The Zelenci Landscape Reserve (Slovenian Naravni Rezervat Zelenci) is part of the Kranjska Gora region in Triglav National Park. Located near the village of Podkoren, this charming park is famous for its iconic lake district, well-known throughout Europe. The water's colour (on average 2 meters deep) is green, hence its name, as the word Zelenci means "green" in Slovenian.

It is an easy excursion destination for families with prams and seniors, located on flat terrain. A few years ago, the area was under complete renovation. At that time, wooden planks, piers, and the lookout were also laid.

Most people who visit the park come for skiing or a weekend in Bled.

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Zelenci Reserve Details
Season Jan - Dec
Opening hours 0 - 24, every day
Prices Free
Kid-friendly? Yes
Dog-friendly? Yes
Location Triglav National Park, Slovenia
Address Podkoren 75, 4280 Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
Parking Free

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Where is Zelenci located?

Address, map, parking, entrance, getting there

Zelenci Reserve is located in the Northwest part of Triglav National Park, Slovenia. The closest major town is Kranjska Gora, close to the Italian-Austrian border (Julian-Alps).

  • Kranjska Gora distance: 10 mins / 5 km
  • Bled distance: 30 mins / 40 km
  • Ljubljana distance: 1 hour / 90 km
  • Bovec distance: 1 hour / 45 km
Zelenci Nature Reserve map

Opening hours

The park is free to visit and is open from 0 to 24 hours, every day of the year. The park is also open in winter.

  • Season: Jan - Dec
  • Opening hours: 0-24, every day

Interestingly, the water never freezes, even in winter. The average temperature in the lake is around 6 ° C all year round. So if you go skiing in the area, you can also take fabulous pictures of the lake.


Admission, prices, tickets

Admission to Zelenci is free, you don't have to pay an entrance fee.

Zelenci is also on the TOP 50 Attractions of Slovenia

Zelenci - About the park

The Zelenci Reserve is nothing more than a surface-breaking river that has swamped the area to form a lake. Lake Zelenci, registered as a reserve since 1992, is the source of one of the tributaries of the Danube, the Sava Dolinka. The park was created to protect the lake’s ecosystem.

The color of the water is green, which was changed from the algae. Algae provide a rich nutrient to the animals living here. The protected area is home to special lizards and birds, and the lake is also home to many reptiles, beetles, and fish.

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The marsh area is about 1.2 km long and 150 to 200 meters wide. The area is 42 hectares. The water of the lake is not deep, the average depth is approx. 2 meters.

The reserve also includes the area around the lake, including the surrounding forest and grassland. You can reach the lake on the footpath through the forest, and then on the planks designed for pedestrian traffic. The maintained trails also have information boards, as well as piers and a bird-watching tower.

If we remember correctly, the area can be explored by a stroller and wheelchair.

The park has been a protected area since 1992.

It is forbidden to go off from the walking path, or to swim or to fish in the lake!


The view of the limestone peaks surrounding the greenish-blue lake (Julian Alps) and the untouched water are enchanting. Huge trout swim in the lake, while you can even find cool shade among the ferns and pines rooted along the waterfront.

The landscape is so clean and natural in the beauty that you will always want to come back here.

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