Triglav National Park (Triglavski Narodni Park) is Slovenia’s largest protected area and only national park, covering a surface area of 840 square kilometers.
Triglav National Park is located in northwestern Slovenia, nestled against the Italian border.
As you explore the park, you’ll encounter crystal-clear rivers, glacier-carved valleys, alpine lakes, high-altitude pastures, roaming ibex, stunning peaks, and hidden gorges like Vintgar, Mlinarica, and Mostnica.
The focal point of the park is no doubt Mount Triglav (2864 m), Slovenia’s highest mountain.
Triglav National Park is a highlight of any trip to Slovenia. In this guide, we’ll share our tips for visiting the park with a car as well as without one.
You’ll learn about when to go, where to stay, where to hike, rules for visiting, various transit options, and recommended gear.
Complete Guide to Visiting Triglav National Park, Slovenia
Triglav National Park Essential Tips
- When to Visit: Late May – October
- When to Hike: late June – late September
- Entrance Fee: The park is free to visit
- Permits: None needed
- Camping: Camping is only allowed in designated campsites. Wild camping is forbidden in Triglav National Park.
- Must-See Places: Mount Triglav, Seven Lakes Valley, Lake Bohinj, Bohinj Alpine Pastures, Pokljuka, Vršič Pass, Soča Valley, Krnsko jezero lake, and Peričnik Waterfall.
- Where to Swim: Lake Bohinj, Lake Jasna, Nadiža River, Soča River, and Idrijca River.
- Where to Stay in Kranjska Gora: Pri Marusi (budget), Hotel Vandot (midrange), or Boutique Skipass Hotel (midrange-luxury)
- Where to Stay at Lake Bohinj: Hotel Bohinj (luxury) in Ribčev Laz
- Where to Stay in Soča Valley: Hostel Soča Rocks (budget), Hotel Sanje ob Soči (midrange), or Hotel Dobra Vila Bovec (luxury) in Bovec
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Triglav National Park Map
Triglav National Park Entrance Fee
There is no fee to enter Triglav National Park. However, there are some natural attractions within the park that have fees.
The Tolmin Gorge is situated at the southernmost tip of Triglav National Park.
An easy circular trail leads through the gorge and takes about 1:30 hours to complete. The cost of entry varies depending on the month:
Adults | 6 – 10 EUR
Children 6-15 | 3 – 5 EUR
Students (up to 26) and Seniors (over 65) | 5 – 8 EUR
The gorge is generally open from May until October. It’s always closed in winter. The exact dates vary each year based on weather conditions.
The Vintgar Gorge entrance ticket costs:
Adults | 10 EUR
Students, Seniors, and Disabled Persons | 7 EUR
Children (ages 6-15) | 3 EUR
Children (ages 0 – 5) | 1 EUR
Dogs | 3 EUR
From Ukanc, you can either hike up to Slap Savica, take the bus (summer only), or drive to Koča pri Savici hut. The parking fee is 4 EUR for 3 hours and 8 EUR for the day.
From the Koča pri Savici hut it’s a 15-20 minute walk along a stone pathway to the waterfall.
Slap Savica Entrance Fee 2023
There is an entrance fee to visit Slap Savica. Julian Alps: Bohinj card holders can visit free of charge.
Shoulder Season Pricing | January 1 – May 31, 2023 and September 1 – December 31, 2023
- Adults: 3 EUR
- Children 7-14: 1.50 EUR
- Students: 2.50 EUR
- Seniors 65+: 2.50 EUR
- Children 0-6: Free
High Season Pricing | June 1 – September 30, 2023
- Adults: 4 EUR
- Children 7-14: 2 EUR
- Students: 2.50 EUR
- Seniors 65+: 2.50 EUR
- Children 0-6: Free
Mostnica Gorge is a 2-km-long gorge in Voje Valley, accessible from Stara Fužina. Between mid-March and end of October, there’s a fee to enter the gorge:
Mostnica Gorge Entrance Fee
Shoulder Season Pricing | April 1 – May 31, 2023 and October 1 – November 10, 2023
- Adults: 3 EUR
- Children 7-14: 1.50 EUR
- Students, Seniors (65+): 2.50 EUR
High Season Pricing | June 1 – September 30, 2023
- Adults: 4 EUR
- Children 7-14: 2 EUR
- Students, Seniors (65+): 2.50 EUR
When to Visit Triglav National Park
The best time to visit Triglav National Park will vary based on what you want to do.
