Best things to do in Bohinj | What not to miss in Bohinj
You plan to visit Bohinj and you are wondering what are the best things to do in Bohinj? Then you should continue reading.
Bohinj is a green oasis in the heart of Triglav national park. Especially in the summer months, Bohinj offers some gorgeous hiking treks, the views will blow your mind.
In Bohinj, you will also find my favorite Slovenian lake, Bohinj Lake. The lake is the largest natural lake in Slovenia, situated in the heart of the Julian Alps and Triglav National Park. So, if you are not in hiking mode you can swim in the clean fresh crystal lake water and just relax and enjoy the view.
If you are the more adventurous type, you can visit the adventure park, where you can easily spend a whole day. Also, kayaking and climbing are an option.
In the winter you can ski on Ski resort Vogel, try yourself in ice skating, sledding, hiking and so on.
When to visit Bohinj
Geographical properties offer diverse sports and the possibility of complete relaxation is the reason for visiting the place at any time of the year.
The best time to visit Bohinj is, without a doubt, the summer – from May to September, the weather is nice and it’s not so cold anymore. In the summer, the temperature can be rising over 25 degrees, in the hottest months even over 30 degrees. On the colder nights, you can expect around 15 degrees.
I recommend you to visit in July or August because at that time is possible to swim in the lake, the only problem is that there 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, they will keep you warm.
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 by car be careful where you park! There are people giving parking tickets on every corner and you will get a fine if you park wrong, that’s for sure.
So, if you come in the top season (July, August) I recommend you to come by bus or train. Bohinj is connected with all the main cities in Slovenia, you also avoid parking space problem.
Regular bus connections allow you to come to Bohinj from all over Slovenia. If you come from Ljubljana I recommend 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 ride to most of the cities in Slovenia or offer it to someone that goes in your way.
Food 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. Food to try in Bohinj:
If you like a dish on a spoon (at least this is how we call it) you should try:
- beef goulash
- boar goulash (typical for this part of Slovenia)
- jota (sauerkraut stew with beans and potatoes)
- pasulj (soup with beans).
Pasulj and jota are usually served with local sausage.
Other typical dishes for this region:
- fish (Bohinj trout) with potatoes, it is a specialty of this area
- ajdovi krapi are made out of buckwheat flour, filled with millet porridge and curd cheese, they are delicious
- štruklji – Slovenian classic, you can eat them sweet or salty. Struklji is dough stuffed with all sorts of fillings, curd cheese is the most common one.
If you are a cheese lover you have to try the famous Bohinj cheese, a local product from Bohinj. The cheese is very good quality, it is made out of cow milk, and it has a nice and recognizable aromatic flavor.
Best things to do in Bohinj
In Bohinj, you can enjoy in peace and rest, but also different sports activities. Swimming, cycling, driving with the boat along Bohinj lake, climbing, hiking, paragliding are just some of the activities that Bohinj has to offer.
Here are the most common activities that you can do in Bohinj:
Relax and swim in the lake
Imagine yourself sitting next to a wonderful lake with crystal clear water and everywhere around you look you see outstanding mountains. One of my favorite things to do in Lake Bohinj! Spend your day chilling next to Bohinj Lake and when you get hot you refresh yourself in clear crystal water. No motorboats are allowed there and the water is perfect for swimming.
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, 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.
You will enjoy the beautiful panoramic ride with the gondola and spectacular views from the way up. Vogel is also an ideal starting point for shorter or longer hiking tours or all the winter experiences.
Entrance fee: 3 €
A two-way, A-shaped waterfall, is a unique feature among the waterfalls of the world. It is situated 836 meters above sea level and it’s 78 m high. I think you will agree with me, that it’s beautiful with a touch of romance and 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. If you arrive by car, you will need to pay for parking.
If you don’t have a car, no problem, you can walk. The Savica waterfall is also accessible by foot from Lake Bohinj. The path is beautifully marked, and it starts from the lake and continues for about an hour and a half towards the waterfall. The walk is easy, anyone can do it.
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. It is not a hard walk, 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 eagerness of wild water experience. It has been one of the most popular activities for many years. It excites the 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.
One of the most spectacular paragliding locations in Slovenia is understandable very popular in Bohinj. If you look in the sky you will see paragliders everywhere. Flying in tandem with a paraglider from Vogel is an adrenaline-filled experience with spectacular views of the Julian Alps, Lake Bohinj and the entire Bohinj Valley. Experience of a lifetime!
A feeling of true peace and tranquility
However you put it, Bohinj is a paradise for nature lovers that like peace and tranquility. It is not a surprise why it attracts more and more local and foreign visitors every year. Your vacation in Bohinj will be relaxing, active, and adventurous at once, that’s why we love Bohinj!
In the year 2018 Lonely Planet listed Bohinj on 10 best European destinations of the year. A diverse range of sports activities, beautiful nature, and local attractions have for sure something to do with it.
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