In a quiet corner of a dead-end valley, the silent beauty of Lake Bohinj hits you smack in the face when you first arrive. In the stillness of the morning, the lake surface perfectly reflects the majesty of the Julian Alps. As the rising sun slowly burns the early morning mist away and the rim of cloud that usually sits between the mountain peaks and the lake surface changes from a warm orange glow to pure white, you could be forgiven for thinking that you have found paradise.
The lake is fed by the several tributary rivers and streams that tumble down from the mountains, and also via several underground springs. Therefore the water is actually restored 3 times per year.
There are several great ways to view Lake Bohinj and the valley in which it sits.
- Take the cable car up to Vogel mountain ski resort at the western end, where you get a superb view across to Mount Triglav, the highest peak in the country, and down into the valley.
- Hike up to Peč viewpoint on the eastern side. The hike takes around 20 minutes.
- It’s possible to walk around the entire lakeshore and also take in a number of other great locations along the way.
At the lake itself, you can either relax on the lakeshore and enjoy the tranquillity or take the tourist boat. If you are feeling more energetic there’s a wealth of activities to choose from: kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, swimming, fishing and even rock climbing.