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The green waters of Slovenia’s Vintgar Gorge

Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia

Lake Bled in Slovenia is one of those places that looks like it’s straight out of a travel brochure (or rather an Instagram or Pinterest feed today I guess). But the lake itself isn’t the only beautiful spot in this part of the world. A few miles outside the town of Bled you’ll find the Vintgar Gorge, one of the greenest places I’ve ever seen, where the turquoise waters of the Radovna River flow between the gorge’s steep rocky walls.

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Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia

In some stretches the river bubbles and swirls its way through rapids and mini waterfalls, and in others it’s so languid you can see right through to the swimming fish and the riverbed below. And if that’s not enough green there’s also the thick foliage, the trees above and the mosses and wildflowers clinging to the rocks.

Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia

The Vintgar Gorge was only discovered in 1891, but within a few years it was opened up to visitors, with a network of wooden bridges and pathways had been built so visitors could get in and explore. The paths are still there today, though they’ve been rebuilt a few times since the 1890s. The walkways twist and turn for 1600 metres, clinging to the cliffside with sheer rockfaces towering up to 100 metres above you.

Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia

The path’s a fairly easy walk though it can get busy on a sunny day. Because it winds along the cliff you never know what you’re going to come across around the next corner, from deep pools with swirling shoals of fish to patches of delicate wildflowers. At the end of the path you reach the Šum waterfall, Slovenia’s largest waterfall, set underneath the Bohinj railway bridge with a little café if you need a break.

Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia

To get back you can either retrace your steps along the cliff path, or you can walk down to the waterfall and then follow the path through the woods and back to Lake Bled. There’s also a plunge pool below the waterfall if you’re feeling brave too (though in May the water was freezing so we stuck to taking photos instead!).

Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia

The details

Vintgar Gorge is located around 4km north of Lake Bled. You can walk there from Bled which takes around three hours altogether. Otherwise there’s free parking outside or you can catch a bus from Bled’s bus station. The gorge is open daily from 8am–7pm (though it’s closed in winter as it can get dangerously slippery in snow and ice) and entry costs €5 for adults (€4 for students or €3 for children 6–15).

Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia

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Just outside of Lake Bled in Slovenia, the Vintgar Gorge is a great day trip, with bright green waters and a 1600 metre network of wooden walkways and bridges to explore. #Slovenia #VintgarGorge #LakeBled

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Chasing Sunsets
    May 30, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Gosh Lucy! This is like God sent to me! Haha. right on time. I have been binge googling on Slovenia these days. Somehow that place has simply caught my attention! Are you travelling there now?

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      Lucy
      May 30, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      Slovenia’s been my Pinterest guilty pleasure for the last year or so, so was so pleased to get out there for myself! Got back last week after five nights in Ljubljana and Lake Bled so just a taste but it was a gorgeous one.

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    travelingaddress
    May 30, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    beautiful place!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      May 31, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks, it really is a beauty!

  • Reply
    jordanbeckwagner
    May 30, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    This looks absolutely stunning! I just love the greenness of the water…it looks so much like Plitvice Lakes in Croatia!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      May 31, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      Plitvice Lakes are so high on my wishlist – they look amazing!

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    Sarah
    May 30, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Slovenia has been on my travel radar for a while but I’d never heard of this place before. It looks stunning and now I want to visit Slovenia more than ever!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      May 31, 2016 at 8:03 pm

      I’d really recommend Slovenia, so much beautiful scenery in such a small area!

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    Richard
    May 31, 2016 at 7:21 am

    It looks and sounds so peaceful there! We walked there and back from Bled without any water, and were so grateful the little shop at the entrance sold drinks!

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      Lucy
      May 31, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      We cheated and drove as it’d been a bit drizzly that morning, walk does sound good though (forgetting to bring water is totally something I would do!).

  • Reply
    Map & Fork
    May 31, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I have been there 3 years ago and from what I can see it’s always as beautiful as it was 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy
      May 31, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      So glad I got to see it, those colours were fantastic!

  • Reply
    Hannah Butcher
    May 31, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Wow your photos are gorgeous! What a beautiful place.

  • Reply
    MummyTravels
    June 2, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Beautiful – what amazing colours!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      June 2, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      It was so green! That was on a cloudy day too, bet it’s even brighter in the sun.

  • Reply
    thebritishberliner
    June 8, 2016 at 8:06 am

    ‘Looks gorgeous and so, so delightfully turquoise!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      June 20, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Definitely turquoise! The colours were amazing.

  • Reply
    Tanja
    June 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    great photos! I’ve been here too! and I liked it too:)

    • Reply
      Lucy
      June 20, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Thanks!

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    Janice & George (@SandInSuitcase)
    June 25, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    You’re right, Vintgar Gorge is “gorgeous” :-). It kind of reminds us (a little) of Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park (Alberta, Canada). How far can you walk along the gorge? We’re hearing lots of good things about Slovenia lately. We adore Croatia, but it sounds like we should put Slovenia on our “to visit” list.

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      Lucy
      June 27, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Gorgeous indeed! You can walk 1.5km through the gorge itself but the path carries on after that and you can make a big loop back to Lake Bled. Slovenia is so beautiful, I’ve only visited Dubrovnik in Croatia though so I think a Slovenia/Northern Croatia trip might be a plan!

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    Jolien Geurts
    July 19, 2016 at 9:37 am

    This is definitely one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever heard about. I’ll add it at my ‘travel bucket list’ immediately, that’s for sure. Also, the entrance is not expensive at all! Nice blog by the way, I will keep it in a personal list of ‘blogs to follow’.

    • Reply
      Lucy
      July 19, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Thanks – it’s a really beautiful spot, I was so glad to have come across it, and to share it with everyone!

  • Reply
    bojan
    January 1, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Hello Lucy,
    I am from Slovenia. Nice you like our country. It is really very green and beautifull. you have toooo much to see.
    for info waterfall Šum is not our biggest. This one is quite small. check Peričnik, Boka, Savica, Rinka. ..waterfalls.
    see you, Bojan

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