Length 21.7 km
Time needed
Time needed 01:30
Največja strmina vzpona[%]
Greatest slope of the ascent: 3 %
Greatest slope of the descent: 8 %
Average slope of the ascent: 2 %
Length of ascents above 5%: 0.20 km
The lowest point of the route: 285 m
The highest point of the route: 315 m
Difference in altitude: 107 m
Poraba kalorij
Consumption of energy for men: 3052 kJ (729 kcal)
Consumption of energy for women: 2487 kJ (594 kcal)
Difficulty: Less demanding
Quality of the surface
Quality of the surface: Asphalt
Type of bike: City bike
Short description

The entire Slovenian capital may be circled along the route running along city streets, mainly on cycle lanes and partly on separate cycle paths. The ring ends on the Rožnik Hill, its gem. Nice for everyone and whenever.


Živalski vrt – Rožna dolina – Murgle – Trnovo – Prule – Štepanja vas – Moste – Žale – Nove Jarše – Tomačevo – Nove Stožice – Litostroj – Šiška – Koseze – Živalski vrt

Visiting lions and giraffes
It's no coincidence that the route starts next to the Ljubljana zoo. Easy access, spacious car park and ideal for a family on a Sunday afternoon. Some people would like to take a nice stroll and watch the mischief of the animals – please, come in! Others, usually family 'chiefs', would like to take in some fresh air or give out some sweat – perfect for them to finish the ring around the capital and reunite at the starting point. Tested!

The pioneer route
Hop on your bike at the car park next to the zoo, turn immediately left onto a neat cycle lane. The path runs along the route of the original 'Pioneer Railway'. The former route takes you to Glinščica , a stream which is sometimes quite nasty and floods occasionally, but recently there hasn't been much of it left . Cycle along the left bank of the stream, past the first bridge located just before the stream makes a right turn, and continue to Road XXI. This was probably the beginning of the 'Pioneer Railway' route. At the third street (Road XVII) turn right, go along this street to the end and at the traffic lights before the level crossing, turn left onto Road II. This road would take you to the former Marn Inn, which received a new name with new owners: Rožna hiša , however, turn left before the inn onto a narrow asphalt path, which brings you to a hole under the railway after some 20 metres. Underpass! Be careful as you go through it because of two holes in the asphalt which are better avoided! And, to avoid any accidents, you should bend your head. A helmet wouldn't help here.

Bobenčkova Street takes you across Tržaška Road to Jamova Road, where you turn left and go straight on past the Jožef Stefan Institute . Behind the Institute, there's a crossing with Jadranska Street. Turn right at the traffic lights, past the houses of knowledge of physics and mathematics (both faculties are located here ), and drive over Gradaščica Stream to Vipavska Street. Continue towards south. Not right, not left, just straight on. You only make a turn where there's no other alternative. When that happens, turn left onto Cesta v Mestni log Road. In between, the road slightly rings but you can afford a short trip through Murgle , a renowned residential area. When your curiosity is at least slightly satisfied, go back to Cesta v Mestni log Road.
You'll find yourself at the traffic lights near a new residential-commercial building , which means that you're now entering Trnovo. The question of where the building got its name the 'Trnovo Gate' seems redundant at this sight, doesn't it? Drive straight across the crossroads and immediately turn slightly right (Cesta na Loko Road), past the Gurman Inn until you reach Opekarska Road.

From Trnovo (Thorny place) to a little less thorny garden
Traffic lights stop you again in Opekarska Road – turn carefully left until the next one where you turn right. Cross Mali graben and the River Ljubljanica over bridges, and although you're tempted to take a ride on the Ljubljanica with one of the boats tied at the Livada Inn, our goals are different. So continue along Hladnikova Road as far as Ižanska Road where your patience is put to a test yet again at the traffic lights which finally allow you to turn left to the Botanical Garden .

You aren't half way through the route yet but the Botanical Garden is well worth stopping for. At least to take a sneak peek at this island of priceless collections of life on the roots. It's worth a visit, even if you aren't into flowers.

Drive along the Gruber Canal, under the new Karlovški Bridge and past the old one to Hradeckega Road, which was named after a former mayor who had the city land under the Golovec Hill sold under the condition that the buyers would build houses on that land. Well, some houses have indeed been built, right next to each other, but then traffic started annoying them so the entire road was embellished with speed humps. These were supposedly the first of this kind in Ljubljana. Speed humps, that is.

