10 fantastic things to do in Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Discover 10 fun things to do in Lake Bohinj, including hiking, biking, swimming, and much more.

Many people visit Slovenia for Lake Bled, and they don’t explore the area around it. That is a mistake.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I absolutely LOVE Lake Bled – no question there, and you should visit for sure. However, compared to Lake Bohinj it is more crowded and honestly not as authentic.

Plus, Bohinj is the place for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, paragliding, and waterfall trekking, with beautiful scenery, snow-capped mountaintop views, and reflective lakes as background.

If you’re in the area and have time, I hope you do make it to Lake Bohinj. It’s worth the trip.

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Introduction to Lake Bohinj Slovenia

Bohinj (after Boh, the Slovenian word for “God”) is a valley enclosed by the Lower Bohinj Mountains and the Triglav mountain range.

It’s divided into the Higher and Lower valleys and dotted with 24 small villages and 5,118 inhabitants. 

Bohinj is probably known mostly for its glacial lake, Lake Bohinj, which is the largest lake in Slovenia.

In the summer, people come here for swimming and other water sports. In the winter, the area becomes a hotspot for skiing, snowboarding, and ice climbing.

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Get a Julian Alps card

Price: 3 days: 19 € / 5 days: 26 € / 10 days: 29 € 
When: Available from 1 April to 31 October

If you’re visiting in summer or shoulder season, plan to spend two nights, and want to experience just a few of the fun things to do in Lake Bohinj, then you should get a Julian Alps card.

The card covers all public transport, parking fees, and entrance fees to gorges, museums, waterfalls, and much more. 

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Lake Bohinj, Slovenia is the place for outdoors activities such as hiking, biking, paragliding and waterfall trekking, with beautiful scenery, snow-capped mountain top views and reflective lakes as background. FInd out here why you should visit. Lake Bohinj Slovenia. The Balkans. Lake Bohinj summer. Lake Bohinj photography.

How to get from Lake Bled to Lake Bohinj

You’ve got three ways of getting from Lake Bled to Lake Bohinj: by car, by bus and by train. 

By car

The drive from Lake Bled to Lake Bohinj takes 30 minutes, and it’s very scenic. Think really gorgeous mountain scenery and nature. You can either rent a car or go for a private transfer. 

By bus

Another good option is taking the bus. It takes 45 minutes and runs on an hourly schedule. It’s free with the Julian Alps card.

By train

A less convenient option is the train. The journey is 35 minutes, but it doesn’t take you all the way to Lake Bohinj. It’s an option, but I wouldn’t recommend it. 

Best things to do in Lake Bohinj

1. St John the Baptist Church

Entrance fee: €3 (free with the Julian Alps card)

Aside from the lake itself, St John the Baptist church is the hallmark of Bohinj. 

This postcard-worthy medieval church and stone bridge are more than 700 years old, covering periods from Romanticism to Baroque.

Be sure to walk around the church to look at the frescoes. 

Hiking and Biking at Lake Bohinj
No motor boats are allowed, and the whole area is clean and unspoilt
Bohinj, Slovenia
Church of St John the Baptist

2. Zlatorog at Lake Bohinj

Any visitor to Slovenia will inevitably come across legends, statues, or images of the golden-horned Zlatorog. 

Legend tells about this mythical mountain goat who lived on the Triglav Mountain, guarding a secret treasure.

It was shot by a greedy hunter who was after the treasure, but the dying Zlatorog ate a flower that revived it. After that, it killed the hunter and destroyed the garden. Since then it left the area, never to return.

Hiking and Biking at Lake Bohinj
The famous Zlatorog standing proud in front of Lake Bohinj

3. Swim in Lake Bohinj

If you’re visiting during the summer, swimming is a fantastic way to spend a day at the lake.

Lake Bohinj is 4.2 km long and 1 km at its maximum width so there are plenty of places to go for a swim. 

Hiking and Biking at Lake Bohinj
Hiking and Biking at Lake Bohinj

4. Bohinj cycle trail

  • Length: 11km circular trail
  • Route: Bohinjska Bistrica – Brod – Ribčev Laz – Stara Fužina – Studor – Srednja Vas. 

I went on a bike trip with Grega from Hike & Bike and had a super fun day! 

As we drove through the landscape, we came past these hayracks, which are the trademark of the Slovenian cultural landscape.

Farmers are usually very proud of their hayracks, and their specific construction reveals the owner’s attitude to it.

They are used for drying grain sheaves, clover, hay, grass and more, and they are seen throughout the fields and meadows in Slovenia.

