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Around Lake Bohinj on the south trail along the road and the sunny north shore

· 1 review · Hiking trail · Triglav National Park
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A walk around Lake Bohinj is almost obligatory for every visitor who comes to Bohinj. You can shorten it and walk only along the north or south shore, where you can enjoy in beautiful views.
Distance 11.4 km
3:00 h
99 m
99 m
610 m
526 m

Lake Bohinj is a tectonic and the largest natural lake in the Triglav National Park and in Slovenia. The basin of the lake was transformed by the Bohinj glacier. The main tributary to the lake is Savica which springs in the Triglav Lakes Valley. The water in the lake changes three times in a year. Jezernica is the small river flowing from the lake and is one of the shortest rivers in Slovenia. Below the confluence with the Mostnica River, the Mostnica and the Jezernica merge into the Sava Bohinjka River.

The Church of St John the Baptist is the most recognisable symbol of Bohinj. It was built before the year 1300 and is, from a stylistic point of view, the richest building in Bohinj.

During heavy rainfall, the Govic Waterfall occasionally bursts out from the rock above the northern shore of Lake Bohinj. The water rises vertically in the cave and falls with a roar into the channel below the wall. The path is impassable at that time. The entrance to the cave is only a few metres wide and runs down to the underground lake with a very oscillating surface. Usually, the waterfall can be seen for only a few hours.

Author’s recommendation

Prior to every hike, check the weather forecast and trail conditions.

Don't forget to take a camera with you.

If you are on a hike with your children, don't miss visiting the Zlatorog Fairy Trail.



The south side of the lake is in the winter time mostly in the shadow, that's why we recommend warm clothes.

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Update: May 19, 2023
Highest point
610 m
Lowest point
526 m
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Safety information

There can be fallen trees in some parts of the trail due to tree cutting and damage caused by strong winds.

The trail can be flooded by torrents during heavy rainfall.

A part of the trail runs on the local motor road.



Danger of icy surfaces especially on the southern (shady) side of the lake shore, so be careful.

Tips and hints


Turizem Bohinj, Stara Fužina, tel.: +386 4 57 47 590

TIC Bohinj, Ribčev Laz, tel.: +386 4 574 60 10

TIC Bohinj, Bohinjska Bistrica, tel.: +386 4 574 76 00

TIC Bohinj, Stara Fužina, tel.: +386 4 572 33 26

TNP Bohinj Centre, Stara Fužina, tel.: +386 1 200 97 60

The Julian Alps: Bohinj Card offers free transport and other benefits.

Stop and relax at various restaurants in Ukanc and Ribčev Laz. Picerija Ukanc in Ukanc, Lovec and Zlatovčica Restaurants and Foksner Snack Bar in Ribčev Laz offer dishes with the Bohinjsko/From Bohinj certificate.

During the International Wild Flower Festival (end of May, start of June) you can join a guided hike (with a botanist) along lake shore, where you can get detailed information about the flora of this area.

In the past, Ukanc was a grazing pasture. As the legend says, the name "Ukanc" was formed from the phrase "u konc" meaning "at the end of the world", because in the past people believed that the world ended below the walls of Komarča.

A military cemetery is located near the car park in Ukanc. You can visit graves and a chapel that reminds us about the atrocities of World War I.

Zlatorog Fairy Trail is located along the trail around Lake Bohinj. You can walk an hour or the whole day along the approximately 2 kilometres long circular trail. The circular trail can be visited individually or in an organised group. The perfect guide is the booklet containing fairy tales from Bohinj, a map and slots for stamps that you can collect along the trail.

The Church of the Holy Ghost was built in the 16th century in Baroque style. Its exterior has a painting of St Christoph (patron of drivers). The shape of its roof is connected to a legend. When there were major floods, the people of Bohinj asked the church authorities for advice how to get rid of that pest. They took their advice and built a church in the shape of a camel that will drink all the water. Thus, the roof has a camel back shape.  


TIC Bohinj, Ribčev Laz (536 m)
46.276783, 13.887780
46°16'36.4"N 13°53'16.0"E
33T 414308 5125401


TIC Bohinj, Ribčev Laz

Turn-by-turn directions

Walking on the unpaved path along the south shore of Lake Bohinj is perfect for an easy family stroll or even for some alone time in nature. Start at TIC Bohinj in Ribčev Laz and walk left towards Jezero HOtel, continue past the Pod skalco park to the Pod skalco event place. At the end of the car park, follow the unpaved path (hunters’ trail runs to the left side uphill) that runs parallel to the main road. The Church of the Holy Ghost is located approximately half-way to the end of the trail. When you arrive at Ukanc, turn right in the intersection (the lower station of Vogel cable car is to the left and the road to the Savica Waterfall is straight ahead) and continue to the bridge, where you can see the turqouise green pools of the Savica. In a few metres turn to the unpaved path to the right. You can see a part of the Zlatorog Fairy Trail along the trail. At the crossroads at the last houses, turn left and continue along the narrow path along the western lake shore. The meadows along the west bank were used by the farmers, but today, they are quite overgrown and only scarcely can we hear cows’ bells ring. You can return along the northern lake shore. When returning, you cross various screes that slowly but persistently cover the lake basin. Cross the dry riverbed of Govic which can be unpassable after a longer rainy period. Continue to the former hatchery. There the path expands and takes you to the Vogar foothills, and on the meadow along the eastern shore of the lake you can also observe paragliders who land there after flying from the hills nearby. When you reach the car park, continue straight ahead along the asphalt road to the Church of St John the Baptist and the bridge over the Jezernica. Turn left and reach the starting point.

Public transport


You can travel by train or bus to Bohinj. From the Primorska side, you can also come by car train. Regular buses operate from Ribčev Laz to Ukanc, Bohinjska Bistrica, Bled and Ljubljana.

More information is available on the website

By road

Drive by car to Ribčev Laz from Bled, through Soteska or over Pokljuka. You can also access the village across Jelovica and Soriška planina.


Ribčev Laz 2 car park (behind the Jezero Hotel) (coordinates: 46.276426, 13.886311)


46.276783, 13.887780
46°16'36.4"N 13°53'16.0"E
33T 414308 5125401
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Map of the hiking trails in Bohinj, 1:25.000

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Questions and answers

Question from Annegret Lück · August 25, 2021 · Community
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Answered by Turizem Bohinj  · August 26, 2021 · Turizem Bohinj
Sorry, what would you like to find? Zlatorog?


Birgit König
August 11, 2020 · Community
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Highest point
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526 m
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