The Triglav National Park is home to many amazing hikes, including the tallest mountain in Slovenia, hikes overlooking Lake Bohinj, stunning waterfalls, and the beautiful Mostnica Gorge.
This is a pretty famous hike in Triglav just a short drive away from Lake Bohinj in the town of Stara Fužina (where the Vogar Viewpoint hike starts as well).
After doing some of the popular hikes like Velika Osojnica overlooking lake Bled and the hikes around Lake Bohinj it was fun with a little change of scenery.
Hiking on both sides of Mostnica Gorge, watching the water flow, and admiring the power of the water will leave you in awe. You truly feel immersed in nature on this hike in the Triglav National Park. That’s what we love about it.
Mostnica Gorge gives you a real taste of Slovenia and how beautiful this outdoor-loving country is.
Even though there are no iconic views overlooking any lakes or mountains, the whole hike is so beautiful! The waterfalls and the views of the gorge are just incredible.
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Everything you need to know about Mostnica Gorge to Voje Waterfall
This hike starts near Lake Bohinj in the small town of Stara Fuzina which is actually where we stayed during our trip. At the bottom of this post, we’ll recommend our place of accommodation as well as a really good restaurant we ate at.
If you drive up to the trailhead of the Mostnica Gorge, there’s a parking lot in Stara Fuzina where you can park. You can also walk from Lake Bohinj but it will add at least 30 minutes each way on top of the hike.
Once you get to the trailhead, there’s an entrance fee of €3 per person to enter the Mostnica Gorge (discounts available for children, students, and seniors).
Payments seem quite normal on lots of these popular hikes near Lake Bohinj. We believe the money goes back to preserving these beautiful mountains and maintaining the trails. As long as that’s the case, we’re okay with paying for access to the trails.
Depending on the time of year you hike up Mostnica Gorge to Voje Waterfall you may or may not be surrounded by other hikers and travellers. We went on a rainy day in early October, so we barely saw any people on the trail.
However, as Lake Bohinj grows in popularity the trail continues to get more in popularity as well. So the summer months, as well as weekends, may be crowded with people.
The trail is super easy to follow but with lots of water and rain, it does get quite muddy and wet so wearing proper footwear is highly recommended. Besides that, it’s a stunning hike with awesome views around every corner.
Depending on how far you want to hike you can either go to the waterfall at the end (Voje Waterfall). Alternatively, you can also turn around at one of the few checkpoints.
If you do the full hike, it’s a 12 km moderate to hard hike that will leave you in awe of Slovenia by the end of it!
Practical information about the Mostnica Gorge hike
Distance: 11.7 km return / 7.3 miles return
Elevation: Roughly 343 m / 1125 ft. elevation gain
Type: Loop trail (almost an in-and-out trail though)
Length: 3.5-4 hours total (with a quick snack break)
Fee to enter: €3
Starting the hike at the Stara Fuzina parking lot
Right at the Bohinj Tourism office in Stara Fuzina, you’ll find a (paid) parking lot where you can leave your car for €3 an hour. This is probably the best spot to park.
This way you’re not far from the trailhead and also right in the center of Stara Fuzina which is a cozy little town where you can get food after the hike.
There’s even a small grocery store right there if you need to grab any snacks for the hike. Once you’re ready, you’ll cross the street and start following the Mostnica River upstream. This is the easiest way to get to the starting point of the hike up to Voje Waterfall.
Similar to the Velika Osojnica hike next to Lake Bled we love how the start of this trail brings you past all the local cottages and farmers in Stara Fuzina. You see these old-school tractors, chickens running around, and goats on the side of cliffs. It’s so authentic and we’re here for it!
There’s something magical about a place like this that even though tourism has started to boom they still stick to their roots and continue living the way they always have.
You can see some money has been put back into renovating some of the older cottages which shows the locals really care about their homes.
And despite there being some newer houses and some new cars, in general, it still feels like this area has looked the same for decades. There’s something cool about that.
We hope you enjoy this section of the trail before the actual hike starts. You’ll walk next to a small stream which is actually a man-made stream that brings water from the Mostnica River down to Stara Fuzina!
Hiking towards the beginning of Mostnica Gorge
Once you’ve walked past the little farmhouses and cottages, you will see a trail that connects to the man-made stream we were talking about! It’s quite cool walking next to this. You can see how they created this stream to bring water to the local mill and all the houses in town.
After a short walk, you’ll see the Mostnica River where the water in the stream is coming from. The power of the water is incredible and also quite terrifying. Don’t worry, the trail is safe!
Along the stream and river, there are a few stops where you can get some great pictures of the Mostnica River flowing.
As you continue you’ll finally get to the trailhead where the actual hike starts. It will be quite obvious because that’s where the little hut is where you have to pay an entry fee. It costs €3 per person to enter so make sure you have cash with you.
It’s quite normal on a few of the easier-to-access hikes around Bohinj and Bled that you have to pay a small fee to enter.
If you do come really early, before 8 am or later in the day after 5 pm then there most likely won’t be anyone working so you can just walk through.
The day we visited, there was actually no one working to take the payment. It could be because we went on a rainy day in the off-season. But just to be sure, have some Euros with you in case you need to pay.
