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Planning a trip to the beautiful Lake Bohinj? Let’s dive into everything you need to know about visiting this beautiful lake in northwest Slovenia.

We just wrapped up a 10 day road trip in Slovenia, 6 nights of which were spent in the towns around Lake Bohinj and when I say I’m obsessed, I mean OBSESSED. Within minutes of arriving in Slovenia I absolutely fell in love, and our time on Lake Bohinj was definitely a trip highlight.

Lake Bohinj is an outdoor lover’s dream with hiking, camping, swimming, kayaking – all at your fingertips!

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When I first started planning my road trip through Slovenia, I was overwhelmed by how many beautiful places there were to visit despite the small size of the country. So I’ll go ahead and say it for you, Lake Bohinj is worth adding to your road trip itinerary!

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia
Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

This guide will help you to understand the different villages around Lake Bohinj, dive into the different hiking trails in the area, and help you to plan out the perfect trip to this beautiful lake region. I’m sure you’ll quickly area that Slovenia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world!

Here are a few top places to stay around Lake Bohinj if you’re short on time:

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Where to stay around Lake Bohinj

One of the first things to understand when deciding where to stay on Lake Bohinj is that there are 3 distinct villages surrounding the lake: Stara Fužina, Ukanc, Ribčev Laz. The next thing to understand is that all 3 of these villages are beautiful and you can’t really go wrong. But let’s dive into what makes each of these areas unique.

Ribčev Laz

Ribčev Laz is probably the busiest village around Lake Bohinj, but I promise it is still nothing compared to the crowds of Lake Bled. If you’re visiting Lake Bohinj by public transportation, this is probably your best bet as the bus from Lake Bled and Ljubljana drop right here. This is also where you’ll find the most restaurants.

You can definitely still walk to many of the trailheads (we did), but you’ll be a bit further than if you are staying up the hill a bit in Stara Fužina

We stayed here for the first 4 nights of our time in Lake Bohinj at the most incredible vacation home. This place was seriously a 10/10. We loved it so much that we extended our initial stay. It was located on a quiet street in Ribčev Laz, with views of the snow-capped mountains out of every window.

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Apartma – Počitniška hiša Lodi

An incredible vacation home in Ribčev Laz. Can fit up to 9 people so it is perfect for families. Easy access to the lake and nearby hiking trails.

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Here are some other places to stay in Ribčev Laz:

Stara Fužina

Like I said before, you can’t really go wrong with where you stay around Lake Bohinj. Stara Fužina is a beautiful little village on the east side of the lake, just north of Ribčev Laz. You can actually walk between the two areas in under 30 minutes.

Stara Fužina is a little further from the lake, but still an easy walk. It is also a great base if you want to walk to many of the trailheads, like the hike to Mostnica Gorge.

There are some great restaurants like Restaurant Triglav Bohinj.

Here are some places to stay in Stara Fužina:

Ukanc

Ukanc is easily the most remote and quiet village of the three. Unlike the other two, Ukanc is located on the western side of the lake, so you’ll have to drive a bit further. There are a few lovely guesthouses for travelers looking for peace and quiet.

There are some beautiful hiking trails leading out of Ukanc, including the hike to Savica Waterfall (Slap Savica).

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Camp Bohinj

If you’re looking to camp on Lake Bohinj then Camp Bohinj is the spot for you. This lovely campground is located right on the lakeshore. You’ll find tent and camper spots, restrooms, showers, charging stations and a restaurant. There are also kayak and SUP rental available.

Tent spots start at 16,50€ per night

Ukanc is also where you’ll find the amazing Camp Bohinj. We spent two nights camping here and absolutely fell in love. You’ll find both tent and campervan/RVs sites, bathrooms with hot showers, a charging station, and an on-site restaurant and bar. It’s not only a great base for exploring Lake Bohinj and the surrounding trails, but an overall awesome campsite.

While it is definitely easier to reach Ukanc by car, it is about an hour walk from the bus station in Ribčev Laz to the camp.

Setting up our tent at Lake Bohinj
Setting up our tent at Lake Bohinj
Enjoying the sun setting on the lake from Camp Bohinj
Enjoying the sun setting on the lake from Camp Bohinj

Here are some other places to stay in Ukanc :

Where is Lake Bohinj?

