Ljubljana is the largest city in Slovenia, and has been the capital, cultural, and economic center of the country since it gained independence in 1991. This hilly city on the banks of the Ljubljanica River is an increasingly popular destination. Ljubljana presents a medley of cultures and architectures, due to its roots and history, from the Romans, as an Austrian city, an Italian occupied territory, and part of socialist Yugoslavia. Running in Ljubljana is a pleasure, given the relative proximity of wide, historic streets, parks, and river paths. Running actually seems more popular in than some other cities.
Several local guides offer running tours of downtown, but it’s easy to explore the cobblestone streets of Old Town on your own. You can also get in mileage along the Ljubljanica river, which is lined with concrete paths, or you can explore the paved ways of Tivoli Park. For great views of town, head to the trails at Golovec Hill or Castle Hill, or survey part of the city perimeter on the 35 km Path of Remembrance and Comradeship. For a worth-it destination run, head to Lake Bled, 50 km northwest of Ljubljana, for the gorgeous lake loop and trails that range from farm valleys to steep hills.
It’s easy to get around the small, pedestrian friendly center of Ljubljana, and most of our routes are within walking/running distance from the main tourist area. However, if you wish to travel further, there is a fairly extensive bus system throughout the city. Check out Ljubljana.info for information on special tourist rates.