Welcome to Ljubljana, the small but beautiful capital of Slovenia

Introducing Ljubljana

Few people know where Ljubljana is, even less can pronounce Ljubljana, but the capital of Slovenia has all the right ingredients for the perfect city break. It wouldn’t be revolutionary if we told you that the fame of a city doesn’t guarantee the quality of your experience there, and vice versa. Cities not included on lists of top recommended destinations in the world, can create some exquisite travel memories. This is exactly the case with Ljubljana.

Ljubljana, Slovenia’s largest city, is one of the youngest and most liveable capitals in the European Union. It has a 5,000-year-long and fascinating history including the remains of the Roman city of Emona and the old city centre with its medieval castle. It was formerly an Austro-Hungarian city called Laibach, and is heavily influenced by nearby Austria and Italy. It’s a city with a medieval heart, a city of the Baroque and Art Nouveau, with numerous picturesque bridges across the Ljubljanica river (which is perfect for boat trips) and the vast green Tivoli park, which stretches into the very city centre.

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Ljubljana is quickly establishing itself as one of Europe’s must visit cities. It’s a safe, walkable place with lots to see, do, eat, and drink. Many visitors happily spend their time meandering along its cobbled streets or sitting in a pavement cafe in one of its squares, but Ljubljana also has a handful of museums, art galleries, festivals, a theatre, a bustling market, and a hilltop castle with views for miles. After dark, Ljubljana has enough chic bars, cosy inns with open fires and sophisticated restaurants to keep tourists entertained. The local people are friendly and helpful and most of them speak English really well. The city itself isn’t that large, but there’s enough there to fill a week, and then you can use it as a base to explore elsewhere in Slovenia. Distances between places in Slovenia are really short and within a single day you can visit the Slovenian coast and experience the Mediterranean climate or visit the mountainous region of Gorenjska and experience the Alpine and continental climate.

The most important attractions in the city are Ljubljana’s Old Town, Ljubljana Castle, Triple Bridge, Preseren Square, River Ljubljanica Kanal, Cathedral of St. Nicholas, Tivoli Park, Metelkova, National Museum of Contemporary History, Ljubljana Castle Funicular, Franciscan Church, Vodnik Square, Dragon Bridge, Town Hall, Ljubljana Zoo, National and University Library, Galerija Emporium, Butcher’s Bridge, Zale Cemetery, Shoemaker’s Bridge, Slovene Ethnographic Museum, Church of St. James, Ursuline Church of the Holy Trinity, Technical Museum of Slovenia, Plecnik Collection / Architectural Museum Ljubljana, Fountain of Three Carniolan Rivers, and Old Square.

HISTORIC AND CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS IN LJUBLJANA
Ljubljana old townLJUBLJANA OLD TOWN – one of the most picturesque city centers in Europe
Overall Rating:     10/10   (Must-See)
Ljubljana is a charming little capital and its Old Town is one of Slovenia's top tourist destinations that draws over one million visitors per year. It's a mix of impressive architecture, a picturesque river littered with fascinating bridges, plus heaps of lovely restaurants, bars and cafés. It's a very safe and easy area to wander around - the streets are pedestrianized so that makes it quieter and more relaxed.
Ljubljana castle, SloveniaLJUBLJANA CASTLE – the most identifiable feature in Slovenia's capital Ljubljana
Overall Rating:     10/10   (Must-See)
Ljubljana Castle is the most prominent tourist attraction in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. The castle is perched on top of a hill and can be seen from anywhere in Ljubljana, and you can see anywhere in Ljubljana from the castle. Majority of the castle is free to wander through and there is something for everyone (fantastic views, interesting exhibits, people in costume, lots to keep the children interested, good food, etc.). To visit the castle, you can walk up to it or you can take the funicular to the top.
Preseren square in LjubljanaPRESEREN SQUARE – the heart of the Ljubljana old town, always live and interesting
Overall Rating:     10/10   (Must-See)
Preseren Square is the center of Ljubljana’s Old Town, situated where the Triple Bridge crosses the Ljubljanica river and right in front of the pink Franciscan Church of the Annunciation. The square is cobblestone-paved and is an amazing place full of life, where both the locals and tourists hang out to socialize, listen to talented street musicians, people watch, and take in the views.
Triple Bridge in Ljubljana Old Town, SloveniaTRIPLE BRIDGE – if the city of Ljubljana has a heart, this is it
Overall Rating:     10/10   (Must-See)
Triple Bridge or Tromostovje as it is called in Slovene is located perfectly in the heart of Slovenia's capital Ljubljana. It connects the Ljubljana’s historic old town on one bank and the modern part of the city on the other. The bridge has a Venetian look to it – it was designed with a lot of Italian influence and looks like you would find it in Venice. It’s small yet lovely. There are usually buskers and other street entertainers on the bridge creating a lovely atmosphere.
Ljubljanica river canal, Ljubljana-300LJUBLJANICA RIVER CANAL – a great way to experience Ljubljana
Overall Rating:     10/10   (Must-See)
The Ljubljanica river canal splits Ljubljana’s historic old town from the modern part of the city. A paved path exists along the entire way. The river’s banks are beautiful and you can spend an afternoon just wandering along and enjoy historic buildings and architecture, the many lively outdoor cafés and restaurants, and the vibe of the city. It's an excellent place to get a perspective on what living in Slovenia’s capital is all about.
Ljubljana Cathedral, SloveniaLJUBLJANA CATHEDRAL – if you're in Slovenia's capital put this on your must see list
Overall Rating:     09/10   (Highly Recommended)
Ljubljana Cathedral (also known as the Cathedral of St. Nicholas) is the main church in Slovenia's capital Ljubljana. It's not terribly impressive from the outside, but when you go inside it is magnificent. The amazing artwork adorns pretty much every inch of the inside of the building, with spectacular paintings (the cathedral has recently been refurbished so the colors are really vibrant), lots of gold leaf, intricate frescos on the ceiling and a magnificent pipe organ.
Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, LjubljanaFRANCISCAN CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION – one of the most recognizable buildings in the city
Overall Rating:     08/10   (Highly Recommended)
The church is located in a prime position in the heart of the Ljubljana old town. You cannot fail to spot this salmon-pink church as it provides an attractive backdrop to the main Preseren Square at the end of the Triple bridge. The inside is worth a look for the painted ceiling and walls and the main altar, which was executed by a famous Italian sculptor Francesco Robba.

