The OER Congress will take place at the Cankarjev Dom, the largest purpose-built congress centre in Slovenia. It is located in the very centre of Ljubljana, next to the Republic Square, in the immediate vicinity of the Parliament and city sights and within walking distance to all the proposed hotels in the city centre.
Cankarjev dom, Culture and Congress Centre
Prešernova cesta 10
Public Transit: From the main bus or railway station bus No. 9 will take you to our 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.
The host town Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is the political and cultural heart of the Slovenian nation. It is an important European commercial, business, exhibition and congressional centre as well as the transport, science and education centre of Slovenia.
The city, with around 280,000 inhabitants, can be considered it was built for everybody. Ljubljana is regarded as a logistically stress-free destination – its compact size allows walking between most venues and hotels, including the proposed congress centre.
Slovenia (and Ljubljana) was in 2014 proclaimed Lonely Planet‘s Best Place in Europe and one of the Europe‘s most idyllic places to live by Forbes in 2008. Ljubljana was the European Green Capital 2016.
Official visitor information is available: http://www.ljubljana.si/.
Climate: Ljubljana has a marine west coast climate that is mild with no dry season and warm summers. The annual average temperature is 9.8 degrees Celsius (49.6 degrees Fahrenheit). Average monthly temperatures vary by 21 °C (37.8°F). Autumn/ fall temperatures decrease achieving average highs of 15.2°C (59.4°F) during the day and lows of 6.4°C (43.5°F) generally shortly after sunrise.
Facts about Slovenia: Slovenia (EU member) lies in central Europe, and is bordered by Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary. Slovenia is a country at the very crossroads of Europe – where Mediterranean, Dinaric, Alpine and Pannonian influences meet, mingle and merge, across which one can drive in a mere three or four hours and where in a single day one can ski on high Alpine slopes, and swim in the warm waters of the Adriatic sea. In Slovenia, the sun shines approximately 2,000 hours per year. And there is plenty of snow in winter.
Area: 20,256 km2
Population: 2 mio
Religion: Roman-catholic (82%)
Climate: Alpine, Continental, and Mediterranean
Time zone: Central European Time GMT + 1
Political system: multiparty parliamentary democracy
Entering Slovenia: Border formalities are none since Slovenia is a part of Schengen Area and correspond to the European standards. Citizens of member countries of the European Union, Croatia, and Switzerland can cross the border with a valid personal identification document, but the visit cannot be longer than thirty days. All those who need visas to visit Slovenia can obtain them from Slovenia’s representative offices in their home countries. Please find all the latest information on the procedure and conditions for obtaining a visa to enter Slovenia at the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
HOW TO GET TO LJUBLJANA
By plane: Ljubljana is easily accessible from different destinations. The country’s main airport Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport is located 25 kilometres from the city next to village Brnik. It can be reached within a 20-minute ride. Slovenia’s national carrier Adria Airways, a partner of Star Alliance, offers regular daily schedule flights to major European hubs.
In addition to the daily flights to many European cities, there are two low-cost flight providers flying from the main Slovenian international airport Jože Pučnik Ljubljana. They are EasyJet and Wizz Air, flying to London and Brussels. You can also fly to one of the foreign airports in the near vicinity, and access Slovenia from there by bus, train or rental car. The service of transfers from the nearby airports to Slovenia is also offered by the low-cost carriers.
Other nearby airports are:
From Airport to Ljubljana: From the Jože Pučnik Airport, the national bus company offers a cheap, regular service to the centre of the city. The journey takes less than 45 minutes, and at certain times of the day no more than 25 minutes. By taxi, the journey should take between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on the time of the day.
By Train: Ljubljana has good international rail connections, operated by the Slovenske železnice national railway company. Direct connections are to Vienna in Austria, Trieste and Venice in Italy, Budapest in Hungary, Zagreb in Croatia, Belgrade in Serbia, Greece, and Germany, Switzerland plus a whole host of different European cities. Travel costs are low.
By Car: Travelling by car around Slovenia is very straightforward, with the roads clearly and well signposted. Some local roads can get a little narrow and winding, but for all that they are pleasant and interesting. There are plenty of petrol stations. And if you want to get to the other end of the country in a hurry, you can take the motorways, for which you need a vignette. Don’t risk driving on the motorways without a road toll vignette – the fines are heavy. Vignettes (stickers) can be bought at any petrol station.
Distances from some major EU cities: Budapest – 491 km, Graz – 202 km, Milano – 519 km, Munich – 408 km, Prague – 609 km, Salzburg – 290 km, Trieste- 100 km, Venice – 242 km, Vienna – 380 km, Zagreb – 135 km.
– built up settlements 50 km/h
– regional roads 90 km/h
– fast roads 110 km/h
– motorways 130 km/h
Car rental: To rent a car, you must be at least 21 years old and have held a driving licence for at least two years. Some car rental companies require drivers between 21 and 25 years old to pay a young driver surcharge. You must present a photo ID, valid driving licence and credit card that will be used to pay for the car rental. Citizens of non-EU countries are also recommended to carry a valid international driving licence, while for visitors from other continents this is a mandatory requirement. Cars can be rented at specialist agencies in cities and airports. Fleets include various categories of vehicles.
A national of another EEA Member State (EEA citizens are nationals of EU Member States, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) or Switzerland may enter the Republic of Slovenia with a valid personal identity card or passport, and does not require an entry permit (visa) or residence permit, regardless of the purpose of entering and residing in the Republic of Slovenia (including entry for employment, study, self-employment or residence purposes).
A national of a third country (all countries except Switzerland and EEA Member States, which includes EU Member States, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) who wishes to enter and reside in the Republic of Slovenia for the purposes of a tourist, business, personal or other type of visit should obtain a visa at a diplomatic mission or consular post of the Republic of Slovenia prior to his/her entering the country. A third-country national who is a national of a country which does not require a visa to enter the Republic of Slovenia may enter the Republic of Slovenia and stay in it for a definite period of time (up to 90 days in any 180-day period) for one of the above-listed purposes with a valid passport. To find out more about visa, please visit Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Invitation Letters (Letters of guarantee):
We can ONLY issue invitation letters when a delegate is duly registered to OER Congress i.e. a registration form has been made and confirmed.