Hiking and Biking at Lake Bohinj
Bike selfie by Grega
Hiking and Biking at Lake Bohinj
Hayracks are a special feature of Slovenia
Hiking and Biking at Lake Bohinj
Biking in the Upper Valley

We had lunch in Srednja, which is a small village in the middle of Bohinj. And guess what that means in Slovenian?

Of course… the middle village.

I love how town names almost always have a deeper meaning here in Slovenia. Nothing is left to chance.

Hiking and Biking at Lake Bohinj
Veseli bohinc: a local dish

5. Magical forests

Bohinj Slovenia is a beautiful forested area where you can go hiking, biking, and strolling.

Just before Lake Bohinj, we passed this magical forest that had large rocks lying around. We stopped for a few minutes and I walked into the woods.

“This is where the fairies live,” Grega said.

I stood still between the trees, mostly shaded with filtered sunlight, and looked around me. Glints of light appeared in the canopy, on the shimmer of waxy leaves. These shimmers, sparkles, flashes of lights – could these be the fairies he was talking about?

Either way, the forest was beautiful and I saw what he meant. 

Hiking and Biking at Lake Bohinj
Fairy forest
Hiking and Biking at Lake Bohinj
A glimpse into Fairyland

6. Lake Bohinj hikes

Hiking is one of the most popular things to do in Lake Bohinj.

The most popular trails around the lake require little planning and they’re well-marked. Just make sure to bring water and a good pair of sneakers or hiking boots. 

The most popular Lake Bohinj hiking trails are:

  • Savica waterfall hike (see details below)
  • Mostnica Gorge Hike (super beautiful hike – takes around 3 hours)
  • The trail around Lake Bohinj (12 km and takes about 3-4 hours)
  • Vogel Ski Center hikes (see details below)
Hiking and Biking at Lake Bohinj

7. Savica Waterfall

Entrance fee: €3 (free with the Julian Alps card)

Despite its small size, Slovenia has no less than 300 waterfalls!! Three-hundred.

Can you believe that? As a devoted waterfall fan, I sure couldn’t. I know I’ve said this a million times already, but Slovenia just keeps taking my breath away!

The hike to the Savica waterfall is not hard – it’s a bit steep, but those in good shape shouldn’t have a problem.

It takes about 20 minutes to the top, but unfortunately, you cannot get to the base of the falls. You see it from about 50 meters away.

Hiking and Biking at Lake Bohinj
Fresh water from the mountains
Hiking and Biking at Lake Bohinj
Hiking and Biking at Lake Bohinj
No swimming allowed
Hiking and Biking at Lake Bohinj
But that only makes for better photos!

8. The Lake at the End of the World

The magnificent Savica Waterfall cuts deep into a gorge 60 meters below and ends in the Sava River, as seen below.

Sava runs through Ukanc which is at the end of Lake Bohinj and in Slovene means the end of the world.

Hiking and Biking at Lake Bohinj
Hiking and Biking at Lake Bohinj

9. Take the Vogel cable car

  • Price: 15€ – return / 11€ one-way (free with the Julian Alps card)
  • When: From 08:00 to 18:00 (daily, every half an hour) in summer and winter

One of the must-do activities in Bohinj is taking the Vogel Cable Car! In a 3-4 minute ride, you’ll be lifted from Bohinj Lake (569m) to Vogel ski center (1533m) and get the most stunning view of it all.

The top offers you beautiful viewpoints and several hiking trails. Find the trails here.

10. Triglav memorial in Bohinj

Before leaving Lake Bohinj, notice this monument.

Mount Triglav is Slovenia’s highest mountain, and it’s a matter of national pride for Slovenians to summit the mountain at least once in their lives. 

This monument stands in front of Triglav and is a memorial to the first ascend in 1778, made by a group of four local men.

I asked Grega if he had climbed the mountain.

“Of course,” he said. “Every Slovenian has.”

Bohinj, Slovenia
Monument of four courageous men

Many thanks to Spirit Slovenia for generously hosting me in Slovenia, and thanks to Grega from Hike & Bike for a super fun and active day. As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own, regardless of who is footing the bill.

FAQ – Things to do in Lake Bohinj Slovenia

Is Lake Bohinj worth visiting?

Definitely. It’s less crowded than Bled and it’s a perfect spot for nature lovers.

How do you spend a day in Lake Bohinj?

Take a hike, hop on a boat, or chill by the water. There’s plenty to do, or just do nothing and enjoy the view.

How long does it take to walk around Lake Bohinj?

You’re looking at a 4 to 6-hour stroll to circle the whole lake.

