Lakes & Rivers in Slovenia
No doubt Slovenia's appeal lies in its alpine lakes and rivers which attract many vacationers all the year round let them be outdoor types who long for activities that pump their adreaneline or families with kids who want to relax within an unspoilt natural environment.
Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled
The two glacial lakes in the heart of the Triglav National Park surrounded by the ragged ranges of the Julian Alps are the best known and most visited spots in Slovenia. There're some many things to se and do around the two lakes that we thought they deserve separate pages within the site.
My ideal vacation locale includes crystal clear lake on the surface of which wild, forresetd mountain ranges reflect, a miniature island with a church or castle would be the icing on the cake. And guess what Lake Bled has it all! Read more about attractions and things to do around Lake Bled.
Lake Bohinj (Bohinjsko jezero) tucked between Mountain Vogel and Mt Prsivec is Slovenia's deepest and largest lake and it's much less touristy than Lake Bled. So if you want to have a lakeside vacation with all the attractions and activities a lake offers but you also want peacefullness than head for Lake Bohinj in Slovenia.
Cerknica Lake - Slovenia's Natural Mystery
Cerknica Lake (Cerknisko jezero) is a temporary karstic lake when it's full its size exceeds that of Lake Bohinj's.The lake's water starts to diminish at the end of spring and eventually a field (polje) is left behind which fills back after rainy periods in autumn or during spring thaw.
During low water level the surface strethches on 20 square kilometres which increases to 30 square kilometres when there's more water in the lake.
The drying out a is a scientific enigma which has been challenging researchers for centuries. But Cerknica is not just for scientists its natural peculiarities attract tourists too.
The lake gives home to a variety of fishes and a is nesting area for birds which makes it and ideal spot for educational excursions not to mention fishing, hiking, cycling around the lake and the opportunity to pursue numerous water sports. Wild duck and other wildlife attract hunters all over the world. Read more on hunting in Slovenia.
This small turqoise lake lies in the northwest corner of Slovenia between two mountain villages Ratece and Podkoren.The lake which turns into a marsh to the east shelters some rare highland wetland plants and animals.
Rivers of Slovenia
Alpine Rivers of Slovenia
Many rivers cross the land of Slovenia the longest of which is the Sava. Several tributaries flow into the Sava during its 219 km course which starts in the alpine regions of Slovenia near Kranjska Gora and ends at the Croatian border.
Two smaller rivers the Sava Dolinka and the Sava Bohinjka at the foot of the Julian Alps are the two sources of the Sava. Sava Bohinjka, the mecca of water sports lovers surface from a cave upon the Komarca cliff and pours down the valley underneath forming the Savica waterfall.
The Sava Dolinka one of Europe's most beautiful waterways originates near the Italian border in the Zelenice Lake and after its 45 km course flows into the Sava Bohinjka at Radovljica town.
The second longest river of Slovenia is the Soca (or Isonzo in Italian) gliding through mountain ranges and valleys of the Triglav National Park in northwest Slovenia and in norhtern part of Italy. Its source is in the Trenta valley. From its upper section the Soca river gushes wildly toward its end at Tolmin. The crystal clear mountain river abounds in marble trout, and grayling attarcting fly fishers from every corner of the world.
Many bridges span the river both smaller wooden bridges in the upper valley and stone briges like the Most na Soci where a peculiar tradition takes place every winter: people jump into the freezing river (cc. 5 °C) from above the bridge .
The Savinja river is another of Slovenia1s treasured alpine rivers which springs in the Savinja Alps and after a few metres gushes down the Rinka waterfall into Logarska dolina a enchanting alpine valley. The versatile and picturesque mountain scenery of the Upper Savinja River Valley is made for recreational holidays during which you can explore the untamed landscape by going hiking, mountainbiking, paragliding, rafting and skiing in winter.
These mountain rivers are perfect for white water rafting, canyoning and other river sports.
Ljubljanica (Laibach in German)- " River with 7 Names"
The most intriguiug rivers of Slovenia. Half during its 41 km course it hides undergound flowing through a few caves just to resurface time and again with different names (thus it has six other names apart from the offical one Ljubljanica).
Because of countless archaelogical findings in the river the National Geographic magazine cited the Ljubljanica as "one of the richest river archaelogical sites in Europe".
The river received its official name after the Slovene capital Ljubljana to which the city owes much of its character and charm.
The Ljubljanica joins River Sava 10 km downstream of Ljubljana.
Other Slovene Rivers
Along the Krka river in Dolenjska region you experience an appealing combination of cultural heritage and natural treasures: abandoned watermills, wooden bridges, castles and churches dot the riverbank like Castle Otocec on an midriver island, where a one of Slovenia's best golf course welcomes players all over the world, or Pleterje the Carthusian monastery at the Gorjanci hills.
Another island stands out from the river at its lower stream Kostanjevica with a Cistercian monastery and a cave nearby the town. The largest settlement along the Krka is Novo Mesto an attractive small town with lots of historic and cultural sights that worth exploring.
The unbridled watercourse of the Kolpa river which forms part of the border between Slovenia and Croatia carved out some deep gorges that canyoners love to explore. Well-kept camping line the rivebank whre you can spend an active summer vacation when the warm water of the river entice you to swim in it or go for boating. For more exciting adventures why not descend down the river on a rafting or canoeing tour.
The Mura river winds through a sleepy Slovenian countryside the Prekmurje to which the river gave name.
Backwaters, flood groves, flood forests give home to numerous bird species, fishes, reptiles and other wetland plants and animals.
the peacefullness and unspoilt natural beauty of the Goricko hills rolling north of the river will win the heart of the most urban visitor.
Hundreds of floating wooden mills were operating along the riverbank out of which a few have been restored like Babicev Mill or Izakovci Mill on the Island of Love (Otok Ljubezni).
A tributary of the Danube, the Drava river cuts through the Podravlje region in the eastern part of Slovenia. A special event the Rafters' Baptism takes place between Koblar bay and Lent every summer as part of the famous lent Festival in Maribor.
Rivers and Lakes of Slovenia abound in trout attracting anglers from all over the world.
Find out more about fishing and fly fishing in Slovenia.