Pericnik Waterfalls

Pericnik Waterfalls


Pericnik Waterfalls

Reset Apartments
Vrata Valley
Pericnik Waterfall
Must see
Elevation: 647 m - 771 m
19.2 km
4.7 km from Mojstrana
Height difference: 124 m
19.6 km
300 m forest walk


Slovenian Alpine Museum in Mojstrana
Jakob Aljaz Lodge


Uper Vrata Valley
Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

A protected natural heritage Pericnik Falls is one of Slovenia’s highest and best-known waterfalls. Both of the waterfalls are free to visit, have easy access and offer stunning scenery. You can even walk behind one of the waterfalls so, if you are looking for a great family photo this is the right place for you. The falls are located in the glacial Vrata Valley in Triglav National Park, where the water of Pericnik Creek flows into Bistrica Creek. The upper Pericnik Fall is 16 m high and the lower is 52 m. Must see 🙂

A view from behind the waterfall.

Getting to the waterfalls

The waterfalls can be visited in both summer and winter. It is most attractive in autumn or spring when the water level is higher, and in winter, when temperatures drop below zero for longer periods and the waterfalls transform into a beautiful curtain of ice candles and sculptures.

We recommend that you go directly to the waterfalls by car or at least drive to the village of Mojstrana, from where you can continue on foot through the glacial valley of Vrata. From the apartments, you can also cycle along the cycling route to Mojstrana (described in the Mojstrana article), from where you will have a slightly more difficult climb directly to the waterfalls themselves. In the summer months, there is also a tourist bus from Kranjska Gora to the waterfalls (click here for the timetable).

In any case, the route to the waterfalls starts in the village of Mojstrana, from where you follow the road through the glacial valley of Vrata all the way to the car park and the lodge at the Peričnik waterfall. Whether you set off by bike, car, or bus, you will have to continue on foot from here. The forest path is well maintained and fortunately not long. It runs along the right bank of the Peričnik River (on the right side if you are looking from the direction of the car park) and after about 10 minutes it leads to the first viewpoint at the lower waterfall, which you can see from all sides as the path leads directly from the waterfall.

If you want to see the upper waterfall, you will have to go back along the same path a few tens of meters to the Peričnik – upper waterfall marker, where the path starts to climb steeply all the way to the viewpoint at the upper waterfall.

Attractions in the surroundings

If you are already in this area, it would be a pity not to continue all the way to the end of the Vrata valley, where the well-known Aljažev dom (Aljaž Lodge) stands at 1015m, with a wonderful view of the northern face of Slovenia’s largest mountain, Triglav. You can also see a giant wedge with a carabiner, a memorial to all the victims who were taken by the mountains.

On the way back, we suggest you visit the Slovenian Alpine Museum in Mojstrana. For more information about the museum, click here.

Vrata Valley is a starting point for excursions and hikes in the mountains

Vrata Valley is one of the best-known starting points for mountaineering tours to many of the surrounding mountains.

Easy routes:

  • Zgornje Kriško jezero – Upper Lake Kriško (past Pogačnikov dom – Pogačnik Lodge
  • Koča na Doliču
  • Kanjavec
  • Luknja
  • Bivak na Rušju (a bivouac)
  • Bivak pod Luknjo (a bivouac)
  • Gubno
  • Kucelj (Julian Alps)

Moderately difficult routes:

  • Pogačnikov dom na Kriških podih (via Sovatno)
  • Spodnji Stenar (over Sovatno)
  • Križ (past the bivouac at Rušje)
  • Kriški rob (over Sovatno and past Pogačnikov dom)
  • Šplevta (Indijanec)

Difficult mountain hikes::

  • Triglavski dom na Kredarici (over Prag)
  • Bovški Gamsovec (over Luknja)
  • Bovški Gamsovec (via Sovatno)
  • Stenar (over Sovatno)
  • Stenar (over Stenarska vratca)
  • Dolkova špica (western route)
  • Križ (over Sovatno)
  • Rjavina (over Prag)
  • Cmir (over Prag)
  • Begunjski vrh (over Prag)
  • (Tominškova pot)
  • (over Prag)
  • Visoka Vrbanova špica (over Prag)
  • Planja (over Sovatno)
  • Šmarjetna glava (past Koča na Doliču)

Caution! Extremely difficult hikes:

  • Triglav (Tominškova pot)
  • Triglav (via Plemenice)
  • Triglav (Gamsja cesta round Triglav)
  • Razor (via Sovatno)
  • Dolkova špica (eastern route)
  • Dolkova špica (along the south-east ridge)
  • Križ (over Stenarska vrata)
  • Cmir (Tominškova pot)
  • Rjavina (Tominškova pot)
  • Rogljica (western route)
  • Begunjski vrh (Tominškova pot)
  • Glava v Zaplanji (over Plemenice)

