Tolmin Gorges

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The Tolmin gorges are Tolmin’s most important sight of nature.

The Tolmin gorges are the lowest and southernmost entry point into the Triglav National Park and Tolmin’s most important sight of nature. The most prominent attractions are the wedged rock named Bear's Head and the Devil’s Bridge, 60 metres high above the bluish Tolminka River.


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hermal spring
There is a thermal spring in the short horizontal cave under the Devil’s bridge, with an average temperature of between 18.8 and 20.8 °C (the temperature of the Tolminka River is 5 to 9 °C).


Devil’s Bridge
Devil’s Bridge (Hudičev most) and the road leading to the village of Zadlaz Čadrg were commissioned in 1907 by the Tolmin mayor’s office. The bridge was originally made of wood, and was later, under the Italian government, replaced with iron. At that time the bridge was given its name that is still used today. Devil’s Bridge is a common name for bridges in Slovenia that cross narrow, deep gorges.


The Confluence of the Tolminka and the Zadlaščica, the lowest point of The Triglav National Park

The two rivers then widen and merge into, what is in fact the only confluence of gorges in Slovenia. This confluence (“Sotočje”) lies at approximately 180 m above sea-level and is the lowest point of the Triglav National Park.


The marble trout in the Zadlaščica

The Zadlaščica is a sanctuary for marble trout.


The »Bear’s head« and skakalce
Medvedova glava is the name of a natural bridge – a large rock which got stuck, who knows when, between the walls of the Zadlaščica canyon. The rock covered with moss aroused the imagination of human beings long, long ago – indeed, it looks like a hairy bear’s head.

Since the water of the Zadlaščica literally jumps from one pool to another, it creates picturesque cascades flowing through the gorge which is why the locals started calling it Skakalce or in English “the Jumps”.

The cave of Zadlaška jama (Dante’s cave)
The cave of Zadlaška jama, named after the village Zadlaz, is one of several caves through which the waters of the Soča glacier flowed. This cave complex is 1.140 m long, 41 m deep and boasts three halls.

It is said that at the beginning of the 14th century, the patriarch Pagano della Torre hosted the poet Dante Alighieri in Tolmin. At that time, he is said to have visited the cave, which inspired him to create the Hell of the Divine Comedy. The cave was later named after the poet.

Zadlaška jama is among the most difficult tourist caves, which is why it is only possible to visit it in the company of a competent guide and with appropriate equipment.

More information you can find in the brochure Tolmin gorges.

Access: Visitors can drive to the parking lot of the Tolmin gorges by car. The distance from Tolmin is 2 km.

Tolmin Gorges – guided tour

Enter the park through the troughs of the Tolminka River and experience the roaring waters and the gorge’s special charm in the commpany of Triglav National Park guide.

Mondays in July and August at 10.15 a.m.

Meeting point: Car park at the entrance to the Tolmin Gorges, Zatolmin
Duration: 2 hours
Bookings by 12 a.m. one day ahead at info.bohinjka@tnp.gov.si or 00 386 4 578 0245 are essential.
Cost: 6 EUR adults, 5 EUR students and seniors, 3,50 EUR children, entrance fee included

Timetable:

Tolmin gorges open around 10th April 2017. For more information, please contact us on +386 5 380 04 80.

21. 3.–30. 4.9.00 - 19.00
1. 5.–31. 5.9.00 - 19.30
1. 6.–31. 8.8.30 - 20.00
1. 9.–15. 9.9.00 - 19.00
16.9.–30.9.9.00 - 18.30
1.10.–15.10.9.00 - 18.00
16.10.–1.11.9.00 - 17.00
2.11.–20.3.Closed



Entrance fee:
Adults 5,00 EUR
Children (6-14) 2,50 EUR
Students, seniors, groups 4,00 EUR
Children (6-14)  2,00 EUR 

Information:
LTO Sotočje - TIC Tolmin
Petra Skalarja 4
SI-5220 Tolmin
T: +386 5 380 04 80
E: info@lto-sotocje.si