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The Capital

A Green Oasis in the City

The largest and the most beautiful park in Ljubljana has a really famous name – Tivoli. However, here it does not indicate an amusement park as in the case of its famous Danish namesake, but it nevertheless is a park where you can have a really good time and – most importantly –also find a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. By Polona Cimerman Photo: STO

Over the past decade, Jakopič’s Promenade has been a venue for photography exhibitions, which change every few months. Currently on display are the artisticblack-andwhite jazz photographs from around A place for art and culture the globe by the music photographer Žiga Koritnik. The exhibition, “Cloud One of the focal points of the park Arrangers” is one of the biggest, is Jakopič’s Promenade, named not only in Slovenia but also in the after one of the central figures of world. Slovenian painting, which is the link From art to nature, and in many between the city and one of the two types of recreation, Tivoli is one manors in park: Grad Tivoli. This is “Library under the tree-tops,” one of Tivoli park’s summer delights. of the most important parts of a beautifully decorated mansion and Ljubljana. If it is true that the green practice yoga or learn Nordic walkSituated so close the city core that today the home of the International spaces of the city determine the ing techniques there. some regard it as part of the centre, Centre of Graphic Arts, which hosts quality of life of its citizens, it is In the past, you could also go rowTivoli Park – covering more than 5 many exhibitions. The second oglas LJ- KARTICA - 113x155 mm 6/24/10 15:12 Pagedoubt 1 without that Slovenia’s capital ing and ice-skating on the Tivoli km2 with grass and trees has been mansion is Cekinov Grad, which is a great place to live. pond, but today only eager sport a popular getaway for citizens of houses the National Museum of fishers try their luckthere. Besides Ljubljana ever since it was opened Contemporary History. fish, turtles and frogs also live in the in 1813, designed according to the pond, while water lilies flourish on French engineer Blanchard’s plans. the water surface. A full century later, between 1921 and 1939, the legendary Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik made signifiPlant and animal heaven cant changes the park, and today The park is part of the Tivoli it has numerous walking trails, Landscape Park, which includes the colourful flowerbeds, fountains and Rožnik and Šišenski Hrib hills, and statues, the newest of which isan enjoys a protected status. The park interesting monument to the novelist abounds in lush vegetation of variEdvard Kocbek. ous plant species, and it also hosts home without a pocketful of nuts for the squirrels that jump between the trees, plucking up courage to feast on the treats straight fromthe hands of their admirers.

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A place to relax

In the second half of the 20th century, the park went through many changes and various sports facilities were built there, including the famous outdoor swimming pool complex Ilirija, the Tivoli sports hall, which used to be a concert venue and home of Olimpija indoor sports teams before Stožice was opened. There are also a fitness complex with swimming pools, a bowling centre, as well as tennis, basketball, roller-skate and mini golf courts. Options for recreation are plenty and many people come to Tivoli simply to unwind. Strolls along the sandy pathsare popular or just relaxing on the benches or lawns observing the world, while families enjoy the two children’s playgrounds. In recent years, many amateur sports groups have organised their practices in the park, including those of the Ljubljana. Besides that, you can also

a greenhouse that belongs to the University Botanical Gardens; visitors can see some examples of exotic plant species, including carnivorous plants. Furthermore, those interested in flora can take the Jesenko Path, named after a famous Slovenian botanist, where they can learn about thirty different tree species. The landscape park offers a vast habitat for animals of over 509 hectares of land. It is home to large numbers of birds and one part of it is even called Tičistan (“birds’ home”).The caretakers have placed bird houses and birdfeeders there, planted appropriate trees and bushes, and erected information boards for visitors and bird lovers who can observe robins, blackbirds, nuthatches, blue tits and woodpeckers –these are but a few of the species that dwell there. However, birds are not the only animals people come to Tivoli’s to watch. Many visitors never leave

• free admission to the main sights • free public transport, boat ride, funicular, tourist train • other attractive free services 24 hours: € 23.00 • 48 hours: € 30.00 • 72 hours: € 35.00 Sales outlets: • Tourist Information Centres and major hotels

June 2011

The Slovenia Times 141  

Slovenian Magazine in English Language

The Slovenia Times 141  

Slovenian Magazine in English Language