Vintgar Gorge, near Lake Bled, Slovenia

Hiking trail and bridge over the Radovna RIver along Vintgar Gorge, near Bled, Slovenia

Hiking trail and bridge over the Radovna River along Vintgar Gorge, near Bled, Slovenia

The Radovna River cuts the Vintgar Gorge deep between the hills of Hom and Borst, near Lake Bled, in northwestern Slovenia, near Austria.

Many trout were spotted in the Radovna River, near Bled, Slovenia

Many trout were spotted in the Radovna River, near Bled, Slovenia

The gorge is flanked by steep slopes overgrown with beech forests.  The Radovna River was full of trout, reminding us of the trout-filled rivers of Montana in the U.S. northwest.

Cantilevered hiking trail along Vintgar Gorge, near Bled, Slovenia

Cantilevered hiking trail along Vintgar Gorge, near Bled, Slovenia

The gorge was not discovered until 1891 by the mayor of a town near Bled.  A few years later the gorge was opened to the public.  Over the following decades hiking trails and the cantilevered section of trail along the river near the entrance were constructed.

Vintgar Gorge widens with the Radovna River, near Bled, Slovenia

Vintgar Gorge widens with the Radovna River, near Bled, Slovenia

Radovna River in the Vintgar Gorge, near Bled, Slovenia

Radovna River in the Vintgar Gorge, near Bled, Slovenia

Rapids on the Radovna River, near Bled, Slovenia

Rapids on the Radovna River, near Bled, Slovenia

We hiked a little over a mile to reach the dam and waterfall, going beyond it to see the gorge open up with a wonderful view of the valley and the Julian Alps, beyond.

Dam and waterfall on the Radovna River in the Vintgar Gorge, near Bled, Slovenia

Dam and waterfall on the Radovna River in the Vintgar Gorge, near Bled, Slovenia

Vintgar Gorge and the Julian Alps, near Bled, Slovenia

Vintgar Gorge and the Julian Alps, near Bled, Slovenia

3 thoughts on “Vintgar Gorge, near Lake Bled, Slovenia

  1. We had a girls choir from Slovenia perform at the Gualala Arts Center here a few yers ago and three of the girls stayed with us. Beautiful people and a beautiful country. Enjoy!

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