Slovenia’s largest city and capital since independence 1991, Ljubljana is the country’s cultural, educational, economic and political hub. Emblematic for Slovenia as a whole, it is an extremely pretty and easily manageable place with many wonderful attractions either in the historic centre or within easy reach by road.
The Ljubljanica River snakes down through the centre, around a green hill, on top of which sits the prominent Ljubljana Castle. The new city and commercial core lies out to the west, while below the castle ramparts are the winding streets of the Old Town and the cafe-lined banks of the river that is at the heart of social life here. Across one of many pretty bridges such as the famous Tromostovje, are the museums, grand baroque buildings and the vast grounds of Tivoli Park.
With no world famous attractions to tick off, Ljubljana is perfect for semi aimless wanderings, soaking up the city’s rich history and vibrant cosmopolitan vibe. People watch with a glass of crisp local wines by the Ljubljana, duck into an offbeat gallery, see the opera or head to Metelkova City, a converted military barracks that has become the creative centre of Slovene counterculture. Above all, Ljubljana is a place to be explored.
When to go
As a capital city, Ljubljana is fine to visit year round, though the summer months are better to enjoy city and the outdoor activities close by.
What to do
- Walking tours of the Old Town
- Visit Ljubljana Castle
- Cross the three bridges
- Day trips to Lake Bled