In the western end of Bohinj lake, Ukanc is a small residential area. A few nice houses in a gardened area and a camping park, compose a very calm set of resources for a relaxing vacation in the lake.
No, Srednja Vas was not in my plans and I doubt that I would ever ear about it if my GPS didn't get mad, approaching the lake. It sent us to a dead end, in a narrow and frightening path late in the night. However, while turning back we noticed that it could be pretty by daylight, and Fernanda forced me to "get lost" again (flowers oblige!).
I did it, and really appreciated the village - very nice and... unexpected.
The most beautiful access to Bohinj lake is Ribcev Laz. The village is beautiful and has the most developed commerce around the lake. Don't miss the nearby villages, where the wooden house with flowers are still more beautiful
Obcine is a very small village situated near the main road Ljubljana-Zagreb, in the vicinity of town of Trebnje.
Here you can see the wooden houses, barns and wells built in the begining of the 20th century. Not much of likewise houses has left in Slovenia.
Velenje is one of the biggest industrial and mine centre of Slovenia. It is located out of main roads but easy to reach from the highway Ljubljana-Maribor. There is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful medieval castles in whole Slovenia, worth to see.
Ljutomer is a small town in the eastern part of Slovenia. It is located in area of so-called "wine triangle path" of Ormoz-Jeruzalem-Ptuj. If you are a wine-lover, you shouldn't miss this place. Also, there is a beautiful church in Ljutomer a must see.
Nace’s house is a beautiful wooden farm building located in the quiet nearby southern suburb of Puštal and takes about 10 minutes to walk to from Mestni trg. It is one of the oldest wooden houses left standing in Slovenia and as such has become a museum and a monument of the Slovene cultural legacy of national interest. The oldest part is the lower stone storey which is believed to date from the 16th century whilst it’s most eye-catching feature is the baroque wooden upper storey and roof which date from 1755. The floor plan is typical of an Alpine house. On the ground floor there is a hall, “black” kitchen, wooden lower house, a small room and a granary. An almost identical ground plan is repeated on the upper floor, where along the main and front façades, the house is encircled by a promenade balcony with a decorated railing.
Directions: Walk south from Mestni trg and cross river via wooden bridge. Then turn right and follow road round to the left. House is on the right. See second photo for map.
Pekel (Hell) cave is an unusual occurrence in Pohorje mountain range. This cave is typical carstal phenomena, and it is situated hundreds of kilometres away form karstal areas of Slovenia!
Just like any other decent (oh, well..) carstal cave, this one has a river flowing then disappearing in the middle of some field and re-appearing 4 hours later in this cave.
The origin of its strange name is rather obvious - looking towards the cave you will easily recognize the whole figure of the devil, and the entrance is between his legs.
Legends that have been circulating among people were "explaining" that it is the devil's home where he hosts beautiful young ladies. These ladies sing and bewitch helpless men who can not resist and have to enter the cave only to be "forced" into immoral activities.
Not only the figure of the devil, there are other numerous "proofs" that this place is absolutely dangerous like numerous phallic shaped objects protruding from the grounds everywhere, and then the final proof - at the deepest end the river enters the caves like a waterfall springing from the rock shaped like female genitals. Some may pee themselves from laughing but I can imagine certain types having a hard time there. Fortunately there's plenty of cold water at hand.
The cave has been explored since 19th century, and adapted for visitiors in stages, latest one finalized in the early 70's of the last century.
Very demanding terrain, one of the explorers died during the process.
Wear solid non-slipery and water resistant shoes, there's lots of dripping water and puddles, in some areas you will have to duck down and carefully walk through rather low and narrow channels.
But it's worth the effort, it is the most colourful cave I've ever seen, due to minerals and iron and almost invisible locations where natural light enters the cave.
Resotred and operated by the Idrija Municipal Museum, the 'Franja' hospital is named after Dr. Franja Bojc Bidovec. This incredible hospital hidden up in a canyon near Cerkno operated to treat wounded partisan soldiers in the second world war. Most of the cabins stand in their original camouflaged form (the first 3 were rebuilt after an avalance in 1989) with many medical implements, beds and supplies still remaining, a testament to the impressive location chosen leading to the hospital remaining secret throughout it's working life. Each and every cabin has a different use from basic supplies cabins to the X-Ray cabin and Quarantine wards. Two generators at the end of the pass provided a source of hydroelectric power allowing the cabins to be dimly lit, heated and of course to run electrical equipment. I'm actually struggling here to quite describe it!!! It was one of the places in Slovenia that I think everyone should go and see. The feeling of strength of humanity and the will to survive is incredible. The ingenuity of location, the amazingly modern facilities, staunch codes of practice and extraordinary craftmenship are jusy humbling.
The hospital is well signposted from the town of Cerkno which is in the West of Slovenia, just off the main road which runs south through Kobarid, Tolmin and then on to Idrija. We initially approached it on the back road running West from Skofja Loka. Although shorter in distance it takes considerably longer than sticking to the main road and is appallingly signposted so take a map and some luck!! It is however scenic!! But if pushed for time, stick to the main road!!! Once reaching the small car park (toilets and a small bar with drinks and snacks) the hospital is about a 20 minute walk along a path and then duck boards. Most of the way is a fairly gentle incline, getting steeper as you approach the wooden boards so I wouldn't recommend it for anyone with mobility problems but if you're like me and just a bit unfit.... Keep stopping to enjoy the view!!!!
