"Experience a Slovenian slap at the Rinka waterfall" Celje Off The Beaten Path Tip by CatherineReichardt
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I am not a great linguist at the best of times, and so it is disappointing (but unsurprising) that I found Slovenian less than accessible. However, there is one word that I had no trouble in picking up: 'slap', which means waterfall. It is such an onomatopoeic word (one which sounds like its meaning) that it is probably the only Slovenian word that I recall a year later!
Anyway, one of the highest 'slap' in Slovenia is located at the head of the awe inspiring Logar valley. The Rinka waterfall is 90m high and cascades down through a cleft in the rockface into the valley below. It is a beautiful spot, and it would be easy to spend the best part of a day here, hiking through the forest and playing in the river, so be sure to pack a picnic so that you can make the most of your time.
It's a bit of a hike from the car park to the base of the waterfall, but anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to manage this provided that they pace themselves. It is always difficult to estimate walking times, but if you allow 45 minutes each way (the round trip is 6km), then you should be fine. The hike is fairly steep, along a well maintained path through the forest: take heart that this is scenic enough that those who are worried about keeping up appearances can probably pass off rests to catch their breath as stops to admire the scenery!
It comes as something of a surprise to discover that there is a restaurant at the base of the waterfall - if you look carefully, you can see the overhead cableway that is used to transport produce up from the car park! We were unfortunately working to a tight schedule, so we didn't get the chance to stop here, but given the location, I suspect that it would be hard not to enjoy having something to eat or drink against such a backdrop!
There is also a kiosk at the car park which sells basic foodstuffs, postcards and curios.
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