Despite the size of the country, Slovenia offers a lot of beautiful sight and natural treasures. If you go on a holiday in Slovenia, you shouldn't miss the scenic lakes all over the country. The crystal clear water, the fresh air and the relaxing atmosphere will definitely sweep you off your feet. Whether you are looking for water sports, romantic places, wild swimming spots or just a place to relax and sunbath, you can find a perfect lake for everything.

beautiful lakes in Slovenia

And especially because of the size of the country, you can even visit more lakes during one trip. Read the blog to find out about the most beautiful lakes in Slovenia and the activities you can do there. Of course, the list is not nearly complete but we guarantee you will still find a place you like. And keep it in mind that the view is even more breathtaking than on the photos!

Lake Bled

This is one of the most picturesque and iconic spot in Slovenia, without a doubt. The lake is visited by many tourists all year long. There is not really a best time to visit Lake Bled, since there is always a lot to experience: an island you can visit, beautiful hiking treks, wild swimming spots and a castle on a steep rock. This is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, family vacation or an active holiday. The deep blue lake is surrounded by mountains so you will have an amazing view while rowing in a boat or SUP boarding.

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Lake Bled, Slovenia's fairy tale

You can walk over lake in about 1.5-2 hours, the whole route is 6 km long. You should also visit Bled Castle, the oldest castle in Slovenia. After admiring the view from the terrace, you can visit the museum or go on a wine tasting tour in the castle's cellar. To visit the small island, rent a rowing boat or buy a ticket for the traditional pletna boats. Once you are there, don't forget to wish for something and ring the church bells to make your wish come true.

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The traditional pletna boats

If you stay for more than one day, you definitely don't want to miss Vintgar Gorge, the sight is spectacular. You can also try rafting on Sava River, go ziplining in the nearby adventure park, take a dip in the lake or just relax on the beach. After a long day, reward yourself with the local sweet, the Bled cream cake.

Lake Bohinj

If you are a born adventure tourist, love nature and the outdoors or just looking for a less crowded place for your holiday in Slovenia, that Lake Bohinj is the perfect choice for you. Lake Bohinj is the biggest natural lake in Slovenia, and many say it's also the most beautiful one. The lake is surrounded by the Julian Alps and the crystal clear water reflects the huge mountains just like a mirror - a magical place indeed. The villages are also extremely charming, with the wooden-beamed houses, stone bridges and onion-domed churches, they look like they have just jumped out of the pages of a fairy tale book.

crystal clear water Slovenia Lake Bohinj
Crystal clear water and steep mountains

There are plenty of swimming spots around the lake, so if you find a shore crowded you should just walk a little bit further down the road. If you would like to walk around the whole lake, you should calculate with 4 hours, the length of the route is around 12 km. As we've already mentioned, if you're looking for adventures, you definitely don't have to look for long here. You can go kayaking, rafting and even canyoning on the nearby Sava-Bohinjka River. On the lake, you can rent SUP boards or attend a SUP course if you're a beginner.

scenic holiday Slovenia Lake Bohinj
SUP on Lake Bohinj │ © Earth Trekkers

You would rather stay dry? Still lots of options waiting for you: go rock climbing, hike in Mount Vogel, go on a guided bicycle tour, or try tandem paragliding above the lake. Great news for those not coming by car to Slovenia: during summer month, buses start more often from Ljubljana to Bled and then to Bohinj.

Lake Jasna

This scenic little alpine lake can be found only 2 km from Kranjska Gora. The lake has white sand around the rim and the Julian Alps in the background. Jasna means clean in Slovenian and it's quite easy to figure out how the lake got its name. In sunny, clear weather the water reflects all the mountain peeks. Great location for some amazing photos!

beautiful Lake Jasna in the Slovenian Mountains
Perfect spot for a scenic holiday - Lake Jasna │ © Bojan Kolman, travelslovenia.org

The entrance is guarded by Zlatorog, a mythical golden-horned goat, who was an empire in Triglav according to legends. The lake has a fully equipped beach with washbasins and changing rooms. It's perfect for sunbathing and wild swimming. A three-level wooden diving platform, which resembles a castle turret, was also built for the joy of the visitors. If you forget to take a book with you, you can find the 'Library by the Lake" and choose from the available books.

During summer, it can be a little busy on the weekends, since the lake is also popular with locals. However, during the week it's very quiet. You can find plenty of hiking routes around the lake and in the surroundings. After a nice hike you will certainly enjoy a good cooling splash in the clear water. The lake is also a very popular fishing sport, so the fishing enthusiasts can also have a great time.

Triglav Lakes Valley

The Triglav Lakes Valley (or Seven Lakes Valley) is part of the Triglav National Park. There are more than 10 lakes in the valley but some of them dry out during summer months so the landscape is constantly changing. All of the lakes are very different both in size and in colour.

Triglav National Parks Seven Lakes Valley
Triglav National Park, Seven Lakes Valley │ © I feel Slovenia

Some of the names can indicate the colours, like Brown, Black or Green Lake. The whole valley is part of the National Park so it's prohibited to swim or carry out other recreational activities in the lakes. The sight is still spectacular so it's really worth a visit. To walk through the whole valley would take up a whole day but you can choose from shorter routes as well, based on your skills. The Valley of the Triglav Lakes also have very rich flora and fauna that you can admire during your hike. You can also meet with cows near the villages and marmots in the rockier places.

Lake Krn

Lake Krn is the largest Slovenian high mountain lake at 1 391 meters right at the foot of Mount Krn. The lake has rich water ecosystem with 40 plant and 24 animal species living there. To preserve the ecosystem, swimming is not allowed in the lake.

Krn lake in Slovenian Mountains
Lake Krn, the largest Slovenian high mountain lake

The now peaceful Lake Krn once witnessed the Isonzo front battles. The remains of trenches, cavities and barbed wire still remind us of those times. The path to Lake Krn starts from the Lepena Valley and the walk to the lake takes about 2.5 hours. You can also buy home made curd, cheese or cottage cheese on the way, but if you're looking for something more, you can try some great local dishes at the lake-side guesthouse.

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