Gondola ride to Vogel ski center and hiking trails is very exciting. New modern gondolas are gliding smoothly enabling you to enjoy views over whole Bohinj lake and high mountain peaks, among them is also Triglav - highest point in Slovenia.
To learn how people have lived for centuries in the Radovna Valley, visit the Pocar Farmhouse - dating back to at least the 18th century, here was the farmhouse for a family that lived in the valley since at least 1609. The family finally died out this century and the property is now part of the Triglav National Park. Guides give a great tour and good explanations for how the family lived - the house is filled with old furnishings. It is not open often, so check with the Triglav National Park Information Centre for times. tours were given in Slovene and I got my own private tour in English :-)
This 800+ year old Carthusian monestary is open from 2-4 daily, with a guided tour starting at 2PM. The buildings are home to museums of art and antiques that took 2 hours to tour. The Bascilica is beautiful! We were here during Chistmas, and enjoyed the nativity. The tour guide was very kind, and did her tour in both Slovene and English for my benefit.
1. Bus to Gorenjska region
If you would like to go hiking it is good that you start early in the morning. That is why I would recommend that you get to let's say Bled the previous day and spend a night there. Either take a bus from the airport or if you would like to spend some time in Ljubljana you can catch a bus from there. There seems to bee one bus every hour. (http://www.ap-ljubljana.si/shop.php = Website of the Ljubljana bus station.)
From Bled take a local bus/taxi to Bohinj (Slap Savica = Savica Waterfall).
You must get to the waterfall and from that point on you can continue on foot. Here you have two options.
A) less demanding, forrest path, you don't have to climb to get to the lakes (Triglavska jezera). This is the path to the Komna hut.
UP/DOWN: Komna - Triglavska jezera - Prehodavci - Dolič - Triglav
possible way DOWN: Kredarica
B) more demanding, very steep, climbing already up to the Triglav lakes - this is the Komarča path.
UP/DOWN: Komarča - Triglavska jezera - Prehodavci - Dolič - Triglav
possible way down: Kredarica
So, if you would like to visit only the Triglav lakes I would recommend taking the path to the Komna hut.
However, if you would like to really visit Triglav - the peak. It would be better to take another path... Described bellow (c). Do note, that there is quite some climbing to the very top. Take a look at the following page and if you are not terrified by the photograph at the bottom and you feel like you are experienced enough for that kind of climb go for it. Link: http://www.pzs.si/index.php?stran=Dogodki&dogodek=4767
Triglav has become sort of a pilgrimage mountain and a huge number of people visit it in August/September. That's why it's best to stick with weekdays if you have the change. It's not very enjoyable to always stop and wait for other people to pass the path, which is sometimes quite narrow.
So... the best way to visit Triglav AND the LAKES would be:
C) Bus from Ljubljana to Mojstrana (This is a bus that goes to Jesenice.)Several buses each day. You can ask if there's a bus that goes from the airport as well, or you can just change buses to get there. There are also several possible accommodations in Mojstrana. From there you should get to the Vrata Valley. I'm not sure about local transportation to get there, but I'm sure there shouldn't be any problems. On Fridays Saturdays and Sundays there's a bus from Mojstrana to a hut in Vrata Valley. (12 km) Also you can sleep at the hut at the beginning of the path to the top:
http://www.pzs.si/index.php?stran=Seznam%20ko%E8&koca_id=21 - HUT Aljažev Dom
5 hours to the Kredarica hut (http://www.pzs.si/index.php?stran=Seznam%20ko%8D&koca_id=24) - make reservations!
There are 2 options to Kredarica:
a) Tominškova pot - steeper - better on your way up
b) Čez Prag - less steep, better on your way down if you'd like to go that way down as well and skip the Triglav lakes
Both paths are demanding and there is some climbing, but not compared to the path up from Kredarica to the top of Triglav.
I would recommend sleeping at Kredarica and then continue to the top in the morning - about 1 hour / 1 hour and a half to the top of Triglav.
Go back the same way or either A) or B) past the lakes back to Bohinj.
... I could give more advice, but for that I need more information about your preferences and skills.
Prices of the bus from Ljubljana to Jesenice should be around 10-15€
Sleeping in the hut will cost from about 18-27€ - dorm/smaller rooms.
Stew with(out) meat will cost around 5€. Water 1,5 Liter around 3,5€ - interesting comparison :)
2. Yes, I would book the huts in advance. Otherwise, you might have to sleep on the floor/bench... or something like that.
3. From the Gorenjska region I would go back to Ljubljana to start my way to Croatia. What do you expect from Croatia, how much time will you spend there. Do you already know where in Croatia you'd like to go or not - depending on that I can tell you how to get there.
:) Feel free to contact me for further information. I'd be happy to help you. Have a nice day!
Kamnik is a nice village north-east Ljubljana.
Its main sight is the remains of an ancient castle called Mali Grad. This houses a Romanesque chapel. From the castle you can enjoy a nice landscape over the roof ot the town.
There are direct buses from Ljubljana to Kamnik. The journey takes around one hour.
I suspect many people miss these, focusing instead on the Ljubljana/Portoruz/Julian Alps parts of Slovenia.
I'd never heard of them, and you need a car to properly explore (or bikes, if you are based nearby).
Basically, they are routes around the vineyards near Ormuz, with places to stop and try the wines/eat en route. Lovely countryside anyway (little villages, white houses with flowers, vineyards, streams, hills, woods etc) but the wine and food is superb, as is the welcome you will receive.
If you can find the time and the transport, a few days exploring this area will be well worth it. Highly recommended; more information on the link.
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