The organiser of the 46th ASECAP Study and Information Days is ASECAP.
The Grand Hotel Union(4*), a breath-taking hotel in Art Nouveau style, offers an exclusive location in the heart of the city centre, overlooking several top attractions, namely the Prešeren Square, the Triple Bridge and the Ljubljana Castle. The hotel is also located very closely to other not-to-be-missed sightseeings, namely the Plečnik’s Market, the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas and the old part of Ljubljana.
The Grand Hotel Union offers 173 rooms, 5 suites, 16 hotel studios, a swimming pool, a fitness center, a sauna, and is the largest hotel conference center in Ljubljana. Furthermore, Grand Hotel Union offers top class culinary experience in renowned restaurants Atelje and the Restaurant Union. Treat yourself to the finest coffee or tea in the legendary Union Café or hang out in Lobby Bar.
The Grand Hotel Union is easily accessible from all major highways, the railway station, the main bus station and the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. The Hotel offers a secured parking garage with 120 parking spaces.
When you come to Ljubljana you will be amazed by the abundance of green parks and renaissance, baroque and modern architecture. Markets and cultural events give the city an unforgettable spirit of peace and harmony.
Hereunder is a selection of Ljubljana’s top attractions:
- The major tourist attraction is most probably the Ljubljana castle, the biggest also the most visited castle in Slovenia. The castle, built in the middle of the 15th century and located on the hilltop, offers an outstanding view over the city, a romantic atmosphere and a place of numerous cultural events.
- The Dragon Bridge is one of the most well-known sights of the city. Four green dragons, two on each side, stand proudly to guard the bridge and the city itself. Though ladies beware….the dragon is said to wave its tail, when the bridge is crossed by a virgin! The history of the bridge goes far back in the past when it was wooden and called a Butchers' Bridge. In 1901 the existing one was built in secession art style, dedicated to Franc Jozef, the Hapsburg Emperor. Written on the side are the years showing the time of his rule. Made of reinforced concrete, it is one of the first bridges in Europe built using this technique. You can easily see it from the Triple Bridge, stretching over the Ljubljanica river at the other side of the market place.
- Three Bridges are probably the most beautiful and well known of all bridges in the city. They connect the main Preseren Square with the Old Town and represent a popular meeting point and place for street musicians and artists. The Marketplace is on the left, the Old Town is on the right, the main square is behind.
- Cobblers' Bridge, also named Shoemakers’ Bridge, is another bridge designed by Plecnik. You can recognize it by its upstanding pillars, supporting lamps and other stone balls. The bridge is a link from one side of the old town to another and a popular place for street artists, musicians, painters, and tourists taking photos of the river and the city.
- Preseren Square is the main square of Ljubljana, dedicated to the greatest Slovenian poet, Dr. France Preseren. His statue stands in the middle of the square and is surrounded by the finest secession buildings from the start of the 20th century. Connected by Plecnik's Triple Bridge with the Old Town, Market and the river, it is the perfect spot to start your city exploration. Sitting on the statue stairs is a good way to meet locals, as it is a popular spot for a chitchat where you can enjoy the sun, listen to street musicians and watch the locals stroll by.
- The city market is one of the masterpieces of Plecnik's architecture and located by the river, where its monumental arcades connect the Triple and Dragon bridges.
- The Tivoli Park is the biggest park in Ljubljana. It was created in 1813 and later redesigned by Joze Plecnik, today boasts around 5 sq km of forest. The 'Lungs of the city', as it is also called, is a place that connects the city to nature. Ponds, fountains, museums, children’s playgrounds, mansions, exhibitions, sports facilities and just plain grass and flowers make it a place of some variety where everybody can find something that appeals.
- The Botanical Garden Ljubljana was built in 1810, which makes it the oldest garden of its kind in the South East of Europe, and hosts around 5000 different plants from all over the world. It is open every day, also in wintertime and the entrance is free unless you take a guided tour. Tours only take place if at least 15 people apply. Different workshops and lectures take place here throughout the year.
