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Beautiful Lake Bled
Grassy slopes of the Golica ridge
Explore the spectacular Vintgar Gorge
Kranjska Gora and the Triglav mountain range
Visit the Russian Chapel
Mountains, meadows and forests
St Clements church at Mojstrana
Glassy-smooth Jasna Lake
Stupendous views from the Golica Circuit
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At a glance
8 nights (7 days walking) - the full route. Add extra nights in Ljubljana perhaps? May be possible to shorten by removing one night in Kranjska Gora and/or Bled, subject to accommodation flexibility.
Suggested route pairing: Classic Slovenia
How much walking?
Full days: 7-16 km per day, 2¾-5 hrs walking
Using shortening options: The 'circular' walks can be adapted to suit your energy levels.
Mountain walking made easy
The northwest corner of Slovenia is popular ski country, but outside of the winter season it is a walker’s paradise. Our chosen route gives a sense of being in the mountains but without tricky ascents and descents. In its summer clothes the area is verdant and the plentiful rivers and waterfalls flow with impossibly pale blue water. From fashionable Kranjska Gora our route traces a path along the Sava valley and its tributaries, and scales the heights of a mini-mountain overlooking Austria before turning south to explore the relative sophistication of much-photographed Lake Bled.
You will stay in small hotels, B&Bs and selected apartments, and enjoy hearty mountain fayre at huts and refuges, experiencing the renowned friendliness of the people of this little country at the northern limits of the Balkans.
Walked by On Foot staff: Simon and Debbie
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- Green Europe at its most beguiling
- Lake Jasna deep in the Julian Alps
- Apfel strudel and kremšnita
- A Russian chapel with poignant history
- The culture of mountain huts
- A region of gorges, waterfalls, lakes and rivers
- Beautiful Lake Bled with its famous island church
This route features the following characteristics and interests: Mountains, Villages and farms, Woods, Food
Things you should know
- As a route in the mountains, the weather here can be unreliable … be prepared for rain and sun in all seasons!
An extra night in Lake Bled to ensure you have time for all the region can offer. An extra night in Kranjska Gora at the start to hire bikes and explore further into the area. Nights in Ljubljana at the start or end to discover the Hapsburg legacy.
Eating and Drinking
Enjoy traditional mountain food at Pr’Betel – hostess Vera has won many cooking awards (ensure you try her Kremšnita!), and works with other local producers to supply her breakfast and dinner table). Mojstrana is more ordinary, but Kranjska Gora (surprisingly) and Bled have more sophisticated offerings. Vines are not generally grown in this area, but you’ll be able to enjoy the wines of Slovenia wherever you go, often ones that are not exported.
How much Walking?
Using shortening options: The 'circular' walks can be adapted to suit your energy levels.
Well-marked paths, no steep sections. Highest point on route: 1835m.
Medium: Average cumulative uphill stretches (CUSs) 550m (80m-900m) per day.
Acrophobia/vertigo warnings: Golica circuit – avoidable by adapting to a there-and-back route
GPX file available for handheld GPS or smartphone App for complete route.
Important note: Times given for each day are walking times for an “average” walker and exclude stops. “CUSs” stands for “Cumulative Uphill Stretches” and measures the aggregated ascents in each day, expressed in metres of climb. See “Walk Grading” for more information.
When to go?
The best months to walk: mid-May to mid-September
The summer season is a relatively short one because of the potential for late-lying snow and accommodations and other services closing by the end of September to regroup before the onslaught of winter. Mid-May will bring spring flowers and fast flowing water, July and August will bring warmth (and busy-ness!), September will retain the warmth of the summer but with a sense of winding down.
Temperature and rainfall chart for Slovenia
Day 1 - Arrive in Kranjska Gora
Arrive in Kranjska Gora and, having checked in to your hotel, explore this little town, and decide on your supper restaurant.
Day 2 - Lake Jasna Circuit
A day of two mountain huts (in the right season) and a Russian chapel with a poignant history. First, a ‘trim track’ to start the day (just in case…) at the start of an easy walk to Jasna Lake. Never far from the Pišnica river, ascend gently to first one and then another hut before a final climb up to the Ruska Kapelica, built by Russian POWs in the first world war to honour those compatriots who died building the Vršič pass road. Return partly by the same route. (Medium: 4¼ hrs walking (allow 6 hrs), 16½ km (10½ miles), CUSs 560m)
Alternative: just walk as far as Lake Jasna, or spend time exploring the town. You could also hire a bike, visit the source of the Sava river, the ski jumps in Planica even cycle to Laghi di Fusine in nearby Italy … lots of hire options in the town.
