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Winter brings out its dreamy Middle European character and the summer its Mediterranean easiness. Ljubljana is located halfway between Vienna and Venice. It is marked by the peculiar intersection of different historical and cultural influences, including the elements of both of the mentioned cities.
Many travellers describe Ljubljana as the hidden gem of Europe. The city offers a number of experiences, which we can hardly imagine anywhere else. The Moustache Tour has been selected as the best experience in Europe in 2018 (selection made by the EasyJet Traveller Magazine). It follows the footsteps of the three most important men in culture – Cankar, Plečnik and Jakopič.
Ljubljana is a picturesque town full of romantic attractions. Its ancient city centre can easily be travelled around on foot. Its architecture was distinctively influenced by the famous Jože Plečnik, giving the city, which was the place of his birth, a permanent seal, similar to Gaudi in Barcelona. Ljubljana is also unmistakably marked by medieval, Baroque and Secession elements. The most recognizable symbol of Ljubljana are the dragons of the Dragon Bridge protecting the city.
Ljubljana is a relaxed city
The atmosphere in Ljubljana is relaxed and reminiscent of the Mediterranean. Proof of this is the abundance of outdoor cafés, especially near the banks of the Ljubljanica, which are the favourite destinations of everybody looking to relax while mingling and enjoying the scenery.
The ancient city centre is always bustling with activity. All the year-round, Ljubljana provides a rich cultural offer, including many events. During the warmer months, several no-admission concerts are held, along with street performances and other happenings. One of the most popular Friday meeting places with a diverse culinary offer is undoubtedly the Open Kitchen event.
The best way to explore the sights of Ljubljana is to get the Ljubljana Card, which grants not only access to the city's major sights and museums, but also free travel on public buses, a free guided city tour, unlimited wireless internet access throughout the city center and a number of other benefits at a price that may be up to €80 lower than what one would pay without the card.
The more daring visitors can go sightseeing on the Ljubljanica River, for example with a SUP or a kayak.
Ljubljana is located in the very centre of Slovenia. The natural sights and globally renowned landmarks, such as Bled and the Postojna Cave, the Alps of Slovenia, Karst and the coast are virtually at your fingertips.
Ljubljana for gourmets
Ljubljana boasts an extraordinary culinary offer, combining traditional recipes, locally grown organic food, the influence of the Mediterranean and modern techniques of the resident chefs. Also excellent are Slovene wines, characterized by pronounced natural aromas. Guests are welcome to taste them on Ljubljana Wine Experience.
Gastronomy in Ljubljana is experiencing development on the world scale. The traditional Ljubljana cuisine is best presented by our culinary experiences with Taste Ljubljana. Ljubljana also has a very long tradition of brewing that the guests can learn about while tasting various local beers on Ljubljana Beer Experience.
Locate the gems of Ljubljana region
When you visit Ljubljana, do not only stop in the city centre. Head out on trips off the beaten path and explore the undiscovered beauty of the Ljubljana region.
The green surroundings of Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital, comprise 25 municipalities. The diverse area is united by the Kamnik Alps, pre-alpine hills, the Ljubljanska kotlina basin, the unique natural environment of the Ljubljana Marshes, the Karst fields, the subterranean caves, rivers and lakes. Experience the real Slovenia with its many natural gems, excellent cuisine and original adventures.
The Ljubljana Marshes is a natural area of wetlands and peat bogs, known for its rare animal and vegetation species, and for the remains of the prehistoric pile dwellings, which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
One of the lovely areas to visit in the region is Kamnik, with the scenic Velika planina high mountain plateau, health resort, botanical garden and golf course nearby. We have enriched the selection of experiences in the region: during your visit to Polhov Gradec you can enjoy a cup of tea with Count Blagaj, famed for his discovery of the Daphne blagayana flower, which the botanists named after him.
At Bogenšperk Castle in Šmartno pri Litiji you can visit Valvasor, a nobleman from the 17th century, who dedicated his life to science, collecting, and studying the land of Carniola and who, among other works, wrote the Glory of the Duchy of Carniola, which is today a priceless source of information regarding the late 17th century life of what is today called Slovenia. In Vrhnika you can learn about the life of the most important Slovenian dramatist and most universal Slovenian writer, Ivan Cankar.
The many natural sights, such as the Iški Vintgar gorge, the waterfalls of the Pekel ravine, the Županova Jama cave near Grosuplje or the picturesque Kamniška Bistrica ravine are all located near Ljubljana. The countless paths in nature offer excellent opportunities for hiking or cycling trips.
Enjoy traditional Slovenian food in the most pristine environment, the rural gostilnas and tourist farms; head out on daily organised hiking and cycling trips, admire the riches of the flora, experience excellent fishing trips in the numerous lakes and ponds – all this in the vicinity of the city centre.