A JUMP THROUGH MOSTEC
Length
10.1
Length 10.1 km
Time needed
01:20
Time needed 01:20
Največja strmina vzpona[%]
33
Greatest slope of the ascent: 33 %
Greatest slope of the descent: 38 %
Average slope of the ascent: 7 %
Length of ascents above 5%: 2.10 km
The lowest point of the route: 300 m
The highest point of the route: 404 m
Difference in altitude: 312 m
Poraba kalorij
4287
Consumption of energy for men: 4287 kJ (1024 kcal)
Consumption of energy for women: 3517 kJ (840 kcal)
Difficulty
Difficulty: Demanding
Quality of the surface
Quality of the surface: Mixture
Primerna obutev: Depending on personal choice
Short description

The running trail leads us via the Rožnik and Šiška hills. The runner runs along macadam tracks and beautiful forest paths, with the exception of the very beginning of the track that begins from the car park located next to the Ljubljana ZOO, and the ascent towards the Cankar Hill. As we are mostly running through the forest, there are not many views from the trail - yet the one from the Cankar Hill is beautiful and worth reaching.
The trail is circular. As suggested by the name of the trail, we also visit the Mostec ski jumping centre.

Course

Parkirišče pri ZOO – gostilna Čad – Cankarjev vrh – Drenikov vrh – Jesenkova pot –Grad Tivoli – Jesenkova pot - Šišenski hrib –Mostec – Trim steza Mostec – parkirišče pri ZOO

The Ljubljana ZOO
The starting point of today's route is the car park located right next to the Ljubljana ZOO. We run along the new cycle and walk way constructed along Večna pot where the Municipality of Ljubljana has assured cyclists and pedestrians a safe passage from the city centre to the ZOO. Upon reaching the Slovenian Forestry Institute, we turn right towards Restaurant Čad . To keep the running from becoming monotonous, we turn left onto a macadam road leading us towards the Cankar Hill. We can shorten the trail by running past the Mary of Lourdes chapel before the restaurant's car park and taking the flight of stairs ascending towards Cesta na Rožnik – the road taking us to the Rožnik Hill .

The Cankar Hill
We reach the hilltop by running past the Church of Mary's from the small slope above the restaurant on the Rožnik hilltop. The view over the Church is also interesting during the winter season . As it is somewhat too soon to take a break in the friendly atmosphere of the Cankar hilltop , we run through the inn's yard, turn right and continue our way along the ridge in the direction of the Drenik Hill. We run past one of the meadows on the Rožnik Hill , and there we are – at the Drenik Hill.

The Šiška Hill
We continue the trail beneath the foot of the Šiška Hill and, having reached the monument to the war for independence , we can turn towards the hilltop adorned with a transmitter standing on the highest point of the regional park. We soon come to a crossroads where the right direction must be chosen . There is a panel facilitating our decision .

The Jesenko trail (the seven-bridges trail) , ,
We join the Jesenko trail and stay on it. We are descending southwards past Šance until we reach the end of the track. There are only tens of metres separating us from the Tivoli Castle where a beautiful view over the park beneath the Castle , the Jakopič tree lined lane, and the Ljubljana Castle opens before our eyes. Pleasant fragrances coming from the coffee shop are tempting, yet driven by our strong will, we rush by. Before reaching the beginning of the Jesenko trail, we cross the tree lined lane leading to the Ilirija outdoor gym. Once above the meadow that in winter turns into a sledding area for children, we run towards the Cekin Castle, the Tivoli Hall, and the Bellevue Hotel where the trail turns towards the Mostec recreational centre .

The Šiška Hill
Running along the Šiška Hill , is pleasant, therefore we can make the most of the opportunity to have a look at the "exhibit items" of the Jesenko trail , , , . Once we are next to the tower of the former ski jump at Galetovo in Šiška , the trail begins to descend towards the valley and the ski jumps in Mostec, making it possible to slightly accelerate our running pace.

Mostec
The view over the group of plastic-coated ski jumps , of the Mostec ski jumping centre that we reach when running down from the Šiška Hill, is beautiful in itself.
As we have to follow the running trail of the day, there is no time to join the group of ski jumpers standing next to the ski jumps, yet alone test our abilities on one of the ski jumps, although we are true "masters" of jumping. Instead, we will simply remain the jumpers' supporters and admire their courage at the top of the ski jump tower.
We also do not take a break at the refreshment stand of the Mostec sports association , . We quickly run past the recreational centre along the macadam track on its right side .