For example, if you want to hike hut to hut, then it’s best to visit in late June, July, August, or September, when the mountain huts are open.
If you want to summit Mt. Triglav, we recommend visiting in July, August, or September.
For casual day hiking and visiting popular attractions (gorges, waterfalls, etc…), you can visit Triglav National Park from May until October.
If you visit in May and early June, your hiking options will be limited, due to snow. However, you can still enjoy the park’s many valleys, gorges, and waterfalls.
Traveling with a car
One of the popular drives in Triglav National Park is from Kranjska Gora to Soča Valley via the Vršič Pass. The Vršič Pass is open in summer only.
If you’re visiting during the shoulder seasons (spring and fall), check the Promet website to see if the road is open. When we visited in mid-May, the road was still closed due to snowfall. When we visited in late October, the pass was still open.
If you’re planning on visiting Lake Bohinj, here’s some info regarding parking and park & ride options.
Road Trip Inspiration: Here’s our 2 week road trip itinerary, which will guide you to our favorite places in Triglav National Park.
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Traveling without a car
If you’re visiting Triglav National Park without a car, then we recommend coming in summer (late June until early September), when summer buses are operating.
In the next section, we’ll outline what your transit options are.
Getting around Triglav National Park without a car
You definitely don’t need a car to visit Triglav National Park. The key is to pick the right base and visit at the right time.
There are several seasonal buses that only operate during peak summer season. These buses connect villages to popular trailheads and attractions.
We recommend staying in Lake Bohinj, Kranjska Gora, and Bovec in Soča Valley.
Lake Bohinj Summer Transit
These summer buses start running in late June or in early July. And, they stop running in late September.
Here are some bus lines that are really helpful for hikers:
Bohinjsko Jezero to Vogar-Blato. This is a really important connection because it gets you to the Planina Blato-Vogar crossroads (marked on the map). From here, you can hike to the Planina Blato trailhead, the starting point of the Seven Lakes Valley hike as well as multiple others. By starting your hikes here, you’ll save a lot of time and energy.
Related: Lake Bohinj Travel Guide
Kranjska Gora Summer Transit
You can walk, or take a bus from Kranjska Gora to the small town of Gozd Martuljek.
From here, you can hike through the Martuljek Gorge to the Martuljek Waterfalls.
Bovec Summer Transit
In summer, you can take the Vršič Pass bus to Bovec and other destinations in Soča Valley.
From Bovec, you can hike along the famous Soča Trail, a 25-km hiking path between Bovec and the source of the Soča river. For many, this is the most beautiful section of the Alpe Adria long-distance hiking trail.
Bovec is a great base for anyone who wants to go river rafting and canyoning.
Triglav National Park Hiking Trails
Easy Day Hikes
- Vintgar Gorge*
- Slap Savica*
- The Soča Trail*
- Triglavska Bistrica Trail*
- Planica to Tamar mountain hut (learn more: Best Hikes in Slovenia)
- Slemenova Špica* (learn more: Kranjska Gora guide)
- Peričnik Waterfall
Moderate Day Hikes
- Martuljek Waterfalls*
- Seven Lakes Valley*
- Debela Pec
- Lake Bohinj Alpine Pastures* (learn more: Best Hikes in the Julian Alps)
- Mount Vogel*
Difficult Day Hikes
*accessible with public transit in high season.
Recommended Hiking Guide: The Julian Alps of Slovenia: Mountain Walks and Short Treks
Best Places to Visit in Triglav National Park
1. Mount Triglav
Mount Triglav is the highest mountain in the Julian Alps and in Slovenia. Adoring the Slovenian flag, Triglav is more than just a mountain. It’s the reigning symbol of the Slovene nation.
Hiking to the summit of Triglav is a thrill. There are various ascent routes, ranging from difficult to very challenging. We’ve outlined the easiest ascent route from Pokljuka Plateau in our Climbing Triglav Guide.
Other ascent routes:
- Prag Route from Vrata valley
- Tominšek Route from Vrata Valley
- Bamberg from Luknja Pass (experts only)
- Krma Valley
Learn more about these routes: The Julian Alps of Slovenia: Mountain Walks and Short Treks
No matter which route you take, you’ll need two days for this hike, with an overnight in a mountain hut.
