Bohinj… My favorite Slovenian lake! Bohinj lake is the largest natural lake in Slovenia, it’s situated in the heart of the Julian Alps and Triglav National Park. It is so special because of 2 things: exceptional natural features and the rich source of activities in nature. In the summer Bohinj offers you some gorgeous hiking treks, you can swim or row in the clean fresh crystal lake water, you can do kayaking, climbing, if you are the more adventurous type, you can visit the adventure park, in the winter you can go skiing on ski resort Vogel, ice skating, sledding and so on.
However you put it, Bohinj is a paradise for nature lovers that like peace, hiking, cycling, and swimming and it’s not a surprise why it attracts local and foreign visitors. It was listed on 10 best European destinations for 2018, if you want to find out best things to do in Lake Bohinj just continue reading.
When to go
Geographical properties for diverse sports and the possibility of complete relaxation are the reason for visiting the place at any time of the year.
Best time to visit Bohinj is, without doubt, the summer, from May to September, weather is nice it’s not so cold anymore. In the summers temperature can be rising over 25 degrees, in the hottest months even over 30 degrees, on the coldest nights you can expect it around 15 degrees. I recommend you to visit in July or August cause at that time is possible to swim in the lake, the only problem is a lot of tourists. If you come in the summer you should pack light clothes but also a waterproof coat or something similar if there is some unexpected rain.
If you come in the winter you should be ready for cold conditions. The coldest months are January and February, the average temperature is around 2 degrees, you can also expect snow. Dress warmly in the winter months, don’t forget the hat, warm socks and gloves, it’s cold.
In the summer lake water heats up to 22 degrees and in the winter it often freezes.
How to reach Bohinj
You can come to Bohinj in different ways: by bike, by car or rented car, by a motor, taxi, bus or train, and various combinations of some of them. If you come to in the top season (July, August) I recommend you coming by bus or train. Bohinj is connected with all the main cities in Slovenia, also you avoid the parking space problem.
Regular bus connections allow you to come to Bohinj from all over Slovenia. If you come from Ljubljana I recommend you the line Ljubljana – Kranj – Bled – Bohinjska Bistrica – Bohinj Zlatorog. More information:
If you want to reach Bohinj by train you can come from Jesenice or Nova Gorica. More information:
Another way to reach Bohinj or travel around Slovenia is Prevoz.org. Prevoz.org is intended to help coordinate transport within Slovenia and surrounding countries. Find a carriage home or offer it to someone you are looking for. Find someone who goes in your direction to get home faster or save money for fuel.
What to eat and drink in Bohinj
There is a lot of restaurants to eat at around Bohinj, so you have plenty of options where to eat, a lot of them serve delicious homemade food.
If you like a dish on a spoon (at least it’s how we call it) you should try beef goulash, jota (sauerkraut stew with beans and potatoes) or pasulj (soup with beans) with local sausage. If you want to be more exotic you can try wild boar goulash, it’s typical for this part of Slovenia.
You can also try fish (Bohinj trout) with potatoes, ajdovi krapi (it’s made out of buckwheat flour, filled with millet porridge and curd cheese), štruklji (Slovenian classic, you can eat the sweet or salty – dough stuffed with all sorts of fillings, curd cheese is the most common one).
And for desert štrudelj (made out of towed dough, filled with apples).
Oh and I almost forgot about Bohinj cheese, it’s also a product from Bohinj that you should try. It’s made out of cow milk, good quality, and very nice and recognizable aromatic flavor.
What to do in Bohinj
In Bohinj, you will find peace and rest, but also a lot of pleasures and recreation. Swimming, cycling, driving with the boat along Bohinj lake, climbing, hiking, paragliding are just some of the activities that Bohinj has to offer.
A diverse range of sports activities, beautiful nature, and local attractions are the reasons you will never get bored here.
Here are some other things you can do in Bohinj:
Visit Vogel ski center (1535 m)
Price of return gondola (cable car) ticket to Vogel: 20€ adults, 17€ students/seniors
Recreation, nature, peace, wildlife, and the view, oh the view. Vogel has it all.
Vogel is good to visit through all the year, it’s located above the beautiful Bohinj lake in the heart of the Triglav National Park.
Beautiful panoramic ride with gondola and spectacular views. The ideal starting point for shorter or longer hiking tours and winter experience.
Entrance fee: 3 €
A two-way, A-shaped waterfall, is a unique feature among the waterfalls in the world at 836 altitudes and it’s 78 m high. I think you will agree with me that it’s beautiful with a touch of romance and is definitely a thing to see if you visit Bohinj valley.
If you come with your car, you just follow the signs for Savica Waterfall (slap Savica), you can’t miss it. Sorry, you will need to pay for parking. If you don’t have a car, no problem. The Savica waterfall is also accessible on foot from Lake Bohinj. The path is beautifully marked by the lake and you will need a good hour of beautiful moderate walking along the way. However, if you are not in the mood for walking you have a shuttle bus driving to Savica waterfall in the summer months.
From the parking lot, there is a beautiful walk path leading to the waterfall. You will have to walk some stairs but in the end, it’s all worth it and the walk is not hard, it takes from 20-30 mins. At the cottage next to the parking lot, you will find a souvenir shop, ice cream, and beverages, toilet, restaurant.
Rafting at the Sava Bohinka river
Rafting is an excellent experience for all eager of wild water experience. It has been one of the most popular activities for many years, it excites young and older generation, bigger and smaller groups. It is good for beginners and for those who seek more adrenaline. Day trips are usually available from mid-May to September, you have many tours to pick from.