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.
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.
Don’t forget to bring your camera!
The Bled - Hiking Trails map will be of great help.
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.
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.
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