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Registration will open on 12th July, at 17:00 in the Grand Hotel Union Grand Foyer. The registration will be followed by Icebreaker reception at Grand Hotel Union Garden at 19:00 - be sure not to miss it.

Grand Hotel Union - Your conference venue

The Grand Hotel Union is the exclusive location for EWLA2016 in the heart of Ljubljana. This elegant hotel in Art Nouveau style held its grand opening in 1905. It was the first modern hotel in Ljubljana and at the time the highest building. The hotel is located where the Baroque part of the city ends and the more modern Art Nouveau part begins. Due to its 100 meters long façade and a complex iron roof, it is considered to be a great architectural achievement.

Ljubljana - Your host city

Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia, but it is small and pretty, easy to get around, and full of surprises. While during winter it is its dreamy central European character that prevails, during summer it has a relaxed Mediterranean feel to it. It is remarkable for its rich tradition, youthful vibrancy, cultural creativity, feel for entertainment, and numerous green spaces.

Ljubljana's surrounding areas, packed with natural beauty and cultural sights bearing witness to the city's dynamic history, are well known for their walking, hiking and cycling paths and traditional culinary delights. As distances within Slovenia are short, Ljubljana is a perfect base for exploring Slovenia's diverse beauty. Within a single day you can visit the coast and high mountains and experience the Mediterranean, Alpine and continental climate.

Ljubljana has preserved evidence of all the five millennia of its history, including, among others, the remains of the Roman city of Emona and the old city center with its medieval castle and beautiful buildings with Baroque façades, decorative portals and uneven roofs. Other significant parts in the mosaic of Ljubljana are its picturesque bridges across the river Ljubljanica and its vast Tivoli park, stretching into the very city center.

In the second half of the 20th century, it was the world famous architect Jože Plečnik that put an indelible personal stamp on his native city, and the so-called Plečnik's Ljubljana ranks among the 20th century's most prominent total works of art. Ljubljana's appearance was further shaped by Plečnik's pupils and a whole new wave of renowned young Slovenian architects.

Source: www.slovenia.info

Slovenia - your host country

The Republic of Slovenia is situated in the heart of Europe, where the Alps face the Pannonian plains and the Mediterranean meets the mysterious Karst.

Area: 20,273 km2

Population: 2,046,976 (January 1, 2010)

Capital city: Ljubljana

Language: Slovenian (also Italian and Hungarian in nationally mixed areas)

Religion: According to the 2002 census, 58 % of the population is Roman Catholic, 23 % is “other or unspecified” religion, 2 % is Muslim, 2 % is Orthodox Christian, and 1 % is “other Christian.”

Spoken languages: most Slovenians speak at least one foreign language, especially English

Currency: Euro (since January 1, 2007)

Neighboring countries: Austria (north); Hungary (north-east); Croatia (south-east); Italy (west)

More information: www.slovenia.info; www.slovenia.si; www.gov.si

Grand Hotel Union ****
at the conference venue

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Central Hotel****
4 min walking

About the hotel

GH Union Business****
at the conference venue

About the hotel

Other accommodation options are available at Ljubljana tourist office. Learn More

Transfer to/from Ljubljana and nearby airports or cities: Ljubljana Airport, Maribor (Slovenia), Trieste, Venice, Treviso, Bologna, Verona, Milano (Italy), Klagenfurt, Graz, Salzburg, Wien (Austria), Munchen (Germany) or Zagreb (Croatia)

We recommend shuttle service by GoOpti, that enables you to book adaptable low-cost transfers to airports and cities, which are instantly confirmed, 100% reliable and carried out by skilled drivers and clean modern vehicles. All transfers are guaranteed, confirmed, available 24/7, door-to-door (from airport directly to hotel). We recommend that you book tickets as soon as possible because of GoOpti dynamic pricing models.

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Coming by plane

The main international airport is Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, www.lju-airport.si, which is set 25 km from Ljubljana. It is currently served by around 250 direct scheduled flights per week from all major hubs in Europe, with a high share among them that are operated by Adria Airways, the national airline of Slovenia and a member of the Star Alliance, and also by low-fare airlines (Wizz Air and easyJet). Other airports in the area include Trieste Airport, Italy (125 km to Ljubljana), Klagenfurt Airport, Austria (120 km to Ljubljana) and Zagreb Airport, Croatia (147 km to Ljubljana).

Coming by train

Ljubljana can be reached from all major European cities.

For more information please visit the DB TravelService.

Coming by car

You can reach Slovenia via one of the border crossings with Italy, Austria, Hungary or Croatia, or you can rent a car in one of our car rental agencies. Slovenia's highways are good and clearly signposted.

More information: ViaMichelin and AMZS (national Automobile Association).

Travel Documents

Persons wishing to enter Slovenia must have a relevant travel document. EU/EEA citizens do not need a passport to enter Slovenia, only a valid identity card. On the basis of a bilateral agreement, Croatian citizens may also enter Slovenia with an identity card. Participants from non EU/EEA countries wishing to enter the Republic of Slovenia need a valid passport, or a valid passport and a visa or residence permit, unless otherwise stipulated by law or international agreement.

More information on whether you need a visa to enter Slovenia - choose your country at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.