Cycling in the Old Town Ljubljana, on the banks of the river Ljubljanica, through City park Tivoli or on the trails of Rožnik hill, can be a unique experience. The routes are flat and mainly on side routes with less traffic, therefore appropriate for all cyclists. The route can be extended towards Kranj or even towards Lake Bohinj.
Surrounded with forests and meadows on the southern slopes of Rožnik hill, ZOO Ljubljana is home to animal species from all continents, focusing mainly on animals typical of the area lying at the intersection of the Alpine, Pannonian and Mediterranean worlds.
Tivoli City Park
Stretching right into the city centre, the biggest city park of the capital Ljubljana was designed in 1813 by the French engineer Blanchard. The park area blends into the slopes of Rožnik hill, to which it is connected by several walking paths and a “trim trail”. It covers an area of approximately five square kilometres, is crossed by three grand horse chestnut tree-lined walks and landscaped with ornamental flower beds, interesting trees and numerous statues and fountains.
Plečnik’s Ljubljana and Ljubljana Castle
The famous Slovenian architect Plečnik tried to model Ljubljana on ancient Athens. The multitude of his creations in the city, referred to as a whole as “Plečnik’s Ljubljana”, is considered to be one of the 20th century’s most important works of art, including many bridges, the building of the National Library, city market, the stadium and others.
The mighty Ljubljana Castle, standing on a hill above the city for about 900 years, is undoubtedly
Ljubljana’s main attraction. The castle’s tower and ramparts offer the most beautiful views of the city and all the way to the Julian Alps in the far distance. There are two permanent museum exhibitions at the castle, as well as two famous restaurants and a café.
Slovenia’s oldest cultural, scientific and educational institution operating uninterruptedly since its foundation. The Garden contains more than 4,500 different species and subspecies. One third of them are endemic to Slovenia, while the rest originate from other parts of Europe, as well as from other continents. The Botanic Garden has an important role in preserving and protecting endangered plants from our environment.