1. Take a day trip to Ljubljana Moors
No more than a few steps from Ljubljana’s last suburban streets spreads the Ljubljana Moors. This almost 16,000 hectares large marshy plain is marked by an interminable mosaic of grasslands, litter woodlands, fields, ditches and hedges. It is a place of serenity where the black palustrine soil sucks up the city bustle and the obstinate moor mist lifts a spell from the human’s presence. Ideal trip for those who have a car and two days to spend.
2. Experience urban fishing
Treat yourself to some serious fishing without having to leave the city. Ljubljana is one of the few European capitals offering good opportunities for fishing only a short way from the city centre. At the Ljubljanica Fishing Resort located between the Ljubljanica Sluice Gate and the point where the Ljubljanica empties into the Sava you can find a large brown trout, grayling, huchen, and pike. You can also enjoy ground fishing for barbel and carp or natural bait fishing for chub, common nase, and Danube roach.
3. Visit the Ljubljana Festival
Ljubljana Festival is the biggest, oldest and most important festival in both Slovenia and the wider region. Over the years, it has become a way of life during the summer holidays for residents and visitors of Ljubljana alike; and for visitors not only from surrounding countries but from far beyond as well. With its colourful cosmopolitan spirit, the festival contributes a great deal to the life and energy of the Slovenian capital, itself considered one of the liveliest cities in Europe. In its 61-year history, the festival has hosted numerous internationally recognised and celebrated names.
4. Explore the Old town
The historical city centre well known for its unique architectural appearance, which is the result of the legacy of the Baroque and Art Nouveau periods and, most notably, the work of the famous 20th century architect Jože Plečnik, can easily be explored on foot. Start at the Triple Bridge, visit Ljubljana’s Central Market and make your way to Ljubljana Castle to enjoy the most beautiful views of Ljubljana. Don’t forget to take a peek into the Town Hall and to take a stroll down Ljubljanica river embankments where lively cafés offering outdoor seating are perfect for a short break before further exploring the city’s hidden treasures.
5. Find out who is Jože Plečnik
Jože Plečnik (1872-1957) was a famous architect that 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 total works of art. Plečnik’s best known works can all be explored on foot or by bike and include the National and University Library building, the Ljubljanica river embankments and bridges, the most notable among the latter being the Triple Bridge and the Cobblers’ Bridge, the Central Market, the Križanke Summer Theatre, the Bežigrad Stadium, the funeral home at the Žale cemetery.