Vintgar Gorge / Vintgar Klamm (Slovenia)

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Johann Piber @johannpiber
· August 2019 · 7 min read · Slovenia · #photography

A few weeks ago I visited Vintgar Gorge in Slovenia. This gorge is located about 4 kilometers northwest of Bled in the immediate vicinity of the village Gorje (Google maps link after the post).

Vor ein paar Wochen habe ich in Slowenien die Vintgar Klamm besucht. Diese Schlucht befindet sich etwa 4 Kilometer nordwestlich von Bled in unmittelbarer Nähe der Ortschaft Gorje (Google Maps Link nach dem Beitrag).

Vintgar Gorge / Vintgar Klamm
Slovenia

Radovna River at the upper entrance and the first rapids

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Between the mountains Horn and Boršt, the Radovna River flows through the approximately 1.6 km long and up to 300 meters deep gorge, at the end of which is the 13-meter-high Šum waterfall.

Zwischen den Bergen Horn und Boršt fließt der Fluss Radovna durch die etwa 1,6 Kilometer lange und bis zu 300 Meter tiefe Klamm, an deren Ende sich der 13 Meter hohe Wasserfall Šum befindet.

The iron gate at the bridge is closed in winter

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At the end of the 19th century, the gorge has been developed into a tourist attraction, so visitors can walk through the gorge on well-developed wooden footbridges, wooden bridges and galleries and admire the many small waterfalls, cascades and rapids.
The walking time through the gorge to the other entrance is given as about 30 minutes.

Bereits Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts ist die Klamm zu einer touristischen Sehenswürdigkeit ausgebaut worden, und so können die Besucher über sehr gut ausgebaute Holzstege, Holzbrücken und Galerien durch die Klamm marschieren und die vielen kleinen Wasserfälle, Kaskaden und Stromschnellen bewundern.
Die Gehzeit durch die Klamm bis zum anderen Eingang wird mit etwa 30 Minuten angegeben.

Most paths are wooden

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In July, the gorge opens already at 7am, and I was there on time at this time - first and the first few minutes even alone, then a tourist overtook me who has also photographed.

Im Juli öffnet die Klamm bereits um 7 Uhr früh, und ich war pünktlich um diese Zeit dort - als erster und die ersten paar Minuten sogar alleine, dann überholte mich eine Touristin, die auch fotografiert hat.

Wooden bridges over little waterfalls

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All alone, I was able to enjoy the beautiful canyon and the river in peace and take a few photos, and after about 15 minutes, I met the first visitors who went in the opposite direction, and a few minutes later they were followed by other tourists.

Ganz alleine konnte ich die schöne Schlucht und den Fluss in aller Ruhe genießen und ein paar Fotos machen, und nach etwa 15 Minuten kamen mir die ersten Besucher entgegen, die in die entgegengesetzte Richtung gingen, und ein paar Minuten später folgten weitere Touristen.

Rock walls and crystal clear water

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Shortly before I arrived at the end of the gorge, I was already overtaken by tourists and many came also from the opposite direction in small and larger groups.

Kurz bevor ich am Ende der Schlucht angekommen war, wurde ich schon von Touristen überholt und sie kamen mir auch in kleinen und größeren Gruppen entgegen.

Waterfall at the dam at the end of the gorge, from which the water is directed to a small hydroelectric power plant.

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Wasserfall am Damm, von dem aus das Wasser zu einem kleinen Wasserkraftwerk geleitet wird.

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At the other end of the gorge, I took a look at the Šum waterfall and took pictures, but it was already quite bright and the sun was shining directly on the rocks. That's why I even did not climb for a better view over the rocks closer to the waterfall. I did not want to encourage any of the many tourists to imitate me.

Nevertheless, I quickly descended into the riverbed for the photo of the waterfall - better than nothing ;)

Am unteren Ende der Schlucht habe ich mir dann den Wasserfall Šum angesehen und Fotos gemacht, aber es war bereits ziemlich hell geworden und die Sonne schien direkt auf die Felsen. Deshalb bin ich auch nicht für einen besseren Blickwinkel näher zum Wasserfall über die Felsen geklettert. Ich wollte auch keinen der vielen Touristen dazu animieren, es mir nachzumachen.

Für das Foto vom Wasserfall bin ich aber trotzdem schnell in das Flussbett hinuntergestiegen - besser als Nichts ;)

The Šum Waterfall

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On the way back, I only had the opportunity to take pictures a few times, because I felt like during rush hour at a subway station: people from behind and from the front, chatter and laughter in all sorts of languages - the river was hardly to hear.