Mountaineering ascents:

  • Spodnji (Lower) Rokav (Potočnik – Tominšek)

View of the surrounding mountains:

  • Triglav (2.864 m)
  • Stenar (2.501 m)
  • Begunjski vrh (2.461 m)
  • Sleme (1.656 m)
  • Kukova špica (2.417 m)
  • Dolkova špica (2.591 m)
  • Dovški Križ  (2.542 m)
  • Škrlatica (2.740 m)
  • Razor (2.601 m)
  • Križ (2.140 m)
  • Bovški Gamsovec (2.392 m)

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Vrsic Pass – Pagan Girl

Vrsic Pass – Pagan Girl


Vrsic pass and Pagan Girl 

Lake Jasna
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Kranjska Gora
Jasna Lakes
Russian Chapel
Pagan Girl
Must see
Elevation: 818 m - 1.694 m
Vrsic: 10.4 km
Pagan Girl: +0.5 km
876 m of height difference
Asphalt road
Macedam road


Lake Jasna
Russian Chappel
Pagan Girl in the cliffs


Trenta and Soca Valley
Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

The Vršič mountain pass itself is described in detail in the blog “To Vršič by bike – click here to see it“, so this time we will focus on those who will be walking instead of cycling or driving. The trail itself is not difficult and in this season, apart from good footwear, we only recommend that you throw an umbrella or a thin raincoat in your backpack along with enough drinks, as sudden storms are quite common in this area. Winter is different, as the altitude means that the pass is always covered in snow and often not completely removed due to the risk of avalanches. In this case, suitable and warm clothing, good footwear, and at least a pair of crampons are almost compulsory – provided, of course, that the snow is not cleaned.

Pagan Girl Up Close

The route to the pass

From the Reset Apartments, turn left along the cycling route to Kranjska Gora. Walk through the center to the right, towards the Best Western Hotel, where you turn right onto the Vršiška road, which will take you in a few minutes to the first obligatory stop – Lake Jasna – where you turn onto the macadam path and walk around the lake on your right. You continue to the bridge over the Pišnica River, where the first challenging climb begins, lasting until the first of the 24 serpentines. You continue along the road and the many shortcuts that intersect the serpentines, shortening the distance to the top of the pass considerably. We recommend using Google navigation.

Miha’s Lodge (Mihov Dom)

The first obligatory stop is Miha’s Lodge (1085 m). The mountain outpost, built after World War I as a Yugoslav military outpost, was converted in 1948 into a mountaineering outpost named after the Slovenian mountaineer Miha Arih, who died during World War II. The lodge is managed by PD Kranjska Gora, while the caretakers have changed over the years. In 2020, it even won the award for the best mountain lodge of 2020 in a campaign organized by Siola and the Slovenian Mountaineering Association with the votes of mountain visitors.

The lodge is known for its excellent culinary offer. They offer mountain dishes made from ingredients supplied by local suppliers. For example, Miha’s plate consists of buckwheat dumplings, pork roast, and sauerkraut, and you can also try Miha’s stew. The menu changes, but there are a few regular dishes, such as jota, štruklji, strudel, etc. The home itself has been open continuously since 1948, both in summer and winter and on weekends in the low seasons. There are 23 beds in the lodge.

Russian Chapel

The Russian Chapel (1130 m) is situated slightly higher up, about 50 m from the road, in memory of the Russian prisoners who were victims of an avalanche during the First World War. During the construction of the Vršiška road, 170 to 300 Russian and 10 to 80 Austro-Hungarian soldiers are believed to have died. Kranjska Gora was an important strategic point on the Isonzo Front at this time. The Orthodox wooden chapel of St Vladimir was built in 1916 and next to it is the grave of one of the buried soldiers with the Russian inscription “To the Sons of Russia”. The chapel is wooden and has a stone foundation. The two domes imitate the typical Russian Baroque style. You can find out more about the chapel here.

Koča na Gozdu

Koca na Gozdu (translates to Lodge in the Woods) (1226 m) is a mountain lodge-like Miha’s Lodge (Mihov Dom), but much larger and offers accommodation for several climbers. It is very suitable for school or kindergarten camps in nature, as well as for families and individual guests. The history of the lodge is varied, as originally a lodge named “Rimlova koča” stood there, which was built in 1916 to meet the needs of the builders of the road to Vršič mountain pass during the First World War. After the war, it was converted into a mountain lodge in 1922 but had to be closed in 1979 due to its dilapidated condition. In 1986, a new, larger, and more modern outpost was built in its place, which, like Miha’s Lodge, is managed by PD Kranjska Gora.

Since 2013, the lodge has been awarded the title of Family Friendly Lodge by the Slovenian Mountaineering Association. It has 54 beds and a large dining area for activities such as various workshops, lectures, etc.