Where to eat in Ljubljana - Reviews of the most popular restaurants in Ljubljana
Restaurant Valvasor in Ljubljana SloveniaRESTAURANT VALVASOR   (Cuisine: International)
A wonderful fine dining restaurant situated in the middle of Ljubljana old town. The menu is a selection of modern European dishes along with some traditional Slovenian favorites. The food is absolutely delightful and delicious, food quality is excellent with very pure ingredients and they know how to make the dishes look mouth-watering.

OVERALL RATING:     10/10   (Exceptional)
PRICES:     (Expensive)
Restaurant Julija in Ljubljana SloveniaRESTAURANT JULIJA   (Cuisine: International | Italian | Slovenian)
A lovely little restaurant situated in the heart of old Ljubljana’s pedestrian section. The menu is diverse enough to please anyone. There are a lot of Italian dishes but also some Slovenian classics. It’s not exactly fine dining, but pretty close. The food is delicious and beautifully presented and the ingredients are always fresh.

OVERALL RATING:     09/10   (Excellent)
PRICES:   price-rating-moderate   (Moderate)
Restaurant Spajza in Ljubljana SloveniaRESTAURANT SPAJZA   (Cuisine: Mediterranean | Slovenian)
This charming and intimate restaurant is located on a quieter street in Ljubljana Old Town. It’s housed in a lovely medieval building. The menu is designed around local foods and has many different options for meat, fish, and game – all complemented by local wines. The food is prepared perfectly and most portions are generous.

OVERALL RATING:     10/10   (Exceptional)
PRICES:     (Expensive)
Restaurant Manna in Ljubljana SloveniaRESTAURANT MANNA   (Cuisine: Mediterranean | Slovenian)
The restaurant is located about 10-15 minute walk from Ljubljana’s Old Town. The food is delicious, a great blend of Mediterranean and Slovenian cuisine. The service is excellent and the serving staff puts you at ease to enjoy your meal with a detailed description of each dish and wine.

OVERALL RATING:     10/10   (Exceptional)
PRICES:     (Expensive)

