Triglav National Park

Triglav National Park (Triglavski Narodni Park) covers nearly all of the Slovenian section of the Julian Alps, a total of nearly 85,000 hectares and is centered around Mount Triglav (2864m). It is popular for its outdoor adventure possibilities, numerous gorges and waterfalls, and the spectacular Lake Bohinj.

Understand

Triglav National Park borders Italy in the west and Austria in the north. It attracts over two million visitors annually. The park includes 25 settlements, with a total population of 2,352, most in the town of Ribčev Laz. Tolmin Gorges are the lowest and southernmost access point to Triglav National Park and an extraordinary natural feature.

History

The first proposal to protect the area around Triglav came from Prof. Albin Belar in 1906. However, it was not until 1924 that the Alpine Conservation Park was established in the valley of Triglav Lakes. In 1961, the Triglav National Park was founded and in 1981, the borders were expanded to their current locations. In 2003, Triglav National Park was included in the UNESCO MaB (Man and Biosphere) network.

The park is home to many plants and animals. The park's most revered animal is the chamois, of which only 2,000 exist. Legend tells of the Zlatorog, the golden-horned chamois that live on the mountains. Other wildlife includes ibex, marmot, golden eagles and the brown bear, although most animals stay away from humans and animal sightings are rare. Common plant life includes the Julian poppy and the purple Zois bellflower. Most plants are protected.

Tourist office

Get in

By foot

Vintgar Gorge, in the northeastern corner of the park, is a 4.5km walk from Bled. Kluze Fortress, in the southwestern corner of the park is a 3.5km walk from Bovec. Pericnik Waterfall, in the northern section of the park, is a 6km walk from Dovje-Mojstrana.

By bus

Buses run hourly from Ljubljana to Ribčev Laz and Lake Bohinj (Bohinj Jezero), in the southeastern corner of the park . The buses stop in Bled and Kranj. The 30km journey from Bled takes 45 minutes. Schedules are available online .

By train

There are around 6 trains a day each way between Bohinj and other stations to Nova Gorica. From Nova Gorica there are onward connections to every city in Italy and other parts of Slovenia. The train is cheap and the stations along the way are very picturesque with flowers adorning the station platforms and most of the journey offers impressive views of the turquoise Soca (Isonzo) river.

On selected weekends during the summer there is a steam train service between Nova Gorica and Bled. The tickets include a return journey and lunch at Bled Castle.

Many of the outdoor adventure agencies based in Bled run sports-based excursions to the park.

See

Vintgar Gorge, near Bled
Lake Bohinj In Summer

Do

Festivals

Eat

Outside of the settlements, the mountain huts usually sell refreshments. In Ribcev Laz, many of the hotels have restaurants.

Sleep

Better accommodation options are located in the nearby towns of Bled, Dovje-Mojstrana, Kranjska Gora, and Bovec.

Mountain huts offering simple meals and accommodation are scattered about the national park. Reservations are strongly advised in peak season. Camping is prohibited in the park.

Stara Fužina

Penzion Bohinj, Stara Fužina 12, +386 4 572 34 81 / +386 51 349 035 (penzion-bohinj@stip.si / www.penzion-bohinj.si). Hotel has 54 beds in 25 two- or. three-bedded rooms. B&B, half board, full board (price: 31-50,50 €).

Bohinjska Bistrica

Ribčev Laz

Cope

As in all of Slovenia people generally speak a high level of English. Knowledge of Italian and German is also common although locals always like to see foreigners try out some Slovene phrases.

Stay safe

When hiking, always check weather conditions . In case of storms, seek shelter in mountain huts. You should have proper equipment for hiking, including hiking shoes, helmets, clothes (with warmer clothes in backpack even in Summer!). Use of ropes and belays is advisable for ferratas.

Snakes and bears can be found in Slovenia although it is very rare to encounter them.

In case of emergency, call 112 or contact nearest mountain hut.

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