Walk along the Mostnica Gorge towards Voje Waterfall
Now you have the choice of which way you want to go. Since it’s a loop trail you’ll end up doing the whole thing anyways. We recommend hiking up to Voje Waterfall counterclockwise (turn right at the fork in the road).
It’s what our local host told us so we trusted her recommendation. We felt it was also nice going up this way so that’s what we’ll recommend to you as well.
This hike is so beautiful! Walking through the gorge where every bend and corner you pass you have another amazing view.
The sheer power of the water flowing through the gorge is incredible. It’s such a unique hike and one of the favourites we’ve done in Slovenia so far.
As you continue on the trail, you’ll also continue to see waterfalls and the water snaking through this incredible gorge. Every 30 seconds feels like a good spot to take pictures and that’s not even an exaggeration!
As you continue to Voje Waterfall you’ll pass by a little mountain cottage (Slap Voye is the name) that serves as a little rest stop for coffee and food.
The Voje Waterfall is only a few minutes past the cottage so you can decide if you want to stop before or after you see the waterfall.
This is the perfect spot to take a little break, enjoy the waterfall, and relax before you make the journey back down to Stara Fuzina!
Back down from Voje Waterfall to Stara Fuzina
Once you’ve taken in the beauty of Voye Waterfall and hopefully gotten a coffee or an ice cream, you can pick which way you want to go back down.
The trails aren’t that different. One of them is the same way you came up to Voje Waterfall and the other is just on the other side of the Mostnica Gorge. Both trails run parallel to the gorge.
Just to switch it up we recommend going the other way down. This turns the hike into more of a “loop trail” (even though we wouldn’t consider it a typical loop trail) and you get some different views on the way back.
The views coming down are just as nice as they are going up. You’ll get a different perspective of the gorge and this way you’ll be hiking in the same direction as the water is flowing.
After a while, you’ll pass the hut where you paid the entry fee to get onto the Mostnica Gorge Trail. Continue the same way back as you came from Stara Fuzina. The next thing you know you’ll be back at your car!
Grab a bite to eat in Stara Fuzina
This part of the hike is obviously an added bonus! The reason why we’re adding it here is because the restaurant we went to in Stara Fuzina was so good.
Gostilna in Picerija Bohinj is a local restaurant only a few minutes walk from the parking lot where you started the hike.
The service was great, quick, and the variety of food was really nice. From pizza, pasta, soups, salads, and some more local meals there’s something for everyone there.
It’s a nice place to relax and have a bit to eat or some coffee. In the summer they have a huge outdoor seating area and in the cooler months, you can cozy up inside.
What to bring on the Mostnica Gorge hike
As we mentioned, there’s a grocery store at the beginning of the hike as well as a mountain restaurant at the turning point so you’re really never far from food and snacks.
You should still pack a big bottle of water for your trip (reusable of course). We always bring our LifeStraw bottles and can highly recommend them if you’re in need of a new water bottle with a filter.
We hiked Mostnica Gorge in early October and since it was deep in the trees it did get quite chilly. So depending on what time of year you’re hiking in Slovenia, you might want to pack a few layers.
We also just throw everything imaginable that way we may need into our Osprey day hiking bags which are great. We usually bring everything from a tripod to a power bank and all the food we may need for the specific hike.
The nice thing is that this hike isn’t too long and there’s a restaurant next to Voje Waterfall and the grocery store in town. So even if you don’t feel like packing too much food you can always grab something before the hike or at the waterfall.
Packing list for Mostnica Gorge:
- Water! We always fill up our LifeStraw bottles before hikes and even during them when we can. Make sure to fill it up beforehand. You can fill it up at the restaurant where the hike starts
- Sunscreen is highly recommended when hiking in Slovenia during the summer months. This hike isn’t the best example since you’ll be covered in the trees for most of the hike but on other hikes around Triglav National Park you’ll be quite exposed
- A power bank is always nice to have on any hike you do! You don’t want a dead phone halfway through a hike or when you have to navigate back to your accommodation.
- Bring some snacks to enjoy while you hike Mostnica Gorge if you don’t want to eat at one of the places we recommended.
- It’s always nice to have hiking poles! Especially if you’re planning to play the long-term hiking game and hike forever – then hiking poles will go a long way.
Where to stay near Lake Bohinj
One of the nice things about staying near Lake Bohinj compared to Lake Bled is that it’s way less touristy! You’re also closer to a bunch of amazing hikes and it’s also going to be more affordable for the most part.
We have two awesome accommodations we can recommend if you plan to stay near Lake Bohinj for a few days and hike around the area. One is quite cheap but really good. The other is an authentic stay and very homie and just a full-on experience.
Hostel Pod Voglom next to Lake Bohinj
Hostel Pod Voglom is a hostel located right on Lake Bohinj. They have everything you need to have an awesome time at the lake.
The hostel has some great equipment you can rent. From canoes and kayaks you can take out on Lake Bohinj to mountain bikes you can take up and down the mountains, they have everything you could possibly need.
In the winter they also have snowshoeing, sledding, and monoski! How fun is that!?
