Ljubljana News

Playground & Cafe Opens in Ljubljana

Jan 29th, 2020

What to do with energetic children when they get bored at home, and all cartoons are watched, and books read? The Family Centre Mala Ulica, recently opened in Ljubljana is a public playground intended for families with preschool children, in which…

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Ljubljana Shortlisted for European Green Capital 2015

Apr 2nd, 2013

According tp the municipality of Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital is among the four finalists for the award 'European Green Capita 2015'. Alongside, Brussels, Bristol and Glasgow compete for the title. The winner will be announced in June. The award…

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Slovenia Top of Per Capita Olympics Medal Table

Aug 30th, 2012

With the 2012 summer Olympics all wrapped up in London, its been time to look back the incredible feats of the medal-winning athletes of the competition. The United States took the lead in the medal table, snapping up a staggering 104 medals.…

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Ljubljana Festival Underway

Aug 5th, 2012

The 60th anniversary edition of the summertime Ljubljana Festival is now underway in Slovenias capital. With its long history as a pivotal part of Ljubljanas cultural calendar, the festival has established itself as one of the must-see events in…

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Read a Book at Library Under Trees

Jul 2nd, 2012

Now in its seventh year, the Library Under Trees is a unique way to enjoy a book, magazine, graphic novel, or newspaper in one of Ljubljana's many beautiful outdoor areas. Organized by several publishing houses, books are available to lend in a…

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Wizz Opens Ljubljana Routes

Jun 2nd, 2012

There will soon be a new option for visiting Ljubljana, as low-cost airline Wizz Air has announced plans to operate routes between to Ljubljana from London and Brussels. Beginning in October 2012, Wizz Air will operate five flights per week to and…

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Slovenia Battles for Kranjska Sausage

May 6th, 2012

Slovenia is currently in a diplomatic battle with its neighbour Austria over a rather unusual subject - a certain type of pork sausage. Both countries claim that the particular type of spicy sausage originates from their country. In Slovenia…

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Slovenian Pilots First Eco Ultra Light Flight Around World

Mar 31st, 2012

A Slovenian biologist named Matevz Lenarcic has undertaken the challenge to fly around the world an eco-friendly Ultra Light airplane. The aircraft used by Lenarcic is the Virus SW914, made by Pipistrel and a recent winner of the NASA award…

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London's Luton To Connect with Ljubljana

Mar 12th, 2012

Visiting Ljubljana from London has just become much easier with the introduction of flights from Londons Luton airport. The flight will be operated by Slovenias national carrier Adria Airways, a member of the Star Alliance network, and will operate…

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Try the Urbana-Ljubljana Tourist Card

Jan 30th, 2012

The city of Ljubljana has developed a convenient way for tourists to see the sights with the Urbana-Ljubljana Tourist Card. Available in 24, 48, and 72-hour types, allows visitors to the city easy access to museums, public transportation, guided…

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Ljubljana Contemporary Art Museum Opens

Jan 6th, 2012

Ljubljana has recently opened a striking new building, home to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MSUM) in the Metelkova Museum Quarter. Partnered with the already well established Museum of Modern Art (MG), the MSUM presents some of the most…

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Idrija Mercury Mine Enlisted as UNESCO Heritage Site

Dec 18th, 2011

The mercury mine in Slovenian city of Idrija will be officially entered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Idrija's mercury mine is one of the biggest decommissioned mercury mines in the world, since about 13% of all the mercury ever produced…

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Winter Holidays in Ljubljana

Dec 4th, 2011

The centre of Ljubljana transforms into a winter wonderland this December, its streets illuminated with white Christmas lights across the city. The biggest attraction this month is the Christmas Market, also known as the Festive Fair. An open…

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International Film Festival Underway

Nov 5th, 2011

The 22nd edition of the Ljubljana International Film Festival is about to kick off in the Slovenian capital, with hundreds of films to be screened at cinemas across the city. Along with the usual competitive sections, the film festival has…

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Ljubljana tourist card rocks

Nov 4th, 2011

Ljubljana Tourist Card has been declared Europes third best, exceeded only by those in Vienna and Oslo. The Euro Test website, run by German motoring association ADAC, evaluated tourist cards in European cities, and the Ljubljana Tourist Card…

