Lake Bohinj, Bled
We live in Italy and wanted to go from Bohinj to Italy through the middle of a mountain by train. It can be done, but we thought it would cost an arm and a leg. BUT NOT!
The train leaves several times during the day, you line up waiting and then drive onto the top of a flatcar. The train takes off and you go through a lot of tunnels and by tiny villages along a river. This little trip was a plus for us, and I recommend it.
When you come out you are in a several village and town area where there was fighting in WWI. There is a nice museum about this. Check it out.
Not far from Bled is the more remote Lake Bohinj. Regular bus connections make getting here fairly easy, even without a car. When you take the bus from Bled (direction "Bohinj Zlatorog"), you have three choices in the Lake Bohinj area: Bohinj Jezero, which lets you off in the village of Ribčev Laz on the east side of the lake; Bohinj Vogel, near a popular chairlift and hiking destination; and Bohinj Zlatorog, the location of a luxury hotel and an interesting-looking campground in the village of Ukanc on the west side of the lake.
For our part, we took the bus to the chairlift (at a cost of EUR 4.10 in 2009) and proceeded to the base station. The weather took a turn for the worse, however, and it quickly became obvious all we would see at the summit would be fog. So we strolled along the lake to Ukanc, then took the tourist boat back from Ukanc to Ribčev Laz... then, after the rain intensified, a hasty bus ride back to Bled. Still, we were quite glad we made it here -- we just wished we could have had better weather. But the rain must fall sometime... :)
Well, I am not sure if I should write it under Triglav national park. Anyway, from Bled, you can take bus (one per hour) to lake bohinj. The stop is Ribcevl Laj, driver will remind you of the stop. This is the beginning (or one end) of the lake. The other end of the lake is close to the cable car. You can either walk (will definitely take over an hour) or get down at Ukanc and follow the direction to cable car. This is 10min walk. The cable car leaves every half an hour (at least in tourist season) to the top. It doesnt really go to the top of the mount vogel though. It will take you to half the height, and from there you can hike to different mountains. Even if you dont plan to hike there, you can just sit there, sip coffee and enjoy the view.
At the southern corner of Triglav National Park, there's the beautiful valley of Bohinj. It's perfect for all who enjoy peace and natural surroundings. The heart of the valley is the glacial lake where you can go swimming, walking round it or just relaxing at its banks. There are also numerous footpaths, so you can discover other hidden beauties.
Don't miss visiting Savica Waterfall or Vogel!
Another very good excursion from Bled would be Lake Bohinj. Lake Bohinj is situated in the Triglav National Park where as Lake Bled is not.
It's only an hour or so to reach Lake Bohinj & this lake is less touristy than Lake Bled. Even minus the tourist establishments that we could see in Bled.
More of a family-type getaway.
The lake here has more activities like kayaking, canoeing etc.
Also the backdrop of the mountain range in Lake Bohinj, which is the the Julian Alps has more activities like hiking, paragliding...even walking up to Mount Triglav could be start from here ! Don't get lost !
ALL the photos by me in Lake Bohinj are on my Bohinj page. Have a visit.