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Lake Bohinj is a lovely lake located in Triglav National Park, Slovenia. While you are here, you can fill your time with short hikes, gorgeous views of the lake, stand up paddle boarding and other water sports, and even a ride on a cable car to a mountain peak. Whether you are visiting Lake Bohinj on a quick day trip or settling down here for several days, learn how to plan your visit if you have 1, 2, or 3 or more days.

Where is Lake Bohinj?

Lake Bohinj, also called Bohinjsko jezero, is located in Triglav National Park. This is the largest permanent lake in Slovenia. There is another lake that is larger (Lake Cerknica), but it is a seasonal lake that tends to dry up during the summer months.

Lake Bohinj is located just 30 minutes away from the more popular Lake Bled. Nestled at the foot of the Julian Alps, you can only get to Lake Bohinj from the east. Due to its “out of the way” location, Lake Bohinj is quieter and gets less visitors than Lake Bled.

Lake Bohinj Map

How to Get to Lake Bohinj

Lake Bohinj is located near Lake Bled. Many people who visit Bohinj do so on a day trip from Lake Bled or Ljubljana.

By Car

The easiest way to get to Lake Bohinj is by car.

Here are the driving distances from nearby towns to Lake Bohinj:

From Lake Bled: 30 km, 30 minutes
From Ljubljana: 83 km, 1 hour 15 minutes
From Kranjska Gora: 68 km, 1 hour 15 minutes

PRO TRAVEL TIP: If you are visiting Lake Bohinj during the busy summer months and are coming from Ljubljana or Kranjska Gora, there’s a good chance that you will hit some traffic around busy Lake Bled. We drove to Lake Bohinj from Ljubljana and the traffic crawled through Bled, adding on about 20 minutes to our drive. To avoid the traffic, try to leave Ljubljana or Kranjska Gora before 8 am.

By Bus

You can also get to Lake Bohinj by bus. You can take a direct bus from Ljubljana to Lake Bled, and then take a second bus to Lake Bohinj. Click here to learn more.

Once at Bohinj, there is a public bus you can use to get around. Click here to learn more.

Parking at Lake Bohinj

Lake Bohinj is rather large, so unless you plan on doing a lot of walking or use the public bus to get around, you are going to have to “road trip” along the lake. So you will end up parking several times.

At several parking lots, you will have to pay to park your car. Make sure you have 10 euros to pay for parking.

Best Things to Do at Lake Bohinj

Here is a list of the best things to do at Lake Bohinj.

  • See the iconic view of the St. John the Baptist Church and the stone bridge
  • Go stand up paddle boarding or kayaking on the lake
  • See the statue of Zlatorog
  • Hike along Mostnica Gorge
  • Walk the trail around Lake Bohinj
  • Ride the Vogel Cable Car
  • Savica Waterfall

You can also use Lake Bohinj as a base for hiking to the top of Mount Triglav. More about this later.

For more detailed information, and more photos, read our article about the best things to do at Lake Bohinj.


Lake Bohinj in 1 Day

If you are day tripping from Ljubljana or Lake Bled, here is a 1 day itinerary for your visit.

Plan to arrive at Lake Bohinj by 9 am

By arriving early in the day, you’ll miss the worst of the traffic in Bled and you’ll have a full day to enjoy Lake Bohinj. Spend the day road tripping along the lake, starting at the far end near Savica waterfall and working your way back towards Ribcev Laz.

Savica Waterfall

By going right to Savica waterfall, you get to walk the short trail before it gets hot and crowded.

Savica Waterfall

Ride the Vogel Cable Car

Hop back into your car and drive to the Vogel cable car. Once on top of the mountain, spend several hours here. I recommend at least taking the chair lift to Orlove glave, the higher viewpoint. If you want to hike to the summit of Vogel (4 hours round trip), you will have enough time, but you may have to pass on paddle boarding or visiting Mostnica Gorge in the afternoon.

Lake Bohinj from Vogel Cable Car

Overlooking Lake Bohinj from the upper cable car station.

