Actively through the heritage of Bohinj

Published: 11.11.2016

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Actively through the heritage of Bohinj

Bohinj is one of the most beautiful valleys in the heart of the Julian Alps in Triglav National Park, the only national park in Slovenia. It is surrounded by high mountains and unspoilt forests.

Actively through the heritage of Bohinj

Bohinj is one of the most beautiful valleys in the heart of the Julian Alps in Triglav National Park, the only national park in Slovenia. It is surrounded by high mountains and unspoilt forests. In the Bohinj fairytale 24 villages are connected, while the main star of the upper and lower valleys is Lake Bohinj. The latter is a natural pearl of the Bohinj valley and the starting point to actively explore its surroundings.

More than a half of Bohinj lies in Triglav National Park. Here, you can find a true treasury of natural attractions and cultural heritage. The history of Bohinj was marked by the iron industry that had a decisive impact on the development of Bohinj for more than 2000 years, Alpine dairy farming, the beginnings of which go back to the 13th century and which formed the basis for agriculture, and the Bohinj railway and tunnel that opened in 1906 and thus connected Central Europe with Trieste. Even today, you can ride on it by motorail or museum train. The steam locomotive, as well as the engine driver and conductor in old uniforms, conjure up travel through the history of Bohinj.

 

Active adventures

Lake Bohinj is the largest freshwater lake in green, active and healthy Slovenia. For many Slovenians, this is a popular corner for an active break. In winter, when the surrounding peaks are covered in white snow, the panoramic ride in a cable car takes you to Vogel Ski Resort. The famous 7.5 km-long Žagarjev graben ski slope is known as the longest one in Slovenia. From here, you can also go alpine touring and enjoy snowshoeing at nearby Soriška planina. You can find an idyllic training ground with more than 30 kilometres of cross country skiing slopes at Pokljuka. This sports centre will host the traditional Biathlon Word Cup in December. In addition, walks with torches across a landscape covered in snow provide for an evening of romance in Bohinj.

The summer in Bohinj also offers a wide spectrum of pleasures – biking, hiking in the Julian Alps, swimming in the lake and rowing on the water’s surface. Fishing is particularly popular. In Bohinj, every year, different events are organised for the active. The Hiking Festival and Wild Flower Festival fascinate with organised hikes, while at the Fly Fishing Festival lovers of sport fishing hang out.

 

Tasty adventures

Take a trip on themed trails. In the mountain pastures, cows that delight the shepherds and Alpine herdsmen with the best milk for the production of cheeses, for which Bohinj is particularly well known, can be found. Become familiar with the over 140-year old tradition of cheese-making in Bohinj on the Cheese Route. Try mohant, the semi-soft Bohinj cheese from cow’s milk with a strong scent and slightly spicy taste. Each year, it is the main culinary star at the traditional Cows’ Ball which is considered the biggest Slovenian ethnographic event.

When exploring Bohinj, you should also stop in Studor, from where a unique view over Bohinj Lake and the upper Bohinj valley spreads out. In winter, the view is particularly romantic. The village is known for its group of double hayracks (toplars) that were traditionally used for drying hay.

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