Lake Bohinj, also called Bohinjsko jezero, is located in Triglav National Park. The lake, which is the largest in Slovenia, is located in the northwest region of the country. The length of the lakeshore is 11.35 km, or 7 miles.

Lake Bohinj is located only 25-30 minutes from it’s more famous (and much busier) counterpart, Lake Bled.

How to get to Lake Bohinj

By car

By far the easiest way to reach Lake Bohinj is in your own car. Due to its position at the foothills of Julian Alps in Triglav National Park, Lake Bohinj is only accessible from the eastern side of the lake. This means that even if you are staying in Ukanc, a village on the western side of the lake, you’ll still need to drive around the mountains and access the lake via the eastern side.

Here are the driving times from some nearby places: 

  • Bovec > Lake Bohinj (Ribčev Laz): 2 hours 
  • Lake Bled > Lake Bohinj (Ribčev Laz): 25 minutes
  • Ljubljana > Lake Bohinj (Ribčev Laz): 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Kranjska Gora > Lake Bohinj (Ribčev Laz): 1 hour

By bus

The bus is an easy an affordable way to reach Lake Bohinj.

Lake Bohinj is easily connected by bus to major cities in Slovenia like Ljubljana. The bus follows the following route: Ljubljana > Bled > Bohinjska Bistrica > Ribčev Laz. Train times by bus take between 1 hour 30 mins and 2 hours with adult bus tickets starting at 7,70€.

From Lake Bled to Ribčev Laz the bus takes 35 minutes and costs 3,30€.

You can check timetables, prices, routes and purchase tickets here.

By tour

Another great option for visiting Lake Bohinj is on a guided tour from Ljubljana. A guided tour is a great option if you’re limited on time and want to hit all of the best spots.

Getting around Lake Bohinj 

You can easily get around Lake Bohinj on foot or by bike. There is a trail that circles the entirety of the lake, and connects the various villages surrounding Lake Bohinj.

If you do not have a car, you can still reach the trailhead to many of the nearby hikes like Slap Savica and Mostnica Gorge on foot. However, having a car will definitely make it easier to reach some of the further trailheads.

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Lake Bohinj or Lake Bled?

You’re probably wondering if you should visit Lake Bohinj or Lake Bled, and how the two lakes compare to one another. And if it’s worth visiting and staying in both places. The more I travel the more I appreciate having a base versus moving around to a bunch of different lodgings.

My opinion is that Lake Bled itself is more beautiful. It is unbelievably striking with the church on Bled Island. It is also very busy and very touristy, especially in the summer months.Lake Bled is a place that you should absolutely visit, but I don’t think you necessary need to stay there.

While perhaps a bit less striking than Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj is still absolutely beautiful. It is also a bit calmer and less touristy. There also tends to be more affordable lodging options, although even Lake Bled has camping and budget-friendly lodging options.

Since the two lakes are only 25-30 minutes apart, I’d recommend just staying in one area (Lake Bohinj if you ask me) and taking a day trip to Lake Bled.

Best time of year to visit Lake Bohinj

Lake Bohinj, while most visited during the summer months, is a actually a year-round destination. During the summer months you can swim, kayak, SUP – all of the fun summer water activities. This is also the best time of year for high alpine hiking trails surrounding the lake. This, of course, is also the busiest time of year.

We visited the lake in early May and while the water was still too cold to swim (for most people), many of the trails were open and the camping was perfect without the crowds.

In the winter you can enjoy winter activities like ice skating one the lake (at your own risk) and snowshoeing.

Best restaurants around Lake Bohinj

  • Štrud’l Inn – located by the roundabout in Bohinjska Bistrica, this small inn serves delicious local and traditional dishes. I highly recommend the Jota
  • Camp Bohinj – there is a small restaurant at the Camp Bohinj campground. While the dishes are less traditional, they actually have amazing pizza
  • Savica Alpine Lodge – a lodge at the Savica Waterfall trailhead, open for lunch and dinner
  • Restaurant Triglav – beautiful restaurant in Stara Fužina serving traditional Bohinj dishes
  • Planinska koca na Vojah – a lovely mountain hut on the trail to Slap Mostnice
Enjoying a traditional Slovenian meal at Štrud’l Inn
Mid-hike drinks at Planinska koca na Vojah

Best things to do at Lake Bohinj

There are so many incredible things to do in and around Lake Bohinj, especially if you love to hike. We originally booked a 3 night stay and ended up extending for 6 nights. We spent 4 nights at a lovely vacation home in Ribčev Laz and 2 nights camping at Camp Bohinj.