To reach Triglav, you have to climb a via ferrata route. This is only suitable for hikers who have experience hiking along secured routes in the mountains.
If you’ve never hiked a via ferrata route, but are keen on climbing Triglav, definitely hire a certified hiking guide. Here are some 2-day guided tours you can join (Krma ascent route):
- Mount Triglav: Krma Valley from Bled (Altitude Activities)
- Mount Triglav: Krma Valley from Bled (Life Adventures)
- Mount Triglav: Krma Valley from Mojstrana (Kofler Sport)
- Mount Triglav: Krma Valley from Bled (Explore Share Slovenia)
Essential Gear for Climbing Triglav:
- Climbing Helmet: women’s helmet and a men’s helmet
- Via Ferrata Harness: PETZL Corax Climbing Harness
- Via Ferrata Lanyard: PETZL Scorpio Lanyard with Carabiners and Energy Absorber
- Hiking Backpack: Osprey Kyte 36 (for women) and Osprey Kestrel 38 (for men).
- Grade B/C Hiking Boots: Hanwag Tatra II GTX or Meindl Schuhe Island Lady (for women) and Hanwag Tatra II GTX (for men).
- Cat 4 Sunglasses: Julbo Shield Mountain Sunglasses
- Climbing Gloves (optional but highly recommended): Black Diamond Half-Finger Gloves
2. Bohinj Alpine Pastures
High above Bohinj Valley, evidence of alpine dairy farming is still present. In fact, some dairy farms are still active, producing homemade cheese and other dairy products.
The Bohinj alpine pastures dotted with rustic herdsmen huts make for a great hiking destination. When you stumble upon a planina, it feels like you’ve uncovered a secret fairy tale world.
We recommend driving (12 EUR Toll), or taking the bus up to Planina Blato from Stara Fužina, Lake Bohinj.
From here, hike the forest trail to Planina v. Lazu (1560 m) and then continue to the Pri Jezeru pasture and the Koča na Planini pri Jezeru mountain hut (1453 m).
You can grab a bite to eat here, before returning to Blato, or descending to Stara Fužina via Kosijev dom na Vogarju (1054 m). This 9.3 km circuit takes about 4 hours.
If you want to learn more about alpine farming, you can visit the Alpine Dairy Farming Museum in Stara Fužina.
3. Seven Lakes Valley
Triglav Lakes Valley, also called Seven Lakes Valley, is a wildly enchanting destination in the Julian Alps. As the name suggests, this glacial valley is defined by a string of seven lakes.
There are several different approaches to Triglav Lakes Valley, including the route starting at Koča pri Savici, accessible from Ukanc, and the one starting at Planina Blato, high above Stara Fužina.
We recommend hiking to Triglav Lakes Valley from Planina Blato. It’s easier and you’ll amble across some of the loveliest alpine pastures above Lake Bohinj, including Planina pri Jezeru, Planina Viševnik, and Planina Ovčarija.
If you’re an experienced hiker with no fear of heights, we recommend hiking this 2-day Triglav Lakes Valley route: Veliko Špičje Ridge Trail.
Learn More: Triglav Lakes Valley Day Hike
4. Lake Bohinj
Lake Bohinj is the largest permanent lake in Slovenia.
Kati and I have a summer tradition of hiking in the Julian Alps during the day and then retreating to the shores of Bohinj in the late afternoon. Dipping into crystal-clear Bohinj after a long hike in the mountains is summer at its very best.
Lake Bohinj is a great place for swimming because the use of motor-driven vessels is prohibited.
However, you can also kayak, stand-up-paddleboard, or row in the lake. “Navigation is permitted for sport rowing boats with a maximum length of 8 meters.” Click here to learn more about boating regulations on Bohinj.
For swimming and water-sports, we recommend staying in a place like Hiša Erlah where you can borrow their SUP and kayaks for free.
Learn More: Lake Bohinj Travel Guide
5. Pokljuka Plateau
Pokljuka is an alpine plateau in Triglav National Park, located high above Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled. Blissfully rural and tucked away from Slovenia’s tourist attractions, Pokljuka is a perfect destination for slow travel.
Traditional alpine pastures dot the plateau in storybook fashion.
When visiting Pokljuka, we recommend biking to Planina Zajamniki, a truly enchanting mountain pasture defined by a string of rustic wooden huts. Read our Pokljuka travel guide to find out how to get here.
