Ljubljana, Slovenia

A comprehensive guide to running in Ljubljana

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 for information on special tourist rates.

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Ljubljana features a mix of climate types, with warm, Mediterranean type summers and cool to cold winters. Average summer high temperatures are in the low 80s (26C), though nights cool off. Spring and fall are mild and lovely. Average high temperatures in winter are just above freezing, with lows dipping into the 20s (-4C). Running in winter can feature some snow and ice. Note also that Ljubljana is one of the wetter cities in Europe, with an average of 55 inches (1,300 mm) of rain, with frequent thunderstorms in summer.

Go to for lodging info. The Radisson is especially helpful with route planing nearby!

Ljubljana is a popular city for visitors and there’s a great selection of moderately priced hotels. From a running perspective, try to stay near Tivoli Park, or within a kilometer or so of the river. Most of our routes are accessible from the

There are plenty of stores in Ljubljana where one can buy running gear. The primary ‘independent’ running store is Prorun, but it is not that centrally located. The best bet near the center is an Intersport store. See map on the city home page.

Check Strava or Meetup for local running groups, or take a tour with Sightrunning Ljubljana.

Check here for info on the Ljubljana Marathon and other upcoming races.

The Ljubljana Marathon is in October.