Apparently Hell has waterfalls.
Pekel is a small gorge near Borovnica, a village about 20 min away from Ljubljana by car. Its Slovenian name translates into English as Hell and I bet the last thing you would expect to find in Hell are waterfalls, but Pekel does in fact have 5 gorgeous ones.
The trail starts at a small wooden devil statue next to the Pekel Inn and takes you up to the highest 5th waterfall at about 450 m above sea level elevation. The going gets a bit harder after the first waterfall so I’d recommend it only to normally fit people, as it can be quite slippery and steep at times. The round trip is supposed to take about 2 hours and the trail is quite well-marked, so you really can’t get lost.
My best friend lives in Borovnica and has been trying to get me to go to Hell since forever, but we finally managed to do it in 2017 and I will definitely be back. It is a great place to swim or have a picnic during the hot summer days and we did swim in the pool at the last waterfall after all that huffing and puffing, despite the cold water. Apparently most of the photos from then got lost in space, especially the goofy ones, which is a shame, but I have managed to dig up a few to give you a glimpse. As I said, I’ll likely be back soon and update this post with some new ones.
In the mean time, I do recommend you to visit Pekel if you are ever in Ljubljana, as it makes for a great daytrip, is free (not counting the train to Borovnica, which is quite cheap) and gives you a glimpse of the beautiful Slovenian nature even if you are in a hurry.
Limited impressions of Pekel
How to get there?
It is much easier if you have a car, but it’s also doable with public transport, it just requires a bit of walking. If you do have a car, take the road from Ljubljana towards Brezovica and Vrhnika, then turn left for Borovnica once you reach Vrhnika. The signs for Pekel start to show up in Borovnica and you can park at the Pekel Inn, which can also be found via Google maps here.
The situation is quite similar when taking the train: you’ll need to take the train for Borovnica from Ljubljana, which takes about 20 minutes in one direction, and then walk to the Pekel Inn where the trail starts, which will take you about 45 – 50 min. I suppose you could also try to catch a ride with some friendly locals heading that way, as it is quite popular during the season.