Measuring over 4km (2 1/2 miles) long, Bohinj is the largest permanent lake in Slovenia. Because it's inside Triglav National Park, it has been spared the rapacious development which has affected Bled, so there's no town on its shores; instead, there are small villages nearby and there's a road connecting its two ends, Ribcev laz and Ukanc, where you'll find a range of accommodations. Visible on the local flag, the Church of St. John the Baptist, at the head of the lake, near Hotel Jezero, is Bohinj's best-known man-made attraction, mostly built in 1520 and renowned for its interior frescoes. For heart-stopping views of Bohinj and the Julian Alps, take the cable car up Mount Vogel, or head for the Vodnikov razglednik viewpoint. Bohinj's Tourist Association can suggest walks to bring you closer to the lake's many charms. From Ukanc, you can hike to Savica Falls, the best-known of Slovenia's 260 waterfalls, immortalized in France Preseren's epic poem, Baptism on the Savica, published in 1836, and dedicated to his friend who drowned in the Sava a year before. The two-pronged waterfall measures 51m (167 ft.); the gushing water comes from Black Lake (Crno jezero) half a kilometer farther up. There's a small fee to be paid at the entrance to the path leading to a wooden pavilion that offers the best views of the falls.
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