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Blessed with an abundance of tranquil beauty, Lake Bohinj is Slovenia’s largest permanent lake, nestled within the awe-inspiring Triglav National Park. With its serene, crystal-clear waters surrounded by majestic peaks and lush forests, this alpine treasure offers a less crowded, more tranquil alternative to the much-loved Lake Bled, and is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.

History

The history of Lake Bohinj is strongly tied to the natural landscape and local folklore. Historically, Bohinj was used by shepherds with the area renowned for its cheese. It’s also the staging point of the legend of Zlatorog (The Gold Horn), a mythical chamois that guided a hunter to a hidden treasure.

How to Get There

Lake Bohinj is about a 30-minute drive southwest from Lake Bled. Public buses run regularly from Bled, Ljubljana, and other major Slovenian cities. Alternatively, the town of Bohinjska Bistrica, close to the lake, is served by train, from which you can take a local bus to the lake.

List of Attractions

  1. Bohinj Lake itself: The lake provides opportunities for swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing.
  2. Church of St. John the Baptist: A charming church with exquisite frescoes, located at the lake’s eastern side near the bridge.
  3. Triglav National Park: Slovenia’s only national park surrounds Bohinj offers excellent hiking and biking trails.
  4. Savica Waterfall: A stunning waterfall, one of the most famous and beautiful in Slovenia.
  5. Vogel Ski Center: Accessible by cable car with hiking in summer and skiing in winter, it offers breath-taking panoramic views.

Ticket Information

There is no entrance fee for Lake Bohinj; it is freely accessible all year round. Individual attractions and activities, such as the cable car to Vogel Ski Center, will have separate fees.

List of Tips for Visiting

  1. Outdoor Gear: Be sure to wear suitable footwear and clothing, especially if you plan on hiking or doing outdoor activities.
  2. Respect Nature: Since Lake Bohinj is part of Triglav National Park, visitors should follow the “leave no trace” principles to help preserve its pristine nature.
  3. Wildlife: Keep an eye out for local wildlife, but remember not to feed any animals you encounter.
  4. Swim Safely: If venturing into the lake, please follow all safety rules and guidelines.
  5. Experience Local Culture: Try local delicacies, particularly the Bohinj cheese, and learn more about the local legends and folklore.

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