Janez’s bridge


Janez’s bridge

The bridge is located in settlement Ribčev Laz and stretches across river Jezernica, which is an outflow river of Bohinj lake, and also the second shortest river in Slovenia. On the other side of the bridge is the church of St. John the Baptist (si. Sv. Janez Krstnik). It is a stone bridge, which is together with the church of St. John the Baptist and Bohinj lake a symbol and most recognizable image of Bohinj. All three sights decorate numerous postcards, leaflets, and articles about Bohinj. Due to its unique location, Janez’s bridge offers exceptional views of Bohinj lake and river Jezernica on the other side. Over the bridge is a traffic connection between Upper and Lower Bohinj valley. Janez’s bridge is monument-protected.

The bridge got its name after John the Baptist (si. Janez Krstnik), who was a known religious leader from the first century AD and is considered an important predecessor of Christianity. Today’s bridge was built in the year 1926 on the same spot as the old wooden bridge. It rises across the water in the shape of a double semicircular arch made of stone carvers, with which the fence is padded on both sides of the road.


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Ribčev Laz
Ribčev Laz is a small settlement on the eastern part of Bohinj and it represents the center of happening and most known image of Bohinj. Inhabitants were originally engaged in agriculture, today mostly in tourism. Ribčev Laz, in the WWI, served as a transitional zone between the battlefield and the hinterland. [_Read more_]

River Jezernica
Jezernica is a river that outflows from Bohinj lake and is the second shortest river in Slovenia. After only a few 100 meters, together with river Mostnica, forms a river Sava Bohinjka. It is located in Ribčev Laz and flows under the stone bridge named Janez’s bridge. Average water outflow is 8.34 m3/s. [_Read more_]

Bohinj lake
Lake Bohinj, pearl under Triglav, is located in the Julian Alps on the southwest of the country and is the biggest natural permanent lake of Triglav National Park and at the same time in Slovenia. The lake is of tectonic origin, hollow in which it lies was shaped by Bohinj glacier. [_Read more_]

Church of St. John the Baptist
The church of St. John the Baptist (si. Sv. Janez Krstnik) is located on a small elevation in Ribčev Laz, in the direct vicinity of Bohinj lake, outflow river Jezernica and Janez’s bridge. It is over 700 years old, experts put it into the middle of 11. century, if not even to the late 10. century. [_Read more_]

The path around Bohinj lake
The path around Bohinj lake is one of the most visited footpaths, which offers a beautiful view of Bohinj lake and its surroundings, the view on its natural and cultural heritage. We can set off or from Ribčev Laz or Ukanc, and we can decide for ourselves in which direction we will go. [_Read more_]