The highlight of the Julian Alps region is the beautiful Triglav National Park.; protected since 1924 it is abundant in lush forests, mountain streams, tranquil lakes as well as being home to thousands of species of flora and fauna. The lakes of Bled and Bohinj must be visited; great views of the latter can be had by taking the cable car to the Mount Vogel lookout. Have your camera ready! Meanwhile, you should also take the opportunity to visit the 1000 year old castle on the cliffs at Lake Bled. On a nice day, the panoramic views from the ramparts are breathtaking.
Whether you're there in summer or winter, there are plenty of things to do in the stunning Julian Alps region. Adventurous holidaymakers can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, fishing, cycling, hiking and kayaking...among many other activities. For more relaxed pursuits, jump on the electric boat and cross Lake Bohinj, or a traditional wooden boat ('pletna') from the shores of Lake Bled to the tiny island in the middle, home to the beautiful St Mary's Church of Assumption which dates back to 1685. Inside, ring the bell and make a wish! Tourists can also rent their own row boat and take a spin around the lake at their own pace. For something a little different; in the tiny village of Studor, only minutes from Lake Bohinj, drop into Oplenova Hisa, a 200 year old farmhouse that has since been transformed into a museum. Be sure to say hello to our friend Gregor; if you're lucky he'll invite you in for a glass of homemade pear schnapps as you step back in time and see how the locals lived in earlier days. Only a few kilometres from the borders of Italy and Austria, Kranjska Gora is especially popular in the winter for its ski stations. However in the summer, make use of the 19 marked hiking trails, 15 cycling tracks and rafting and kayaking options nearby.
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There are some great festivals throughout the year; such as Bled Days (every year during the last weekend in July) which sees the lake set alight with beautiful lights and fireworks, and the International Wildflower Festival in Bohinj (each spring), throwing the spotlight on the different varieties of alpine flowers in the region.