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Swathed in forest and surrounded by Alpine peaks, Ljubljana is green in more ways than one, finds Chris Moss, as he explores Slovenia’s newly crowned eco-capital.
Chris Moss | Issue 167 | May 2016
If all that sounds a bit ‘green’ – well, it was only fitting. Ljubljana was named the European Green Capital for 2016, an award given to the city with the most environmental savvy. Previous winners include Stockholm and Bristol, both known for their creative approaches to raising eco-awareness.
Ljubljana Castle (Matej Kastelic)
But Ljubljana is green in very elementary ways too. Almost half of its surface area is forested, and when you make the obligatory trip up to its castle – the only significant high point – you’ll see vast verdant swathes pierce the heart of the capital.
Take the train from Ljubljana to Kamnik (35 min) and catch a taxi to Kamnik-Savinja, or book a guide with the Kamnik tourist board. On arrival, ride in an enclosed cable car before taking a chairlift up to 1,666m, rising over the flat-topped Velika Planina and enjoying sweeping views over the steep-sided valley.
At the top, wander wooden huts used by local shepherds during the warmer months. There are also chalets nearby that have the same rustic architecture, but come fitted with kitchens and even saunas, and there’s good skiing here in winter.
Velika Planina (Matej Kastelic)
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Looks amazing - a wonderfully different experience in a part of the world I have never visited.
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Untethered from Soviet Yugoslavia, Slovenia has flourished as an individual in new Europe, here are ten top tips for your stay
Graced with luscious countryside and glorious mountain scenery - Slovenia is the nation to visit if green is your favourite colour
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Slovenia travel guide, including map of Slovenia, top Slovenia travel experiences, tips for travel in Slovenia, plus where to hike in Slovenia
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Wanderlust goes on a people-powered journey through Slovenia as the nation celebrates 20 years of freedom
A compact patchwork of cultures and landscapes, Europe offers an incredible variety of short accessible hikes. From seaside scrambles to alpine rambles, here are eight of the best
New England is rightly regarded as the world’s leaf-peeping Mecca, but there are plenty of other places – close to home and far away – that put on an equally spectacular show
Fancy spending the night behind bars? These former penitentiaries have been turned into hostels and hotels
Our featured blogger, Emma Fick, has been chronicling her travel experiences through exquisite and evocative illustration. This week we follow her through the Balkans.
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