  • 1st floor – rooms with bathroom: four rooms for 3 – 6 persons
    2nd floor – rooms with shared bathroom: four rooms for 4 – 8 persons
    3rd floor – dormitories: one room for 12 people

Koča na Gozdu is known for its varied culinary offer, serving authentic homemade Slovenian dishes such as štruklji, gorenjski krapi, spoon dishes, and blueberry strudel. We particularly recommend excellently prepared game dishes such as venison roast and venison goulash.

Prisank’s window

Just above Koča na Gozdu (Lodge in the Woods), there is a viewpoint with mountain maps and a magnificent view of the most famous natural window in the Julian Alps – the Prisankovo okno (literally translates to Prisank’s Window), which is, along with the Pagan Girl, one of the other major natural landmarks in this part of the Julian Alps. The window is one of the largest natural mountain openings in Slovenia and is 80 meters high and 40 meters wide – you could fit a small skyscraper inside. It was formed as a result of a natural intrusion that grew into the current opening as it was being prepared. If you choose the right moment to visit and are a bit lucky, you might even be able to capture the moment when the sun shines through the opening of Mount Prisank.

Erjavčeva koča (Erjavec Lodge)

Erjavčeva koča (1525 m) is situated on a small hill just below the top of the pass, in the safe shelter of larch trees and the walls of Mount Prisank and Mojstrovka Mountains. The original lodge was built in 1901 by the German-Austrian Mountaineering Association as a Vosshütte and was used by the builders of the road to Vršič during the First World War. It was renamed to its present name after the First World War after the Slovenian naturalist and writer Fran Erjavec. The lodge in its present form was built and opened in 1993 and is managed by PD Jesenice. The lodge is open all year round, but if the winter snow cover on the pass is more than 10 m thick, the maintenance of the lodge can be quite demanding and the risk of avalanches often cuts people off from the world.

In addition to the rich culinary offer, the lodge is also certified as a family-friendly and cyclist-friendly lodge.

Tičarjev dom (Tičar Lodge)

At the very top of the pass is Tičarjev dom (1620 m), which is the starting point of the trail leading to the most beautiful viewpoint of the Pagan Girl. The mountain outpost has a rich and interesting history of more than a century. The first lodge on this site was built in 1912 by the Slovenian Mountaineering Association on the initiative and with the help of Dr. Josip Tičar, after whom the lodge is named. It was occupied by Austrian soldiers during the First World War and by Italian financiers during both wars. After the Second World War, the hut was renovated and reopened in 1946, and later, in 1966, a new modern building was built on the old foundations, which still stands today.

Tičarjev dom on Vršič mountain pass has 34 beds in rooms and 26 beds in dormitories. There are 93 seats in the dining room (two rooms) and 110 seats outside the lodge. The hostel has toilets, washrooms, and showers with hot and cold water in the basement and on the upper floor. The catering rooms are heated by a farmhouse stove.

The road to the Pagan Girl

As mentioned, the path to the viewpoint starts behind Erjavčeva koča. The path is wide and well maintained, but also not too steep, so it is suitable for almost everyone and offers wonderful views not only of the Pagan Girl but also of the surrounding mountains. Follow the signs and markers for the Postman’s Lodge, which is located at the end of the trail. Somewhere in the middle, you will pass the ruins of former buildings built during the First World War and reach a small hill that offers a wonderful view directly onto the face of the fairy-tale creature. The face is naturally carved into the mighty walls of Mount Prisank and the sight of it overwhelms you with its size. The legend of the Pagan Girl tells of Goldhorn, who, according to her prophecy, is shot by the son of a hunter…

Poštarski dom (Postman’s Lodge)

The Postman’s Lodge (1688 m) is the final destination of the trip to Pagan Girl. It is located a few minutes further from the viewpoint. The lodge has 1 restaurant with 53 seats and a bar and is open only in summer… It has 10 rooms with 30 beds and 20 in dormitories. It is a starting point for hiking trails to Mojstrovka, Prisojnik, Razor, Jalovec, and other peaks of the Julian Alps.

The lodge was built in 1922 by Yugoslav border guards and used as a border guard post. In 1952, the mountaineers from Jesenice converted the lodge into a mountain lodge. The following year, the Postman’s Lodge was built on its site by the postmen-mountaineers.

Vršič as a starting point for excursions and hikes in the mountains

Before you set off, make sure you check the weather conditions and choose the best route for your equipment and skills!

