Green Ljubljana

Ljubljana is a city with a green soul and a high level of environmental awareness. It managed to preserve its green character to the present day. Ljubljana proudly holds the title of the European Green Capital 2016 and is one of world's most sustainable destinations. In 2017 it was ranked on the list of global top 100 sustainable destinations for the third time.

The reasons why the European Commission awarded Ljubljana the prestigious European Green Capital 2016 title included the city’s ‘raising environmental awareness amongst its citizens, its sustainability strategy 'Vision 2025', its implementation of a range of urban green measures over the past decade and its impressive transportation network'. The full report is available on the European Commission website.

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Ljubljana's green soul

Ljubljana is a city boasting excellently preserved green spaces. Countless pleasant green nooks and crannies can be found even in the heart of the historical city centre, which is towered over by Ljubljana Castle, built atop a green hill criss-crossed with walking paths and scattered with exercise stations shaded by trees.

The picturesque Ljubljanica river embankments, designed by the architect Jože Plečnik, are surrounded by trees and, particularly those located in the Krakovo and Trnovo quarters, just outside the historical city centre, also by grassy areas. Just a short walk away is one of the oldest botanical gardens in Europe.

The Ljubljana area boasts four nature parks. One of them covers the area of the wooded Rožnik and Šišenski hrib hills and Ljubljana's most beautiful park, Tivoli, which stretches right into the city centre and is the starting point for all the paths crossing the two hills. The longest paths lead all the way to Ljubljana Zoo and, across the way from it, the Mostec forest. The per capita green space provision in Ljubljana stands at 542 square metres.

One of Ljubljana's unique features is the Path of Remembrance and Comradeship, a 34-kilometre circular recreational route running along the course of the barbed-wire fence that surrounded Ljubljana during the Second World War. The path is lined by more than 7,000 trees.

The Ljubljana Marshes Nature Park, situated on the southern edge of the city, boasts several archaeological sites included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Apart from that, it is well-known for its extraordinary biodiversity and as one of the few surviving natural ecosystems of its kind in Europe.

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