Even during the corona crisis, Slovenia can host events for up to 1500 attendees

Since the corona crisis, Slovenia has seen a significant increase in demand for special venues. At the same time, meeting planners are searching for venues that offer spacious halls to execute events safely. Cankarjev dom and GR-Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre represent the latter in Ljubljana as the main Slovenian meeting destination. The cultural and congress centre Cankarjev dom features 22 halls with an overall surface area of 36,000 m2. An additional venue stands in front of the main hall –  a wonderful park. On the other hand, Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre offer 20 halls and an indoor surface area of 12,323 m2, complemented by 8,844 m2 of outdoor space.

These numbers place Ljubljana among destinations that can host up to 1,500 congress participants even in the event of having to ensure suitable social distance due to the corona crisis.

 

Particularly intriguing is that Slovenia has numerous special venues, which complement the offer of congress centres and hotels. Such venues are suitable for receptions, as well as accompanying events. They can be found in abundance, which we checked in Kongres Magazine’s venue finder. There are almost 200 special venues, placing Slovenia among the leading destinations in the Adriatic region.

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There are several types of special venues in Slovenia. Below, we have listed some of the most prominent categories if you decide to organise your next event in Slovenia.

 

Historical Venues, Castles, Museums

Castles and museums are equally dispersed across Slovenia and complement the offer of major Slovenian meeting destinations. Among the most iconic venues is Bled Castle, suitable for hosting smaller receptions. In the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana Castle has the most developed offer. A very special place in the history of Slovenia, though, is occupied by Brdo Estate, which manages both Brdo and Strmol Castle. This year, the estate is home to most of the protocol events taking place as part of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2021.

Outdoor Venues and Gardens

During corona times, these have been the most sought after venues. Luckily, Slovenia is not short of such venues, which can be found all across the country. In Ljubljana, the open-air venue Križanke is the most popular one. Among other popular locations are golf courses, particularly Cubo Golf Course near Ljubljana, which specialises in events, and golf courses in Lipica and Bled. Another exceptional venue is the Ljubljana Botanical Garden. Various parks fall into this category, including Arboretum Volčji Potok near Ljubljana, the Ferrari Garden in Štanjel and several other locations within Brdo Estate.

Industrial Venues

Industrial buildings are often part of the cultural and technical heritage and represent an intriguing alternative to classic venues. Often, they stand out due to their size and spaciousness. Ljubljana’s industrial hall L56 in Litostroj is among the biggest in the city. Industrial venues can be found in all major cities. In Ljubljana, among the most popular industrial venues are the Old Power Station and the Railway Museum. Maribor is home to the largest wine cellar in this part of Europe, while Velenje is home to a coal mine,  transformed into museum and a special venue.

Natural Attractions

Slovenia is probably one of the rare countries in the world where you can organise events in a breathtaking underground hall constructed by nature. The concert hall in Postojna Cave is the largest underground venue in the world, capable of hosting up to ten thousand attendees. It is renowned for its exceptional acoustics, also suitable for concerts of classical music. The category of natural attractions also encompasses vineyards, found in Goriška Brda or Zlati Grič in Slovenske Konjice.

Special Restaurants and Pubs

There are numerous restaurants specialised in hosting events in Slovenia. Restaurants with wine cellars that have adjusted their offer to congress guests are highly regarded. Such wine cellars are present throughout all Slovenian wine-growing regions. The culinary revolution in Slovenia has caused a boom of restaurants that can also host congress events. In any case, the right address for this part of the offer of venues is members of the Slovenian Convention Bureau, who offer suitable congress capacities.

Sport Venues

For large gatherings, sports facilities that often rent their space for events are a perfect choice. The largest such venue is Arena Stožice, which is the largest space for banquets in Slovenia. It can accommodate 3500 participants in a banquet setting. Slovenians are proud of the ski jumping hill Planica, home to a Nordic centre Planica alongside numerous event venues.

Pop-Up Venues

Pop-up venues in Slovenia have been popular for well over a decade. They enable event organisers the element of surprise when uncovering unusual venues. Many of them have, upon opening, become permanent event locations. In this category, Slovenia offers a sea of options; however, let the locations remain a surprise for now.

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For further information regarding Slovenia’s congress and incentive offer contact:

Slovenian Convention Bureau 

M: +386 51 274 595 

E: jasna.jasic@slovenia-convention.com

W: www.slovenia-convention.com

 

About the Slovenian Convention Bureau

The Slovenian Convention Bureau is a professional intermediary between event planners and clients for services related to Slovenia’s meetings, events, and incentive industry. As a strategic partner of the Slovenian Tourist Board, it will help you find the best solutions and the most suitable partners for your needs.

The Slovenian Convention Bureau is a member-based organisation that focuses on the marketing and promotion of Slovenia as a destination for business events including meetings, incentive travel experiences, conferences, events and exhibitions. It features more than 70 active members from all over Slovenia including hotels, small and large venues, restaurants and the full spectrum of agencies – DMMOs, DMCs, PCOs, team building, experiential, etc.

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