Length 17.6 km
Time needed
Time needed 02:00
Največja strmina vzpona[%]
Greatest slope of the ascent: 6 %
Greatest slope of the descent: 3 %
Average slope of the ascent: 1 %
Length of ascents above 5%: 0.10 km
The lowest point of the route: 302 m
The highest point of the route: 289 m
Difference in altitude: 67 m
Poraba kalorij
Consumption of energy for men: 4070 kJ (972 kcal)
Consumption of energy for women: 3316 kJ (792 kcal)
Difficulty: Less demanding
Quality of the surface
Quality of the surface: Asphalt
Type of bike: City bike
Short description

The trail mostly takes place on the streets of the narrow and wider city centre. It is a short, but diverse route with numerous sights, so one needs some more time to see it. It is ideal for Sunday mornings which end with a traditional lunch at an inn in the centre.


Prešernov trg – Arkade – Peglezen – zapornica na Ljubljanici – Žale – Bežigrajski stadion – Navje – Baragovo semenišče – Šišenska cerkev – Zavarovalnica Triglav – Gimnazija J. Plečnika – NUK – Križanke – Mirje – Trnovski most – Plečnikova hiša – Čevljarski most – Prešernov trg

The sun in the market
Prešeren Square (Prešernov trg) is a popular starting point to see the city. Also for this route. The paving in the shape of the sun in the middle of the square will immediately cheer you up and fill you with energy. So, let's get started!
We only have to cross the Triple Bridge (Tromostovje) and turn left to the food market. The central part of the markets on the right bank of the Ljubljanica River was built between 1940 and 1944 according to Plečnik's plans. Plečnik used the water side of the land for a series of covered, two-storey markets and additionally arranged a water-side promenade in the lower storey. The market complex gives a strong impression from the water front enhanced by the semicircular façade peers above the river level. Plečnik wanted to display the mightiness of the former town walls, which were once here and the peers represent defence towers. In the middle of the series, he left room to build the Butchers' Bridge (Mesarski most), which would link the market to Petkovškovo nabrežje Embankment on the other side of the river. He also made plans for it, but it was never built. The gap in the series was visible until 2010, when the bridge was finally built. Plečnik planned a roofed bridge with shops on it – but an open bridge was built, party incorporating glass and it includes sculptures . The fence is made of thick stainless wire strung among vertical carriers, which is just perfect for strapping something or chaining something to it. And indeed, soon after the opening, locks or padlocks appeared chained to the fence. People say that the bridge has magical powers. It is believed to help with the problems of the heart. Those who desire permanent love should chain a lock – padlock to the fence. The magical bridge will make sure that the two lovers will stay together for at least as long as the padlock is chained to the fence. Well, the name Butchers' Bridge does not imply such powers and nor did Plečnik plan for anything of this sort, but it is true that some people, especially tourists, spontaneously name it 'the Lovers' Bridge'.
Soon after the completion of the markets, the following question was frequently asked among the Ljubljana city councils: 'We have a splendid market on one side and the glorious Triple Bridge on the other side – what shall we place in between?' The answer was: 'Certainly something!' And so it was commissioned to merge the Arcades and the Triple Bridge. At master Plečnik, of course. He filled the remaining non-built-up area between the facilities with an open colonnade and set up a building in the shape of an antique temple for a florist's shop (today a souvenir shop), where the tour of today's city market also begins.

First towards the East
Bikes are not your best choice for the market . You have to find your way around it, but if it is too crowded, which tends to be the case on Saturday mornings, you can step off the bike and take a walk through the market. This would be best. On Sundays, the market is not open, so you can ride right through it to the traffic lights crossing at Kopitarjeva ulica Street (which leads into the tunnel) and Poljanska cesta Road. Cross Kopitarjeva Street, but do not continue on Poljanska Road, but carefully turn left to the narrow Kapiteljska ulica Street. A little help when deciding: you are standing directly in front of the next Plečnik's masterpiece, called 'Peglezen', which means an iron. In front of it is a distinct wooden flag pole. Cycle left of it.

This momentous building, which acquired the name Peglezen due to its extreme narrow structure, was built between 1933 and 1934. Plečnik variegated the façade with differently shaped windows and glass porch in the front part of the second storey, but the house is still most famous because of its narrow structure. In the front, there is barely enough room for the entrance door and the rest is not much wider. Where did they cramp in the stairs?

To Ambrožev trg Square
Kapiteljska ulica Street ends soon, so you have to turn left onto Barvarska steza Path. On it, you reach Poljanski nasip Embankment along the Ljubljanica, where you turn right. Soon you will reach the modern pedestrian bridge called Žitna brv (Grain Footbridge) , the work of architect Boris Podrecca. The next bridge is at Ambrožev trg Square, but has no special name. At least not an established one. There were attempts to name it 'St. Peter Bridge' – after the Church of St. Peter somewhat higher and 'Ambrož Bridge' – according to the nearby square, but neither name stuck with it. Nameless or not, it is a firm footbridge, so we can go across it without a care in the world and see the gates on the right in the meanwhile.

The Ljubljanica Gates
The entire Plečnik arrangement of the Ljubljanica encompassed both embankments from Špica to Cukrarna and two bridges: the Shoemaker's (Čevljarski) Bridge and the Triple Bridge (Tromostovje). It ends with the gates at Cukrarna . They were being built five years, from 1939 until 1944, but it is true that there was a war going on. Plečnik drew the inspiration for the design from his travels around the world. He set up the footbridge over the river on three towers, similar to Egyptian temples, which are on one side adorned by Doric columns with Etruscan looking bowls with carved out dragon heads and on the other side low Ionic columns with stylized human heads. From both sides, the access is closed off by massive portals. The entire look was strengthened by the formation of parks on Ambrožev and Vrazov squares, arranged on the opposite banks of the river. The gates are meant to sustain equal level of the Ljubljanica in the city centre and are still functional.

