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Ljubljana

City of dragons!

Ljubljana is the stunning capital of Slovenia, boasting everything from historical castles to modern restaurants and riverside bars. The typical metropolitan features in this city are contrasted with the quaint buildings in the old town, and the traditional castle overhead. If you’re looking for a quick city break in somewhere completely unique and welcoming, or a base to explore Slovenia’s incredible landscapes, Ljubljana is definitely your next destination to consider. Keep reading to discover the highlights of the city and be inspired to visit Slovenia, a country which is often overlooked, despite having so much to offer! 


Sights to see - Ljubljana is a very small city, especially considering it’s the capital, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see. If you’re short on time, Ljubljana is perfect, as all of the main attractions are very close to one another. Head up the funicular, or take the short hike up to Ljubljana castle, where you can explore museums, exhibitions, beautiful interiors and even head up to a viewing tower. Don’t miss the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, right in the middle of the city, surrounded by market stalls, independent shops and unique cafes. 


Ljubljana old town
Ljubljana old town

You can easily spend your day in Ljubljana wandering through the cobbled streets of the old town, heading in and out of the cosiest cafes and bars. Start in Prešeren Square, the main square of the city, then explore from there. And of course, you have to visit the famous Dragon Bridge, the symbol of the city. But if you want to venture a little further, you can head to Tivoli park. This amazing green space is on the edge of the city centre, and gives you a taste of local life, as well as a moment of serenity away from the bustling centre. 




The view from Ljubljana skyscraper
The amazing view from Ljubljana Scyscraper

Drinks with a view - Whether you fancy a great coffee, a cocktail, or a craft beer, you’ll be spoilt for choice for spots to head for a drink in Ljubljana. But don’t settle for anywhere - one amazing option is the skyscraper. Don’t be fooled, it’s not really a skyscraper as we would consider it now, but when it was built in 1933, it was the tallest building in all of Yugoslavia. It has 360-degree views of the city from their observation deck on the top floor, and a wonderful café-bar inside. The bar even converts into a nightclub when it gets late!


If heights aren’t your thing, not to worry, the riverside is another perfect spot to relax and enjoy a drink or even a meal. Like the majority of European cities, in Slovenia there is lots of outside seating for every bar, even in winter, so you can enjoy the view of the river and the rest of the city in the fresh air. Don’t worry, if it’s cold, bars and restaurants will have heated lamps or even small fires for each table. A bar we absolutely loved, right by the river and the famous dragon bridge is Caffe Petkovsek


Next steps - Ljubljana has plenty to do for a short break, but if you want to extend your stay in Slovenia, there is so much more to this beautiful country, so don’t be afraid to venture out of the capital city. For example, you could take a trip to Lake Bled, only a 40 minute drive away, and see the incredible mountains and picturesque landscape that this area offers. It’s also really easy to reach by public transport!


Lake Bled, Slovenia, pictured from a viewpoint
Lake Bled, Slovenia


In summary, don’t dismiss Slovenia as a brilliant country to visit for your next break. It’s got historical and modern elements, cities and countryside, and what better place to start exploring than the capital city? 


Additional information:

Getting there: Ljubljana is easily accessible by air internationally. There are regular flights from several cities in the UK, and they’re generally pretty affordable too. You can also get to Ljubljana by train and coach from major cities in Slovenia and surrounding countries.

Visas: Citizens of most countries do not need a visa to visit Slovenia for a stay of up to 90 days.

Currency: The currency of Slovenia is the Euro.

Language: The official language of Slovenia is Slovenian, but English is widely spoken in tourist hotspots such as Ljubljana and Bled.

Time zone: Slovenia is in the Central European Time Zone, usually an hour ahead of the UK.


Ready to go?

- Search for somewhere to stay in Slovenia on booking.com

- Look for things to do in Slovenia on GetYourGuide here

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