Blissfully rural and tucked away from Slovenia’s tourist attractions, Pokljuka is a perfect destination to relax and slow down.
Traditional farming villages and mountain pastures dot the plateau in storybook fashion. Unlike so many other dreamy places in Europe, Pokljuka’s beauty isn’t cheaply mass-marketed.
It seems to be wholly unaware of its assets – making it of course much more attractive to visit.
Given the remoteness of this region, you’ll definitely need a car to explore the forested karst plateau of Pokljuka.
Top Things to Do in Pokljuka
- Favorite Hikes: Viševnik, Debela Peč, and Mount Triglav
- Best Photography Spots: Planina Zajamniki and Vodnikov Lookout
- Where to Stay on Poklujka: Hotel Center Pokljuka (midrange), Hotel Pokljuka (midrange), or Zalin planinski raj (midrange)
- Where to Stay in Bled: Guesthouse Marko (budget), Vila Alpina (midrange), Hotel Starkl (midrange), Vila Bled (luxury), or Bled Rose Hotel (luxury)
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1. Hike, or Bike to Planina Zajamniki Mountain Pasture
Planina Zajamniki is a picturesque alpine pasture on Pokljuka. Over two dozen shingle-covered wooden cottages stretch out linearly across the open pasture.
Traditionally, these wooden huts were the summer residences of dairy farmers and herdsmen tending to their cattle. In summer, it’s possible to purchase dairy products from the cottages.
With the Julian Alps as a backdrop, it’s hard to compete with this place. It’s perfect!
How to Get to Planina Zajamniki
You can mountain bike, hike, cross-country ski to Planina Zajamniki (1313 m).
Planina Zajamniki Exact Location: Google Maps
Hike to Planina Zajamniki
If you want to hike to Planina Zajamniki, head to Rudno Polje. It takes 2 hours to reach Planina Zajamniki on foot.
After parking at Rudno Polje, walk to Planina Uskovnica (approx. 1 hour) and then continue in the direction of Planina Praprotnica to Planina Zajamniki (another hour).
If you look at a tourist map, it looks like there’s a shorter trail leading from Podjelje to Planina Zajamniki.
We actually parked at the end of the road in Podjelje, where the trail to Javornica and Zajamniki starts. However, it felt like we were parking on private property.
So, after meeting the farm property’s friendly guard dog, we decided to leave.
Bike to Planina Zajamniki
If you’re interested in mountain biking, here’s a biking route to Planina Zajamniki from Stara Fužina village near Lake Bohinj. You can also bike from Rudno Polje on Pokljuka Plateau.
Drive to Planina Zajamniki
You can drive directly to the alpine pasture via Goreljek.
An unpaved road leads from Goreljek to Zajamniki, passing through Planina Jelje, Planina Konjska Dolina and Planina na Peceh. It’s a 15-20 minute drive (6.9 km) from the main road in Goreljek.
Note: There’s no designated parking area near Zajamniki. Simply find a place to park on the gravel road, and then walk down to the alpine pasture.
2. Walk to the Vodnikov Lookout from Koprivnik v Bohinju
From the church in Koprivnik, you can take a 20-minute walk along path 11a to the scenic viewpoint of Vodnikov razglednik (Vodnikov Lookout). You’ll see a wooden signpost indicating the direction of Vodnikov razglednik near the church.
As you walk through the hamlet, you’ll pass traditional hayrack barns (Kozolec) scattered across the surrounding fields. These permanent wooden structures are used to dry hay and straw.
3. Visit Podjelje
Podjelje is a high-elevation settlement on Pokljuka. As you drive through Podjelje, you’ll see idyllic farmhouses positioned on sloping pastures.
Time stands still.
The views of the Julian Alps are absolutely stunning from here. There’s a trail that connects Podjelje to Javornica and Planina Zajamniki.
However, there’s no good place to park. When you arrive at the road end (where the trail begins), you’re basically on someone’s private property (at least it feels that way).
4. Hike to Viševnik (2050 m)
- Trailhead: Rudno Polje, Pokljuka, Julian Alps (1347 m) | Google Maps
- Distance: 6.5 km out-and-back
- Time Needed: 3 hours
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 678 meters
- Difficulty: Easy marked trail
- Minimum Elevation: 1346 meters
- Maximum Elevation: 2050 meters
Viševnik is a 2050-meter-high peak in the Julian Alps.
From the Rudno Polje trailhead on Pokljuka Plateau, it’s a 1:30 -2:00 hour hike to the summit, following a well-marked trail.
Along the way, views extend across the forests of Pokljuka to Bohinj Valley and the Southern Julian Alps. The summit affords one of the best views of Mount Triglav.
Tip | You can also hike from Rudno Polje to Mount Triglav.
Learn More: Viševnik Hiking Guide
5. Hike to Debela Peč (2015 m)
- Trailhead: Medvedova konta Car Park | Google Maps
- Distance: 8.7 km out-and-back
- Time Needed: 4 hours
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 624 meters
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Minimum Elevation: 1432 meters
- Maximum Elevation: 2014 meters
Debela Peč (2014 meters) is a mountain peak along the Lipanca Ridge, between Krma Valley and Pokljuka. The summit affords sweeping views of the Julian Alps and the Karawanks.