Croatian Square (Hrvatski trg)
So, cross the Ljubljanica over the bridge at Ambrožev trg Square and take the slope to the first crossroads, where you turn right. After a hundred meters, you are at the Church of St. Peter and on the left is the next Plečnik's work, Croatian Square . Plečnik transformed the original park between 1938 and 1939 into a square with trees which is, with its geometrical elliptic shape, a unique example of such open space in Ljubljana. Then, he also moved the monument to those who lost their lives in the First World War to the southern bank.
At the traffic lights crossing, turn left and head north past the parking garage. On the right, you can see the University Medical Centre Ljubljana, where you can get first aid, if you need it. A little further at the split turn slightly right to Šmartinska cesta Road, which is paved with granite cubes. A little further still, pass the once well-renowned inn with the chestnut garden in front, where you can also make a stop, if you need 'another kind of aid', which humorously reminds us of the inn, we are talking about.

Towards Bežigrad
The route soon ends in a high-traffic road, which still has the same name as before (Šmartinska cesta Road), but this is no longer the forgotten and somewhat neglected road, where you were beginning to feel homely. This is the most dangerous section of the entire route. Thankfully, it is very short. Go under the railroad and you are already at the traffic light stop, which you cross and head right uphill towards the factory Kolinska on the two-way bike lane . Here, you are making great progress to the petrol station, when the bike lane (at least in your direction) ends and you have to cross to the other side. Once you reach the roundabout at the cemetery Žale, head right through the very beginning of the chestnut avenue, not named Under the Chestnut Trees, as one might expect, but 'Pod hmeljniki' (Under the Hop Vines) . Not that the chestnut trees grew from hop vines? Don't worry, they didn't! The avenue is named after the original agriculture that was grown there. That was hops. Indeed. It was grown for the needs of the former Kozlar brewery, which became the today's Union. While reflecting on times gone by, you reach the Plečnik's central entrance to Žale in no time.

From Žale...
Contrary to the common practice of morgues at the time, Plečnik planned a complex for the central Ljubljana's cemetery in 1940, named 'Žale', composed of fourteen funeral parlours, an entrance arch, commercial buildings and management facilities. The entire cemetery was named after it, which is today called 'Cemetery Žale'. The entrance into it is through a glorious arch with a number of two-storey columns. Opposite the entrance is the central chapel (a place to bid farewell to the deceased) with a canopy roof top on four columns, based on the Antique model. The complex of the parlours is completed by joiner's workshops adorned with the frescoes of Slavko Pengov. At the square in front of the entrance, exceptional specimens of the mighty Serbian spruce grow with their branches reaching to the ground, which only enhances the exceptionally monumental image of the object.
Past the mentioned complex, take the Žalska ulica Street (the car park is on the right) and turn left right before the cemetery walls and past the church, then cross the other car park and you will reach Tomačevska cesta Road, which you also cross.
Carefully enter Koželjeva ulica Street, then through the roundabout all the way to Kranjčeva ulica Street. Proceed on it and stop only at the traffic lights at the crossroads with Vojkova cesta Road. The Ministry of Defence is on the other side. You can quickly determine that this is not one of Plečnik's works, so press the pedals and wiz straight past the Chamber of Commerce (lovingly referred to as 'Esmerald' because of its green façade), all the way to Dunajska cesta Road. There, keep left and on the bike route you will reach Bežigrad Central Stadium .

... past the stadium...
On the right is Bežigrad or 'Eagle Stadium' named after the then renowned Catholic organization Eagles (Orli) – contrary to the liberal Falcons (Sokoli). It was built according to Plečnik's plans between 1921 and 1941. Along the southern corner of the wall, a brick column with marked directions on top in memory of the Eucharistic congress, which took place here in 1935, was placed. Even the honorary gallery with the gym in the ground storey was built for the congress.
After the stadium, proceed straight ahead on the bike path past the new building area Bežigrajski dvor (on the left), all the way to the Blue Lagoon (Plava Laguna), the centre of Bežigrad. The building was named after its blue façade. It is named jokingly Blue Lagoon after the same hotel resort in Poreč, Croatia, which of course has no relation to Ljubljana, but the name stuck to it.
On the opposite side of Dunajska cesta Road is the Astra building and diagonally across the crossroad you can see the Slovenijales building. At the traffic lights crossing, turn left to Linhartova cesta Road and in the first crossing leave the bike route by turning right. Then right away left and right again, until you reach Robbova ulica Street, named after Francesco Robba, a sculptor, who made the famous Robba Fountain in front of Ljubljana City Hall. At the end of this street is Navje, the next Plečnik's idea (on the right side).

... to the city of dead - Navje
The central cemetery of Ljubljana was situated at the place of today's Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre (Gospodarsko razstavišče) before 1779. At the end of the 19th century, it became too small so they decided to build a new one at Žale. This brought up the question of what to do with the old one. Plečnik's idea was to change it into an honorary cemetery for esteemed Slovenians, but the idea was not realised. Instead, right on the verge of the old cemetery they arranged Navje as a modest solution for the abandoned the old cemetery. In 1936, Plečnik ran the arrangement of the arcade vestibule, the so-called 'Slovenian pantheon' with the tombstones of deserving Slovenians and placed four columns at the end of the park and thus concluded the image. There was neither point nor money to do more, because the Baraga seminary was intended to be built at that time in the direct vicinity, which you will see soon. The memorial park was named Navje according to the old Slavic tradition.

