Ljubljana–Zbilje Lake

A pleasant oasis not far from Ljubljana

Zbilje Lake is just a few kilometres from Ljubljana, close to the village of Zbilje and around four kilometres from Medvode. The lake is a popular excursion destination for locals and Ljubljana residents alike and a good place to soak up some sun, either on a day out or simply during a quick chat over a coffee. The man-made lake was created in 1953 by damming the river Sava. As well as being an attractive tourist destination, the lake is an important habitat for many species of birds, first among them the swans, who are permanent residents on the lake and well accustomed to visitors. Zbilje Lake offers plentiful opportunities for recreation and relaxation.

Head north-west from the centre of Ljubljana, cycle past Tivoli Park and follow Celovška Cesta out of the city. Continue along the foot of the Polhov Gradec Hills and join the Sava at Medno. At the confluence of the Sava and the Sora, at the point where the Sorica Plain meets the Ljubljana Basin, you will reach Medvode, the “green gateway” to Ljubljana. The town’s religious heritage is attested by its 19 churches, while a large number of wayside shrines and chapels can be found throughout the municipality. Continue on to the lake, where you will find a popular restaurant with a panoramic terrace and a boathouse where you can hire a rowing boat for a trip across the lake. Other cafés and bars stand on the lake shore and there is also a children’s playground. Return to Ljubljana by bike or hop on a train in Medvode.

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