Visiting the Bovec, Kobarid and Tolmin area is definitely a great choice for a day trip. There are some really wonderful natural and cultural attractions in the area, like the beautiful Soca river, the world renowned World War I Museum in Kobarid, the Kozjak waterfall near Kobarid (which is famous for an underground chamber with a pool of emerald water), Tolmin gorges, Boka and Virje Waterfalls near Bovec, Ossuary of Italian Soldiers in Kobarid, and Fort Kluze near Bovec.
River Soca (click here to read more about the Soca river)
The Soca or Isonzo is a 138-kilometre long river that flows through western Slovenia and northeastern Italy. It is one of the most beautiful and cleanest rivers in Europe. The pristine beauty of this emerald river attracts nature lovers, photographers and water-sports enthusiasts from all around the world and it truly is a nature’s paradise.
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Kobarid World War I Museum
The World War I Museum in Kobarid is a great little museum full of interesting information and artifacts from World War I that took place in this area that you won’t find anywhere else. A very informative film is part of the visit with many languages available. Definitely worth an hour or so if you are in the Kobarid area, since the history is so significant.
Address: Gregorciceva ulica 10, 5222 Kobarid, Slovenia
Latitude and Longitude coordinates: 46.246284, 13.580928
GPS coordinates: 46° 14′ 46.6224” N 13° 34′ 51.3408” E
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Tolmin gorges are the longest and among deepest gorges in Slovenia. Easy to access and well set trail – roundtrip takes a little more than an hour. It is a very unique place with Devil’s Bridge, Dante’s cave (take a torch or headlamp if you want to have a little look in it) and a triangular rock called the Bear’s Head. The water is crystal clear, cold and blue. Great photo opportunities. The entrance fee of €4 is used to keep this area well maintained and protected. A must do if you decide to visit this area.
Address: Zatolmin 66a, 5220 Tolmin, Slovenia
Latitude and Longitude coordinates: 46.198044, 13.740151
GPS coordinates: 46° 11′ 51.1908” N 13° 44′ 22.8732” E
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The Kozjak waterfalls are located not far away from the town of Kobarid and are another must-see if you are in the Kobarid area. The Kozjak brook actually has six waterfalls, but only two are accessible to the public. They can be reached by a walking path by the riverbed of the emerald Soca River. The waterfalls are really beautiful and well worth the walk. You won’t be disappointed. The Veliki Kozjak waterfall is known as one of Slovenia’s most picturesque waterfalls. Approximately 250 meters lower, the water falls again. Here, the waterfall carved an underground hall. Hidden in an almost cave like chamber, the water collects in an amazing turquoise pool. Note that there are a series of small bridges and a board walk at the end so it’s not very suitable for people with mobility problems.
Address: Kozjak, 5222 Kobarid, Slovenia
Latitude and Longitude coordinates: 46.259393, 13.590211
GPS coordinates: 46° 15′ 33.7824” N 13° 35′ 24.7488” E
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The magnificent Boka waterfall is located not far away from the town of Bovec. It’s one of the most fluid and the most spectacular waterfalls in Slovenia. Its volume varies depending on the season and amount of rain, but the waterfall is most worth visiting in the late spring when the snow melts and up to a hundred tons of water per second falls into the depths. One of the great benefits of the Boka waterfall is that it can be clearly seen from the road from Zaga to Bovec, so you can do the walk and get closer if you have time (a short walk from the road up a clear trail brings you to a good view point of the waterfall), but you can also jump out of the car and have a look from a bit further away if you are in a hurry.
Address: Zaga 156a, 5224 Srpenica, Slovenia
Latitude and Longitude coordinates: 46.32320, 13.48363
GPS coordinates: 46° 18′ 58.7196” N 13° 29′ 39.1488” E
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The Virje waterfall is a great place for people looking for relaxation and photographers. The Glijun stream boasts a multi-stranded waterfall 12 meters in height and 20 meters in width. Below, there is a beautiful pool in shades of green. If you are brave you can take a swim in the pool under the falls, it’s very refreshing. A nice trail from the small car park takes you to the waterfall. Follow the B2 signposts along the road from the village of Pluzna towards the artificial lake (hydroelectric power plant). Just before you reach the bridge over the Glijun stream, you will see a wide trail that branches off to the left and downwards (about 50 meters).
Address: Pluzna 54, 5230 Bovec, Slovenia
Latitude and Longitude coordinates: 46.334948, 13.514154
GPS coordinates: 46° 20′ 4.0776” N 13° 30′ 48.0240” E
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An imposing Kluze Fortress stands at a very strategic location at the top of a narrow canyon north of Bovec. Incredible history took place here. The fort became a key part of the Austro-Hungarian defense of the area in the world war I. The drive up to the area is beautiful and the views of the surrounding valleys and mountains are awesome. Inside there is a smaller tourist office, a presentation of the history of the fortress and its surroundings, a local painting gallery and a wedding hall. A lovely cafe is available too! Very interesting and a must stop if you’re interested in this type of historical reference.
The fort is opened from May 1st to October 31st between 10.00 to 17.00 (in July and August between 09.00 to 20.00). Entrance fee is €3.
Address: Ravni Laz 16, 5230 Bovec, Slovenia
Latitude and Longitude coordinates: 46.361276, 13.589631
GPS coordinates: 46° 21′ 40.1364” N 13° 35′ 23.6400” E
Ossuary Of Italian Soldiers
The largest ossuary of Italian soldiers who fell during World War I in Slovenia is arranged at the Church of St. Anthony of Padua above Kobarid. It was opened by Mussolini in 1935. An asphalt road leads to the ossuary. On two terraces there are niches with the posthumous remains of fallen Italian soldiers. They are sealed by slabs of green marble, engraved with the name, military rank and any medals of each individual fallen soldier. It’s a great place to sit quietly and reflect. From the top, you have stunning views of the valley, town of Kobarid and the Soca River.
Address: Pot na gradic 5, 5222 Kobarid, Slovenia
Latitude and Longitude coordinates: 46.247100, 13.584116
GPS coordinates: 46° 14′ 51.5544” N 13° 34′ 59.5128” E
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Javorca Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit
The Javorca Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit is a beautiful little church that feels more like a memorial than a church. It was built during the World War I and is the only memorial church of the Austro-Hungarian army in the area of the Isonzo front preserved until today. The church is located twelve kilometers from Tolmin past Zatolmin along the chutes of the Tolminka River to Polog. To get to the church you either have a half an hour hike or a very interesting drive on a not tarmacked road for 7 kilometres, but don’t be put off, it is worth it. The church is opened from mid April to November 1st between 10.00 to 17.00. Can be closed on rainy days. At the period when church is closed, you can borrow the key at the Tolmin tourist information center. Entrance fee is €2.
Address: Zatolmin 75, 5220 Tolmin, Slovenia
Latitude and Longitude coordinates: 46.234806, 13.719915
GPS coordinates: 46° 14′ 9.4200” N 13° 43′ 9.0840” E
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