Alpine Jewel – Bohinj
Alpine Jewel – Bohinj
The highest mountain peaks of Slovenia are found in the north-west part of the country. At the heart of Julian Alps, in the Triglav National Park, you are greeted by Bohinj, one of the prettiest Alpine valleys.
The highest mountain peaks of Slovenia are found in the north-west part of the country. At the heart of Julian Alps, in the Triglav National Park, you are greeted by Bohinj, one of the prettiest Alpine valleys. This is where the largest fresh water lake in the country is located. Bohinj is an excellent starting point for short or long alpine hiking trips to the peaks of the Julian Alps. To make your holiday break more enjoyable, take the Hop-on-Hop-off bus which connects the best tourist points in the vicinity in the Triglav National Park.
One of the most attractive Alpine valleys in Slovenia is at home among the highest mountain peaks of Slovenia. Leaving the motorway you pass Bled and continue your way towards the mountains. Follow the Bohinj Railway Line which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006 and is a part of the railway connection between Jesenice and Trieste, Italy. Hop on the train or drive your car onto the motor-rail and by this means you may use your time to have a quick glance at the other side of the Bohinj mountains. A special experience is to ride on the Heritage Train. On a steam locomotive, an engine driver and a train conductor dressed in old-fashioned uniforms will take you to Bohinj presenting its history. You may leave your car in Bled or Radovljica and drive to Bohinj on the Hop on - Hop off bus. Between 28 June and 31 August, there is a connection available on the route: Bled-Bohinj-Pokljuka-Triglav National Park as well as many other connections which you may inspect here.
The reflections of the mountains are mirrored on the surface of Bohinj lake, together with the green shades of the nearby forest and the azure of the sky. You may visit the picturesque Savica Waterfall, its water comes to the surface from underground the Triglav Lakes Valley and it forms one of the two springs of the longest Slovenian river, the Sava river. Its clear water is home to fishes which you may catch, if you have a fishing permit issued by the local district`s Fishing Family. You may test your fly-fishing techniques and join the numerous fishermen between 26 September and 3 October by visiting the 6th Fly-Fishing Festival.
The surroundings of Bohinj lake provide many opportunities for active free-time activities. Bohinjska Bistrica and Ukanc are the starting points for numerous hiking and mountaineering trails across the Triglav National Park. Between 11 September and 11 October you may take part at the 8th Hiking Festival in Bohinj.
Take a bicycle to ride on the metalled roads and side roads. Stop in Studor where you may enjoy a spectacular panorama of Bohinj Lake and the Upper Bohinj Valley. The village is known for the group of double hayracks (toplars), the traditional devices for drying hay, and the museum in the Oplen House.
The mountain air and green fields are useful for the summer mountain pasture of the livestock. Cows in milk provide the best milk from which the famous Bohinj cheese is made. This is a special type of Emmental cheese. A typical round of cheese measures around 60 centimetres in diameter and weighs up to 55 kilograms. Since 1954, the Cow`s Ball has been organised by locals, thus indicating the end of the pasture season. Locals dedicate it to the Alpine dairy farmers and herders who in autumn bring the herds back from the hills into the valley. On 20 September you are invited to Ukanc where you may try to compete in traditional games, have a chat with herdsmen and taste home-made dairy products.