Visiting Lake Bohinj in Slovenia! Even when it’s rainy…

by 21 Feb, 2021Slovenia

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🗺️  ITINERARY: 
This destination is part of a 10-day itinerary in Slovenia, check it out HERE.

You definitely have to go and hike in Bohinj! We, however, had to face the dilemma of whether to hike or not given that it rained during our whole stay in this beautiful region of Slovenia; and in Bled, we already did the Pokljuka Gorge hike under the rain, and it didn’t turn out to be that easy (we kind of got lost, etc.).

So hopefully, you will be luckier than us and have wonderful weather (🤞) during your stay in Bohinj, and if that’s not the case, maybe our tips below can help you find some alternative activities too!

Bohinj is not a town in itself, but a geographical basin in the Julian Alps and a municipality that includes part of the Triglav National Park (Triglavski narodni park), Lake Bohinj (Bohinjsko jezero), a glacial lake that is Slovenia’s largest lake, and cute country towns such as Stara Fužina and Bohinjska Bistrica.

All this makes Bohinj a perfect and peaceful spot from which to start many hikes exploring the Triglav National Park, but you first need to get there…

Bohinj's motorail journey

🚞 How to get to Bohinj (with style)

We arrived in Bohinj from Bled by car, but we left with more style… and that’s because Bohinj, given it’s a basin almost fully surrounded by mountains, has a motorail (a train that can carry you on your car) crossing several mountain tunnels that aren’t otherwise accessible by only car.

So you can arrive in and/or leave Bohinj with the motorail and we highly recommend you do this if you are travelling with a car, given that the train will take you to beautiful places that we are not sure you would see otherwise, while you don’t have to worry for a thing and can enjoy the views (note you will also spend a big part of the journey crossing narrow mountains tunnels which is fun, but also scary!).

But how do you get on the motorail? The motorail line does Nova Gorica (near the Italian border), Most na Soči (in the Soča Valley), Podbrdo (in another mountainous valley) and finally Bohinjska Bistrica (a town near Lake Bohinj) in the two directions (in our case, we only took the motorail when leaving Bohinj). However, note that the motorail doesn’t stop in all stations on each journey; you will have to check the best travel time for you here.

Once you know your journey, you can head to the corresponding train station directly and it’s usually well indicated (at least in the Bohinjska Bistrica station). There is no prior booking and the car onboarding ends 10-15 min before the departure time, but we went there 30 min before and the line of cars was already quite long. We actually were the second-to-last car that was able to onboard!

Bohinj's motorail boarding area

[You will be boarding on a platform like this one👆 ]

In terms of pricing, the motorail experience is very reasonable! We did Bohinjska Bistrica-Most na Soči, which cost us 14€ for the car and driver, and 2.58€ each extra passenger. You will pay once onboard when the ticket collector approaches you (I cannot remember if we were able to pay with credit card or not…).

⛺ Where to stay (camp) in Bohinj

Once you arrive in Bohinj, the question is where to stay, and Lake Bohinj is an ideal place for camping! Although, since it rained for us, it wasn’t very convenient, but we still loved it! Should you prefer to stay at a guest house or hotel, there are also some options you can find on regular booking platforms.

For camping, I would recommend Camp Bohinj, which is right next to Lake Bohinj and wildly accommodated between trees. However, the camping doesn’t allow prior booking at the moment and we preferred to stay closer to Bohinjska Bistrica. We therefore decided to go for the other camping option in the area: Camp Danica, which is in Bohinjska Bistrica along the Sava Bohinjka River.

Both campings cost similarly. For a tent, car and two adults in high season, Camp Bohinj was 46€/night; and Camp Danica, 43€/night.

If you stay at Camp Danica, there is a small bakery close to it, where they sell yummy pastries and burek. It’s very convenient for breakfast and to buy some supplies before heading for a day-long hike!

