All You Need To Know To Visit The Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia

Introducing The Vintgar Gorge

Vintgar Gorge (Slovene: Soteska Vintgar), or Bled Gorge (Slovene: Blejski Vintgar) as it’s also known as, is a 1,600-metre-long gorge carved by the Radovna River. It is situated inside the Triglav National Park in northwestern Slovenia, some 4 kilometres to the northwest of the famous Lake Bled. There is a wooden walkway built in 1893 (and rebuilt several times since) along the entire section which gets you as close as you can possibly get and gives you a sense of adventure as it crisscrosses the crystal-clear Radovna River four times over rapids, waterfalls and pools. At the end, there’s the picturesque Sum Waterfall which drops 13 meters and is the largest river waterfall in Slovenia. The gorge was opened to the public on August 26th, 1893 and continues to be a top tourist attraction to this day.

Vintgar Gorge Review

Vintgar Gorge or Bled Gorge is undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary places to visit in Slovenia. This stunningly picturesque gorge with turquoise water of the Radovna river and a spectacular waterfall at the far end is part of the Triglav National Park and is located just outside the northern side of Bled. It has been made into a huge attraction by the addition of walkways alongside and across the river. Some say it is ‘too touristy’, but there is a reason a place is ‘too touristy’ and that reason is because the place is so incredibly beautiful. Why should not as many people as possible enjoy it? The walkways are well kept and very accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels. The walk is a little less than two hours long and is really not difficult by any standards. There are many families there with small kids and several more active elderly people who seem to manage the walk fine. We wouldn’t go so far as to say that the gorge is wheelchair accessible, but you could certainly negotiate it with a pushchair. Remember to have your camera in hand during the walk, you will need it for the many pictures that you will be taking. The most dramatic part is at the start with the gorge in full flow. As you walk nearer to the beautiful Sum waterfall at the far end it becomes quieter but is still picturesque. The water is very clear and you can see the fish swimming. It is really the color you see on the images of this beautiful gorge. The waterfall provides an especially wonderful backdrop for some stunning photos and is accessible by a separate track. And if you go a bit further down the path than most and wind your way through the woods (after the cafe at the end of the boardwalk), you can get down to the water and swim in the plunge pool beneath the waterfall. There is a lovely cafe in the end of the trail and a nice restaurant with fresh trouts next to the parking. Toilets at each end.

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During winter the gorge is officially closed, although you can still access it at your own risk. Apparently it can be dangerous in winter when the ice between the rocks freezes. So, be very careful, wear a good pair of shoes with good soles and probably go in a group in case anything does happen.

The entrance fee is €5 for adults, €4 for students and €3 for children, which goes to support the maintenance of the walk. The gorge is open every day from 8.00 to 19.00. There is a free parking area available in front of the entrance to the gorge. We would suggest you set aside about two hours for the walk and would recommend getting there early in the day due to its popularity. Definitely a must do if you’re in Bled!

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Vintgar Gorge Pictures

View our image gallery with 13 high-resolution photos that prove you absolutely have to visit the Vintgar Gorge!

Two photos below by Luka Esenko
Vintgar Gorge is a strikingly picturesque gorge situated inside the Triglav National Park, Slovenia
Vintgar is a deep canyon where the emerald green Radovna River flows at the bottom and mountain walls rise vertically above the gorge.

Vintgar Gorge in Slovenia looks beautiful draped in winter white with all the snow
The gorge looks so beautiful draped in winter white with all the snow.

Next 2 photos below by Dejan Hudoletnjak
Vintgar Gorge, a spectacular 1600-metre-long and 150-metre-high canyon near Lake Bled, Slovenia
The gorge was carved by the rushing waters of the Radovna River.

The Sum waterfall in the spectacular Vintgar Gorge near Bled, Slovenia
The walkway culminates at the 16-metre-high Sum waterfall, which marks the northern end of the gorge.

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Next 5 photos below by Miroslav Asanin
Vintgar Gorge, a natural wonder in the Bled area of Slovenia
The strikingly picturesque Vintgar Gorge.

Vintgar Gorge in Bled in Slovenia
The trail winds its way beneath sheer cliffs, passing swirling rapids and whirlpools of the Radovna River on the way.

Vintgar Gorge near Bled looks beautiful on a snowy winter day
During winter the gorge is officially closed, although it’s still possible to go into it. (photo: Miroslav Asanin)

Vintgar Gorge in winter with snow
In winter you can enter at your own risk, but if you do, it is a most extraordinary place. (photo: Miroslav Asanin)

Vintgar Gorge or Bled Gorge in Slovenia during winter with some snow
The gorge is a stunning place at all times of the year and always coolish in temperature. If you visit it in winter, be careful and wear a good pair of shoes with good soles. And probably go in a group in case anything does happen. (photo: Miroslav Asanin)

Photo by Bojan Kolman
Crystal clear Radovna River flowing through the canyon walls of the Vintgar Gorge in Bled, Slovenia
The highlight is the 1600-metre-long wooden walkway, built at the end of the 19th century and continually rebuilt since.

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Photo by Branko Cesnik
Vintgar Gorge, a very popular tourist attraction in Slovenia near Lake Bled
The trail is very easy to walk and suitable for anyone.

Photo by Piotr Skrzypiec
Vintgar Gorge, one of the most popular natural attractions in Slovenia
Autumn is such a picturesque time of year to visit the gorge.

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The emerald green Radovna River flowing through the Vintgar Gorge in autumn
The emerald green Radovna River flowing through the gorge

Vintgar Gorge and a group of tourists on a 1600-metre-long wooden walkway
The gorge is a must see natural attraction for anyone visiting the Lake Bled area.