The winding paths around the seminary
Now leave the city of the dead and head back towards the living. But the bends are not over yet. Here, you have to be careful where and when to turn. And it will be so until the end of this route. If you still can't find your way, the first solution is to examine a detailed map of the city, and the second is to ask for directions from a local passer-by. OK?
After Vilharjeva cesta Road, head right and then only after a few tens of metres another right onto Valjhunova ulica Street. You will spot the round building of the Baraga seminary (today's Pioneer House - Pionirski dom), another work of Plečnik in Ljubljana. Circle it in counter-clockwise direction and return along the same way to Vilharjeva cesta Road. The Baraga seminary was built according to Plečnik's designs between 1936 and 1941 for the requirements of a seminary of the Roman Catholic Church. The four-storey building was built according to the Roman Coliseum and Angel Castle. The ground plan was planned in the shape of a circle, made up of two semi-circles, of which only the southern was built. Today, the building houses the Festival Hall (Festivalna dvorana), Pioneer House (Pionirski dom), Mladinsko Theatre and a student house.
At the end of Vilharjeva cesta Road, turn right, but only go as far as the pedestrian traffic lights crossing, where you cross Dunajska cesta Road and slip onto Livarska ulica Street. Oh, no! This is a one-way street – and you are heading in the wrong direction. So, what now? Well, you'll have to walk. To go on riding the bike would be inappropriate and dangerous, so hop off and walk along the pavement past the Turkish embassy to the end of the street, where you can hop back on the bike and paddle right to Parmova ulica Street. That was not very far, was it?
On Parmova ulica Street, continue to the traffic lights at Drenikova ulica Street, turn left and head on the bike lane under the railway to the next traffic lights, where you turn right.

Šiška and the Church of St. Francis of Assisi
Now, you are already in Šiška and close to the next goal, so head on through Verovškova Street to the mighty Church of St. Francis of Assisi , which you will spot on the left side. Plečnik designed the church according to his own plan for the Church of Holy Jesus' Heart in Prague, which was built in 1922. The one in Šiška is some five years younger. Distinctive is the image of the bell tower with storeys , over which a roof rises. The interior of the church is also extraordinary. The central area is encircled by brick columns; the main altar was moved away from the wall and completed by two side altars on the sides. Plečnik added new elements to the church even later and after the Second World War arranged a chapel, baptistery and vestry.

Back to the centre
From Šišenska Church – which is another name for the Church of St. Francis in Šiška – quickly head towards the centre of Ljubljana. Head back on the same route to Drenikova Street, cross it at the traffic lights crossing and proceed on Veroškova to Gasilska cesta Road. There, turn right and cycle to the traffic lights, where you cross Celovška cesta Road and turn left on the other side. Barely one hundred metres after the traffic lights, you will see a stone church on the right. That is the Church of St. Bartholomew, the oldest preserved church in Ljubljana. This is why it is also called the Old Church . It was first mentioned in 1308. In 1370, the peace treaty between the Republic of Venice and the Habsburgs was signed in it. Some two hundred years ago, it burnt down and was rebuilt several times. It lost its importance with the construction of the new church of St. Francis of Assisi, which you visited a short while ago. During the years prior to the Second World War, Plečnik had removed all of its roughcast, completed the colonnade stand at the back side and a stairway by the church. Before continuing, take a look at the typically designed street lamp by the stairway. Then go straight past Tivoli Park on the bike route to the city centre, which you reach at Delavski dom (Worker's House). Turn left there onto Tivolska cesta Road, which takes you to the crossroads with Slovenska cesta Road (at Bavarski dvor Square) and head towards Telekom (straight ahead) to the next crossing, where you turn right onto Miklošičeva ulica Street around the large brick building. This corner palace, now the home of the insurance company Zavarovalnica Triglav, is also one of Plečnik's works.

The palace of the insurance company Vzajemna (today Triglav)
It was built between 1928 and 1930 for the needs of the insurance company Vzajemna and is of rather distinct shape. It has a dual façade: the lower part up to the second storey is made of stone and the upper of brick. The main entrance, which is on the corner, leads to the oval hallway, from where the famous marble stairway rises. The courtyard façade is different from the exterior. It has a series of balconies, which are used as outer hallways.

The palace of the Chamber of Commerce
Take Miklošičeva and head south past the judicial palace, after which turn right to the central crossroads at Ajdovščina. On the marked bike lanes, wriggle your way past Figovec Inn towards Nebotičnik (Skyscraper). At the end of the platform at Figovec Inn, turn right to the park and behind this building, Slavija, which houses the Ministry of the Interior, turn left onto Stefanova ulica Street. You can ride the bike straight on the path, which leads over the greens. Then, do not go straight onto Beethovnova ulica Street, because it is one-way in the opposite direction, but right towards Stefanova and the National Gallery. But only to the next crossing, where you turn left and cycle along Župančičeva ulica Street past the ministries to Cankarjeva cesta Road. The Opera House is ahead, Tivoli on the right and Ljubljana Castle to the left, although you cannot see the latter from this point yet. This is where Plečnik envisioned a promenade, which would link Ljubljana Castle with Tivoli Castle. For this purpose, he arranged Jakopič Promenade at Tivoli, whereas on the other end the Triple Bridge was already built. Everything in between still had to be completed. Turn left before the Opera and you will reach Beethovnova ulica Street once again along Cankarjeva. On the other side of the crossroads is the palace of the former Chamber of Commerce (Beethovnova 10), which is now the home of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia . The palace was built in 1884. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was bought by the Chamber of Trade, Craft and Industry, which renovated it in 1927 according to Plečnik's plans. He, in cooperation with France Tomažič, designed one of the most original interiors in Ljubljana.

