Just a stone’s throw away from the city centre Tivoli Park is a great place to relax. The largest and most beautiful park in Ljubljana is located on the northern outskirts of the Center District and since 1984, the park has been protected. Green lawns are perfect to enjoy a day in the nature, so is the children’s park nearby. It’s possible to meet many joggers, roller skaters and cyclists in the park during the weekend, this place is perfect to escape from the city rush even during the week.
It was designed in 1813 by the French engineer Jean Blanchard. My favorite is the scenic Jakopič Promenade, designed by famous Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik. It has become a well known outdoor venue for exhibitions of large-format photographs which decorate the park, open throughout the year. Currently you can see the National Geographic photo exhibition where the best photos of Slovenian and US national parks are presented.
If you have time don’t forget to check out Tivoli Mansion at the end of the promenade. The International Centre of Graphic Arts in it houses a collection of fine art prints from the 20th century to the present day. A stairway in front of the mansion is decorated with four tongueless dog statues. They were created by sculptor Anton D. Fernkorn. Legend says he committed suicide by shooting himself due to this mistake as the dogs don’t have tongues. However, though the story is interesting it’s luckily false.