LJUBLJANA WITH CENTRAL AND NOTRANJSKA-KARST REGIONS
Dominated by Slovenia's capital city Ljubljana (dubbed »The most beautiful city in the world« by locals and visitors alike), yet the surrounding areas of Central Slovenia hold many wonders. Notranjska region hides its beauty below the surface like a shy maiden. In this largely forested region practically every square kilometre conceals one of several thousand karst caves.
A city by the river on which the mythological Argonauts carried the Golden Fleece, where ancient city of Roman Emona once flourished, a former capital of the Province of Carniola and the capital of Napoleon's Illyrian Provinces. A city of Renaissance, Baroque, and especially Art Nouveau facades. A city that boasts the greatest exhibition of the architecture of the master Jože Plečnik. Modest while full of flair – this is Ljubljana!
Combining the characteristics of all Slovenia's regions, adding the cosmopolitan feel and the lively urban buzz, Ljubljana is a city that hits you by surprise. The city nestling below the hill with Ljubljana Castle has a lively cultural life created by numerous theatres, museums, and galleries, one of the oldest Philharmonics in the world, cinemas and more than ten thousand cultural events each year.
Congress of the Holy Alliance at the beginning of the 19th century, can be counted as the beginning of the congress activity. Today Ljubljana can offer first-class congress capacities in the centrally located Cankarjev dom Cultural and Congress Centre as well as in the city hotels and nearby protocol buildings.
As Slovenia's business and commerce centre, the city offers numerous shopping temptations, from smaller shops and boutiques in the old city core to large shopping centres on the outskirts. Other offerings include inviting friendly cafés, delicious pastry shops, and a diverse selection of restaurants, many serving distinctly Slovene cuisine.
Attractions in the area around Ljubljana include Iški Vintgar, a gorge with picturesque pools that is reached by passing through the unique landscape of the Ljubljansko Barje wetland. The climatic health resort of Rakitna, a plateau with a lake and a marked circular walking trail. Borovnica and Pekel Gorge, with its waterfalls and rapids. Former monastery of Bistra, today home to the Technical Museum of Slovenia.
Twenty minutes from Ljubljana in the city of Postojna, Postojna Cave has been attracting visitors into its subterranean passages with their breathtaking rock formations for over a hundred years. A unique electric train carries visitors on a tour of around five kilometres of passages (total 21). The cave is home to the only cave-dwelling vertebrate in Europe, popularly known as the »Human Fish«.
A prominent feature of the varied and hilly landscape of Notranjska region is the karst plateau of Snežnik, with the beautiful Snežnik Castle, which today houses a museum.
The Military History Park in Pivka offers an insight into the more turbulent periods of the 20th century, with its exhibits of numerous armoured vehicles used by the armies that fought in the two world wars. Another of the region's centres is Ilirska Bistrica, which in past centuries was known for its timber industry.
TOP 10 EXPERIENCES OF LJUBLJANA WITH CENTRAL AND NOTRANJSKA-KARST REGIONS
- Visit Ljubljana's Central Market: take in all the scents, sounds, colours and activity that makes the visit to the market a great experience
- Visit Postojna Cave: board a special train and drive into one of the longest cave systems in the world. Add to this a visit to a spectacular castle of Predjama and it will be a Day to Remember.
- Walk along the streets of Ljubljana's Old Town: a diverse mix of architectural styles, small shops, candy stores, intimate restaurants... You will not want to leave.
- Spend an afternoon by Rakitna Lake: a mountain lake that is a great choice for a swim in the summer or to ice skate in the winter in the heart of nature, surrounded by fresh air.
- Take a boat ride along Ljubljanica River: see the city from another perspective, while hearing about its rich history over a glass of wine.
- Experience a traditional Slovenian evening: a night of lively music and dances, accompanied by traditional dishes and great selection of wine.
- Visit Snežnik Castle: this picturesque Medieval manor was later enlarged and is today one of the great examples of walled renaissance castles.
- Take a funicular up to Ljubljana Castle: on a clear day, from a viewing platform you can see as far as 80 km and spot the highest peak in Slovenia – Triglav.
- Visit Slovenian Technical Museum in Bistra: a former monastery, surrounded by forests, today hosts rich collections of cars and machines as well as organises practical demonstrations of tools, gadgets and machinery used in the past.
- A walk among the flowers: if you like parks and flowers, you will love Arboretum Volčji Potok with its regular flower exhibitions, large playing park for children as well as a nice café and restaurant.