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How to Visit Laghi di Fusine (Fusine Lakes) in the Julian Alps, Italy

Laghi di Fusine (Fusine Lakes) are two lakes of glacial origin in the Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, very close to the borders of Austria and Slovenia. The two lakes are called Lago di Fusine Superiore (the higher lake) and Lago di Fusine Inferiore (the lower lake).

Given their close proximity to these neighboring countries, the Fusine Lakes are also known by their German name, Weissenfelser Seen, and their Slovenian name, Belopeska Jezera. The Slovenian resort town Kranjska Gora is only a 20-min (14 km) drive away, while the Austrian town Villach is only a 35-min (30 km) drive away.

The Fusine Lakes are a captivating sight because they are situated at the foot of the Mangart massif. Mangart is one of the most majestic mountains in the Julian Alps (Alpe Giulie) and forms part of the natural border between Italy and Slovenia.

We recommend spending at least 1-2 hours visiting the Fusine Lakes. For the best views, follow the circuit trail around Lago di Fusine Superiore. If you have more time, consider hiking to Rifugio Luigi Zacchi.

We visited Laghi di Fusine on our 2 week Slovenia Road Trip. We drove from Bovec, Slovenia, to the Fusine Lakes via SS54 (google map).

Update | The access road to the Fusine Lakes is now a toll road. The toll fee is 5 EUR for cars and 3 EUR for motorbikes. Once you pay the toll, continue the drive all the way to large car park at Lago di Fusine Superiore, the upper lake. There are no additional parking fees.

Fusine Lakes, Julian Alps Hiking Trails
  • When to Visit: May – October
  • Toll Fee: 5 EUR for cars, 3 EUR for motorbikes
  • Parking Lot: There’s a large parking area at Lago di Fusine Superiore.
  • Time Needed: 1 – 2 hours
  • Where to Eat: Belvedere Lakeshore Eatery, Lago di Fusine Inferiore.
  • Where to Stay: Hotel ŠURC (midrange) in Rateče-Planica (SLO), or Hotel Rosengarten (midrange) in Tarvisio (ITA)

Fusine Lakes Map

Laghi di Fusine Circuit Trail

How to Visit Fusine Lakes, Laghi di Fusine, in Northern Italy
Upper Fusine Lake

You can drive directly to Laghi di Fusine. There’s neither an entrance fee nor a parking fee to visit Laghi di Fusine.

The best place to park is at the large parking lot by Lago di Fusine Superiore (the higher lake). You’ll first drive past Lago di Fusine Inferiore (the lower lake), before reaching this car park.

Walking around the Upper Fusine Lake, Laghi di Fusine, Italy
Lago di Fusine Superiore

After parking your car, walk to the higher Fusine Lake and follow the loop trail, which wraps around the entire lake. As you circuit the lake, you’ll have continuously bewitching views of Mangart.

The path itself is easy to follow and mostly flat. There are a number of benches positioned around the lake, so you can rest and enjoy the view along the way.

The circular path around Lago di Fusine Superiore is 2 km in length and takes 45 minutes to complete.

Alpe del Lago, Fusine Lakes, Julian Alps, Italy
Alpe del Lago

There are paths connecting the upper and lower lakes, so there’s no need to re-park. On the north side of Lago di Fusine Inferiore (the Lower Fusine Lake), there’s a small eatery called Belvedere.

When we visited, they didn’t have very much in terms of food. Only toast with ham and cheese was available to order. So, this is a better place for a beverage than a meal.

Trail Stats Laghi di Fusine Circuit Trail

Belvedere, Lower Fusine Lake, Italy
Belvedere Lakeshore Eatery, Lago di Fusine Inferiore

Trailhead | Lago di Fusine Superiore (929 m) Parking Lot | Google Maps

Distance | 3.8 km circuit

Time Needed | 1:15 hours

Elevation Gain/Loss | 33 meters

Difficulty | Easy

Minimum Elevation | 923 meters

Maximum Elevation | 956 meters

Rifugio Luigi Zacchi Hike

The forest trail to View from Rifugio Luigi Zacchi, Julian Alps, Italy
Sentiero Rif. Zacchi, Forest Trail to Rifugio Luigi Zacchi

If you want to continue exploring the region, you can also hike to Rifugio Luigi Zacchi (1380 m) along Trail No. 512. This mountain hut in the Julian Alps offers food, refreshments, and great alpine views. It’s generally open from late May to the end of September.

From the Lago di Fusine Superiore parking lot, follow the wide gravel road in the direction of Mangart. After about 5 minutes, you’ll reach an intersection.

You can either take the Sentiero Rif. Zacchi path to the left, which follows a narrow forest trail to the hut. This is the faster route.

Or, you can take the Strada Rif. Zacchi path to the right, which is a gravel road, suitable also for bikers. This is a bit longer, but you’ll have more views of the Mangart mountain as you ascend. We hiked this as a loop, taking the left forest trail up to the rifugio and descending via the road.

Rifugio Luigi Zacchi Mountain Hut, Fusine Lakes Day Hike, Julian Alps

Trail Stats Rifugio Luigi Zacchi Hike

Trailhead | Lago di Fusine Superiore (929 m)

Distance | 6 km (Forest Trail)

Time Needed | 2:30 hours out-and-back

Elevation Gain/Loss | 453 meters

Difficulty | Moderate

Minimum Elevation | 929 meters

Maximum Elevation | 1391 meters

When to Go | May – October. Rifugio Luigi Zacchi is usually open from late May to the end of September.

View from Rifugio Luigi Zacchi, Julian Alps, Italy - Mangart
View from Rifugio Luigi Zacchi

Where to Stay near Laghi di Fusine (Fusine Lakes)

We recommend staying in Rateče (Slovenia) or Tarvisio (Italy). Here are some great options:

Midrange | Hotel ŠURC in Rateče – It’s a 12-minute drive (7.7 km) to Laghi di Fusine.

Midrange | Hotel Rosengarten in Tarvisio – It’s a 13-minute drive (9.1 km) to Laghi di Fusine.

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2 thoughts on “How to Visit Laghi di Fusine (Fusine Lakes) in the Julian Alps, Italy”

  1. Hi Kati and Sabrina! We use your recommendations all the time for our trip planning – thank you for making these beautiful places more accessible to us! We visited the Fusine Lakes a few days ago and wanted to let you know that there is now a toll booth you have to go through in order to park near the lakes. It’s 5 euro for a car and 3 euro for a bike. Before reaching the toll booth, there are very few shoulders to park on and the only parking lot is at a restaurant with no parking – private property signs, so it really isn’t possible to avoid the toll. We took your advice and parked up at Fusine Superiore and it was magnificent!


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