Ljubljana Marshes Cycling

Discover the secrets of the misty Ljubljana wetlands by bike.

Duration
3 - 4 h
Difficulty
Easy
Trail Length
35 km
Elevation
100 m

Highlights on Ljubljana bike tour

  • Start in the city center
  • Ljubljana Marshes (natural reserve)
  • Church of St. Michael (by architect Plečnik)
  • Birdwatching
  • Prehistoric pile dwellings

Description of Ljubljana marshes cycling tour

If you enjoy easy cycling in peaceful natural surroundings, saddle up and join us on this amazing cycling tour on the outskirts of Slovenia’s capital. Despite its immediate proximity to Ljubljana, the lovely marshy area offers an incredibly secluded environment away from the buzzing crowds. It’s a very easy ride down mainly flat macadam roads, with an additional detour along a jungle-like educational trail where you get to encounter some local wildlife and green scenery.

We begin our journey in the centre of Ljubljana and follow the Ljubljanica River out of town. Before too long, we’ll turn onto a sideroad that runs alongside the Iščica River and continue towards the Ljubljana Marshes. The views of these breath-taking wetlands open up, as the countryside gravel road takes us through the endless fields to the place where pile-dwellers, Ljubljana Basin’s first inhabitants, used to live thousands of years ago. This spot is also famous for its energy points and pristine drinking water.

We will continue our tour through the village of Ig, where we can visit a pile-dweller exhibition before venturing deeper into the marshlands towards the Iški morost nature reserve. The latter is a natural landmark, home to numerous species of plants and animals, characteristic of this area. We will ride up to the bird observatory where we will enjoy a short break while observing different indigenous species. The trail will then lead us through a swampy educational trail that runs through bushes and tall bog, giving the illusion of cycling through a green tunnel. If we ride here soon after the rain, we feel like we are riding through the jungle. 

After the ‘rainforest experience’, a macadam road will take us past Kozlarjeva gošča, the only forested part of the marshland - a wonderful birch grove. Before slowly heading back towards Ljubljana, we will stop near Črna vas at St. Michael’s Church, designed by Slovenia’s most renowned architect, Jože Plečnik. The final leg of the tour involves cycling through Ljubljana, where you’ll be able to marvel at some of Plečnik’s other works and more, concluding our journey at Ljubljana Castle. This last part can be adapted entirely to your wishes. Ljubljana has plenty of interesting nooks and crannies we can visit, so that’s exactly what we’ll do. 

Terrain: mostly asphalt

The tour runs across almost completely flat terrain and is most suitable for beginners, families, and children.

What is included in the Ljubljana's marshes cycling price?

Rent of high performance electric bike
Helmet
Professional guide
79 € per person

What to bring when you go on a bike tour?

Comfortable sports clothes
Sports shoes
Water bottle
Snacks
Small backpack
Sunscreen

Location & time

Bikes used on this tour

Talk to our expert 
Jovan 
This is just so close to the very center of the city. Could hardly beleive it is without traffic or crowds of people as we are used to in other capitals. Our whole family loved it, I highly recommend.
Riley Owen
We absolutely loved this trail. It was just the right amount of effort and the surroundings were goregeous all along. Met some great guys too and had a lot of fun.
Mel Riley
We took this trail with my wife and children of 8 and 11 yo. We only stayed in Ljubljana for 2 nights and this was a perfect getaway in the nature, since so close to the center. Great ride for kids and I imagine the seniors too, quite flat and easy. We loved how green everything is!
Mel Simpson

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear on Ljubljana Marshes Cycling tour?

It is important that your clothes are comfortable. It is recommended that you also have something warmer with you in case of a temperature drop or cold wind. You can always leave excess clothes in the van after consulting with our guide.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

Even though Slovenia is small, it has quite a diverse climate, so it is not unusual for the weather to be better in another part of the country. In that case, we will suggest a different tour where the weather will be nice. If it doesn’t suit you or the weather is too bad for cycling, you will get a full refund.

How many people will be in a group?

We believe that your experience will be better if the group is smaller, so there will be max. 8 guests per guide.

Am I fit enough for Ljubljana Marshes Cycling tour?

The tour is adjustable to your skills and level of fitness. We use e-bikes, so hills will not be a problem. However, you should be comfortable with a few hours of activity.

Who will be our guide on Ljubljana Marshes Cycling tour?

All our tours are guided by professional local guides who will make sure you have a great time.

Is the bike tour kid friendly?

Children are also welcome as long as they can cycle independently. Please let us know in advance so we can prepare a smaller bike and adjust the tour if necessary.

What should I bring with me on a cycling tour?

Bring a bottle of water (you can always refill it) and sunscreen. We will provide bikes, helmets and a first aid kit.

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