Travel to Slovenia
Day 6 Bled - Logarska Dolina - Lasko (167 Km.)
(in 87 Km.) Logarska Dolina: We left Bled, we crossed through the port of Seebergsattel and we entered for a few kilometers in Austria, to return again to Slovenia to visit Logarska Dolina. It is one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in Europe, which surprises visitors with the peaks of the Kamniško-Savinjski Alps, the Rinka slap waterfall and other waterfalls, with a large number of natural and cultural features that also enrich the neighboring valleys of Robanov kot and Matkov kot. The valley is a starting point for mountaineering routes and here it is possible to practice cycling, archery, horse riding, free skiing, cross-country skiing, tobogganing and climbing the frozen waterfalls. In the nearby Solcava, a village located in the high mountains, there is an artificial wall for ice climbing.
This deep valley was created by the game of nature in the heart of the Alps of Kamnik-Savinjas, surrounded by the high peaks of Kroficka, Ojstrica, Lucka Baba, Planjava, Brana, Turska Gora and Rinke, all of them above 2000 meters. The creation of this picturesque valley of the Alps happened during the last Ice Age, by a huge "U" shaped glacier 7 km long, 250 meters wide. The valley is divided into three parts: the lower part is called Log, the central Plest, while the upper part is known as Kot. Log and Plest are covered by meadows, while Kot is partially covered by forests. Behind the green scenery of the forest you can hear the magnificent Rinka waterfall.
Logarska Dolina - Slap Palenk / Palenk waterfall
The Logarska Dolina Walking Trail is a nature-ethnographic trail that takes us through beautiful places of well preserved nature in the middle of the landscape of this park. Walkers are attracted to many places of natural and ethnographic interest. The trail was designed to bring nature closer to citizens.
The Rastovški skok falls. This series of falls are located above the Log on the eastern side of the Logarska Dolina valley. The stream, which emanates from the western slopes of Strelovec and Kroficka, almost reaches the bottom of the valley before reaching a series of rocky walls. between 10 and 20 meters high. The sedimentary rocks of this area are rich in fossilized remains, which are a testimony of life in this region in a very distant past.
A little further on, to the right of the road, we find the second source of the Savinja river. Not far from the current waterfall, the current created by the Rinka waterfall disappears beneath the rocky ground. These waters gushes back to the surface, again reaching the Werfen watercourses below the valley, from where the current emerges again as the river Crna ("Black") and flows on dark sedimentary clays that transmit its black tincture. This stream then flows to the lower valley of Logarska Dolina where it meets the Jezera River (which flows from the neighboring Matkov Kot Valley) and from this point becomes the river to the Savinja. This source has been proclaimed as a natural heritage.
Logarska Dolina - Slap Rinka / Rinka waterfall
Protected as a natural monument, the Palenk slap falls on the eastern side of the Dolina Logarska Valley, not far from the Hotel Plesnik and Villa Palenk. It falls 78 meters above a rocky surface and, especially after periods of heavy rain, leaves a powerful impression. Above the Palenk Waterfall there is a narrow gorge containing a few exceptionally picturesque smaller waterfalls. In winter the Palenk waterfall becomes an attractive climbing spot for all those enthusiasts of climbing frozen waterfalls. The Palenk waterfall is formed by three stages (28m + 23m + 27m). Perhaps it is one of the most visited waterfalls in Slovenia. The flow of the stream is permanent but the best time is in spring and autumn. The stream flow is very modest during the summer season.
Logarska Dolina - Slap Rinka / Rinka waterfall
The waterfall of the Savinja river or Slap Rinka is one of the most beautiful and popular in Slovenia. It is also one of the most popular tourist destinations. It is the highest waterfall of the twenty in the Logarska Valley. You can visit throughout the year. In summer, many tourists visit it from all over Slovenia. In winter it is very popular among ice climbers. The best view of the waterfall is obtained from Kamniško sedlo. From the road to the waterfall there is a 15 minute walk. The river Savinja is born from diverse sources located under the Okrešelj Basin, after which it flows on a series of small cascades and rapids that fall by a cliff on the glacial valley of Logarska Dolina. From here, pour over the Orlovo Gnezdo, into the natural amphitheater that forms the upper part of the valley. This magnificent waterfall of 90 meters of water is Rinka, the highest waterfall in Slovenia that, because of its enormous size and beauty, was proclaimed a natural monument in 1987.
(in 69 Km.) Celje: From the road we can see the castle of this town. The remains of the castle are on a dominant point of a hill to the southeast, above the center of the old town. The Castle Complex comprises the eastern garden of the palace, with the square Frederick Tower and the western part with land for cultivation, military installations and a well. The residential areas of the center were additionally protected by an interior moat. The oldest part of the city was developed from a residential tower with a walled area of the first part of the thirteenth century. From the 13th century to the 16th century, the castle buildings extend across the hill and originated one of the most extensive medieval castles in Slovenia. The castle had triple defense walls and wide defense pits. It was rebuilt and reinforced at the end of the 16th century. With the modifications, a summer theater and terraces with views were added.
(in 11 Km.) Lasko: We arrived at our resting place for the next two days.