Hiking in Slovenia

Hike daffodil decorated mountainsides in spring, lake-side tracks in summer and honey-coloured forests in autumn.

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Slovenian tradition states every Slovenian should climb Mt Triglav at least once in their lifetime.

There are 10,000km of hiking trails through Slovenia that zig-zag over the Julian Alps, cut through the dense woodlands of Triglav National Park and skirt around the Lakes of Bohinj and Bled.

Kranjska Gora gives access to mountains and valleys, Bled leads you into the forests and suspended paths of the fairy-tale Vintgar Gorge whilst Bovec gives way to wild karst lands and Slovenia’s famed underground caves. Explore the wooded mountain ranges of the Porhorje Massif or the glacial valleys and waterfalls of the Logar Valley in the Solcavsko region.


Check out our favourite spots to hike in Slovenia.

Lake Bled

Lake Bled is one of Slovenia’s star attractions and is a year-round favourite with nature enthusiasts. It was once a health resort for its thermal springs, and nowadays all the thermal water is used at a natural spa.

Hike to the famous Bled Castle atop the hill, the surrounding mountains of Triglav National Park and the legend of the sunken bell. You can also watch, or join, swimmers and wooden boats bobbing along to the island in the middle of the lake.

There’s also the misty Vintgar Gorge nearby, where you can hike up and over towering torrents and along wooden bridges to find gushing waterfalls and cascades. The highest peak in the country, Mt Triglav, is also nearby. Lake Bled can get busy during the summer months, but with the abundance of trails and some local knowledge, you’ll always be able to find a less-trodden path.

Soca Valley

The hiking trail that takes you through the Soca Valley takes you along the banks of the famously blue Soca River with the peaks of the Julian Alps in the backdrop. On this trail, you’ll find the 144m Boka waterfall, and also to Lake Krn, the highest lake in Slovenia.

Hiking on the riverbanks boardwalk, you’ll come across the waterfalls of the popular but busy Vintgar Gorge close to Bled. The lesser-known Tolmin Gorges are equally serene but attract fewer crowds. The hiking trail starts and ends in the town of Bovec, but with guest houses in the mountain towns of Trenta and Kobarid, you’ll have plenty of affordable accommodation options.

The marked path makes navigating easy and the flat terrain means Soča Valley is accessible to anyone with a good level of fitness wanting to explore further afield.

Julian Alps

Hike the highest peak in Slovenia and skirt around picture-perfect lakes. From late spring to late summer, the Julian Alps flourishes with Beech trees in the south, and Spruce and Larch on the north-facing slopes.

You can attempt different routes of varying difficulty up Mt Triglav, which stands at 2,864m, and stay overnight in one of the mountain huts or camping spots. Meanwhile, quieter Lake Bohinj is an ideal base for heading out on a day’s hiking - you’ll find marked paths to Savica Waterfall, Voje Valley, Mostnica Gorge and the Galetovec Trail.

Cool mountain air keeps the Julian Alps a pleasant 20 degrees in the summer and plummets down to roughly -.5 degrees during the colder months.

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