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The Vintgar gorge is 1600 m long and till 250 m deep gorge on the eastern part of Triglav National Park, 4 kilometres northwest of the centre of Bled. The route through the gorge is in one direction. Visitors can choose between different circular routes to return to the entry point. All routes are clearly marked on the information boards and signposts along the way. Circular route Vintgar – Saint Catherine’s church Circular route Vintgar – Blejska Dobrava For a visit, it's mandatory to have online tickets!
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  • ER
    Bristol, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely walking trail, great for nature lovers
    One of favourite parts of my visit to Bled. Really lovely walking trail (mostly flat too) with excellent scenery. I went first thing in the morning and it was reasonably busy but not too busy. There are shuttle buses that go from Bled bus station to the gorge which takes about 10 minutes.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Heather W
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just go!
    Photos don't do the place justice- do yourself a favor and just go!! Especially if you're already in Bled, it's right there and I mean if you drove ten minutes outta Bled, you've gone too far! Be ready to hike back to your car after the gorge walk...which hey is why you came to Slovenia in the first place, right? There is an admission fee, it's worth it. Gets a bit crowded. Still worth it. We hiked back to the parking lot the St Catherine way which is the longer of two choices to get back. The gorge walk itself is one way, so you just need to know that you have a hike to do at the end no matter what. Couldn't decide which part of the whole thing was our favorite - it was all so beautiful you want to pinch yourself! Bring water or, you can buy some at the cafe place at the hilltop while you ogle the views. They have food too although what we got was kinda weird (veggie bowl). Be prepared for a cat to jump on your picnic table- I found this delightful but some would not. Enjoy!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Andrew F
    Novato, California21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A spectacular must-do hike!
    Vintgar Gorge is one of Slovenia's must-do attractions for a reason: it's absolutely spectacular! It's an easy hike over a system of boardwalks and bridges that follows a crystal clear rushing river with cliffs towering overhead. It just gets more and more spectacular the further you go, and culminates in a dramatic waterfall. At the end of the trail there's a little hut serving coffee, pastries, beer, and other treats which you can consume at picnic tables with a river view. It's a good place to fuel up for the return trip — the hike is one-way so you need to choose a route back. (I think you can opt for a shuttle bus for a few euros if you want). We opted for the "green route" via the medieval Sv. Katerina church as it looked like the easier and more scenic route. We were totally wrong on the former assumption, since the first part of the hike consisted of an uphill grind through the forest. Once you get to the church it's more or less all downhill from there, and the trail opens up to an idyllic alpine valley with sweeping views and fields with grazing cows and horses and all the pain is forgotten.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Explore207226
    London, United Kingdom78 contributions
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    Stunning place with beautiful scenery
    We thoroughly enjoyed our walk through the gorge. The walking trail was easy to navigate and not difficult in any way. There is a waterfall and stunning forest views along the way. You walk along a marked trail and can’t get lost. It is one way and takes around 45 minutes. There are toilets and shop at the end. Our tour guide picked us up at the end because you can’t walk back to the entrance from inside the gorge area. I believe that you can catch a shuttle bus from bled also for around 5 euros ?? To take you there and bring you back. It’s very close to Bled about 10 minutes drive. Costs 10 Euro for a ticket and they accept card payments
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Edmond L
    Singapore, Singapore345 contributions
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    Amazing hike in the Vintgar Gorge
    Came here with my wife and 7 year old boy. First, I would advise people to reach here early in the morning! There will be parking and less people. Second, the walk will take around 2 to 3 hours at least... and there is no u-turn. It is a one way walking path. Overall the hike was enjoyable and the gorge was beautiful. Captured many photos that we loved. The difficulty of the hike is low so most people will be able to do it. Just take note of the duration as my 7 year old got a bit bored when we were walking back to the car.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Robert D
    North Vancouver, Canada433 contributions
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    Stunning!!
    A short drive and long walk from Bled. Worth the effort, the walk along the gorge is beautiful. Rapids, pools and sheer rock faces. The hike is only 45 minutes, the trek back a 45 minutes hike through the local village and Forrest. You can also shuttle back to the start.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • rama1
