In this guide, you can find the most exciting things to do and see in northern Slovenia between lake Bled and lake Bohinj.
In a recent post, I talked about a place in Slovenia that not many people know about: Velika Planina and a beautiful Eco Resort in the heart of the Kamink Alps. Today I’ll give you some suggestions about other places you can visit in northern Slovenia.
In this article, you will find my travel guide to Slovenia, don’t miss it if you want to find more detailed information about this country.
Slovenia Itinerary: one week between Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj
The first suggestion I have is to visit Slovenia by driving a car, if possible. If you live not too far in Europe you can drive to Slovenia, but if this is not an option, you can rent one at the airport. The country is not big but without a car, it will be a bit difficult to get around. To see the main attractions you’ll need at least 5 days, but if you have more it’s better. These are my suggested places to see:
- Lake Bohinj
- Lake Bled
- some trekking in the valleys between these two lakes
- Velika Planina
If you only have 5 days, this itinerary is a bit tight and maybe you’ll have to skip something.
Where to stay in Slovenia
Slovenia is a relatively cheap country. There are plenty of options for accommodation from Eco Resorts to 5 stars Hotels. A good place to find excellent deals is Booking.com Another good choice is Trip.com.
Lake Bled is very famous and can probably be considered the landmark of the country. All around the lake there is a nice pedestrian path.
If you like taking pictures you can look for the Ojstrica trail that will lead you to the hill facing the lake. The trail is short and it won’t take you more than 15 mins but keep in mind that is a bit steep. The view is stunning.
Since Bled is the most famous place in Slovenia, it can get pretty crowded in summer.
Lake Bohinj is probably even more beautiful than Lake Bled. The water is incredibly crystal clear and on sunny days you can view the top of the Triglav mountain which, with its 2.864 meters, it’s the highest peak of the country.
Compared to Bled there are fewer tourists in Bohinj even though it’s only about 30 mins away. I took the picture you see at the top of this post in the mountains nearby Lake Bohinj and you can see that the place is truly beautiful.
For the accommodation, I stayed in this apartment near lake Bohinj because it’s cheaper than Bled and more peaceful. The guest house is owned by a really nice family that will take good care of you. As soon as we got there they explained all we could do and see nearby. They even baked some cakes and offered some slices. We felt at home.
The Goldenhorn statue is the symbol of lake Bohinj
Vintgar Gorge and Mostnica Gorge
If you like trekking you’ll have plenty of options in northern Slovenia. Some trails are easy while some are more challenging. I visited the Vintgar Gorge and the Mostnice Gorge.
Discovered in 1891, by cartographer and photographer Benedikt Lergetporer, the Vintgar Gorge, is 1,6 Km long and it’s becoming more and more popular. The fresh air is perfect on hot summer days. To get to the gorge you have to pay an entrance fee but it’s definitely worth it.
If you have time, the following day you can visit the Mostnica Gorge, a trail immersed in the forest, along a small river. After hiking for about two hours you’ll end up in a low plain dotted with typical mountain cottages. The trekking is a bit more difficult than Vintgar Gorge.
I talked about Velika Planina on a previous post. To get to Velika Planina you’ll have two options: you can either take the cable car or walk all the way to the top of the mountain. The first option will save you 15€ but it will take you 3 hours to get to the top and another 3 hours to get down.
If you want to visit this part of Slovenia I suggest you spend a couple of nights here.
A day trip to Ljubljana
Ljubljana it’s becoming increasingly popular and I’m not surprised about it. It’s a very small capital, with a population of fewer than 300.000 people, and for this reason, it’s quite peaceful. It’s a green city with a lot of parks and trees everywhere and the historic center it’s a pedestrian area.
Half-day would be enough to visit Ljubljana. Don’t forget to walk to the castle. The view of the city from the top of the hill is nice and you don’t have to pay to get inside.
When is the best time to visit Slovenia?
Slovenia can be visited all year round. Besides the itinerary I suggested in this post in winter you can also ski.
Prices in Slovenia are not too high, especially compared to other European destinations. Remember that if you take the highway you’ll have to pay the vignette (a fee). I personally avoided the highways: I saved money and saw some beautiful places in the countryside just like I did on my trip to Normandy and Brittany.
Slovenia is quite a safe country and people are really friendly. Everyone I met spoke good English so communication wasn’t a problem. On a previous trip to Slovenia, I spend some days in Portoroz a location by the Adriatic Sea famous for its Hotels with Spa. If you want to relax after a few days of hiking it might be a good option for you.
One of the cheapest options to get travel to Slovenia is with FlixBus. Here’s my review. Here other pictures I took in Slovenia and here some tips on how to visit Rome on a budget.