10 essential things to know before visiting the beautiful Triglav National Park

In case you are wondering where to go on your next hiking adventure, let us introduce Triglav National Park in Slovenia where each path brings its own majesty and where subtle light kissed mountain tops rise above beautiful valleys dotted with wildflowers.

After hiking adventures in the Dolomites followed by a trip to Banff National Park, I knew we wouldn’t be able to stay away from snow-capped peaks for too long because spending time in mountains isn’t optional, it’s vital for my mental health.

I had a memorable time navigating my way through the unfamiliar terrain of Triglav National Park – it provided me with a warm sense of familiarity even though it was my first time roaming around the park.

Jumping across small streams, enjoying speechless moments, running around with pure stoke, tripping in knee-high grass all while trying to immortalise the expanse of natural scenery trough hundreds of photographs – it’s incredible that the earth formed in such a way.

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Beautiful Savica Waterfall, Triglav National Park.

 

 

10 essential things to know before visiting the beautiful Triglav National Park

Slovenia still remains undiscovered by mass tourism which makes it even more appealing and from a touristic standpoint in terms of natural beauty, hospitality, accessibility, safety and diversity, Triglav National Park makes the top of the list.

In this blog post, we outline 10 essential things you need to know if you plan on visiting and hiking through the Triglav National Park.

 

#1. General information & fast facts

Established in 1981 and named after Slovenia’s highest mountain Triglav, Triglav National Park is the only national park in the country.

This beautifully diverse and protected area where visitors can hike, swim, bike and relax extends along the Italian border and is part of the Julian Alps. There is so much to see that you can easily spend an entire summer here and still have plenty to do.

  • Getting there: Catch a bus at the Jože Pučnik Airport or Ljubljana and travel to Bled which is the nearest town to Triglav National Park. From there you can continue to Bohinj where you’ll find plenty of trails.
  • Address: Triglav National Park, Ljubljanska Cesta 27, 4260 Bled, Slovenia
  • Top sights: Lake Jasna, Vršič Pass, Kranjska Gora, Tromeja, Soča River, Boka waterfall
  • Location: The park is situated in the northwest of Slovenia
  • Animals: Golden eagles, brown bears and lynx
  • Size: It covers 838 square kilometres
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Incredible mountain views, Triglav National Park.

 

 

#2. A car is a great way to get around the park, but not essential

Triglav National Park is a pretty amazing place to explore on four wheels – what can be better than whizzing past towering peaks, gawking at impossibly beautiful vistas and stopping every time you spot a stunning composition.

Hiring a car is a fantastic way to efficiently cover the distances between tourist attractions and beautiful towns and also a great way to reach more rural spots that public transport doesn’t cover.

However, if you plan on relying solely on public transport, you won’t be left behind. Buses are comfortable, and there’s’ heating in winter and air conditioning in summer, but you have to plan ahead. Slovenian public transport that operates between towns and cities is very cheap and reliable, yet it can be a time-consuming way to get around.

During the summer season, plenty of buses can take you from Ljubljana to nearby villages and tourist attractions such as Ribčev Laz and Lake Bohinj. From Bohinj, you can use Hop-on-hop-off’ bus which cost EUR 5 for an adult and runs from 28 June to 31 August.

If you wish to rent a car than shop around for your rental before you make a decision. There are a few things to know before you jump behind the wheel:

  • You must be 21 years of age to rent a car
  • Driving in Slovenia is on the right side
  • Snow chains are required during the winter month
  • Seatbelts are mandatory
  • Border crossing may require documentation such as your passport or Cross-Boarder Pass
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In Triglav National Park, you can expect a huge diversity of flora and fauna.

 

 

#3. Escape the summer crowds and visit during the shoulder season

The best time to visit Triglav National Park is between June and September because it’s when most of the huts are open for booking, the snow has melted away, and nature is in full bloom. But it is also the busiest time of the year, and if you are setting sights on slightly fewer crowds, you have to way out your options.

Triglav National Park is an all year park, but knowing when to go, especially if you like to be away from tourist crowds just so you can enjoy solitude – will either make or break your trip.

Early autumn and late spring are the best times to visit – it’s when the temperatures are most comfortable. Try to plan around the time when kids go back to school or just before they are done with it.