Designed streets
Head towards Nama (which is straight ahead on Tomšičeva) and you will quickly reach Slovenska cesta Road, where you carefully continue to the traffic lights crossing (right direction) on the marked bike lane at the intersection with Šubičeva ulica Street. Careful here, because there are a lot of pedestrians. Directly in front of us is the next Plečnik's building – the former Ursuline Grammar School, today's Jože Plečnik Grammar School . It was built between 1938 and 1947. Diagonally to the left over the crossroad, you can see Zvezda Park , also one of Plečnik's works. Cross it somewhat diagonally, so that you reach Kongresni trg (Congress Square) and Vegova ulica Street. Congress Square , which you've just passed, was up until recently used as a car park, but now it once again shines in all of its glory. The surface was restored according to Plečnik's original idea which moved the parking spaces underground to a multi-storey car park under the square.
Ahead is Vegova ulica Street, also a place where Plečnik left his mark. Firstly, in 1929 he set up an obelisk at Trg francoske revolucije (French Revolution Square) in honour of Napoleon and the time of the Illyrian provinces. And in 1932, he built terraces with monuments to deserving musicians in front of the Glasbena matica building (to the left). When building the National and University Library (NUK) in 1937, he did something similar. Namely, on the remains of the city walls, he set up monuments to distinguished Slovenian linguists .

NUK – the most important Plečnik's work in Slovenia
In the middle of Vegova ulica Street, between Glasbena matica and NUK, turn to Turjaška ulica Street. It was named after the Auersperg family (Turjačani in Slovenian), who had their mansion here. Unfortunately, the earthquake in 1895 damaged it so severely that it had to be torn down. In its place, the National and University Library was built according to Plečnik's designs. This is the large building to the right. It was built between 1936 and 1941 and is generally considered the most important work of Plečnik in Slovenia. The extraordinary façade in the combination of brick and stone was designed according to Italian masters. The interior hides the mighty and famous staircase made of black Podpeč marble, which leads to the main reading room. The impression is supplemented by efficient details: from the front door knobs to chandeliers, windows, furniture, etc. There are guided tours on Saturdays.

Past Križanke to Mirje
Below NUK, turn right onto Gosposka ulica Street, where you are almost in front of the City Museum and Križanke. Along the way you can admire the statute of Moses above the side entrance to NUK on the eastern part of the building. It looks as if he is floating in the air which is due to the optical illusion; it appears so, because there is no pedestal. Of course Plečnik's fingers were also involved with the statute. And not only here... A little further ahead from the City Museum is Križanke – the seat of the German chivalry order, which moved to Ljubljana already mid 13th century. After the Second World War, the monks were evicted and the building was thoroughly renovated between 1952 and 1956. The renovation was entrusted to Plečnik, who with his students arranged there a summer theatre in the large courtyard. The Summer Festival takes place every year at Križanke. Go up Trg francoske revolucije (the French Revolution Square) past the Napoleon obelisk, then turn left to Emonska cesta Road and cross Zoisova cesta Road , which is from where you are standing and to the Ljubljanica (left) arranged according to Plečnik's idea.
Emonska cesta Road leads past the chapel with the famous dark statue of the Mother of God in Trnovo to the crossroads with Mirje Street. Turn right there and you will find yourselves upon the remains of the Roman wall of ancient Emona, as Ljubljana was called then. Immediately to the right – behind the walls – you can see the foundations of antique houses. A little further ahead is the crossing with Barjanska cesta Road and you can see the high walls on the other side, which once defended Emona from Barbarian incursions. Not only the wall, there were also two moats with the same task. The moats were subsequently filled up – this is the very dyke you are riding along and the wall, which was severely damaged, was reconstructed in the late 19th century by the archaeologist Schmidt from Graz and was finally renovated by Plečnik during the 1920s and 1930s. He designed the entire area as an archaeological park , and because of the obstacle, which the wall presented upon the spreading of the city, he arranged passages in it. Along Mirje, he envisioned a promenade of slender poplar trees, which no longer exists today.

Birch Bridge
Keep by the wall to the traffic lights crossing, then turn left and head to the next traffic light crossing on the lovely Groharjeva ulica Street, where turn left again. On your right is the River (more of a stream) Gradaščica and in the distance you can see the mighty Trnovo Church of St. John the Baptist and the famous Plečnik's Trnovo Bridge , where birch trees grow. It was built between 1929 and 1932. Its distinctions are pyramids in the shape of bells, massive fence with the sculpture of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of Trnovo Church and the already mentioned birch trees. The bridge is rather wide and the promenade on it gives the impression that it is in fact a square. This is exactly what Plečnik was going for, because the space in front of the church was rather small. He widened it above the Gradaščica and arranged a market on the acquired land. Left of the church is Karunova ulica Street. The first house on it, directly behind the church, is Plečnik's house , where the master lived from 1921 until his death in 1957. Today, it houses the Plečnik's Museum.