Enjoy watersports on the lake

If you visit Lake Bohinj during the warm summer months, there are plenty of opportunities to engage in fun watersports. Whether this means swimming in the icy lake, kayaking or SUP across the lake, or simply sunbathing on the shores. What better way to enjoy a hot summer day than surrounded by the beautiful Julian Alps.

If you’re looking for a more adrenaline-pumping activity, you can even check out rafting along the Lake Bohinj river.

There are a number of companies around the lake the rent kayaks and stand up paddle boats by the hour or day.

Camp on the lake

There is nothing more magical than opening your tent in the morning and being greeted with the sun rising over the beautiful Lake Bohinj.

If you’re looking to camp on Lake Bohinj then Camp Bohinj is the spot for you. This lovely campground is located right on the lakeshore.

You’ll find tent and camper spots, restrooms, showers, charging stations and a restaurant.

There are also kayak and SUP rental available right from the camp.

All of the spots are first-come-first-serve and fill up super quickly in the summer months. I recommend arriving early to guarantee a spot.

Enjoy the picture perfect St. John the Baptist Church

As you enter the Lake Bohinj region at the town of Ribčev Laz, you’ll immediately notice the beautiful church that sits across the bridge. St. John the Baptist Church was built over 700 years ago, and serves as a symbol of classic Slovenian architecture and design.

The church sits alongside the lake at the foothills of the Julian Alps, making it a perfect picture moment.

The church at Lake Bohinj is open daily. Adult tickets cost 3€, with discounts for students, children and seniors.

Admiring the beautiful St. John the Baptist Church in Lake Bohinj
Admiring the beautiful St. John the Baptist Church in Lake Bohinj
Walking along Lake Bohinj
Walking along Lake Bohinj

Walk along the Lake Bohinj walking trails

The walking trails around Lake Bohinj are truly so magical. We walked along different sections of the trail almost every day throughout our time in Lake Bohinj, both in the sun and in the rain.

The whole trail around the lake is 7.4 miles (12 km). This can take anywhere from 2-5 hours to complete, depending on your walking speed and how often you’re stopping to take photos and enjoy the views.

While there are some small hills, the majority of the lake loop is rather flat.

Beautiful walking trail between Ukanc and Ribčev Laz
Beautiful walking trail between Ukanc and Ribčev Laz
You can walk around the entire perimeter of the lake
You can walk around the entire perimeter of the lake

Take a day trip to Lake Bled

Just a short drive down the road you’ll find the absolutely magical Lake Bled. Yes, it’s way more touristy and way busier, but it is still so magical nonetheless. And yes, it is absolutely worth a visit!

Here are some things to do in Lake Bled:

  • Hike to the best viewpoints of Mala Osojnica and Ojstrica
  • Rent a paddle boat
  • Visit the iconic Church of the Assumption on Bled Island
  • Try traditional cream cake
  • Hike the trail at nearby Vintgar Gorge
  • Visit Bled Castle

While you could definitely split your time between Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, I would personally recommend picking one lake as a base (Lake Bohinj, duh) and simply taking day trips to the other since they are only 25 minutes apart.

The more I travel, the more I recognize how nice it is to have a home base and do less jumping around between hotels and campsites. Not only will it allow you to develop a bit more of a routine and get to know the place better, but it will also allow you to avoid the dreaded hours between check-in and check-out.

Hike to Mostnica Gorge

The hike to Mostnica Gorge is one of the best things to do around Lake Bohinj. The hike starts at the Stara Fužina parking lot, but if you want to skip the parking fee of 3€ an hour, you can simply hike from one of the villages.

We hiked right from our vacation home in Ribčev Laz for a roundtrip hike of 10 miles to the Mostnica Waterfall and back.

