In the 1930s, architect Jože Plečnik led the remodelling of the ruins of a former city bastion (fortress). From the remains of the former fortress, he created a popular promenade in the pleasant shade of tree canopies, with attractive views of the city. Šance was last thoroughly renovated in 2018.
Take a stroll along the avenue lined with wild chestnut trees that connects the Ljubljana Castle with Šance. The avenue was planted in 1905 by the then city gardener Vaclav Hejnic (1864–1929), who was of Czech descent. Hejnic was hired by the Carniola provincial government to renovate the park in honour of a visit by the Austrian emperor. The avenue runs along the route of the former city defensive walls.
Only a ten-minute walk from the castle, on the south slope of Castle Hill, just under Orlov Vrh, 1050 grapevines have been growing since 2016. That year, Ljubljana carried the tile of “European Green Capital”. 500 of them are of a white Belpin variety, which is a cross between Belina and Pinot, thus representing the Slovene equivalent of Chardonnay. The other 550 are of a red Rdečegrajc variety; the name comes from the Slovene translation of the variety’s original name Rotburger, which was renamed to Zweigelt in 1975.