One of Europe's most picturesque capitals, Ljubljana moves alfresco almost in its entirety. The capital of Slovenia is dotted with urban green spaces such as the Labyrinth of Art, a tree-lined path with a “reading island” of books to sample. If the city wasn't green enough, you'll also find the Botanical Garden and Tivoli Park, which includes the Museum of Contemporary History in the Cekin Mansion and the City Zoo. The Tivoli Park is less than a 10 minutes walk from the center.
Ljubljana Old Town
Walk down the cobbled streets of Ljubljana Old Town, nestled between the river and the hilltop castle. The historical center features local designer shops, cafe's, and restaurants, a farmer's market, several historical bridges, and the only row of 19th century buildings that survived the 1895 earthquake. The charming narrow lanes lead to two squares. The city square with the city hall and a copy of the 18th-century "three rivers" fountain, and the upper square. Taste local specialties, enjoy watching street artists, and take in the architectural details, such as wall carvings, sculptural decoration, or elaborate metalwork on fences and balustrades. The nearby castle and tower provide panoramic views of the city.
Triple Bridge (Tromostovje)
The central one of the three bridges forming the Triple Bridge (Tromostovje) has stood in its place since 1842 when it replaced an old, strategically important medieval wooden bridge connecting the north-western European lands with south-eastern Europe and the Balkans. Between 1929 and 1932, the side bridges, intended for pedestrians, were added to the original stone bridge to a design by the architect Jože Plečnik, who thus created a unique architectural gem of Ljubljana. Plečnik removed the metal railings from the old stone bridge and furnished all the three bridges with massive stone balustrades and lamps.
From each of the side bridges, two stairways lead to terraces situated just above the river, where poplar trees contribute to the overall appearance of the Bridge. On the right bank of the river, the Bridge is enhanced by a small flower shop connected to the Ljubljana Central Market colonnade, and on the left bank by a kiosk. It has a key place on the crossing of Plečnik's two urban axes, the river axis and the axis running between the Rožnik and castle hills. In 1992, the Triple Bridge was thoroughly renovated.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Prešeren Square is not only the center of Ljubljana but truly the spiritual center of the Slovene nation – and more practically the de facto meeting point in the city. It's part of the old town’s pedestrian zone and a major meeting point, where festivals, Ljubljana carnival, concerts, sports, political, and protest events take place. It was renovated in 2007. At the eastern side of the square, a bronze statue of the Slovene national poet France Prešeren with a mouse was placed in front of the Central Pharmacy. One of his poem, “A Toast” (“Zdravljica”) became the national anthem.
The poet’s statue is symbolically faced by the statue of Julija Primic, his great love, mounted on the facade of a building located across the square, in the Wolfova Ulica. From the square, you can walk up or down the river on either side. You have many café's and restaurants downriver, with outdoor seating in summer. You have the town hall square (Mestni trg), the open air market and St Nicholas Cathedral just 50 meters away. The castle is up above you.
Tivoli Park Ljubljana
Tivoli City Park or simply Tivoli Park is the largest park in Ljubljana. It's on the northern outskirts of the Center District, stretching to the Šiška District to the north, the Vič District to the south, and the Rožnik District to the west. Several notable buildings and art works stand in the park. The park has many walking trails, floral arrangements, fountains, and statues. The park was then in the first, especially in the second half of the 20th century, supplemented with various sports and relaxation facilities nature.
So they built a pond, botanical garden, greenhouse, playground, swimming pool Illyria (1929), a sports hall Tivoli (1965), a covered swimming pool with fitness center (1973). In addition, the park has also tennis, basketball, roller skating and mini golf. Later they added a covered swimming pool with a gym and a bowling alley.
In the park, there are two important objects: Cekin Mansion and Tivoli Castle. Tivoli Castle is a mansion built in the 17th century. In 1864, the Austrian sculptor Anton Dominik Fernkorn created four cast iron dogs, still on display in Tivoli Park in front of the Tivoli Castle. The Cekin Mansion (Cekinov grad) is a mansion on the northern edge of Tivoli Park in Ljubljana. It houses the Museum of Contemporary History of Slovenia.
Slovenian Railway Museum
The Railway Museum is in a former boiler room at Parmova 35. It started to emerge in the 1960's and has gradually developed into a small but well laid-out and comprehensive museum. The central building is a rotunda and presents some of the collection of steam engines and other museum vehicles.
A permanent exhibition of other key sciences needed for a railway to operate is in the nearby ancillary building of the rotunda. In the first room, one can experience the atmosphere in stationmaster’s office at a small railway station in the last years of the Austria - Hungary monarchy, equipped with everything needed for traffic management and ticket sales.
The second room has nine types of railway tracks from various periods and railway administrations, reflecting various rulers on the Slovenian territory. Small railway vehicles with trolleys standing on them were once used by line supervisors and maintainers. Manual tools and aids bear witness to how difficult maintenance used to be. Development of the railway network in Slovenia is presented with seven maps from different periods, along which old railway boundary stones remind us of the past.
One museum room is devoted to basic devices for the transmission of messages, like telegraphs, telephones and tele-printers, as well as apparatuses of higher levels like short-wave and FM radio stations, devices for registration of telephone conversations, station public address systems, as well as system of railway clocks. Railway uniforms have a special space, the "garment of honor", as designed over time. Here, certain work equipment of railway workers is also gathered, including the especially charming manual railway lanterns.
In the area of signaling and safety devices, the museum has a representative collection of electro-mechanical and electro-dynamic block devices and other devices – both dating back to the oldest and more recent history. There are the most common devices as well as curiosities and unique pieces. A small art gallery presents visitors with works of art dedicated to the railway.
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University of Ljubljana
The University of Ljubljana is the oldest and largest higher education and scientific research institution in Slovenia. The university, with its rich tradition was founded in 1919. It has more than 40.000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and employs about 5.600 higher education teachers, researchers, assistants and administrative staff in 23 faculties and three arts academies.
The central building, all three academies and faculties are in the center. Some of the most recent and modern buildings were constructed on the outskirts of Ljubljana, giving the university and its students a ubiquitous presence in the city. The University of Ljubljana is renowned for its quality social and natural sciences and technical study programmes, structured according the Bologna Declaration. Our projects keep pace with the latest developments in the areas of arts, sciences and technology at home and abroad.