Lake Bohinj is a beautiful lake in Triglav National Park in Slovenia. While you're here, you can spend time enjoying short hikes, beautiful lake views, stand-up paddling and other water sports, and even a cable car ride to the top of a mountain. Whether you're visiting Lake Bohinj on a short day trip or staying here for several days, learn how to plan your visit if you have 1, 2, or 3 or more days.
Where is Lake Bohinj?
Lake Bohinj, also called Bohinjsko jezero, is located in Triglav National Park. This is the largest permanent lake in Slovenia. There is another larger lake (Lake Cerknica) but it is a seasonal lake that tends to dry out during the summer months.
Lake Bohinj is just 30 minutes away from the popular Lake Bled. Located at the foot of the Julian Alps, Lake Bohinj is only accessible from the east. Due to its remote location, Lake Bohinj is calmer and receives fewer visitors than Lake Bled.
How to get to Lake Bohinj?
Lake Bohinj is located near Lake Bled. Many people who visit Bohinj do so on a day trip from Lake Bled or Ljubljana.
The easiest way to reach Lake Bohinj is by car.
Here are the driving distances from cities near Lake Bohinj:
Do Lago Bled:30 kilometers, 30 minutes
Au Ljubljana:83 km, 1 hour and 15 minutes
Von Kranjska Gora:68 km, 1 hour and 15 minutes
PRO TIP FOR TRAVELERS:If you're visiting Lake Bohinj during the busy summer months and coming from Ljubljana or Kranjska Gora, there's a good chance you'll encounter some traffic around busy Lake Bled. We were driving from Ljubljana to Lake Bohinj and traffic was passing through Bled which added about 20 minutes to our journey. To avoid traffic, try to leave Ljubljana or Kranjska Gora before 8am.
You can also reach Lake Bohinj by bus. You can take a direct bus from Ljubljana to Lake Bled and then take a second bus to Lake Bohinj.Click hereTo know more.
Once in Bohinj there is a public bus you can use to get around.Click hereTo know more.
Parken am Bohinjer See
Lake Bohinj is quite big. So unless you plan on walking a lot or using the public bus to get around, you'll need to take a "trip" along the lake. So you end up having to park multiple times.
There are several car parks where you have to pay to park your car. Make sure you pay 10 euros for parking.
The best activities on Lake Bohinj
Here is a list of the best things to do on Lake Bohinj.
- See the iconic view of San Juan Bautista Church and Stone Bridge
- Practically stand up paddle ou caiaque no lago
- See the statue of Zlatorog
- Hike through the Mostnica Gorge
- Walk the path around Lake Bohinj
- Monte o Vogelseilbahn
- Savica Waterfall
You can also use Lake Bohinj as a starting point for hikes to the top of Triglav. More on that later.
For more detailed information and more photos, see our article on theThe best things to do on Lake Bohinj.
Lago Bohinj is 1 dia
If you are taking a day trip from Ljubljana or Lake Bled, here is a 1-day itinerary for your visit.
Plan to arrive at Lake Bohinj by 9 am.
If you arrive early in the day, you'll miss Bled's worst traffic and have a full day to enjoy Lake Bohinj. Spend the day driving along the road along the lake, starting at the other end near the Savica waterfall and heading back to Ribcev Laz.
If you head straight to Savica waterfall, you can walk the short trail before it gets hot and crowded.
Monte o Vogelseilbahn
Get back in your car and drive to Vogelbahn. Once you reach the top of the mountain, you'll spend several hours here. I recommend at least taking the cable car to Orlove Glave, the highest viewpoint. If you want to hike to Bird Peak (4 hours round trip) you have plenty of time, but you may need to stop for afternoon paddle boarding or visit Mostnica Gorge.
Overlooking Lake Bohinj from the top cable car station.
You can have lunch (or bring a picnic) at one of the mountainside restaurants.
Church of Saint John the Baptist
Park your car in the car park next to the Hotel Jezero, and then enjoy the views of the Stone Bridge and the Church of San Juan Bautista. Walk along the lake until you reach the Zlatorog statue while enjoying the view.
If it's a warm, sunny day, consider kayaking or paddling on Lake Bohinj. Paddle boards and kayaks can be rented from Alpinsport, which is right next to the stone bridge.
If you were a speed demon today, you might still have time to hike part of the Mostnica Gorge.read our poston the best things to do in Lake Bohinj to learn how to do it.
Lago Bohinj is 2 dias
With two days, you have plenty of time to visit the best spots on Lake Bohinj without feeling like you're in a rush. Day 1 is all about visiting the highlights of Lake Bohinj. On day 2 you can relax and explore the path around the lake.
Visit Savica Waterfall first thing in the morning.
Vogel cable car
Take the cable car to the top of the mountain and spend as much time as you like exploring the top, hiking the trails or even walking to Vogel's Peak.