Auf dem Rückweg hatte ich nur ein paar Mal die Möglichkeit zu fotografieren, weil ich mir vorkam wie auf einem U-Bahnhof zur Rush-Hour: Menschen von hinten und von vorne, Geschnatter und Gelächter in allen möglichen Sprachen - der Fluss war nicht mehr wirklich zu hören.

Small rapids / Kleine Stromschnellen

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When I arrived at the upper entrance after about two hours, the gravel parking lot was full of cars and coaches, and in the parking lot at the other end of the gorge it must have looked the same - people, tons of tourists.

Als ich nach etwa zwei Stunden wieder am oberen Eingang angekommen war war der Schotterparkplatz voll mit Autos und Reisebussen, und auf dem Parkplatz am anderen Ende der Schlucht muss es gleich ausgesehen haben - Menschen, massenhaft Touristen.


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My conclusion to the Vintgar gorge:
It is a beautiful gorge with many great views of the crystal clear river, waterfalls and rapids. I can recommend a visit without reservation and I will certainly come back, but next time I will try it shortly after the gorge opens in the spring, before the tourist season starts, and I will definitely come back as early as possible in the morning.

Mein Fazit zur Vintgar Klamm:
Es ist eine wunderschöne Schlucht mit vielen tollen Ausblicken auf den glasklaren Fluss, die Wasserfälle und Stromschnellen. Ich kann einen Besuch vorbehaltlos empfehlen und ich werde sicherlich wieder herkommen, aber nächstes Mal werde ich es kurz nach Öffnung der Schlucht im Frühjahr versuchen, bevor die Touristensaison anfängt, und ich werde in jedem Fall wieder so früh als möglich am Morgen kommen.

Information

Location / Standort: Vintgar Gorge - Google Maps
Vintgar - Website
Vintgar Gorge - Wikipedia
Vintgar - Webseite
Vintgarklamm - Wikipedia

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My waterfall is the highest choice in the beauty of nature.!


I do love waterfalls too, the small cascades as much as the high waterfalls.
Thank you very much for your kind comment, @akhimoni 😊


Terrific essay and travelogue. I really love your running or falling water shots.


Thank you so much, @momzillanc, it was an amazing walk through that beautiful gorge ... until the tourists came. I am a foreigner in Slovenia too, but I don't feel as a tourist ;)
I also thank you for resteeming my post, that's very kind of you :)


You're welcome.


😊


Wow, lovely place! And your photos are amazing! My favorite are Wooden bridges over little waterfalls and Rock walls and crystal clear water :)


It's a very beautiful gorge and there are so many photo opportunities, but only before the crowds arrive ;) When they come you will not find many places where you can stop and photograph with your tripod.

Thank you so much for your kind comment, and that you like my photos, @zirochka - I cannot say, which poto I like most, because these are the photos I have picked from a lot more ;)


Oh, crowds... I know the feeling. Sometimes I think that camera turns me into human hater ))))


I don't hate all humans, only the tourists ;)


oldmans
Bill @oldmansAugust 2019

Spectacular! I love the elevated walkway through the canyon. Thank you for sharing. :)


You're welcome, it's my pleasure to share :)
They have built this wooden path really beautiful and it's much fun walking through that gorge, when you are alone ;)
Thank you so much for your nice comment :)


obsesija
Maja @obsesijaAugust 2019

Schöne Fotos von Wasserfällen, die Natur weiß den Menschen mit seiner Schönheit zu verzaubern 👍


Ja, und in diesem Fall haben die Menschen auch etwas richtig Schönes gebaut, damit man alles bewundern kann.
Wenn man nur schauen will, dann machen die Menschenmengen nichts aus, wenn man es aber genießen und vielleicht auch fotografieren will (richtige Fotos und keine Schnappschüsse ;), dann muss man dann kommen, wenn noch niemand da ist 😄

Ich danke dir für die netten Worte, Maja, und wünsche dir eine schönen Tag.


WOW the beauty there is spectacular, and these shots are fantastic, I would love to visit somewhere like that I love those wooden paths and rails they add a whole charm tot he area


Good morning JJ 😀
I thank you so much that you like my "forgotten" photos 😁

I have been very impressed myself, when I saw that these wooden bridges and footways lead through most of the gorge. As long as there were only a few people it was wonderful.
The busses come and the people run from north to south or from south to north, they buy a souvenier and the busses leave and make place for the next busses. That's bad, but the gorge, and what they have made of it, that is amazing beautiful 😀


It must be such a shame such a beautiful spot spoiled with so many tourist you plan to revisit there out of tourist season makes a lot of sense to me


I think I even got a good day when I was there, because now even the website says:

Dear visitors of Gorje and Vintgar Gorge,
Some unpleasant situations, such as traffic jams and long queues for tickets, cannot be avoided when there are crowds of visitors. We apologise to you all in advance and would like to ask you for your patience, compliance with traffic regulations and warnings as well as appropriate behaviour during your visit.
Crowded sights may result in unpleasant situations ... and so on

Source: http://www.vintgar.si/?lang=en

Maybe I should even go on a rainy day - the rocks might be slippery, when I leave the path to photograph, but I can handle these ;)


that does sound pretty bad fro photographers but ok for tourists just want to seeing the place

As long as your careful on a rainy day it would be good and less crowded


Yes, true - I'll see what I will do.

