Waterfall Hunt In Triglav National Park
Triglav is Slovenia’s one and only national park. It’s maybe small but if you think you can “cover it” in a couple of days, you are wrong. There are so many beauties hidden in Triglav National Park! We spent like a week there years ago and returned for two weeks this summer, and we stil think we’re far from having seen everything. Because there’s plenty it offers: the Julian Alps, Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, the valley of Soča River… and a bunch of waterfalls.
We love waterfalls, and whenever we visit a national park we spend some time waterfall hunting – so we did in Triglav. And it’s a rewarding thing to do! Triglav has lots of pretty waterfalls, and it looks like most of them are not even very well-known. At least once we left the busy area around Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, the number of people we met in the park dropped significantly.
On the other hand, all the waterfalls we found are so easy to access! Okay, first of all you need to access the trailhead, and driving there can be tricky – narrow, dirt roads and all that. But once you are at the trailhead, most of these waterfalls can be accessed on well-established, relatively short trails (about 10-20 minutes hikes). So let’s see them, right?
Savica, the most easily accessible
Savica waterfall (Slap Savica in Slovene) is one of the most easily accessible and probably the most famous one we encountered in Triglav. And by easily accessible we mean approaching the place itself in the first place. Because the trailhead to Savica is located near the southern shore of Lake Bohinj (along the way towards Ukanc). It’s one of the busiest areas of Triglav National Park though, so you are better to do this short hike early in the morning.
The hike itself is a nice and easy walk through a forest, and it ends at 78 metres high Savica waterfall. (The trail continues up into the heart of the Julian Alps though, all the way to Triglav peak. Just sayin’.)
Parking anywhere near Lake Bohinj is expensive, and there’s also a small entrance fee to visit the waterfall. You can also hike the full loop trail around Lake Bohinj and make a detour to Savica.
Mostnica, the barely known one at Lake Bohinj
Mostnica Waterfall is a bit of an exception in this list, because it takes about 2 hours to get there. But the trail takes you through picturesque Mostnica Gorge! While almost everyone visits Vintgar Gorge near Bled, hardly anyone knows about Mostnica Gorge near Lake Bohinj. We’re not here to decide which one is prettier (and we think both are worth a visit), but Mostnica is definitely the less busy one.
After we left the gorge, a short walk through the forest took us to 20 metres high Mostnica Waterfall. We wouldn’t say it was the highlight of our hike, because the gorge itself was just as beautiful all the way there! A well-maintained, moderate trail runs through it, and several bridges offer great views. We also loved the small cascades and emerald green pools on the way.
The entrance to Mostnica Gorge is a short walk from the village of Stara Fužina, and the entrance fee is a couple of euros (3 EUR per adult in 2020).
Peričnik, the one to walk-behind
52 metres high Peričnik waterfall (Slap Peričnik) is about half an hour drive from Lake Bled. We took a turn from the main road through Triglav at Mojstrana village, and a dirt road took us to Koča pri Peričniku mountain hut which is the trailhead. The waterfall is a very short walk from there. And the most fun thing about it? It’s one that you can walk behind! Be warned though that you’ll get wet – and you’ll also be amazed by the countless waterdrops gleaming in the sun.
Boka, the highest in Slovenia
Now let’s see the fabulous waterfalls of the Soča Valley that is a more remote area in Triglav. It takes time and effort to get to the Soča Valley, but it’s worth all that.
On one hand, driving through Triglav is very scenic. One day is barely enough for it, because you want to stop so often. If you do some short hikes on the way, then the drive to Soča Valley can easily take multiple days. On the other hand, Soča Valley is so stunning you can’t even imagine! If you’d like to see unspoilt, beautiful nature in Europe, only Iceland can compete with it.
106 meters tall Boka is the highest waterfall in the valley – and in Slovenia. We could already see it from the road, and there’s a short walk to a viewpoint from there. It’s very impressive, the only thing we missed is that it’s not possible to get close to it.
Virje, the pretty
Virje waterfall (Slap Virje) is smaller and more hidden than Boka, but it looks like it was stolen from a fairy tale. It’s not far from Boka (about 15 minutes by car), and a short trail leads to the waterfall from the small town of Plužna. You can get as close to it as you want – even jump into the emerald green pool in front of the waterfall. We warn you though: the water is very cold.
Kozjak, the one with the sunbeams
Kozjak waterfall (Slap Kozjak), another one in the Soča Valley is again quite easily accessible. It was not too busy when we first visited it 4 years ago, but it’s not such a hidden gem anymore.
