Slovenia is full of natural wonders and sights, where you’ll be blown away by its beauties. There are many well know tourist areas you can visit in Slovenia, which get lots of tourist on a daily basis, but if you are like us, you are more more eager to visit little known places.
We are lucky enough to have the gorge Hell (in Slovenian language Soteska Pekel) pretty close to us, which we like to visit during hot summer days.
This place is perfect destination to escape the summer heat and cool down even though you are hiking.
Most people visit gorge Pekel (Hell) for hiking to its 5 waterfalls. If you are fit enough and are not afraid of heights and some challenging climbs (including rungs, steep leathers), you will have no problems with reaching all 5 waterfalls.
But if you are not feeling comfortable to do these climbs or maybe traveling with young kids, there’s still nice path up to the second waterfall (16 meters high).
The best season for seeing the most beautiful waterfalls is spring, as there’s still plenty of water. Gorge Pekel is still nice during the summer, but due to lack of rain, you could do the hike and instead of powerful waterfalls, you would just do a good exercise.
You can even visit the gorge Pekel in the winter, but for this kind of climb, the necessary equipment are crampons. No matter when you visit the gorge Pekel, we’d also recommend you to have a helmet with you – the hike to the last three waterfalls can surprise you with some falling rocks.
Before the hiking path starts, there’s a fairly big parking where you can leave your car. Just few steps away is also a local restaurant, but have in mind it is opened from noon on and also closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
If you’ll be visiting the gorge Pekel for hiking, you need around 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach the last, fifth waterfall. And while you are already there, you can also join the trip by visiting the Technical Museum of Slovenia or maybe enjoy some free time at Rakitna and its lake. And to top it of – visiting the gorge Pekel is perfect as a day trip / half day trip from Ljubljana – the Slovenian capital is just 23 kilometers away.