And to Prule
Once you have seen Plečnik's house, take Karunova ulica Street towards south (over the bumps) and you will reach Ziherlova ulica Street. There, turn left and carefully proceed straight towards the Ljubljanica. The street is narrow and usually cramped with parked vehicles. The 'straight' part is not exactly straight – better think zigzag. Once you reach the Ljubljanica, turn right and cross it over the bridge by the roundabout. From the centre of the bridge, there's the lovely view of Plečnik's arrangement of the banks of the Ljubljanica. On the other side of the bridge, turn left. Now you are in Prule at Grudnovo nabrežje Embankment. On this road, you could simply speed off to the next destination, but the old part of Prule, Žabjak , is so picturesque that it would be a shame to miss it. So turn right at Merosoden trg Square and then turn left at the first street. Continue zigzaging through Žabjak until you reach Gruber Palace (today the Slovenian Archives) along Zvezdarska ulica Street. At the traffic lights for pedestrians cross Karlovška cesta Road and you will find yourselves at Levstikov trg Square.

Levstikov trg Square and Old Ljubljana
This used to be St. Jacob Square named after the mighty Church of St. Jacob. Between 1926 and 1927, Plečnik enclosed the central part of the square with stone balls , which summarize the symbolism of the rosary and a promenade of globe Norway maple trees. He separated the direct surroundings of the church from the rest of the square with a line of slender poplar trees. At Mary's Pillar at the front part of the market, he changed the pedestal of the sculpture with a new, higher one, which he designed in 1938. He moved the Baroque stone well to the back of the square.
To get to the next destination, head back on Stiška ulica Street (left), and then right to Gallusovo nabrežje Embankment. On it, cycle along the Ljubljanica to the Shoemaker's Bridge – surely you have already guessed – made by Plečnik. It was built between 1931 and 1932 and it replaced the older cast iron bridge. It was named after the shoemakers that used to have their workshops and stands on it. Before them, the bridge belonged to the butchers. For hygienic purposes, they were moved lower already in 1614, approximately to where the central market is today. The route does not take you to the Shoemaker's Bridge, but leads you straight along the Ljubljanica across Cankarjevo nabrežje Embankment all the way to the Triple Bridge , the last Plečnik's masterpiece you will see today. As it was already mentioned before, let us mention it again: the Triple Bridge was built between 1929 and 1932, when Plečnik added on each side of the central stone bridge another one for pedestrians and by doing so created in Ljubljana an exceptional architectural monument.

You have almost reached the final destination, which is Prešeren Square. All you would have to do now is cross the Triple Bridge and the circle would be complete. But this can wait, and it's best if you head for that promised Sunday lunch. There are one or two more than suitable inns right in the vicinity of the city hall. And a little way away...

Arcades – the roofed market 1940–1942
One of the greatest impacts that Plečnik left on Ljubljana are the arcades at the central market. The Arcades, named also Markets, were built according to Plečnik's designs between 1940 and 1942. They were meant to be a part of the monumental city space, so they were designed in classical style. The arcades form a series, which stretches on the Ljubljanica's right bank from the Triple Bridge to Zmajski most (Dragon Bridge). The component parts of the series are: pavilion, roofed staircase and temple. Two levels were foreseen: the upper level at the height of today's Adamič Lundrovo nabrežje Embankment and the lower storey at the regulation above the level of the Ljubljanica. Shops were planned at the upper level in the arcades and a market promenade on the lower. Plečnik linked the two levels with spiral staircases. For the centre of the composition, he envisioned a covered bridge over the Ljubljanica, which was never built. In its place there is the modern Butchers' Bridge as of 2010.

Peglezen (Iron) 1932–1934
In the beginning of the 1930s, Plečnik designed the plan to arrange Vodnikov trg Square and to renovate the city hall at the neighbouring Krekov trg Square. Here, he wanted to take advantage of the lengthy triangular space between Poljanska cesta Road and Kapiteljska ulica Street, which came to existence after the demolition of the previous building (earthquake in 1895). The plan for the arrangement of the square was never adopted, but the plan for the triangular-shaped building was assumed by the head of the city construction office, Matko Prelovšek, who commissioned the construction of this business-residential building. The two-storey building has a very interesting design to it. The storeys differ among themselves and the front part is adorned by a small winter garden. In front of the frontal side, Plečnik put up a high wooden flag pole, which he coloured red, white and blue.

Croatian Square (Hrvatski trg) 1938–1939
The square was initially named St. Peter Square and renamed to Croatian Square in 1910. The central part first included a park, which Plečnik organized in a oval shape with diagonal and circular path. On the southwest side, a stand was placed and the monument to the fallen soldiers of the First World War was moved to the south side.

The Ljubljanica Gates 1939–1945
Because of the new arrangement of the Ljubljanica banks, whose architecture required a permanent height of the water level, Plečnik designed a plan to build the river gates. Here, he took after the Antique models, old Egyptians, Greeks and Etruscans. The gates were finished only in 1945.

Žale 1937–1940
Instead of designing a regular mortuary, Jože Plečnik constructed several separate chapels in the park in front of the cemetery. The entrance is a combination of the building with two wings and a peristyle in the middle, which divides the city of the living and the city of the dead. The most interesting is the Chapel of St. Andrew, whose form reminds of a Roman spa.

Central Stadium (Bežigrad Stadium) 1925–1939
It was built by order of the Catholic gym society Orli (Eagles) and used for physical exercise programmes, gymnastic performances and mass rallies. Plečnik enclosed the irregular shape of the land with a brick wall and put up a large colonnade stand in front of the entrances on the eastern side. He enhanced the western entrance with a high wall. The seats at the arena were constructed gradually. At the time of the Eucharistic congress in 1935, the honorary stands were built in the western section in the axis of the arena and a symbolic column with a wind rose in the south.

Navje 1936
Originally this was the central cemetery of Ljubljana. When it became too small, the location of the new one at Žale was determined and the old cemetery was abandoned. Plečnik envisioned a memorial park at the old cemetery for all noted Slovenians, but the project was never realised. Instead, he and the architect Ivo Spinčič arranged only a minor part of the memorial park and set up the tombstones to twenty deserving Slovenians. Most of the tombstones is set up in an open staircase, arcade hallway, which is called 'the Slovenian pantheon'. What remains of the old cemetery are only a few graves of deserving Slovenians and the grave of Plečnik's parents.

