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ABOUT THE CONFERENCE CENTER
VENUE

Cankarjev dom - Cankar Centre

ADDRESS

Prešernova cesta 10
Ljubljana, Slovenija

You can find more information about the venue on its official website.

Cankarjev dom is the largest congress and cultural centre of Slovenia that has been standing on the Republic Square since 1982 and that’s got its name after Slovenene writer and politician Ivan Cankar. You can find more information about the venue on its official website or get a sneak peak of its interior by watching the video below.

VIDEO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfKcYBljlOA

HOW TO REACH CANKARJEV DOM FROM THE MAIN TRAIN STATION

There are several options how you can reach the venue from the main bus or railway station. Bus No. 9 will take you to the venue’s immediate vicinity - the Drama stop, where buses No. 1, 3, 6 and 19 also stop. Not far away there is also bus stop Kongresni trg, where buses No. 2, 10, 11, 13, 17, 20, 21 stop. Bus No 14 will also bring you near Cankarjev dom - to Prešeren street. To use the city buses you will need an Urbana Card – please see more information below in Getting Around section.

PARKING

You can park at a single rate after 19:00 in the garage, which is open half an hour after each CD evening event. Later you have to collect the car by entering the garage through the junction of Šubičeva and Valvazorjeva street. Your car can remain in the garage until 06:00 next day. After that time the single rate of parking no longer applies.

Other parking houses are also close to the Cankarjev Dom, e. g Parking House Kongresni trg and Parking House Šubičeva. Here you can see the public parking facilities.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Information about traveling in Slovenia can be found on Slovenia’s official tourism website.

INSURANCE

The organisers do not accept responsibility for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. All participants are strongly advised to take out their own personal insurance before travelling to the Conference.

CURRENCY & BANKING

From January 1st 2007 Slovenia has been using Euro as official currency. Before Euro it was Tolar. You shouldn`t have problems finding ATM as there are many of them in the city. Credit cards are widely accepted.

ELECTRICITY

Slovenia uses 230 V 50 Hz system, sockets have the European standard and plugs are three-prong grounded.

SHOPPING

Most shops in Ljubljana are open from 8:00 to 20:00, Monday to Saturday and from 8:00 to 12:00 on Sunday.

TIME ZONE

Slovenia is on Central European Time – Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus 1 hour.

WEATHER

Slovenia lies in the heart of Europe. The climate is continental with cold winters and warm summers, but at the coastal areas there is pleasant submediterranean climate. September weather is usually warm with temperatures around 20 – 25° C/70° – 80° F. However September is on of the rainiest months in Slovenia with 12 rainfall days in average, therefore we highly suggest participants to bring umbrellas.

IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS

  • 112 - Information center, medical service, fire brigade, health aid, rescue 
  • 113 - Police 
  • 01 306 12 15 - Tourist information 
  • 04 206 19 81 - Ljubljana Airport - information 
  • 090 42 30 - Bus station information - call center (call price 0.7784 EUR / min) 
  • 01 291 33 32 - Railway station - information
WELCOME TO LJUBLJANA

Ljubljana, home to approximately 300 000 Slovenes, is the political and cultural heart of the Slovene nation. It is also the an important educational center in Europe as its university belongs to one of the biggest in Europe, even though Ljubljana is one of the smallest european capital cities.

In Ljubljana the old meets the new; and it seems that history has spent all of the settlement's five millennia preparing it to become the nation's capital. It has managed to retain traces from all periods of its rich history; from the legacy of Roman Emona; through to the Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau periods characterised in the house fronts and ornate doorways of the city centre, the romantic bridges adorning the Ljubljanica river, the lopsided rooftops and a park reaching deep into the city centre. Here eastern and western cultures meet.

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The city owes its present appearance partly to Italian baroque and partly to Art Nouveau, which is the style of the numerous buildings erected immediately after the earthquake of 1895. In the first half of the 20th century, modern Ljubljana was shaped by the strong personal style of Jože Plečnik, a great European architect and a local of Ljubljana. The cityscape was complemented by his modernist followers as well as by creations of the "New Wave" of acknowledged young architects.

Ljubljana is a city of culture. It is home to numerous theatres, museums and galleries, and boasts one of the oldest philharmonic orchestras in the world. The first music society in Slovenia, the Academia philharmonicorum, was founded in 1701. It was a vehicle for baroque music and it also facilitated the development of musical production in this region. Its honorary members included such renowned composers as Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven or Johannes Brahms, and distinguished musicians such as the violinist Nicolo Paganini. Between 1881 and 1882, at the very start of his career, Gustav Mahler was its resident conductor.

Over 10,000 cultural events take place in the city every year, among which there are 10 international festivals. The inhabitants of Ljubljana and its visitors can admire artists from all the different fields - from music, theatre and fine arts to the alternative and avant-garde.

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The first impression a visitor gets of Ljubljana is that it is an exceptionally young city. It is home to over 50,000 students, who give it a special vibe. As four Slovene regions meet in Ljubljana, the city's numerous restaurants and inns offer a wide range of local delicacies, not to mention superb wines. Ljubljana did not earn the label of "the city of wine and vine" for nothing. In the past it was the wine-trading centre of the region and grapevines were planted on the slopes leading up to the present-day castle by the inhabitants of the Roman settlement of Emona.

