Couple of years ago I spent few days in Slovenia as part of my railway trip around Europe. I based myself in Ljubljana, the charming capital of this tiny yet incredible country and did probably the most popular day trip I could – to the Slovenian Alps. The plan was to visit only Bled but I managed to go to Bohinj as well. As soon as I arrived to the lakeside my jaw has dropped. It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen! The crystal clear water, harsh slopes of mountains around, the church like from a fairy tale and hardly any people around – that’s how I remembered Bohinj! Ever since then it was my dream to return to Slovenian Alps. Finally, 7 years later it happened!
I was really anxious to see those great places in Slovenian Alps again. In my mind they were the synonim of the paradise, so beautiful that it’s hard to believe they really exist! After all since 2009 I was lucky to visit some world famous destinations and my perception might have changed a little bit. For days prior visiting Bohinj and Bled I kept talking about how amazing and unforgettable these places were. Yet I was afraid that my image of Slovenian Alps is too perfect in my mind and the reality might crush it. But as soon as I saw Lake Bohinj again I was relieved. Even if it was getting dark and the day was really gloomy the place looked as breathtaking as I remembered!
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The best places to visit in Slovenian Alps
There are couple of places worth visiting in Slovenian Alps but three of them are real gems that deserves much more attention! Funny enough, names of all of them start with the letter “B”. Coincidence? I don’t think so…
Bled – one of the highlights of Slovenia
As soon as you arrive to Bled you can see it is a popular place, bustling with tourists from all over the world. But it’s easy to understand why so many people visit Bled. The place is just stunning! The town is located at the shore of Lake Bled famous for its island church. The building itself comes from the 15th century but even in the ancient times a pagan temple for the goddess of love was standing at the same spot. The best way to get to the island is by the pletna boat. These can be found only in Bled, their origins dates back to the year 1590 and up to these days the tradition and the profession stays in the family – if the girl is born then her husband becomes a pletnarji. Recently a local priest tried to start his own business with delivering tourists to the island but that resulted in the strike of pletnarji and eventually things got back to how they used to be for centuries.
Bohinj – one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen!
The distance from Bled to Bohinj is only some 25 kms but the places couldn’t be any more different. While Bled is the most popular destination in Slovenian Alps, always full of people, Bohinj is such a serene place where you really can be close to the nature. My first visit there was on a gorgeous sunny day at the end of August yet there were hardly any people around. This time it was very gloomy but the dramatic, grey sky and low clouds actually added up to the atmosphere.
Bovec – adventure paradise
I was really looking forward to visiting Bovec. I’ve heard so many great things about the place and pictures I could see online just proved me it’s another special destination. Bovec is often referred to as the European capital of adventure and I guess this isn’t far from the truth. There’re numerous sport activities you can do in and around the town: rafting, zip line, kayaking, canyoning and many more. We were supposed to try zip line and even if at first my reaction was a panic attack I got used to the idea of sliding down the line for almost 1km over the deep gorge. I can’t be 100% sure but I was hoping I can do it! Too bad that one the day we were in Bovec the day was yet again gloomy and rainy and zip line was out of question. I was really disappointed! As an alternative we could do rafting but since I’m not very comfortable with any water activities I had to pass.
But even on the bad weather day you won’t be bored in Bovec and the surroundings. Walking around the town and Soca river or hiking up to the nearby waterfall are pure pleasure, no matter in which conditions. Or you can set off for a culinary journey and try local dishes. It’s based on the products people could get only in the Bovec area and harsh mountainous terrain and climate are very demanding. There’re a lot of mushrooms, vegetables and sheep meat and cheese used for simple yet delicious dishes. The lunch in Martinov Hram, a centrally located restaurant, was one of the best I had in Slovenia! If you’re up for some more really good sheep cheese the award winning farm next to Camp Korita is your place to go to!
Other places to visit in Slovenian Alps
These are just three places in Slovenian Alps, best of the best, that you should visit when you’re in Slovenia. But the area offers you so much more! There’s Kranjska Gora, famous for the biggest ski flying hill in the world (I was there in 2002 and it was more than spectacular), Pokljuka – a plateau dotted with cute cottages or Studor with numerous hay barns. No matter what you’re looking for I’m sure you will find it in Slovenian Alps, after all it’s a true paradise on Earth!
- The entrance fee the the castle is 10€. The opening hours and more info about the tickets can be found here.
- There are 5 pletna boats piers around Lake Bled to take you to the island. The ticket is 13€.
- You can find the best cream cakes in the cafe in front of Hotel Park, at the lake shore. The cake is 3,70€
- I slept in Hotel Park and the location couldn’t be better. If you’re lucky you can get a room with the view over the lake (I wasn’t). But there’re many accommodation options in Bled for all tastes and budgets!
- The boat in Ribcev Laz depart from next to the bridge. The ticket is 9€ for one way or 10,50€ for return. More information can be found here.
- The entrance fee to the the Savica Waterfall is 3€, paid at the booth few steps up from the parking lot
- The cable car to Vogel is 10€ one way or 14€ for return ticket. More info here.
- In Bohinj I stayed in Hotel Kristal and I can definitely recommend it! It’s located in the traditional house, the walls are full of art and the restaurant serves delicious food! It was probably the best place I’ve stayed in Slovenia!
- For numerous adventure activities head to Aktivni Planet. My friends who were braved enough for rafting were really satisfied with the whole experience.
- You will eat the best lunch in the city in Martinov Hram. And for the best cheese go to this place.
- Motorail runs between Most na Soci and Bohinjska Bistrica. All the info about timetable and prices can be found here.
If you think of visiting Slovenia or just want to read more about the country take a look what else I wrote about it:
- Charming Ljubljana, Slovenia in pictures
- Alternative Ljubljana
- Ptuj, Slovenia – a charming little gem
- and more!
Disclaimer: my trip to Slovenia was in partnership with Best Press Story however all opinions are 100% mine, as always
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