From the Medvedova konta car park, only accessible by car, you can hike to Debela Pec.
6. Vršič Pass
The Vršič Pass (1611 meters) is the highest paved mountain pass in Slovenia. The serpentine mountain pass road connects Kranjska Gora with the Trenta Valley.
There are 50 total hairpin turns, with 24 on the Kranjska Gora side and 26 on the Trenta side.
The high-mountain road across Vršič Pass is known as the Russian Road because it was originally built by Russian prisoners of war during WWI who were used as laborers in the road’s construction.
The road was designed by the Austria-Hungarians to better supply the Isonzo Front.
Today, Vršič Pass is a fantastic place to start hikes to surrounding peaks. We started our multi-day trek across Triglav National Park at Vršič Pass.
The pass is only open in summer. If you’re visiting during the shoulder seasons (Spring and Fall), check the Promet website to see if the road is open.
If you’re visiting without a car, there’s a summer bus line to the pass: Kranjska Gora – Vršič Pass – Bovec. Consult kranjka-gora.si for the timetable.
7. Soča Valley
The Soča is a 138 km long alpine river that stretches from Triglav National Park to Nova Gorica in western Slovenia.
Renowned for its turquoise color, the Soča river invites visitors to partake in a number of adventurous pursuits including rafting, kayaking, and canyoning.
We recommend joining one of these tours:
- From Bovec: Rafting on Soča River / Photo Package Available
- From Bovec: Soča: Kayaking on the Soča River Experience
- From Bovec: Half-Day Canyoning Tour in Soča Valley
You may recognize the Soča Valley from the first episode of Wheel of Time (Season 1).
The main towns in the Soča Valley are Bovec and Kobarid, where you find the widest selection of restaurants and accommodations.
8. Krnsko jezero lake
Krnsko jezero lake (Lake Krn) is the largest high mountain lake in Slovenia, with a surface elevation of 1391 m. The romantic scenery and the beautiful mountain backdrop makes Lake Krn undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lakes in the Julian Alps.
The hike to the lake starts in Lepena Valley, at Dom dr. Klementa Juga v Lepeni, where you can park your car. The tedious trail leads up through the forest on a wide, marked path.
About 15 minutes before you reach the lake, you’ll pass the managed Planinski dom pri Krnskih jezerih mountain hut and shortly thereafter the Planina Duplje alpine pasture hut.
Distance | 11.5 km out-and-back
Time Needed | 5 hours
Difficulty | Easy
Elevation Gain/Loss | 875 meters
Minimum Elevation | 703 meters
Maximum Elevation | 1445 meters
9. Peričnik Waterfall
Peričnik Waterfall (Slap Peričnik in Slovenian) is a waterfall in Vrata Valley in the north of Triglav National Park.
Slap Peričnik is formed by the water that flows over a conglomerate cliff in two steep drops, creating an upper 16-meter-high waterfall and a lower 52-meter-high waterfall.
Starting at Koča pri Peričniku in Vrata Valley, it takes 15 minutes to hike up a steep forest trail to the Lower Peričnik Waterfall.
The trail leads behind the plunging waterfall through a natural gallery to the other side.
The circuit path continues to a signed junction. Here, you can detour to the Upper Peričnik Waterfall, following a well-maintained and secured path (highly recommended!).
After hiking up to the upper waterfall, return to the signed junction and complete the circuit back down to the road.
Distance | 1.1 km circuit
Time Needed | 1 hour
Difficulty | Moderate
Elevation Gain/Loss | 164 meters
Minimum Elevation | 757 meters
Maximum Elevation | 880 meters
Entrance Fee | None
Opening Times | summer and fall. The Peričnik Waterfall route is officially closed in winter because of the ice.
Best Base for Exploring Triglav National Park
We recommend staying in the villages of Stara Fužina, Ribčev Laz or Ukanc.
You can also stay in Bohinjska Bistrica, which is a bit further away, but well-connected to the lake by transit.
Ribčev Laz is the main hub at Lake Bohinj, with a direct bus connection to Lake Bled and onward to Ljubljana. Here, you’ll find a cluster of eateries, grocery stores, and boat rental shops.
