In the north of Slovenia lies the mighty Lake Bohinj, a stunning glacial lake rimmed by the equally breathtaking Julian Alps. It’s the largest natural lake in Slovenia and is situated in a peaceful dead-end valley in the Triglav National Park. The source of this mighty lake, and ultimately one of the sources of the Sava River (the longest in Slovenia) is Savica Waterfall. This magnificent waterfall lies at the far western end of the valley.
As you drive around the lake, you just need to follow the signs for Slap Savica and you’ll arrive at a car park, or you can take a bus to the car park and starting point for the hike up in summer. There is a fee for parking, and also an entrance fee to the waterfall.
Getting to the falls involves a 20-25 minute hike up a set of stone steps. It’s relatively steep but not too difficult if you take your time. At the top there is a small wooden shelter with seating. You can view the falls from there, or walk down to a metal gate and see it from there. The more daring can climb around the gate and go down to the bottom of the falls, but be aware that this is quite dangerous. You cannot get over the gate but have to climb around it, where the edge is very narrow and you can easily slip and fall down quite far. So do so at your own risk.
The first thing you may notice is how the waterfall doesn’t roll off the top of the mountain, but it actually comes out of the mountainside. Savica Waterfall is fed from water from the Valley of the Seven Triglav Lakes which sit high up in the alpine glacial valley above. Water from this valley sinks into the porous limestone mountaintops and runs through various underground tunnels deep inside the mountains. Two of those tunnels burst out here to form Savica Waterfall.
Savica Waterfall comprises two falls, the main and highest fall bursts out at an altitude of 836m and drops 78 metres. The lower fall drops 25 metres and curves its way down beside the larger fall. The water then runs off down into the valley in the form of the small Savica River which eventually expands to form Lake Bohinj, 4350m long, 1000m wide and 45m deep.