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The fact is
that you’ll probably love Ljubljana. You don’t believe us yet, we understand. But
you’ll be charmed by its small old town, the atmosphere, and green trees
shading you from the hot summer sun.

Capital
cities of any country are usually the first contact we get when flying into that country. Sometimes they are exciting, other times overwhelming. Many people find them too loud, too crowded, and too much of everything.

That’s why we’ll talk about the capital of Ljubljana in Slovenia today. In 2014, Lonely Planet named Ljubljana the second-best place to visit in Europe. If it’s good enough for them, it should be good enough for you! But forget about that plane ticket for a moment. Let’s have a look at what this European capital has to offer.

Are you ready to take a tour through the street of Ljubljana Slovenia? Let’s begin!

Things to do in Ljubljana

Ljubljana may be a relatively small capital compared to other European cities, but that doesn’t mean it has nothing to offer. During the summertime it becomes alive with live music, people strolling through the streets, relaxed atmosphere, and hidden little shops selling unique souvenirs or used books.

Have a look at what you can do in Slovenia’s capital!

Observe the city from
Ljubljana Castle

Yes, there is a castle in Ljubljana. And it’s probably the first and most obvious choice for most visitors. It’s also an excellent spot to start your vacation. Because it introduces you to the vibe, the views, and the outlook of the entire city! Even if you skip the watchtower (because you’re afraid of heights or you don’t feel like too much walking), there are lovely views from the castle’s stone walls.

The best
part? The central courtyard is entrance-free. You can enjoy a drink at a café or have a bite in a restaurant.

Relax in Ljubljana Park
Tivoli

Only a few
streets away from the buzzing center, Tivoli park is a green space that all
love to visit, locals especially. It’s a favorite meeting spot, but there’s
more to it than just trees and meadows.

While walking
around, you may stumble into a mansion, a contemporary history museum, as well
as Botanical Garden, and a picturesque promenade that leads right up to the
Tivoli Castle.

Bring a
picnic basket and a blanket, relax in the shade of trees or stroll through the
park on a sunny afternoon.

Stroll past Ljubljana
Bridges

Ljubljana
has many bridges, and they each come with a unique story you can discover on
your own.

There are
four dragons angrily staring at the passers-by from the Dragon Bridge. Continue walking towards the city center, and you’ll
pass another bridge, which has turned into a romantic stop for many lovers.
Here, you can lock your old or new love with a padlock on the Butcher’s Bridge. You can also get
lovely views of the Central Market and the Triple
Bridge
from here.

The Triple Bridge
is probably one of the most famous and scenic points of Ljubljana. You can find
it on many postcards, photos, and guidebooks!

People-Watch at Preseren
Square

Located
next to the Triple bridge, Preseren Square is an introduction to Ljubljana’s
old town. The statue of Slovenia’s most famous poet, France Preseren, observes
the enthusiastic crowd of strollers, cyclists, tourists, visitors, families,
passing by under his watchful eyes.

You can
join him at his favorite past time: observe the people walking by while sipping
a glass of Slovenian wine. Remember, this area used to be full of traffic jams,
taxis, noisy buses, and cars until the center has become car-free. Now it’s
there for all to enjoy it!

Explore the Central Market

Going on a
culinary exploration of any kind can be an incredibly fun thing to do! We’re
convinced you can dive deeper into any culture with food, so where better to
stop than at the central market of Ljubljana?

You can
easily explore and taste fresh fruits and veggies on your own. You can also
find meats and local cheeses on the market. You can easily pack some of the
delicacies and enjoy a picnic next to the Ljubljanica river (or in Tivoli park).

If you’re
looking for a more consistent approach to Slovenian cuisine, hop on a food
tour! These are becoming more common, and many people happily take part,
leaving the thinking and organizing to the locals, who know where to find the
best foods with the most value for money. You can find excellent food
and wine tours here
. If there’s a beer lover among you, try this beer
and food tour
instead (PS: craft beers are all the hype now)!

Sip cocktails at the top
of the Skyscraper

The 70
meters high skyscraper offers unique views of the city as well! Take the lift
to the top and enjoy a refreshing cocktail while watching the colors of the sky
change as you relax and unwind.

Ljubljanica River Boat
Trip

Ljubljana
trip wouldn’t be complete without a boat ride on the river, where you can
observe the city center from a different point of view. You can take in the
architecture while listening to a commentary on Ljubljana and its sights.

Visit Ljubljana Slovenia: FAQ

Now that you know some things to do in Lubiana, let’s have a look at a few basic information about the capital city:

Ljubljana Slovenia weather

We’ve
already talked about the weather in a post on how to get to Slovenia. But in short, the best time to visit Ljubljana is all year round, apart from November. That can be a bleak and
the foggy month when everyone depressively awaits December festivities.

In general,
you can expect cold winters and warm summers. Since Ljubljana is a very green city, you can enjoy blooming spring, lush green summers, and colorfully vivid falls.

Ljubljana Slovenia map

While you
can find a detailed map of Ljubljana on Google Maps, you can also download or
print a tourist map right here.

The city is
easy to get around; you can use public transport (buses) for larger distances
in the city, but you can easily do a walking tour of the center as it’s walkable and quite small.
If you’re too tired by the end of the tour, take a funicular up to the castle
to enjoy the evening view of the whole town.

Ljubljana Slovenia flights

There are many online options where you can find affordable flights to Slovenia: Kyak,
Expedia, Skyscanner, etc.