You can eat at one of the restaurants on the mountain for lunch (or bring a picnic lunch).

St. John the Baptist Church

Park your car at the parking lot near Hotel Jezero and then take in the view of the stone bridge and St. John the Baptist Church. Walk along the lake until you get to the statue of Zlatorog, enjoying the view along the way.

Lake Bohinj with Kids

If it is a warm, sunny day, consider kayaking or paddle boarding on Lake Bohinj. You can rent paddle boards and kayaks from Alpinsport, which is located right next to the stone bridge.

Mostnica Gorge

If you were a speed demon today, then you may still have time to walk part of Mostnica Gorge. Read our post on the best things to do in Lake Bohinj for how to do this.

Lake Bohinj in 2 Days

With two days, you have plenty of time to visit the best spots in Lake Bohinj without feeling like you are in a race. Day 1 is all about visiting the highlights around Lake Bohinj. On day 2, you can relax and explore the trail around the lake.

Day 1

Savica Waterfall

Visit Savica Waterfall first thing in the morning.

Vogel Cable Car

Ride the cable car to the mountaintop and spend as long as you like exploring the summit, hiking the trails, or even hiking as far as the summit of Vogel.

Orlove glave

Orlove glave, the upper station of the chair lift. Off in the distance is Šija, a mountain peak that you can hike to in roughly one hour.


Hiking Sign Vogel

Mostnica Gorge

End the day with a walk along Mostnica Gorge.

Day 2

Lake Bohinj

In the morning, walk the trail around Lake Bohinj. Bring your swimsuit, towel, and some snacks, just in case you come across a quiet, secluded “beach” along the way.

Lake Bohinj in July

Don’t miss the iconic view of St. John the Baptist Church and Zlatorog.

Spend the afternoon kayaking or paddle boarding.

Lake Bohinj in 3 or More Days

If you have 3 or more days at Lake Bohinj, there are a lot of ways to fill your time.

You can follow our 2 day itinerary and then spend the third relaxing along the shore of the lake. You can also use this third day to visit Lake Bled or explore some of the small towns located between Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled.

Hiking to Mount Triglav

You can also hike to the summit of Mount Triglav from Bohinj. Triglav, at 2864 meters, is the highest point in Slovenia. It takes 2 days to hike to the summit and back. If you have 3 days in Lake Bohinj, spend one day seeing the main sites and use your remaining days to hike to Triglav.

On day one, you will hike from Stara Fuzina (the town located on the eastern end of Lake Bohinj), walk along the Mostnica Gorge, hike up into the Julian Alps, and then spend the night at Dom Planika, a mountain lodge located near the summit of Triglav. On day 2, you hike the last little bit to the summit of Triglav and then hike back to Stara Fuzina. We have not done this yet but it’s on our list!

You can learn more on the Alpinsport website. If you like hiking and plan to spend a week or more in Slovenia, I highly recommend getting a copy of Walking the Julian Alps of Slovenia by Roy Clark and Justi Carey. This guide includes 60 walks in Slovenia, not only in Triglav National Park, but also around Lake Bled, Bovec, along the Soca River, and more.

What We Did

We visited Lake Bohinj on a weekday in July. In the morning, we drove to the lake from Ljubljana, spent the entire day at Bohinj, and in the evening we drove to Kranjska Gora. For fours nights we stayed in Kransjka Gora, using this as our home base to explore Lake Bled and the Julian Alps.

I loved Lake Bohinj. I loved that it was quieter and less touristy than Lake Bled and I LOVED taking the cable car up to Vogel. I think it’s so cool that you can go paddle boarding on the lake and go hiking in the mountains all in one day while at Lake Bohinj.

If I did it again, I would like to stay longer at Lake Bohinj and hike to Triglav from here. We just did not have enough time on this trip.

Where to Eat at Lake Bohinj

Lake Bohinj is not much of a culinary destination. There are just a handful of decent restaurants located around the lake.

