Cerknica Lake
Cerknica Lake
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About
Lake Cerknica is one of the largest intermittent lakes in Europe. It appears every year on the karst polje (plain), caught between the Javorniki hills and the Bloke plateau on one side, and Mount Slivnica on the other. During the dry season, the lake disappears, which enables paddling, fishing, hiking or grass mowing in the same area in just one year. The lake normally stays on the Cerknica plain for about eight months a year. Water usually spreads over the surface of 20 km2, but at its fullest, the lake covers a surface of about 26 km2. When full, Lake Cerknica becomes the largest lake in Slovenia.
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1Magnus
Anstruther, UK79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
One of our favourite spots during a fabulous summer holiday in Slovenia. Lake uncommonly full of water after a few weeks of rain, so we made the most of this fantastic bathing opportunity; the water was heavenly. Best spot for getting in the water very near the excellent tourist information / exhibition; we also hired a canoe there, in an uncomplicated way. Great little cafe nearby serving drinks and snacks. Notice the bear-proof bins in the car park...!
Written 31 October 2023
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Vincent R.
Amersfoort, The Netherlands621 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
In september 2022 the lake was dry for the greatest part. It is still a beautifull area to hike and there is much to see in the surroundings.
Written 25 September 2022
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Zverchy
Ljubljana, Slovenia20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Ice. Sun. Breathe In & Breathe Out the fresh, cold, almost frozen air.
Ice skating. Divine nature walks. Swinging on a tree by the lake.

Cerknica Lake is one of the largest intermittent lakes in Europe. The lake lingers on Cerknica Polje for about nine months a year. Usually, water spills over an area of ​​more than 20 km2, but when the water is at its maximum, the lake surface measures almost 30 km2. When full, Cerknica Lake is the largest lake in Slovenia.
Written 10 January 2020
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The_Travel_Bunch
Bristol, UK81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Whilst not the most beautiful without water, walking around the sink holes and imagining the size of it when full was amazing. Glad we stopped at the tourist info in Cerknica where we heard about why they dam it and saw photos of the fishermen saving the fish from disappearing with the water. We then drove all around the lake on the tracks, if we had more time I imagine there are great walks in the woods and it definitely felt like bear territory, we had a great trip. Oh - and enjoyed the frog spotting, if you look closely there were loads....
Written 31 August 2019
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Paul L
Warrington, UK671 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
This is a great experience to drive all the way round, but the bulk of it is on dirt roads and forest, so a 4x4 is preferable! Lovely remote villages and wildlife. Note: no access on roads Sundays, but you can park at the start.
Written 29 September 2018
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Olixplorateur
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg19 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018
A huge amount of locals are driving like very fast on a unpaved road.
They are also riding atvs around the protected lakes which makes the birds escaping this area.
Written 20 September 2018
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Robert M
Radovljica, Slovenia14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Excellent pale ale beer Yezero,with a rich flavor that refreshes you. You can try it in the gostilna En krajcar and other local restaurants.
Written 30 May 2018
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drejko78
Cerknica, Slovenia42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
This lake is wonderful. But there is more than a lake, you must see sinkholes inside it. But if you want to see all wonders of the lake, you must come to see it more than once. It can be almost empty or full of water. But even when it is full of water, it can be even bigger. When it is really full, it is the biggest lake in the country. You can rent a canoe, or you can bring your own (maybe SUP), and the experience is even better. I recommend it!
Written 29 May 2018
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foresttiger2018
Gloucester, UK225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017
We have been twice in May/June when it has dried out, and find it a magical place. There is a track from Gorenje Jereza up to Dolenje Jereza, which can be walked or biked, but other tracks we tried to west and north petered out. The meadows were bursting with spring and marsh flowers, with many quite rare birds and butterflies also
Written 21 May 2018
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Igor Mavko
Grahovo, Slovenia30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
As a local resident I can surely confirm that the place is one of a kind. The lake is the most beautiful to see in the summer when it dissapears so you fell like in the moon - surrounded by big holes. Really worth to see!
Written 1 May 2018
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