National parks in Zgornje Gorje

Vintgar

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The Vintgar Gorge or Blejski Vintgar, Bled Gorge is a 1.6 km gorge located near the settlement of Zgornje Gorje, four kilometers northwest of Bled, Slovenia. Carved by the river Radovna, the sheer canyon walls are 50 to 100 m high, with a total slope measuring about 250 m. The stream has created many erosive features such as pools and rapids, and terminates in the picturesque 13-m Šum Falls (literally, 'noisy falls').

History

Discovered in 1891 by Jakob Žumer and Benedikt Lergetporer, the gorge was soon after equipped with wooden observation walkways and bridges, and was opened to the public on August 26, 1893. The walkways have been renovated several times since; a hydroelectric dam has also been built below the gorge and a railway bridge for the Jesenice-Most na Soči line across it, but natural beauty of the Vintgar Gorge remains and continues to draw visitors.

As the first mountain gorge in the area to be made accessible to tourists, the word vintgar has been generalized in Slovene to refer to other scenic, protected gorges. Etymologically, the word is derived from German Windegg(er), referring to a place exposed to the wind.

Geology

Before the last ice age, the Radovna River flowed eastward. After being dammed by the ice and detritus of the Bohinj glacier, the resulting lake cut a new path northeast through a soft layer of triassic limestone between the peaks Poljana (884 m) and Hom (844 m), towards the Upper Sava Valley.

Sources

  • Official Gazette of Upper Carniola, #6, 1989
  • Official Gazette of The Socialist Republic of Slovenia, #17, 1981
  • Inventory of Important Natural Heritage of Slovenia, 1991
  • The Wild Romance of Vintgar Canyon, Marjan Zupan, Bled 2006
  • Slovenski etimološki slovar, Marko Snoj, 2003

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Gábor Kertai
26 September 2011
It's worth to take the long route on the way back, you get to see some beautiful landscapes of small villages, meadows and the huge mountains surrounding the Bled area.
Sandra M.
5 July 2013
Breathtaking experience, wooden paths hanging above clesr blue cool water full of trouts. Entrance for 4 EUR, definitely worth it.
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