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Ljubljana

Countries: Slovenia
Activity: City break

 

Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is a central European city lying between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, in a basin where the Ljubljanica river flows into the Sava. It has all the facilities of a modern capital, and yet it has preserved its small-town friendliness and relaxed atmosphere.

 

It is a vibrant city full of surprises. Its surrounding areas, packed with natural beauty and cultural sights bearing witness to the city’s dynamic history, are renowned for their walking, hiking and cycle trails and a wide variety of culinary delights.


FUNICULAR RIDE TO LJUBLJANA CASTLE

Shortcut to the top.

Ljubljana Castle, the city’s most striking landmark, adds a special touch to the city’s cultural vibrancy. It is an attractive tourist sight and a picturesque venue for concerts, theatre performances, exhibitions, conferences and official functions.

OPEN MARKET, LJUBLJANICA RIVER AND BRIDGES
There we meet.

The Ljubljanica river with its interesting bridges and picturesque old city centre embankments is one of Ljubljana’s most distinctive features.

PRESERNOV TRG SQUARE

The meeting spot at the poet.

Square is named after the greatest Slovene poet, France Preseren (1800-1849). His poetry is a symbol of longing for love and freedom, which is why one of his poems, A Toast (Zdravljica) became the national anthem. The square, based on the Italian model, is dominated by the ornamented facade of the Franciscan Church. The Art Nouveau facades of “Ura” and “Centromerkur” are also a characteristic of Preseren Square. Tromostovje (Triple Bridge), a special feature of Ljubljana’s architecture provide an elegant entrance into the Old Town.

NEBOTICNIK

The nostalgic skyscraper.

The first high-rise building in Ljubljana, the so-called “skyscraper”, was designed by the architect Vladimir Subic and built in 1933. It is the first visible response to architectural developments in distant America and towers above the area as a symbol of the growing city and its economic prosperity. At the time of its construction it was the tallest building in Central Europe.

LJUBLJANA ZOO
The pictures of wilderness from around the world.

The Ljubljana Zoo is situated on the southern slope of the Roznik hill, in a natural environment of woods and meadows of a protected landscape park, just a 20 minute walk from the city centre. It provides home for animal species from all continents with a particular emphasis on those living at the intersection of the Alpine, Pannonian and Mediterranean regions.


ARBORETUM VOLCJI POTOK

Romantic flower park.

The Volcji Potok Arboretum is located on the edge of the Kamnisko polje plain. It is one of Slovenia’s most frequented botanical gardens, worth visiting at any time of the year. Lying on an 80-hectare site, it supports 4,500 perennial flower, bush and tree species from around the world. The Arboretum’s numerous plant beds have been conceived in such a way that different plant species complement each other but are at the same time displayed in all their individual beauty. The Arboretum’s energy fields are believed to have a beneficial  effect on human body’s energy centres.

POSTOJNA CAVE
The home of human fish.

The Postojna Caves, one of Slovenia’s most spectacular natural sights, consist of a 27-kilometre underground system of passages, tunnels, galleries and chambers with wonderful dripstones. The caves, also famous for providing home to the olm (Proteus anguinus), an amphibian salamander endemic to subterranean waters of southern Europe, can be viewed from a small cave train.

GOLF COURSES
The luxury of the green.

Slovenia’s golf courses cater for beginners and experienced players alike. They are located in different parts of the country, but wherever they are you can admire the natural beauty while taking a relaxing stroll on the fairways. Lessons are available for all those who want to improve their game. One-on-one lessons  with pros are also available.

PIRAN
The cape of art.

Of the three medieval towns on the Slovenian coast - Koper, Izola and Piran - the picturesque little town of Piran with its Venetian design and a distinctive Mediterranean feel is the most beautiful. Its most impressive sights are the Cathedral of St. George, built in the 12th century, and the Tartinijev trg square, named after the famous Piran-born Italian composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini.

SOCA RIVER VALLEY
Adventure of pure nature.

Due to its lush green colour, the Soča, one of Slovenia’s most beautiful and cleanest rivers, has been referred to as “the emerald river”. It is renowned worldwide not only for its unique beauty but also for its white water rapids offering some of the best adrenaline-pumping water sports experiences in this part of Europe, including rafting, kayaking and canyoning.