Baraga Seminary (Academic College) 1938–1942
Plečnik designed the plans already in 1936. The building was designed as an structure having a round ground plan with transversal tract. Plečnik drew inspiration for this shape from the Coliseum and the Castle of the Holy Angel in Rome. Construction began in 1938, but only the southern semi-circle was built before the Second World War. Due to lack of funding, Plečnik was forced to a number of rationalisations and eventually even gave up on authorship. The northern semi-circle was therefore never built. The building was also never used as a seminary.

Church of St. Francis of Assisi (Church in Šiška) 1925–1928
The designs for the church were commissioned at Plečnik by the Franciscans of Ljubljana already in 1924. Plečnik skilfully drew from experience, which he obtained by designing the church in Prague; although here – compared to the church in Prague – he decided to emphasise the central part of the building and completely differently design the bell tower. There is only one bell tower, erected symmetrically alongside the church so that it is connected in the central construction body and barely interferes with the square ground plan height. Construction began in the autumn of 1925 and the bell tower was additionally built before 1931. The interior design of the church was rather slow. At first, only simpler versions of the main altar, side altars and pulpit were installed. It is interesting that Plečnik set up the entire altar section to the central square of the nave, therefore in the area for the churchgoers, which was not very common in those days. Before 1937, they placed the chandeliers and later the column with the eternal light. After the war, Plečnik completed the main altar and built the equipment for the vestry, chapel and baptistery in the 1950s.

The Old Church in Šiška 1933–1936
The Church of St. Bartholomew is the oldest preserved church in Ljubljana. It was built already before the 11th century and was first noted in records in 1308. Protestant rituals took place in it in the 16th and 17th centuries. It burnt down in 1825 and several restorations followed; the last one between 1933 and 1936 under Plečnik's guidance. The entire façade was removed then so that the stone walls became visible; a colonnade stand was added behind the church and a staircase with a specially designed street lamp next to the church.

Insurance company Vzajemna (today Triglav) 1928–1930
The insurance company Vzajemna was a Slovenian insurance company, which modelled itself upon the most advanced European insurance companies of that time. Management commissioned the plans for the new management building to Plečnik, who mainly entrusted the designs to his pupil France Tomažič. Plečnik only designed the façade. But it is the façade, which has built-in materials exclusively from Slovenian origin that is something special. It has namely included numerous symbols, which signify the activity that takes place in the building. The stone part of the ground floor and stones on the façade tell a familiar story: Stone on a stone makes a palace. The columns on the balconies have two coats (instead of one which is more common) and resemble the wheat ear and tell: Grain to a grain makes a pie. The brick columns on the façade have exceptionally emphasised clefts among horizontal lines so that they resemble columns made of coins and repeat the well-known saying 'penny to penny...'. The monumental entrance, which continues through the hallway to the mighty staircase is facing the railway station, that is, towards the clients (farmers and craftsmen), who came to Ljubljana with the train and to whom the insurance company was intended for.

The building of the Supreme Court (the former Chamber of Trade, Craft and Industry) 1925–1927
The interior decoration along the adaptation of the older building for the needs of the chamber. The building has an interesting interior windy staircase, which is recognized as one of the most beautiful in Ljubljana.

Jože Plečnik Grammar School (before Ursulines Grammar School) 1939–1947
The main front is facing north, which means that it is for the large part of the day in the shade. This is why Plečnik made it more vibrant with graphic textures of different roughcasts. The portal is designed like a wrinkle on the façade, which does not interrupt the façade raster, but frames the window above the entrance. The ground floor is intended for restaurants and bars, which was preserved until today. In 1966, the architect Edo Ravnikar completed it and finished its front.

Zvezda Park and Congress Square 1928–1940
The square was already a partially open space in Baroque period. This is the place where there was the moat in front of the walls of Emona in Roman times. On the edge was a Capuchin monastery, and thus the square was named Capuchin Square. The monastery was dissolved with the emperor's decree already in 1782 and later demolished. For the needs of a congress of the Holy Alliance, which took place in Ljubljana in 1821, the square was enlarged and as a reminder of the congress named Congress Square. After the congress, parking spaces were also organised, which obtained the name zvezda (star) because of the starry symmetrical line of the path. In 1928, Plečnik took on the rearrangement of the park. He suggested planting plane trees, a more geometrically correct distribution of trees and narrowing of paths. The idea was partially executed: a weather hut was put up in 1938 where Vegova ulica Street ends at the Square and plane trees replaced the former ones only in June 1940. In 1954, a low stone pedestal with a large ship anchor was set up, which symbolises the joining of Primorska to Slovenia. Opposite Kazina stands the memorial of the women's demonstrations, which were organised during the Italian occupation of Ljubljana in 1943. Plečnik put up the monument the following year.

Vegova ulica Street 1932–1947
Plečnik envisioned Vegova ulica Street, which is named after Jurij Vega, as a cultural axis, where the University, former Real Gymnasium, Glasbena matica, Music School and National and University Library are situated, and which links the Church in Trnovo (via Emonska cesta Road), French Revolution Square, Congress Square, Zvezda Park and the planned Southern Square, which was never built. Plečnik remodelled the street gradually. He began by renewing the façade of Glasbena matica in 1932 and then started to deepen the street. He designed the park on the remains of the wall from the Middle Ages on the eastern side of the street, which was somewhat raised and follows from the building of the University of Ljubljana past NUK to French Revolution Square, where it ends with a monument to Simon Gregorčič. The park is surrounded by monuments of devoted cultural creators – composers in front of Glasbena matica, and linguists in front of NUK. By planting tall slender poplar trees and lower globe Norway maple trees, Plečnik additionally divided the street ambience and visually connected Congress Square and French Revolution Square.

