Ižanska cesta 15 1000 Ljubljana
Even during hot summer months, Ljubljana has many cool spots to offer. Ljubljana Botanic Garden is a green oasis located just a stone-throw away from the city centre. We invite you to escape from the urban bustle and relax in the cool shade of diverse vegetation from all over the world.
Established in 1810, the Ljubljana Botanic Gardens are Slovenia's oldest cultural, scientific and educational institution operating uninterruptedly since its foundation.
The Gardens contain more than 4,500 different species and subspecies. One third of them are endemic to Slovenia, while the rest originate from other parts of Europe and other continents.
The Gardens, collaborating with more than 270 botanical gardens worldwide, are involved in scientific research and educational activities. They play an important role in the growing and protection of Slovenia's endemic, endangered, vulnerable and rare species.
- 1 April - 31 October: 7:00-19:00 daily
- 1 November - 31 March: 7:00-17:00 daily
- June till August: 7:00-20:00 daily
University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana; Photo: J.Bavcon
You can visit Botanic Gardens:
On foot or by bike:
The most beautiful walkway and bicycle path from Prešeren square to the Botanic Garden is along the right bank of the river Ljubljanica. It is also an excellent opportunity for sightseeing. No matter whether you arrive by bike, on foot or by boat, at Špica cross the footbridge and the only thing between you and the entrance to the Botanic Garden will be the road Ižanska cesta. At Špica, there is also a BicikeLj (bicycle) station.
On foot from main train and bus station:
If you come to Ljubljana by train or by bus, on the main bus station change to the city bus.
On foot from Ljubljana Castle:
Go in the direction of Dolenjska cesta and cross Karlovški most (bridge). The Garden is on your right.
Instead of a pleasant walk, you can also choose to view the city from the surface of river Ljubljanica. Water Trail begins at harbor Ribji trg (Fish Market) on Cankarjevo nabrežje (Cankar Quay; near Tromostovje - the Triple Bridge), passing under Čevljarski most (the Shoemakers’ Bridge) and Šentjakobski most (the Saint Jacob’s Bridge) all the way to harbour Špica, where the boat turns around and floats up to Zmajski most (the Dragon Bridge) where it turns again and returns to the harbor at Ribji trg. To view the Botanic Garden, exit at Špica. For any additional information contact the Tourist Information Centre Ljubljana-TIC or ask on the boat.
If you are coming by car from the direction of Štajerska (Styria), drive in the direction of Novo Mesto along the eastern section of Ljubljana ring-road, trough tunnel Golovec. Just after the tunnel, the road splits - keep to the right and drive in the direction of Kočevje and Ljubljana-jug. Exit the Ljubljana ring at the Ljubljana-jug (Ljubljana-South) exit. Turn right at the first intersection with traffic lights (towards the city center) on the road Dolenjska cesta. Drive along it up to Karlovški most (Bridge Karlovški) before which you turn right and follow the sign for the Botanic Garden.
If you are coming by car from the Primorska or Gorenjska direction, select the Ljubljana ring-road exit Ljubljana-zahod (Ljubljana-West) and you will find yourself on Tržaška cesta (road). Follow road signs towards the city center. Drive along Tržaška cesta and continue right to the Aškerčeva cesta (road), then Zoisova cesta and Karlovška cesta up to Karlovški most (Bridge Karlovški) after which you turn left and follow the sign for the Botanic Garden.
On the Ljubljana ring-road you can also take the Ljubljana-Center exit. Drive along Barjanska cesta (road), turn right to road Hladnikova cesta, then turn left (towards the castle) on road Ižanska cesta. Continue driving on road Ižanska cesta until you reach the entrance to the Botanic Garden, which is on the right side of the road.
Another option is to drive straight down the Barjanska cesta (road), continue along roads Riharjeva cesta and Kolezijska cesta, then turn right on road Zoisova cesta. Afterwards, follow the Zoisova cesta and continue on Karlovška cesta until you reach Karlovški most (Bridge Karlovški) after which turn left and follow the signs for the Botanic Garden.
Near the Botanic Garden there is no parking space. You can park on the lawn by the fence, but public parkings are along river Ljubljanica, near Špica, from where you can come to the garden on foot, across the footbridge.
Buses may park at the intersection of roads Hladnikova cesta and Ižanska cesta, opposite the inn Livada.
Ljubljana Botanic Gardens' sections
Arboretum: A part of the Gardens dominated by trees.
Plant System: A section where plants are arranged in the form of the tree of life according to their evolutionary relationships.
Ecological Groups: An area planted mainly with marsh and water species requiring special conditions for growth outside their natural habitat.
Ecological and Geographical Groups: A section where mainly plant species from mountain and karst areas are sorted according to their geographical origin.
Glasshouse: A section housing mainly tropical plant species, which require high air moisture levels and more or less even temperatures throughout the year.
Cultivation Section: A plant bed section used for the research, cultivation and propagation of plants to be transplanted to other parts of the Gardens.