When you arrive to the second traffic lights, all shaken up, turn left across Poljanska Road towards the Pri Jovotu Inn and Kodeljevo Swimming Pool Complex, but turn right onto the cycle lane before reaching them. The new cycle lane will take you along the Kodeljevo Sports Park on the left bank of the Gruber Canal to Kajuhova Road. Continue your trip along the edges of Ljubljana along this road. First cross the Ljubljanica , Zaloška Road and, using an underpass, the railway, and go past the heating plant and mega shopping centre BTC to the Šmartinska Road. Cross the road in the extension of the Kajuhova Road.

Unfortunately, just passing Žale
You're on Jarška Road now, which slightly turns just after the traffic lights. Nove Jarše is on the right, Žale on the left, where you can also see the famous Plečnik complex. This time just drive past it, you can check out Plečnik's work next time. However, you can stop and visit the new city park for a few moments, which fills up the space where gardens used to be between Žale and Nove Jarše. Then hurry up towards the ring road.

Speed humps along Jarška Road see to that you don't drive too fast and forget to turn left onto a nice two-way cycle lane just before the ring road. Cycle along the ring road, which is on your right, past the Tomačevo roundabout , football stadium and basketball hall , across Vojkova, Dunajska, Slovenčeva and Verovškova roads, then along the new part of Litostrojska Road on the new cycle lane, past the new state administration buildings to the Litostroj complex. Turn right onto the cycle lane (along the north ring road), along which you drive to the railway leading to the Gorenjska region in peace, only disturbed by another cyclist or walker, where you turn perpendicularly left and go along Korotanska Street back to Litostrojska Road. On the left from the crossroads, you can see the once mighty Titovi zavodi Litostroj plants or what's left of them. This used to be the leading Yugoslav industrial company dealing mostly with turbines for power plants all over the world. Let's take a look at special concrete street lamp posts , which were characteristic of that period. Luckily, tradition has been preserved and the part of the company which survived is still considered as one of the most important manufacturers of large water turbines and their parts in the world.

Vodnik's curve
On Litostrojska Road, turn right, cross the level crossing and check out the preserved bunkers from World War II, which protected the crossing through the barbed wire around Ljubljana. Continue to Celovška Road, wait for the green light to flash and dash straight along Šišenska Road, until a green or red light dictate again when to hit the pedal or brake. Then you come to Vodnikova Road, named after our famous poet, travel writer, descriptor of his beloved country and traditions of its inhabitants, Valentin Vodnik (1758–1819) . He could have described so much more if he had the kind of a bicycle, we have today! Well, you have it and perhaps you should work your way to his homestead . That wouldn't be so bad! You should turn towards the city now—along Vodnikova Road, of course—and after about 700 metres, you'll be able to see it on your right. The homestead, of course! On the opposite side is the Dr. Peter Držaj Hospital.
When you've seen the homestead, you may have a snack at the Pri Vodniku Inn, or just drive around the homestead, turn sharply right, go straight on and over the speed humps until you reach the traffic lights on Šišenska Road, near the crossroads where you've begun the Vodnik's curve.

Šiška and finish
At the traffic lights, go towards the Koseze Pond, past a modern housing estate, which is similar to the one in Murgle, only that these buildings have several apartments, and Mali Graben is substituted by the Koseze Pond. Between the housing estate and pond, cycle along the new cycle lane until you reach the cycle lane running along the route of the 'Pioneer Railway'. The lane slightly descends towards the zoo. When you cross the road coming from Brdo (Brdnikova Street), you can already hear unusual voices to be heard in a city. Animals. Wild. Exotic. Zoo.

For a backcountry and more demanding cyclist, this route is, of course, not enough and at the same time, it is too much. Not enough length and too many stops. But if you consider this a slightly accelerated hike, then it should be alright. And, along the route, you can see things you never get to see from behind the steering wheel. Besides: aren't other members of the family, who, in the meantime, were watching elephants, snakes, ostriches and other beasts, already waiting for you?

Pioneer Railway
It was built in 1948 following the example of railways which were built in the then Soviet Union in those times. This was a narrow-gauge track, 76 cm wide, and was not the only one—similar were in Belgrade, Zagreb, Sarajevo, Skopje and Kruševac. The one in Ljubljana was 3,800 metres long, and ran between Rožna dolina and Podutik with a station in Koseze. The line was supposed to encourage technical culture and stimulate the young to become engine drivers and for other vocations connected with railways. It was managed by pioneers—the young, which was a great honour at that time and required considerable preparations. But it had a minor flaw: it did not lead anywhere. People soon got tired of driving 'from here to nowhere'. Thus the line was abolished in 1954 and, in the time of feverish search for hidden reserves of iron, the tracks were sold somewhere south.

