Ljubljana park Tivoli City Park and Tivoli Castle

4 Ljubljana Parks: Nature Paths in the City Center

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Like most cities in Slovenia, Ljubljana is very walkable. However, the bright and wide pedestrian-only streets that run along the Ljubljana river are only the beginning of the many places to walk in the city center. The Slovenia mountains that linger in the distance are ripe with natural beauty and the logical destination for Slovenia hiking, but a trip to Triglav National Park and the Slovenia Alps isn’t necessary to get in touch with nature. Ljubljana nature paths are abundant in the heart of the city – and walking on them is one of our favorite things to do in Ljubljana. In the week we’ve spent discovering the city, we’ve stretched our legs on the trails of many Ljubljana parks and love how the city and nature coexist.

Nature paths in Ljubljana: Pedestrian paths along the river bank

 

Ljubljana Parks

There are a number of parks in Ljubljana that are in the city center, including the popular Tivoli Park Ljubljana and Ljubljana Botanical Garden. The Ljubljana parks are the best places to visit in Ljubljana for a taste of nature…without leaving the city! 

 

Tivoli City Park

The flat Tivoli Ljubljana City Park has wide, green lawns that are crisscrossed by paths. Benches are hidden among tall pines. Sculptures; fountains and flower beds enhance the Tivoli City Park atmosphere. An art-lined promenade leads from the city to the Tivoli Castle, a mansion that was built in the 17th century and is now used as a museum and a cafe with a popular patio.

 

Roznik Hill

Roznik Hill Ljubljana is part of a conglomerate of Slovenia nature parks that practically sits in the Ljubljana downtown – and is ideal for Ljubljana hiking. Numerous dirt paths wind through the dense forests that connect both Roznik and Sisenski Hills and the Tivoli City Park. 

Feeling rather ambitious one afternoon, we climbed Roznik Hill to the pink, hilltop church, Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Under the same care as the pink Franciscan church in the center of Ljubljana, this church was built in 1746 on the site of a previous church dating back to 1526. Only open on summer Sundays for a single weekly mass, there are eyelets in the doors that allow for a glimpse into the Baroque interior. The painting behind the altar tells the story of when pregnant Mary visited Elizabeth.

Tip: Behind the church, the path continues past a café, a museum and a few houses. We followed trails through the hills and, eventually, all the way to Tivoli City Park (which, in hindsight, was where we could have started our hike!).

 

Ljubljana Botanical Garden

South of the city center on the east side of the Ljubljanica River is the five acre Ljubljana Botanical Garden. Its origins date back to 1810, making it the oldest botanical garden in Southeastern Europe. Run by the University of Ljubljana, it is free to the public and boasts more than 4,500 plant species.

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Ljubljana Castle Hill

Known as Castle Hill for the obvious reason that the Ljubljana Castle sits on it, Castle Hill is also a Ljubljana park. Many hiking trails lead to the top from the Ljubljana Old City, which makes it a great nature escape from the city.  While many visitors take the funicular to the castle, we’ve made the hike up, more than once, for the stellar views of and a quick workout. 


 

Parks in Ljubljana Map

 


 

More Hiking Near Ljubljana

The four Ljubljana parks we mentioned are not the only places to visit in Ljubljana to get a dose of nature! If you are looking for something different, check out these ideas;

Ljubljana Marshes

We have not yet been to the Ljubljana Marshes, but have heard it’s a great way to enjoy nature near the city! 

Lake Bled Hiking

We love the Bled hiking trails – especially the ones that lead to scenic viewpoints of the lake! Read about Lake Bled Hiking to Scenic Viewpoints.

Hiking Bohinj

Located in Triglav National Park, there are many trails at Lake Bohinj, Slovenia. Our favorite Bohinj hiking trails are at Mostnica Gorge. Read about Hiking Trails Near Lake Bohinj

Slovenia Hiking Tours

Want a guide to take you to the best hiking near Ljubljana? Join one of the many Slovenia hiking tours from the city! Check out this Hiking on the Edge Tour!

 

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We want to know: What are your favorite Ljubljana parks? Any others you would add to our list? Tell us in the comments!

 

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22 thoughts on “4 Ljubljana Parks: Nature Paths in the City Center

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  2. Jon Dunn

    I’ve heard and read about a riverside path roughly 8 km in length that follows the river and canal all the way round in a virtual circle.
    When I go in May {Yipee!! 🙂 } I plan to investigate that fully, as well as the walks you mention in your article.
    There’s also a circular trail, around 30 km long, which marks where the city was fenced in with barbed wire by the Italian occupation (?) during world war 2. Best explored by renting a cycle, probably, but parts of it sound spectacular!

    • If you head upstream along the river you come to Špica, where the artificial water canal starts. Following that one it will bring you back to the “original” river and head back along that one to the center. We do this circle on our bike tours. 🙂

      Pot spominov in tovarištva (PST shortly) is a lovely 33 km trail. Some sections are more interesting than the others. Part of the tour as well 🙂

      I would ad Golovec hill to this green areas list. Easily reached from the center brings you to a proper forest with trail all over! (including previously mentioned PST)

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