    Melbourne, Australia1,187 contributions
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    Spectacular scenery
    Gorge walk is 1.6 km long and up to 250 Mt deep. One way track follows the river as it zig zags its way to eventually the black sea. The views of the rapids are spectacular and the noise of the water is wonderful. The walk back to the car park is long though but a small price to pay
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Jeannette D
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply BEAUTIFUL
    Wow!!! What a stunning place, I love the feeling of being so close to nature. We arrived just after 8am and easily got parked in P1 parking lot right next to the entrance - parking is 10 euro we paid cash but I think they accept card too. Arriving early meant we practically had the boardwalks to ourselves and when we arrived back at the lot after 3 hours or so it was very busy! We set off through the gorge and really took our time because it was so quiet, the beauty of the place is astounding, alpine waters crashing through the rocks, birds singing and the trees showing the first colours of autumn made for an unforgetable experience. The gorge is a one way system which IMHO is a good thing as the boardwalks are narrow and it would be a nightmare if people were trying to pass each other. Once out of the gorge you can either wait for a shuttle bus back to the parking lot or walk one of 2 routes - be advised the route back to Parking lot 1 is a steep ascent with steps and some uneven stony bits but we are middle aged average fitness and we managed comfortably, it was a hot day but we had brought plenty of water!! the walk back to the entrance was around an hour and very beautiful.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
  • WanderingOttersons
    Denver, Colorado1,470 contributions
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    Wow! Stunning. Plan for a hike with shoes and attire
    This place is just really cool. We got here early in the day based on things we’ve read and even very late in the season we saw why at the end of our time here. Pro tip, we parked in the Vintgar Zgornje lot across the river from the entrance. It’s a little bit of a walk before and after but we parked for free early in the day (you likely will have to pay if you come later) and we avoided the mass congestion of cars at the main parking lot that is also significantly higher prices for parking. The path through the gorge is one way but you go at your own pace and have MANY places to stop for photos or just to admire. Can’t say enough about how beautiful this place is. At the end of the trail, there are three options to get you back to the main entry point. The one we took had us going through a small village and through the forest at the top of the gorge. If you plan to come? Bring and wear your hiking shoes and not shoes you are not afraid to possibly scuff or get dirty. Much of the path through the gorge is on wooden paths but they can also be very slippery. The routes back are decidedly less manicured and you are in for some hiking.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 4, 2023
  • PhilMalone
    Footscray, Australia1,457 contributions
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    A hidden gem in the Slovenian forest
    A beautiful gorge as you discover via a winding track hugging the side of steep rocky cliffs. It provides a great range of photos and is peaceful and refreshing to do the long walk - less people attempt this so crowds are down a bit. This is one of Slovenia's hidden gems.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 19, 2023
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KTP310
Reading, UK1,193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Friends
We loved our visit to the beautiful Vintgar Gorge. The public transport options from Bled didn’t seem straightforward, so we booked a return shuttle with Mamut - only 5 Euros each way. The minibus drops you off at the entrance to the Gorge (luckily we also paid Mamut for the entrance tickets so didn’t have to queue). The walk through the Gorge was an easy and leisurely 45 minutes, with lots of stops for stunning photographs. The Gorge walk ends at Sum Falls where there is also a nice outdoor cafe serving coffee and cakes. We then turned right onto one of the return trails. Fortunately our minibus picked us up at the church so we didn’t have to walk all the way back to the entrance. The timings were perfect, giving us plenty of time to enjoy the Gorge (we left Bled at 12:45 and were met at the church at 15:15).
Written September 15, 2022
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Thank you for the amazing review, it's great to hear you had a wonderful experience visiting us with the shuttle.
Written September 16, 2022
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Ozzyworld
Apeldoorn, The Netherlands6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Cliff is beautiful, with great sights and a solid footpath. Construction work on the access roads are not visible on google, and detour signs only i. Slovenian language. Impossible to find the parking spots when arriving from Bled. Should improve. We were forced to park a long distance from the entrance, and tour back had poor signage and also took to long.

