Slovenia’s heavenly nature and diverse relief are more than welcoming for tourists from near and far all year round, but most of this Slavic country’s natural treasures are best enjoyed during late spring and throughout the summer – including its waterfalls. And the best part is they are so accessible that even youngsters and elders can reach them without having a background at extreme mountaineering.
Located less than 10 minutes away from the main road leading to the Plužna village, the Virje falls are beautiful any time of year. Unlike most waterfalls, this one tends to dry up during the hot summer season, which is when its lake becomes shallow and crystal clear. If you want to witness the waterfall in all of its high-water glory, you should either opt for springtime or for rainy autumn. Even though it only drops for about 12 meters before reaching its lake, Virje is still stunning sight to see from every single angle.
Nestled in a small area just 23 kilometers out of the Slovenian capital city Ljubljana, the Hell Gorge canyon and the Borovniščica stream are the reason behind the formation of numerous lakes and waterfalls. The main road leads to a few easily reachable waterfalls and their hiking trail doesn’t require efforts. There are many other waterfalls hidden deep within the gorge, but if you want to visit them, you’d better prepare for some steep mountain paths. Real thrill-seekers will be more than pleased to learn that when the Hell Gorge waterfalls freeze during the winter, they become a popular adventurous spot for those daredevils who are practicing ice climbing.
The Boka falls is a two-section karst spring that happens to be among the most visited waterfalls in all of Slovenia due to its accessibility – and stunning beauty, of course. The falls’ upper section drops from the whopping 106 meters in height, whereas the other one – from a mere 33 meters, which are still lovely in their own way. Some parts of waterfalls can even be seen from the main road, but they are much more impressive when witnessed up close. The valley under the waterfalls leads to the famous Soca river, which also offers splendid views and additional attractions further along its course, such as rafting, paragliding, horseback riding, zip lining and more.
Similarly to the Boka falls, the Savica waterfall is also fed by a karst spring, but compared to the former one’s height, the Savica’s drop is less than 80 meters in height. The waterfall flows into an underground lake, which then leads to a stunning 600 meter high waterfall, which occurs only on extremely rare and super rainy occasions. The main waterfall, though, flows throughout the entire year and it only requires a 15 minute long walk from the Planinski Dom Savica lodge. Said mountain lodge significantly contributes to the ease of access and it’s a must-visit stop on your way for a taste of authentic Slovenian cuisine.
One of the most memorable waterfalls you could ever visit in all of Slovenia is Kozjak. Situated in a naturally formed rocky amphitheater, it gives off the impression that you’ve entered an otherworldly cave. The waterfall is part of the Kobarid Historic Trail – a 5 kilometer long hiking trail, which is filled with a variety of cultural and historical monuments dating back to ancient times. Needless to say, guided tours are often organized on these grounds, so the area can become overcrowded with tourists in the summer and especially on weekends. If you’re planning on visiting the Kozjak waterfalls, plan your trip ahead of time.