One Day in Bohinj Itinerary – Top things to do on Bohinj, Slovenia

Imagine a pristine and tranquil setting with calm, quiet waters surrounded by mountain peaks. Lake Bohinj is an inspiration for nature lovers. It is the largest lake in Slovenia and the second most famous lake after lake Bled. You can choose to drive, bike or walk the lake and the surrounding villages: the views are spectacular from every angle!

One day in Bohinj Itinerary

 

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What’s the best time to visit Bohinj?

Lake Bohinj is a year-round destination. It has winter activities such as hotel restaurants and ski slopes and a variety of hiking trails or swimming places for summer. During the winter months, temperatures can go below zero with snow covering the landscape.

Lake Bohinj
Lake Bohinj in winter, Author: Nir Dremer, Source: Flickr

Summers are temperate and warm with the average hovering around 24 degrees Celsius.

Lake Bohinj in Summer
Lake Bohinj in Summer, Author: borshop, Source: Flickr

 

A few facts about Lake Bohinj

Although its water comes from the snow in the Julian Alps melting, the temperature stays at a reliable 26 degrees Celsius, which makes it a great swimming destination in the mountains, especially for kids. Usually overshadowed by its sister lake, Bled, Bohinj is less touristy and boasts incredible scenery. On a lighter note, the word Bohinj means “godly” which if you ask me totally fits!

Lake Bohinj
Lake Bohinj

If you happen to be there between the end of May and beginning of July, you can attend the international flower festival.

 

One Day in Bohinj Itinerary

Top things to do on Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Follow this guide and make the most of your trip even if you’re short on time. These are the top sights and things to do during your one day in Bohinj.

Morning

Start your day by stopping at the east bank of the lake in Ribčev Laz and visit the information centre. From there, you will be able to enjoy your first sights of Bohinj. Drive towards the opposite bank for a short morning hike. Savica Waterfall is an easy hike for all ages up cobbled steps and neat paths. Aim to get there around 9am so that you avoid most of the crowds. From the waterfall viewpoint, the mountains surrounding you and a small area of the lake are visible.

Slap Savica, Bohinj
Slap Savica, Bohinj

The second stop should be Vogel Ski Resort. Set up in the highest mountains of Triglav National Park and overlooking the Julian Alps, the cable car ride is one of the most scenic you’ll ever do. From the cable car lookout you will see the enormity of the lake. If you are visiting during winter, you can spend your time leading up to lunch enjoying the ski slopes and the fresh breeze. If there is no snow yet then there is an array of activities available such as a zipline and diverse hiking trails for every type of traveler. Have a delightful lunch at the ski resort bar terrace – and try one of their cold meat platters while you are relaxing and enjoying the view.

Vogel Ski Resort, Bohinj
Vogel Ski Resort, Bohinj

 

After lunch

Lake Bohinj has different parking spots along its shores for you to stop at. The lake is known for its warm temperature throughout the year, but if swimming is not what you are looking for then you can also spend your time unwinding alongside it, soaking up the mountain and lake views around you.

Pebble Beach, Lake Bohinj
Pebble Beach, Lake Bohinj

Whether you decide to stop at one of the small cobbled beaches along the lateral of the lake or next to St John the Baptist church, the views are breathtaking.

St John the Baptist, Bohinj
St John the Baptist, Bohinj, Author: borshop, Source: Flickr

Next to the church there is a big grass area, a volleyball court and a restaurant. Make sure to check out the bridge from the side: the sight with the church behind it is phenomenal!

Lake Bohinj from John Baptism
Lake Bohinj from John Baptism

 

Evening

Take a short drive to Stara Fuzina to walk through a tiny mountain village with typical Slovenian architecture and experience the small village vibe. When you are ready to eat, head back to Ribčev Laz and enter the Hotel Center restaurant where you will be greeted by delicious pizza and a great, welcoming atmosphere.

 

Where to stay in Bohinj?

Bohinj Eco Hotel

There’s nothing better after a day of sightseeing than splurging on a relaxing hotel. The Bohinj Eco Hotel will be your home away from home. They have used natural materials, and it is also the first ecological hotel in the country of Slovenia. Every room has WIFI, floor to ceiling windows, bath gowns and slippers with heated floors and flat screen TVs.

Bohinj Eco Hotel
Bohinj Eco Hotel

Make sure to book one of the many room categories that include an entrance to the Aquapark which takes up a massive 3500 square meters. Not all room types have access to it, so be sure to confirm that first. It boasts indoor and outdoor pools as well as water slides and activities for kids. For an exclusive price, you will gain access to the sauna and wellness centre, too. The best part? The lookout swimming pool!

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Bohinj Eco Hotel
Bohinj Eco Hotel

 Penzion Rozic

If you are looking for a great value option, Penzion Rozic is a great choice closer to the lake. Located in a dense forest, its every room features a balcony, en-suite bathroom and a flat-screen TV. This hotel has free parking on site and is in a prime location near the lake.

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Pension Rozic
Pension Rozic

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Extra tips for visiting Bohinj

– You can arrive by a short train ride from Ljubljana to Bohinjska Bistrica 6km away from the lake. From there, you can get a bus to the lake or take a taxi. Public transport is possible, but I would recommend renting a car as it gives one more freedom to move around and explore the different areas surrounding the lake, all of which are worth seeing.

– If you are looking for a day packed with more activities around lake Bohinj, you can add a stop at Mostnica gorge. The stream of water has carved, very close to Stara Fuzina, a 2km long gorge.

– Make your trip to Bohinj even more exciting! Check out Tripadvisor for all the activities and organized tours in Bohinj or around the area. Make sure to purchase your tickets to all the attractions right away to skip the queues.

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Anna is a Barcelona raised and Cape Town based solo female traveller. At I’m 8 hours ahead she compiles her budget-friendly travels around the world with a splurge here and there to sleep in unique accommodations. You can usually find her planning her next trip or going away for a short weekend. No time to stand still! If you want to find her head to the kitchen, the pole studio or the mountains – her three favourite ways to spend time (after travel!). Connect with her on: Pinterest and Instagram.

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