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From Bled to Vintgar

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Map / From Bled to Vintgar
300 450 600 750 900 m km 2 4 6 8 10 Cerkev sv. Katarine

The Vintgar Gorge, carved out by the Radovna river, is one of the most visited natural landmarks in Slovenia. The area of the gorge belongs to the Triglav National Park

closed
moderate
10.3 km
3:00 h
254 m
254 m

Vintgar is a narrow, naturally impassable gorge formed by a river breaking through a massive stack of limestone and starting to carve out the riverbed. Vintgar is 1,600 metres long. It ends with the picturesque Šum waterfall, the biggest river waterfall in Slovenia. The Radovna river makes its way in jumps and rapids and tends to calm down in clear stream pools. The Šum waterfall has been known for some time, but the rest of the Vintgar Gorge was inaccessible until 1891. At that point, a tourist path was made with a grand opening in 1893. The Vintgar Gorge has been managed by the Gorje Tourism Association for some time now. Along the Vintgar Gorge, the round-trip hiking experiences also include a viewpoint at the rim of Hom hill at St Catherine’s Church above Zasip. This is a popular walking destination and at the same time, a place with one of the most stunning views of Bled, Jelovica, Radovljica basin and part of the Karavanke mountain range.

Author’s recommendation

  • Don’t forget to bring your camera!

  • The Bled - Hiking Trails map will be of great help.

  • There is a fee for the Vintgar Gorge.

outdooractive.com User
Author
Anja Smit
Updated: November 12, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
645 m
Lowest point
481 m
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Safety information

 

  • The path through the gorge runs across galleries and bridges built into the stone walls of the gorge. If the gorge is closed, you are not allowed to enter and walk through the gorge, as it is deemed unsafe.
  •  The path is mostly moist or wet and requires some level of precaution on the part of the visitor.

 

Equipment

  •  Hiking shoes or sneakers and season-appropriate clothing are recommended.
  • The path in the gorge winds its way by the river and is in shade the whole time. Therefore, at least one piece of warmer clothes or a parka is advisable.
  • 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-maila: 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/  

 

Turistično društvo Gorje

Podhom 80, SI –  4247 Zgornje Gorje

E-mail: gorje.vintgar@gmail.com  

Tel: +386 (0)4 5725 266

Web address:  http://www.vintgar.si/  

Start

Lakeside Promenade on the eastern shore of Lake Bled (480 m). (486 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.368406, 14.109000
UTM
33T 431467 5135367

Destination

Lakeside Promenade on the eastern shore of Lake Bled (480 m).

Turn-by-turn directions

LAKESIDE PROMENADE - PODHOM - VINTGAR - ST CATHERINE ABOVE ZASIP - ZASIP - LAKESIDE PROMENADE

Start at the Lakeside Promenade and take Grajska cesta street until you reach the Bled Rose Hotel and from there walk through the Grad settlement until you reach the crossroads with Partizanska cesta street. Follow this road to the northern ring, cross it and take the local street until you reach the railway underpass before the village of Podhom. Walk through the village and take the steep uphill road until you reach the crossroads where you take a right turn; pass the Albin Belar monument and then take another right turn on the road downhill until you get to the Radovna bridge. Cross the bridge and on the left river bank of the Radovna river you will see the Vintgar Gorge entry point. Follow the path, crossing the bridges and galleries on the way until you get to the Šum waterfall – which in turn is also the lower entrance/exit point of the gorge. Take a right uphill turn right after the chalet (signpost). You will soon get to the forest path; at the crossroads with the signpost take a left turn, and go through the woods and grasslands in the south until you reach St Catherine’s Church above Zasip. From there, take the narrow downhill paved road towards Zasip. Pass the first houses and take a left turn downwards (signpost) to get to a walking trail between houses into the village, where you reconnect with the road leading to the Lakeside Promenade in the centre of Bled.

 

Public transport

Public transport friendly

 

You can take the bus, or travel by train to the nearby railway stations of Bled Jezero or Lesce-Bled. For more info visit our website:

  http://www.bled.si/en/how-to-get-here

 

The walk starts and ends at the Bled Lakeside Promenade, which is 200 m from Bled’s main bus station.

 

Getting there

You can get to the starting point in Bled by car from Lesce (Ljubljana-Karavanke motorway exit) or from other regional roads from Bohinj or Jesenice.

Parking

 

There are several public pay carparks in Bled: http://www.bled.si/en/how-to-get-here

 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Author’s map recommendations

Bled – Hiking Trails map

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Sebastian Heinrich
October 03, 2019 · Community
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Status
closed
Reviews
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.3 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
254 m
Descent
254 m
Public transport friendly Loop Scenic With refreshment stops Family friendly Geological highlights Healthy climate

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