Ljubljana is the green capital of a green country. The image of the town by a river with picturesque bridges and a marketplace was designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik. The town of a thousand events is surrounded by parks and natural protected areas.

Being in Ljubljana makes me feel like I could believe in fairy tales again. 

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TOP 5 experiences

A romantic walk around the fascinating streets or active experiences of the Ljubljana tourist attractions? Choose your way to discover the beauty of this capital and its vibrant atmosphere. To regain your strength, treat yourself to the gastronomic pleasures of Ljubljana.

Go up to Ljubljana Castle

It only takes three minutes by cable car or twenty minutes on foot to reach the castle. From the Outlook Tower and the ramparts, you will find the most beautiful views of the city. Visit two museum exhibitions and a series of art exhibitions. Discover the stories of the castle on guided tours with actors wearing historical costumes. Enjoy cultural events and treat yourself to a feast in top restaurants of Gostilna na gradu and Strelec.

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The Magic of Plečnik's Ljubljana

The Magic of Plečnik's Ljubljana

Jože Plečnik, the pioneer of the architecture of the 20th century, left a lasting mark in Ljubljana. Plečnik's best known works include the National and University Library building, the Triple Bridge, the Cobblers' Bridge and the Central Market. Go on a guided tour and take a walk along the path which was trodden countless times by the master himself and visit Plečnik's House. If you choose to go on a guided tour on a bike, you can also see his works outside the town centre.

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Active Exploration of Ljubljana

Active Exploration of Ljubljana

Discover Ljubljana by bike. Use of the urban system for self-hire bike service BicikeLJ is free of charge. A guided cycling tour includes a picnic in the Tivoli Park. Discover Ljubljana through the eyes of an architect, a painter and a writer on a Moustache Tour. Ride through its centre along the Ljubljanica River with an SUP or a kayak. You can also see the sites while running.

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Take a Trip around Ljubljana

Take a Trip around Ljubljana

When you visit Ljubljana, go and explore its surroundings. Climb up to the herdsmen Velika Planina plateau. Discover the heritage of Slovenian castles, of Valvasor’s Bogenšperk, Polhov Gradec Mansion and the Bistra Castle near Vrhnika with its Technical Museum of Slovenia. Visit Vrhnika and learn about the history of the Ljubljana Marshes, where the oldest wooden wheel in the world was found.

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Day Trips around Slovenia from Ljubljana

Day Trips around Slovenia from Ljubljana

Ljubljana is an excellent starting point to explore Slovenia. If you are staying in Ljubljana, you can experience Slovenia on day trips with local tourist agencies. Visit the most famous tourist attractions of Slovenia. Discover the natural diversity of Slovenia, go on short trips to wine-producing regions or treat yourself to activities, such as mountain climbing, canyoning or rafting on the rapids of Alpine rivers.

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The Festival Summer in Ljubljana

The summer in Ljubljana is always lively. Ljubljana Festival has marked it with a programme of top-of-the-line art events. Alternatively, mostly free events occupy city streets and squares. The summer festive fever is intensified by Jazz Festival Ljubljana, the Ana Desetnica Street Theatre Festival, Film under the Stars at the Ljubljana Castle, Summer in Old Ljubljana Town and a range of other festivals.

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Discovering Alternative Ljubljana

Discovering Alternative Ljubljana

Discover a different Ljubljana which apart from the art and cognitive practices is also characterised by sustainable practices. Discover its arts in the Museum of Modern Art, International Centre of Graphic Arts or smaller galleries, such as DobraVaga or Škuc Gallery. Feel its urban vibes in Kino Šiška and at Metelkova, which is one of the best-known centres of alternative creativity in Europe.

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Festive December in Ljubljana

Festive December in Ljubljana

Experience the December fairy tale of Ljubljana. The universe-themed Christmas decorations are famous for their extravagant beauty. The Festive Fair with the treats from the catering stalls is the centre of the city’s social life, and the nearby squares host free concerts and events for children. A special experience is a festive ride with tourist boats along the Ljubljanica River.