September is one of the perfect months to spend exploring the Triglav national park – there’s still plenty of daylight to tackle long-distance trails, and the weather is warm. Being surrounded by magnificent mountain views adorned with autumn colours and everything it has to offer is a sight to behold.

It’s also possible to visit the park in the winter, but in order to hit the trails, you ought to be an experienced mountaineer as snowstorms and ice are common.

If you travel with kids than travelling usually means embarking on trips during the summer month – considered a peak season. In this case, to find a quiet spot, you’ll need to get up very early.

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The legendary mountain goat of Mt. Triglav – a statue of Zlatorog.

 

 

#4. It’s an excellent value option

If you’re looking for an excellent value alternative to Swiss and French alps than Triglav National Park is your best bet.  Affordable public transport, cosy dorm/hotel beds, tasty meals for under 10 euros – there’s plenty to love about this part of Europe and its low price tag.

  • Food | You can expect to pay 8 euros for a vegetarian meal and 14 euros for a pizza and glass of wine in one of the restaurants in Bled. Expect to pay EUR 10 for lunch and dessert in a mountain hut. Self-catering and groceries are very cheap and will set you back to
  • Accommodation | Plenty of affordable accommodation can be booked in guest houses, campsites, hotels, hostels at parks entrances. If you plan on staying high up on a mountain, there’s a wealth of options to choose from too – alpine huts, cottages and chalets. Expect to pay up to EUR 20 for a dorm bed, EUR 50 for a double hotel room and up to EUR 30 for a comfy mountain hut bed.
  • Activities | The entrance to the park is free; however, you have to pay to visit Vintgar Gorge and Savica Waterfall. Various activities such as ziplining, river rafting, tandem paragliding and guided tours are available for visitors, with prices starting from as little as EUR 35. If you are interested – check here.
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An abundance of fresh fruit and veg.

 

 

#5. There’s so much more than social media would have you believe

There’s so much more to see and experience at Triglav National Park than social media would have you believe. And there’s so much to be fully aware of that even the best equipment can’t capture – listening to the early mornings became alive with bird songs, feeling the rugged facade of the mountain against your fingertips, letting the wind tangle your hair and sensing the distinctive nature’s aromas.

Visit the park at any time of the year, and you’ll encounter extraordinary beauty. In springtime, you’ll find wildflowers such as crocuses complimenting the landscape and in autumn foliage decorates the trees.

No matter how many times you have seen pictures oh Lake Bohinj or Savica Waterfall, being there in person and seeing the changing light completely transform the landscape right before your eyes is invaluable.

We can look at the same view and depending on our circumstances, viewpoint and time of day, see something different.

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Beautiful lakes reflecting the blue sky in Triglav National Park.

 

 

#6. It’s a hiker’s paradise

Nothing tops an authentic experience of a hike that goes on for hours, often filled with excitement and an equal dose of uncertainty.

The most common route that takes somewhere between 6-10 hours to complete, perhaps is the beautifully remote mountain valley known as the Valley of the Seven  Lakes. This captivating hike of Julian Alps – located between Bohinj and Trenta and characterised by a number of little lakes – is 8 km long and not technically difficult.

Another place worth exploring is the Bohinj Plateau where you’ll find larch and pine trees, shepherds huts, plenty of livestock such as cows and sheep and plenty of hiking adventures.

In Triglav National Park, hiking routes are well secured with bolted-down steel cables

There are plenty of other beautiful trails you can choose from:

  • The Soča Trail
  • The Pokljuka Trail
  • The Radovna Cycle Route
  • The Mostnica gorge
  • The Triglavska Bistrica Trail in the Vrata Valley
  • The Tolminka Troughs
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One of many hiking trails in Triglav National Park.

 

 

#7. Summit isn’t always the prize

Many arrive at the park tempted to reach the summit of Slovenia’s highest peak, and I have to admit that Mount Triglav was the first challenge that emerged in my head once I knew id be travelling to Slovenia in September.

No matter how many summits you have reached before, bagging a new one, especially the highest point in the range,  and taking in the views after you endlessly scrambled over rock edges is a truly wonderful feeling.

I spend many hours examining the maps, various routes and admiring Triglavs craggy spine. I weighed out options between attacking its peak solo and sharing a route with a guide.