There is a fee of 3€ per person to hike the trail to Mostnica Gorge.

This trail is a popular one and tends to be a bit busy. But as you pass the gorge and make your way up towards the Mostnica Waterfall, you’ll find less hikers.

Make sure to stop at Planinska koca na Vojah for some lunch or just a beer or cup of tea.

Mostnica Gorge, Slovenia
Mostnica Gorge, Slovenia
You can easily walk to Mostnica Gorge from Lake Bohinj
You can easily walk to Mostnica Gorge from Lake Bohinj

Drive to Planina Blato to hike the 7 Lakes Valley

From Lake Bohinj you can easily drive to Planina Blato to hike through Triglav National Park on the Seven Lakes Valley.

Note, there is 20€ fee to access the toll road between Lake Bohinj area and Planina Blato.

Triglav Lakes Valley is an alpine glacial valley in the mountains above Lake Bohinj. From the lake it takes around 20-25 minutes to drive to the trailhead.

The full trail is a 9.3 mile (15 km) out-and-back hike from the trailhead at Planina Blato. But if you don’t feel like doing the full hike, you can simply hike out to Koča na Planini pri Jezeru and back.

We attempted this hike in early May 2024, but ended up turning around after about 4 miles as it was simply too snowy. But don’t worry, I’ll be back to do this hike in the warmer months.

Hike to Savica Waterfall (Savica Slap)

Savica Waterfall, or what is locally known as Savica Slap, is a beautiful waterfall in the Lake Bohinj area. It is actually the most visited waterfall in all of Slovenia, and definitely worth the quick hike up if you ask me.

From the trailhead it is only about a 20 minute uphill hike to reach the falls. The path is very clearly path and family-friendly. At the trailhead you’ll also find a lodge, which is a great place to stop for lunch.

Access to the trial costs 3€, with an upcharge during the peak summer months.

If you are staying on the western side of the lake you can easily walk to the trailhead, over the beautiful Sava Bohinjka river. This will add around 2.2 miles onto your hike in each direction, but it’s a lovely and not super busy trail.

If you’re staying on the eastern side of the lake and don’t want to drive and park at the trailhead, then you can hike along the walking path. It is about a 5 mile hike (each way) to the Savica Slap trailhead from Ribčev Laz.

Savica Slap, Slovenia
Savica Slap, Slovenia
The trail from Camp Bohinj to the Savica Slap trailhead
The trail from Camp Bohinj to the Savica Slap trailhead

Ride the Vogel Cable Car

Another very popular thing to do in Lake Bohinj is to ride the cable car up to the viewpoint at Vogel. This is a panoramic cable car ride with absolutely incredible views.

Vogel is also a great starting point for many hikes, both short and long hiking trails. The ride is just 4 minutes long and will bring you up high to an incredible overlook.

A return ride on the cable car is 29,50€ for adults, with discounts for children and students.

Enjoy local Slovenian cuisine

To be honest I wasn’t really sure what to expect of the Slovenian cuisine, but it completely took me by surprise. I found everything we enjoyed to be so delicous.

We are some local Slovenian dishes that you need to try:

  • Štruklji – dumplings
  • Sausage Kranj – local sausage
  • Jota – a traditional stew of cabbage, potatoes and bean. Sausage is often added.
  • Mohant and Bohinjski Sir – Bohinj cheeses
  • Ricet – rice and barley soup
  • Trout – local river trout
  • Mushroom soup

Enjoy a boat ride across the lake

There are currently two boats that operate across the lake, Zlatorog and Triglavska roža. The boats depart hourly from March to November from boarding points in Ribčev Laz and Ukanc (located within Camp Bohinj).

A one-way ticket costs 9€ one way and 14€ return for adults. There is a discount for children, students and seniors. Children up to the age of 5 are free of charge. Dogs are also allowed on board, free of charge.

Tickets can only be purchased online or with cash for in-person purchases.

Is Lake Bohinj worth visiting? 

Yes, yes, and yes again! Lake Bohinj was one of our favorite stops on our road trip through Slovenia. We loved it so much that we ended up extending and spending 6 nights on the lake. I can’t wait to visit again soon – hopefully when the water is a bit warmer.

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