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Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 17:00 – 22:00included in the conference fee

Ljubljana is a picturesque town full of romantic attractions. Its ancient city centre can easily be travelled around on foot. Its architecture was distinctively influenced by the famous 20th-century architect Jože Plečnik, giving the city, which was the place of his birth, a permanent seal, similar to Gaudi in Barcelona. Ljubljana is also unmistakably marked by medieval, Baroque and Secession elements. The most recognizable symbol of Ljubljana are the dragons of the Dragon Bridge protecting the city.

Cathedral of St. Nicolas

Cathedral of St. Nicolas. Photo © D. Mladenovič, Ljubljana Tourism Photo Library.

The guided tour will take the participants through the historical city centre of Ljubljana, whose unique architecture is the legacy of the Baroque and Art Nouveau periods and, most notably, the work of the architect Jože Plečnik. Tourist boats on the river Ljubljanica provide an opportunity to experience the old city centre's picturesque bridges, façades, and embankments from a completely different perspective. On this tour, a boat will take you on a circular cruise between the famous Plečnik's Ljubljanica Sluice Gate and the Špica embankment.


At the end of the old town tour, the participants will visit the Brewery Museum at Ljubljana's Pivovarna Union brewery as well. The Union Experience will take the participants on a journey through the history of the Pivovarna Union brewery. The friendly tour guide will take the participants through the picturesque history of the brewing industry in Ljubljana, and the development of the Union brand. The participants will be able to see the modern production line of the Union Brewery and to experience the real pub atmosphere while tasting the brewer's selection in the Union pub.

Pivovarna Union

Pivovarna Union Brewery Pub – Pivnica Union. Photo © Ljubljana Tourism – www.visitljubljana.com, 2019.

Pivovarna Union

Pivovarna Union Brewery Pub – Pivnica Union. Photo © Ljubljana Tourism – www.visitljubljana.com, 2019.


The expected schedule of the tour on Wednesday, 11 September 2019, from 17:00 till 22:00, is as follows:

17:00 – 17:10: Meeting of the tour participants in front of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (opt).
17:10 – 17:30: Walking to the starting point of the guided tour at the Križanke Summer Theatre (opt).
17:30 – 19:00: Guided tour of the old city centre of Ljubljana and a short circular boat cruise.
19:00 – 20:00: Taking the tour of Union Experience at Ljubljana's Pivovarna Union brewery.
20:00 – 22:00: Welcome reception dinner at the Union Brewery Pub.

(opt): Those, who will not linger in the conference building (Faculty of Electrical Engineering) till 17:00, may join the tour later – at 17:30 at the Križanke Theatre.


Thursday, 12 September 2019, 12:15 – 21:30included in the conference fee

The Thursday afternoon of the conference is devoted to the cultural programme, with the aim to stimulate conversations and networking among conference participants. The cultural programme includes a trip to the beautiful medieval Mediterranean town of Piran with several stops and guided tours and a Mediterranean dinner.


Piran is the most beautiful town on the Slovenian coast. Piran is not admired merely for its outstanding beauty, picturesqueness, and history, but it also possesses an outstanding cultural asset in the form of a cramped-up medieval town centre, situated on a narrow peninsula. The entire town is protected with the status of a historical monument, and due to its awesome largely preserved wall, it is also a member of an association of walled towns.


Overview of the headland and the town of Piran. Photo © Nicolas Vollmer – www.flickr.com, 2014.


Piran main square. Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli – www.tunliweb.no, 2016.

Piran was heavily influenced by the Venetian Republic and Austria-Hungary, therefore the monuments differ greatly from those in inner parts of Slovenia. The Piran town walls were constructed to protect the town from Ottoman incursions; many parts of the town walls from different eras remain and are of interest to tourists. In the middle of the town is the Tartini Square, with a monument in memory of Giuseppe Tartini, Venetian composer and violinist.

The most beautiful town on the Slovenian coast grew with the help of salt. The Piran salt pans, where the world-class fleur de sel (flower of salt) is still produced today using age-old methods, were the reason why the picturesque Mediterranean walled town, with its church with a view and cultural attractions, flourished. The Piran Salt Pans, established in 804, encompassed the salt pans in the area of today’s marina in Lucija, Portorož, the smaller Strunjan Salt Pans, and the larger Sečovlje Salt Pans. The areas of all the preserved salt pans are now landscape parks.


The trip to Piran includes a short stop and a guided tour at the Strunjan Landscape Park close to Piran. The Strunjan Landscape Park is a unique, preserved piece of nature in the Gulf of Trieste, which is revealed through images which have been for millennia created by the sea. Stjuža, the only Slovenian sea lagoon, is a special feature of the Park. Another attraction is the Cliff of Strunjan which is the highest cliff in the Adriatic, formed out of precipitous flysch rock.

Stjuža Lagoon and Salt Pans

Stjuža Lagoon and Salt Pans. Photo © Naravni parki Slovenije – www.naravniparkislovenije.si, 2019.

Strunjan Nature Reserve

View of the Strunjan Nature Reserve, west of Izola, Slovenia. Photo © Leonvince – Wikimedia Commons, 2009.


On the way to Piran, the conference trip includes also a short stop at Hrastovlje, which is a picturesque village in the City Municipality of Koper. Hrastovlje is best known for Holy Trinity Church, which contains a late-medieval Danse Macabre fresco. The Danse Macabre (from the French language), also called the Dance of Death, is an artistic genre of allegory of the Late Middle Ages on the universality of death. The Danse Macabre consists of the dead or a personification of death summoning representatives from all walks of life to dance along to the grave, typically with a pope, emperor, king, child, and laborer. It was produced as memento mori, to remind people of the fragility of their lives and how vain were the glories of earthly life. The trip includes a short guided tour in the church.

Hrastovlje – Holy Trinity Church

Hrastovlje – Holy Trinity Church. Photo © Andraz Muljavec (Fotomorgana) – Wikimedia Commons, 2009.

Dance of Death – Hrastovlje

Dance of Death – Hrastovlje. Photo © János Korom – www.flick.com, 2009.


The conference dinner will take place at the Hotel Piran restaurant in Piran. Hotel Piran is situated next to the beach and at the same time only 150 m from the centre of Piran. The friendly hotel staff will do all they can to ensure that you have happy memories of the conference dinner.


The expected schedule of the trip on Thursday, 12 September 2019, from 12:15 till 21:30, is as follows:

12:15 – 12:30: Meeting of the trip participants in front of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering.
12:30 – 14:00: Bus trip from Ljubljana to Hrastovlje.
14:00 – 14:30: Short stop and guided tour in the Holy Trinity Church at Hrastovlje.
14:30 – 15:00: Bus trip from from Hrastovlje to the Strunjan Landscape Park.
15:00 – 15:45: Short stop and guided tour at the Strunjan Landscape Park.
15:45 – 16:00: Bus trip from the Strunjan Landscape Park to Piran.
16:00 – 17:30: Guided tour of Piran.
17:30 – 18:00: Free time for individual activities.
18:00 – 20:00: Conference dinner at the Hotel Piran restaurant.
20:00 – 21:30: Bus trip from Piran back to Ljubljana.

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