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Biennial of Graphic Arts Kicks Off

Oct 2nd, 2011

Ljubljana's International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC) is currently hosting the 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts. The event kicked of on the 23rd of September with artists such as Ant Farm, Oreet Ashery, Bababa International, Robert Barry, Nina…

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Explore Ljubljana By Double Decker Bus

Sep 3rd, 2011

The city of Ljubljana has launched an open-top double-decker bus to promote easy and comfortable sightseeing across the city. The bus, known as Happy Johnny (Veseli Janez), takes tourist on a two and a half hour tour starting from Dalmatinova…

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Google Transit Launched in Ljubljana

Jul 31st, 2011

The city of Ljubljana has incorporated public transportation schedules into Googles Transit web service, allowing locals and tourists an easy way to find routes and times for stops across the city. As one of the few cities in the world to have…

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Unesco World Heritage lists Ljubljana Marshes Sites

Jul 7th, 2011

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has included a number of prehistoric pile-dwelling settlements in the Alpine area in its famed list, including two sites in the Ljubljana Marshes. These two sites are in the area of the village of Ig, in the…

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Rent a Bike in Ljubljana

Jun 5th, 2011

A new bicycle rental system has been introduced in Ljubljana, allowing for a cheap and convenient (and healthy!) method of transportation for locals and visitors alike. Similar to the many bike rental schemes in cities across Europe, the…

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Ljubljana Festival Among Best in World

Apr 1st, 2011

British music magazine Songlines has listed Ljubljanas Druga Godba world music festival as amongst the top 25 across the world. As one of the oldest music festivals in the area, Druga Godba has consistently invited world-class performers to its…

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Slalom World Cup Events Wrap Up

Mar 9th, 2011

The Slovenian winter sports town of Kranjska Gora, located in the Julian Alps, is where one event of the Alpine skiing World Cup series takes place every year. Also known as the Vitranc Cup, the event hosts slalom and giant slalom events, and…

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Extensions for Ljubljana's Botanical Gardens

Feb 6th, 2011

One of the best kept secrets in Ljubljana is the relaxing (and free) oasis known as the Botanical Gardens, a garden with a 200-year-old history which has recently been extended with the addition of a tropical glasshouse. The tropical glasshouse…

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Gold Medal for Ljubljana Pavilion

Jan 9th, 2011

Slovenias pavilion, dedicated to the city of Ljubljana, was awarded the gold medal for creative interior design (in the category of up to 2000m-squared pavilions) at the closing ceremony of the Shanghai Expo 2010 in China. The prestigious award…

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Winter Season of Lights in Ljubljana

Dec 6th, 2010

The people of Ljubljana don't just accept winter - they celebrate it! The entire month of December in particular is filled with special events along the beautifully illuminated streets of central Ljubljana. The festive events kick off on 3…

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When Robots Attack - In the Name of Science

Nov 7th, 2010

The University of Ljubljana has been making headlines in the science and technology community for a rather unusual experiment taking place by its researchers. Scientists are attempting to teach a robot, borrowed from Japanese firm Epson, to…

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No Pants? No Problem! For Slovenian Reporter

Oct 2nd, 2010

A Slovenian newsreader was caught on camera with no trousers in September. The television anchor was dressed in a smart suit jacket, shirt, and tie, but it wasn't until he moved away from his desk to speak to a nearby colleague that a wide-angle…

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A smart card makes it too easy

Jul 29th, 2010

The Ljubljana Tourist Board has launched Ljubljana Tourist Card, a card which allows tourist to ride buses and grants access to a number of sights around the city. The card is valid for 24 hours to 72 hours and cost from 23 euros to 35 euros.…

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Airport renovated, plus new link to Barcelona

Jun 1st, 2010

The main airport in Ljubljana was renovated in mid-April to provide for new runways and taxiways, improvements in flight control and better security throughout the airport. The improvements should mean a higher level of service for passengers. One

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Airport to be closed in mid-April