Also online ticketing was the only option to get in, but did not allow to bypass the queues. Queues were chaos, with people missing their slots due to unclear communication.

Overall great cliff, but many improvement required in ticketing, access roads and signs.
Written July 13, 2022
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Deborah K
Caboolture, Australia336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Crystal clear water - magical when not crowded. Book online to secure a spot - choose an early start as crowds increase (significantly) as the day goes on. Parking at the Gorge is for online ticket holders only (although they didn't check ours) - parking however is not included in your online ticket purchase so have cash ready for the attendant. Walk through the gorge is one way only and INCREDIBLY scenic. 35min walk from Exit back to the Entrance car park is largely shaded but quite steep. There are shuttles apparently but didn't investigate these. We obviously drove to the Gorge but others walked from Bled. We were happy to have a shaded walk back to our car park as the walk back to Bled is quite exposed and would be quite hot.
Written August 2, 2022
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Thank you for the amazing rate and wonderful review.
Written August 3, 2022
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Robert P
Croatia5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
For a long time I have wanted to visit the "famous" Vintgar canyon. As the road to the parking lot was closed, my fiancée and I took a shuttle ride to the canyon entrance and back. Of course, by some miracle, the shuttle bus has access to the very entrance to the canyon, although no one else has that pleasure. At the shuttle transport agency, for unknown reasons, they gave us a little more than 2 hours to cross the canyon and reach the church of Sv. Catherine where the transport was to wait for us. Those two hours are barely enough to walk through the canyon, let alone stop for a moment, rest or take a few photos. And of course what no one is telling you: when you cross the canyon and get to the awful catering facility, you realize that the waterfall is a little further away. And time flows relentlessly. But the real torment is just beginning, because you soon realize that they forgot to mention that it is a 25-minute walk to the church of St. Katarine is actually a real mountain venture that I would not recommend to the elderly or people in poorer condition. But as time goes on relentlessly, you just have to keep up the pace of Usain Bolt, because the shuttle isn’t waiting for anyone. My wish has thus turned into a real nightmare for which you have to pay a considerable sum. I have been through a lot of similar places and I responsibly claim that there are many less famous and much more beautiful places than the Vintgar canyon.
Written June 21, 2022
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Thank you for reviewing. Unfortunately, it's never ideal for everyone. In your case the visit was a nightmare, in other cases is 99,9% a wonderful experience. 2.5 km in 2 hours means your walking tempo was 1km/h, we understand everyone has their own tempo, but usually, 2 hours is more than enough. The elevation of a propper mountain is 1000m, you made it only 100m.
Written June 22, 2022
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Terry Anzur
Jupiter, FL1,845 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This is a must-do for your trip to Slovenia, but it requires a bit of planning in advance. The gorge was overwhelmed with visitors between the "rush hours" of 9:30 and 1 pm, so now there is a reservation system on their website. If you don't have a reserved ticket, you'll be turned away in the parking lot if they're sold out. You could come earlier or later and maybe get lucky after waiting to buy a ticket, but reservations are your best bet.
The walkways and bridges through the gorge are an easy stroll, full of unforgettable photo opportunities from every angle. However, the trail is now one-way, which means that you must take a more challenging hike on a steep mountain trail to get back to the starting point. Turn left at the end of the gorge for the easier path, or turn right to pass by the Sv. Katarina church with splendid views and friendly cows.
This is a popular day trip from Lake Bled or Ljubljana, especially in the summer. I had a great time in October, and the reservation system makes it possible to really enjoy the alpine beauty without the crowds. So visit the website vintgar.si and reserve so you won't be disappointed. Please note that the gorge is closed in the winter.
Written December 3, 2022
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This is the best review we have ever read. Everything written here is very helpful; every visitor should read it before visiting. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the visit and we hope you visit us again.
Written December 16, 2022
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Aisleena
Aberdeen, UK408 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
We booked through Mamut at their shop in Bled (shop is at the main bus drop off in Bled). We were €20 each for a minibus which dropped us off at the entrance, and the tickets to get in. Mamut booked us the tickets and printed them off for us. Would recommend booking through them as was very simple and they dropped us off right at the entrance. They also told us where they would pick us up and gave us plenty time to do the walk and have something to eat afterwards.

There is a toilet and small shop before you enter the gorge. There is also a shop at the end of the gorge and a cafe at the end of the St Catherine trail.

I felt the gorge was underwhelming. I’d read so many good reviews I was expecting more.

Positives - It is beautiful, the water is so clear and you can even see fish swimming in it.

Negatives - We were there at 9/9.30 in the morning and it was already busy. There were numerous bottlenecks which slowed things down. The first few minutes of the walk were good but after that it is just the same scenery for the whole of the gorge walk.

When out of the gorge there are toilets at the bottom of the long set of steps and a viewpoint for the waterfall. We went back on the St Catherine trail (the gorge is one way). The walk was steep but it did take us the 25min that it says it should. We needed to take regular stops as was hard going but manageable.