Budget | Hostel pod Voglom is located along the southern shore of Lake Bohinj. This budget-friendly accommodation offers simple twin, single rooms, triple, and quadruple rooms. Bathrooms are either private, or shared.
From the hostel, it’s a 20 minute walk (1.8 km) to Ribčev Laz, the closest village (restaurants, shops, etc…). You can rent kayaks, SUPs, and bicycles on-site.
Midrange | Apartments and rooms Cerkovnik is located in Ribčev Laz, a mere 10-minute walk to the lakeshore (1 km). This sparking clean accommodation offers double and triple rooms as well as well-equipped apartments.
Breakfast is available for an additional fee. On-site parking is free.
Luxury | The newly renovated Hotel Bohinj is located in the center of Ribčev Laz, only a few meters from Lake Bohinj. Designed to impress as much as to pay homage to the region’s cultural heritage, Hotel Bohinj is the most striking hotel in the Bohinj region.
All rooms have air-conditioning. Guests are treated to a healthy and delicious breakfast buffet. You can also enjoy dinner at the hotel and indulge in a wellness package.
If you want to combine your hikes with lakeside goodness and afternoon dips in Lake Bohinj, consider staying in Stara Fužina.
Midrange | Ideal for families, the top-rated Pr `Agotnik apartmaji sobe Bohinj offers spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments with fully-equipped kitchens, and washing machines.
Midrange-Luxury | Hotel Majerca is a lovely boutique hotel with an on-site restaurant in Stara Fužina. The restaurant extends onto a grassy lawn, with views of farmland backed by the Julian Alps. It’s wonderful to start and end your day here. The al fresco breakfast is phenomenal.
Midrange-Luxury | Apartmaji Triglav is a stylish aparthotel in Stara Fužina with an on-site restaurant and bar and spa and wellness center. Rooms are clean, modern, and feature balconies, kitchenettes and seating areas. Guests particularly love the mountain views and the hotel’s proximity to hiking trails and the lake. Breakfast is included.
Alternatively, you can also stay on the other end of the lake in Ukanc. This tiny settlement is a great base for hiking to Mount Vogel and exploring the Southern Julian Alps.
Midrange | Set in a quiet location ringed by forest, the top-rated Bohinj Apartments Goldhorn Kingdom (Apartmaji Kraljestvo Zlatoroga) is a 3-star apartment complex (1-2 bedrooms). Each unit has a fully-equipped kitchen with a dishwasher. Extra perk: daily housekeeping.
Midrange | Apartments Ukanc offers clean and functional apartments in Ukanc.
Luxury | Chalet Apartments ALPIK offers cozy 1-3 bedroom apartments with well-appointed kitchens in a fairy-tale-like location in Ukanc.
Luxury | Villa Park B&B – ADULTS ONLY is a bed and breakfast with a large garden situated next to the Savica stream, which flows into Lake Bohinj.
Midrange | Apartments Klemenčič is a top-rated accommodation with 1-bedroom and 3-bedroom apartments. In high season, there’s a minimum stay of 5-7 nights.
Adults-Only Luxury | Sunrose 7 – Heritage Boutique Hotel is the finest hotel in Bohinjska Bistrica, boasting air-conditioned rooms, a spa (extra charge), fine dining restaurant, and riverside garden. A high-quality breakfast featuring local ingredients is included in the rate. Guests can also rent bikes on-site.
Lake Bohinj Campsites
Kranjska Gora is the best base for exploring the Northern Julian Alps. You can also stay in nearby Lake Jasna, Gozd Martuljek or Mojstrana.
Budget | Pri Marusi is a centrally-located guesthouse in Kranjska Gora with exceedingly kind and attentive owners. Rooms are modern and immaculate. Breakfast is included.
Midrange | Hotel Vandot is a cozy and comfortable hotel in the center of town. Breakfast is included.
Midrange | Garni Hotel Miklič is a traditional, family-run accommodation with spotless rooms and raving reviews. Guests love the welcoming hosts, central location, and superb breakfast.
Midrange | Hotel Pino Alpino is an impressive 3-star hotel with an on-site à la carte restaurant and bar, located in Kranjska Gora’s pedestrian zone. Breakfast is included. Free private parking is located behind the hotel.
Midrange-Luxury | Hiša Kosobrin offers modern apartments with fully-equipped kitchens. The property is located on the bank of the Sava Dolinka river, just outside of the town center. Guests have access to a sauna and private parking.
