The Tivoli Park is the largest and most beautiful park in Ljubljana, stretching through to the very center of town. One of the best parks in the capital city, Tivoli Park was designed in 1813 by the French engineer Jean Blanchard, and is home to the ornate Cekin Mansion which houses the National Museum of Contemporary History. This park has many attractions including a glasshouse, several works of art, and a rose garden; Tivoli Park is home to the first Slovenian rose, the prešeren rose.
The Volčji Potok Arboretum lies just on the outskirts of Ljubljana, and is worth a visit regardless of season or time of year. This garden has many different species of plants and flowers, including energy fields that are said to have a beneficial effect on the human body’s energy centers. Surrounding the garden is a ping-pong and golf course, as well as a nearby pavilion housing some of Slovenia’s most famous animal sculptures.
Volčji Potok 3, Radomlje, Ljubljana, Slovenia, +386 01 831 23 45
Established in 1810, the Ljubljana Botanic Garden is the oldest running cultural and historical institution in Slovenia; containing more than 4,500 different species and subspecies, one third of these are endemic to Slovenia. This beautiful park has a fascinating tropical glasshouse, which is home to many tropical plant species from around the world. This particular garden is important for its involvement in scientific and educational research, and is simply beautiful to boot.
Ižanska cesta 15, Ljubljana, Slovenia, +386 1 427 12 80
The Hrvatski trg park, translating to the ‘Croatian market’, is a declared cultural monument of national importance. This small park and area is a pleasant square designed by city garden architect Anton Lap, and was later redesigned by Joze Plecnik – the Slovenian architect of the famous Three Bridges that have become a symbol of Ljubljana. The park consists of an oval retaining wall with diagonal paths across it, and it contains a monument to the fallen soldiers of World War I.