About Triglav National Park and Rules in the park
Triglav National Park is the only national park in Slovenia and it has 880 km2, which represents 4 % of the Slovenian surface. It lies in the northwestern part of Slovenia, close to Austrian and Italian borders. The Julian Alps represent the biggest part of it.
In addition, it is one of the oldest parks in Europe, since 1924. Above all, it is a strictly protected area in accordance to preserve important ecosystems and biodiversity. Flora & fauna of the park is typical alpine. Although on the southern edges of the park you may find already Meditteranean influence. There are over fifty-nine species of ethnobotanical values, of these 37 species fall under four major categories of medicinal plants.
The most interesting ones are Edelweiss, alpine eryingo, hairy alpenrose, clusius’ gentian, zois’ Bellflower, and Triglav rose. There are more than 7700 species of animals in the park. Among most interesting you can find: chamois, alpine ibex, brown bear, golden eagle, red deer, alpine marmot, wallcreeper. Likewise black woodpecker, black grouse, common European viper, red fox, Eurasian pygmy owl, soča trout and white-throated dipper.
There are still approximately 2500 people living in the area of the park in 22 settlements.
Moreover, the Triglav National Park ranks among the most watered areas in Slovenia and Europe. The average precipitation level is highest in the western part of the park and amounts to about 3000 mm/m2. The sources of river Sava and Soča are in the park and the park is home to over 250 springs. Many springs are also a source of drinking water.
In conclusion, it is an exceptional experience to get to know the nature, cultural landscape and the people of the park. But in doing so, we should always observe the primary objectives of nature protection.
These are the main rules of Triglav National Park:
- Please leave your vehicle in one of the many designated car parks.
- Stay on the trails. Keep your noise level down and avoid disturbing the animals.
- Respect the habitats of plants and animals. Admire them, but make sure your presence does not disturb their lives, as unique and magical as yours. Collecting flowers is not allowed.
- Enjoy clear starry nights from a bench outside the mountain huts and lodges, shelters and bivouacs. Camping or bivouacking outside designated areas is strictly forbidden.
- Be considerate visitors who take nothing except for memories and data stored on memory sticks, and leave nothing but footprints.
- Take all garbage back with you down to the valley.
- Park’s trails allowing only hiking and not mountain biking.
- Bathing in mountain lakes not permitted.