Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Bled & Bohinj - The Pearls Of The Julian Alps

Not really in the Soča valley, but just as beautiful, if not more... On the east side of the Julian Alps, lie almost side by side the two pearls of the Julian Alps - lake Bled and lake Bohinj! From Bovec there are two "fast" ways to get there. One is through Log pod Mangartom crossing Predil and then following the signs for Kranjska Gora, Jesenice, Bled, Bohinj. The other one, I suggest, is through the beautifull Trenta valley, passing Vršič (1611 m) mountain pass, and then through Kranjska Gora...but not a good option in the winter. Both take about 2-3 hours or more, depending on the trafic and pit stops.

map of the area

trdnjava Kluže

Following the road passing Predil you would probably want to make a stop at "trdnjava Kluže", world war ruins, Log pod Mangartom, Strmec, Mangart, Predil pass and Rabeljsko jezero (some photos at SeightSeeing I)... Following the road over Vršič defently stop at Trenta, probably vistit the Trenta museum, Soča source, Zadnjica valley, small troughs of river Soča, Mlinarica troughs, Alpinum Juliana (Alpin botanical garden), Vršič...


Soča source in Trenta valley

views from Vršič

Vršič (1611 m)

chapel, a memorial to Russian solders

population of Vršič


and Finally - Bled:

a view on the island from the castle

lake Bled

...getting there takes you from ~ 10 euros on

...you can chill out in the resort and lunch on the castle

rowing on the lake

one of the hotels


...take a walk around the lake

...or jump in it!

...and Bohinj:

Another half of hour from Bled lies Bohinj lake!

...also a place to chill out and take a sun bath or even wind surf!

...take a walk, paraglide or climb...


Soča`s sister

lake Bohinj



Tourist Information Centre Bled:
tel.: +386 (0)4 574 11 22

Tourist Information Centre Bohinj:
tel.: +386 (0)4 574 60 10

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