Slovenia & Ljubljana

Slovenia, a small and picturesque country lies at the heart of Europe where the Alps and the Pannonian plains meet the Mediterranean and the Karst. Being in Slovenia, all its diverse attractions are in the palm of your hand. It is only 210 km to the Slovene border from Vienna, 230 km from Budapest, 430 km from Milan and 190 km from Venice.

Slovenia in Brief

Area................................... 20,256 km2
Population......................... 2 million
Capital............................... Ljubljana
Language.......................... Slovene
Climate.............................. Alpine, Continental, Mediterranean
Time Zone......................... Central European Time GMT + 1
Political System................. Parliamentary democracy

The City


 
Ljubljana lies in the basin between the Karst and the Alps, some 298 m above the sea. With its 280,000 inhabitants, it ranks among the smaller European capitals but it is big enough to encompass everything expected from a capital city, while being small enough to allow people to retain their individuality.

In Ljubljana you will feel a mixture of the Slav charm and sincerity, as well as the Mediterranean temperament and a touch of Nordic reserve, enjoy in the architecture, its museums, archeological sites, monuments, many theatres and one of the oldest philharmonic orchestra in the world.

The city's increasingly vibrant commercial and trading life and the rapid increase of foreign diplomatic representatives are giving it an ever greater cosmopolitan touch. Ljubljana offers a wide variety of cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants. Relief from the hustle and bustle of life in the capital can be found in the numerous parks and woodland areas, which in some places reach nearly into the city centre.

How to get here

Air: Jože Pučnik Airport, 25 km from the center of Ljubljana, has good connections with other European airports like Vienna, Munich, Frankfurt, Venice etc. Airport shuttle buses take passengers to the main bus station in the center of Ljubljana.

Rail: Ljubljana has good railway links with all large European cities. The railway station is located in the center of Ljubljana. Organizations in your own country such as Wasteels, Euro-Domino, Inter-rail, City Star etc. may be able to offer discounts to students and others under the age of 26. Train travel within Slovenia is convenient and inexpensive – for example, a return ticket Ljubljana – Koper (on the Slovenian coast) – Ljubljana costs approximately EUR 14, or Ljubljana – Maribor (the second largest city in Slovenia) – Ljubljana costs approximately EUR 14.
For more information, please visit: www.slo-zeleznice.si.

Bus: the bus station is located in the center of the city. Major transport companies offer student discounts of up to 22%. For more information, please visit: http://www.ap-ljubljana.si/

Car: travelling by car can be the most convenient way to reach Slovenia from neighboring countries; however, finding a parking spot in the city center might prove difficult. However, our Faculty does have a public parking garage available.
To find a map of the route from your city to Ljubljana, please visit: www.viamichelin.com.

National Holidays

January 1 – New Year’s Holiday
February 8 – Prešeren Day (Slovenian Cultural Holiday)
April 6 – Easter Monday
April 27 – Day of Uprising against the Occupation
May 1 – Labor Day
June 25 – National Day
August 15 – Assumption Day
October 31 – Reformation Day
November 1 – All Souls’ Day
December 25 – Christmas
December 26 – Independence Day