Vintgar Gorge Opening 2020
05.05.2020 | News
Vintgar Gorge is opening its doors on May 15, 2020.
Due to the situation with the new coronavirus, we have prepared a new visitation regime. We kindly ask you to read and follow the instructions below, and above all, to show understanding.
The instructions have been prepared to minimize the possibility of a COVID-19 infection in visitors and employees.
The entry and exit points have been separated. It won’t be possible to return through the gorge. This will prevent encounters in the narrow sections of the route. The entrance will be at the log cabin in the village Podhom, and the exit at the Šum waterfall in Blejska Dobrava.
Visitors will be able to choose between different circular routes to return to your entry point.
All routes are clearly marked on the information boards and signposts along the route.
Sveta Katarina - Hom (circular route)
You start at the main entrance to the Vintgar gorge on the west side. At the end of the gorge where the Šum Waterfall is located, turn right and follow the signs to the Church of St. Catherine. The hiking trail through the forest is 1.2 km long and there is about 80 m of altitude difference. The church has a beautiful view of the surrounding area, making it the altar of the Gorenjska region. There is a small snack bar on the right. You can return to the starting point (west direction), following the signposts, or you can head southeast towards Zasip or Bled.
Steep side “Strma stran” – Dobrava (circular path)
Trail path - stairs:
You start at the main entrance to the Vintgar gorge on the west side. At the end of the gorge where the Šum waterfall is located, turn left and cross the bridge. The stairs lead steeply up. You start climbing almost 200 stairs in the direction of Blejska Dobrava. When the slope subsides, you arrive at the village of Blejska Dobrava. Continue along the paved road straight to the intersection and follow the signpost left up to the well. At the top of the hill at the well, turn left again. The road will lead you past the houses to the end of the village and the forest path, which will take you back to the log cabin at the entrance to the gorge. This is known as the "Steep Side", as part of the path at the top of the cliffs curves just above the gorge. Be careful along the way and do not step too close to the edge. When you walk pay attention to the rocks which may fall, because visitors of the gorge are below you. Follow the yellow signposts throughout the trail path.
Steep side “Strma stran” – Dobrava (circular path)
Trail path - past the cemetery:
You start at the main entrance to the Vintgar gorge on the west side. At the end of the gorge is the Šum waterfall, below the waterfall is a viewing platform and from there you can continue straight on the macadam road through the forest, which climbs slightly. After a good 20-minute walk you will arrive at the parking lot under the cemetery in B/lejska Dobrava. You can refresh yourself at a bar or a nearby pub. Follow the paved road towards the core of the village with the church of St. Stefan. A village core with a bee monument has been restored at the church. From the village core, follow the road left up. At the top of the hill at the well, turn left again. The road will lead you past the houses to the end of the village and the forest path, which will take you back to the log cabin at the entrance to the gorge. This is known as the "Steep Side", as part of the path at the top of the cliffs curves just above the gorge. Be careful along the way and do not step too close to the edge. When you walk pay attention to the rocks which may fall, because visitors of the gorge are below you.
All trails are clearly marked on the information boards and signposts along the route.
One-way route description and directions for travel agencies:
Take guests by bus to the parking lot at the entrance to the Vintgar gorge at Podhom 80. In case you only drop your guests off (maximum 10-minute stop), there is no need to pay parking.
The bus driver should head towards Blejska Dobrava, direction Jesenice (the shortest way across Kočna). Make sure to use the PC Črna vas bypass to the parking lot below the cemetery in Blejska Dobrava. Parking coordinates: 46°24'25.4"N 14°06'29.1"E.
The parking lot is owned by the municipality of Jesenice, to this day (May 2020) is still free of charge. In this parking lot the guests will wait for the bus or the bus can wait for them.
There is a small bar with toilets next to the parking lot - Tedi bar. Just in front of the parking lot is the excellent restaurant Pri Jurču (toilets, large terrace).
From the Šum Waterfall to the parking lot on Blejska Dobrava, there is a 1.3-kilometer long macadam road, which slightly climbs all the time and leads directly to the parking lot. Driving on the road is prohibited for all traffic (except emergency vehicles), so the route is safe.
A one-way visit to the gorge will greatly contribute to the quality of the visit and the satisfaction of the visitors.
Please note that the round trip will take you from 3 to 4 hours in total. We recommend that you wear hiking clothes and boots. Hiking poles may come in handy, too.
Visitors are kindly asked to buy tickets on-line at our website www.vintgar.si
You can print or open the ticket on your phone and scan the QR code on the ticket when you enter. When buying a ticket on-line, you must choose the time and the date of the visit. Be sure to stick to your chosen date, as the number of tickets will be time limited.
Tickets will still be available at the log cabin’s box office at the entrance. It will also be possible to buy souvenirs. In accordance with regulations, the bar will operate to a limited extent. Please be sure to keep a minimum safety distance of 1.5 m when waiting to buy a ticket. In the gorge, we recommend a safety distance of at least two meters.
We ask all groups of visitors to announce their arrivals at .
We can answer all your questions at or on the phone number +386 51 621 511!
We will be happy to advise and help you.
Thank you for your understanding,
Tourist Association Gorje