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

  1. Visit Ljubljana's Central Market: take in all the scents, sounds, colours and activity that makes the visit to the market a great experience
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Take a boat ride along Ljubljanica River: see the city from another perspective, while hearing about its rich history over a glass of wine.
  6. Experience a traditional Slovenian evening: a night of lively music and dances, accompanied by traditional dishes and great selection of wine.
  7. Visit Snežnik Castle: this picturesque Medieval manor was later enlarged and is today one of the great examples of walled renaissance castles.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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SIGHTS AND ATTRACTIONS

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Ljubljana Castle is the most spectacular sight of Ljubljana. There is proven evidence that the hill on top of which it is situated was inhabited back in the 12th century BC (remains of the Urn Tomb culture).

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The Ljubljana Marshes is a natural area of wetlands and peat bogs, known for its rare animal and vegetal species and for the remains of the prehistoric pile dwellings, which are inscribed under the UNESCO World Heritage List. Archaeologists found more than 10,000 artefacts...

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Tromostovje (Triple Bridge), a special feature of Ljubljana's architecture, is made up of an old stone bridge from 1842 and two side ones which architect Jože Plečnik added in 1931; together, they provide an elegant entrance into the Old Town.

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Slovene Ethnographic Museum (SEM) is the central ethnological museum in Slovenia, a contemporary museum blending the traditional and the modern. Its permanent exhibitions present stories through ethnological collections about people, where visitors can reflect on the world and...

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The boat »Ljubljanica« was constructed and handcrafted in Bled. It can accommodate 48 passengers. In a comfortable ride on the wooden boat you will discover the beauty of Ljubljana's bridges and riverbanks, which can truly be appreciated only from a water perspective.

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Ljubljana Cathedral stands above Pogačarjev Square and by Ciril-Metodov Square in the centre of the Medieval town. The Cathedral is an exemplary building of the mature Romanesque Baroque in Slovenia. Around it stand the Archbishop's Palace, the Seminary, and a large vicarage.

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The National and University Library is an exceptional piece of Plečnik's architecture, shaped by the block of Vegova, Gosposka and Turjaška Streets. The library was built between 1936-1941 according to plans by Jože Plečnik drawn in 1930-1931. The location was selected at the edge...

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The City Museum of Ljubljana is situated in Auersperg Palace, one of the most beautiful Renaissance palaces in Ljubljana, and holds Ljubljana's cultural heritage of several millennia. This ranges from the 4,500-year-old prehistoric pile dwelling settlement to the present-day charming capital of Slovenia.

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Behind the gates of a former Carthusian monastery several collections can be seen: from forestry, woodworking, hunting, fishing and agricultural departments, to textiles, printing, traffic... The attention of most visitors is drawn towards the water-driven elements like the flour mill.

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Volčji Potok arboretum is the most frequented horticultural amenity in Slovenia. Established in 1952, the institution took over the estate owned by the Souvan family until 1948. Over the last few years Arboretum Volčji Potok has become famous for its spring flower shows.

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Bogenšperk Castle stands on a ridge above the settlement of Dvor, south-east of Litija. It was first mentioned in 1533 as a property of the Wagen family, after whom it was named. In 1672 it was purchased by a famous polymath from Ljubljana, Janez Vajkard Valvasor, who built a rich...

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Cerknica Lake, the largest disappearing lake in Slovenia, enraptures visitors with numerous interesting natural phenomena and diverse flora and fauna. The lake fills in the spring and during rainy periods, offering possibilities for numerous water sports and fishing.

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This magnificent castle with more than 700 years of history, stands on a 123-metre cliff in the town of Predjama, just 10 kilometres from Postojna. The visit to the castle, the legend of bold and rebellious knight Erazem of Predjama and the annual medieval tournaments take the visitors...

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Postojna Cave is a network of 20 km of passages, galleries and chambers into which experienced guides have accompanied more than 31 million visitors in the last 188 years. It is the largest cave in the »classic karst« and the most visited show cave in Europe.

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Snežnik Castle is the best-preserved castle building in Notranjska region. This hunting post was first mentioned in sources in 1268. There is no castle like this in Slovenia, where one can feel the pulse of life from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.

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This high mountain plateau boasts one of the best-preserved traditional dairy herdsmen's settlements in Slovenia. It has an undulating landscape full of karst sinkholes and hollows. The tradition of pasturing and cheese making still lives on its mountain pastures where herdsmen...

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As we drive from Ljubljana towards the sea, we have no idea how many interesting things are hidden by the karst landscape. One of these features is the Planina plain, in the karst basin of the Ljubljanica River, and one of the treasures of karst phenomena.

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Museum is situated in a beautiful surrounding, in the Polhov Gradec Mansion. It features permanent collections, the history of post and of telecommunications, and temporary exhibitions.