This church is small and weathered looking. This church has never had a face lift. Nevertheless it is one of my favorite churches anywhere. The setting of this little church could not be much more beautiful. It is located just across the road from the south shore of Bohinjsko Jezero, and is perfectly framed by the heavily forested foothills of the Julijske Alpes. A short rock and mortar wall topped by wooden shakes surrounds the church, adding the perfect finishing touch.
The mural on the outside wall is of St. Christopher, who is the patron saint of the region. It was painted in 1885. The church was completed in 1743, which is the date inscribed above the main entranceway. The campanile ( bell tower ) was completed a year later.
The architectural style is primarily Habsburg Baroque, with some of the original Gothic elements retained. The camelback shaped roof ( the roof is not caving in due to age ) is characteristic of 18th. century Slovenian churches. The original gothic arches still serve as the bell portals. The semi-domed campanile roof with onion shaped and spired capital is typical of Austrian churches of the era. The pulpit is of 18th. century folk art. The 19th. century crystal chandelier in the nave has a very rare size and design.
You make the call. Don't tell me I left my fly fishing equipment at home. I have never seen so many mouth watering rainbow trout ( forelle in German ) in one place. I enjoyed watching a local fisherman giving a fly fishing clinic to school children about 100 meters down the Savica River from where this photo was taken. The children all heartily cheered the man when he angled in one of these trout. What a challenge catching one of these numerous trout must have been ! You can buy a temporary fly fishing permit if you want to test your skill in the Savica River.
Note for all fly fishermen: An international fly fishing tournament, clinic, and exhibition, is held annualy at Triglav Park. It is normally held about mid June. Check the web page linked below for details.
Anyway, all of this made me hungry. I found a nice restaurant in Ribcev laz that served pan fried forelle ( I will let you know the Slovene word for this dish in the event that you are interested ). Delicious with a cold Budvar pivo ( beer ). Bravo !
The Bohinj Lake is a part of the National Park Triglav, the biggest protected nature reserve in Slovenia. It is rather small in dimensions but very beautiful, probably the most beautiful area which can be seen in whole the country. The whole lake is surrounded by the high mountains which makes it very calm and pitoresque place. It is a must see when visiting Slovenia.
The Church of Sv. Janez (St. George) dominates the whole place of Ribicev laz. It is situated on the bank of the river Savica and just a foot from the Bohinj Lake. Dunno much about the church but it looks very attractive and unique in its construction. There are valuable frescoes on the side walls of the church.
I've spend only a cuople of hours on the lake, just before the sunset. It was mid-September Sunday evening with only a few tourists around, perfect time for enjoying in the endless tranquility of the lake. The water was so smooth, here and there "disturbed" by the wild ducks only.
There is a beautiful stone bridge in Ribicev laz, one of the most scenic spot in Bohinj Lake. It is the bridge over Savica river, just before the outflow into the lake. There is no better place to observe the calm water of the lake and its surroundings.
Evening settles in on a perfect mid May day at Bohinjsko Jazero ( Bohinj Lake ). The snow capped Julijske Alpes ( Julian Alps ) protect the lake from the north winds. Unfortunately I did not allow enough time to climb any of these great peaks, but I intend to return some day for that purpose.
Bohinjsko Jezero is a beautiful narrow mountain lake having about 14 km. of shoreline. An excllent road with low vehicle traffic volume runs the entire length of the south and east shorelines. The road is perfect for bicycle riding. You can rent a bicycle a few hours or for the day. A well maintained foot trail encircles the entire lake, allowing you to take in every meter of the beautiful shoreline. The lake is nearly pristine, and there are many open meadows on the lake shore like the one shown in the photo. As you can see the meadows are filled with wildflowers during the springtime ( sort of like Julija whats her name in the Sound of Music ). There are also excellent camping facilities and very inexpensive and clean private accomodations. See my accomodations tip.
Just a couple of km west of Lake Bohinj is the waterfall that feeds it, the 65 meter high Savica Waterfall. We parked in the car park, paid the 2.50E parking fee and then headed up to see the falls, a 20 minute zigzagging uphill climb to the viewing platform. There were only about 5 or 6 others up on the platform including one wet dog who forgot to pack his umbrella. At least the viewing platform was covered so I could get some pictures.