The trim trail
We reach the new trim trail by running along the road from the Mostec recreational centre and turning left just before reaching Večna pot where we continue in the direction of the Ljubljana ZOO. With our will allowing, we courageously face one of the numerous devices along the trail. There is now merely a kilometre separating us from finishing today's trail . The dusk that may catch up with us represents no obstacle, for the track to the Ljubljana ZOO is entirely illuminated . At the end of the trim trail, we continue running through the forest along the old walking trail connecting the Mostec recreational centre with the Ljubljana ZOO , . We complete the very last part of the trail on the sidewalk along Večna pot.

 

Tivoli
The Tivoli Park with its slopes and an overgrown forest, and the Rožnik and Šiška hills make up the Tivoli Regional Park.
Initial designs for the Tivoli Park were outlined in the period of the Illyrian provinces. The park got its present appearance between 1921 and 1939 (architect Jože Plečnik was in charge of the restoration project), and later in the second half of the 20th century when several sports complexes (the Tivoli Hall, the indoor swimming pool complex with a fitness studio and a bowling court, the boules court, the roller-skating park, the mini-golf course, and tennis and basketball courts) were added to the landscape.
Recreational areas of the park comprise chestnut-tree lanes and other tree lined lanes, the Jakopič tree lined lane (promenade), the pond, the botanical garden, the playground, and numerous fountains, and statues. Yet, one should not forget about the animal and plant species following our steps through the park. The park also hosts an outdoor swimming complex (built in 1929) and the Ilirija gym located in a somewhat remote spot due to the railway running along the edge of the park.
There are also two castles (the Tivoli and the Cekin castles) currently serving different purposes. Namely, the Cekin Castle is home to the National Museum of Contemporary History, whereas the Tivoli Castle now hosts the International Centre of Graphic Arts and a coffee shop.

The Rožnik Hill
The name was already mentioned in the 15th century when it was said to have been grown with vineyards and later with orchards, rather than with a forest.
For a certain period of time, Rožnik served as a shelter for lepers, but with times changing constantly, plague soon brought the better off residents of Ljubljana to the hilltop.
Nowadays, together with the Šiška Hill, Rožnik stands as an excellent recreational area for the residents of Ljubljana and visiting tourists.
The Rožnik Hill (or rather the area below it) is also home to the Ljubljana ZOO.

The Mostec ski jumping centre
Gym devices (outdoor fitness) , the basketball court, the elevator to the in-run of the biggest ski jump , and the building hosting the Ilirija ski jumping club testify to the true character of the recreational centre.
The centre prides itself with its interesting history. Namely, ski jumping in the embrace of the regional park started almost a hundred years ago. In the 1920s, sportsmen jumping from the ski jump at Šance (the Šiška Hill) reached the distance of 6 metres. Engineer Bloudek subsequently prepared a design for a new 33-metre ski jump in the Mostec recreational centre. The latter was soon joined by a smaller, 15-metre ski jump in 1947. They mostly served younger ski jumpers perfecting their skills. However, the 70-metre ski jump at Galetovo (the Šiška Hill above the Gale mansion) was the scene of international ski jumping contests. The last one was organised in 1961, and the ski jump was subsequently left to dilapidate. All that remains of the ski jump is its former tower.
In order to meet their need for year round training, ski jumping workers attempted to build a new plastic-coated ski jump. They succeeded in 1976 when the 30-metre ski jump in the Mostec recreational centre was coated with plastic. However, it too was soon left unattended. Fortunately enough, the idea of establishing a ski and ski jumping centre was brought to light with the establishment of the Ilirija ski and ski jumping club in 1970. An enormous amount of voluntary work was invested into the project, which resulted in four new plastic-coated ski jumps that were built in the Mostec recreational centre in only two years. One of the few ski jumping centres of its kind in Europe was established. The ski jumps in the Mostec recreational centre have a better fate than their predecessors. Namely, the ski jumps are continuously renovated and upgraded, also via significant acquisitions, such as the elevator in 2010.

