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Triglav National Park

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Travel Guide Europe Slovenia Triglav National Park

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Introduction

Triglav National Park is the only national park in Slovenia. It was established in its modern form in 1981 and is located in the northwestern part of the country, respectively the southeastern part of the Alpine massif. Mount Triglav, the highest peak of Julian Alps, stands almost in the middle of the national park. From it the valleys spread out radially, supplying water to two large river systems with their sources in the Julian Alps: the Soča and the Sava, flowing to the Adriatic and Black Sea, respectively.

The Triglav National Park is among the earliest European parks; the first protection dates back to 1924 when the Alpine Conservation Park was founded. The principal task of the Triglav National Park Public Institution is the protection of the park, but it also carries out specialist and research tasks.

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Geography

The Triglav National Park extends along the Italian border and close to the Austrian border in the north-west of Slovenia, that is, in the south-eastern section of the Alps. Its territory is nearly identical with that occupied by the Eastern Julian Alps. The park covers 880 square kilometres, or 3% of the territory of Slovenia.

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Sights and Activities

Climbing Mount Triglav

Mount Triglav is the 2,864-metre high "Three-Headed" mountain found on everything Slovenian ranging from the national flag to Laibach's LP Krst pod Triglavom (Baptism under Triglav). While you don't need any climbing skills to ascend it, you should have no fear of heights or steep parts and you should trust your grip. Starting from the nearest mountain hut, the easiest route to the peak will take less than a day. There are many steep parts but everywhere there are cables and metal handles to hold on to. As on all mountains, the weather can be viciously changeable, with temperatures alternating between +30 and -10 °C, even in summer. The routes to the top are open only between June and October, and ascending with a guide is, while not legally mandated, very advisable due to the labyrinthine route. Most climbers spend two nights on the route, although fitness nuts have been known to complete it in a single day.

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Getting There and Around

Vintgar Gorge, in the northeastern corner of the park, is a 4.5-kilometre walk from Bled. Kluze Fortress, in the southwestern corner of the park is a 3.5-kilometre walk from Bovec. Pericnik Waterfall, in the northern section of the park, is a 6-kilometre walk from Dovje-Mojstrana.

Buses run hourly from Ljubljana to Ribčev Laz and Lake Bohinj (Bohinj Jezero), in the southeastern corner of the park . The buses stop in Bled and Kranj. The 30-kilometre journey from Bled takes 45 minutes.

There are around 6 trains a day each way between Bohinj and other stations to Nova Gorica. From Nova Gorica there are onward connections to every city in Italy and other parts of Slovenia. The train is cheap and the stations along the way are very picturesque with flowers adorning the station platforms and most of the journey offers impressive views of the turquoise Soca (Isonzo) river.

On selected weekends during the summer there is a steam train service between Nova Gorica and Bled. The tickets include a return journey and lunch at Bled Castle.

Many of the outdoor adventure agencies based in Bled run sports-based excursions to the park.

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Eat/Drink

Outside of the settlements, the mountain huts usually sell refreshments. In Ribcev Laz, many of the hotels have restaurants.

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Sleep

Better accommodation options are located in the nearby towns of Bled, Dovje-Mojstrana, Kranjska Gora, and Bovec.

Mountain huts offering simple meals and accommodation are scattered about the national park. Reservations are strongly advised in peak season. Camping is prohibited in the park.

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