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14 Best Things to do in Ljubljana, Slovenia

14 Best Things to do in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Pretty Ljubljana…certainly one of our new favourite cities in Europe. This city actually made a pleasant impression on us. It’s colourful, it’s energetic, it’s compact, it’s very photogenic, and there are extra dragons right here than museums. That is the sort of metropolis the place it’s merely enjoyable to stroll and discover with no lengthy record of points of interest to go to.

Even so, there are a couple of actually cool spots value mentioning. Select your favorites or see all of them…and fall in love with Ljubljana like we did.

Enjoyable Information about Ljubljana

Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia. It’s also the most important metropolis in Slovenia besides, it feels splendidly small.

The dragon is the image of the town. How cool is that?! You will notice dragons all over the place…on bridges, in graffiti, on the Ljubljana Citadel, and adorning railings and buildings.

Dragon in Ljubljana

Legend has it that Ljubljana was based by the Greek mythological hero, Jason, and the Argonauts. Whereas touring in the direction of house with the Golden Fleece, Jason encountered a dragon in the marshy swamps of what’s now Ljubljana. He fought and killed the dragon and now you possibly can see the dragon on the Ljubljana coat of arms.

There are loads of theories as to how Ljubljana obtained its identify. In Slavic, ljub- means to love or like, so Ljubljana might have been named for being considered one of Slovenia’s beloved cities.

Ljubljana appears like a tongue tornado of a reputation. We weren’t totally positive how to pronounce it till we received into city and spoke with our lodge employees. In Slovenian, “j’s” are pronounced like “y’s” in English. Ljubljana is pronounced as lyoo-blyah-nuh. Pay attention to it right here.

Ljubljana Artist

Best Things to do in Ljubljana

Discover the Pretty Metropolis Middle

The Ljubljianica River flows by way of the colourful, colourful previous city. Most of what you will notice and do is clustered proper alongside these riverbanks (see every thing on a map under).

Stroll alongside Cankarjevo Nabrezje, the pedestrian-only road that strains the Ljubljianica River. Cafes spill out onto this road, so this can be a great spot to begin your day with breakfast, take a espresso break, or have a drink later in the day.

Cankarjevo Nabrezje

Cankarjevo Nabrezje

One block off the river is Mestni trg, Stari trg, and Gornji trg, extra historic pedestrian streets and squares to discover. A number of the greatest eating places and boutique outlets are situated right here.

Stari trg Ljubljana

Ljubljana Cafes at Night

Ljubljana Things to do

Ljubljana Statue

Robba Fountain on Mestni trg

Go to Preseren Sq.

That is the central sq. in Ljubljana. The brilliant pink Franciscan Church of the Annunciation dominates the sq. and types the backdrop for a lot of pictures in Ljubljana. You’ll be able to take peek inside to see the frescoes. In the course of the scorching summer time months, artistic sprinklers are arrange in the sq. to cool off youngsters (and youngsters at coronary heart).

Preseren Square

Don’t Miss Ljubljana’s Well-known Bridges

The bridges in Ljubljana are removed from boring. Adorned with dragons, sculptures, and love locks, even the bridges listed here are fascinating to go to.

Triple Bridge (Tromostovje)

It might appear a bit odd to have three bridges sitting aspect by aspect, however there’s a cause for it. In 1842, the central bridge was constructed to exchange the unique picket medieval bridge. About 90 years later, pedestrian bridges the place constructed on both aspect of the central bridge, forming what’s now the Triple Bridge.

Triple Bridge Ljubljana

Ljubljana Bridge

Best things to do in Ljubljana

Triple Bridge connects Preseren Sq. with the historic coronary heart of Ljubljana. All three bridges at the moment are pedestrian solely.

The Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most)

That is Ljubljana’s most well-known bridge. Adorned with fierce dragons, this is among the metropolis’s most photographed spots.

Ljubljana Dragon Bridge

Dragon Bridge Ljubljana

Butcher’s Bridge

Constructed in 2010, that is Ljubljana’s lover’s bridge. Not solely will you discover love locks hooked up to the bridge, however additionally, you will see a number of distinctive statues by artist Jakov Brdar.

