
  • Train: Get off at Podhom railway station and then continue walking (1.5 km) to the Vintgar Gorge entrance point.

  • Shuttle Bus: During summer season a shuttle bus is available from Bled to the carpark before the Vintgar Gorge entrance point.

 

Getting there

Along the northern Bled by-pass road in the direction Spodnje Gorje/Vintgar.

Address: Podhom 80, 4247 Zgornje Gorje

Parking

There is also a public pay carpark in front of the Vintgar Gorge entrance point.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Bled - Hiking Trails map

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
5.7 km
Duration
1:49h
Ascent
153 m
Descent
148 m
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