Slovenia is one of the stunning European countries – full of charming cities, and natural wonders. From the pristine waters of Lake Bled and Bohinj to the picturesque shores of Lake Cerknica, here are the most beautiful lakes in Slovenia – each offering stunning views and serene settings for relaxation.
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Most beautiful lakes in Slovenia
Slovenia, located in Central Europe, is bordered by Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia.
It has incredible geographical diversity with alpine mountains in the northwest and low-lying plains in the south. Its highest peak is Mount Triglav (2,864 m) situated in the Julian Alps which form a part of the Eastern Alps mountain range.
Slovenia also features some stunning peaks and is home to numerous glacial lakes including Lake Bled, Bohinj, and Cerknica. Do add one of these prettiest lakes on your Slovenia road trip when you visit
1. Lake Bled
Lake Bled, located in the Julian Alps, is perhaps the most iconic of all Slovenian lakes. This glacial lake is best known for its small island, located in the middle and accessible by boat or a traditional pletna—a flat-bottomed wooden boat.
You can easily visit Lake Bled from Ljubljana – on a day trip or stay there overnight to experience the best of this little lakeside town and enjoy the lake.
When in Lake Bled go on a lovely stroll along the boardwalk, or embark on a half-day hike to soak in the lake views from various viewpoints such as Mala Osojnica.
A visit to Lake Bled island is a must. Rent a traditional boat and cruise to the island, pay a visit to the Assumption of Maria Church, and take in amazing views of the Julian Alps.
Beyond the lake, you can visit the Bled Castle, and spend a few hours there checking out exhibits. The castle perched atop a hill overlooking Lake Bled adds to its majestic beauty.
Pro tip: Ensure you stop at a local restaurant to try out Bled cream cake.
- Distance from Ljubljana: 56 km (55 minutes by road)
2. Lake Bohinj
Lake Bohinj is located near Lake Bled, about a 20-minute drive away.
It is also a glacial lake and the largest permanent lake in Slovenia. It is surrounded by lush forests of conifers and deciduous trees as well as several mountain peaks including Mount Triglav, which is the highest peak in Slovenia.
The emerald green waters of Bohinj are perfect for swimming, fishing, and other water sports such as paddle boarding and kayaking on the lake.
You can always enjoy a walk around the lake which is lovely at all times of the year. Summers are definitely better, but thanks to its popular neighbor Lake Bled – Bohinj is not super crowded!
If you love epic views, then consider riding the Vogel cable car. You can also hike up to the summit, which will take about 4+ hours. Mostnica Gorge hiking trail is another lovely hike!
Some of the sightseeing spots in and around Lake Bohinj include the Savica waterfall and the St. John the Baptist Church.
- Distance from Ljubljana: 83 km (1 hour and 15 minutes by road)
3. Lake Cerknica
Lake Cerknica is a bit different as it is a seasonal lake. Also known as a ‘disappearing lake’ due to the water level fluctuating depending on rainfall and snowmelt. The shape of the lake also tends to change depending on the water level.
The lake is mainly filled by autumn rains and the early spring thaw. It is a beautiful turquoise-colored lake when full of lush vegetation surrounding its shoreline and reveals mysterious sinkholes and fissures in its dry season.
The water comes from Karst springs, and the lake covers an average area of around 28 km2 when it is filled with water. When the water is dried up, the area is filled with rich flora.
You can visit Lake Cerknica by driving there or taking a bus. When at the lake, you can enjoy fishing, swimming, hiking, and windsurfing. It is a popular fishing spot. During winter months, ice skating is also popular.
Although a seasonal lake, you will find holiday rentals to stay overnight, and also hiking trails to enjoy the natural landscape.
- Distance from Ljubljana: 52 km (55 minutes by road)
4. Lake Jasna
Lake Jasna is surrounded by the Triglav National Park and is one of the most beautiful glacial lakes in Slovenia. The name of the lake is denoted to the two interconnected artificial lakes located near Kranjska Gora along the road to the Vršič pass.
There is also a smaller natural canyon near the confluence of the two artificial lakes.
The lake’s crystal clear waters are surrounded by lush green forests, making it a perfect spot for swimming and fishing.
There are also plenty of trails to explore around the lake, including walking paths around Jasna like the Jezero Jasna, and the forest path along the valley of Mala Pišnica.
You can also hike to Kozorog and soak in spectacular views of the lake and its surrounding forests. You can also opt for paragliding or white water rafting in the nearby Savinja River.
