Slovenia is full of hidden gems and many of this country’s delights are its little known natural attractions. As a result, I’ve spent a lot of my time out here this summer on the hunt for Slovenia’s very ‘best’ waterfall. Here is what I have found;
Savica waterfall sits above the village of Ukanc at the far end of Lake Bohinj and it is the most visited water
fall in Slovenia.
The Savica falls is at its most magnificent in the spring when the snow melts or during heavy rainfall. The waterfall runs from Vrno Jezero Lake, which is located in the lowest point of the seven lakes valley, and from the rocky slopes of Mt Prsivec. It is also the strongest permanent influx of Lake Bohinj.
During heavy rainfall a small waterfall emerges above the source, the fall of the water over the rock is 600m high. The Slovenian poet, France Preseren, used the waterfall as inspiration for his most famous work – the Baptism of Savica.
This waterfall is quite well known and does attract a lot of visitors during the summer months but is still very much worth visiting. It is best to go in the early morning or evening as the area is most peaceful then.
A bit higher and off the beaten track I found what are known as the waterfalls of Ribnica, set high above the village of Sdrenja Vas in the upper Bohinj valley. Only walkers who are used to walking off the maintained tracks should venture to the higher falls however even the gorge walk up to the falls is spectacular and really worth the hike.
In 1st place, in my opinion, the most beautiful waterfall must be Slap Kozjak. To get there you must trail the Emerald green Soca river before making a sharp ascent to the waterfall. You cross wooden bridges and hop over stones before reaching a blind corner. Slowly you turn the corner and there it is. Not only is the waterfall stunning but the feeling you get while standing below it is inspiring. It is off the beaten track and although the path there is well sign posted and maintainted, it is very peaceful with few visitors. A hidden gem definitely worth discovering.
Words by Claire Wilson, Resort Representative in Lake Bohinj.