Glave Orlove, the top station of the cable car. In the distance is Šija, a mountain peak that you can hike to in about an hour.
End the day with a hike through the Mostnica Gorge.
In the morning, walk along the path around Lake Bohinj. Bring your swimsuit, towel, and some snacks in case you find a quiet, secluded "beach" along the way.
Don't miss the iconic views of the Church of St. John the Baptist and Zlatorog.
Spend the afternoon kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding.
Lake Bohinj in 3 or more days
If you have 3 or more days at Lake Bohinj, there are many ways to fill your time.
You can follow our 2-day itinerary and then spend the 3rd day relaxing by the lakeside. You can also use this third day for a visitlake bledor explore some of the small towns between Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled.
Trail to Berg Triglav
From Bohinj you can also hike to the top of Triglav. At 2,864 meters, Triglav is the highest point in Slovenia. It takes 2 days to hike to the summit and back. If you have 3 days at Lake Bohinj, spend one day visiting the main attractions and use the remaining days to hike to Triglav.
On the first day, you will hike from Stara Fuzina (the town at the eastern end of Lake Bohinj), hike along the Mostnica Gorge, climb the Julian Alps, and spend the night at the nearby Dom Planika Triglav mountain hut. On day 2, hike the last part to Triglav peak and then hike back to Stara Fuzina. We haven't done it yet, but it's on our list!
For more information, seeAlpinsport-Website. If you enjoy hiking and plan to spend a week or more in Slovenia, I strongly recommend you get a copy.Hiking in the Julian Alps in Sloveniaby Roy Clark and Justi Carey. This guide contains 60 hikes in Slovenia, not only in Triglav National Park, but also around Lake Bled, Bovec, along the Soca River and much more.
What have we done
We visited Lake Bohinj on a weekday in July. In the morning we drive from Ljubljana to the lake, spend the whole day in Bohinj, and in the evening we drive to Kranjska Gora. We spent four nights at Kransjka Gora and used it as a base of operations for exploring Lake Bled and the Julian Alps.
I loved Lake Bohinj. I loved that it was quieter and less touristy than Lake Bled and I loved taking the cable car up to Vogel. I love that by staying at Lake Bohinj you can stand up paddle on the lake and hike in the mountains in the same day.
If I were to do it again I would want to stay longer at Lake Bohinj and walk to Triglav from here. We just didn't have enough time on this trip.
Onde comer no Lago Bohinj
Lake Bohinj is not a great culinary destination. There are only a handful of decent restaurants around the lake.
Hugs from the restaurant.The food here gets mediocre reviews, but this restaurant has wonderful views of the lake.
Fuchsner.Located in Ribcev Laz, this is the place for burgers, barbecue and beer.
If you don't mind a short drive, there are a few more options near Lake Bohinj.
Strudel.This is one of the best rated restaurants in the area. Strudl serves traditional Slovenian cuisine. This restaurant is located in Bohinjska Bistrica.
Pizzaria Pr'Kosnik.Also located in Bohinjska Bistrica, this is the best place to buy Italian pasta and pizza.
in CroatianThis is another highly rated Slovenian restaurant in Srednja vas v Bohinju.
Pernoite no Lago Bohinj
Hotel Jezero.This hotel is located at the eastern end of Lake Bohinj, right opposite the Stone Bridge and the Church of St. John the Baptist. This is a prime location. The hotel has a restaurant, indoor pool and laundry service. This is an excellent choice if you are traveling alone or as a couple and are looking for a very convenient location and highly rated hotel.
Brunarica Murka.If you are traveling with your family or a group of friends, this place could be perfect. This is a 4-star two-bedroom chalet that can accommodate up to 7 people.
alpine houses.This property offers several apartments that can accommodate up to four people. It is located in Ribcev Laz, a short walk from Lake Bohinj and the shopping area. These apartments are considered to be one of the best values in Bohinj.
Hostels under Vogla.If you're looking for cheap accommodation, consider Pol Voglom. It is conveniently located near a public bus stop and a sports center that rents bicycles and kayaks.
Bohinj mobility card
The Bohinj Mobility Card offers discounts on activities, as well as free parking and free use of the tour buses that run around Lake Bohinj. These cards are only available to people who stay at least two nights in Bohinj and pay the tourist tax here. The 3-day ticket costs from €19.00. Mobility cards can be purchased at tourist information offices. To know moreHere.
If you are also planning a visit to Lake Bled, read our article:
8 amazing things to do at Lake Bled
If you have any questions about planning a trip to Lake Bohinj, let us know in the comments section below!
More information for your trip to Slovenia:
- THE BEST OF SLOVENIA: 20 epic things to do in Slovenia
- SLOVENIA ITINERARY:10 days in Slovenia: the perfect itinerary for your first visit
- VINTGARSCHLUCHT:The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Vintgar Gorge
- LJUBLIANA:Top 14 things to do in Ljubljana
- PIRANHA:6 great things to do in Piran
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