On the second day in Bled, we did a little trip outside the town and to the nature, having the Vintgar Gorge as our destination. Vintgar is a well-known attraction just outside Bled, where a 1,6km long path goes along the Radovna-river. Along the route, the crystal clear water making its way in between two almost vertical walls creates spectacular views , including a variety of rapids, pools and waterfalls. The gorge is one of the most popular attractions within the Bled area, and for a good reason!
As there are no bus lines to the gorge, we rented bicycles from our hotel early in the morning and headed towards Vintgar. The journey to the path was approximately 4km from the center, and basically nothing else but uphill most of the way. Oh well, I had been missing my exercise… And not to make things any easier, the route was not that well marked in the first turns, nor was the map we received from the hotel that informative. So, with around 10 intersections within the first 500m or so, we did struggle a bit, but somehow managed to make all the right turns and ended up finding the right route all the way to the gorge. So, in case you’re planning on making the trip with bikes, be prepared for a little adventure, or frustration, which ever way you like to see it.
Once there, we started our stroll along the path, eager to find out whether the place really was as beautiful as everyone was saying. And it was. During the one and a half kilometers, we walked on a narrow man-made wooden path right next to the rapids and the pools, crossing the water several times, this making sure we saw the rock walls, the water, and the spectacular scenery from all different angles. To me, the timing visit to the gorge was just perfect. After spending over a week in bustling cities, getting closer to the nature and away from all the noise and crowds was just perfect for a change. Now that I’m looking back to our trip, this visit was actually one of the best parts for me during the whole trip, because it was so different, and at the same time a refreshingly different from all the others. And yes, of course, the scenery was amazing too.
We were lucky to be there when the path was not that packed, so we could walk on our own pace, except for a short part where we catched up a whole bus load of people and could not get past them for a while. Passing on the route is rather challenging in many parts, so if you are not as lucky as we were, and happen to arrive there right after a few busses, you’ll end up walking in the crowds rather slowly, or losing your nerves trying to pass all the people.. When bearing in mind that the narrow path is for people going in both directions of the gorge, the good thing is that the groups usually tend to walk only one way, as the busses pick the groups up from the other end. Otherwise the whole path would be just chaotic, as everyone trying to get past each other. We, however were not given bikes that would magically arrive to the other end of the path by themselves, so we did walk the path both ways, just like almost everyone else who was not on an organized tour. However, on the way back, not that many people were seen, so we could easily focus on the scenery.
In total, the trip to Vintgar took us some three hours, so even if you are doing just a day trip to Bled, the gorge can easily be visited still. The bikes can be rented all around the town with reasonable prices, we ended up paying just over 10 euros for two bikes for this trip. And in case you are worried about the uphill trip to the gorge, there are also electric bikes available.