We’ve hiked to Debela Peč from both the Rudno Polje trailhead and the Medvedova konta car park. The better starting point is Medvedova konta car park, only accessible by car.
The trail initially follows the forest road up to Planina Lipanca mountain pasture, home to the managed Blejska koča na Lipanci.
From the Bled Hut, it’s a one hour ascent to Brda followed by a 30 minute hike to the summit of Debela Peč.
Learn More: Debela Peč Trail Guide
Where to Stay
Midrange | Hotel Center Pokljuka is located directly at the Rudno Polje trailhead. This is the perfect starting point for the climb to Mount Triglav as well as Visevnik and other destinations in the Julian Alps. The hotel has an on-site restaurant, Finnish sauna (extra fee), and free on-site parking. Guests are usually allowed to leave their cars parked at the hotel, when doing a 2-day hut hike.
Midrange | Hotel Pokljuka is located in Goreljek on Pokljuka Plateau, surrounded by spruce forest. The 39 rooms of Hotel Pokljuka are modern, clean, and comfortable. Breakfast is included in the room rate. The hotel’s à la carte restaurant is open daily from 11 am to 9 pm.
Midrange | Zalin planinski raj is a 2-bedroom cabin in Goreljek on Pokljuka Plateau. 2 nights minimum stay.
The accommodation options on Pokljuka are limited. You can also stay in Bled and visit Pokljuka for the day.
Budget | Guesthouse Marko is a top-rated guesthouse in Bled, walking distance to the lakeshore.
Midrange | Old Parish House is a cozy and clean bed and breakfast, 100 meters away from Lake Bled.
Top Choice – Midrange | Hotel Starkl – Heritage & Unique is a darling lakefront hotel with an on-site restaurant and bar. Breakfast is included. This family-run property stands out with its friendly service, exceptional cuisine, and location.
Luxury | Vila Bled is a historic lakefront hotel with 33 rooms. Set in a quiet area of Lake Bled, guests can enjoy the historical flair of President Tito’s former summer residence. Breakfast is included.
Luxury | Bled Rose Hotel is a modern, 4-star hotel in the center of Bled. The hotel features an on-site bar, an indoor swimming pool and spa, a fitness room, and private beach area. Breakfast is included in the room rate.
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Slovenia Trip Planning Essentials
Use our Slovenia Travel Guide to plan an unforgettable trip.
When to Visit Slovenia
Summer and Fall Seasons. The best time to travel to Slovenia is between May and late October.
The best time to hike in the Slovenian Alps is between June and October. For hut-to-hut hiking, we recommend planning your trek between early July and mid-September.
Winter Season. For skiing and winter activities, the best time to visit Slovenia is between mid/late December and March.
It’s possible to visit Slovenia without a car if you want to concentrate your time in Ljubljana, Lake Bled, and Lake Bohinj.
When we visited without a car, we planned two linear hut to hut hikes.
Unless you’re trekking, we recommend renting a car, because many places are simply not accessible with transit. For example, there are no buses to Logar Valley, Vrata Valley, and the Košuta mountain pastures.
Check out our itineraries for road trip inspiration:
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Tip: If you can only drive automatic transmission cars, as opposed to manual transmission cars (stick shift), book your car rental as early as possible.
Where to Stay
Top Things to Do
- Summit Mount Triglav.
- Eat Štruklji Borovničevi at Kofce Mountain Hut.
- Trek across Triglav National Park along this epic 4-day Triglav National Park Trek.
- Visit an alpine dairy like Koča na planini Dolga njiva.
- Stay in a farm stay like Tourist Farm Šenkova domačija in Zgornje Jezersko.
- Swim in the crystal clear waters of Lake Bohinj.
- Watch the sunrise at Mala Osojnica, overlooking Lake Bled.
- Hike to the Kamnik Saddle.
- Glamp in a treehouse like Ribno Alpine Glamping.
Slovenia Packing List
- Day Pack: Osprey Tempest 30 Women’s Backpack / Osprey Talon 33 Men’s Backpack
- Grade B/C high-cut hiking boots: Meindl Schuhe Island Lady (Kati’s Boots), Women’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX (Sabrina’s Boots), Men’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX (men’s equivalent)
- CAT 4 Sunglasses: Julbo Shield Mountain Sunglasses
- Hiking Poles: Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles
- Reusable Water Bottle: Ion Leakproof 32 oz Water Bottle
Outdoor Photography Gear
- Camera Body: Sony Alpha a6400
- Mid-range Zoom Lens: Tamron 17-70mm 2.8 Di III-A VC RXD
- Wide angle Zoom Lens: Sony – E 10-18mm F4 OSS Wide-angle Zoom Lens
- Backpack Camera Clip: Peak Design Camera Clip
Slovenia Hiking Guides
Slovenia is heaven on earth for hikers. We recommend allocating sufficient time to discover both the Julian Alps and the Kamnik Savinja Alps.
In Best Hikes in Slovenia, we’ve summarized the most thrilling day hikes and multi-day hikes across the Slovenian Alps, ranked by difficulty.