Top Choice – Luxury | Boutique Hotel Skipass is a 4-star, family-run boutique hotel with a wine bar serving Slovenian wines and cold cuts. Stay here for the comfortable rooms, fresh à la carte breakfast, and kind and attentive staff. Parking is available on-site (extra charge).
Budget | Rooms Barovc is rustic, but nonetheless clean accommodation located at Lake Jasna, a walkable 1.2 km south of Kranjka Gora. Stay here for the easy lake access.
Lakefront Aparthotel | Jasna Chalet Resort occupies the most enviable location along the north shore of Lake Jasna, facing Prisank and Razor. Most units have 2-3 bedrooms, which is ideal for families. We really enjoyed the alpine setting, the fully-equipped kitchen, and the convenient private parking.
Luxury | Milka Boutique Hotel is a responsibly-created alpine hotel with six rooms overlooking Lake Jasna and the Northern Julian Alps. The architectural design is an ode to the hotel’s pristine surroundings. Stay here for the fine dining restaurant (open for lunch and dinner), stunning mountain vistas, and a plentiful, mouthwatering breakfast
We recommend staying in Bovec, or Kobarid when visiting the Soča Valley.
Midrange | Apartments Pri nas is located in the main town of Kobarid and is the perfect place to relax after a full day of outdoor activities. It features fully-equipped kitchens as well as an outdoor hot tub.
Midrange | We recommend staying in Koseč at Tourist Farm Kranjc. Koseč is a small hamlet above Drežnica in the municipality of Kobarid. We’re partial to staying on farms, and Tourist Farm Kranjc is an exemplary example of what a farm stay is all about. The family is extremely welcoming. The home-cooked dinner and the breakfast buffet were exceptional.
Adults-Only Chalets | Perched high above Kobarid and Soča Valley, the one-of-a-kind Nebesa Chalets are four modern 1-bedroom chalets with floor-to-ceiling windows, kitchenettes, and private bathrooms. The room rate includes breakfast and use of the spa facilities (Finnish, Aromatherapy, and Chromotherapy saunas) and fitness room. Extra perks: free bike rental, meal delivery from partner restaurant Hiša Polonka (when possible), and a friendly resident Bernese mountain dog.
Budget | Hostel Soča Rocks offers lodging in a 6-bedroom mixed dormitory. Guests have access to an on-site bar, shared common kitchen, BBQ facilities, and terrace.
Midrange-Luxury | Hotel Sanje ob Soči is a 3-star aparthotel in Bovec with a range of 1-4 bedroom apartments. Guests can enjoy the wellness and spa area and breakfast for an extra charge. There’s a minimum stay requirement of 3 nights.
Luxury | Hotel Soča is a modern 4-star hotel with air-conditioned rooms, a seasonal outdoor pool, fitness room, and bar. Breakfast is available (extra charge).
Luxury | Hotel Dobra Vila Bovec is a charming 4-star hotel, housed in a historic telephone central office and surrounded by gardens. Rooms are soundproofed and air-conditioned. Breakfast is included.
Rules for Visiting Triglav National Park
“As a unique area of protected nature in the Alps, the Triglav National Park’s priority objectives are conservation of ecosystems and natural processes, natural assets, diversity of habitats, plant and animal species, landscape quality and landscape diversity” (source).
- Respect the habitats of animals and plants.
- Camping and bivouacking outside designated areas is not permitted. Wild camping is illegal.
- Take all garbage back with you down to the valley.
- Triglav National Park trails are allowed only for hiking, not for mountain biking.
- Bathing in mountain lakes is strictly prohibited.
- Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, are restricted. You need a permit. Learn more here.
Learn more: Code of Conduct
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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 late May and 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, the Košuta mountain pastures, and the Debela Pec trailhead.
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 and Seven Lakes Valley.
- Glamp in a treehouse like Ribno Alpine Glamping.
- Uncover hidden gems like Solčava panoramic road.
Slovenia Packing List
- Lonely Planet Slovenia
- DK Eyewitness Slovenia
- Rick Steves Croatia & Slovenia
- The Julian Alps of Slovenia: Mountain Walks and Short Treks
- Trekking in Slovenia: The Slovene High Level Route
- Trekking Slovenia’s Juliana Trail: Three-week trek: Bled, Triglav and the Julian Alps
- 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.
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