Experience an intimate journey in the footsteps of the visionary master and his great mind and get to know Plečnik's legacy through an experience puzzle for a small group. Embark on a well-rounded trip that follows the trail of Plečnik's plans and visions, and get a special insight into his achievements and countless interesting architectural details.
Ljubljana as seen by the visionary architect
The well-rounded trip takes you along the trail of Plečnik's plans and visions, both on land and on the river. On foot and with a guide you will discover piece by piece one of Europe's greatest architects of the 20th century, who provided Ljubljana its eternal beauty and charm. The guided tour in the centre of Ljubljana provides a special insight into his achievements, his grand vision and countless interesting architectural details. He created a land and water axis with masterpieces that are today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also part of the experience puzzle are special features such as a lesson in Plečnik's cabinet, drinking the Master's favourite coffee in an intimate atrium, counting original candelabras, a new VR experience of hard-to-reach masterpieces, etc.
Master Plečnik is ready to invite you to hidden and lesser-known spaces, to open for you the doors to exclusive locations otherwise inaccessible to the general public, and surprise you with a picnic in the garden of Plečnik House.
What to expect from the experience:
Gathering in front of the Ljubljana Tourist Information Centre.
A guided walk to the first point, from where participants have a view of both the Triple Bridge and the Central Market. Presentation and condensed introduction to Ljubljana, Plečnik, his visual language and experience. Start of the game of counting candelabras and observing Plečnik's details.
The walk continues past the Gerber Stairway, the façade of the Philharmonic and up to the square through the Theatre Stairway.
A stop in Congress Square, where a weather station is situated on Plečnik's land axis.
A stop in front of the Jože Plečnik grammar school, where participants can have a chat with the guide about the building's façade. A climb to the terrace and a photo experience as a tribute to the greats of Ljubljana – Plečnik and his student Ravnikar.
A walk across Congress Square past the Ursuline Church of the Holy Trinity.
The tour continues on the footpath along Musical Avenue, with a stop in front of the Glasbena Matica music association.
A surprise with a letter in front of Plečnik Kiosk, measuring the Napoleon Monument and observing the mistake on the upper part.
A visit to the Infernal Yard and the first stop for coffee and a snack.
A visit to the Faculty of Architecture and a visit to Plečnik's cabinet, with a lesson in the cabinet.
A walk past the Zois Pyramid to Levstik Square, a climb to the Šance fortification and a descent via funicular railway to the other side of Castle Hill.
A walk to the Grain Bridge and boarding an electric boat for a ride on the Ljubljanica River through the city centre, past the Central Market to the River Captains Club.
Disembarking and a walk from the riverbank past the Gradaščica River towards Plečnik House.
A virtual experience of the Grand Reading Room and a short tour of the house.
The tour concludes with a picnic in the garden.
Schedule: every Thursday at 1 p.m.
Location: Ljubljana TIC
Price: EUR 119/person
The price of the tour includes:
guidance by trained guides of the Ljubljana Tourist Board,
a new VR experience of Plečnik's difficult-to-access works,
a picnic in the garden of Plečnik House,
a ride aboard a private boat on the Ljubljanica River,
coffee and a snack in the Križanke Theatre,
a lesson in Plečnik's cabinet at the Faculty of Architecture,
a visit to the terrace of the Jože Plečnik grammar school,
a one-way ride on the castle funicular railway,
a climb to the Šance fortification,
a surprise at the Plečnik Kiosk,
participation in the "Count the Candelabras" prize game, which will take place during the experience,
a small gift for those who comply with the recommended dress code - black,
Plečnik's sketchbook, pencil and his life guidelines,
The architect's original models of unrealised plans are also on display in Plečnik House. Among the most impressive is the avant-garde model for the Slovenian parliament, the Cathedral of Freedom, which, if it had been built, would be the tallest building in the country today, as the tip of its characteristic conical cupola would be 110 metres high.
There is an unwritten rule that architects, like some visual creators and artists, wear black. The dress code of the experience is also black, as our Plečnik was the most famous Man in Black in the history of Slovenia.
Plečnik loved simple vegetable dishes and soups from his home garden. Cigarettes were his only vice. He had a dog called Sivko and later a cat, who were his companions on walks and in the garden.
It was impossible to get to know and domesticate Plečnik fully; he was a loner with few friends and a gruelling schedule from morning to evening, even on Sundays. During the week, he was in the workshop very early, worked in the drawing room or studio for two four-hour sessions, visited craftsmen and also met with students in the meantime.
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