In the heart of Europe, where the Alps meet the Mediterranean, is Slovenia. The grounds of this green country is 20,273 square kilometers. At the junction of the different geographical areas of Europe formed a surprisingly diverse terrain, densely forested. More than a third of Slovenian territory is under state protection.
Thanks to the diversity, unspoiled nature, kind-hearted people, the national delicious cuisine, rich cultural heritage and a small distance, Slovenia attractive for all travelers; everyone can find their own area for your stay.
Meet the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, odnym of the most attractive cities in Europe, located halfway between Vienna and Venice. In Ljubljana meets the distant past to the present - 2014 Ljubljana celebrates 2,000 years of the Roman city of Emona, and in September last year was held in Ljubljana European basketball championship. Ljubljana acquired businesslike modern center, but has not lost its spirit and history of South Slavic flavor. Slovenian capital Ljubljana recognized comfortable and entertaining for the rest. It's a compact city, so it is very easy to get around on foot and admire the different architectural styles. In the old part of the city where a pedestrian zone with many cozy cafés, restaurants, shops, boutiques, most of them along the river Ljubljanica. We invite you on a tour of the city which can look themselves or with experienced local Russian-speaking licensed tour guide, admire the medieval town, the architectural style of the Baroque and Art Nouveau, the work of the architect Joze Plecnik, walk across the bridges, the market and go with us to the Cathedral ! Through the narrow medieval streets you climb up to the castle on foot (10 minute climb) or the funicular, see the chateau chapel of St. George and optional climb the observation tower with 100 steps, which will open you to an amazing overview of the surrounding area. The tower can be seen 12 minute film about the history of the castle in Russian. Located near the Slovenian and Exhibition history. The price of the ticket for a comprehensive examination of the castle 8 € / person. After descending from the castle recommended tasting traditional mushroom soup in a bread bowl, gulyazha "cauldron" sweet "Prekmurje gibanica" or pumpkin ice cream in a restaurant with typical Slovenian cuisine nearby. In Ljubljana restaurants offer a taste and traditional game dishes and horsemeat.
Unusual and exciting way to explore the city and have a walk on a boat on the river Ljubljanica (10 € / pers.) On a tour of the river Ljubljanica also arrange wine tasting with snacks for groups of min. 15 attendees. (Price from 35 € / pers.). For groups we organize boat too Roman tasting tour - get to know the dishes that were on the table in Ljubljana in the Roman period, the city of Emona.
One of the dominant symbol of the Ljubljanica river - very clean river, live in it for more than 40 fish parody. With boat fishermen you with pleasure will be taken to a fishing excursion in Bole natural areas of the river; like fish, cooked for you all fishing gear (the price of 190 €).
Best shopping in Slovenia, of course, in the capital - the city of Ljubljana, where many shops of famous brands and local designers. The most famous shopping center of Ljubljana - «BTC City» 2 km from the historic district. It is believed that he is one of the biggest in Europe.
Especially attractive Ljubljana over the New Year, many tourists visiting the city during the holidays, when parades through the streets of St. Nicholas and Santa Claus, street theater, fairs, concerts and festivals with fireworks.
In Ljubljana large selection of hotels, smaller family hotels and private apartments in the historic part of the city. In the city, almost all speak English, but the Slovenian language you will not be a stranger.
And how to get to Ljubljana - very easily by train, plane, car or bus. In the city center, 10 minutes walk from the historic areas are iron and bus station. The nearest international airport Pučnik - Brnik at a distance of 27 km. From the airport Jože Puchnik to the main bus and train station in the center of Ljubljana can be reached by bus. On weekdays, buses go every hour on Sundays and holidays every 2 hours (price: 4 €). From the airport to Ljubljana ride vans, Rafiki (price: 5-19 €) and taxi (price: 20-45 €). You can always order a convenient private transfer already for 25 € / person. If you are traveling in cars, in Slovenia necessarily use vignettes. Vignettes can be purchased at all benzozapravkax in Slovenia, Italy, Austria and Croatia. Weekly vignette costs 15 €.
Buses highways payable locally. In the city center of Ljubljana, almost all paid parking (average 1,20 € per hour). Parking for tourist buses in the city center costs EUR 5 per hour.
If you decide to get acquainted with the city center of Ljubljana, you will get the greatest pleasure of riding a bike. Ljubljana City bike can be used after registering www.bicikelj.si. The city has several stops where you can take a bike or park. The first hour of riding free. For urban bus transport needs Urbana card that you buy at the kiosk with newspapers, mail or in stores.
Getting around the pedestrian areas in the city center, you can cut and free with the help of "cavalier", small electric conveyance at your disposal in the summer season daily from 9.30 to 18.00.
And thanks to its central position, Ljubljana is an ideal starting point for exploring the many attractions in the surrounding area, all of which are at a distance of 150 km from Ljubljana. You will be able to discover the beauty of Slovenia: Slovenian coast on the northern Adriatic from Piran, Koper and Portorož. Karst with more than 9,000 underground caves, but the caves of Postojna and Schkotsyanskie are beautiful in the world. Lipica stud farm - a place where grown thoroughbred horses for the Austrian royal court. Mountain worlds Bleyskim and Bohinj alpine lake in the Triglav National Park and the valley of emerald Soča, UNESCO city of Idrija. Winter resorts Kranskaya mountain Vogel or Rogla, medical Rogaska, Radenci, Olim, Catež, castles and monasteries, and many others. Also known cities of neighboring countries nearby, such as Venice (250 km from Ljubljana), Croatian Istria and Porec Motovun c (150 km from Ljubljana), Klagenfurt am Wörthersee in Carinthia, Austria (80 km from Ljubljana) with minimudusom, Trieste the palace of Miramar (100 km from Ljubljana). And with a Schengen visa reusable can visit all of these neighboring countries.
Nika M. Buda, tour guide and tour operator