- The Cathedral of St. Nicholas is the main church of Ljubljana and the biggest. Due to its height, two green bell towers and a dome it is very visible – indeed it is difficult to miss. It stands on the spot of an old Romanesque basilica from the 13th century, also dedicated to St. Nicholas, the patron Saint of fishermen. The decision to build a new church was taken in 1700 and in 1841 a wooden dome was replaced by today`s stone one. Located at Vodnikov trg (Vodnik Square) by the open market and opposite the Triple Bridge its surroundings are both vivid and constantly busy.
- The Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, built by the Augustinians, is today one of the main symbols of the city due to its location in the central Preseren Square and its striking colour. Its triple staircase which faces the Square has been a popular spot to street artists, local seniors and anyone who likes to catch the feeling of the city, having as it does a great view of the Triple Bridge, the square and the locals strolling by.
- Krizanke monastery is a relatively extensive monastic monument, located at the French Revolution Square, next to the City Museum. It was built by Teutonic Knights in the 13th century, while centuries later baroque renovations and Plecnik's designs gave it its final image. Today as a place of open-air theatre it attracts hordes of people during the summer time to numerous concerts, plays and other cultural performances. It is a place of art, history and inspiration and houses a bar with food and drinks.
- The House of Experiments is the ideal place for all those visitors who look for intelligent entertainment, education and science at once. The house of experiments (Hisa Eksperimentov) is designed for visitors of all ages, to learn, test themselves and exchange ideas. The building is situated in the very centre.
- The Slovene Ethnographic Museum is a museum about Slovene people, their culture and traditions, although non European collections are presented also. It features permanent and temporary exhibitions, supported by numerous events and also workshops and public tours suitable for both, older and younger visitors. There is a gift shop, a cafe and a public library adjacent to the museum.
- The Museum of Architecture and Design Ljubljana is the main museum for architecture in Slovenia. The temporary exhibitions from the field of architecture, design and photography are displayed. As it is situated at the beautiful Fuzine Castle, you can kill two birds with one stone. Since this is located in the suburbs, getting there by bike or by city bus is highly recommended.
- The National Museum of Slovenia is located in the city centre, in the direction of Tivoli park. The Museum of national history displays monuments from the Roman period, treasures from the Stone and Middle ages, and also a permanent exhibition on Slovenian language. It also keeps an Egyptian mummy!
The 46th ASECAP Study and Information Days will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from Wednesday 6 June to Friday 8 June 2018.
Ljubljana airport, also known as Joze Pucnik Airport, is situated some 20 km North of Ljubljana in the direction of Kranj.
Ljubljana airport transfer by bus and taxi
Public bus service line 28 operates to and from Ljubljana bus station and runs about every hour. The bus station in Ljubljana is small and situated immediately in front of the railway station. The journey takes 45 minutes, the cost is around 4 Euros and you buy your tickets directly from the driver.
For more information about the transfer to / from the Ljubljana airport, by taxi, please download the information sheet.
The official language of the ASECAP Days is English.
The average temperature in Ljubljana in June is very mild at 17.8 °C. Afternoons can be hot with average high temperatures reaching 23.6 °C. Overnight temperatures are generally quite mild with an average low of 12.4 °C (54.3 °F). The weather in June is a little damp. Some 155.1mm of fluid falls during that month.
Casual clothes and sensible shoes are recommended for the excursions. We advise you to have sufficient clothing for the prevailing weather conditions with the necessary outer garments.
The official currency of Slovenia as a European Union member state is the euro (€). Most shops across the country accept international credit and debit cards. Slovenia has a widespread cash machine network.
In Ljubljana prices include taxes and service charges. You may wish to leave a tip if you consider it appropriate.
The ASECAP Days organisers are not liable for any loss, injury or damage resulting from any action taken or reliance made by you or any third party during the conference. We advise delegates to subscribe to private travel insurance.