Mar 23rd, 2010

Leaving every traveler with anxiety and what seems simply unimaginable for JFK or Heathrow, Ljubljanas airport will shut down all traffic between 7th and 21st April. Most of the air traffic will be moved to the airport in Maribor, about 130 km…

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Tread Your Way Back Up The Tower

Aug 4th, 2009

To much fanfare Ljubljana Castle's Outlook Tower (Razgledni stolp) reopened last week after a major renovation and re-fit closed it last October. Now visitors and residents can once again marvel at the magnificent views from the Tower top that…

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New Slovenia Summer Guide

Jul 6th, 2009

If youre reading this, then its a fair guess that youre planning a break to one of Europes smallest but loveliest countries. And were obviously delighted that youve hit Ljubljana Life to help you get even more out of your trip. But you might like…

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Bluetooth's Tourist Tips

Jun 13th, 2009

Got Bluetooth? Then if you're arriving in Ljubljana at the Joe Punik Airport you can get up to the minute tourist information zapped to your mobile just as soon as you've picked up your baggage.The new scheme has been put together to help visitors…

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Street naming stirs up old memories

May 9th, 2009

Memories of Slovenia's troubled past were re-awakened last month after the city's council decided to re-name a street 'Titova Cesta', after Tito the president of the old Yugoslav communist state. While most of the council members voted in favour of…

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Come To Ljubljana, Helsinkians!

Mar 30th, 2009

Yesterday, direct flights to Ljubljana were re-opened by Finnair. The line will only operate during the summer season (until October 23) and it's going to fly 4 times per week from Helsinki. Once you've seen the beautiful capital, you can fly off to…

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Pre-Columbian Mexico In Ljubljana

Feb 20th, 2009

In March Ljubljana will host some of the most exceptional archeological finds from the pre-Columbian era in Mexico. The exhibition, "Pre-Columbian Mexico: Eternal Life - the latest archaeological finds from western Mexico" starts on 10 March and…

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Lose It In Ljubljana!

Jan 20th, 2009

After the "Reader's Digest" magazine conducted an honesty test in the largest cities in over 30 countries, some really great news for the Ljubljana citizens have to be announced. According to the survey, if you lose your mobile in Slovenia's…

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International Film Festival

Nov 28th, 2008

The 19th edition of the Ljubljana International Film Festival was a great success. All screenings were attended - tickets sold out a few weeks before the event. The competition consisted of several categories. The movies contended for prizes such…

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Philharmonic Turns 100

Feb 8th, 2008

Travellers with a taste for classical music will find some intriguing things on the menu this year. Ljubljana is celebrating the centenary of the Slovenian Philharmonic, and a special jubilee programme has been prepared. The celebrations kicked…

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Ljubljana Man On A Mission

Nov 13th, 2007

No one was more surprised than the Ljubljana Life team to find out that our very first editor, Kris Mole, long time resident of the city, was embarking on a seemingly impossible journey... Feeling the ennui of life back in the UK, and spurred on…

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Slovenia Unearthing WW2 Past

Oct 23rd, 2007

A new program of the Slovenian government has recently been illuminating the secret, literally buried legacy of mass slaughter in Slovenia after the end of WWII. In forests throughout Slovenia in areas like Lancovo, Celje and Tezno, mass graves are…

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Torrential Rains Ravage Slovenia

Sep 24th, 2007

Friday, September 21st was declared a day of national mourning in Slovenia after a brief but unusually violent storm on Tuesday afternoon brought the heaviest rains registered in the small country for the last 30 years. Six people died as a result…

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City With a Heart of Gold

Aug 2nd, 2007

Say you were just walking along, humming a tune, watching the girls go by when you spot a cell phone sitting idly, unattended by anyone. Would you pick it up and try to track down the owner? If you were Slovenian you would. An international survey…

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New Downloadable Ljubljana PDF Guide!