So yes, you
can fly directly to Ljubljana from other larger European cities, but a cheaper option would probably be flying to one of the surrounding airports of neighboring countries: Venice (Italy), Budapest (Hungary), Vienna (Austria) and Zagreb (Croatia). You can read about getting to and from these airports here.

Ljubljana Slovenia airport

If you fly to Ljubljana, you land at Ljubljana International Airport (which is officially called Jože Pučnik airport).

The airport
is located some 25 kilometers (about 15 miles) from the capital, which means about 30 minutes by car. If you book one of the Slovenia tour packages, they may arrange an airport pickup for you. Another alternative is taking the airport shuttle; the ride takes about an hour.

Ljubljana Slovenia hotels

Wondering
where to stay in Ljubljana? With tourism dripping into the country, more and
more hotels, guest houses, and other types of accommodation are opening up. You
can easily find the best you’re looking for on Booking, or look elsewhere for a
more authentic or unusual experience.

Think about
it: if you book a hotel in the city center, you can easily explore Ljubljana on
foot and avoid public transport. That way you can soak in the vibe of the city
and not tire out your feet too much!

Ljubljana Slovenia restaurants

While
Slovenian cuisine at first glance doesn’t look like it’s anything special, get
ready for a treat. Slovenia is a meeting point of many cultures that also
result in its cuisine. From seafood to hearty stews and local cheese, you can
explore vast options to find the best suited to your taste.

The easiest
way to find the best restaurants in Ljubljana is to browse Tripadvisor.
If food is something you love to enjoy when discovering new countries, you’ll
be pleased to know that the culinary scene has been flourishing in the past few
years. There’s something for everyone: traditional, vegan, fine dining, cheap
eats, and much more.

One of the
most exciting things to do in Ljubljana in terms of food is to visit the Open Kitchen. It’s buzzing with locals and
visitors every single time. You’ll easily blend in when discovering all the
specialties different restaurants have to offer.

If you
happen to be traveling to Ljubljana, make sure to check the Open Kitchen events to see if
you can catch the open air food market and get a bite of Ljubljana’s food
delicacies!

Ljubljana to Lake Bled

While
leaving the capital won’t be as easy as you may think (nostalgia, love, and all
that), there are plenty of Slovenia destinations you can easily turn into a day
trip. One classic example (which is also probably a must) is visiting Lake
Bled.

Lake Bled
is truly a picturesque sight, with mighty mountains in the background, a castle
climbing over the lake with an idyllic church that grants wishes. Prepare your
camera for a picture-perfect moment!

There is public transportation that takes you there and back again if you have plenty of holiday time and a feeling for adventure. Otherwise, book a trip with a travel agency that will provide you with modern transportation, cover entrance fees, and provide a full English service on anything you need.

Is Ljubljana safe?

According to many online sources, Ljubljana is one of the safest capitals you’ll visit.
Slovenia as a country is very safe as well. 

How many days do you need
in Ljubljana?

While that depends on every traveler personally, we believe you don’t need more than a week for Ljubljana. The city is quite small, and if you’re in decent walking shape, you can easily see it in a couple of days. For a quick visit, one day would be enough. If you also want to visit the museums and explore the city a bit further, 2-3 days are enough. After three days you can focus on the rest of Slovenia.

Day tours from Ljubljana?

There are
plenty of options when it comes to day trips from Ljubljana. While you could
try and arrange all these by yourself, we can save you a lot of hassle and
stress (after all, Slovenia’s public transport is a nightmare, even the locals despise it!)

With a day
tour from Ljubljana, you can easily visit all the most impressive and popular
sights. Here’s what you can choose from:

Slovenia tour packages?

You can pick these tours with the base in Ljubljana, or you can pack your bags, get on a tour bus and enjoy the rest of Slovenia bit by bit.

What tour will you take? That depends on your preferences, time, and interests. Do you want to get the most from nature in Slovenia? Are you interested in history?
How about all the classic sights you can’t afford to miss?

How to: Ljubljana to
Zagreb

There are a
few options that can bring you from Slovenia to Croatia: train, bus, or
Flixbus. Of the three, the train is by far the most comfortable option.

Just like Ljubljana, Croatia’s capital is also worthy of paying a visit to. In case you’re not feeling too comfortable to explore it by yourself, hop on a tour and visit Zagreb with comfortable transportation and a professional tourist guides that know the best way, the language, and the country!

How to: Ljubljana to
Vienna

Same as to Zagreb, you can catch a bus or a train ride to Vienna, which would probably take you about 6 hours. While trains come with lovely scenery you can observe while stretching your legs and snacking on whatever delicacies you’ve hidden in your bag, Vienna is quite expensive compared to Ljubljana.

When you have a few days to spare, a Ljubljana to Vienna tour would be an excellent option to get the most of Vienna. The only few things you’d have to worry about is personal expenses and gratuities!

Ljubljana Slovenia: is it worth
it?

It may come
as a surprise, but there are many things to do in Ljubljana: whether you want
to focus on nature, on history, on people watching or food, there’s something
for everyone in this European capital.

Since it’s
located almost in the center of the country, getting around on day trips from
Ljubljana is very easy. While you don’t need more than a few days for the
capital, you can easily get the most from your vacation and see a large part of
Slovenia at the same time.

Let Ljubljana
charm you the way she knows best!