There's a 2E charge to use the path but the attendant reduced it to 1E each, not sure if that was because it was raining or so late in the day. Apparently it gets crowded in the summer so head here early if you don't want to have to jockey for position or have other people's heads in your photos.
Krstenica is 1655 meters high mountain .Here over the summer people from Cesnjica give cattles . Mountain lay in Triglav national park . 1. july in the middle of night is very loud, on this day people go with cattle on Krstenica. They walk from village to mountain , the first cattles are morning on mountain.Here they make very good cheese and you can get allso other products from milk and good home made herb perry.
Zajamniki is 1257 meters high mountain , it lay uppper the village Cesnjica. Mountain is very interesting , because farmers from Cesnjica have cottages which lay on border of mountain, upper the cottages is collective grassland and down each cottage have
meadow.Here also farmers over the summer have cattles and make cheese and other products.
I took this photo from the balcony of my room at the private guesthouse / pension where I stayed. As I mentioned in an earlier tip, Stara Fuzina is close to being the perfect alpine village. Nobody lives in the sheds shown in the foreground. They are strictly for storage. The well built and well maintained chalet style shown are typical of houses in the region. Stara Fuzina is a nice peaceful village, but large enough to have grocery markets for buying cold beer, homemade breads and cheeses, and sweets.
Pick your season for visiting this beautiful and hospitable region. Any season is good depending on the activities you wish to enjoy. I was there in May. There were no crowds and thw weather was near perfect.
The savica waterfall is beautiful. There is no arguement possible on that point, it is amazing and stunning. Getting to it is however more a matter of debate.
There are a lot of steps (uneven) which you need to climb from the ticket office and car park to get to the waterfall viewing platform at the top. If you are driving to the car park and climbing the steps all that way JUST to see the waterfall then you'll probably find all the effort to not be worth it. If however you are making the trip to the waterfall as just the highlight of a day walking in the mountains around Bohinj then you will feel rewarded and extremely pleased with yourself for having taken the trouble.
We took the whole day to walk from Ribcev Laz along the northern shore of the lake and then walked up to the waterfall and climbed the steps before heading back down to Ukanc and taking the boat back to Ribcev Laz. We had a picnic half way between the lake and the waterfall and enjoyed ourselves immensely as we took it slowly and absorbed the scenery.
There are several benches to stop on the way up the steps to the viewing platform and we stopped for a few minutes at pretty much all of them (all have lovely views themselves) and had a quick sip of water (you can buy drinks at the ticket office). There is a strange sense of peace at the top despite the roar of the waterfall. Trust me, it is worth the climb.
Now we visited in Summer so there wasn't much skiing going on at the ski centre, but it is well worth a trip to the top for the views and so quiet walking.
We walked from Ribcev laz along the lakeside to the cable car station at Ukanc first and then took the trip up to Vogel before walking at the top and having lunch up here. The views really are fanastic when it is clear. You get a great panorama of the lake below (best seen from the cafe inside the cable car station!) and can see over the top of the mountains on the north of the lake and all the way to Mount Triglav. Stunning. Only drawback is the cost. We had a discount as we had purchased the Bohinj guest card (10% ish discount here) and it still cost us 11EUR each for the return trip (which takes about 5 minutes).
It was quite eerie in some ways at the top in summer as all the restaurants and other businesses which clearly cater for the ski season are closed down so it's a bit like a ghost town.
The Bohijsko Jezero region has it all. A crystal clear spring and stream fed lake filled with rainbow trout and mallard ducks, lush green meadows, conifer and decidous forests, and rugged alpine mountain peaks. To Americans this region can best be described as the Appalachians meeting the Rockies. Geologically old forested and rounded mountains existing in harmony with young rugged mountains such as Mt. Triglav.
Well marked and superbly maintained hiking and cycling trails abound. Go on a guided raft excursion or rent a kayak or canoe for your own excursion. Camp in the lakeside facilities or stay in a private pension and enjoy a picnic. There are excellent restaurants and grocery markets having deli sections.
This photo was taken just off the Bled highway approaching the village of Ribicev laz, which is the headquarters of Triglav National Park. The mighty Julijske Alpes ( Julian Alps ) arise immediately behind their steep, heavily forested foothills. Snow is only found on the higher elevations in mid May, when this photo was taken. These picturesque mountains contain some of the Europe's best ski runs. Enjoy the green wildflower laden meadows in the springtime. Many mountain streams and springs feed the lake.