National University Library (NUK) 1936–1941
The library, as an institution, was founded in 1774, when the empress Maria Theresa ordered that the books rescued from the fire of the abandoned Jesuit college be dedicated for general use. The Lyceum library was established at Vodnikov trg Square and the books were intended for the public. The library received the mandatory copy of all newspapers from the area of Carniola. Later it was renamed into Country and after the First World War into National Study Library. With the establishment of the University of Ljubljana in 1919, it took over the role of the central university library. The library became ever smaller and the expansion of the activity to the premises of the today's Poljane Grammar School did not solve the problem. Therefore it was decided in 1927 that a new library was needed and the project was entrusted to the architect Plečnik. He envisioned the library in Tivoli, but this was never realised. The new suggested location was by Turjaška ulica Street at the location of the Renaissance Auersperg Mansion, which was ruined in the earthquake of 1895. Plečnik designed the plans for the new University library in 1930 and 1931, although it was built only in 1941. It was designed as a four-storey building with two internal courtyards. The ground plan is of irregular square shape, which adapts to the space at disposal. The building has over 8,000 square metres of surface and can receive up to 240,000 units of printed material.

Križanke 1952–1956
The arrangement of the complex of the former monastery of German monks was the last major work of Plečnik. He did it at the age of eighty. No one could come up with a decent plan for the abandoned monastery until Plečnik suggested that the large courtyard should be arranged into an open-air theatre. He repaved the courtyard and added arcades to the old façade in the form of theatre boxes.

French Revolution Square 1929
The arrangement of the square and setting up of Napoleon obelisk. This is one of the rare monuments dedicated to Napoleon in the world. Napoleon established the Illyrian Provinces from 1809 until 1813 in the area of today's Slovenia, Croatia, Istria, Dalmatia, Goriška region and part of Carinthia and Tyrol. He thus cut off Austria from the Adriatic sea and set up a land connection with the Ottoman empire. The capital of Illyrian Provinces was Ljubljana. Illyrian Provinces were not part of the French Empire, but were completely subordinate to it. The French authority introduced civil law, encouraged the development of science and technology and above all introduced Slovenian as the official language. This greatly contributed to the rise of national awareness of Slovenians, which is why Napoleon was not seen in Slovenia as the oppressor, but rather as a saviour from the Austrians. When examining the monument in his honour, one also has to take into account this point of view.

Roman wall at Mirje 1926–1938
The defence wall of the Roman Emona, which had been decaying for almost two millennia at the verge of the city, was primarily restored by the Viennese archaeologist Schmidt, who did not go into detail architectonic arrangements. His work was completed by Jože Plečnik, who upgraded the wall and arranged several openings in the wall – doors, through which he connected both parts of Ljubljana, divided by the wall. The moat on the outer side of the wall was filled up and a road was made on it. He also envisioned a tree promenade, which was never implemented. Plečnik adorned the door with a colonnade or pyramids and arranged a lapidarium in the tower along the lines. The door does not resemble the original Roman door, but is an original Plečnik's idea.

Trnovo Bridge 1929–1932
Emonska cesta Road and Trnovo Bridge were once the only land connection of Trnovo and Krakovo with the enclosed inner city. At the banks of the Ljubljanica, Zoisov graben Ditch separated the two from the city. The predecessors of the modern bridge were wooden and narrow. In 1932, a new cast iron bridge was built, which still stands today. It is twenty metres wide, coated with Podpeč limestone on the sides; at the ends of the planks four low pyramids are set up. The middle of the eastern plank is adorned by a slender obelisk, opposite which is a sculpture of St. John the Baptist, the work of the sculptor Nikolaj Pirnat. The birch tree promenade, which is planted on the bridge, is an urban peculiarity compared to other bridges in Europe and worldwide.

Plečnik's house 1924–1930
After returning home from abroad in 1921, Plečnik moved to the single-storey house in Trnovo at Karunova 4, to which he added on the west side a cylindrical extension during 1923-1925 and after purchasing the neighbouring house in 1929 also a winter garden on the south side. This is where the master lived until his death in 1957. Plečnik's house at Karunova 4 and 6 with original inventory and lapidarium is today a museum.

The arrangement of the Ljubljanica banks between Trnovo and Prule 1929–1945
The arrangement of the banks of the Ljubljanica began after the earthquake in 1985. It was then that the Graz architect Keller arranged the bed of the Ljubljanica from Novi trg (New Square) to the Triple Bridge. The work was halted because of the First World War and later continued under the guidance of Plečnik. The arrangement took place from 1929 to 1945, when the gates were put up at Ambrož Square. Plečnik's arrangement begins at Špica and continues towards the centre. It is made up of stone embankments, stairs and terraces with a path. In the area of the bed (through the centre), Plečnik adjusted the terraces to the disposable space, so they are trapped between concrete walls. Along with the arrangement of the embankments, he designed the bridges over the Ljubljanica and the arrangement of the banks of the Gradaščica.

Levstikov trg Square (former St. Jacob Square) and Zoisova cesta Road 1926–1927
One of the first works of Plečnik in Ljubljana. The arrangement of tree promenades, a fountain, Mary's sculpture (only in 1938), the Zois pyramid and pedestrian areas. Along with the square, he arranged Zoisova cesta Road, where a moat was previously located.