May 31st, 2007

After months of our cyber mailboxes overflowing with the likes of, "My gosh Ljubljana Life! I love you so much I just want to take you everywhere! If only I could hold you in my arms I'd," (- you get the idea) we decided to do something about it.…

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New law on bilingual signs

Feb 2nd, 2007

The Austrian Constitutional Court published several new rulings which expand the list of towns and villages in the province of Carinthia that ought to have bilingual Slovenian-German signs. According to the National Council of Carinthian…

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Adijo to the Tolar

Jan 1st, 2007

After 15 years, the first Slovenian currency, the tolar, will gradually disappear from wallets and ATM machines to be replaced by the single European currency, the euro. Hardly anyone remembers the pride and enthusiasm with which the Slovenians…

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Ljubljana Police chief pays the price

Nov 28th, 2006

The police chief of the Slovenian capital Ljubljana has been sacked over the handling of anti-Roma protests at the weekend. Hundreds of residents of Ambrus, about 30km (20 miles) south-east of Ljubljana, raised roadblocks to prevent a Roma family…

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Slovenian Gypsies face hostility

Nov 14th, 2006

The agony of a group of Roma, driven from their homes by a Slovenian mob last month, continued, as new protests flared in order to prevent them from settling in their new homes, local media reported Tuesday. Around 35 Gypsies, mostly women and…

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Ljubljana elects new mayor

Oct 23rd, 2006

An independent candidate who is a foe of the ruling center-right coalition was elected mayor of the capital, Ljubljana, dealing a blow to the government that took power two years ago. Zoran Jankovic, a left-leaning entrepreneur, won 63 percent…

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30 years for murder

Oct 6th, 2006

The Ljubljana District Court sentenced 38-year-old Silvo Plut to 30 years in prison for the brutal murder of Ljubica Ulcar and the attempted murder and maltreatment of Mirko Ulcar. Pluts lawyer Andrej Zabjek has already announced he would lodge an…

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The rescue of Tomo Kriznar

Sep 24th, 2006

Tomo Kriznar, the Slovenian human rights activist who became President Janez Drnovseks special envoy to the western Sudanese province of Darfur, has finally returned to Slovenia after spending more than a month and a half in a Sudanese prison on…

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Slovenes on trial in Sudan

Aug 5th, 2006

The government of Slovenia says a special presidential envoy to Sudan is to be tried on charges of espionage and entering Sudan illegally. The envoy, Tomo Kriznar, was involved in the peace process between the Sudanese government and the rebels in…

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EU warns Slovenia on Euro prices

Jul 15th, 2006

The European Commission is urging Slovenia to take measures to prevent shops from using the adoption of the euro to push up prices. The commission wants Slovenian shops to agree to fair prices when the new currency is adopted. Slovenia intends…

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Slovenia claims Lipizzaner as its own

Jun 14th, 2006

Slovenia's 20-cent euro coin... Slovenia is using its adoption of the euro currency on 1st January 2007 as a chance to press its claim as the true home of the famous Lipizzaner horse. The country has chosen the dancing horse to adorn its 20-cent…

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Wizz Air Launches Flights from Ljubljana Airport

May 8th, 2006

Wizz Air, the biggest no-frills airline in Central and Eastern Europe, launched flights from Ljubljana airport to London's Luton and Brussel's Charleroi airports in May, the company told the press on Thursday, 4 May. Passengers from Ljubljana…

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More Foreign Carriers for Ljubljana Airport

Jan 19th, 2006

The company running Slovenia's main airport has concluded 2005 with a record 1,218,896 passengers, an increase of 16.3% over the previous year. Aircraft traffic at Brnik airport also went up by 6.5% to 37,765, Aerodrom Ljubljana said in a press…

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Christmas and New Year's in Ljubljana

Dec 16th, 2002

The holiday season is finally upon us, and just as any city with a Christmas tradition, Ljubljana is dressing up for the occasion. By now, the city is filled with festive lights and decorations, but there are also several special events worth…

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Lubljana Awaiting Da Vinci

Feb 13th, 2002

Between 15 February and 12 May the Ljubljana fairgrounds will host the biggest travelling exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci,"Da Vinci - The Genius". The exhibition has already been seen by millions of people in 40 cities around the world over the past…

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World Cup fever hits Ljubljana

Jan 1st, 1970

It's that time again where the whole world forgets about their internal and personal problems and instead focuses their attention to football's World Cup. The tournament is being held in Germany, but if your significant other has gone ahead and…

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