Despite the country's size, Slovenia offers many beautiful sights and natural treasures. If you go on a holiday in Slovenia, you shouldn't miss the scenic lakes all over the country. The crystal clear water, the fresh air, and the relaxing atmosphere will sweep you off your feet. Whether looking for water sports, romantic places, wild swimming spots, or just a place to relax and sunbathe, you can find a perfect lake for everything.
And especially because of the size of the country, you can even visit more lakes during one trip. Read the blog to learn about the most beautiful lakes in Slovenia and the activities you can do there. Of course, the list is not nearly complete, but we guarantee you will still find a place you like. And remember that the view is even more breathtaking than in the photos!
#1 Lake Bled
Lake Bled is the most picturesque and iconic lake in Slovenia, without a doubt. The lake is visited by many tourists all year long. You can visit Lake Bled any time of the year, it won't disappoint you.
There are many beautiful hiking treks, wild swimming spots, and a castle on a steep rock. This is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, family vacation, or an active holiday. The deep blue lake is surrounded by mountains, so you will have an amazing view while rowing in a boat or SUP boarding.
You can walk over the lake in about 1.5-2 hours, the whole route is 6 km long. You should also visit Bled Castle, the oldest castle in Slovenia. After admiring the view from the terrace, you can visit the museum or go on a wine tasting tour in the castle's cellar.
To visit the small island, rent a rowing boat or buy a ticket for the traditional pletna boats. Once there, don't forget to wish for something and ring the church bells to make your wish come true.
#2 Lake Bohinj
If you are a born adventure tourist, love nature and the outdoors, or just looking for a less crowded place for your holiday in Slovenia, Lake Bohinj is the perfect choice for you. Lake Bohinj is the biggest natural lake in Slovenia, and many say it's also the most beautiful one.
The lake is surrounded by the Julian Alps, and the crystal clear water reflects the huge mountains just like a mirror - a magical place. The villages are also extremely charming, with the wooden-beamed houses, stone bridges, and onion-domed churches, they look like they have just jumped out of the pages of a fairy tale book.
There are plenty of swimming spots around the lake, so if you find a crowded shore, you should just walk a little further down the road. If you want to walk around the whole lake, you should calculate with 4 hours, the length of the route is around 12 km.
As we've already mentioned, if you're looking for adventures, you don't have to look for long here. You can go kayaking, rafting, and even canyoning on the nearby Sava-Bohinjka River. On the lake, you can rent SUP boards or attend a SUP course if you're a beginner.
You would rather stay dry? Still lots of options waiting for you: go rock climbing, hiking in Mount Vogel, go on a guided bicycle tour, or try tandem paragliding above the lake. Great news for those not coming by car to Slovenia: during the summer month, buses start more often from Ljubljana to Bled and then to Bohinj.
#3 Lake Jasna
This scenic little alpine lake can be found only 2 km from Kranjska Gora. The lake has white sand around the rim and the Julian Alps in the background. Jasna means clean in Slovenian, and it's quite easy to figure out how the lake got its name.
In sunny, clear weather, the water reflects all the mountain peaks. Great location for some amazing photos!
According to legends, the entrance is guarded by Zlatorog, a mythical golden-horned goat, who was an empire in Triglav. The lake has a fully equipped beach with washbasins and changing rooms. It's perfect for sunbathing and wild swimming.
A three-level wooden diving platform resembling a castle turret was also built for the visitors' joy. If you forget to take a book with you, you can find the 'Library by the Lake" and choose from the available books.
During summer, it can be a little busy on the weekends since the lake is also popular with locals. However, during the week, it's very quiet. You can find many hiking routes around the lake and in the surroundings.
After a nice hike, you will certainly enjoy a good cooling splash in the clear water. The lake is also a popular fishing spot, so the fishing enthusiasts can have a great time.
#4 Triglav Lakes Valley
The Triglav Lakes Valley (or Seven Lakes Valley) is part of the Triglav National Park. There are more than 10 lakes in the valley, but some dry out during the summer months, so the landscape is constantly changing. All of the lakes are very different both in size and in colour.
Some names, like Brown, Black, or Green Lake, indicate the colours. The whole valley is part of the national park, so swimming or carrying out other recreational activities in the lakes is prohibited. The site is still spectacular, so it's worth a visit.
Walking through the whole valley would take up a whole day, but you can also choose from shorter routes based on your skills. The Valley of the Triglav Lakes also has very rich flora and fauna that you can admire during your hike. You can also meet with cows near the villages and marmots in the rockier places.
#5 Lake Krn
Lake Krn is the largest Slovenian high mountain lake at 1 391 meters at the foot of Mount Krn. The lake has a rich water ecosystem with 40 plants and 24 animal species. To preserve the ecosystem, swimming is not allowed in the lake.
The now peaceful Lake Krn once witnessed the Isonzo front battles. The remains of trenches, cavities, and barbed wire still remind us of those times. The path to Lake Krn starts from the Lepena Valley, and the walk to the lake takes about 2.5 hours.
You can also buy homemade curd, cheese, or cottage cheese on the way, but if you're looking for something more, you can try some great local dishes at the lake-side guesthouse.
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