Things to do in Ljubljana
Ljubljana won’t peer pressure you into overspending or wasting money on useless trinkets. The best things in this city are free or close to it. Shuffle your spare change away for an extra shot of schnapps, lace up your trainers and prepare to see Ljubljana the way it was made to be seen – on foot, by bike or on tour.
Speaking of tours, there are a number of complementary options to choose from. English-speaking guides herd travellers down historical alleys and turnaround streets in the legendary Old Town, translate the market buzz of Vodnik Square, invite cynics to discover the inner beauty of the Cathedral of St Nicholas, and picnic in Tivoli Park in the shade of grand mansions and peaceful lakes.
Or you could just do it all yourself. Ljubljana doesn’t demand structure or planned day trips. Get active. Pack a bag and delve deeper into the surrounding mountains and foothills, the teeth of the Julian Alps.
Serious history enthusiasts can throw back the Iron Curtain and learn about life under Tito. Don’t be surprised if this crash course in post-Yugoslavia takes you to the dens of Metelkova, a veritable factory of big ideas, ideological movements and grunge music – by day anyway. At night, the alternative community conforms to the unspoken credo of the city; work hard, play hard, party until you can’t stand.
Here’s a list of the must-see sights in Ljubljana.
The Triple Bridge connects Old Town, modern Ljubljana and the city centre. A hive of activity and market trade, many come to see this marvel of modest invention while sipping on a latte and inhaling the electric atmosphere.
The Virtual Museum tells the story of Ljubljana and the castle without the boring bits. An immersive attraction, go on a digital journey into the past following the development from prehistory to now.
Ljubljana Castle hums with activity, food and tours to challenge your perceptions. Have we learned from the past? You decide. Monarchs, regimes and wars await.
Join a neverending throng of shoppers as Central Market buzzes on the Ljubljanica River combining open-air stalls with Renaissance-inspired shopping halls.
The Dragon Bridge is a must-see quirk connecting the banks of Ljubljana. A quick walk from Central Market, this bridge features in many happy snaps and itineraries - are you ready for your dragon photo op?