Restavracija Kramar. The food here gets mediocre reviews but this restaurant does offer a wonderful view of the lake.

Foksner. Located in Ribcev Laz, this is the place to go for burgers, BBQ, and beer.

If you don’t mind a short drive, there are a few more options located near Lake Bohinj.

Strudl. This is one of the highest rated restaurants in the area. Strudl serves traditional Slovenian food. This restaurant is located in Bohinjska Bistrica.

Pizzeria Pr’Kosnik. Also located in Bohinjska Bistrica, this the best place to get your Italian pasta and pizza.

Pri Hrvatu. Located in Srednja vas v Bohinju, this is another highly rated Slovenian restaurant.

Where to Stay at Lake Bohinj

Hotel Jezero. This hotel is located at the eastern end of Lake Bohinj, right across the street from the stone bridge and St. John the Baptist Church. This is a prime location. The hotel has a restaurant, an indoor pool, and laundry services. This is a great pick if you are traveling solo or as a couple and want a very convenient location and a highly rated hotel.

Brunarica Murka. If you are traveling as a family or with a group of friends, this place may be perfect. This is a 4-star chalet with two bedrooms that can accommodate up to 7 people. 

Apartments Alp. This property offers several apartments that can accommodate up to four people. It is located in Ribcev Laz, within walking distance of Lake Bohinj and the shopping area. These apartments are rated as one of the best values in Bohinj.

Hostel pod Voglom. If you are looking for a budget place to stay, consider pol Voglom. It is conveniently located near the public bus stop as well as a sports center that rents bikes and kayaks.

Lake Bohinj Paddle Boarding

Bohinj Mobility Card

The Bohinj Mobility Card offers discounts on activities as well as free parking and free use of the hop-on hop-off buses that travel around Lake Bohinj. These cards are only available to people who spend at least two nights at Bohinj and pay the tourist tax here. A 3-day card starts at €19. The Mobility Cards can be purchased at tourist information centers. Learn more here.

If you are also planning a visit to Lake Bled, check out our article:

8 Amazing Things to do in Lake Bled

If you have any questions about planning a trip to Lake Bohinj, let us know in the comment section below!

More Information for Your Trip to Slovenia

PLACES TO GO IN SLOVENIA: Visit lovely Ljubljana, spend the day in Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, drive through the Soca River Valley and over the Mangart Saddle, explore Vintgar Gorge, and go hiking in the Julian Alps. Get the full list in our Best Things to Do in Slovenia article and how to put all of this together in our 10 day Slovenia Itinerary.

ISTRIAN PENINSULA: Learn about the best things to do in Piran, how to spend one day in Piran and Koper, and how to spend 3 days on the Istrian Peninsula.

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY: For more information about the camera gear we carry, check out our Travel Photography Gear Guide. And tips and tricks for taking great photos in our article How to Take Better Photos while Traveling.

TRAVEL INSPIRATION: Here are 30 great travel books and a list of the best travel movies to feed your wanderlust.

Planning a trip to Slovenia? Read all of our articles in our Slovenia Travel Guide.


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  1. Avatar for Savy

    Hi, in the past, even though I have no plans to travel, I like reading your blogs 🙂
    Now that we have a trip coming up, I look to you for advice.
    We plan to travel from Budapest on Sept. 18th morning by road.
    This is what we plan to see in Slovenia.
    18th afternoon: Skocjan caves and Predjama castle
    18th evening: Drive to Lake Bohinj
    19th entire day: Savica waterfall, ride the Vogel cable car, storll around Lake Bohinj
    20th entire day: rent a rowboat to Bled island, hike Mala Osojnica, visit Vintgar gorge
    21st half day: Visit the Pericnik waterfall and Kranjska Gora

    Do you think it is enough time or are we cramming a lot of things into 3 whole days of travel.