  • Easy trails:
    • To the Pagan girl and Poštarski dom (Postman’s lodge)
    • The trail to Slemenova Špica
    • Route to the top of Vršič
    • Route to the shelter below Špiček
    • Route over Šitna Glava to Mala Mojstrovka
    • Route to Šitna Glava
    • Route to Sovna Glava
    • Route to Prednje Robičje
  • Medium difficulty trails:
    • South trail to Mala Mojstrovka
    • Route to Zadnja Mojstrovka
    • Route to Travnik
    • Route to Kol
  • Difficult mountain trails:
    • Slovenian route to Prisank
    • Route to Planja
    • Ridge route to Travnik
    • Over the Jalovška škrbina or past the shelter below Špiček to Veliki Ozebnik
    • Route to Zadnjo Mojstrovka via Šitna Glava
    • Route to Suhi Vrh
  • Caution! Extremely difficult hikes:
    • Trail over Kajzljeva škrbina or along Kopiščarjeva, Jubilejna and Grebenska pot to Prisank
    • Hanzova or Južna pot to Mala Mojstrovka
    • To Jalovec past the shelter below Špiček or via the Jalovška škrbina
    • To Razor

View of the surrounding mountains:

  • Visoka Ponca (2.228m)
  • Kotova špica (2.376 m)
  • Jalovec (2.645 m)
  • Travnik (2.379 m)
  • Visoka Peč (1.749 m)

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Martuljek Waterfalls

Martuljek Waterfalls

Leave the road, take the trails

Martuljek waterfalls

Lake Jasna
Reset Apartments
Kranjska Gora
Lower Martuljek Waterfall
Upper Martuljek Waterfall
Must see
Elevation: 740 m - 1.278 m
5.7 km to start
5.7 km to start
538 m of height difference
3.4 km
Forest path


Log cabin "Pri Ingotu"
Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

The Martuljek Waterfalls are located in the picturesque Martuljek Mountain Group, just below Špik, one of Slovenia’s most famous mountains. The waterfalls are named after the village of Martuljek, where the starting point of the tour is. The waterfalls themselves consist of two waterfalls, the Upper and the Lower Waterfall. The lower one is 50m high, while the upper one is particularly spectacular as it flows over a 110m high cliff surrounded by a white-rock amphitheatre. Both waterfalls are easily accessible and suitable for a trip with younger children, provided you stick to the well-maintained and marked trails. However, if you want to get right below the upper waterfall, you will have to climb over a difficult passage secured with ropes, which is only suitable for experienced and well-equipped hillwalkers, so we advise against this part of the trail.

Upper waterfall

The Martuljek waterfalls, fed by the Martuljek stream, are located in an area that was declared a landscape park in 1949 and became part of the Triglav National Park (TNP) in 1981. The waterfalls are most beautiful in the late spring when the snow begins to melt in the mountains above them, and in the autumn rainy days.

How to get to the waterfalls?

From the Reset Apartments (direction Ljubljana), the starting point of the tour in the village of Martuljek is an 8-minute drive away by car, or you can cycle there on the Kranjska Gora – Martuljek cycling route. You can park at the Triangel Hotel, but please note that the parking lot is often busy on weekends and during the peak tourist season. There is no entrance fee to visit the waterfalls!

From the car park, follow the asphalted cycling route straight to the forest path, which is well-signposted (you can also find it in the “Google Maps” app) and is suitable for everyone, including families with young children. The ground becomes steep near the waterfalls, so take extra care.

The path below the upper waterfall itself, to the small pool, leads through a difficult passage secured with ropes and is recommended only for properly equipped and experienced hikers.

In the beginning, follow:

  • the signpost “Log cabin at Ingot
  • later, follow the signs for “II. Martuljek waterfall”

Log cabin “Pri Ingotu”

If you want to try homemade delicacies or spoon dishes, we recommend a short stop at the log cabin “Pri Ingotu”, which is located somewhere in the middle between the first and the second waterfall.

Home-made fruit and herb juices are a specialty of the log cabin, and you can also enjoy a sip of homemade “ta kratki”, a schnapps made by the caretaker’s daughter and her husband. You can also warm up with hot tea made from the surrounding herbs, while outdoors you will be welcomed by the black kitchen, where you will witness the cooking of a stew in a cauldron over an open fire. For those with a sweet tooth, there are excellent homemade desserts.

For more information about the restaurant, click here.

For cyclists

You can also take a trip by bike on the D3 cycling route, which leads directly past our apartments in the direction of Ljubljana. The forest path to the waterfalls described above is not suitable for cycling, so you will need to leave your bike in Martuljek village and continue on foot towards the waterfalls. The log cabin “Pri Ingotu” can otherwise be reached by mountain bike, but there is a branch off the cycling route onto the forest path further towards Jesenice.

View of the surrounding mountains

  • Špik (2.472 m)
  • Rušica (2.096 m)
  • Dovški Križ (2.542 m)
  • Kukova špica (2.417 m)
  • Sleme (1.656m)
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