Slovenia’s Pericnik Waterfall – The Only Introductory Guide You’ll Ever Need
This is the upper falls of the Pericnik Waterfall in Slovenia’s Triglav National Park, probably the country’s most famous falls –and one of its most visited.
The upper falls, which is about 16m (52ft) high, sits atop and feeds the main falls, which drops 52m (170ft) down a rock face that was just behind where I was sitting to take this photo. The water is as refreshing as it looks and spray is everywhere.
Located just off the road from the village Mojstrana to the attractive alpine Vrata valley (map is below), the Pericnik falls are easy to get to and the most accessible of picturesque mountain waterfalls.
Reaching the lower falls requires a steep 15-minute scurry up a trail to the left; reaching the ridge top and the upper falls requires another steep hike of 15-20 minutes, but it’s well worth the minimal effort – there aren’t too many waterfalls where you can admire them directly from the top as you stare down a sheer rock face. Take your time; the trail is exposed and well-worn in places and be mindful of the slick surfaces, especially at the upper falls.
The lower, or main falls, is accessible from trails from both sides, making it an attractive circuit option. That requires walking behind it; if you trip doesn’t coincide with the heat of summer, having a waterproof jacket, or an extra shirt to change into afterwards, isn’t a bad idea.
It’s said to be at its most beautiful in the winter when icicles form at both the upper and lower falls, freezing the water’s greenish and turquoise hues. I’ll try to make a trip next winter and let you know.
A couple more shots below of the main, or lower falls.
Getting there: Exit the Kranjska Gora-Jesenice highway at the village of Mojstrana; soon after leaving the village you’ll enter Triglav National Park. Most of the road is gravel and narrow; drive slowly and keep an eye out for hikers and bicyclists – in the summer months there will be plenty of both. The Pericnik Waterfall (Slap Peričnik in Slovenian) is about five kilometers down the road on the right side; parking is available next to a small lodge, Koca pri Peričniku.
Lead photo – ISO 100 19mm f/6.3 1/5sec, with a tripod
2nd photo – ISO 100 20mm f/14 0.8sec, with a tripod
3rd photo – ISO 100 32mm f/20 2.5sec, with a tripod
And an important photo tip: if possible, take images in the first half of the day; once the sun is overhead and on the setting side, colors will be washed out in the afternoon hours.