Not far from the Pericnik waterfalls is the hidden Martuljek waterfall, which emerges from the Martuljek mountain range. There is a 110-meter and a 30-meter stretch of the two waterfalls. One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Triglav National Park, which can only be reached on foot.
|Slovene name||Slap Martuljek|
|Location||Kranjska Gora, Triglav National Park|
|Address||4282 Gozd Martuljek, Slovenia|
|Distance from Bled||30 mins / 34 km|
|Distance from Kranjska Gora||10 mins / 5 km|
|Opening hours||00:00 - 24:00, Jan-Dec|
|Admissions||0 euro (free)|
|Number of falls||2|
|Height of the falls||30 m, 110 m|
Map - Where is Martuljek Falls?
The waterfall is located on the northern border of the Triglav National Park, near the village of Gozd Martuljek. The nearest well-known town is Kranjska Gora.
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The waterfalls cannot be seen from the road. Parking is available at the starting point. From here you can hike to the waterfalls.
- Distance from Ljubljana: 1 hour / 81 km
- Distance from Bled: 30 minutes / 34 km
- Distance from Kranjska Gora: 8 minutes / 6 km
- Address: 4282 Gozd Martuljek, Slovenia
Drive from Jesenice to Kranjska Gora. When you cross the bridge over the river Sava Dolinka in Gozd Martuljek, the road turns right. Behind the bend, you will find a parking space on the left. You can leave the car here. Parking is free.
Martuljek mountain range (Spik)
It is located about 2,500 m high above the Martuljek mountain range - also known as Špik - Gozd. The area of the mountains has been a regional park since 1949 and has been part of the Triglav National Park since 1981.
Few hiking trails have been developed. You will not find many restaurants or tourist houses here. There are also only two Bivouacs - on the glacier ridges of Za Akom and Pod Screm.
It’s best to visit in late spring or fall when you can hide in the cool valley from the warm sun. You will find a gorge-like route which the river and waterfall have shaped into its present form.
Hiking to the waterfalls
|Hiking to Martuljek waterfall||Details|
|Sections||Lower waterfall, Upper waterfall|
|Hiking distance||8,4 km|
|Hiking duration||4 hours|
|Level difference||546 m up and down|
|Starting point||Gozd Martuljek village|
|Difficulty||Intermediate (steep, not recommended with knee pain)|
|Kid-friendly?||Yes, min 12 yrs|
|Short route (Lower fall)||5 km | 200 m | 2 hours|
Which trail should I follow?
From the car park, walk a few meters on the main road to Kranjska Gora, then turn left onto an asphalt bike path. Follow this road first, then continue straight on a forest road. You will soon see the “Martuljški slapovi” or “Brunarica Pri Ingotu” sign. You have to follow this at every intersection.
Not long after, the road leads to a meadow where you can learn more about how the locals used the coal. The road splits here.
The first road leads through the gorge of Martuljek. It may be closed due to the risk of collapse. The terrain above the gorge is very crumbling and causes great trouble for the maintenance staff.
Lower Martuljek waterfall
In about half an hour you will reach an intersection where you can turn left to descend to the magnificent Lower Martuljek Falls (5 minutes on a narrow footpath - some caution required).
After you admire the waterfall, return to the main road and head up again. You will soon reach another intersection in front of the Jasenje Alpine Meadow. If you're tired, you may want to take a break here.
Upper Martuljek waterfall
Soon, you will reach the second waterfall. The direction will be indicated by a sign. In about half an hour you will see several sections of the 100-meter Upper Martuljek waterfall.
If you want to get directly under the waterfall, you have to climb a difficult and technical terrain equipped with steel cables. We don't recommend this short climb for kids.
The way back
Go back the same way, but this time you have to pay attention to the “Brunarica Pri Ingotu” sign that points to the right. You will have to cross a stream and you will return to the Jasenje meadow next to a wooden chapel.
If you have time, have a lunch here. You can celebrate the end of the tour with delicious, local delicacies. After that, follow the same path back to the starting point.
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