The Green Capital Map
Ljubljana is the European Green Capital for 2016, and we can assure you that the honour is indeed well-deserved and the result of the many ambitious and forward-thinking steps taken by the municipality over the past decade to not only become more environmentally-friendly, sustainable and socially-conscious, but also to more generally improve the lives of inhabitants, and by extension the experience of foreign visitors, which is why the slogan of the Green Capital is 'Ljubljana. For. You.' To find out more about Ljubljana's green credentials, initiatives and achievements head to the temporary info points set up just outside Town Hall on Mestni Trg or visit greenljubljana.com.
Ljubljana European Green Capital 2016
Green Transport, Dining, Shopping & Spaces
Ljubljana's picturesque old town and even the wider city centre are so compact that the world's original mode of green transport will be the most convenient option for most visitors, ie walking. From the centrally-located Prešeren Square, virtually all of the city's essential sights are within a leisurely 15-minute walk, while a jaunt all the way to the ring road and the outskirts of town beyond can be covered in under an hour if you're so inclined. However, there are of course many other transport options available. The city bus system is relatively fast, efficient and extensive, with a modern, environmentally-friendly fleet that is seemingly expanding all of the time. In 2015, Ljubljana made its debut on the list of the world's most bicycle-friendly cities, landing at a respectable #13 thanks largely to the very popular, and more or less free, Bicike(LJ) bike-share programme, as well as the recent expansion and upgrade of cycle lane network. If you're in need of a lift in the largely pedestrian-only old town, there is a free (mini) electric shuttle known as the Kavalir to help you out, while those arriving by electric car will find ample charging stations and free parking available.
While organic produce, locally-sourced ingredients and eco-everything have become trendy concepts in the restaurant and retail industries over the past decade or two, they've simply been the norm in Slovenia since pretty much as long as people have populated the land. From the the most upscale gourmet establishments in the city centre to the most inexpensive local diners tucked away in the residential districts on the outskirts, as a general rule you have to put some effort in to not eat 'green' in and around Ljubljana, which can also be said for shopping at most supermarkets. Quality and green eco-credentials do of course vary greatly, but you can rest assured that much of what finds its way to your plate has come from relatively small local producers in the Slovenian countryside.
Any green shopping trip in Ljubljana should begin at one of the city's many lively farmers markets, the largest and most impressive of which is the centrally-located Centralna Tržnica (ie Central Market) at Vodnikov Trg and inside the adjacent building to the west, whereas smaller local markets can be found in a half-dozen or so other locations outside of the centre. Other popular weekly markets include the Art Market on Saturdays and Antique Flea Market on Sundays, both of which are held along the Breg Embankment, while during warmer months the ARTish arts and crafts fair can be found on Gornji Trg the last Saturday of each month. You also won't be left wanting for locally-produced, handcrafted souvenirs and other unique gifts, which range from decorative traditional beehive panels and ceramics to clothing and household goods from award-winning Slovenian designers, as well as a number of highly-functional products successfully funded on Kickstarter.
The 'green' in Ljubljana's Green Capital title isn't just a figurative term for its achievements in sustainability and environmental protection, it's a very literal description, with some 542 square metres of green space for each and every inhabitant. Just west of the city centre, the sprawling Tivoli Park is said to be the 'green heart' of the city, but it's far from the only place to get in touch with nature. Rising behind the park is the forested Rožnik hill, while on the opposite side of town the even more massive Golovec hill can be wandered around for hours without encountering any evidence that you're surrounded by a capital city. Along the Ljubljanica river to the south there's the Špica waterfront park, with floating houseboat cafés and bars lining one side of the waterway, and to the north the newly developed Sava Recreational and Education Centre has everything from picnic areas and children's playgrounds to football pitches and horse stables along its eight kilometres.
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