The hotel is located in the old city center, close to the remains of the ancient Roman city of Emona, as evidenced by the name of the road on which the hotel stands. Only a few steps away you will find archaeological excavations and remains from Roman times (Roman wall).
To the river Ljubljanica, which is the central and connecting line of the old town, it is only a few steps down the picturesque streets past the main festival space of Križanke with the Križevniška church, which is the work of the world-renowned Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik. In the vicinity there is NUK National and University Library, which is also Plečnik’s work, only a few steps forward, we reach the personally settled embankment. Immediately we find ourselves in a partially preserved medieval Ljubljana with striking alleys and squares with a multitude of picturesque shops and shops on the opposite bank of the Ljubljanica, where we come across several stone bridges and wooden footbridges.
Hotel Mrak is a great place to stay in the center of Ljubljana, since all-important national and city sights and facilities are accessible by foot. In cooperation with our partner tourist agency, we prepared an offer for guided city tour in small groups. The tour lasts for two hours and is a special experience for getting to know Ljubljana, the green capital of Europe in 2016..
Križanke is a common name for the complex of the former monastery of the German Knight Order (“crosses”, after which they were named) in Ljubljana. They lie at the Square of the French Revolution, between Emonska Street, Zoisova Street and Gosposka Street.
Since 1952, the Ljubljana Public Institute has been hosted in Križanke. In the central part of the former Crusaders Monastery, it was formerly the Secondary School for Design and Photography. External spaces serve as spaces for cultural events.
The establishment of the library is connected with the decree of Empress Maria Theresa from 1774, with which 637 books, which were solved in the fire of the dissolved Jesuit College in Ljubljana, intended for general use the library founded with the Ljubljana lice. The University Library in Ljubljana acquired the library in 1938 based on the University Act and the General University Order. Architect Jože Plečnik created the plans for the new University Library in the years 1930-31.
In the monumental building in the immediate vicinity of the university, the library moved in in the spring of 1941. Plečnik’s library is a cultural monument of the highest order.
iEmona, which is located at the Congress Square, is an original museum presentation and at the same time an information point about the legacy of the former Roman city of Emona, which stood in the area of today’s city center of Ljubljana. In case you go on a self-contained tour of the circular archaeological route in Roman city of Ljubljana, the iEmone visit is recommended as a starting point. Information about the archaeological route and the tickets for the tour are available at the City Museum of Ljubljana.
Presentation is on display every day between 9 am and 9 pm.
Access to iEmona is free.
MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS
The Museum of Illusions is a museum of fun and educational experiences where you are testing the boundaries of your perception. Relativity is something that you experience literally. The illusions in it allow you a different experience of space and everything you think you know about it.
Open every day from 9:00 to 22:00.
Descriptions of the exhibits are in Slovene, English, German and Italian.
The Ljubljana castle is a medieval architectural landmark that stands on the Castle Hill. According to archaeological research, the presence of a person in the area of the castle complex has been uninterrupted since 1200 BC. In the 15th century it was enlarged, (the walls were walled with pointed towers and two entrance towers through which the lift doors and the castle chapel were led). In the 16th and 17th centuries, other buildings gradually formed on the castle yard and form the present whole building complex.
We advise a guided tour of the Ljubljana castle for the perfect experience of medieval reality in Ljubljana. Entrance to the castle is possible every day between 10:00 and 20:00.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF SLOVENIA
The National Gallery of Slovenia is the central gallery of Slovenian works of art. It was founded in 1918. It holds the largest collection of works of art that originated in Slovene territory during the middle Ages and modernism.
The biggest Ljubljana park is only 10 minute walk from the center and is ideal for relaxation and retreat from the city bustle. The park has many walking paths, flower arrangements, fountains and sculptures. The main points of the park are the three great chestnut trees and the Jakopič Avenue, which was enlarged and edited by Plečnik..
The park is often a gathering place for sports enthusiasts and street musicians..
The building of the Slovene National Theater Opera and Ballet was built between 1890 and 1892 in neo-Renaissance style according to the plans of Czech architects Jan Vladimír Hráský and Anton Hruby. Initially, the building was dedicated to the Provincial Theater, where drama and opera performances were performed.
Since 1892 Opera has had permanent conductors, soloists and choirs, and musicians have been hired, and since 1908 members of the Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra have been established. In 1911 the German theater moved to a new building (today’s Drama). In the spring of 1918, the Theater Consortium took over the activities in order to re-operate the Slovenian stage in the 1918/19 season. They mainly performed French and Italian operas, some of them also Slavic. In the spring of 1919, the ballet began to function.
On April 24. 1867, twelve learned and respectable men gathered in Ljubljana and founded the Dramatic Society. The Vienna architect Alexander Graf created the building of today’s national theater in 1909. SNG Drama Ljubljana is today the main drama theater in Slovenia with the largest, most recognizable and most respected ensemble, which currently has 47 actors. The repertoire has a classical, contemporary and experimental theater production.
Cankarjev dom (officially the Cankarjev dom public institution, cultural and congress center) is the Slovenian cultural and congress center in Ljubljana. He is named after Ivan Cankar, one of the greatest Slovene writers. The building was designed by architect Edo Ravnikar. It was built between 1977 and 1982. It has four halls, named after prominent Slovenian artists: composer Jakob Gallus (Gallus Hall), drama writer Anton Tomaž Linhart (Linhart Hall), poet Srečko Kosovel (Kosovel Hall) and writer Bojan Štih (Štihova dvorana).
Jože Plečnik (1872 – 1957) is considered one of the most important pioneers of modern architecture in the world. His creative opus was marked by the image of three Central European cities: Vienna, Prague and, especially, Ljubljana. Learn about the life and work of the famous architect who marked the image of Ljubljana. Plečnik’s house houses architects’ home with all original interior and exterior equipment and a permanent museum exhibition.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-18.00. Closed on Mondays and certain holidays (1.11., 25.12. And 1.1.) (1.11., 25.12 ter 1.1.)
The zoo is located in the natural forest and meadows and is part of the protected Tivoli, Rožnik and Šišenski hrib landscape parks. The ZOO is almost 20 hectares and has 6.5 km of walking paths. More information about the types of animals, schedule and prices can be found at the web site: http://www.zoo-ljubljana.si
OPEN KITCHEN (ODPRTA KUH’NA)
Open kitchen is the unique and most popular culinary market, which since 2013 has brought freshness and novelty to the Slovenian culinary scene. From the early spring, until late autumn invites many lovers of good food and relaxed socializing among their stands.
To date, more than 100 restaurants from all over Slovenia have been presented at the Open Kitchen Stalls, and visitors have been able to taste close to a thousand different Slovenian and international dishes and beverages.