There’s even a bus stop located right in front of the hostel so it’s super easy to get to from Lake Bled or Ljubljana.
It’s a great place to stay if you want to meet people and find some adventure friends to explore the area with.
🌿 Bonus info: This is a Travel Sustainable property (meaning the hostel has taken steps to be more sustainable).
Old Mill House Stara Fuzina
The Old Mill House is one of the coolest places we’ve stayed at!
It truly is an Old Mill House that has been passed down from generation to generation. There’s so much history and things to see that are connected to this house that it’s really interesting.
The owners (who live upstairs) will give you a tour of the place and share some interesting things about how the mill operated and their family.
They will also give you some good hike recommendations and tell you about other things to do in the area. She was the one who actually recommended Mostnica Gorge to us. (You can actually do this hike from the front door of the Old Mill House).
The house itself is newly renovated. You have the whole main floor to yourself and it’s really cozy. Great for a family or a group of friends. There’s also the smaller Old Mill House which is great if you’re just a couple.
Stara Fuzina is only a 5-minute drive to Lake Bohinj so you’re also not far from the lake either!
For more inspiration on where to stay, check out this post:
Top 5 Bohinj Hotels for an Unforgettable Stay
How to get from Ljubljana to Bohinj
Having a car to explore Slovenia is probably the easiest way to get between all the different cities and hiking spots.
Buses do run and actually, there is a bus directly from Ljubljana to Bohinj so it’s not that inconvenient. However, if you want easy access to the trailheads, having a car is super convenient.
Then you still have to get to the trailhead of some of the hikes which is a lot easier by car. So renting or having a car is ideal but it’s doable by bus which is great!
Rent a car in Ljubljana
Renting a car is by far the best option for this hike and also for many of the hikes in and around Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj.
Cars are fairly affordable to rent from the Ljubljana Airport and being able to drive will save you lots of time getting to and from all the trailheads.
We always check DiscoverCars to compare the prices between the different cars and rental companies. We’ve used them multiple times and have always had good experiences – even when we had to make changes to the booking!
Taking the bus to Bohinj
You can actually take a bus directly from Ljubljana that goes through Lake Bled and then stops in Bohinj after.
Arriva is the main company that does these bus trips daily and they run quite frequently during peak season and less frequently during the off season.
You can also look at all the other ways to get to Lake Bohinj. It’s not that hard even if you don’t have a car!
Before you hike Mostnica Gorge
Check the weather near Lake Bohinj
No matter where you hike, you should always check the weather before you go. You don’t want to get caught in the middle of the gorge during a thunderstorm or a heavy rainstorm.
You can see the weather for Stara Fuzina here which is the town right next to the start of the hike. This way you’ll have a good idea of what the weather’s like near the hike.
It’s always better to throw a few extra things into your backpack and carry it than not have them. There are times when we have gone underprepared for hikes and we always ended up regretting it at some point during the hike.
Wear hiking shoes
Almost everywhere in Slovenia up in the mountains proper hiking shoes are recommended. We wear them on all mountain hikes we do. It makes the hike so much more enjoyable.
It’s also a lot safer especially with all the loose rocks, roots, and other things you find on the trail.
We hiked all around Lake Bohinj in early October and because of all the rain, the majority of the trails were muddy and filled with water. It would not have been fun with regular walking shoes!
Best time to hike Mostnica Gorge
Summer is always a beautiful time to visit anywhere – Slovenia included. The nice thing about coming to Bohinj in the summer is that you can enjoy the beautiful lake as well and go for a kayak or canoe.
Since Mostnica Gorge is mostly shaded it’s actually nice doing it when it’s warm and sunny since it’ll be a pleasant temperature inside the forest. The days are also longer in the summer so you have more time to be outside and enjoy the hikes.
The only downside to visiting Bohinj in the summer is that the hiking trails around Lake Bohinj and Mostnica Gorge will be busier during the summer months. That’s life though, adventure seekers, tourists, and locals want to explore beautiful places – and this is a beautiful place!
You may also like…
- Hiking to Velika Osojnica Viewpoint Lake Bled
- Walking the Scenic Bohinj Lake Trail: A Must-Do in Triglav National Park
- 3 Fun Bohinj Hiking Trails to Check Off Your List While in Slovenia
- Top 5 Bohinj Hotels for an Unforgettable Stay
- Hiking to the Famous Vogar Viewpoint Overlooking Lake Bohinj
Recap of the Mostnica Gorge hike to Voje Waterfall
That’s everything you need to know about Mostnica Gorge and the Voje Waterfall. It’s an awesome hike right off the town of Stara Fuzina. More known as a local hike that over the years has gained tourist popularity.
It makes sense, though. It’s such a beautiful hike with an incredible water flow throughout the whole hike. You add the mighty Voje Waterfall at the end and you have one of the most beautiful hikes in Lake Bohinj.
It’s also nice that there’s a little restaurant to grab a bite to eat on the trail. It makes for a nice day hike!
Enjoy this amazing hike in Slovenia! If you have questions on how to get there then DM us on Instagram @redwhiteadventures or leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you right away.
Enjoy the view and hike – and make sure to enjoy some yummy food while you’re at it as well!