A walk in the Vintgar gorge was a last-minute decision on our part, before leaving for Zagreb. Slovenia itself was a last-minute addition to our two-week itinerary in Croatia. The first thing that hits you about crossing the border from Croatia to Slovenia is how green and gorgeous the country is. We had spent a few hours exploring Ljubljana the day before and spent the night in the scenic Lake Bled area.
Popular natural attraction in Slovenia
The walk turned out to be an easy and satisfying half-day trip from Bled. It is easy to imagine why this is one of the most popular natural features of Slovenia.
The 1.6 km long Vintgar gorge carves its way through the vertical rocks of the Hom and Borst hills and is graced by the Radovna with its waterfalls, pools and rapids. The trail goes over wooden bridges and ends with a bridge overlooking the impressive 13 m high Šum waterfall.
Here are some photos from our walk to give you an idea about its natural beauty and to spark your wanderlust!
The walk is suitable for everyone, although putting on sensible shoes would be my recommendation. My daughter could do the hike easily, she did a get bit tired while coming back.
You can imagine why Vintgar gorge is such a popular natural destination.
Its steep depths, vertical walls, rapid river beneath, vegetation and waterfall are so picturesque. You feel one with nature.
The easy walking trail leads you over wooden bridges, from where you can enjoy the natural beauty in all its glory.
There are several places where you can actually go down to the river bank to take a snap. My daughter enjoyed putting her hands in the deliciously cold water.
The single-arch stone bridge of the Bohinj railway, constructed in 1906, which crosses the gorge 33.5 m above the trail. There is a dam from which the water is routed to the small Vintgar hydroelectric power plant under the Šum waterfall.
- We had a car, and drove towards Podham which is located 4 kms north of Bled. You have to follow the signboards from Podham, but I admit we took couple of wrong turns and got lost even with the signs.
- Parking is free just outside the park entrance.
- There is a small cafe at the entrance. Make sure you use the toilets at the entrance as well, since there are none within the park.
- There is another small cafe inside the park at the end before the Sum waterfall. You can enjoy an ice-cream or soda here.
For more information on opening time, entrance fees, check out Vintgar.
Stay and Food around Vintgar Gorge and Lake Bled
We spent the night in Lake Bled at Villa Istra. Our charming 2-bedroom apartment in this villa-converted-to-design-hotel had direct access to the lake with stellar views. Their breakfast spread was very good, we didn’t try any other meal there.
We had a delicious dinner at Sova, a stone’s throw from Villa Istra in Lake Bled.
The mushroom soup in a sourdough bowl at the Restaurant Vintgar, right outside the park, is just the thing after a long walk.