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A green city living with nature

Ljubljana is a city with a green soul. Green nooks, abundant even at the very heart of the city, are ideal for walks and recreation. A tour of the tourist sites can be supplemented with walks on the Castle Hill, the banks of the Ljubljanica River or with a visit to the Tivoli Park. Take a hike on Rožnik, Šišenski hrib Hill or on Golovec, which are all covered with forests and criss-crossed with recreational paths.

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Experiencing the Gastronomic Side of Ljubljana

Experiencing the Gastronomic Side of Ljubljana

Learn about the flavours of Ljubljana on a guided gastronomical city tour. Taste some local beers and learn about the rich history of brewing. Set out on a wine experience and taste the best Slovenian wines. Visit Odprta kuhna (Open Kitchen) to feel the vibrant vibe of gastronomic Ljubljana. The best-rated restaurants according to local gastronomic experts are identified by the Ljubljana Quality Mark.

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Experiences by the Ljubljanica River

Experiences by the Ljubljanica River

The Ljubljanica River is the soul of Ljubljana. Walks are arranged on its embankments with bars and restaurants with catering gardens lined along them. You can see the city from another perspective by taking a ride in one of the tourist boats. You can admire the architecturally interesting bridges, such as Plečnik’s Triple Bridge, the Dragon Bridge, the Butchers' Bridge, which is Ljubljana’s love bridge, the Cobblers’ Bridge and the Hradecky Bridge.

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Green Facts

Slovenia writes a green story. Feel it at every step.

Most of the sights in Ljubljana can be visited on foot or by bicycle.

The historical centre of Ljubljana is closed for motor traffic. The exceptions include the Urban Tourist Train and electric vehicles called Kavalir (Gallant Helper).

Ljubljana is one of the few capitals where you can learn about the rich animal and plant life of the Ljubljanica River, the entirety of which belongs to Natura 2000.

With over 542 m² of public green areas per capita, Ljubljana is one of the greenest cities of Europe. Almost half of the green areas are covered with forests.

Leteči žganci (Flying žganci)

A witty, almost ironic name for a popular dish of the workers who worked at the town port by the Ljubljanica River in the 17th century, which means fried chicken legs and wings. Namely, žganci used to be a commonplace dish for the masses, and often also an expression of poverty and survival.

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Experience a pleasant getaway and have some rest

Would you like to stay a little longer and see and experience as much as possible? Then select suitable accommodation that is ideal for you in the nearby area.

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Ahotel Hotel Ljubljana

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Grand Hotel Union

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Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

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Vander Urbani Resort

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Antiq Palace Hotel & Spa

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Austria Trend Hotel Ljubljana

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Best Western Premier Hotel Slon

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Central hotel

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City Hotel Ljubljana

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Nearby destinations

Are you interested in where to head to on a trip from Ljubljana? In the winter, you can go skiing on Krvavec, which is only 42 km away and which offers excellent possibilities for active holidays even in the summer season. Visit the picturesque historical town of Kamnik, which is only 23 km away from Ljubljana and from where you can go on a hike to the herdsmen’s Velika Planina plateau or climb the tops of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. You can discover the beauty under the Julian Alps by visiting Bled adorned with a lake and an island and a castle on the rock, which is located only 50 km away. You can also visit the underworld of Postojna Cave and visit the largest cave castle in the world, Predjama Castle, which is the same distance away.

Kranj

The capital of the Slovenian Alps, where you stand with one foot in the city and the other one in nature.

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Kranj

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Kamnik

A charming medieval town nestled in the Kamnik-Savinja Alps.

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Kamnik

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Bled

Lake Bled and a castle perched on a cliff is one of the most beautiful Alpine resorts in Europe.

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Bled

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Karst

The world of underground wonders, stunning natural phenomena and unique tastes.

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Karst

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