Overall I would say give it a miss if you are tight on time as there are better things to do in the area.
Written August 11, 2022
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Thank you for your review. We keep on informing our future visitors about the rush hours between 9:30 and 14:00, we also accepted the restriction with an online ticket to limit the number of visitors, but somehow most of the visitors visit us during the time of rush hours and we are aware that it's not pleasant to walk in the crowd. Because of the crowd, we decided to do the circular routes. Nature is the way it is, the gorge is a "canyon" and to return back to the starting point there is no possibility to avoid the 100m of elevation.
Written August 16, 2022
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Zia B
London, UK295 contributions
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Jun 2024 • Couples
A beautiful and well organised hike. The gorge is accessible by foot from Lake Bled, or public bus or you can drive and pay €10 for parking.
We opted for the walk from our hotel in Lake bled which made the journey a little longer but we enjoyed and enjoyed the day out.
The gorge one way route is lovely mostly downhill on a wooden path with some steps, very well maintained and they ask you to wear a hair net and helmet for this first bit, entry is €10 pp for adults. It’s pretty impressive seeing the natural beauty the water is so clear and powerful and we enjoyed on a reasonable day with not too many crowds. You have toilets at the start and again at the end but not in between. It’s about 1.5 km To the end of one way trail. From there you can exit the park, or continue on via 2 routes one is a little shorter, with some step climbs but in a forest area the other is longer with panoramic views we didn’t take this one so I can’t comment on that. It was the different of 2.6km and 4.1km for the longer route I believe.
There were a few cafes shops but I’d recommend bringing snacks, water and hiking /walking shoes. Great half day activity or full day if you stopped more and took your time. Not suitable for strollers or those less able to walk distances/ step inclined.
Written June 20, 2024
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Roman L
46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Wow!! On of the most beautiful places I've ever saw!! The walk is easy, the views are unforgettable! We had a great weather - so it was perfect. The walk is only one way - the return is via a shuttle or by the red route (at the end of the gorge, you cross the bridge and just walk according the signs). The way back took us another hour and was a little bit hard for a small girl. I suggest to come early and to buy the tickets in advance - we came at 09:30 and the parking was already half full. When we came back (around 12:00) , people were parking inside the village, a kilometer from the entrance..
Written June 18, 2023
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John W
Jindabyne, Australia563 contributions
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Apr 2023 • Solo
Vintage Gorge is one of the prettiest places I have seen in my 74 years. It is well worth the entrance fee. This money pays for the walkways, bridges and rock netting without which this walk would be quite impossible. The whole gorge is pretty but the first part is the most spectacular, so linger there if you can. The clear water, tinged blue-green, tumbles over cataracts between sheer rock walls. On a cool damp spring day crowds were not a problem. The trees were breaking into soft green leaf, shy wildflowers peeped out on the banks, and dippers and wagtails flitted to and fro. The walk is downhill, one way only. Be warned that from the exit, return to any car accessible point involves a steep uphill hike. I used the Mamut minibus (€10 return from Bled) which allowed ample time to see the gorge.
Written April 21, 2023
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Thank you for sharing your enchanting experience at the Vintage Gorge! Your description paints a vivid picture of the natural beauty and serenity it offers. We're delighted to hear that you found it to be one of the prettiest places you've visited in your 74 years. We greatly appreciate your understanding of the entrance fee, as it plays a vital role in maintaining the infrastructure that makes this experience possible. The first part of the gorge is indeed spectacular, and we're glad you had the opportunity to take it in at your own pace. Your depiction of the surroundings in spring is truly poetic, and it's heartwarming to know that you were able to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature in its early awakening. Thank you for sharing the tip about the return hike, and it's great to hear that the Mamut minibus provided a convenient solution. We're honored to have been a part of your journey, and we hope to welcome you back for more memorable experiences in the future! Safe travels!
Written September 20, 2023
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RicherTrips
Monterrey, Mexico4,230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This natural beauty must be at the top list of Slovenia visitors. Even the route from Ljubljana was a delightful landscape of hills, forrest and mountains.

There are several parking lots on the way; we parked in the first we saw, to discover later that the one next to the ticket box was half empty, shady and at the same price (5€ per car).

Take your own pace to separate from other visitors and take better pictures. The gorge is very picturesque and you’ll take tons pf pictures. Maybe I need a better camera, because my pictures don´t give enough credit to the views. The path is one way, to avoid crowds, and gentle because it’s down stream and shady;.

The way is sometimes a dirt trail, sometimes a wooden one, with bridges that ramble from one side to the other. At the end, where the fall and the bridge are, very steep trails and endless steps will await you, and that’s just for the shuttle. You can continue by foot another 40 minutes or pay 7 € for the bus. After the grueling climb I was exhausted. so it was money well spent. The driver even asked for each one’s parking lot.

Reading the brochure, I realized that the steep climb we took was actually the "soft" one called Vintgar-Hom. If we had crossed the bridge, we would have ended in the "hard" trail, the "Strma stran" or Stelle Seite. I don´t want to imagine that...
Written September 27, 2021
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Thank you for the beautiful review and feedback! We are really happy that the gorge left such a good impression on you!
Written October 13, 2021
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