About Ljubljana & Slovenia
Slovenia in brief
Slovenia is a boutique Central European country of two million inhabitants coiled up by mountains, surrounded by Austria, Italy, Hungary and the Adriatic Sea on the one side, and Croatia on the other. Although it's only half the size of Switzerland, it surprises most first-time visitors with the array of its landscapes and the rich cultural and natural heritage, which the locals treasure. It also has three distinct climate types: continental, Alpine and sub-Mediterranean. Slovenia is the first country in the world to be declared a green destination based on the Green Destinations Criteria (2016), and its capital, Ljubljana, is a leader in sustainability.
Slovenia has joined the European Union in 2004 and introduced the Euro as its official currency in 2007. The same year, it also joined the Schengen Zone and was, in 2008, proud to host the Presidency of the EU, which it will host again in 2021.
While respecting the tradition, where authenticity and genuine hospitality play an important role, its society is knowledge-based, dynamic, open and future-oriented. Welcome to Slovenia, the only country with the word LOVE in its name!
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The city of Ljubljana
Ljubljana, referred to as the hidden gem of Europe, is a small, yet vital capital, which is developing with a clear vision, its quality of life being placed at the forefront.
With 286,000 residents, Ljubljana is a compact and relaxed walking city built to the human scale, whose old town quarter is often depicted as a welcoming lounge by meeting planners and delegates alike. It features a wealth of history, style, arts and culture, excellent gastronomy and an atmosphere that is both Central European and Mediterranean. Many would add it is a safe, green, multilingual and hospitable city. It is also regarded as a logistically stress-free destination, since most venues, hotels and sights of interest are within walking distance.
Ljubljana has been named European Green Capital 2016 as a result of its visible achievements regarding sustainable development especially in the last decade that is now an ongoing project. It continues receiving international accolades in the field of sustainable tourism and a growing media attention.
The city’s architecture, a harmonic blend of medieval Old Town, Baroque, Art Nouveau and newer styles, most notably the heritage of architect Jože Plečnik (1920s – 1950s), topped by the lively events agenda and café society have made Ljubljana a destination under growing demand. Its feeling of youthful energy can be attributed to 50,000 university students and is reflected in the dynamic alternative arts production that complements a myriad of events in the framework of institutional culture running throughout the year. Lonely Planet editors have recently listed Ljubljana among destinations most worth visiting, describing it as 'one of Europe’s greenest and most liveable cities, boasting a friendly cafe culture by day and vibrant nightlife after the sun sets', They also pointed out the Slovenian capital's advantageous location in the centre of the country, saying that Ljubljana 'makes the perfect base to discover the rest of Slovenia, which is as picture-perfect as Switzerland, but much easier on the wallet'.
All flights to and from Ljubljana are operated through the Jože Pučnik Ljubljana Airport, which is located at 25 km from the city centre. The current non-stop connections comprise around 260 weekly scheduled flights to 25, mostly European destinations, which are operated by 7 regular and 3 low-cost airlines: Adria Airways, Air Serbia, Air France, easyJet, Finnair, LOT Polish Airlines, Montenegro Airlines, Transavia, Turkish Airlines and Wizz Air. British Airways will start operating flights from London Heathrow to Ljubljana in summer2019.
Other current destinations with non-stop connections: Berlin, Copenhagen, Dubrovnik, Düsseldorf, Helsinki, Manchester, Podgorica, Prague, Priština, Sarajevo, Tel Aviv. The average frequency is 3 to 5 flights / week.
Adria Airways, Slovenia’s national carrier and a Star Alliance member, has 57 years experience in charter and scheduled flights. It operates around 190 direct scheduled flights per week from Ljubljana to 20 destinations, mainly in Europe (2018 schedule). Adria operates about 60% of passengers on inbound and outbound flights to/from Ljubljana.
Distances from the neighbouring airports to Ljubljana by road (non-stop shuttle service provided):
Graz Airport (Austria): 187 km
Klagenfurt Airport (Austria): 85 km
Zagreb Airport (Croatia): 140 km
Trieste Airport (Italy): 130 km
Venice Airport (Italy): 230 km
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- A good range of quality accommodation facilities of all categories and types
- Around 2.700 hotel rooms at the moment, new hotel investments are underway - 3.100 hotel rooms by 2022 ; currently, over 1,650 rooms in the 5 to 3* range are located in the city centre
- Additional accommodation is available in B&B, youth hostels, short-let apartments and Airbnb (ca. 1,700 units), many of which are centrally located
- The majority of hotels are centrally located and are within walking distance from the Old Town and the major institutions in the city, including the GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre.