Tivoli Park and Mansion, Ljubljana
Tivoli Park with Roznik Hill is the biggest recreational green area in Ljubljana. Within the area the Tivoli Mansion and the wide Jakopic promenade are well worth seeing. The Jakopic promenade is another example of the works of Ljubljana's famous architect Joze Plecnik.
A fun green space in Ljubljana is the vast park to the west of the city, known as Park Tivoli. You'll find a variety of activities here, but the best are either to relax or to walk. The building at the far west end is known as Cekinov Grad, which doubles as a contemporary museum of sorts. The featured exhibit was on video game heroine Lara Croft when we visited, so we skipped it. But the flower garden and lake are definitely enjoyable to visit.
Stroll around park Tivoli right in the centre of Ljubljana. Go see the CEKINOV GRAD. Tivoli is easy to reach, only 10 minutes from the main squre - Presernov trg.
This also a place to bring the children. There is a small playground by the lake and a nice cafe with ice cream and other sweets.
If you decide to get more active after a few scoops of ice cream you can burn your calories by walking ut the ROZNIK hill. It is a popular nearby hill for many Ljubljana residents.
West to the city center, you will fidn Tivoli Park which is Ljubljana's largest park by far. The park dates back to the early 19th century and even here, Joze Plecnik made some major changes during the 1920s and 1930s. The most famous point in the park is Tivoli mansion, a center of contemporary art housed in a 17th century building with a cllassicist facade. A classic park is found here with many paths and the Jakopic walk as its central axis. Beside that, the woods, sport facilities and the adjacent zoo makes it a perfect area for recreation.
Not that the city was overwhelmingly noisy but it was like entering a warped zone as you slip behind the curtains of silence at the serenely beautiful Tivoli Park. Broad promenades with rows of lovely ornate benches backed by lush greenery made for a most lovely backdrop. The sensation is further heightened should you have chosen to enter the park via Cankarjeva Road, meaning you would have taken the rather unmatching shabby looking underpass below the rail tracks.
Here you will find the white-washed Grad Tivolski (Tivoli Castle), which actually resembles a mansion and less a castle, and a staircase guarded by 2 pairs of cast-iron dogs (also painted white). Rumours have it that the creator was so distraught by wagging tongues that he had omitted the tongue of the dogs, that he shot himself.
I have not visited the following but guidebooks have also indicated that Tivoli Park is also home to a number of sporting facilities, the International Centre of Graphic Arts housed inside Tivoli Castle and the Sequin Castle which houses the Museum of Modern History.
It is just 10 minutes walk away from centre. Walk the park. Visit confectioner's near lake and buy great ice-cream they have there. Advice: if you order ice-cream by halves you get more (i.e. half of vanilla and half of strawbery).
There is Roznik hill above Tivoli that brings real forest almost into the city centre. You can walk to tavern on the top of the hill or to Mostec. Ask people for path!
Still in Tivoli Park, I took another photo.
It is a leafy green park.
There are actually some nice places/excursions around this park, for example :
Tivoli Castle. Opened from 10 am to 6 pm.
Tivoli Recreational Centre, where there's a swimming pool & a sauna.
Roznik Hill, where you can climb up for some wonderful views of the city.
Zoological Garden, on the hill southern slope, contains some 800 animals from 120 species.
The Museum of Modern History. Tracing the history of Slovenia in the 20th century.
Unfortunately, after I had some few hours swimming at the Recreational Centre, I had to rush to take my bus to Bled.
Located a short walk from the old town centre is park tivoli, a gorgeous park famous for its boulavards and designs by Joze Plecnik whose architecture can be seen throughout the city. There's some nice areas for sport in the park as well as a lake, indoor leisure complex and the museum of contemporary history. The greenland beyond the main park is vast and perfect land for hiking or biking. There is even a zoo there.
Tivoli Park is a nice place to go and relax after you visited the nearby museums. The park, which was laid out in 1813, is quite large and the mansion from the 17th century hosts the International Centre of Graphic.
When I was there in June there was an exhibit of aerial photographs by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Very impressive.
And last but not least go for a walk in the park Tivoli, cause it's also nice, especially on a sunny day.
Its just nice and good for relaxation.
Between the museum area and Tivoli mansion you will find many statues and sculptures, from statues to famous Slovenes to modern art. Just have a small walk around the area and see what you can discover.
Tivoli Mansion is set in the beautiful Tivoli Park which lies to the west of the city centre. The mansion is approached by the Jakopic Promenade which was designed by Plecnik in the 1920s and 30s. When I visited, the promenade was lined with huge boards showing pictures taken of famous buildings and landscapes from around the world.
The mansion was built in the early 17th century by Jesuits who used it as a holiday home for themselves and their students. Later the mansion became first the property of the Catholic Church and then the property of the Provincial States. In 1835, the Ljubljana Kazina Society opened a summer amusement park with a pub and a café next to the mansion. It was then that the mansion was given its present name. In 1852 it was bought by the Emperor Franz Joseph and let on a life-long lease to Marshall Joseph Radetzky. On this occasion the mansion was renovated. Its façade was redecorated in Classicist style and a number of new walking paths and gardens were opened to the public. The dog statues were created by the sculptor Anton D. Fernkorn around the year 1870. Until 1967, the Tivoli Mansion was a residential building and today houses the International Centre of Graphic Arts.
The Mansion dates from 17th century. It was the residental building 'till 1967 and today is a home to the International Centre of Graphic Arts. For the fee of about 4 euros you can see a very nice colection of prints from last century to the present days as well as some very nice peaces of contemporary art. No need to mention that it is situated in beautiful well kept Tivoli park, very close to the city center.
Next to the park or it is more correct to say in the park itself you can find a car parking. I think it is the cheapest in Ljubljana's center and whats more important there is no parking time limit . That is where we left our car on the one day trip to Ljubljana.
The park is very nice, well kept and as you would expect, there are some nice flowers and big trees. Besides that there are lots of interesting sculptures to be looked at.
At the time we were there there was an open air exhibition of the modern art showing some city scenes from around the world.
This is just my swimming pool ticket. Nothing fancy but the swimming pool itself is nice. Big.
Nevertheless the fees are quite expensive ! I had to pay for one whole day's usage of the pool whereas I just wanted to use it for only a few hours.
I guess this pool in Tivoli Park attracted many people during the summer or maybe some good events were held here, hence the expensiveness of the ticket.