Fog over the Sava Bohinjka River (Bohinj, Slovenia)

4️⃣ Things to do around Lake Bohinj

⛰ Hike – a few suggestions in Bohinj

Yes! Hiking is the thing to do in Bohinj, but not so much if it rains as it did for us (🙈). But dramas aside, here are a few options for you to consider:

 

  • We had already looked at a few options for a one-day hike and our plan was to reach the Triglav Lakes Valley (also called the Seven Lakes Valley for obvious reasons) by doing this hike on Moon & Honey (total elevation gain ~700 metres). Note that in order for this hike to be doable in one day, you need to start from Planina Blato at ~1100 metres, which is reachable through a toll road from Stara Fužina that costs 12€, and it’s not fully paved (although it’s well maintained).
  • Another option we had thought of, is taking the Vogel cable car, which lifts you to the Vogel ski resort, from where you can enjoy amazing views of Lake Bohinj and hike to Mount Vogel following this itinerary (total elevation gain ~800 metres). The cable car’s return ticket costs 12€.
  • For a less ambitious hike, we had also seen that it’s possible to walk around the whole Lake Bohinj, or visit the beautiful Mostnica gorge through a hike from Stara Fužina that you can extend until arriving in the Voje Valley and Waterfall (total elevation gain ~400 metres, see details here). Note that in order to access the gorge, you will have to pay 3€/adult.

💦 Visit the Savica Waterfall

One thing we could do in nature, even if it was pouring outside, was visit the Savica Waterfall (Slap Savica) (map location), a beautiful hidden waterfall with an “A” shape that measures over 75 metre and is the source of the Sava Bohinjka River. The water comes from the Triglav Lakes Valley.

Savica Waterfall in Bohinj, Slovenia

The waterfall is easily reachable after a 25-min walk from the parking we have indicated on the map of recommendations.

The waterfall also has an entrance fee of 3€/adult.

🥗 Eat in a gostilna in one of Bohinj’s towns

There are many traditional restaurants (gostilna) in the region and most of them have really good ratings serving local specialties (including with game meat for those who aren’t vegetarian).

In our case we wanted to land somewhere with a covered terrace as it was raining (yes, saying it again) but still warm outside, and we also wanted to see the northern part of the Bohinj basin, and we ended up in the town of Srednja vas v Bohinju eating in the charming Gostilna pri Hrvatu (map location).

As many other gostilna(s), the prices at Gostilna pri Hrvatu were very reasonable, the food extremely tasty and the terrace they had across the road was peaceful, fully covered with a wooden structure built over the Ribnica River.

☔ Go to Aquapark Bohinj for a rainy day

After visiting Slap Savica and having lunch at a gostilna, there wasn’t much we could do before taking the motorail to Most na Soči (and continue our trip in the Soča Valley) given the weather conditions. But then we were told about the possibility of going to the Aquapark Bohinj.

This is a small but nice indoor water park (although it also has a big outdoor pool) where you can spend a rainy day in Bohinj or even a few hours after a long hike. It has everything you need to relax and even have fun with its two water toboggans, mini climbing wall on the water and jacuzzis.

It’s also very affordable, access to the pool area for 3h is 15€ (or if you also wish to access the saunas is 22€ all together).

We hope this will be useful to you and just fingers crossed that when you go to Bohinj, you will have beautiful sunny weather to enjoy those mountains, because this place is truly beautiful!

⏭️ What to visit next? The Soča Valley!

After your stay in Bohinj (or before), we highly recommend that you go to the Soča Valley (for at least three days or more!).

The Valley is famous for its emerald-coloured river and mountains, where you can do many different outdoor activities such as canyoning, rafting, hiking and more! 👇

Emerald water in Grand Canyon of the Soca River (Slovenia)

📍Map of recommendations in Bohinj

Did you find the above useful or have other suggestions for this region?

If you like what you read, please feel free to share this post, leave a comment and/or find out more about travelling in Slovenia or neighbouring Italy 👇👇👇👇👇

Soča Valley and the most amazing river in Slovenia (and Europe?)

Soča Valley and the most amazing river in Slovenia (and Europe?)

The Soča Valley is famous for its emerald-coloured river and its beautiful location being surrounded by the Julian Alps… 🏔 We spent 3 amazing days in the region – read our recommendations in terms of how to get there, where to stay, but also where to do activities such as canyoning and rafting, and 5️⃣ places you must visit there!

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