VINTGAR GORGE, Bled

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  • Most impressive.
    Most impressive.
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    Yeah, I could get used to this...
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    Sara admires the gorge
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    A stunning stroll through Vintgar Gorge

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Aug 23, 2011

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    Such is the beauty of Bled that it would be easy to confine yourself to the town and its lake, in which case you would run the risk of missing out on the utterly gorgeous Vintgar Gorge.

    The gorge is located about 4km from Bled - it is possible to walk, or to catch a bus, and for those with cars, there's ample parking at the head of the trail.

    The Radovna River has carved a deep gorge into the limestone, and falls as a series of cascades, interspersed by deeper pools. The water is icy blue/green and crystal clear, and where the water is calmer, you can spot trout lurking in the depths.

    The area is thickly wooded with deciduous trees - primarily beech, I think, though I speak under correction - that are particularly gorgeous in autumn when the leaves are turning.

    The area has been popular with tourists since the end of the 19th century, and the infrastructure is excellent. The trail is well constructed, and comprises sandy paths interspersed with railed wooden boardwalks along the rockier sections. The gradient is gentle, and so is accessible for small children and more active elderly people. Whilst I wouldn't go so far as to say that it was wheelchair accessible, you could certainly negotiate it with a pushchair (provided that you were willing to manhandle it once in a while). The trail is 1.6km long, and although it is possible to return by other routes, most visitors return the way the came: with scenery this beautiful, that's no great hardship!

    At the end of the trail, overlooking the waterfall, there is a small kiosk serving drinks and snacks and a deck area where you can sit. About halfway along the trail there is also a picnic table nestled in under an overhanging rock, which is a lovely place to stop and contemplate your glorious surroundings.

    We visited whilst it was raining, and provided that it's not absolutely bucketing down, the tree canopy and the narrowness of the gorge provides reasonable protection from the weather.

    It's difficult to think of any way that the Vintgar Gorge could be improved as a tourist destination - it's really that good!

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    Walk to Vintgar Gorge

    by travelfrosch Written Aug 30, 2009

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    If the weather is good and you want to take a long walk, a trip to Vintgar Gorge is definitely a good choice. About a 1-hour walk from Bled, you make your way through about 2km (1 mile) of spectacular waterfalls and scenery. The wooden walkways suspend you above the action as the river Radovna rages below.

    Entrance to Vintgar costs EUR 4 per person. There is a parking lot at the site, but note you will be required to climb stairs to make your way through the gorge area. At the bottom end of the gorge, there is a cafeteria where you can buy light snacks and refreshments.

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    Wooden Bridges

    by easterntrekker Written Aug 27, 2008

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    Narrow wooden paths carved into the rock, lead us to wooden bridges that span the thrashing waters below. We wonder, over the last hundred years since its construction, how many came before us to stand in awe on these bridges

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    Wooden Bridges

    by easterntrekker Written Aug 27, 2008

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    Narrow wooden paths carved into the rock, lead us to wooden bridges that span the thrashing waters below. We wonder, over the last hundred years since its construction, how many came before us to stand in awe on these bridges

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    Pools and Rapids

    by easterntrekker Updated Aug 27, 2008

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    The Gorge was discovered in 1891 by accident by Jakob Žumer, the Major of Gorje, and the cartographer and photographer Benedikt Lergetporer . Radovna river which flows through Vintgar was very low. They were able to make their way through the otherwise impassable ravine. They were so taken with the natural beauty of the area they that they decided to establish a construction committee. The clear waters of the Radovna river with its waterfalls, pools and rapids is breathtakingly beautiful. Each turn offering another vista.

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    The Vintgar Gorge

    by easterntrekker Written Aug 27, 2008

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    We thought the 1600 meter hike around the Gorge is the best part of Bled. Truly spectacular. The shaded forest offered welcome relief from the hot June sun .We followed the wooden pathway that hugged the steep cliffs and took numerous photos of the gorge as it carved its way through the vertical rocks of the Hom and Bort hills . Make sure you have your batteries charged there endless photo opportunites!!

    The Gorge was opened for visitors since 1893!!

    We debated on hiking to the gorge from the town center but are happy we opted for to take the bus. The bus leaves at 10AM and returns at 12 noon. ONLY ONE A DAY!! 3Euro each way.

    Admission to the park is 4Euro

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    Great hike good for everyone

    by OH_DK Updated Jul 20, 2008

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    This is an easy hike along the Radovna River. You walk about 1600 m on a wodden footbridge from 1893 through the gorge. You cross the river many times.
    If you like waterfalls and wild nature this is a perfect hike for you.

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  • Walk to Vintgar Gorge

    by worldramblings Written Aug 29, 2007

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    Don't let anyone tell you that you need to take a bus / taxi / organised excursion to Vintgar Gorge - just walk north west from Bled for about 4kms. It's pleasant walk via a small village.