For more beautiful photos visit our picture gallery: 20 Beautiful Vintgar Gorge Photos to Inspire Your Next Trip!

Vintgar Gorge location on the map


Address: Podhom 62, 4247 Zgornje Gorje, Slovenia
Latitude and Longitude Coordinates: 46.390977, 14.083873
GPS coordinates: 46° 23′ 27.5172” N     14° 5′ 1.9428” E
Region: Gorenjska (a.k.a Upper Carniola a.k.a Slovenian Alps a.k.a Oberkrain)

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View of Bled, Slovenia

With an incredibly beautiful glacial lake surrounded by the peaks of the Slovenian Alps, an iconic church nestled in a tiny island in the middle of the lake and a medieval Gothic castle built on a 100-meter cliff overlooking the lake, Bled is possibly the most beautiful and remarkable Alpine resort in Europe.

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LAKE BLED - the most stunning and romantic place you could ever imagine
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In Slovenia, there is a real place that looks like it came from the fairy tale world! That place is the beautiful Lake Bled, known for its stunning mountain-backed vistas, the iconic church located on a tiny island in the middle of the lake and the spectacular medieval Gothic castle built on a 130-meter cliff overlooking the lake.
BLED ISLAND – the fairytale island with an idyllic baroque church on it
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When people say that a place is like something from a fairy tale, often they are exaggerating, but that is not the case with this charming little tear-shaped island in the middle of Lake Bled. The island has such an extraordinary beautiful setting that photographs of it are regularly found in travel magazines and it’s without a doubt the most recognizable place in Slovenia.
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Vintgar Gorge Bled Slovenia

Overall Rating:     10/10   (Must-See)

This stunningly picturesque gorge with turquoise water of the Radovna river and a spectacular waterfall at the far end is part of the Triglav National Park and is located just outside the northern side of Bled. It has been made into a huge attraction by the addition of walkways alongside and across the river.

HISTORIC AND CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS IN BLED AND THE SURROUNDING AREA
BLED CASTLE – the oldest castle in Slovenia perched high above Lake Bled
Bled Castle above Lake Bled, Slovenia

Overall Rating:     10/10   (Must-See)

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The Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary on Bled Island, Slovenia

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Places to stay in Bled that we recommend
The accommodation options in Bled can be divided into six main categories: hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, apartments, farm stays and hostels.
HOTELS IN BLED THAT WE RECOMMEND
Collage of Lake Bled hotels

Finding a hotel that suits your needs and fits your budget can be a hassle. Bled is a very touristic place with lots of hotels of varying standards, from ultra-luxurious where guests can indulge themselves in some exquisite spas to a nice choice of affordable 3-star hotels. Find out which hotels in Bled we recommend and why.
GUESTHOUSES IN BLED THAT WE RECOMMEND
Collage of Lake Bled guest houses

Bled guesthouses are definitely a nice, safe option for a place to stay as they are comfortable and homely with owners who take an interest in their guests. Many offer not only breakfast, but also lunch and dinner. There are quite a few wonderful guest houses in Bled, find out which one would best suit your needs, style and budget.
BED AND BREAKFASTS IN BLED THAT WE RECOMMEND
Collage of Lake Bled bed and breakfasts

Bled bed and breakfasts are family-run places that range from small homes renting out two or three spare bedrooms to large guest houses with more than a dozen rooms. Find out which B&Bs in Bled we recommend and why.
APARTMENTS IN BLED THAT WE RECOMMEND
Collage of Lake Bled apartments

Many local residents in Bled offer apartments for rent in their houses. Each apartment has one or two bedrooms, a bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. Some also have a living room and a balcony or a terrace. It's a very popular wallet-friendly option when you are staying in Bled. But be careful, the rates and quality vary seriously, so always do a good research before you book an apartment for your stay! Here you will find the apartments that we think are the best ones in Bled right now.
HOSTELS IN BLED THAT WE RECOMMEND
Collage of Lake Bled hostels

Hostels are a very popular option for those seeking low-cost accommodations in Bled. Most spaces and amenities are usually shared, but even if you’re not up for the cheapest option - a bed in a dorm room - you can often get a basic private room at a Bled hostel for significantly less than the cost of a low-end hotel or privately rented room. Competition between Bled hostels has grown over the past 5-10 years so the quality has risen considerably. There are now some really nice hostels in Bled, find out which are the ones that we recommend and why!
CAMPING AND GLAMPING SITES IN BLED THAT WE RECOMMEND
Collage of camping and glamping sites in Bled

There’s nothing quite like going to sleep under the stars, surrounded by nature and only the sound of birdsong to wake you up in the morning. The Bled area has a breathtaking nature which is perfect to do just that: whether it’s an all natural campsite or a luxurious glamping experience, these are the best outdoor sleeping areas in Bled.
FARM STAYS IN THE LAKE BLED AREA THAT WE RECOMMEND
Collage of Lake Bled farm stays

Farm stays are an increasingly popular vacation option, especially for families with young children. Styled after traditional B&Bs, farm stays offer comfortable lodging, low rates, generous breakfasts and direct access to farm animals, fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs. On some farms you can also join in with farm tasks, including feeding and egg collecting. Find out which farm stays in the Lake Bled area we recommend the most.

2 thoughts on “All You Need To Know To Visit The Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia”

  1. If you can put one foot in front of the other, do take this walk through this lovely gorge. It is an easy walk on a wooden walkway for a large part of the way, then easy paths through this lovely gorge and waterfalls. Oh, and the waterfall at the end of the gorge is very relaxing to sit near for a little meditation.

  2. For me, the lovliest part is when you get to the end of the trail. There is a nice snack bar that allows you to rest and have a cold beer or an ice cream! There is also restrooms there!

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