Triglav National Park

Explore the treasures of the charming and unspoiled nature in the heart of the Julian Alps.

About TNP

Triglav National Park, the only park in Slovenia, is located near Bled and encompasses one of the most beautiful parts of Slovenia, since it stretches almost over the entire Julian Alps in Slovenia. The park is very picturesque and diverse, and stretches on 4% of Slovenia's territory. The highest Slovenia's mountain Triglav (2864 m) lies right in the centre of the park, which is named after the mountain. Deep, steep glacial valleys covered by green forests and pastures surround Triglav. Valleys and plateaus are covered with green colours and pastures, upgraded with the high peaks of staggering and sharp peaks. Crystal clear mountain streams and small rivers flow along numerous ravines and beautiful gorges (Vintgar, Mlinarica and Mostnica), which merge into two larger rivers, the Sava and the Soča. They also divide the Adriatic and Black Sea. Hidden high in the mountains nestle Triglav and Križ lakes, while Lake Bohinj, the largest permanent natural lake in Slovenia, lies in Bohinj.

This mighty, irresistible and unique natural peak hides endless forests, deep valley, high pastures and clear water running from the highest peak to rivers, lakes and streams. The image of this wonderful and diverse landscape is rounded up by the exceptional richness of flora and fauna, with numerous rare and protected plants and animals. Wild wolves, bears and steinbocks belong to the large animals living in Triglav National Park. Here, in the area of wonderful nature and many myths and legends, people still live as they used to, in complete harmony with nature and a feeling for tradition. On the brinks of the park, where man has maintained and kept the land for many centuries, history and culture have left many marks. Old farms and homesteads typical of the locale can be found in remote corners of the park. Livestock still graze on many Alpine pastures and farmers continue to make cheese in the traditional manner.

Origin of the name

The park was named after the highest Slovenian mountain, Triglav (2,864 m), which is situated at its heart. Triglav is the national symbol and pride of Slovenia, as well as the source of many stories and legends. The name of this astounding mountain has not been clarified yet, but there are many possibilities. The first, most probable explanation says that Triglav was named after its characteristic image from the south-east side, where the three ("tri") peaks or three heads ("glava") can be seen. The second explanation has roots deep in history, i.e. indicating the three-headed divinity of the sky, earth and the underground from pagan times with the name "Trimužijat" which can be translated to Triglav, which was seated at the peak of the mountain.

Experience

  • Explore the Vintgar Gorge, Pokljuška soteska, Mostnica Gorge, Martuljška soteska, Velika korita Soče, Mlinarica Gorge and Tolminska korita.
  • View waterfalls Šum, Savica, Peričnik, Spodnji and Zgornji Martuljški slap.
  • Walk around Lake Bohinj.
  • Wander through pastures and hills, hike to high mountain lakes or mountain peaks.
  • Visit the Church of St Catherine close to Zasip, Church of St John the Baptist in Ribčev Laz and the Church of the Holy Ghost in Javorca.
  • Visit the Pocar Homestead in Zgornja Radovna, the Russian chapel below Vršič, Kluže fort and the monument in Ribčev Laz dedicated to the four brave men who first climbed Triglav.
  • Have a sporty day and pick your favourite activity.
  • Tailor your tour around Triglav National Park with a guide.

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