Places to stay in Slovenia's capital Ljubljana that we think are the best and worth staying at
The accommodation options in Ljubljana can be divided into five main categories: hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, self catering apartments and hostels.
Ljubljana hotelsHOTELS IN LJUBLJANA THAT WE RECOMMEND
Finding a hotel that suits your needs and fits your budget can be a hassle. That is why we have reviewed and rated the most popular Ljubljana hotels that offer good value. If you’re planning to visit Ljubljana, read on and find a hotel that best suits your needs and budget. This selection is not about cheap hotels. It’s about nice Ljubljana hotels offering best value for money.
Ljubljana guest housesGUESTHOUSES IN LJUBLJANA THAT WE RECOMMEND
Guesthouses in Ljubljana are a nice, safe option as they are both comfortable and homely, with owners who take an interest in their guests. Ljubljana guesthouses are generally on the small side, offering a warm and cosy ambience and a personalized, welcoming atmosphere. A lot of proprietors live on-site, so they are immediately available to answer all guest's questions about the local area and address any concerns/issues the guest may have.
Ljubljana apartmentsSELF CATERING APARTMENTS IN LJUBLJANA THAT WE RECOMMEND
If you are looking for something a bit more private, many local residents in Ljubljana, Slovenia offer apartments for rent in their houses. You’ll find all the comforts of your own house, as well as plenty privacy. Generally, all self-catering apartments in Ljubljana are fully furnished and supplied with household equipment such as linen, towels, cutlery and crockery. Rates vary widely, so always do your research beforehand.
Ljubljana bed and breakfastsBED AND BREAKFASTS IN LJUBLJANA THAT WE RECOMMEND
Ljubljana bed and breakfasts are usually small, family-run places with fewer amenities but more character than a hotel. Most bed and breakfasts offer up to four rooms in the hosts’ own house, though they can range from large guest houses with more than a dozen rooms to small homes renting out a single spare bedroom.
Ljubljana hostelsHOSTELS IN LJUBLJANA THAT WE RECOMMEND
Hostels are a popular option for those seeking fun low-cost accommodations in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Most spaces and amenities are usually shared, but there are also some facilities that provide en-suite rooms. While you might not get as much privacy, Ljubljana hostels are generally cheap and of great value.
Ljubljana farm staysFARM STAYS NEAR LJUBLJANA THAT WE RECOMMEND
Stay close to Slovenia's capital Ljubljana on a farm stay and you'll combine the best of both worlds. The kids will love it too. There are a few really great tourist farms in the vicinity of Ljubljana that offer much more than a place to stay, as the rural environment is a real experience in itself for most visitors – especially families with children.

Ljubljana Pictures

View our image gallery with 31 high-resolution photos that proves you absolutely have to visit Ljubljana!

Three photos below by Luka Esenko
Panorama of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia
A beautiful panorama from the Neboticnik skyscraper.

A group of people on the Triple Bridge in Ljubljana during the festive season in December
The Triple Bridge at night during the festive season in December.

View of Slovenia's capital Ljubljana from the castle tower
A wonderful view of the evening Ljubljana from the castle tower in December during the festive season.

Next 6 photos below by Domen Dolenc
Panorama of the Slovenian capital Ljubljana with Ljubljana Castle from the Neboticnik skyscraper
The observation deck on top of the Neboticnik skyscraper offers the best views in Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana.

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Ljubljanica River wandering through Old Town is the heart of Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana
The core areas of Ljubljana’s Old Town are concentrated along the Ljubljanica River that flows through the centre of the city.

Preseren Square, the circular main square in Slovenia's capital Ljubljana
The circular Preseren Square is the center of Ljubljana’s Old Town.

Picturesque old Baroque and Art Nouveau houses in the historic centre of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia
The pedestrian street of Stari Trg (Old Square) is one of the two main cobbled streets in the oldest part of the city.

Beautiful panorama of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia from the Ljubljana Castle in fall
A view from the castle.

Christmas lightening based around the theme of the universe in Ljubljana, the capital Slovenia
During the festive month of December, the atmosphere in Ljubljana is always vibrant.

Next 8 photos below by Jakob Noc
The glassy Ribja Brv footbridge in Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia
The Ljubljanica river runs through the center of the old town and is the center point for restaurants, cafes and shops.

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Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana, Slovenia
The Ljubljanica River is the main river that runs through Ljubljana.

Ljubljanica River is the main river that runs through Slovenia's capital Ljubljana
One of the best ways to see Ljubljana ant its Old Town is to join a tourist boat cruise along the river.

Night view of Ljubljana Castle from the Congress square, Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia
The Congress square by night.

Hotel Slon enjoys a central location in Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia
Hotel Slon enjoys a central location in Ljubljana.

View of Slovenia's capital Ljubljana from the observation deck on top of the Neboticnik skyscraper
An evening in Ljubljana.

Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, adorned with Christmas lights and decorations
Ljubljana’s Old Town adorned with Christmas lights and decorations.

The unique Christmas lights in Ljubljana with galaxies, planets, comets and shooting stars
You gotta love the unique Christmas lights in Ljubljana.

Next 3 photos below by Daniel Tomanovic
The Ljubljanica River flowing through Ljubljana's Old Town in the summer
The charming Ljubljana Old Town.

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Preseren Square in Ljubljana's Old Town adorned with Christmas lights
The Preseren Square in Ljubljana’s Old Town adorned with Christmas lights and decorations.

Ljubljana's Old Town adorned with Christmas lights
Ljubljana’s Old Town at night during the festive season.