Butcher Bridge

Butchers Bridge Ljubljana

Escape from Ljubljana Fort

What higher method to discover a fort than to play an escape room recreation?

Escape Citadel is an progressive twist to visiting a medieval citadel. Fairly than touring room to room with an audio information, this escape room recreation/scavenger hunt takes you on a way more thrilling tour of the citadel. You’re given 5 challenges that lead you thru the varied rooms of the citadel. Your objective is to full the puzzles and save the dragon. You could have one hour to full the problem.

We did this and liked it. It’s geared in the direction of households with school-aged youngsters. We thought the challenges have been a bit straightforward, however then once more, Tyler and Kara have been 13 and 15 throughout our go to. Even so, this made our go to to the fort extra fascinating than following a (boring) audio information tour. I extremely advocate this in case you are touring with youngsters.

Professional Journey Tip: The Ljubljana Citadel web site recommends reserving your Escape Fort time slot in advance. We didn’t do this. We merely confirmed up at opening time and had no issues getting tickets. Very first thing in the morning the citadel is quiet and empty, which made our go to much more nice. When you’ve got plans to go to the citadel noon, make your reservation in advance. In any other case, you might not want a reservation in case you get right here proper at opening time.

Study extra concerning the Escape Citadel recreation right here.

In fact, you do not want to play the Escape Fort recreation to go to the citadel. You possibly can tour the fort with or with out an audio information.

Ljubljana Castle View

View from Ljubljana Fort

Value: €7.50 adults, €5.20 youngsters 7 to 18 years; admission + audio information €12; admission + Escape Fort €10; tickets are lowered 10% in the event you purchase them on-line
Hours: 9 am – 11 pm June by means of September, lowered hours the rest of the yr
Get up to date pricing and hours on the official web site.

Getting Right here: You possibly can both take the funicular (€four spherical journey, €10 spherical journey with Fort entrance ticket) or stroll up to the citadel entrance.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on the Ljubljianica River

We didn’t do this however needed to. On our go to in July it was very heat in Ljubljana and this is able to have been a enjoyable, refreshing approach to see the town. You’ll be able to be a part of a tour that lasts two hours. Study extra right here.

Ljubljianica River

View of the Ljubljianica River from Cobbler’s Bridge

Attempt A few of Ljubljana’s Best Eating places

For a metropolis so compact there are lots of nice eating places to attempt. Here’s a record of eating places we tried and/or have been advisable by our lodge employees as their favorites.

Professional Journey Tip: For all of those eating places you want to make your reservations at the least two days in advance, particularly in the course of the summer time.

Julija. This well-liked restaurant serves a variety of meals, from pastas to meat and fish dishes to vegetarian choices. Take your decide from outside or indoor seating.

Julija Ljubljana

Monstera Bistro. We had our greatest meal in Ljubljana right here. Assume gourmand meals in a contemporary setting. The menu is revolutionary, the meals is scrumptious, and this is likely one of the greatest eating experiences in the town. We have been right here for lunch however this is able to additionally make an incredible dinner spot.

Druga Violina. That is restaurant I actually needed to attempt however we couldn’t get a reservation throughout our go to. Druga Violina interprets to “second violin” and this restaurant employs individuals with disabilities. The restaurant will get rave critiques and the costs are cheap. Simply ensure you make your reservations in advance!

Le Petit Café. That is the spot in Ljubljana to go for breakfast or brunch, though they do serve meals all day.

Le Petit Cafe

Le Petit Cafe

Pop’s Place. If you’d like a restaurant that serves nice drinks, burgers, and fries with an outside setting, that is your spot!

Vinoteka Movia. I liked this spot. Sit outdoors, benefit from the view, do wine tastings or attempt a wine flight, and dine on meat and cheese. If you’d like to pattern some native wines, this can be a excellent spot to go.

Attempt the Native Meals at Central Market

That is one other good spot to seize a chew to eat in Slovenia. On the outside part of the market, you should purchase recent fruit and veggies in addition to souvenirs and funky presents. Go to the indoor market (Plecnik’s Coated Market) for native cheeses, hand-crafted bread, pastries and extra.

