Photo Essay – Walking amidst rainbows at the Vintgar Gorge

23 Aug

Travels take you to many beautiful places and shows you many new sights – each vivid, unique and stunning in its own right. But occasionally you come across some places that are so stunningly perfect that you just conclude that it has to be a dream. And Vintgar Gorge situated in the Triglav National Park is definitely one such place.

Vintgar Gorge, Triglav National Park, Bled

Vintgar Gorge, Triglav National Park, Bled

We visited Vintgar Gorge as a day trip from Ljubljana and took an early bus from Ljubljana Avtobusna postaja to Bled. The local bus was really nice with stunning views outside during the entire drive and free wifi inside in the bus 🙂

Slovenian countryside, near Bled

Slovenian countryside, near Bled

While planning for the this trip we were under the impression that the gorge is near the city. But when we reached Bled and asked for direction to the gorge, we realized that it’s actually 3.5 kms outside Bled and we need to either walk or cycle there. We decided to leisurely walk to the gorge and also explore the picturesque countryside. Many people drove by but we kept following the long winding roads, beautiful clouds and numerous signages to reach our destination.

Walking from Bled to Triglav National Park

Walking from Bled to Triglav National Park

The walk was beautiful passing through the small village of Podhum with its quaint houses, gardens, fields, water pumps and streams. There were also some unique flowers and plants around here.

Triglav National Park, near Bled, Slovenia

Triglav National Park, near Bled, Slovenia

Towards the end of the walk we followed a river and reached the entrance to Triglav National Park and the Vintgar gorge. There is a small fee of Euro 4 at the entrance that you have to pay in cash (they do not accept cards).

River

Following the River Radovna, Bled

We entered the gorge and started walking on wooden platforms, more than a 100 years old, sometimes along and sometimes crisscrossing through the beautiful gorge.

100 year old platforms, Vintgar Gorge, Bled

100 year old platforms, Vintgar Gorge, Bled

The Gorge was discovered in 1891 by Jakob Zumer, the Major of Gorje, and the cartographer and photographer Benedikt Lergetporer, quite by accident. The river Radovna (that flows through Vintgar) was very low then and they were able to walk through the otherwise impassable ravine. They were so taken by the natural beauty of the place that they decided to set up a construction committee to make this place accessible. These wooden bridges were then constructed and the trail opened for tourists in 1893. These platforms are still in use today.

Views of the Vintgar Gorge, Triglav National Park

Views of the Vintgar Gorge, Triglav National Park

We started walking along these bridges to see the Radovna River flowing swiftly though the gorge. The water of the river is green, crystal clear and so cool. In some places its racing along (as if late for a meeting) and in some places it was flowing so serenely as if it had all the time in the world. We also saw numerous ducks, birds and in some shallow areas even fishes in the water.

Ducks, Vintgar Gorge

Ducks, Vintgar Gorge

In numerous places the water was cascading over stones and either making small pools or throwing up beautiful rainbows. In some places the rainbow was actually bouncing along the water (because of the strong flow of the river). The gorge was surrounded by a thick forests with different shades of green, brown and red-yellow all around.

One of many rainbows at Vintgar Gorge, Bled

One of many rainbows at Vintgar Gorge, Bled

And to complete this beautiful backdrop was the beautiful light blue sky, a nice contrast to the other colors around. It was a perfect summer day and hence we managed to capture some beautiful pictures of the Gorge.

Sum Waterfall, VIntgar Gorge, Bled

Sum Waterfall, VIntgar Gorge, Bled

The wooden pathway in the gorge ends at a Šum waterfall, the highest river fall in Slovenia. Though I have seen much bigger water falls in India, this one still seemed like a nice end to the trail.

Coffee at the end of the trail, Vintgar Gorge

Coffee at the end of the trail, Vintgar Gorge

At the end of the trail was a small kiosk, overlooking the waterfall, that was serving drinks and small snacks. We ordered tea, sat on its small deck and just soaked in all the nature around us. There is also a small bridge here that has a beautiful backdrop of hills and forests, for a perfect selfie shot.

Views at the end of the trail, Vintgar Gorge, Bled

Views at the end of the trail, Vintgar Gorge, Bled

People who still haven’t had their fill of this place can continue further. At the waterfall the trail leaves the Radovna river and rises up a track heading south-east to the chapel of St Catherine above Zasip. This point has one of the best views of the Karavanke mountain range, the Ljubljanska valley, Bled and its surroundings and the Mt. Triglav. We didn’t try this because we were late and still had to see lake Bled before taking the train back home.

This is a definite must visit on your next trip to Lake Bled.

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19 Responses to “Photo Essay – Walking amidst rainbows at the Vintgar Gorge”

  1. Amitava Dasgupta August 23, 2015 at 19:06 #

    Good one

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  2. Juliana Lightle August 23, 2015 at 19:29 #

    Although I have been to your native country, I have never travelled to continental Europe. Your photos of here and elsewhere make me reconsider.

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    • getsetandgo August 23, 2015 at 20:06 #

      Hi Juliana, I definitely recommend a visit to Slovenia to everyone… This country is beautiful, with some really nice people and interesting things to see and do…

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  3. celticlass August 23, 2015 at 23:39 #

    Oh this takes me back, thank you! I was there 15 years ago, and fortunately it still looks pristine. We walked in from Bled too, and found the people so friendly. The food in Slovenia is fantastic, even on a budget. And the landscape – sublime.

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    • getsetandgo August 30, 2015 at 00:30 #

      Your observation is accurate for Slovenia even today. We too loved it for all these reasons that you have mentioned and hope it remains the same…

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  4. jesh stg August 24, 2015 at 00:15 #

    Love the views of your trip. Beautiful country!

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  5. shadowriverphoto August 24, 2015 at 09:15 #

    great article beautiful photos

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  6. Free Spirit- Abhishek August 24, 2015 at 09:58 #

    Dear Friend
    Thanks for such nice and beautiful blog.
    Another attractive blog by you, really you blog motivates me each time to pack my bags and go out to see such beautiful world.
    Keep blogging and updating us.

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    • getsetandgo August 30, 2015 at 00:31 #

      Thanks and thats the idea for these posts…. Hope you do pack your bags and start traveling 🙂

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  7. Steps Together August 24, 2015 at 12:05 #

    What an amazing place.. Very nicely written as well..

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  8. Vaishali Mishra August 25, 2015 at 15:53 #

    Great post and nice pictures of the all the beautiful places of Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia. Thanks for giving such a beautiful experience.
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  9. Greta September 1, 2015 at 15:18 #

    Just been there, loved it too!

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