The short trail starts in the town of Kobarid. Just head to the direction of Drežnica, then you’ll soon notice a parking lot, that’s where it starts. It’s a charming 20 minutes hike that ends at a narrow canyon which hides the waterfall from sight until the last moment. But then… we got it all! Lovely Kozjak waterfall with its emerald green pool, and with a few sunbeams that can reach the bottom of the canyon. A gorgeous view.
Martuljek Falls, the majestic ones
Now that we covered the most well-known waterfalls that people visit on a usual one week road trip through Triglav, let’s dig deeper. We’ll show you quite some waterfalls that we found only on our second, two weeks road trip in the area. The funny thing is that they’re just as easily accessible as their more famous siblings, but yes, you guessed it right, they’re way less busy.
One of them is Martuljek Falls that we should have included in our itinerary on the very first trip. It’s a shame we haven’t, because Martuljek Gorge and its two majestic waterfalls are among the most impressive natural beauties of Slovenia!
The hike through the gorge starts from a dirt parking lot in the village of Gozd Martuljek, and it offers everything we love in the Julian Alps: granite rocks, a crystal clear stream and a lovely forest, bridges with astonishing views and amazing waterfalls. Even a bit of an adrenaline rush at the end.
50 meters tall Lower Martuljek Falls is about halfway and can be reached on a moderate trail. Then we continued our way to 110 meters tall Upper Martuljek Falls. It can be seen from a rock plateau below, but adventurous hikers can get to the bottom of it, as well. The last, very short section up to the pool of Upper Martuljek Falls requires some climbing supported by chains, but the views are well worth it (in my opinion, anyway). There’s something special about standing at the bottom of a powerful waterfall, isn’t it?
Ribnica Falls, a series of three
This is a series of three waterfalls along Ribnica stream, quite close to Lake Bohinj. The trail starts from a dead-end road in the village of Srednja Vas v Bohinju, but you need to walk some 10-20 minutes more, because you can probably only find space to park outside of this tiny-tiny village.
The first waterfall was a bit of a disappointment to us as it looked artificial, but luckily, we continued the trail along the stream. The second and third waterfalls were truly pretty, and the trail between them runs in a lush green part of the forest with large, mossy rocks. It had a mystic vibe that we loved so much. Altogether, it was maybe a 1.5 hours hike there and back.
Grmečica Waterfall, a small but photogenic one
The short, flat trail to Grmečica Waterfall starts about halfway between Bled and Bohinj, right before the village of Nomenj. It took us through farmlands, we met with curious cows on the way, and we reached Grmečica in about 30 minutes. The waterfall is only 7 meters high, but its emerald green pool and the surrounding mossy cliffs make it quite photogenic.
Waterfalls of the Koseč Gorges, a lush green paradise
Let’s see the gems of Soča Valley if we get off the main path. Wild and lush green Koseč Gorge offers four lovely waterfalls as a start. A well-maintained, 4.2 kilometres long circular trail offers great views of the otherwise inaccessible gorge and the waterfalls on the Stopnik Stream.
The trail starts at the chapel St. Just in Koseč, and takes about 1-2 hours to complete. We recommend you to park outside of the village as the streets are extremely narrow.
Sopota and Krampez Falls, two lovely neighbors
If you hike the loop through Koseč Gorges, then the waterfalls of Sopota and Krampež are really close. I mean, on foot. They’re like 15-20 minutes walk from Koseč, and pretty enough so that they‘re worth the extra walk.
If you like steep ladders and challenges, you can climb up (in about 5 minutes) to the top of Krampež waterfall. Then it turns out you only see the lower section of the waterfall from below.
Globoski potok, the one with the strange name
If you visit Boka and Virje waterfalls, there’s actually a third one close by, as well: Globoski potok. This multi-tier waterfall can be reached in an hour on a trail from the town of Žaga. The trail took us through the forest, and we also got distant views of Učja canyon deep down below.
Waterfalls of Šunik Water grove, the place where fairies live
This is probably our favorite newly discovered place in the Soča Valley! On the 1 kilometer loop trail around Šunik Water grove, we didn’t find one waterfall, but countless small ones. This nature trail is a series of pools, rapids and waterfalls on Lepenjica Stream, one of the crystal clear mountain streams that flow into Soča River. We love the serenity and silence of the place, it feels like it could be the home of forest fairies.
Beri Waterfall, the short hike from Tolmin
This easy forest trail starts from Tolmin, offers some views of calm Soča River and ends at a 25 metres tall waterfall: Beri. I don’t remember the exact time it took us to get there and back, but we did it on a rainy day when it started to clear up late in the afternoon. It could have been about 1.5 hours.
Have you been to Slovenia? Any waterfalls to add to our list?
This post was updated in November 2020.