Is it better to stay in Lake Bled or Lake Bohinj?

Lake Bled is more touristy with more amenities. For peace and nature, Bohinj’s your spot.

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38 Comments

  1. Wow, I love waterfalls too and can’t believe there are over 300. So cool. Didn’t realize that. Slovenia was so beautiful. Thanks for the awesome pictures.

  2. I’ve only spent one day in the city of Koper Slovenia whilst travelling via cruise ship so I haven’t experienced the country fully but these photos are so beautiful they really make me want to visit the natural rural side of it. What’s in the dish Veseli bohinc? you don’t say and it looks delish.

    1. I hope you do one day and it’s definitely worth the trip. I actually don’t remember what’s in the dish, but it was pretty good 🙂

    1. There used to be one place – when I first went there in the 80s the town of Jesenice, near the Austrian border, was an industrial centre with metal smelting and other nasties which meant the streets and building were covered with dust. It was an odd anomaly as it is half way between Bled and Kranjska Gora – two of the loveliest places in the country. However the last time I was there they’d cleaned it up and there are flowers everywhere, so it’s no longer a shock for first time visitors travelling from the airport to Kranjska Gora. (though they soon fogot about it when the road passed Mojstrana and Gozd Martuljek and the fabulous mountain views.)

      To show just how amazing Slovenia is; over in Kobarid in the Soca valley there’s a back road running to the south west of the town that has a number of pretty fields with trees and water features – I was walking around there just exploring and stretching my legs after a superb lunch and idly wondering what it was for, and it took me a little while to realise that I was looking at the local sewage processing system!! Even a sewage works is attractive there, and the water looked as clear as their rivers.

      1. I am not surprised by this at all, Bill. I was in Kobarid too and I know how beautiful everything is there. It seems the Slovenian government have made it a priority to restore and keep the country clean. I really like that.

        1. OK… this I can’t let go. Our government seems to have made it a priority to ruin pretty much everything here. Planning a number of hydroplants (dams) in the upper Soča valley (from Kobarid upwards towards Bovec and Trenta). It’s NOT the government that makes this place what it is… it’s the PEOPLE who fight every day to keep our government from, basically, destroying everything.

          So please, don’t praise our government for the things people do. You’re lucky to be, as a tourist (and as a member of the press), shielded from such facts. Sorry for this splash of rain on your parade, but credit needs to go where it’s due.

          Here, to scratch at the surface of the problem: https://www.savethesoca.com/en/about-soca/threats

          1. I’m really sorry to hear that, Tam. And you’re right; credit needs to go to the right people! As a traveler I only scratch the surface and I was genuinely impressed how the whole country is preserved and kept clean. I obviously don’t know what’s going on behind the curtains, so thanks for enlightening me. All the best.

  3. Wow, the pictures are great and it looks so beautiful there. I would love to go to Slovenia and this article makes me want to go there even more! I also agree with you about getting off the beaten path. A lot of times we just visit the most popular places and, therefore, miss the beauty around them.

  4. Oh, now I want to go to Lake Bohinj – I’ve been to Bled and it was fabulous, but I wasn’t there long enough. The photos of Lake Bohinj are gorgeous!!! And I want to go glamping! Fun post.

  5. I have two friends who live in Slovenia and they have been telling me that the country is beautiful.Your photos of Lake Bohinj nailed the point.By the way,what camera are you using?

  6. Slovenia is not a well traveled place, and you did a great job describing each place you visited. I’m sold and now want a trip there, and cannot wait to do a Eastern Europe tour. I also love your wonderful photographs. Thank you for sharing such a special place.

    1. That means a lot to hear, John! Thank you, really. I absolutely love Slovenia and I hope you get to experience it too one day. It’s definitely worth the trip!

  7. Thank you for this wonderful post! We’re actually renting a house right at Lake Bohinj for a week next month and your beautiful pictures just really inspired me! Very excited! Thanks for the tips! 🙂

    1. You’ll love it there! Bohinj is such a lovely area, especially the small villages surrounding the lake. Have a great trip! 🙂

  8. Great post! Everybody is just so focused into Lake Bled when they get to Slovenia, Bohinj is so overlooked.
    And just a local suggestion for the next time you’re in Slovenia – lake Bohinj is also a start point to the most amazing hiking trail through Slovenian Alps – 7 Triglav lakes. You can start from 3 different points around lake Bohinj and then continue into the heart of Triglav National Park. The hike can be done in a day, but I’d recommend 2, it’s really beautiful and you can really enjoy it 🙂

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