capital Slovenia

Basic information about Ljubljana

Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia with almost 300,000 inhabitants and it was European Green capital of 2016. It is located almost in the middle of Slovenia so it is easily accessible by car, train, bus or by plane. In the city you can rent a bike. The most known is BicikeLJ with 60 stations. They are located from 300 to 500 meters apart. It is easy and cheap to use.

BicikeLJ (bike) station

In the capital of Slovenia you find different types of accommodations, I suggest you to choose any of tourist farm with special experience close to the center. You can even stay in camp Ježica close to the center. It is located at the river Sava in the green area under trees.

What to do in the capital of Slovenia?

Start your trip at the three bridges and Prešeren square. Prešeren was the Slovenian poet who wrote national anthem ‘Zdravljica’. There you can visit Franciscan Monastery and the Church of the Annuciation from the 17th century. From there take a walk along the Ljubljanica river to the Dragon bridge with famous dragon statues. After walk you can relax during boat ride on the Ljubljanica river and take a look around Ljubljana from the other side.

The Church of the Annuciation at the Prešeren Square

Very close to the Prešeren square you can find Town hall where is the present seat of the Municipality of Ljubljana. You can enter it and watch different exhibitions. In front of the Town hall you will see Robba fountain which was also known as the Fountain of the Three Carniolan Rivers. One of very important Slovenian building is Parliament which you can find in the center.

Take a walk or a funicular to the Ljubljana castle on the hill over center. There you can take a guided tour in the castle or just enjoy the spectacular view over the city for free. If you like hiking you can decide to go to the Mount Saint Mary (Šmarna gora) or Rožnik. Both hills are very popular among the people from Ljubljana and around. The most popular trail to the Mount Saint Mary is from the Tacen. There is parking (0,6 Eur for first 2 hours and 0,6 Eur every subsequent hour) so from there to the church at Mount Saint Mary you’ll need 30-45 minutes. While the Rožnik is lower hill above the Tivoli park. I highly recommend easy walk through Tivoli to the Rožnik where you can drink or eat something.

The spectacular view from the Ljubljana castle over the city and the Alps

The youngest and the young at heart can close to the Rožnik enjoy in the ZOO. There you can admire different animals like bear, tiger, different monkeys, elephant, giraffe and more. At a certain hour you can watch the feeding and training of the certain animal.

ZOO Ljubljana

Shopping in Ljubljana

For the shopping lovers there are also some big and very good places. The most visited shopping areas are BTC and City park (to there you can come by bus 27) and Supernova Rudnik (on the other side by bus 27). You can also shopping on the Central market in the center which is opened from Monday to Saturday from early morning to 4 p.m. From middle of March till end of October every Friday on the Central market you can visit Open kitchen (Odprta kuhna) where you can try dishes from all over the world.

Events in the capital of Slovenia

The sports enthusiasts have to visit the Stožice Sports Park Arena with its unique architectural design. There are a lot of sporting events and concerts and offer place for around 12,000 spectators. A lot of events happen in Metelkova. It is special place with the graffiti where you can party almost every night. In Ljubljana you can find also Slovenian very important cultural and congress center Cankarjev dom. There you can visit different events, concerts, fairs and exhibitions. Besides everything you can also enjoy in Opera house, theaters and cinemas.

Stožice Sports Park Arena

Every first Sunday in the month you can visit some museums for free like:

Slovene Ethnographic Museum, National Museum of Contemporary History, Museum of Natural history, National Museum of Slovenia, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, National Gallery and also Museum of Modern Art. I would also suggest you to visit the House of illusions.

Food and drink in Ljubljana

You can enjoy really nice view with the drink or food from the top of the Skyscraper or from the 20th floor of the Intercontinental hotel. I would also suggest you to eat in Slovenian house (Slovenska hiša) and try typical Slovenian dishes. After all I would highly recommend the best cake in the city, it is in Cafe Zvezda (mean Star). You can find four cafes Zvezda in the city.

Cafe Zvezda

However in Ljubljana you can find different international dishes, like Italian, Bosnian, Mexican, Turkey, Chinese cuisine.

Enjoy Around Slovenia and its capital Ljubljana.