The Slovenian capital Ljubljana, a city whose name means ‘The beloved’, is a great place to visit, although you will not find world renowned attractions here. Nevertheless, it has history, tradition, style, arts & culture, an atmosphere that is both Central European and Mediterranean; many also add the adjectives multilingual and hospitable. Being close to many of the major sights and attractions of Slovenia, Ljubljana can also be your starting point to discover the country’s diversity.
Slovenian capital Ljubljana is situated about halfway between Vienna and Venice. Its character and appearance have been shaped by diverse cultural influences and historical events. While in winter it is remarkable for its dreamy Central European character, it is the relaxed Mediterranean feel that stands out during summer.
Legend has it that Ljubljana was founded by the Greek mythological hero Jason and his companions, the Argonauts, who had stolen the golden fleece from King Aetes and fled from him across the Black Sea and up the Danube, Sava and Ljubljanica rivers.
At a large lake in the marshes near the source of the Ljubljanica they stopped and disassembled their ship to be able to carry it to the Adriatic Sea, put it together again, and return to Greece. The lake was the dwelling place of a monster, which Jason fought, defeated and killed. The monster, now referred to as the Ljubljana Dragon, found its place atop the castle tower depicted on the Ljubljana coat of arms.
Ljubljana is a picturesque city full of romantic views, with a medieval hill top castle towering over its historical city centre and a calm river spanned by a series of beautiful bridges running right through it. It's a city with a medieval heart, a city of the Baroque and Art Nouveau, with an old castle resting above it like a sleeping beauty.
In Ljubljana eastern and western cultures met; and the Italian concept of art combined with the sculptural aesthetics of Central European cathedrals. The city owes its present appearance partly to Italian baroque and partly to Art Nouveau, which is the style of the numerous buildings erected immediately after the earthquake of 1895. The city owes a great deal of its architectural appeal to the famous Ljubljana-born architect Jože Plečnik (1872–1957), whose soul and vision are imprinted on Ljubljana just like Gaudí's are on Barcelona.
The central point of interest in Ljubljana is Ljubljana Castle, watching over the city from the centrally located castle hill. The beginnings of the medieval castle go back to the 9th century, although the castle building is first mentioned only in 1144. It gained its present image after the earthquake of 1511 and following further renovations at the beginning of the 17th century. The provincial rulers occupied it until the first decades of the 17th century, while later it became a garrison and the provincial prison. The castle’s gradual renovation, ongoing since the mid 1980’s, is approaching its completion. A funicular connects the Old Town to the castle hill, adding an even more convenient access alternative to the tourist train.
Ljubljana lies at the centre of Slovenia. In the morning you can visit the stunningly beautiful Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj or Soča Valley in the high mountainous region of the Alps, and in the evening enjoy the sunset in one of the charming little towns on the Adriatic coast. The world famous Postojna Caves are only about 50 kilometers from Ljubljana. It only takes minutes to reach the peaceful and unspoiled countryside of the city's green surrounding areas, which offer endless opportunities for hiking, cycling, fishing and horse riding.
In Ljubljana you can choose from a vast range of attractively priced day-trips offering the opportunity to visit the country's major attractions or explore the distinctive features of its amazingly diverse regions.
The city of Ljubljana is strategically situated almost in the geographic centre of Slovenia between the banks of the rivers Sáva and Lublaňka. Thanks to its central location the city itself creates an important international transport node which is easily within reach from all over Europe.
It lies 390 kms (243 mi) from Austrian capital Vienna, 457 kms (284 mi) from Slovakian capital Bratislava, 470 kms (292 mi) from Hungarian capital Budapest and just 143 kms (89 mi) from Croatian capital Zagreb. It takes only 410 kms (255 mi) to get to Munich, Germany, or 240 kms (150 mi) to Venice, Italy.Hint! There exist many suitable options of how to get to the city by plane, train, car or bus. Check them all at the "Getting to Ljubljana" web page of the Ljubljana Convention Bureau.
Ljubljana has its own airport, Brnik (also referred to as Ljubljana Airport or Jože Pučnik Airport) which has good connections with other European airports (Zürich, Frankfurt, Rome, Paris, London) and is located about 20 kms north-east of the Ljubljana city centre. There are also several other international airports in the vicinity of Ljubljana (Trieste – Ronchi, Zagreb, Klagenfurt) that are connected with Ljubljana by rail or by bus. Ljubljana's bus terminal and main railway station are located in the vicinity of the city centre (5-min walking distance).
The city has a fast road connection to Austria via the motorways A1/E57→E59 (north-eastwards, via Maribor to Graz) and A2/E61 (northwards, to Villach or Klagenfurt), to Italy via the motorway A1/E61 (south-westwards, to Trieste), to Hungary via the motorway A5 (north-eastwards, via Maribor towards the Balaton lake), and to Croatia via the motorway A2 (south-eastwards, to Zagreb).
For other road directions consult a map with route planning capabilities.
The Ljubljana joint bus & railway station is located in the city, just a five-minute walk away from the centre and about 20 minutes from the conference venue. Alternatively, to reach the conference venue by bus, take City Bus 6 (direction 'Dolgi most'). More detailed instructions are provided below.
There is a parking area around the Faculty of Electrical Engineering where the conference takes place, however, the number of free parking spaces is usually limited and the participants are kindly asked to use the public transport to get to the conference location, if possible.
Nevertheless, all who really need to get to the conference location by car can access the parking area at the faculty during the conference by introducing themselves as the TSD conference participants to the guard at the parking ramp. The parking area at the faculty can be accessed from the Jamova ulica street – see the map at https://goo.gl/maps/hKFz2XdWPzknN2Ed6
At the parking ramp, they should ring to the guard using the microphone button "Fakulteta za elektrotehniko" (i.e. "Faculty of Electrical Engineering") and to introduce themselves as the TSD 2019 participants, and the guard will open the ramp. They should then turn left immediately after the ramp and to drive to the bottom parking area of the faculty – see the map at https://goo.gl/maps/5f1oCaP1kpyjdWpC7
Alternatively, the participants may also use other public parking areas close to the location where they need to pay parking fees, e.g. at the Postonjska ulica street – https://goo.gl/maps/is5UJeq8w2TeSaac9, or at the public parking Parkirišče Mirje – https://goo.gl/maps/TP7uZpkrco9TCB417
Faculty of Electrical Engineering –
University of Ljubljana
Tržaška cesta 25
GPS: 46°02'42.500"N, 14°29'21.200"E
Phone: +386 1 4768 411 (dean's office)
From the bus/train station, walk west through 'Trg Osvobodilne Fronte' until you reach the crossroad with 'Slovenska cesta'. Go left at the crossroad. After about 100 meters, you will reach the 'Bavarski dvor' bus stop. Go to the right (west) side of ‘Slovenska cesta’ and bus route 6 (direction ‘Dolgi most’) will take you directly to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. The fare can only be paid using an Urbana Card, which can be purchased from the green multilingual automated machines found at many bus stops. The Faculty is located at the fifth stop after ’Bavarski dvor’ bus stop. If you arrive in Ljubljana from the North-West (from ‘Kranj’), bus route 1 (direction ‘Mestni log’) stops at every bus stop on ‘Celovška cesta’ and will also take you directly to the faculty.