The Ljubljana ZOO
The Ljubljana ZOO is neither one of the oldest nor the biggest ZOOs. Nonetheless, it does stand as a popular tourist spot in Ljubljana. Its beginnings dates back to the period after the Second World War when animal cages were placed in the centre of Ljubljana. In 1951, the city's authorities found a more suitable location on the south-western part of the Rožnik Hill. This was also the period when the ZOO began to develop at a faster pace until it reached its milestone in 1988 when it started to evolve into a modern ZOO with the emphasis on almost natural living conditions for the animals, as well as on ecology and coexistence of animate and inanimate nature.
The offer is inventively expanded on a regular basis through constant introduction of new products for visitors, especially the youngest ones.
Today, it can be concluded that the course of development was appropriate, as the animals now "live" in a suitable environment, and visitors are content and happy to return, which is also proven by more than 200,000 visitors per year.

The Mostec recreational park
The idyllic environment of the forest in the valley of the Mostec brook beneath Mali Rožnik is a perfect location for spending free time in tranquillity. The adequacy of the location was discovered at the beginning of the previous century when local residents dammed the brook and thus set up a place suitable for "kneipping" that was widely popular at the time.
The recreational character of Mostec has been preserved to the present day. In 1962, the predecessor of what is now known as the Mostec recreational association took the initiative and gradually gave the space the appearance that we now know. The association has its space in the only building in Mostec. Residents of Ljubljana like returning to Mostec where they can enjoy nature and the occasional social events, all of which keep potential boredom away from the area.

The Tivoli Castle
The Tivoli Castle is older than the Cekin Castle. The beginning of the Castle goes back to the 13th century when a tower stood at a spot slightly above the present-day castle. The tower was substituted with a court, which was pulled down and built anew when the building changed its owner in the 17th century. The process would nowadays be called a replacement construction. Throughout its rich history, the building used to serve as a monastery, a hospital, a warehouse, a military post, the residence of the bishop of Ljubljana and the home of Marshall Radetzki; after the Second World War, the castle was home to various city officials and tenants. Following a complete renovation, the castle became home to the International Centre of Graphic Arts.

The Mali Rožnik protected natural site
This is a marsh area and an important habitat for rare animal and plant species. These mostly include amphibians, dragonflies and plants demanding a moist, swamp area for their growth. A peat swamp has developed in the lower part of the marsh.

The Jesenko educational track
The entire educational track runs through the regional park. A visitor walking along the trail gets information about 30 types of trees.

The memorial room at Restaurant Rožnik
Ivan Cankar lived in Restaurant Rožnik from 1909 to 1917. The City Museum of Ljubljana designed a room in his memory.

The Mostec trim trail
The trail is 520 m long and comprises 15 devices. The trail is illuminated making it possible to jog and exercise even in late evening hours . The trim trail was completed in October 2012, replacing the former trail that had to give way as a result of unsettled ownership relations.

Landscape Park Tivoli, Rožnik, Šišenski hrib Hill
The area, proclaimed as the landscape park in 1984, encompasses the city park Tivoli and woody Rožnik and Šišenski hrib Hills. The landscape park, which is an inseparable part of the identity of Ljubljana, measures 500 hectares. This is a protected area in which natural and cultural space elements are preserved and its social and recreational functions are equally important. On the western side of Šišenski hrib Hill, on the area of a former clay pit, a water surface, Koseze Pond, emerged which is an important habitat for some rare and endangered animal species and is one of rare stagnant waters in Ljubljana. On the eastern embankment, a wooden platform for sitting and enjoying beside the water is arranged.

 

Rožnik Inn
Type: inn. Gastronomic offer: homemade dishes, delicious potica (walnut roll) and tea. Distinguishing features: the inn is well-frequented; it has a nice garden and a playground.

Čad Inn
The inn has been here for more than 120 years. Through the years it became a sinonim for grilled delicacies. However guests can indulge also in local delicacies. There is room for groups up to 120 people.

Art Café at the Tivoli Castle
The wonderful views over Ljubljana are enriched by a vast selection of pastries and beverages. A delicious breakfast is also on the menu.

Ivan Cankar and the innkeeper of Restaurant Čad
Ivan Cankar often called in at the restaurant on his way home. It happened that he became weak in the jovial company; that is when the innkeeper put him in a basket and carried him to the Rožnik Hill.