On the one hand – relining solely on your self to reach the summit or desired peak of a mountain all while observing the weather, studying topography, estimating difficulties and overcoming unforeseen obstacles is a deeply satisfying challenge. A challenge that demands both physical and mental ability to climb skilfully through a sudden storm or find a way across difficult terrain.

On the other hand – climbing with a professional mountain guide who can tell you more about the history of the mountains and about the area as well as providing a few encourage words is one of the best ways how to explore new grounds.

And from our personal experience, it’s always extra special to share those last few meters with someone.

I don’t claim to have immunity to summit fever yet on this trip, with Triglav peak beckoning under spills of autumn sunshine, I learned to appreciate the beauty of simply being outdoors.

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An oasis of beautiful natures marvels, Slovenia.

 

 

#8. Less is more

The fear of missing out can ruin the soul-satisfying journey you were looking forward to, and that’s why it is essential to find the balance and have time to thoroughly enjoy surroundings.

Everyone moves at their pace, and you shouldn’t feel inadequate because you have seen a lesser amount of attractions while road tripping and travelling troughs a certain country or place.

Don’t try to cram too much into your itinerary – give yourself enough time between A and B – it often pays to not be in a rush, and by doing so you get to energetically connect to the new place.

I’ve said this before, and ill say it again – it’s always the little things – savour the subtle moments, they might turn out to be the most memorable. Enjoy seeing beautiful nature in sweeping vistas yet learn to appreciate little details too.

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The highest mountain range in Slovenia – the Julian Alps.

 

 

#9. Bring your best gear

Do you strive to integrate outdoors into your travel routine and are you travelling to Triglav National Park in order to discover new trails and bag challenging summits?

Either your heart is set on day hikes or hut-to-hut hikes, be a clever hiker and bring your best gear.

  • Weather appropriate clothing | Quick-drying pants or shorts, woll&syntetic blended socks, moisture-wicking T-shirt, long-sleeve shirt and lightweight fleece or/and rain jacket to keep you dry.
  • Hiking boots or shoes | Bring good quality footwear and make sure you break them in to avoid blisters. Look out for waterproof, breathable and supportive hiking boots that allow you to navigate through dry and wet trails
  • Navigation tools | For a trip into backcountry map and compass are two essential navigation tools to keep you from getting lost. Learn how to use both and keep your maps into a waterproof and clear map sack.
  • Right size backpack | For a day-hike bring anything between 16 to 24 L and for a multi-day hiking trip look for a bag that’s somewhere between 50-70 litres. If you are not sure than lay out all the gear, you plan on packing and then decide on a size.
  • Medical kit |First aid supplies, sun protection, SPF lip balm, bug spray.
  • Nutrition | Plenty of healthy snacks such as trail mix and bars.
  • Fluids | Bring plenty of water and stay hydrated while exploring the park.
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Did you know that Triglav National Park was the first Slovenian biosphere reserve in UNESCO’s MAB network?

 

 

#10. Leave the place better than you found it

These beautiful parks that we are so fortunate to explore and photograph, need to be protected at any cost – hike and camp only in designated areas, plan ahead to minimise your waste and teach others about the importance of these natural areas.

Don’t be afraid to speak up, if you see any wrongdoing while visiting Triglav National Park – we need to remind each other as well as encourage each other to look after it. From butterflies and beetles to birds and deers – all habitats need protection.

So, next time you travel, ask yourself is the choices you make are helping or hurting native species and the environment.

  • Respect the habitats of wildlife. Don’t disturb animals. 
  • Pick up any litter you see or bring along on the trails and bin it. Leave no trace. 
  • Be respectful of native plants and flowers. Don’t pick flowers – it’s not allowed.
  • Wild camping is illegal, and so is sleeping in cars. Use designated campsites.
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Respect wildlife and be respectful of other visitors.

 

 

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Now, over to you!

Have you been to Triglav National Park? Let us know in the comments below!