Shoemaker's Bridge 1931–1932
Shoemaker's Bridge is at a place, where three city squares come together, i.e. the Old, the Town and the New Square. The so-called Upper Bridge was set up here already in the Middle Ages. The width of the bridge enabled trading and butchers settled on it. So it became known as the Butcher's Bridge. The butchers simply tossed leftovers from meat processing into the Ljubljanica. This was unhygienic, so the butchers were moved in 1614 lower down the river below the Church of St. Nicholas and the shoemakers were brought to this bridge. From then on, the bridge is known as Shoemaker's Bridge. In 1867, the old wooden bridge was replaced with a cast iron one, made at Dvor. At the end of the 1920s and the beginning of the 1930s, Plečnik drew the plans for a new concrete bridge, which would restore the appearance of the old Shoemaker's Bridge with the stands. It was built in 1931. The old, cast iron bridge was relocated to the new location in Moste.

Triple Bridge 1929–1932
The famous bridge, the symbol of Ljubljana, created by Plečnik. There had been a bridge crossing over the Ljubljanica at this very place already in the Middle Ages. This was the very first bridge in Ljubljana that did not date back in the Antiquity. The bridges were constantly restored over the centuries. By the beginning of the 19th century, they were all wooden. Only in 1842, the previous wooden Špital Bridge, which was worn down, was replaced with a new stone one. This bridge was firm and the catastrophic earthquake of 1895, when a large part of Ljubljana was in ruins, barely damaged it. But it became too narrow. A tram also crossed the Ljubljanica on it, so it was decided to somehow widen it. The task was entrusted to Plečnik. He managed to preserve the old bridge and he made two new bridges, one left and one right to the old bridge intended only for pedestrians. He designed all three in the same fashion, decorated them with massive pillar fencing from artificial stone and connected them with the lower regulation above the level of the Ljubljanica.

Sokol Inn, Ciril-Metodov trg 18
Type: inn. Gastronomic offer: traditional (Slovenian) dishes, venison, mushroom dishes, homemade beer – dark and light. Distinguishing features: old-fashioned ambience.

The winery Gospodarsko razstavišče (Svarunov hram) – Jurček Pavilion, Dunajska cesta 18
Type: winery, inn. Gastronomic offer: selected wines, Slovenian cuisine.

Piramida Inn, Celovška 18, Ljubljana
Type: inn, pizzeria. Gastronomic offer: snacks, lunches, pizzas.

Piazza Pizza Restaurant, Parmova 51
Type: inn, pizzeria. Gastronomic offer: Italian cuisine, international cuisine, pizzas, snacks. Distinguishing features: lovely ambience, which resembles old Italian towns.

Guliver Inn, Vilharjeva 43
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Trnovo Bridge
The wooden bridge collapsed due to putridity on 3 May 1875. When the accident occurred, the cabman tore down the plank and fell from the horse with the lady, who was on the carriage, into the river. On the western side of the bridge, there was a bathing area for horses until the regulation of the Gradaščica. The horses from the city were driven across the water and bathed, especially on Sunday mornings. The farmers, who rode light carriages on the way for hay and rowen, did not normally cross the bridge, but went with the cattle and carriages into the Gradaščica so that the horses were watered and cooled off. From both banks, two steep streets were leading to the water, which are nowadays filled up. In the area of the former street in front of the Trnovo vicarage, a small park was designed according to Plečnik's plans. Today, bust statues of four Slovenian Impressionist painters are there.

The insurance company Vzajemna
Two other sayings, which speak of money, are hidden in the number of gold coins, which make up the columns on the façade of the building. Each column is on the level of a storey made up of two columns: the one alongside the window has 28 brick layers, the lower one at the parapet 10. There is a cylinder in between made of stone. The 28 gold coins in the column pillar tell the tale: Money rules the world! The ten gold coins in the bottom row signify: With gold one can obtain love.

Zvezda Park
The upper part of the park (by Slovenska cesta Road), which was at the time of Roman Emona a burial ground, was arranged in the 1960s by the architect Anton Bitenc. In 1966, he placed here one of the most important preserved monuments from the Roman period in our country – a gilded statute of a Roman citizen from the 4th century, which was discovered in 1836 when excavating foundations for the nearby building Kazina.

Napoleon's obelisk
When French Revolution Square was arranged according to Plečnik's plans (at the time it was named Valvasorjev trg Square), a monument was also put up in honour of Napoleon made of white Hvar marble. The mayor of that time, Dr. Dinko Puc, ceremoniously placed a special tin box in the cavity of the lower stone block of Napoleon's obelisk, which contained the ashes of a French soldier from the burial ground at Nadgorica near Črnuče, who lost his life for his emperor and our freedom. The stone has a brief French inscription facing Rimska cesta Road. The stone cutters built up the niche and placed upon it the following tilled stone blocks. At the grand opening (10 October 1929), Vegova ulica Street was adorned with 70 maypoles. The French minister was present and the French anthem was also played at the opening. The solemn speech was broadcasted on the radio and there was a sound system in place for those present. On the wall of the Bishop's Palace, where Napoleon stayed on 28 April 1797, a plaque was put up in memory of this event. The price of the complete monument cost 154,000 dinars of the time. For comparison: a copy of the newspaper Slovenski narod cost 1 dinar and a litre of finer wine at a wine shop 10 dinars.

There are no peculiarities along the route, which would require special emphasis. Because the route takes place mostly on roads, where cyclists ride with other traffic, normal caution is required.
At one-way Livarska ulica Street it is not permitted to ride the bike in the opposite direction.