On a slightly cloudy day, my husband and I wanted to go on a small izlet to Bled, but once we reached our destination, the weather wasn’t as nice as we expected. So, we had a change of plan and visited the Soteska Vintgar – Vintgar Gorge, also known as the Blejski Vintgar – Bled Gorge, instead.
The natural scenery of Soteska Vintgar along the Radovna river that flows between the hills of Hom and Boršt was first discovered in 1891 by Jakob Žumer and Benedikt Lergetporer. Security ramps, wooden bridges and narrowed passages were constructed in 1893 for the public.
The previous rain made the flow of the Radovna river strong and roaring. At the slower and calmer part of the river, the color of the water was a beautiful shade of turquoise, which reminded me of the Tolminska Korita, and surprisingly clear – especially after so much rain.
The narrow path along the Radovna river was a bit slippery with puddles of water, but it was totally worth it!
The cleverly built walking path gave an amazingly close but safe view of the different features of the Radovna river: lovely rapids, small series of waterfalls and intriguing potholes on the side. Fishes could be easily seen through the very clear water.
The beautiful set of wooden bridges that crosses above the Radovna river are called the Žumer Galleries.
The 1,6 km path leads to the fantastic 16 m drop Šum waterfalls, the highest river waterfall in Slovenia and also the symbol of the Soteska Vintgar.
Despite the cloudy weather and occasional small droplets of rain, I really enjoyed my little outing in the Soteska Vintgar with my husband. Visit my Gallery for more photos.
Until next time,