Ljubljana is also a very lively city. It displays a remarkable agenda of more than 10,000 cultural events each year - including 14 international festivals and many other traditional happenings.

Diverse beauty of Slovenia can be explored right from Ljubljana, since it has a perfect geographical position right in the middle of the country. Within a single day you can visit the Slovenian coast, high mountain regions, experience the Mediterranean, Alpine and continental climate.

Ljubljana, the city with a green soul awaits everyone ready to explore the many faces and beauties of Slovenia.

A perfect base for exploring Slovenia

Ljubljana lies at the center of Slovenia. In the morning you can visit the stunningly beautiful Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj or Soča Valley in the high mountainous region of the Alps, and in the evening enjoy the sunset in one of the charming little towns on the Adriatic coast. The world famous Postojna Caves are only about 50 kilometers from Ljubljana. It only takes minutes to reach the peaceful and unspoiled countryside of the city's green surrounding areas, which offer endless opportunities for hiking, cycling, fishing and horse riding.

Ljubljana Crowned European Green Capital 2016

Ljubljana, European Green Capital Award 2016, has a green soul and a reputation for its high environmental awareness. Ljubljana is a city boasting excellently preserved green spaces and countless pleasant green nooks and crannies even in the heart of the city centre.

The city's picturesque embankments on the river Ljubljanica, designed by the world known architect Jože Plečnik, are surrounded by trees and grassy spaces. Not far away you can find one of Europe's oldest botanic gardens, more than 200 hundred years old.

The historical city centre of Ljubljana is towered over by Ljubljana Castle, built at the top of a green hill criss-crossed with walking paths and scattered with exercise stations shaded by trees, while the city's largest and most beautiful park, Tivoli, extends right into the city centre.

One of Ljubljana's special features is a 35-kilometre circular recreational route around the city. The route, known as the Path of Remembrance and Comradeship, runs along the course of the barbed-wire fence that surrounded Ljubljana during the Second World War.

“Taste Ljubljana”: Discover the traditional dishes

The Taste Ljubljana project presents traditional dishes that people in Ljubljana enjoyed over the centuries of the city's history and are still popular today. The selection of typical Ljubljana dishes marketed under the brand name Taste Ljubljana is on offer in more than 60 of the city's restaurants.

Taste Ljubljana brand project is to ensure that a larger share of traditional Ljubljana dishes prepared using modern cooking methods should be included in the culinary offerings of the Slovenian capital.

Since 1 April 2015 visitors also explore the flavours of Ljubljana on a special Taste Ljubljana guided food tour.

Ljubljana’s Art Nouveau Year

In 2015, Ljubljana celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of the architect Maks Fabiani, who created his best works at the turn of the 20th century using the then new artistic style known as Art Nouveau. In celebration of the anniversary, Ljubljana hosts a programme of exhibitions.

Ljubljana's Art Nouveau buildings were designed by Fabiani and a number of other local architects, who contributed to national awakening in Slovenia just like their Hungarian, Scottish, Catalan, Finnish, and other counterparts did in their own countries.

Ljubljana's Festivals

Ljubljana is a lively city. It displays a remarkable agenda of more than 10,000 cultural events each year - including 14 international festivals and many other traditional happenings. During the warmer months a host of free events liven up the public spaces in the downtown area, helping to create a special atmosphere in the Slovenian capital.

The festivals held in Ljubljana range from prestigious cultural events featuring world-class artists, such as the Ljubljana Festival. In the summer, a large number of free festivals are held on open-air stages and city streets, such as Summer in Ljubljana Old Town and Nights in Ljubljana Old Town. One of the most interesting is the ever-surprising Ana Desetnica street theatre festival.  This year, Ljubljana will also host a leading European music and arts boutique Flow Festival for the first time.

At the end of the year, the centre of Ljubljana hosts a festive fair and countless entertainment events as part of the December in Ljubljana festival. The festive atmosphere reaches its climax with the New Year's Eve celebrations held in several centrally located squares.

To find out more visit www.visitljubljana.com