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The fascinating Ljubljana

Enjoy strolling around Ljubljana, see the main monuments and institutions of a small sovereign state capital. In order to remain loyal to our program of “particular” sights we propose you to 

vir Turizem Ljubljana  ljubljana-castle-1-d.wedamsee:  the courtyard of the German Teutonic Order(find out about the architect Jože Plečnik’s disapproving attitude towards the socialist regime expressed in the crippled red star). Have a walk on the magnificent black marble staircase of the National Library, designed by Plečnik (hear the explanation about the symbolism of light).

Visit the interior of the baroque Ursulin Church. See the Plečnik High School in an original Plečnik’s designed building. Have a stop in front of the Slovene parliament (a flat functionalistic buinding) and find out about the unrealized daring Plečnik’s design of the structure with a conical roof (see image on the right). Take a lift onto the top platform of the Ljubljana Skyscraper (Nebotičnik), once the highest stavbe-mostovi-spomeniki-d.-wedam-21building in the Balkans, designed by Vladimir Šubic. Enjoy the view from the summit and have a drink in the panoramic cafeteria.slo parlament prerez

Take a quick survey of the City Museum of Ljubljana: did you know that here you can find the oldest wooden wheel in Europe, 5200 years old (unearthed on the peat fields in Ljubljana basin). On display in the National Museum you can find the oldest music instrument in existence, 55.000 years old flute made of cave bear thighbone by the pre-modern Neanderthal man and found in the cave Divje babe in the north Litoral region).

Plug into live Ljubljana: visit the bookshop Konzorcij and get introduced to the major contemporary Slovene authors (English book translations available): Slavoj Žižek (the world famous superstar philosopher and dissident leftist thinker who is a honorary professor of the University in Ljubljana), Tomaž Šalamun (recognized as a srecko kosovelleader of the neo-avant-garde poetry in Central Europe, he was teaching at University of Pittsburgh), Drago Jančar (widely translated writer, playwright and essayist, winner of the European Prize for Literature in 2011.) and Srečko Kosovel (avant-garde modernist poet who tragically died at the age of 22 in 1926).

Get an insight in the modern Slovene art by visiting the Modern Gallery (Trieste constructivist group, IRWIN & Neue Slowenische Kunst etc.) and the outstanding Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (MSUM). The late displays contemporary visual arts and avant-garde art. The focus is predominantly on Eastern European avant-garde from the 60s to the present. (Exhibited pieces: Alexander Kosolapov “Lenin Coca-Cola”, Marina Abramovič, Rhythm 0, requisites from one of her most famous performances).msum-1

On the field near a major crossroad (Tivoly and Slovene street) we can see a group of stone monoliths with carvings (cosmograms) erected in 2008 and chiseled out by the contemporary land artist Marko Pogačnik and his team. The title of the work is the Hologram of Europe and represents Europe as a vital energetic organism. Pogačnik has developed an art practice named “lithopuncture” with which he claims to heal the earth (Geopuncture).

633504360787629398 080630-00084712You can have a walk into the alternative squatted area of Metelkova City, a cultural playground and creativity platform where radical theatre, poetry reading, a gallery, clubs and live performing music concerts are organized.

Highlights:

  • The monastery of the Teutonic order (Knights Templars)
  • Jože Plečnik National Library
  • Ljubljana Skyscraper
  • National Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Bookshop Konzorcij with original Slovene literature in English
  • The Hologram of Europe, a modern monolith stone circle

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Ljubljana in general

Prehistoric Pile dwellings (part of UNESCO) in the outskirts of Ljubljana

Other options:

boat-on-ljubljanica-river-Take a voyage on the Ljubljanica river with a boat and enjoy the view of the town from the water traffic artery, immersed in the green natural environment.

Take the funicular and visit the Ljubljana castle. The sight from the viewing tower is breathtaking, spanning from the Julian Alps to the last ends of the Ljubljana basin.

Shopping:

BTC city in the industrial area of the capital is a vast shopping district, recreation, fun and cultural area. They advertise themselves as the biggest area of this kind in Europe.