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43 thoughts on “10 essential things to know before visiting the beautiful Triglav National Park

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. While travelling to Slovenia, we wanted to experience as much nature as possible, so setting aside a couple of days to solely exploring Triglav Nationa Park was an easy decision. Have a good day. Aiva

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    1. Thanks so much, while hiking through the park, I was in constant awe – Triglav National Park is full of activities and incredible scenery! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva

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  1. Shame on me but I haven’t really been in Slovenia even though it’s neighboring Hungary. I think mainly because after the iron curtain fell everybody was busy traveling as far as it was possible. Hence I live in the US now. Thank you for reminding me how gorgeous this country is and also thank you for the last part of your post about pushing us to be self conscious towards our beautiful planet. ❤️

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. There’s no point to travel around the world if we don’t learn anything about it. Triglav National Park is a very delicate biospheric region with a highly developed Cultural Heritage, and it is home to many wild animals and vast forests that were here aeons before us. I’ve seen my fair share of tourists damaging nature, and that’s why we need to remember how important it is to protect it at all costs.

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    1. Thanks, Allan. The best ingredient of the Triglav National Park is naturally the Julian Alps with all their unsurpassed and glorious beauty and the best way to discover this beauty of nature is of course by foot. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva

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    1. Visiting Triglav National Park and marvelling at the majesty of the Julian Alps and other natural features was a dream trip – pristine nature and affordability are always a winning combination in our book, and this is definitely the place to get the best of it. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva

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    1. Thanks so much. Slovenia has been nominated many times as a country of pure natural beauty by many travel publications throughout the world. And the Triglav National Park has been placed among the 10 most beautiful parks in Europe – we would highly recommend this place. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva

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    1. Triglav National Park is alpine wonderland full of great hiking trails and many scenic spots to explore and photograph – highly recommended. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva

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    1. Triglav National Park is gorgeous with glacial lakes, meadows, and Slovenia’s highest peak. Ever since having a baby our usual long-distance hiking adventures are a distant memory, and nowadays we barely make it out into the mountains, so by visiting Triglav National Park and seeing those beautiful peaks and trails just made my head spin! The world is such a beautiful place worth exploring! Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva

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    1. I can’t believe we waited for so long to finally visit Slovenia and see everything it has to offer! Definitely, a place to return to one day as we simply run out of time and left for longing to see its small yet very scenic stretch of the coast. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva

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  2. Never heard about this stunning place before, thank you very much for sharing such a great post! Visited Slovenia as a chlid, well now is time to revisit this stunning country ❤. How many days would you recommend us to stay at Trigrav National Park if we don’t want to be rushed?

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    1. Thanks so much, guys, this was our first time in Triglav National Park, and we absolutely loved every minute of it.

      As for how many days you need to see the park, I would say this greatly depends on what you want to see. You can spend only 1 day by visiting just one part, but if you want to explore everything, it can take you a long time.

      Triglav, at 2864 meters, is the highest point in Slovenia and it takes 2 days to hike to the summit and back. You can easily spend a week without getting bored – there are many beautiful trails, waterfalls, lakes and mountain huts! Hope you get to go back one day. Aiva

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    1. Thanks so much! We never wanted to raise a child that’s disconnected from nature, and I didn’t want to be an adult that sees risk in everything outdoors and none of the joy. It can be challenging to go for a long-distance hike or a bike ride with a 3-year-old toddler, but the secret to success is preparation.

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  3. Just stumbled across your post in the WordPress reader. LOVE Slovenia! In fact, my husband I got married there in 2018, and we’re returning in 2020 to hike the country for a month, and will be staying in Bovec. Any additional resources you happened upon that assisted with locating and navigating good hiking trails?

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    1. Wow, that sounds so exciting – going back to a place you got married just to spend a whole month hiking trough Slovenia – that pretty much looks like my dream trip! Because Slovenia has been on our travel wish list for a very long time, over the years, while reading travel blogs and forums, we’ve slowly gathered information about everything we wanted to see and do there. We also relied on Thinkslovenia.com and Ifeelslovenia home pages, where we found lots of great and useful information. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva

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    1. The easiest and probably the smoothest way to travel from Banff to Slovenia is to catch a flight from Calgary to Ljubljana, most likely with a couple of stops along the way. If you are willing to allow 20+ hours for a one-way trip to Slovenia, you can travel through Frankfurt am Main. I hope this helps. Have a good day and thanks so much for stopping by. Aiva

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