Day 3 - Kranjska Gora to Mojstrana
Firstly into the hills to the east of Kranjska Gora with a steep climb to wake you up. Then after a walk which contours through the woods and a possible coffee stop at a mountain hut only reachable on foot, a descent to Gozd Martuljek and the potential of seeing a couple of waterfalls up close before an afternoon bus on to Mojstrana. (Easy-medium: 2½ hrs walking (allow 3¼ hrs), 7½ km (4½ miles), CUSs 310m. Add 4 km for waterfall walk, 1¼ hrs, CUSs 400m.)
Alternative: bus all the way.
Day 4 - Triglav and the Bistrica Trail
Take a bus (taxi included out of season) up to the car park below the Aljazev Dom and explore as far as you feel comfortable (perhaps to the foot of the north face of Triglav, the Slovenian national mountain), before returning to the Dom (for refreshment?) and heading down the picturesque Bistrica Trail. The path takes in Alpine beech forest, fascinating geological formations and the 100m-high Peričnik Waterfall before finishing with a visit to, we suggest, the Slovenian Alpine Museum in Mojstrana. (Medium hard: 4½ hrs walking (allow 6 hrs), 16 km (10 miles), CUSs 660m)
Alternative: Omit the Peričnik Waterfall climb up and down, saving 2 km/340m CUSs, and walk the road for that section, still with an opportunity to detour to the foot of the falls;
OR stay in Mojstrana for the day – perhaps hire a bike via our luggage transferor (based in the village), spend time at the Alpine Museum.
Day 5 - Mojstrana to Planina pod Golico
A longish day but a relatively easy one, as the climbing for the first two and a half hours is at a shallow gradient along a vehicle track. Over three-quarters of the day uses the same track, so navigation is very easy. After the village of Dovje the track ascends through woodland, with lovely views at the start, though only occasionally thereafter. On a hot day the trees are a relief. You come out again into the open at the 3:40 mark, and from then the scenery is varied. After the village of Dovski Rovt the track becomes a lovely path to the outskirts of Planina Pod Golico, though prepare yourself for a tough climb to the village and a long walk on the road (about 1 km) to your next accommodation. (Medium-hard: 4½ hrs (allow 6 hrs), 16 km (10 miles), CUSs 875m)
Alternative: Lift with the luggage as far as Plavski Rovt (no charge if you wait for the transfer; €40 payable to driver for bespoke timing). From Plavski Rovt: 1 hr, 2¾ km, CUS 200m.
Day 6 - Golica circuit
After a lift to avoid some of today’s climbing, you ascend to just below a mountain hut. Then traverse the hillside below Golica on a lovely mountain path before a long climb on the border between Slovenia and Austria. Arrive at the walk’s high point and admire far-reaching views to the Julian Alps one way, and Austria the other. Finally, descend via a mountain hut (open in season) and return to your accommodation for a hearty and deserved meal. (Medium-hard: 4¾ hrs walking (allow 6¼ hrs), 9¼ km (6 miles), CUSs 800m)
Alternative: From the drop-off point, a there-and-back walk to and past the hut to the top of Golica, then descending through the forest to your accommodation.
Day 7 - Planina pod Golico to Bled
A few hours final leg-stretch to bring you down from the foothills of the Julian Alps to a charming hut in the forest for an early lunch. Then a lift to beautiful Lake Bled and your next accommodation. (Medium: 2½ hrs walking (allow 3¼ hrs), 6½ km (4 miles), CUSs 450m)
Alternative: Lift all the way – supplement may apply.
Day 8 - Bled circuits
A choice of walking today: you could take a bus to the spectacular Vintgar Gorge and walk back through the woods and past St Catherine’s Church into town; you could do a circuit of the lake, climbing steeply to an amazing viewpoint if you wish … or you could just explore the town.
Vintgar Gorge: Easy: 3hrs (allow 4hrs), 11½km (7miles), CUSs 275m. Alternative option: walk as far as the return bus point and take the bus back to Bled. 50mins, 2¾km (1¾ miles), CUSs 80m
Lake Bled Circuit, if done in full: Medium: 2½hrs walking (allow 3¼hrs), 7½km (4½miles), CUSs 400m. Shorter options possible, missing a steep climb and/or a visit to the Castle.