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello Savy. Your first day is a bit rushed. It is a 5 hour drive from Budapest to Skocjan Caves. It is possible to visit both the caves and the castle that afternoon, and move onto Lake Bohinj, just get a very early start, trying to arrive at Skocjan Caves by 1 pm, so you have enough time to see both the caves and castle. It can be done, just know that it will be a long day. However, I really don’t see a better way to break it up. Everything else looks great to me. On the 20th, either go to Vintgar Gorge first thing or mid afternoon to avoid the most crowded time (10 to 2). Have a great trip! Cheers, Julie

      1. Avatar for Savy

        Thanks Julie.

        Based on your multiple visits to Slovenia, do you think we have picked the right places or would you recommend alternatives.

        Thanks again.

        1. Avatar for Julie Post

          With the few days that you had, you picked out some of our favorite spots. I wouldn’t change anything, but if you can get back to Slovenia again in the future, Ljbuljana is a nice city to visit (but we all liked the lakes and mountainous region more). Cheers, Julie

          1. Avatar for Savy
  2. Avatar for Ilana Griffiths
    Ilana Griffiths

    Hi, I have come across your family blog from two different sources. My family will be traveling in Slovenia we have 5 nights. We are 2 parents, 2 boys ages 10 and 13 and my semi-active mother in law about 74. Here is what we are thinking about our itinerary. We will have a car.

    Night 1 Arrive Ljubljana early to late afternoon. eat dinner check in relax
    Night 2 Explore Ljubljana, caste, bridge, etc.
    Night 3 leave early to see Bohinj Lake, Hike Savica waterfall and do the Vogel cable car
    Drive to lake bled get lunch
    Continue to vrsic pass
    Small hike Slemenova Špica. Check into an apartment in Bovec for 3 nights
    Night 4 explore Soca River, maybe do a beginner canyoning excursion
    Night 5 Tomlin Gorge
    Does this sound like enough time

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      In general, this is enough time, but day 3 is a big day. You will have to start very early and move very fast in order to visit Lake Bohinj and get to Lake Bled in time for lunch. Then, to add on hiking in the afternoon is possible, but it’s a lot to then continue on to Bovec.

      There is a way to change the order of what you do so you don’t have one massive sightseeing day. Keep days 1 and 2 the same. On day 3, go to Bohinj and Lake Bled. I think it is worth having a full day for these 2 lakes. You can either sleep in Lake Bohinj or Lake Bled, or in the evening, drive to Kranjska Gora, so that you cut down on your driving on day 4. On day 4, drive to Bovec via the Vrsic Pass, doing the Slemenova Spica hike and then check into your Bovec hotel (you might have time to visit Tolmin Gorge today). On day 5, explore the Soca River and do the canyoneering excursion. I recommend putting Tolmin Gorge on the day you explore the Soca River (day 5), since you will be driving this way anyway. I hope this helps! Cheers, Julie

  3. Avatar for Wendy

    Your adventures are fabulous! I love reading them, so much so that I am reading articles on places that I am not travelling to.

    You outline great ideas, you cover access to fabulous places for people with a car and those like myself who will be travelling by public transport which is really appreciated.

    The articles are enlightening, descriptive but succinct.

    You describe food so well, I can almost taste it!

    I love your ideas on how to spend your valuable time effectively and on a budget.

    The info re the trains in The Netherlands was terrific!

    Thank you so much and I’ll continue to read with pleasure.

    An added bonus is whilst there is advertising one is not bombarded with it which is good.

    Back to reading you blog……


    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      I’m so glad you like our blog and that you just highlighted everything that we strive for. We want to give honest opinions, accurate and easy to understand information to help help people travel better, and just enough ads so that we can keep traveling to write more articles. Happy travels!! Cheers, Julie

  4. Avatar for Indira Alex
    Indira Alex

    The pictures are out of the world !! Didn’t realize Slovenia had such natural beauty ! Is it an expensive place to visit (like Norway) ?

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      It’s cheaper than Norway, but costs are similar to places like Germany and France. Just wait until we publish our articles about the Julian Alps, Lake Bled, and Piran and Koper…Slovenia is gorgeous! Cheers, Julie

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