Ljubljana is a green city, friendly for its residents and visitors alike. Its social and environmental awareness have a long tradition that you will feel with every step, and it is no coincidence that the city was named the European Green Capital of 2016. The cityscape, guarded by the prominent Ljubljana Castle, was shaped by the widely-celebrated architect Jože Plečnik. Whether you are a lover of culture and art or seek culinary delights, Ljubljana has something to offer that will not fail to impress. Have a walk along the Ljubljanica River, stop for a coffee and don’t forget to visit the farmers’ market.
It was world famous architect Jože Plečnik that left an indelible, personal mark on his native city, and today the so-called Plečnik's Ljubljana ranks among the 20th century's most prominent complete works of art. When walking the city don’t miss its most notable sights, like Tromostovje (the Triple Bridge), the National and University Library, the monastery complex of Križanke, the collonade of Ljubljana's central farmers’ market, the Dragon Bridge, the Cobblers’ Bridge, Plečnik’s House in the Trnovo district, the Trnovo Bridge, Levstik Square and Žale Cemetery. While you are at it, take a look at the Robba Fountain, the fountain of Carniolan rivers that stands in front of the City Hall, as well as the National Gallery and the National Museum of Slovenia, to name but a few of the city’s many landmarks.
In the centre of Ljubljana you can take the funicular or simply walk up to the mighty medieval castle that will take you back in time while revealing stunning views over the city and beyond. Visit one of the cultural events there, have lunch or dinner in one of the castle restaurants. Who knows, you might even decide it’s the perfect venue for your romantic wedding.
Throughout the year, Ljubljana offers a wealth of choice for those who love arts and culture. Concerts, festivals, theatre shows, opera and ballet, street theatre, fairs and exhibitions are an excellent opportunity to see notable Slovenian artists as well as the most established international names. Have a look at the latest events program and pick something just for you.
Ljubljana lives very close to nature and practices a host of advanced sustainable development measures. In 2016 the city was named European Green Capital. Take a stroll through Tivoli Park and climb Rožnik Hill, learn more about socially responsible projects engaging the city’s residents, discover Ljubljana by bike. Take advantage of the many opportunities the city offers for an active urban holiday.
From spring to autumn, Ljubljana basks in the sun, and this is the best time to sit down and enjoy a good cup of coffee. The Ljubljanica makes for a proper promenade, with cafes and restaurants inviting you to spend an afternoon or evening chatting with friends outside by the river. Why not take a culinary tour of the city, or learn about the tradition of brewing in Ljubljana while trying one of the many excellent local beers?
Open Kitchen is a food market event offering freshly made delicacies where you can grab a bite prepared in front of you by one of the many talented Slovenian chefs. Every Friday from mid-March through October you can try Slovenian and international dishes prepared and presented by Slovenian inns, restaurants, tourist farms and notable chefs. The food is accompanied by musical performances and other entertainment.
Feast on the best of Ljubljana’s culinary landscape! Try the superb Slovenian, Mediterranean seasonal dishes, venison, vegetarian fare, delectable desserts and select Slovenian wines. The best restaurants receive the Ljubljana Quality Mark, with the most renowned among them including JB, Restaurant Strelec in Ljubljana Castle’s picturesque Archers’ Tower, Čubr, Cubo, Kovač, Maxim, and Gostilna Na gradu (also at the castle), to name but a few. See the latest list and offerings.
Everyone can find something to enjoy in Ljubljana! Hang out with your friends or the locals, sit down in a nice café or bar with comfortable patios or dance to the tune of a thousand and one musical genres. The city isn’t large, so when you go out for a night on the town you can easily wander from pubs to clubs till the wee hours of the morning. Ljubljana and Central Slovenia in general offer many free outdoor events, a good many of them for children.
The centre of Ljubljana with its old city core will enchant with its countless small shops and open-air markets offering a diverse range of special, even unique goods and services. Fans of local culinary delights can find them in practically any shop or market. Fashion enthusiasts can set out for the city centre or to Ljubljana’s shopping mecca, BTC City, one of the largest shopping complexes in Europe. And once your shopping spree is over, treat yourself to some excellent, traditional local food.
Distinctly socially and environmentally responsible, Ljubljana boasts some fascinating projects, initiatives and solutions. In the old part of the city take a break at the Druga violina (Second String) restaurant, where you will be served by people with special needs – and talents. 3MUHE (3FLIES) is the first fair trade shop in Slovenia and sells exclusively fair trade products. Other interesting projects include the Stara roba, nova raba (Old Stuff, New Use) thrift store, the Center ponovne uporabe reuse centre, the working bistro Gostilna dela, SmetumetCraddle that sells recycled handmade goodies, and the list goes on.
Ljubljana makes the perfect base for exploring Slovenia, allowing you to visit many places and landmarks all in the course of a single day. The range of organised daily trips is extensive ‒ you can head to the Postojna Cave or to Bled, visit the Škocjan Caves or the Slovenian Coast, discover the hills of Goriška Brda and take the museum train along the Bohinj railway to the Soča Valley or somewhere completely different. There is much more on the list, including various thematic tours and excursions around Ljubljana and across Slovenia.
In the green heart of Slovenia, your view stretches from the mountainous Alps to the tranquil beauty of the Pannonian plains in the east. Mediterranean Slovenia with its coastal towns and the stunning Karst are waiting for you to discover them in all their beauty.