Triglav National ParkSlovenia section of the Julian Alps, a total of nearly 85,000 hectares and is centered on Mount Triglav (2864m). It is popular for its outdoor adventure possibilities, numerous gorges and waterfalls, and the spectacular Lake Bohinj.
HistoryThe first proposal to protect the area around Triglav came from Prof. Albin Belar in 1906. However, it was not until 1924 that the Alpine Conservation Park was established in the valley of Triglav Lakes. In 1961, the Triglav National Park was founded and in 1981, the borders were expanded to their current locations. In 2003, Triglav National Park was included in the UNESCO MaB (Man and Biosphere) network.
The park is home to many plants and animals. The park's most revered animal is the chamois, of which only 2,000 exist. Legend tells of the Zlatorog, the golden-horned chamois that live on the mountains. Other wildlife includes ibex, marmot, golden eagles and the brown bear, although most animals stay away from humans and animal sightings are rare. Common plant life includes the Julian poppy and the purple Zois bellflower. Most plants are protected.
- Tourist Office Dovje-Mojstrana in Mojstrana, tel/fax +386 45891 320 Tourist Office - Infos
phone: +386 5 380 04 90In Kobarid, Tourist Office - Infos
phone: +386 5 380 04 80In Tolmin, Tourist Office - Infos
By busBuses run hourly from Ljubljana to and Lake Bohinj (Bohinj Jezero), in the southeastern corner of the park . The buses stop in and . The 30-km journey from Bled takes 45 minutes. Schedules are available online.
By trainThere are around 6 trains a day each way between Bohinj and other stations to Nova Gorica. From Nova Gorica there are onward connections to every city in Italy and other parts of Slovenia. The train is cheap and the stations along the way are very picturesque with flowers adorning the station platforms and most of the journey offers impressive views of the turquoise Soca (Isonzo) river.
On some weekends during the summer there is a steam train service between Nova Gorica and Bled. The tickets include a return journey and lunch at Bled Castle.
Many of the outdoor adventure agencies based in Bled run sports-based excursions to the park.
Vintgar GorgeA wooden footbridge path (dating to 1893) runs for 1600 m along the Radovna River, terminating at the Šum waterfall.
Lake Bohinj (Bohinjsko Jezero)Pronounced BAW-heen. Beautiful lake surrounded by the Julian Alps.
Pokljuka Ravine2-km long and 40-m deep, carved into limestone by water flowing from the Pokljuka glaciers, the only reminder of which is the Ribščica stream, a tributary of the Radovna River.
Savica Waterfall60-m high waterfall and a must-see. Climb up a series of zig-zagging steps to the top of the gorge. Very popular tourist attraction.
The Source of the Soca River
Kluže FortressImposing picturesque fortification positioned above the deep gorge of the Koritnica River.
Mostnica GorgeThis smoothly carved ravine is 1-km long and 20-m deep, with hundreds of circular hollows known as river mills. Be careful if it is raining. The 21-m Mostnica Waterfall (Slap Mostnica) is an additional 40-minute walk through the fields to the north.
Church of St. John the Baptistaddress: In Ribčev LazTiny church, but includes some of the most brilliant frescoes in Slovenia, many painted by the Master of Bohinj. The exterior frescoes, however, are barely discernable. Dates to the 13th century. Wooden porch paved with river stones form the date 1639.
Migovec CavesA 24,900-m (82,000 ft) long and 975-m (3,200 ft) deep Alpine cave system within Mount Tolmin Migovec.
Climbing Mount TriglavMount Triglav is the 2864-m high "Three-Headed" mountain found on everything Slovenian ranging from the national flag to Laibach's LP Krst pod Triglavom (Baptism under Triglav). While you don't need any climbing skills to ascend it, you should have no fear of heights or steep parts and you should trust your grip. Starting from the nearest mountain hut, the easiest route to the peak will take less than a day. There are many steep parts but everywhere there are cables and metal handles to hold on to. As on all mountains, the weather can be viciously changeable, with temperatures alternating between +30 and -10°C, even in summer. The routes to the top are open only between June and October, and ascending with a guide is, while not legally mandated, very advisable due to the labyrinthine route. Most climbers spend two nights on the route, although fitness nuts have been known to complete it in a single day.
Vogel Cable Car RideRide up to the Ski Hotel at 1537m in 5 minutes. Offers great views of the lake and the reflections of the surrounding mountains, and possibly Mount Triglav. The optional walk down takes 2 hours. When at the top, spend some time to hike around the nearby ski slopes.
- Other medium height mountains include:
KaravankeA 120 km long mountain range of the Southern Limestone Alps on the border between Slovenia and Austria. It is traversed by important trade routes and has a great tourist significance. Ajdna, Roblek under Begunjščica or Dobrča.
CanyoningTriglav National Park has several picturesque gorges.
RaftingPopular at the Soca River.
Kravji Bal (Cows Ball)address: near Hotel ZlatorogCelebration of the return of the cattle from the pastures. Includes folklore events, live music, and a lot of drinking
In Ribcev Laz, many of the hotels have restaurants.
MK Pizzeriaaddress: Ribcev Laz
Gostilna Rupaaddress: Srednja Vas 87One of the best restaurants in the park, specializing in pork and fish. Live music on Thursdays.
Gostilna Mihovcaddress: Stara Fuzina 118
Mountain huts offering simple meals and accommodation are scattered about the national park. Reservations are strongly advised in peak season. Camping is prohibited in the park.
phone: +386 45 746 555address: village of Stara FužinaTwo bedroom apartments with kitchens that can accommodate 4 or 6 people. There is a common room and free internet downstairs.
Penzion Bohinj, Stara Fužina 12, +386 4 572 34 81 / +386 51 349 035 (email@example.com / www.penzion-bohinj.si). Hotel has 54 beds in 25 two- or. three-bedded rooms. B&B, half board, full board (price: 31-50,50 €).
phone: +386 8 200 41 40address: 17 Triglavska cesta, Bohinjska BistricaAll rooms are designed with warm natural materials and high standard equipment and offer a magnificent view towards Julian Alps.
Hotel Bellevueaddress: Ribcev Laz 65Agatha Christie stayed here and commented that the lake is far too beautiful for a murder.
Hotel Jezeroaddress: Ribcev Laz 53The most prominent hotel on the lake. Pool, sauna, and fitness center. Popular restaurant with great food.
Pension Kristaladdress: Ribcev Laz 4
Hotel Pod Voglomaddress: Ribcev Laz 60The cheapest option around. Rooms in the main building have shared shower facilities.
Pension Rozicaddress: Ribcev Laz 42Rustic rooms but comfortable. Restaurant with good meat dishes.
Hotel Zlatorogaddress: Ukanc 65Dreary rooms but free use of the pool.
Snakes and bears can be found in Slovenia although it is very rare to encounter them.
In case of emergency, call 112 or contact nearest mountain hut.