VINTGAR GORGE, Bled

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    Colours of the autumn
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  • Vintgar Gorje : The resting joint at the end of the hike.
    Vintgar Gorje : The resting joint at the...
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    Waterfall and the cascades
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    A paradise for hikers : Vintgar Gorje

    by samitbabu Updated Aug 10, 2016

    A ravine with steep mountains giving way to the gorje , with the bubbly gushing Radovna river splitting it into two, the Vintgar Gorje trail of waterfalls, stream, gushing pools and the water trapped still at certain corners is a breathtaking hike to enjoy.

    We were their in the autumn, September 2015, and the water was full , the leaves green and the vegetation thick.
    It is a safe and easy walk, does not need any particular physical capabilities. One of my friends had a tour year boy whom she carried all through .

    This was part of my Italy Slovenia - Croatia tour. We also sneaked into Austria for a day.
    My detailed info on the hiking trip to Vintgar Gorje ( September 2015) is found at the below Link.
    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/24d497

    The mouth or the entrance to the gorje is about four and half kilometres from Lake Bled.
    This is a must do activity from Lake Bled.

    Website: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/24d497

    Vintgar Gorje : The gushing Radovna river  Vintgar Gorje : The resting joint at the end of the hike. Vintgar Gorje : Wooden planks and the greens Colours of the autumn Waterfall and the cascades
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  • As if nearby Lake Bled weren't spectacular enough!

    by TimF39 Written Jun 20, 2016

    A spectacular way to spend a morning or afternoon. At every bend along the boardwalk is another composition of worn rocks, crystal clear water, lush vegetation and an occasional fish. The boardwalk is narrow at some points, so leave bulky backpacks in the car!

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    Walk through the Vintgar Gorge!

    by Roeffie Written Jul 14, 2014

    In 1893 the gorge was opened to the public. It is created by the Radovna river, which runs through the gorge. Every winter takes its toll and people have to rebuilt or restore the path through the gorge.

    It is breathtaking, the water is very clear.

    Opening hours:
    The Gorge is open every day from 8.00 to 19.00.

    Admissions 2014:
    Adults € 4,00
    6-14 yrs. € 2,00

    Directions: From Bled take road 634 to Spodnje Gorje. There you will see signsfor Vintgar Gorge.

    Website: http://www.vintgar.si/

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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!

    Picnicking en route

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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.

    Directions: From Bled, take the road to Podhom, then follow the signs to Vintgar. Ask at the tourist office for more detailed directions if you need them.

    Phone: +386 (0)4 572-5266

    Website: http://www.slovenia.info/si/naravne-znamenitosti-jame/Soteska-Vintgar.htm?naravne_znamenitosti_jame=109&lng=2

    Sara admires the gorge Impressive. Most impressive. Yeah, I could get used to this... Vintgar View
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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

    Phone: 4 km northwest of Bled

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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

    Phone: 4 km northwest of Bled

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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.

    Directions: 4 km north-west of Bled

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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

    Directions: 4 km north-west of Bled

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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.

    Address: 5km north-west of Bled.

    Directions: From Bled go north towards Gorje and follow the signs to Vintgar Gorge.

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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!

    Address: Vintgar Gorge, 4kms from Bled.

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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.

    the walkways emerald green water

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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.

    Website: http://td-gorje.s5.net/zemljevid.jpg

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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.

    Directions: Take a bus from Bled to Spodnje Gorje or Podhom and then follow the signs to Vintgar.

    Website: http://td-gorje.s5.net/

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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.

    Directions: Access by car and buses is possible as far as the parking area in front of the entrance to the ravine.

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