SLOVENIA, BLED, VINTGAR GORGE – SO BEAUTIFUL !

I had no idea about the Vintgar Gorge. I had literally googled it as I was not sure I wanted to walk this. The Vintgar Gorge or Bled Gorge  is a 1.6 kilometre gorge in northwestern Slovenia in the municipalities of Gorje and Bled, four kilometres northwest of Bled. Carved by the Radovna River, it is the continuation of the Radovna Valley. The sheer canyon walls are 50 to 100 meters high, with a total slope measuring about 250 m. The stream has created many erosive features such as pools and rapids, and terminates in the picturesque 13 m Sum Falls (literally, ‘noisy falls’), the largest river waterfall in Slovenia.

This is the first mountain gorge in the area to be made accessible to tourists and is worth a visit. It is literally so beautiful and we were lucky that we went much later in the day, when it was not so busy. Our guide has told us, that in the morning it is packed with tourists. And another thing, as we were on a tour, our guide dropped us off at one end and told us, that he would meet us at the other end. Other wise, you would walk to the end and then turn and walk back again !

Until 1890, the gorge was mainly inaccessible, except for two points at which the Radovna could be reached, and a bridge over Sum Falls was already built in 1878. In 1893 the gorge was equipped with wooden observation walkways and bridges with great effort and was opened to the public on August 26, 1893. The walkways, which were later named Zumer Galleries are the most prominent part of the gorge, have been renovated several times since. And you can see why !

A hydroelectric dam has also been built below the gorge and an arch railway bridge for the Bohinj Railway. The bridge, built in 1904 and 1905 of cut stone, is the largest stone arch railway bridge preserved in its entirety in Slovenia.

My husband and I both agreed this place was amazing and has wanted to see more things like this. I would recommend this to anyone just take comfortable walking shoes !

2 Comments

  • Reply Petra 27th July 2017 at 12:23 pm

    I love Vintgar gorge, been there twice so far. There is another gorge in Slovenia which is also beautiful and it’s called Tolmin gorge (I wrote about it on my blog if interested: http://www.behealthynow.co.uk/fitness/active-holidays-in-slovenia-may-2017/)

    • Reply traveladdictuk 27th July 2017 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you Petra, I have bookmarked your blog as I loved this gorge and I am interested in visiting another one !

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