Ljubljana Market

Loosen up in Tivoli Park

Tivoli Park is Ljubljana’s largest inexperienced area. With a fish pond, botanical gardens, and tree-lined strolling paths, this can be a good spot to “escape the city.”

See the Graffiti at Metelkova Mesto

In 1993, this deserted military barracks was “squatted” by volunteers to hold the barracks from being torn down. Through the years, this neighborhood has develop into an space the place graffiti artists work their magic and with that, nightclubs and bars have popped up.

Metelkova Mesto is situated about 10 minutes away from the previous city. It feels lots totally different out right here. This neighborhood doesn’t have the identical allure that the previous city does. As you get nearer to Metelkova, you’ll see increasingly more graffiti painted on the town buildings.

It’s free to stroll across the small space of graffiti artwork and it’s value a fast look should you like this kind of factor.

Nevertheless, I do have a number of phrases of warning. In the event you learn newer critiques on-line, guests are reporting seeing drug-related conduct and anti-social conduct in Metelkova. We noticed used needles and syringes on the bottom in this very neighborhood.

In case you are curious or have an curiosity in graffiti artwork, that is in all probability value it for you. If graffiti artwork is just not your factor, it’s your decision to give this one a move.

Metelkova Graffiti

Metelkova Sign

Cathedral of St. Nicholas

Step contained in the cathedral to see the beautiful frescoes that adorn the partitions and ceiling. On the surface of the cathedral are bronze sculptured doorways with reliefs illustrating a scene from Slovenian historical past and portraits of the bishops of Ljubljana.

Inside St Nicholas Cathedral

Cathedral of St Nicholas Door

The Union Beer Expertise

In case you are a beer lover, this isn’t to be missed. Tour the Pivovarna Union Brewery, study their trendy manufacturing course of, and luxuriate in a glass of beer on the finish of the tour.

Value: €14, youngsters €7 (6 – 18 years)
Excursions: Weekdays 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00; Saturdays 14:00, 16:00, 18:00; closed Sundays and holidays
Web site:

Museum of Illusions

This can be a great place to take the youngsters. On this small museum, study concerning the world of illusions. It’s enjoyable, it’s interactive, and it solely takes about an hour of your time.

Illusion Museum

Benefit from the View from the Skyscraper (Neboticnik)

For an aerial view over Ljubljana, it’s only a brief stroll to Neboticnik, a skyscraper with a rooftop terrace providing beautiful views of the town. It’s free in the event you simply need the view however you can too dine on the restaurant and bar.

Skyscraper View

Take a Day Journey from Ljubljana

A visit to Slovenia wouldn’t be full with a go to to extra of its beautiful places. From Ljubljana, you possibly can day journey to Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, Vintgar Gorge, Predjama Citadel, and the Skocjan or Postojna Caves.

Lake Bohinj Day Trip

Lake Bohinj

Lake Bled Day Trip

Lake Bled

You possibly can both lease a automotive to get round Slovenia, use public transportation, or rent one among many tour corporations that provide these day journeys.

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How A lot Time Do You Want?

At some point provides you simply sufficient time to go to the highlights of Ljubljana. With two days you possibly can sluggish your tempo and actually get to know this metropolis. Three or extra days provides you the time you want for day journeys.

The place to Keep in Ljubljana

We stayed on the Barbo Palace Flats and Rooms. The identify makes this place sound very fancy since these flats are situated in the historic Barbo Palace. I might not describe the rooms as fancy, however they’re properly adorned, clear, and quiet. The Wi-Fi and air-conditioning work very properly. Plus, the Barbo Palace is lower than a five-minute stroll to the riverfront.

We stayed in the two-bedroom condo that gives a queen-sized mattress and a bunk mattress. We had a small kitchen as nicely. Rooms can accommodate two to six individuals and a few rooms have views of the fort.

Are you planning a visit to pretty Ljubljana? In case you have any questions or if you’d like to share your expertise, tell us in the remark part under.

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