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Bohinjsko Jezero

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Updated 02/02/2015

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Lake Bohinj is quieter, wilder, and prettier sister of Bled and lies entirely within the Triglav National Park. The entire length of the north shore is wild and accessible only by foot. The lake, at an altitude of 1,715 feet, is surrounded on three sides by the steep walls of the Julian Alps. The altitude means the temperature of the water—even in August—rarely rises above a brisk but still swimmable 74°F. The small village of Ribčev Laz, on the eastern end of the lake functions as the de facto town center, where you'll find a grocery store, post office, currency exchange, an ATM, and the tourist-information center. On the western shore lies the remote village of Ukanc, anchored by the Hotel Zlatorog, a campsite, and a few small shops. Just to the north and east of Ribčev Laz are the tiny hamlets of Stara Fužina, Studor, and Srednja Vas.

Sveti Janez. On the eastern bank of Lake Bohinj in Ribčev Laz, you'll find the 15th-century Gothic church of Sveti Janez. The

small church has a fine bell tower and contains a number of notable 15th- and 16th-century frescoes. Ribčev Laz, Bohinjsko Jezero.

Mt. Vogel. At the west end of Lake Bohinj (near Ukanc) a cable car leads up Mt. Vogel to a height of 5,035 feet. From here, you have spectacular views of the Julian Alps massif and the Bohinj valley and lake. From the cable-car base, the road continues 5 km (3 mi) beyond the lake to the point where the Savica River makes a tremendous leap over a 194-foot waterfall. The cable car runs every half hour year-round from 8 am until 6 pm and in July and August from 7 am until 7 pm. A round-trip ticket costs €13.50. Žičnice Vogel Bohinj, Ukanc 6, 4265. www.vogel.si.

Turistična Ladja. Because gasoline-powered engines are not allowed on Lake Bohinj, the super-quiet Turistična Ladja runs on electrical power. The boat makes hourly runs during daylight hours from June to mid-September from the boat dock just below Ribčev Laz to Camp Zlatorog on the western side of the lake and back. A ticket costs €6.509 one way, or €810.50 round-trip. www.turisticna-ladja.eu/.

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