The beginning of the formation of this neighbourhood dates back to the 1970s, while construction has been going on ever since. The design of the neighbourhood is based on foreign examples with emphasis being put on a user-friendly life without cars or co-habitation with them, but at a proper distance from houses which can only be reached on foot. The connection of the neighbourhood and nature is expressed by well-chosen street names after the tree-lined allies which surround them, e.g. Pod topoli (Under the Poplars), Pod bresti (Under the Elms), Pod vrbami (Under the Willows) and so on.

Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden was established in 1810 at the time of Illyrian Provinces. It is the oldest botanical garden in Slovenia, and at the same time, cultural, scientific and education establishment with the longest uninterrupted operation in Slovenia. Its 'cornerstone' in the form of a 'cornerstone linden' was supposed to be planted by the then governor himself, Marshal Marmont. You have to admit that his work was done well as the linden is still growing and is one of the attractions of the Botanical Garden. Perhaps you'll visit it for its over-200th birthday and bring it a bottle of water.
The first garden manager was a Slovenian botanist, Franc Hladnik – Hladnikova Road is named after him and so is the only generic Slovenian endemic Hladnikia pastinacifolia Rchb . Thanks to his acquaintance with an Austrian botanist, Host (manager of the Vienna Botanical Garden), the Austrians did not abolish this establishment after the restoration of Monarchy in Austria like all others, established during the French occupation.

Stožice Sports Park ,
Many words of satisfaction and reprimand have been written and said about the Stožice Sports Park. We had better leave politics aside and concentrate on the park. Both main facilities are architecturally designed in a way which leaves few visitors indifferent. When the surroundings is arranged and there is a lot more greenery, this park will not only be a sports facility but a park in the true meaning of the word. A part of the football stadium is under the surface which gives the impression of coexistence with its surroundings, and has not yet been fully completed. The clam-shaped (maxima clam – Tridacna maxima) basketball hall is also an architectural particularity and every visitor will remember it for a long time.

Vodnik Homestead ,
Within the complex of buildings, a residential house built before 1765 (the year is preserved on the wooden ceiling of a granary) in which Valentin Vodnik was born is the most important. The house is also an ethnological monument of architecture from the late 19th century as a typical home of an influential person from Ljubljana.
The building is also a home of a music school. In the building, you can see Vodnik memorial room and a room dedicated to reformation. Both collections have been renovated.

Katrca ,
Katrca is an inn with a tradition of over a hundred years. Beautifully refurbished, it invites us with the traditional Slovenian cuisine and preparation of various specialities. Everything can be seasoned with good quality wines. The inn also offers overnight accommodation in nicely renovated double rooms.

Rožna hiša (Rose House)
This inn got a new name when new owners took over. The natives would search for the Marn Inn in vain. The inn's offer is diverse: from homemade dishes to pizzas from a wood-fired oven. All this can be consumed in a pleasant environment which suits the name of the inn. The inn's staff are happy to prepare an offer and also adjust their opening hours for organised groups.

The inn has had a tradition of offering specialities from Leskovac in Ljubljana for over twenty years. After renovation, it became known for the preparation of food on real charcoal which is served in an enjoyable simple ambience. You can also order food delivery right to your home.
The inn is a member of MOMOGroup, a renowned group of restaurants in Ljubljana.

Livada is an inn with a long tradition. It is also suitable for closed groups as it accepts guests in several rooms where up to 300 guests can be seated. The surroundings is appropriate for picnics, and boat rides may also be arranged.

Yildiz han ,
Han is a Turkish restaurant, the only one in Ljubljana. In this restaurant, chefs prepare many genuine Turkish specialities. The interior is designed following the example of similar restaurants in NW and W Turkey. Guests can also see a performance of belly dancers.

Pri Jovotu
The Pri Jovotu Inn in Ljubljana has a long tradition. The offer is similar to that at the Livada Inn except for the boats on the Ljubljanica which do not come into this neck of the woods. Pri Jovotu also offers food delivery, and special benefits for closed gropes and students.

Zlati zob Ethno Club
Zlati zob Ethno Club is the only entertainment place of this kind in Ljubljana. The events are based on the ethological principle. The club does not have much space so a reservation prior to the visit is obligatory. Their cuisine has roots in cultures which are presented to visitors upon various events.

Pri Vodniku
The Pri Vodniku Inn is a part of the memorial complex of the Vodnik Homestead since this was the outbuilding in the time of our first poet, while the 'cart drivers' inn was in the building where Vodnik was born and which now houses a museum.

'The Ring of the Capital' cycling route mostly runs on cycle lanes. Nevertheless, caution at some points is necessary. These are primarily crossroads of important city streets which usually include traffic lights. The most dangerous is the crossing at Brdnikova Street where we have to give way.
In Hradeckega Street, there is no cycle lane, but due to speed humps, the traffic is slower and there is no special danger.