Bohinj is a collection of villages in and around a large valley in the Julian Alps in Slovenia. This glacial valley is about 20 kilometers long and 5 kilometers wide and is bordered by the Lower Bohinj Mountains on both sides and the Triglav Mountain Range in the north.
There is, however, more to Bohinj than only the village-dotted valley. The area comprises the Upper and Lower Bohinj Valleys, the valley of Nomenj, Lake Bohinj itself, the Triglav Mountain Range and the alpine plateaus of Pokljuka and Jelovica.
To help you plan your visit to Bohinj, Slovenia, I have listed the main attractions below!
Main Attractions in Bohinj Slovenia
Lake Bohinj is one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe. It is the largest permanent lake in Slovenia and measures 4.2 kilometers long, 1 kilometer wide and 45 meters deep. Lake Bohinj is a great place to go canoeing and kayaking. There’s also a tourist boat that commutes between both ends of the lake.
Situated 1,200 to 1,500 meters above sea level, the Pokljuka plateau is one of the most peaceful and revitalizing places in Bohinj. This is a place of spruce forests and alpine meadows, pure mountain air and beautiful views—an amazing place for hiking in summer and cross-country skiing in winter.
Vogel Ski Center
Mount Vogel is home to a world-class ski center. At an altitude of more than 1,500 meters, the Vogel Ski Center is one of the premier ski resorts in Slovenia. In summer, this is a suggested starting point for hikes in the mountains. The ski center can be reached by on foot or with the scenic cable car from the base of the mountain.
Church of St. John the Baptist
Perched beautifully on the shore of Lake Bohinj in the town of Ribčev Laz, this church is what every church should be. It’s small and old, set on a lakeshore, and decorated with fascinating medieval frescoes. The Gothic presbytery dates back to the early 15th century while the Romanesque nave was constructed in the first decades of the 16th century.
The crown jewel of Slovenian mountains is Mount Triglav, the highest peak in the country. The mountain is so culturally important that each Slovene is expected to summit it at least once in his or her lifetime. In addition to summiting Mount Triglav, there are numerous other hikes in the Julian Alps, suitable to all abilities, from scenic day hikes to strenuous long-distance treks.
The Savica Waterfall is Lake Bohinj’s main inflow and the most famous waterfall in Slovenia. The total drop is 78 meters. A second neighboring smaller waterfall falls 25 meters deep. Both waterfalls make up the shape of the letter “A”. From the deep pool underneath the waterfalls, the short Savica Brook flows into Lake Bohinj.
Hayracks in Studor
Although hayracks are common all over Europe, Slovenia has its own unique version of them. The double hayracks are characteristic to Slovenia and form a cultural landscape that is unlike any other in the world—the best place to see them is in the town of Studor in the Upper Bohinj Valley.
I recommend dedicating at least one week in Bohinj, the Julian Alps and Triglav National Park.