Ljubljana Suburbs: Šentvid and Tacen
If you are on a quest to get to know Ljubljana better, you can hop on a bus number 1, 8 or 25 from Ljubljana center and visit Šentvid! You will know where to get off, when you see a remarkable St. Vitus Church, which is the center point of Šentvid. This area of Ljubljana is also most conveniant for getting to Ljubljana airport and for visiting Bled, Škofja Loka, Kranj, Radovljica, Tržič and Lake Bohinj. And of course – the magnificent Julian Alps!
Photos: Samo Šmarčan
Šentvid used to be a village
Ok, so its not the charming Ljubljana Old Town. But the center of Ljubljana is easily accessible in 10-15 minutes by bus or car. This residental area at the outskirts of Ljubljana is squezeed between the Šentvid Hill and right bank of the Sava river. Which means the area provides some good recreation and definitely lots of fresh air.
Until the mid 1970’s Šentvid was an independent village just outside Ljubljana. But today it is a part of Ljubljana and one of its districts. Because of its great access to nature, the highway and to Ljubljana center, the neighbourhood is lately gaining popularity among young Slovenia’s professionals and young families.
From Šentvid to Tacen
A walk or a bike ride from Šentvid to Tacen offers nice views over the nearby hills and forests. All along the way, a sight of Mount St. Mary (Šmarna gora) will follow you. We should probably recommend a hike up (669 m), since this is one of the most popular »Ljubljana things« to do among the locals. However, it is not the easiest hike – at least not comparing to some other Ljubljana hills. But there is a reward on the top – the most beautiful views over Ljubljana and its surroundings.
Getting to Sava river and visiting a traditional restaurant Košir just accross the Sava river is an experience on its own. Just before you get there, there is another traditional Slovene restaurant, where you can also make a stop for a glass of Slovene cviček wine!
While in Tacen, another point of interest is Kayak and Canoe Center.
Šentvid for the evening and beyond
After a day of exploring the area and maybe even hiking, we definitely recommend to round off the day at Park Žibert in Šentvid at Celovška cesta 335. The place offers tasty domestic and international food, great selection of beers and definitely some good vibes. Overall, it’s a cool place where the creative energy of Šentvid gathers. Their inviting garden under the magnificent trees will make you want to stay there for more than just one drink. No worries, as they also provide rooms and sleeping upstairs.
Park Žibert is a great venue in Šentvid for a drink, a meal and also for accomodation!
Hotel Nox is a hotel at the edge of Ljubljana for a convenient and classy stay!
Talking about staying in Šentvid, there is another lovely and quite unique option – Hotel Nox at the end of Šentvid and the main Celovška Street.This design hotel with 34 rooms has great reviews on Tripadvisor and it is very well valued for its style, staff, service and location. It seems like something to consider even for your stay in Ljubljana! Book it here.
Read also our blog post about 5 LJUBLJANA NEIGHBOURHOODS TO VISIT!