Frequently asked questions

  • How exhausting and long is the route?

The route is medium demanding, includes several stairs, at some locations it ascends or descends. The route through the gorge itself takes about half an hour, and it will take about an hour or an hour and a half to return, depending on the choice of the return route.

  • How long will it take me to visit the gorge?

It depends on how crowded it is and on your physical condition. We recommend that you plan two to three hours in case of a return visit, less outside the main tourist season, more in July and August. We recommend that you visit the gorge right after the opening, in the morning. You will then encounter the fewest visitors and save time.

  • For whom is the path suitable (young children, the elderly, the disabled)?

The visit is suitable for those capable of intense walk for more than two hours. It is not possible to pass the gorge with a stroller or a wheelchair.

  • What are the options to return?

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  • What is the temperature of the water?

The water temperature is constant throughout the year, around 5 ° C.

  • Can I swim in the gorge and if so, where?

Swimming in the Vintgar Gorge is not allowed due to extremely dangerous rapids, waterfalls and sensitive biodiversity. The Vintgar Gorge is located in the TNP protected area, swimming can cause damage to the nature. For swimming we recommend swimming areas at Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj.

  • What is the appropriate footwear for visiting the gorge?

Hiking boots or at least enclosed sports shoes are the most appropriate. In the case of rain, the trail is slippery, so put on shoes that won’t slip (hiking or trekking shoes).

  • What are the appropriate clothes for visiting the gorge?

For a visit to the gorge dress sporty and a little warmer than you would otherwise. It is always colder in the gorge than elsewhere.  You will walk along the Radovna River, which has 5 degrees Celsius constantly.  It is recommended that you wear a raincoat. The weather in the Alps can be very unpredictable, rain may always surprise you. In case of rain, the Vintgar Gorge is still open to visit.

  • Can I do drone shots?

No. The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in the area of ​​the national park is restricted by the protection regime established by the Triglav National Park Act, which forbids aircraft flying.

The use of drones for film and video recording is permitted only in the areas of infrastructure and residential areas.  In the natural environment of the national park, the use of drones is only allowed for the production of documentaries and promotional films intended for the promotion of the park and local communities, taking into account the noise limits of such devices and the flight altitude above several areas. You need a permission to shoot in the TNP area.

When using drones, it is also necessary to comply with the sectoral legislation applicable to the entire territory of Slovenia (Regulation on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles).

Source: TNP.si

  • What fish swim in the Radovna River?

The most common fish in the river are brown trout (Salmo trutta m. Fario), brook trout ( Salvelinus fontinalis ) and rainbow trout ( Oncorhynchus mykiss ). Fishing in the gorge is forbidden. More information about fishing in the Radovna River can be found at: https://www.ribiskekarte.si/zavod-za-ribistvo-slovenije/radovna-2

  • Who can I contact with a complaint?

Complaints can be sent to the e-mail address [email protected], we will reply to you as soon as possible.

  • Which river flows through the gorge and where does it flow?

The Radovna River runs through the gorge. It originates from the Radovna valley. It flows into the Sava Dolinka near Moste in Žirovnica.

  • Where can I go for lunch / snack / dinner in the surrounding area?

In Gorje and when entering the Vintgar Gorge, we recommend:

  • Restaurant Fortuna
  • Vintgar Inn
  • Pizzeria Betlehem

At the exit (Šum Waterfall) we recommend:

  • Jurček Inn (at the church of St. Catherine)
  • Pri Jurču Inn (Blejska Dobrava)
  • When is the least crowded time to visit the gorge?

It is least crowded in the spring, in April and May, and in the autumn in late September, October and November.  In the summer months, it is least crowded in the morning when it opens and in the late afternoon. Most visits are between 9am and 2pm.  During the winter months, the gorge is closed to visitors for safety reasons.

  • How can I get to the Vintgar Gorge by public transport?

During the summer months, there is a shuttle bus which drives on the route Bled – the Vintgar Gorge and costs 1€.

You can arrive by local bus – exit at Podhom or Spodnje Gorje bus station.