There's a saying "Des einen Freud', des anderen Leid". I think, this translation might match that saying best: "One man's joy is another man's suffering".


That’s a good saying for sure


And certainly very true too ;)


Absolutely I know ther eis a similar saying in English but I am having a complete brain fade at the moment


Never mind, if the meaning is similar, than it's true too ;)


👍😎👍


janton
Jonboy @jantonAugust 2019

Howdy sir johannpiber! lol..your favorite fellow travelers...tourists! lol.. I think your strategy to avoid them next time is a good one though.


I know you hate them too, my friend 😄
Maybe I should go on a rainy day, but this might be even worse, when the crowds are walking through the narrow gorge with their umbrellas 😂


janton
Jonboy @jantonAugust 2019

lol! I would think there might not be many people there on a rainy day but if they are tourists and have that area on their trip ahead of time I guess they would be there. Too bad. lol. Are the paths or walks open in winter? I think they are closed aren't they? too bad.


You might be completely right - tourists have often no other choice, if they want to see something. This gorge is not that far away from me, just about 1 hour driving - I will try it one day in late Autumn.
Yes, unfortunately the gorge is closed in Winter, because it is to dangerous.


janton
Jonboy @jantonAugust 2019

How do they close a gorge sir johannpiber? that would take a very big gate.


A big gate would be an idea, @janton, but not needed. When I have been there a few months ago, the gate was still closed:


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Of course you could find a way to pass this gate, and I am sure, many people do so, but I don't ;)


janton
Jonboy @jantonAugust 2019

I think you might need to break the rules for the sake of your followers sir johannpiber! lol.


Maybe I will, who knows, what will be in the next Winter? There are still a few months to go by, and maybe they will open the gate if I ask politely 😉


janton
Jonboy @jantonAugust 2019

Maybe the winter will be so mild and warm that they don't close it. Nah, they will follow their own policies. you might have to resort to breaking the rules! lol.


In the winter they repair the wooden paths and bridges. They look if any rocks are loose on the rockfaces and repair these too.
I don't think, they open in winter, because in wintertime there are not so many tourists there either.


janton
Jonboy @jantonAugust 2019

I think that would be a fun job except for the cold! you guys are cold over there! But still I think that would be interesting. Especially with no stupid tourists around!


In the cold we have hats and gloves and thick pullovers ;)
I think, I'll try another visit at the end of September or maybe in October, because the Autumn colors of the trees might be better in October.


janton
Jonboy @jantonAugust 2019

I bet it's cold then, better wear your fur coat!


I don't have a fur coat, and I don't think, I will ever have one, but if I had fur clothing, then it would certainly be made of imitation fur ;)
A woolen pullover and a thick jacket would be enough, I think.


janton
Jonboy @jantonAugust 2019

oh man, you need a real buffalo coat for your climate! You could tell your friends you shot a bufalo and make a coat out of it's hide and see what they say! Nothing is warmer. Fake fur is too European!


I am European ;) lol

It's not so cold here, I can not remember when it was so cold the last time I would have frozen.

But I do have a thick leather coat at home, which I have got from my father-in-law. It has a fake fur inside, but it is really thick and warm, and I have not worn it yet, because it has not been cold enough in the past few winters ;)


janton
Jonboy @jantonAugust 2019

wow that really surprises me sir johannpiber! Not that you are European. lol. But that the winters aren't that cold, I thought the place would be like a deep freeze freezer appliance! how cold is the normal daytime temperature in the winter? Like in the coldest part of winter?


I look very seldom at the temperature, @janton, I feel warm or cold or hot or freezing ;)
I would say, that in winter it is normaly about -5 degrees C, but of course we have had much colder and much warmer days too.


janton
Jonboy @jantonAugust 2019

oh ok, well that doesn't sound cold at all, I'm really surprised. That's almost Texas style temperatures! I guess you don't need that Buffalo coat afterall.


No, let this Buffalo live his free life in the prairie :)


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The most beautiful river.


Thank you.