    The gorge is spectacular and the colour of the water has to be seen to be believed!

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    Vintgar Gorge

    by lazyman_1 Written Nov 25, 2006

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    The gorge is only about 4-5 km outside of the city of Bled and should be one of your must do's while visiting Bled. Emerald green water flows by bouncing of rock faces and droping over edges as you walk along the banks on wooden walkways. The gorge is roughly 2.5 km long and there seems to be a great photo opportunity around every bend. This is not a roundtrip walk though so keep in mind that you'll be walking the same route back to the beggining. You'll know when you reach the end however because there is a small store where you can buy drinks and ice cream. the store is perched atop a rather nice waterfall that is definately worth a look.

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    Vintgar Gorge area map

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 28, 2006

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    This is a map of the area. A larger version of it can be found here. I took a bus to Spodnje and then walked to Podhom. The entrance to Vintgar Gorge is at Vintgar down a small track from Podham. I then walked through the gorge where the trail ends at "HE Vintgar". I then walked along the trail up and over Hom hill to St Catherine's Church which is marked as Sv. Katarina on the map. Then I walked down the hill through the village of Zasip and back into Bled.

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    Vintgar Gorge

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 28, 2006

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    The Vintgar Gorge is one of the most popular natural features in Slovenia. It lies a couple of miles north of Bled near the village of Podhom where the Radovna River cuts a deep gorge between the hills of Hom and Borst. It was only discovered in 1891 by Jakob Žumer, the Major of Gorje and Benedikt Lergetporer, a cartographer and photographer from Bled. The discovery was accidental and took place at a time when the water level of the Radovna river was very low. They started their exploration in Spodnje Gorje and headed towards Blejska Dobrava. They made it through the otherwise impassable ravine with great difficulty and discovered so much natural beauty that they decided to establish a construction committee. The gorge was arranged for visits, especially for visitors to Bled. A 1600m long trail was opened to the public on 26th August 1893 and is still used to this day. The walk is wonderfully cool as the sun hardly reaches the river. You get to see some fast water as the river flows quickly over rapids and waterfalls. If you start at the entrance near Spodnje Gorje, the walk should take you around 30mins to reach the 16 m high Šum waterfall. There are cabins where you can buy drinks at both ends of the gorge. At the eastern end you can walk up Hom hill to Zasip and then back to Bled. More pictures can be found in my travelogue.

    Open: 8am-7pm. Admission: 700SIT.

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    THE VINTGAR GORGE

    by olja1234 Updated Apr 23, 2006

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    The Vintgar Gorge lies approximately 4 km north-west of Bled. Through the Vintgar flows Radovna river. It was discovered in 1891. It was quite impassable, but with so much natural beauty, that it was arranged for visits. The 1,6 km long Vintgar gorge carves its way through the vertical rocks and is graced by waterfalls, pools and rapids.

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    Mysterious Gorge

    by viddra Updated Jan 21, 2006

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    The natural beauty of the Vintgar Gorge was discovered by Jakob Žumer, the mayor of Gorje, and Benedikt Lergetporer, the cartographer and photographer, in February 1891.

    It was opened to the public on 26 August 1893. So, you should take a really pleasant 1.6m-long walk over wooden bridges and admire the Radovna River with its waterfalls, pools and rapids.

    The entrance fee's SIT 600 for adults and SIT 300 for children.

    At the entrance and at the 16m-high Šum waterfall, there are cafés serving refreshments.

    The main picture's showing my uncle, niece and me at the waterfall. Another 1 is showing my sister and niece on a bridge.

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    Vintgar Gorge

    by leplaya Updated Dec 18, 2005

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    A walk through this beautiful gorge is both easy and exhilirating. There is a wooden walkway that hugs the wall around this gorge for almost 2km. The walkway was built over 100 years ago, but it's still pretty sturdy. The walk is for people of all ages (and lots of people do visit here) and is not strenuous at all, though it can get pretty slippery. The amount of people visiting can get a little annoying, and you might have to wait your turn to pass a narrow part of the bridge, but even with all the people it's worth going.

    The gorge also marks one of the entrances of Triglav National Park.

    There is a fee of 600 SIT for adults

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    Beautiful walk in Vintgar Gorge

    by niamey00 Written Nov 28, 2005
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    Vintgar Gorge is a short drive outside of Bled. From the parking lot, you walk past a small kiosk/restaurant and pay the nominal fee to enter. The walk is a very easy kilometer ortwo each way along the cliffs of the Gorge. In many places where the cliffs are too steep to provide space for the trail, wooden walkways have been constructed. These can be a little slippery when wet, so be careful. We walked the trail in October when the autumn foliage was at its peak. Very beautiful. At the end of the trail is another small kiosk that wasn't open when we were there. Don't miss the waterfall at the end. Walk down behind the kiosk to a small bridge, cross it and continue along the bank of the river for a view of the falls.

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