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Most Beautiful Lakes in Slovenia

Slovenia is renowned for its dramatic snow-capped mountains and picturesque medieval towns, but it also has an abundance of stunning lakes. This is a country defined by water with hundreds of lakes providing serene sanctuaries for relaxation and activities while immersed in nature. Whether you’re looking to cool off on a hot summer’s day, enjoy a romantic setting for picnics, a scenic hike along picturesque shores, or to get out and paddle, there’s a Slovenian lake that’s sure to suit. Most people planning a Slovenia vacation are familiar with Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, two of the country’s most stunning lakes. But there are many others for enjoying nature and outdoor activities. These are the most beautiful lakes in Slovenia for your itinerary.

Slovenia’s Best Lakes

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Lake Bled

Lake Bled is one of the most popular destinations in Slovenia. Backed by the soaring peaks of the Julian Alps, an islet in the middle hosts Our Lady of the Lake Church and its “wishing bell.” Visitors can rent a wooden boat to visit and ring the bell. An old Slovenian legend says that doing so will fulfill your greatest wish. There are a variety of other outdoor activities available too, including swimming from one of three areas along the shore. It’s also possible to walk around the lake, enjoying views the entire way. Bled Castle has a thousand-year-old history, overlooking the emerald waters from its dramatic cliffside perch, rewarding visitors with stunning views of the lake and mountains.

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Lake Bohinj

Just 40 minutes from Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj is a glacial lake in breathtaking shades of brilliant greens and blues. Nestled in Triglav National Park with dramatic mountains, it’s largely unspoiled by tourism. You’ll find beaches dotted around the shoreline for sunbathing and numerous outdoor activities are available too, including swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking, and hiking to panoramic viewpoints. There are many scenic nature trails that wind through the forest while a cable car eliminates the effort while providing a bird’s-eye view. You’ll also see historic churches like St. John the Baptist with a Gothic facade and a Baroque bell tower dating back at least 700 years. The charming lakeside town of Ribcev Laz is the main hub with shops, eateries, and hotels.

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Lake Jasna

Lake Jasna is actually two interconnected artificial lakes in the Julian Alps near the town of Kranjska Gora and the northern boundary of Triglav National Park. Its surroundings are pristine and unspoiled with minimal commercial activity here. Visitors enjoy breathtaking scenery with a backdrop of limestone mountains, including Mount Razor and Mount Prisank. During the warmer months, it’s possible to swim and paddleboard. From fall through spring, it’s enjoyable to stroll around the lake while taking in the panoramic views, stopping for a lakeside picnic. It only takes 15 minutes to walk around the perimeter with a path hugging the share, consisting of bridges and boardwalks. Along the eastern shore, there’s a three-level observation platform. A bar-restaurant is open seasonally.

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Lake Cerknica

Located in southwestern Slovenia, Lake Cerknica is Europe’s largest lake that disappears and reappears. In the wintertime, it swells to nearly 16 square miles. When the water freezes it’s transformed into a huge ice skating rink. During the summer, it disappears, leaving a lunar-like landscape with empty sinkholes and craters to explore. It will be a lush green paradise at this time, with lots of colorful wildflowers and butterflies fluttering about as the water is sucked into the karst labyrinth of rivers and caves that lie underground. The water is there for about nine months of the year, a time when it’s filled with abundant wildlife, including many birds with over 50 percent of European bird species inhabiting the area.

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Lake Krn

A jewel in the Julian Alps, Lake Krn is tucked into the heart of the Krn highlands among soaring mountains. The largest alpine lake in Slovenia at nearly 1,000 feet long and about 500 feet wide, its stunning aquamarine-hued water reflects the majestic peaks nearby providing a peaceful scene for quiet contemplation. While it’s serene today and surrounded by unspoiled nature, the battles of the Soča Front once raged here and one can still find some of the vestiges of war, along with colorful alpine wildflowers. To get there, you’ll need to take an approximately 2.5-hour hike, but it’s an easy trek if you follow the long, flat route on the wide, marked path from the Lepena Valley.

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Triglav Lakes

Nestled in a glacial alpine valley surrounded by the Julian Alps, Triglav Lakes is a string of seven lakes, accessed by one of the best hikes in Triglav National Park. While it’s not technical or very steep you will need to have a solid fitness level for hiking the 11-mile loop trail which requires some stamina. The route is well-marked and starts from Planina Blato trailhead. It winds through lush forests and high alpine pastures where shepherd communities are still operating, producing a variety of dairy products. The trail was once an important passageway for shepherds and traders earning their livelihoods in the alpine landscape. You’ll even see remnants of old shepherd huts standing testament to the region’s history.

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Lake Ptuj

Located at the Slovenian-Hungarian border southeast of the town of Ptuj in eastern Slovenia, Lake Ptuj is one of the largest manmade lakes in the country at 4.5 miles long and about three-quarters of a mile wide. It serves as an important wetland area for thousands of birds with about 230 different species recorded here. Many duck species inhabit the water, from the northern pintail and long-tailed duck to the common goldeneye. A roughly 8-mile walking trail winds around it, and in the summer, a wealth of water sports can be enjoyed. Sailing, pedal boating, kayaking, canoeing, and water skiing are all popular, and the abundant fish draw many anglers. There’s also a tourist boat offering “panoramic rides” with spectacular views.

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Plansar Lake

Plansar Lake can be found in the Jezersko Valley in the northern part of Slovenia where the Kamnik-Savinja and Karavnake Alps meet. Some call it the “lake of love” as it’s shaped like a heart. Surrounded by the soaring alpine peaks, one can enjoy a romantic picnic at the lakeside while immersed in the tranquil setting or rent a boat to glide across the calm water for a different perspective of the striking beauty. A highlight of visiting the lake is the chance to explore the picturesque surrounding area, with a network of trails meandering through lush meadows and forests. Afterward, if you didn’t bring a picnic, there’s a restaurant along the lakeshore offering tasty local cuisine.

Best Time to Visit Slovenia’s Lakes

 

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If you want to enjoy activities in and on the water like swimming and kayaking, the best time to visit Slovenia’s lakes is in the summer, between June and August. The most popular, like Lake Bled, are likely to be busy but compared to other destinations in the Mediterranean region, they’re relatively uncrowded. It’s important to book accommodation well in advance, however, to ensure you have a place to stay. You’ll also need to be prepared to pay the highest prices of the year. If you want to enjoy pleasant weather without the worry of big crowds, visit in May or September. The water may not be warm enough for swimming in May but it’s usually comfortable through most of September.

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