Depart hotel (or choose to stay further nights here or perhaps in Ljubljana)
ARRIVING BY TRAIN
Nearest railway station:
Start: Jesenice, then bus (or pre-booked taxi) from there to Kranjska Gora
Finish: Bled – use Lesce-Bled station (order a taxi there through your accommodation)
Sample journey by rail:
Via Frankfurt: Frankfurt to Villach, Villach to Jesenice ~9 hrs;
Return to Frankfurt: Lesce-Bled to Villach, Villach to Frankfurt ~10 hrs
We suggest thetrainline.com for times, ticket booking and other information.
ARRIVING BY CAR
Not recommended given the shape of the route and the lack of parking in Bled.
ARRIVING BY AIR
The best ‘local’ airport is Ljubljana.
Land by (Ljubljana): any time (as a taxi from Ljubljana airport or city to Kranjska Gora is included in the holiday price).
Return flight earliest: 11:00 (taking the 07:30 bus from Bled to Ljubljana airport – or take a taxi, book locally).
Flight information can change rapidly and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner (see below) before finalising any booking with us. Do not book your flights until we have confirmed that we have provisionally reserved accommodation for you.
For up-to-date schedules and flights from all airports check Skyscanner.
Getting to the start of the walk
The first hotel is in Kranjska Gora and the last in Bled. Transfer times and methods are suggested for the outward journey from and the return to Ljubljana airport.
Taxi (included in holiday price) directly to Kranjska Gora.
Full transfer advice, including timetables, is provided in your Walkers’ Pack. Contact us if you would like additional pre-booking information.
Where You'll Stay
Accommodation at the start of the route is equally at home in the summer season as the winter, and the stays are comfortable if not luxurious until (unsurprisingly) Lake Bled. Please note that twin rooms are in short supply although our standard accommodation in Bled (Old Parish House) only has twin rooms, though usually with the bed frames pushed together!
Night 3 & 4
A range of comfortable apartments in this little town - let us know if you would like an upgrade.
Kranjska Gora – Hotel Kotnik, B&B
Traditional mountain hotel, well run and with a popular restaurant/pizzeria.Website
Kranjska Gora – Hotel Vandot, B&B
A smart mountain-hut style boutique hotel in the centre, but with an impersonal check in. Excellent breakfast.Website
Kranjska Gora – Hotel Lipa, B&B
Comfortable family-run hotel in quiet area, with excellent restaurant.Website
Planina pod Golico – Pr’ Betel (dinner, B&B)
Long-established and popular accommodation on slopes of Golica. All the family plays a part in hosting guests, and the food is mostly home-made, locally sourced and excellent.Website
Bled – Old Parish House (B&B)
Plain, well situated and quiet accommodation adjacent to town church - boasts excellent cafe and gift shop too.Website
Bled – Vila Mila (B&B)
Beautifully restored and decorated historic villa in quiet street, with delightful hosts.Website
Total 8 nights in double/twin room, all breakfasts, 2 picnics, 2 evening meals, transfer from Ljubljana to Kranjska Gora and from Dom Pristava to Bled, luggage transfers between all hotels on walking route; full Walkers Pack with route directions, maps, transfer and background information; local telephone support.
Locally levied tourist taxes are not included.
All prices are per person unless otherwise indicated, and are based on a standard booking in May. Prices may vary seasonally and a fixed price will be given to you before you commit.
Single Room Supplement (SRS): From £360
Lone Traveller Additional Supplement (LTAS): From £320
Large Party Saving (LPS): Groups of more than 2 people (on an identical itinerary, in the same booking and booked at the same time) – discount of at least £30 per person
Maximum party size: 8 (NB: limited twin room availability)
For further nights in any hotel, or extra nights at start or end in Ljubljana: Contact On Foot Holidays
Sending Walkers Packs to addresses outside the UK: £20-£60 (per pack, location dependent)
Our local team
Miha is a native of Ljubljana, and is happy to have found his "dream job" in tourism. He is proud that he gets to share the beautiful countryside of Slovenia with visitors, and is an enthusiastic traveller himself, as well as a keen sportsman.