By train, you arrive at the Podhom railway station to enter the gorge, you can return back to Bled by train from the Vintgar railway station in Blejska Dobrava (one-way visit). 

  • Is the Vintgar Gorge open when it rains?
Yes. The Vintgar Gorge is also open when it rains. It closes only in case of emergency. In the event of rain, wear a raincoat and waterproof shoes that will not slip. Umbrellas are not recommended as they can be disturbing to other visitors in the narrow parts of the route.
  • Is the gorge open on Sundays and public holidays?
Yes. The gorge is open all days during working hours, from April to November. Working time is posted on our website. The gorge closes only in case of extreme weather conditions.
  • Are dogs allowed?
Yes. Entrance with dogs is allowed, but they need to have a ticket. All dogs must be on a leash, the owners must clean up after their pets. We recommend a visit with a pet in the morning or after 3:00 in the afternoon.
  • Can I get in with a stroller?
No. Entrance with strollers is not possible as the nature of the path does not allow visitors to pass it with a stroller.
  • Can I get in with a wheelchair?
No. Due to technical reasons, entrance with a wheelchair is not possible. The nature of the path does not allow visitors on wheelchairs to pass it in certain parts.
  • Can I get in with a mountain bike?
No. The route is intended for walkers only, so bikes are forbidden.
  • Is kayaking through the gorge allowed?
No. The gorge is located in the area of the Triglav National Park (TNP) where navigation is restricted. In addition, the gorge is very unpredictable and dangerous.  More information about where to navigate in the TNP can be found at:  https://www.tnp.si/sl/obiscite/nepozabna-dozivetja/vodni-sporti/
  • What types of tickets can you buy?
One-way or two-way tickets are available. To return with the one-way ticket, two routes can be followed. With a two-way ticket, you return the same route. We sell tickets for adults, students, seniors, children under 6, children ages 6 to 15, and pets.
  • How long is the ticket valid?
The ticket is valid for a one-time entry into the gorge on the same day.  Tickets cannot be purchased in advance unless you purchase your ticket online.
  • Can I return with the same ticket later in the day?
No. The ticket is valid for a one-time entry into the gorge on the same day.
  • Why should an infant or a baby (barely a few months old) pay an entrance fee?
Every visitor to the gorge – even a baby – must have a ticket.  A ticket means that you are insured in case of an accident.
  • What do I get with my ticket?
With a ticket you gain a one-off entry into the Vintgar Gorge.
  • Do you accept foreign currencies?
No. We accept Euros. Payment is also possible by a payment card.
  • Which cards do you accept?
We accept Visa, Maestro, Mastercard, and Caranta payment cards.
  • Can I return my ticket in case of bad weather?
No. The gorge is also open when it rains. We suggest that you check the weather before visiting the Vintgar Gorge. It is always advisable to have a raincoat. The weather in the Alps can be very unpredictable.
  • Where can I park my car or my camper van?
On appropriately marked parking areas.
  • Can I spend the night with a camper van / vehicle in the TD (tourism association) Gorje parking lot?
No. With a camper van or other vehicles you can only spend the night at camper stops or at campsites. Campsites nearby are: Camping Perun (Blejska Dobrava), Camping Bled and Camping Šobec.
  • How high is the parking fee and how long can I have my car parked?
Parking for a car is € 5, for a camper or van € 10, for a bus € 15.   During your visit, you may be parked in the Vintgar Gorge for approximately 4 hours.
  • What months of the year are you open?
The Vintgar Gorge is open from April to November. The exact opening and closing days are dictated by the weather and the situation in the gorge.
  • Why is the gorge closed in winter?
The gorge is closed during the winter months due to dangerous conditions for visitors and urgent maintenance work.
  • Do teachers / unemployed / disabled have a ticket discount?
No. We offer tickets for adults, students, seniors, children under 6, children ages 6 to 15, and pets.
  • Do journalists have free entry?
Conditionally.  Journalists are offered free entry upon prior announcement at [email protected] and submission of proof of expertise.