One of the biggest tourist attractions in Slovenia is Lake Bled and the cost of the campsites is evidence of this, so we opted to stay a little further down the valley at the lesser visited Lake Bohinj and oh my word am I happy that we did! We absolutely fell in love with this stunning area!
Both Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj lie in a valley created by a glacier more than 3000 years ago, surrounded on both sides by the Julian Alps. The area of Bohinj is actually made up of numerous little towns, some with as few as 10 houses, but all with their own church with steeples looking like upturned ice-cream cones.
Cycling through Bohinj Valley
We stayed in Bohinjska Bistrica, which is the biggest of all the towns. Our campsite was lush and green with a river running through it and wonderful twittering birds. From here we followed the bicycle trail all the way through the valley, passing through tiny villages until we reached Stara Fuzina. A blink and we were out the other side! Down the hill we rode to reach Ribcev Laz with its famous bridge next to the Church of St John the Baptist and there we caught our first view of Lake Bohinj. Crystal clear aquamarine water surrounded by the snow-capped Julian Alps, it was breathtaking, but we had a different destination to get to, so on we rode.
Cable Car up Mount Vogel
Our next stop was Ukanc, where we caught the cable car 1535m up to Mount Vogel and most importantly, to where Tai would see, feel and touch snow for the very first time in his life! His excitement bubbled over the whole way up in the cable car and was so infectious that I felt like a kid seeing snow for the first time as well!
There was snow on the mountains around us, but I had no idea if there would be snow at the ski station and clearly hadn’t prepared properly, as poor Tai was only wearing flip-flops, which meant icy feet!! It didn’t matter though as the excitement took over.
The views from up here were simply stunning, from the Julian Alps all around us, right down to Lake Bohinj and the Bohinj valley below.
We rode back home with huge grins on our faces and barely noticed that we had ridden more than 20km! It was definitely one of our best days out!
Cable Car up Mount Vogel: €16.50 for adults and €9 for children
We stayed at the gorgeous Camp Danica in Bohinjska Bistrica. A full service campsite – toilets, washing up, washing machine & dryer, kids playground, bar, restaurant and more! Surrounded by the Julian Alps with a river running through it – just beautiful! We paid 19 with our ACSI card.
There is a bicycle lane that goes through the length of the valley to Lake Bohinj and along the edge of the Lake. We road all the way to Ukanc from where we took the cable car up Mt Vogel.
Triglavska cesta 60, 4264 Bohinjska Bistrica, Slovenia
GPS: 46.27437, 13.94783
+386 4 572 10 55