If you do not wish to hike, no problem – maybe settle in with a nice book and enjoy a summer picnic!
Jasna lakes are definitely one of the most popular lakes in Slovenia after Lake Bled for its picturesque location, pristine waters and gorgeous landscape.
Being surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Triglav National Park, the lake is worth visiting for hikes and while on your road trip!
- Distance from Ljubljana: 86 km (1 hour and 10 minutes by road)
5. Krn Lake
Located at the foot of Mount Krn is a lake of the same name. Lake Krn is situated at 1391 meters and boasts of being the largest high mountain lake in Slovenia.
The lake is beautiful, and you can embark on a 2+ hour hike to explore its diverse landscape. Hiking is the most popular activity here. Swimming is not allowed, as the water of the lake is home to a diverse ecosystem.
The lake saw the battles of Isonzo, and today you will still find cavities, and barbed wire onsite.
- Distance from Ljubljana: 131 km (2 hours and 30 minutes by road)
6. Triglav Lakes Valley or Seven Lakes Valley
The Triglav Lakes Valley is located in Triglav National Park, the only national park in Slovenia.
With more than ten lakes dotting its landscape and a variety of sizes and hues among them (such names as Brown Lake, Black Lake, or Green Lake give an indication of their color), this valley is nothing short of spectacular.
From its tranquil waters and lush forests to the breathtaking views of the Julian Alps, there’s something special about this valley that will draw you in.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to go swimming at the lake here, but can still hike or enjoy a stroll around nearby to soak in the views of one of Slovenia’s most beautiful destinations!
Note that the lake is also known as the Seven Lakes Valley.
- Distance from Ljubljana: 88 km (1 hour and 20 minutes by road)
7. Lake Black
The beautiful and mysterious Black Lake in Slovenia is truly one of the most stunning natural wonders in Europe.
Nestled in a basin deep within the Julian Alps of Slovenia, Black Lake lies at the lowest elevation of all lakes in Triglav Lakes Valley.
Its proximity to Komarča mountain rock face and its seclusion amongst lush forests give it an ethereal quality while also allowing for warmer temperatures than other nearby bodies of water.
The low elevation of the lake also makes the temperatures slightly warmer here, as compared to other lakes on this list that are located at a higher altitude.
Black Lake offers a plethora of activities to suit any type of traveler. You can take a leisurely stroll along its shores in the summer months or enjoy a hike.
There are plenty of swimming spots where you can take a dip in its inviting waters. You’ll also find nearby trails with woodland scenes and breathtaking views of the Julian Alps.
Biking is also allowed here. Winters are great for skiing and snowboarding.
No matter what activity you choose, the stunning views of Black Lake make it hard to leave. From swimming and exploring its shorelines to enjoying some thrilling watersports, a visit to this mysterious lake will be one you won’t soon forget!
- Distance from Ljubljana: 2 hours by road
8. Lake Ptuj
Ptuj Lake has become Slovenia’s most expansive lake since 1978. It encompasses an area of 420 hectares of land.
Located just a short drive from the town of Ptuj, Lake Ptuj is renowned for sailing, rowing, and fishing.
You can enjoy a host of water activities here from water sports, and relaxed strolls to beachside activities. They also host a number of championships and events throughout the year!
Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, Lake Ptuj in Slovenia is the perfect destination for all tastes.
- Distance from Ljubljana: 146 km (1 hour and 35 minutes by road)
9. Lovrenc Lakes
Lovrenc Lakes is a spectacular sight in the Pohorje area in Slovenia.
To get to the lake, you will have to walk through meadows and wetlands. Be ready to be mesmerized by the vegetation, rare flora, and 20 bog pools (small lakes) along the way.
For an even more awe-inspiring experience, you can also ascend the wooden tower near the highest pool for unimaginable sights of nature’s splendor.
Undoubtedly, hiking is one of the best ways to explore the lake; and there are easy ones. A circular hike will take about 2 to 3 hours.
Here, you can also take part in a variety of activities such as biking and sightseeing stops such as Schöne Brücken and Schöne Häuschen westlich von Ruse (along the Drava River).
To capture the beauty of the unique moor landscape, I recommend heading to the free hiking viewpoint – Aussichtsturm.
These lakes are part of the largest Slovenian forest reserve. Whether you are looking for adventure or relaxation, the Lovrenc lakes in Slovenia can offer something for everyone.