Ljubljana is a city that people often return to, be it because of work or because of pleasant memories of previous visits. It is similar to a number of other pleasant European cities - yet it is different. As its name, according to one theory, means beloved, we believe attending our Conference in Ljubljana will become your cherished memory.

HOW TO GET TO LJUBLJANA
TRAIN

Ljubljana is an important railroad junction and can be reached by trains from all major European cities. The railway station is within walking distance from the city centre.

HOW TO REACH CANKARJEV DOM FROM THE MAIN TRAIN STATION

There are several options how you can reach the venue from the main bus or railway station. Bus No. 9 will take you to the venue’s immediate vicinity - the Drama stop, where buses No. 1, 3, 6 and 19 also stop. Not far away there is also bus stop Kongresni trg, where buses No. 2, 10, 11, 13, 17, 20, 21 stop. Bus No 14 will also bring you near Cankarjev dom - to Prešeren street. To use the city buses you will need an Urbana Card – please see more information below in Getting Around section.

ROAD

Ljubljana is situated close to many cities in Europe. Listed below are distances to some nearby cities:

  • Trieste (Italy) - 95 km
  • Venice (Italy) - 242 km
  • Klagenfurt (Austria) - 83 km
  • Vienna (Austria) - 380 km
  • Munich (Germany) - 408 km

AIR

Ljubljana is best served by its International Airport at Brnik, 23 km northwest of the city, with daily connections to most major European cities. From the airport, Ljubljana can be easily reached either by bus shuttle service to Ljubljana bus station (approx. EUR 10) or by taxi (approx. EUR 40).

You may also find it convenient to use one of the neighbouring airports such as:

  • Trieste - Ronchi (Italy), 128 km southwest of Ljubljana
  • Klagenfurt (Austria), 90 km north of Ljubljana
  • Zagreb - Pleso (Croatia), 141 km southeast of Ljubljana

There are direct flights to Ljubljana from: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belgrade, Birmingham, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Manchester, Moscow, Munich, Ohrid, Paris, Podgorica, Prague, Pristina, Rome, Sarajevo, Skopje, Tirana, Vienna, Warsaw, Zurich. Important: an early booking of your flight is strongly recommended!

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

For transportation from Ljubljana airport to Ljubljana or any other airports we recommend to use the GRH Transportation services

(http://grh.si/info@grh.si, 00386 41 376 964 – Emergency number)

Ljubljana airport – Ljubljana city (fixed prices)

  • Private car transfer (Economy): 39 EUR (the price includes VAT, botled water, professional licensed chauffeur)
  • Private car transfer (Premium): 50 EUR (the price includes VAT, botled water, professional licensed chauffeur)
  • Group van transfer: 75 EUR (the price includes VAT, botled water, professional licensed chauffeur)

Payments can be done via cash or credit card (Visa, AMEX, Mastercard), directly to the driver. Your driver will be meeting you in the arrival hall at the airport.

GETTING AROUND

It is very easy to get around in Ljubljana. As the city center is relatively small, you can simply walk or rent a bike. To get to other parts of Ljubljana you should use public transportation like city bus system or a taxi.

TRAIN STATION

The Ljubljana central train station (in Slovenian: Zelezniska postaja) is situated in the middle of the city, cca 10 minutes walk to the old town. To get to the city center from the station or vice versa take Miklosiceva street as it connects them directly. In the entrance building the ticket offices and some cafes and shops can be found. There are also a rent a car office, a car parking lot and luggage storage facilities. Hint: If possible, buy your ticket at the train station before entering the train as it is usually more expensive if you buy it from the conductor (+ 2,5 EUR). No matter the distance and destination there is an extra cost of 3,40 EUR if you are travelling by bike. Information about train delays are published on the web site of Slovenian Railways.

BUS STATION

The main bus station of Ljubljana is located in front of the main train station building. From here bus lines connect Ljubljana to all parts of Slovenia.It hosts ticket and information offices, a tobacco shop and a small cafe with some croissants.You can buy your bus ticket at the bus station or directly from the driver on the bus.

To travel with Ljubljana city buses you will need the Urbana Card, which you can buy in an Info Centre of the Main Railway Station for 2 EUR. One journey costs 1.30 EUR and allows you to change as many buses as you need in a time of 90 minutes without additional charge.

When you enter a bus, make sure you scan the Urbana Card at the designed scanners (there are two in each bus, usually at the front door). You can find more information about the card here.

PARKING

You can park at a single rate after 19:00 in the garage, which is open half an hour after each CD evening event. Later you have to collect the car by entering the garage through the junction of Šubičeva and Valvazorjeva street. Your car can remain in the garage until 06:00 next day. After that time the single rate of parking no longer applies.

Other parking houses are also close to the Cankarjev Dom, e. g Parking House Kongresni trg and Parking House Šubičeva. Here you can see the public parking facilities.