The Julian Alps and Triglav National Park
Experience the Julian Alps on your own. Conquer one of the two thousand peaks. Embark on a journey of exploring the hidden jewellery of the Julian Alps. Get to know the natural resources of the Alpine region and the rich cultural heritage, mighty peaks, vast forests, picturesque meadows and crystal clear waters.
The Julian Alps offer endless possibilities for your next outdoor experience. Have we piqued your interest?
In 2018, Lonely Planet ranked the Julian Alps among the ten most attractive regions in the world.
About the Julian Alps
The Julian Alps are a large and highest mountain group in Slovenia. They are located in the southern and eastern parts of the Alps and form part of the Southern Limestone Alps.
The Julian Alps cover more than 4,000 square kilometres. They consist of the Eastern and Western Julian Alps.
The Eastern Julian Alps are located entirely on Slovenian territory. The highest peak is Triglav (2864 m).
The Western Alps are mainly on the Italian side. The highest peak is Montaž (2753 m).
The Julian Alps are also home to the only national park in Slovenia, the Triglav National Park (TNP).
Triglav National Park
Triglav National Park covers more than 80,000 hectares. The highest peak, Triglav, is located in the heart of the Eastern Julian Alps. The lowest point of the Triglav National Park is in the Tolmin Gorge at 180 m.
The Julian Alps are home to many animal and plant species. Most of them are protected.
This alluring park is most popular and visited due to its beauty and many natural attractions. Most tourists are charmed by one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. Emerald river Soča.
Among mountain lovers, the most besieged peaks are Triglav (2864m), Škrlatica, Mangart, Jalovec, Krn (2250m), Kredarica and many others.
Natural resources of the Julian Alps
There are many Alpine valleys in the Julian Alps. If you go to the mountains, you will choose one of the Tamar valleys as your starting point, or maybe Vrata, Kot, Krma, Trenta, Bavšica or Koritnica.
All these alpine valleys hide hidden corners accessible to only a few. Many waterfalls are in the valleys of the Julian Alps.
The most powerful is the Boka waterfall, one of the most beautiful is the Peričnik waterfall, the most visited Savica waterfall. One of the most mysterious is certainly the Kozjak waterfall. You will find the waterfall hidden in a cave.
Waterfalls are most watery in late spring when the snow melts in the mountains.
Lakes are also attractive for visitors to the Julian Alps. The most popular is Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled.
Many people are excited by the highest lying Krn Lake. The Triglav and Kriška lakes you will find in a picturesque mountain landscape.
We must not forget the many rivers and streams that form many rapids, gorges and waterfalls along the way. The nature of the Julian Alps is appealing.
What to do in Julian Alps and Triglav National Park
The Julian Alps are a paradise for hikers, climbers and mountain bikers. Numerous well-kept hiking trails lead through valleys, villages, forests to the highest mountains. Along the way, you will admire many natural sights and unspoiled nature. Crystal clear waters are drinkable almost all over the July Alps.
Rivers and lakes allow for many water activities. If you like more adrenaline-fueled outdoor activities, you will descend the rapids of the alpine rivers. Activities are available: rafting, kayaking, canoeing, wild river SUP, belliak and canyoning. If you prefer calm waters, you can swim in one of the lakes or calm-rivers. You can take a boat ride or explore with a SUP board.
Adrenaline parks, paragliding and a “zipline” are also available for adrenaline enthusiasts.
In winter, there are many ski resorts in Kranjska gora, Cerkno, Vogelj and high mountain Kanin. In winter, there are many cross-country ski trails. You can go on a winter hike or snowshoeing. If you are a fan of climbing, you should try ice climbing on icy waterfalls.
So what is your favourite activity? What experience will you choose?