Ljubljana is Slovenia’s intriguing capital city and its magnificent streetscapes reward visitors who take their time to discover the city’s hidden treasures. Find a range of architectural styles that recall the city’s different imperial influences along its namesake river and relish the greenery provided by the parks and gardens.
The city’s central plaza is Prešeren Square, which regularly hosts events and concerts. It contains the pink Franciscan Church of the Annunciation. Gaze up at the impressive church’s turrets and admire the frescoes that decorate its interior. Nearby, you’ll find a monastery dating back to the 13th-century.
Beside the main square is the pedestrianized Triple Bridge, which consists of three spans that connect the city’s modern precinct to its old town. Make your way east to traverse the Dragon Bridge and admire its art nouveau style.
Visit the Ljubljana Central Market on the south bank between the bridges. The lively market has expansive halls where you can peruse food, craft and flower stalls. Stroll around Ljubljana’s old town to learn about the city’s past. Reach the Town Square to see the striking Robba Fountain and Ljubljana Town Hall.
Capture photos of the hilltop Ljubljana Castle, which is illuminated beautifully at night. Take a guided tour of the 15th-century castle’s intriguing interior and appreciate the views of the city from its grounds.
For a sense of the city’s ancient past, head west to the Roman City Walls. Pillars and a gate are among the surviving relics here. Enjoy the city’s green spaces with visits to the Ljubljana Zoo, Tivoli City Park and the Botanical Gardens of the University of Ljubljana.
Fly to the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, which is a 30-minute drive north of the city. The main bus terminal and train station are centrally located in Osvobodilne Square and provide transportation to the rest of the country. Ljubljana’s warm summer temperatures and compact city center make it an ideal destination to explore on foot.