Next 3 photos below by Blaz Gvajc
View of the festively decorated Ljubljana from the castle tower
A magical view of the festively decorated Ljubljana from the castle tower.

The festively decorated Ljubljana's Old Town
The festively decorated Ljubljana’s centre.

The festively decorated street in Ljubljana's Old Town
Ljubljana’s Christmas lights display is considered to be one of the most gorgeous and imaginative in Europe.

Photo by Piotr Skrzypiec
View of Slovenia's capital city Ljubljana from the castle, with the Slovenian Alps in background
A view from the castle.

Photo by Sabina Tomazic
Beautiful view of Slovenia's capital Ljubljana at night with Christmas lights
Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana at night during the festive season.

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Next 3 photos below by Jure Kralj
Slovenia's capital Ljubljana with the Triple Bridge over the Ljubljanica river
Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana exudes a charming elegance.

Triple Bridge in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia with the pink Franciscan church in the background
Triple Bridge that crosses the Ljubljanica River is picturesque and an important landmark.

Next 3 photos below by Gregor Kacin
Aerial view of the historic city centre of Slovenia's capital Ljubljana from an airplane
Aerial view of the historic Old Town from an airplane.

Aerial view of Slovenia's capital Ljubljana and the castle from an airplane
Another aerial view of Ljubljana’s Old Town.

Elevated view of Slovenia's capital Ljubljana
Ljubljana is one of the smallest capital cities in Europe.

Christmas lights in Slovenia's capital Ljubljana celebrate science with geometric forms, math equations, galaxies, and planets
Ljubljana’s incredible Christmas lights celebrate science with fancy geometric forms, math equations, galaxies, planets, comets and shooting stars!

Discover beautiful Ljubljana through amazing photos
Ljubljana SloveniaLJUBLJANA (30 pictures)
Slovenia's capital Ljubljana is a city of the Baroque and Art Nouveau, with numerous picturesque bridges across the Ljubljanica river and the vast green Tivoli park, which stretches into the very city centre.
Ljubljana old townLJUBLJANA OLD TOWN (33 pictures)
Ljubljana is a charming little capital and its Old Town is one of Slovenia's top tourist destinations that draws over one million visitors per year. It's a mix of impressive architecture, a picturesque river littered with fascinating bridges, plus heaps of lovely restaurants, bars and cafés.
Ljubljana Castle SloveniaLJUBLJANA CASTLE (30 pictures)
The castle is the most prominent tourist attraction in Slovenia's capital Ljubljana. It is perched on top of a hill and can be seen from anywhere in Ljubljana, and you can see anywhere in Ljubljana from the castle.
Preseren square in LjubljanaPRESEREN SQUARE (15 pictures)
The square is the center of Ljubljana’s Old Town, located where the Triple Bridge crosses the Ljubljanica river and right in front of the pink Franciscan Church of the Annunciation.
Triple Bridge in Ljubljana Old Town, SloveniaTRIPLE BRIDGE (20 pictures)
The bridge is located in the centre of Ljubljana. It connects the historic old town on one bank and the modern part of Ljubljana on the other.
Ljubljanica river canal, Ljubljana-300LJUBLJANICA RIVER CANAL (40 pictures)
The canal splits Ljubljana’s historic old town from the modern part of the city. It's an excellent place to get a perspective on what living in Ljubljana is all about.
Ljubljana Cathedral, SloveniaLJUBLJANA CATHEDRAL (25 pictures)
The Cathedral of St. Nicholas is the main church in Ljubljana. It's not very impressive from the outside, but when you go inside it is magnificent.
Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, LjubljanaFRANCISCAN CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION (23 pictures)
The church is located in a prime position in the heart of the Ljubljana old town. You cannot fail to spot this salmon-pink church as it provides an attractive backdrop to the main Preseren Square at the end of the Triple bridge.

Location of Ljubljana on the map


Address: Mestni trg 1, 1000 Ljubljana
Latitude and Longitude Coordinates: 46.049845, 14.506966
GPS coordinates: 46° 2′ 59.4420” N     14° 30′ 25.0776” E
Region: Central Slovenia

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5 thoughts on “Welcome to Ljubljana, the small but beautiful capital of Slovenia”

  1. Ljubljana is a fantastic place full of history, gorgeous buildings and nice choice of restaurants and shops.

  2. Ljubljana is a beautiful capital yet undiscovered by the masses — it is a capital and a country on the cusp of discovery however, and that is a good thing for the people of Slovenia.

  3. The city of Lublijana is one of the loveliest cities we have ever visited with the river, beautiful architecture, cafes, restaurants and scenic attractions.

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