- Distance from Ljubljana: 150 km (1 hour and 30 minutes by road)
10. Lake Trboje
Explore the tranquil waters of Lake Trboje in Slovenia and you’ll be captivated by its waters.
Located in the village of Trboje, this is an artificial lake, and is surrounded by untouched lush greenery – a sight that will leave you mesmerized!
The lake was created by damming the Sava River for the Mavčiče hydroelectric power plant.
A number of villages lie at the lake, and it is known for its fauna, mainly fish and various species of birds. The lake is said to be the biggest nesting place of the common merganser. The flora is home to alpine species as well.
At Lake Trboje, you can go fishing for trout, and kayak or canoe across its glassy waters or take a leisurely stroll along its shoreline.
There is a boathouse nearby where you can rent a boat and enjoy a lovely ride on the lake.
- Distance from Ljubljana: 25 km (30 minutes by road)
11. Planšar Lake
Make a visit to the stunning Planšar Lake in Slovenia and you’ll be captivated by its picturesque surroundings. This is a small lake surrounded by green forest and towering mountains – a sight that will leave you mesmerized!
Long ago, a large glacial lake existed, and after its drainage evolved into Plansarsko Lake. Today, this idyllic spot is perfect for taking leisurely strolls or cycling across the well-maintained bike trails that form a circumference around it.
For those looking to explore further, nearby trails that wind through lush forests offer incredible views of the surrounding peaks. Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, Planšar Lake in Slovenia is the perfect destination for outdoor lovers.
Pro tip: Are you a cyclist looking for something adventurous? Look no further than the enchanting route from Ljubljana to Plansarsko Lake! Experience the beauty of quaint villages along your journey and take advantage of the bicycle rentals available.
- Distance from Ljubljana: 81 km (1 hour and 10 minutes by road)
12. Wild Lake
Discover one of Slovenia’s greatest natural treasures – the Wild Lake.
Situated near Idrija is one of Slovenia’s greatest natural wonders – the enigmatic Wild Lake. This karst lake serves as a living museum, boasting an emerald green surface that changes monstrously during rainfall.
The lake has been protected as a natural monument since 1967. And the beauty and majesty of this true wild water treasure make it unmissable on any Slovenian adventure!
From its shorelines, you can enjoy a 40-minute hike or stroll around it. There are designated walking areas, and the lake is accessible to strollers and wheelchair users.
The cliffs surrounding the lake are absolutely breathtaking. I recommend visiting the lake in the summer and spring months to enjoy the pristine emerald waters.
When visiting the lake, do stop by the town of Idrija and explore the Mining museum and the Gewerkenegg Castle nearby.
- Distance from Ljubljana: 55 km (45 minutes by road)
Planning your trip to Slovenia
Slovenia is a small country and one of the prettiest in the world. Its landscape is packed with outdoor activities and stunning natural attractions.
From the crystal clear waters to the lush forests of Triglav Lakes Valley, no matter what you’re looking for – Slovenia has something special that will both captivate and inspire you.
When planning your trip to Slovenia, make sure you research the area and decide what activities or attractions you want to experience. Whether it’s skiing in the Julian Alps, kayaking, or touring the Lovrenc lakes, there are plenty of ways to explore this beautiful country.
The capital city of Ljubljana is still your best bet to get to Slovenia and then explore the various lakes on this list. You can also check off a few lakes on a single day or road trip – like Lake Bled and Bohinj as they are located nearby.
If you are considering Ljubljana as a base, you will find plenty of accommodation options from hotels, hostels, glamping spots, and resorts. Public transport such as buses and taxis can be hired to get to the various lakes.
Of course, renting a car is always the best option. This way you will have the flexibility to enjoy hikes and take it slow.
Many of the lakeside areas also have amazing and affordable accommodation options; from quaint mountain cabins to hotels in the town center, there is something for all budgets if you wish to stay overnight.
Summers and late spring and fall are great for exploring the lakes and trails. Other than Lake Bled and Jasna, most of the others may not be as crowded even in warm summer days.
In order to enjoy hikes and strolling in and around the lake, ensure you pack sunscreen, a water bottle, and a lightweight jacket. As always ensure you are wearing proper footwear – hiking boots.
Slovenia’s stunning mountain peaks and breathtaking lakes make it an ideal destination for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers alike.
Whether you plan to take a dip in the tranquil waters of Lake Bled or marvel at the breathtaking views of Lake Bohinj, you won’t be disappointed.