It is already well known that Bled with its natural beauty is the #1 must-see sight and most photographed place when traveling to Slovenia. But have you thought about visiting other treasures in the local area yet? If not, I absolutely suggest you visit Vintgar Gorge, nowadays also a popular natural wonder in the vicinity of Bled.
Similar like Tolmin gorge, this place is magical, impressive, enchanting and a good choice for a day trip with your family. It’s easy to walk, at a favorable price and it’s easy to get to.
Location: 4 km (2.49 miles) northwest of Bled
Distance: 1.6 km (0.99 miles) one way
Trip duration: 1 hour
Altitude: 580 m (1902 feet)
Entrance fee (for 2019): Adults 9 €, children (6-15 years) 3 €, children (to 6 years) 1 €, students 6 €
Type of path: easy marked path
Opening times: from May to November (depends on the weather situation), every day of the week, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (During winter months is closed for safety reasons.)
Distances and transportation
- Vintgar from Ljubljana is 65 km (40,3 miles) or 45 minutes by car. Another option is traveling by bus from Ljubljana to Bled (take another bus from Bled to Vintgar Gorge). The trip will take you about an hour and fifteen minutes. A round-trip ticket costs 12.84 €. If you need to rent a car in Ljubljana simply check our guide.
- How to get to Vintgar from Bled? Vintgar from Bled is 5 km (3 miles) or 10 minutes by car. There is a free parking for visitors at the entrance. You can also travel by bus from Bled to Vintgar for 1 € (return ticket per person). The shuttle bus runs several times per day from 30th June to 16th September. Find the shuttle bus schedule here.
Vintgar Gorge Map
About Vintgar Gorge
Located in the Triglav National Park, Vintgar is 1.6 km long gorge carved by the Radovna river, a crystal clear emerald green water. It was discovered in 1891 and was opened up for visitors for the first time two years later. It said that the name “Vintgar” comes originally from the German “Weingarten”.
The long boardwalks, clinging to the cliffside with sheer rockfaces, are formed only a few meters above the river with the rapids, waterfalls, and pools, generating stunning views of the landscape. Furthermore, it gives you a sensation of adventure. Thanks to the particular climate the vegetation and number of plant species is very rich and has been studied since more than a hundred years by botanists.
Best time to visit Vintgar
The best time to visit Vintgar is the spring or fall months when the weather is pleasant and not crowded yet.
During the summer months ( peak season) is not recommendable, as it becomes more busy with people. The advantage is a refreshing walk (as the gorge is cooler) in the summer heat.
No matter which month you visit the gorge, I suggest getting here early, right at opening time or before closing.
About the hiking trail
The trip is easy, about 3 km and you can walk the gorge in an hour unless you want demanding yourself more, in this case, you will choose a different path. The trail starts at the very end of the gorge, walk over the Hom mountain to the ancient pilgrimage Church of St. Katarina with a gorgeous view at Karavanke and Bled to the upper parking lot. This round trip trail is 12.5 km long and can take you up to 4 hours.
The boardwalks are well maintained, very safe, have railings and very accessible to people of all ages and physical condition but not appropriate for wheelchairs or a stroller as there are steps and narrow turns.
Make sure you wear good walking shoes as it can become slippery in the rain.
Emerald greenish beauty – the Radovna river, extremely clear water and you can see through it. And a combination with the lush green vegetation makes this spot blissful.
Vintgar is a spectacular spot to photograph.
Close to the end of the gorge, you will be overwhelmed by 16 meters high Šum waterfall, Slovenia’s biggest river waterfall, set underneath an old stone railway bridge. Here you can get to the water and swim, but consider that the water is freezing.
At the end of the path, you can relax at a nice cafe and a restaurant. There are also toilet facilities in the beginning and the end of the trail, but not along the path.
Where to stay during your visit?
I recommend you to stay in Bled since the Vintgar is not far away. If you can afford yourself and your family, spend your night in a unique accommodation – glamping. Fun and comfort are guaranteed.
Address: TD Gorje
SI- 4247 Gorje
Phone number: +386 (0) 4 5725 266
Enjoy the riches of turquoise beauty, a pleasant hike in Vintgar Gorge and have a safe trip!
Traveling has always been a part of my life. Since I was a child I’ve been dreaming to travel abroad, experience new cultures, speaking other languages etc. After working in the travel industry for a short time (and later dedicated myself to other professions), I’ve found interesting to start a travel blog with my life partner.