The immediate vicinity of Bled includes the Triglav National Park which covers 4% of the entire Slovenia, almost across the entire area of the Julian Alps, and is considered as one of the oldest European parks. Its specific feature is its dynamic intact nature and its richness of vegetation and numerous endangered animals.
Triglav National Park Introduction
The Triglav National Park, the only national park in Slovenia, lies in the immediate vicinity of Bled. It comprises one of the most beautiful and attractive areas of Slovenia, almost the entire Slovenian part of the Julian Alps. The territory of the National Park is very picturesque and varied. The highest mountain in Slovenia, Triglav (2864 m), after which the park was named, lies in its centre. From Triglav, deep and sharply cut valleys, mainly of glacial origin, open on all sides in the form of a fan.
The valleys and plateaux are covered by a carpet of green forests and meadows. Bold, high pointed mountain peaks rise above them, with dark and deep abysses. Clear mountain streams and small rivers run in the numerous gorges and beautiful ravines and troughs (Vintgar, Mlinarica, Mostnica) and flow into two larger rivers – the Sava and the Soča. The watershed between the Adriatic and the Black Sea runs between them. There are mountain lakes (the Triglav Lakes, Kriška Lakes, etc.) high in the mountains, and Lake Bohinj, the largest permanent natural lake in Slovenia. This magnificent and rugged landscape is inhabited by an extremely rich variety of flora and fauna with numerous rare and protected plant and animal species. At the edge of the park, where man has been master for many centuries, history and human culture have left their traces.
In more remote places you can find old farms and homes characteristic to this landscape, and mountains of interest, on many of which cattle still graye – the farms in this area are well known for their cheese production. The tides of World War I and II also surged into the Triglav National Park. During World War I, the present-day National Park was part of the long-lasting Soča Front. The front line ran high in the mountains (over the peaks of Rombon and Krn) and through the valley of the river Soča. In World War II, this area was known for its well-organised and popular Partisan movement.
Many sights in the Triglav National Park are described in detail in his book and can be visited by tourists, since they are accessible to many sights: Vintgar, Pokljuška Ravine, Lake Bohinj, Vrata valley, Vršič, Trenta, Pokljuka, etc. Well-marked footpaths and mountain trails and numerous mountain huts enable hikers to visit the higher areas of the National Park. Such trips are easier and safer if guided by experienced mountain guides.
A piece of heaven
Not so far from the city bustle you can enter a completely different world.
The dynamic countryside with majestic mountain tops on one side, and on the other side steeply carved valleys, gorges with clear mountain streams, magical lakes hidden high between the mountains, rich forests and green pools, vegetation you can't find anywhere else, animals which are tuned into a different beat of life, mountain pastures with freely grazing cattle, traditional farms, manufacture of products according to traditional methods… The list goes on and on. Here, the high-altitude Karst meets the Mediterranean influences and creates the right conditions for such diverse vegetation and surface phenomena.
The origin of the name
The Triglav National Park gained its name after the highest Slovenian mountain located in its centre. Mt. Triglav is a symbol of Slovenianness and a source of countless stories and legends. One of them says that the mountain was named after the three-headed Slavic God who lived on the mountain, whilst another one claims that the mountain gained its name after its specific shape.
The area of TNP offers plenty of sports activities. The only limitation when practicing sports activities in TNP is that the activities must not affect, pollute or destroy the natural environment and that they assure the safety of the participants. Select your favourite activity – hiking, climbing, jogging, cycling, flying, water sports, fishing, golf, or winter snow sports.
Observe the unique colours, and vegetation, playing animals, dynamic reliefs and the rushing rivers. Watch the time stop in the embrace of the intact nature. These images will stay in your mind forever.