17 Ljubljana Sights What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia by JetsettingFools.com

17 Ljubljana Sights: What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Ljubljana is a city that lands on just about every Slovenia itinerary – and for good reason! The capital city looks like a fairy tale with the curving Ljubljanica River flowing through the center and around the hill-topping castle. The pedestrian-only Ljubljana Old City, decorated in ornate architecture and cafe-lined cobblestone streets, is filled with Ljubljana sights!

 

17 Ljubljana Sights

Our list of 17 Ljubljana sights are our best tips on what to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Even if you only have one day in Ljubljana, these are the sights to see! Note: We have included a Ljubljana Old Town map that is labeled with our 17 Ljubljana attractions at the end of the post.

 

#1 Ljubljana Castle

The Castle is a Ljubljana must-see! Whether you take the funicular or walk the path up the hill, the Ljubljana Castle should be #1 on your Ljubljana sightseeing list. The Medieval castle has seen many changes since it was first built. Today, it houses Ljubljana museums and event space. 

Entering the courtyard and wandering the grounds is free of charge, but parts of the castle require a ticket. Ljubljana Castle Price and Ljubljana Castle Opening Times can be found on the official website. Or, buy your ticket in advance on Viator

Hill-topping Ljubljana Castle in Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

#2 Preseren Square 

Named for Slovenian poet, France Preseren, and marked by his statue, the bright square off the Triple Bridge is the heart of the city. Six streets lead into the main square in Ljubljana that is always packed with people and features historic buildings and the dominating Franciscan Church. Tip: Many Ljubljana tours meet in Preseren Square…more on tours at the end of the post!

Preseren Square, the main square in Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

#3 Franciscan Church

The hard-to-miss pink Franciscan Church of the Annunciation on Preseren Square was built between 1646 and 1660 – and is one of the top Ljubljana attractions. The dark interior is in sharp contrast to the bright exterior of the often-photographed Ljubljana church.

Interior of Franciscan Church on Preseren Square in Ljubljana, Slovenia

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#4 Triple Bridge Ljubljana

A well-known landmark in Ljubljana, the three part bridge was designed by Ljubljana’s famed architect, Joze Plecnik. The three bridges of the Triple Bridge have a Venetian flair. Walking across the Triple Bridge is one of the top things to do in Ljubljana. 

Landmark Triple Bridge by Joze Plecnik in Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

#5 Dragon Bridge Ljubljana

Four green dragons crouch on the pillars of the Dragon Bridge, seemingly protecting the castle sitting in the background. The Dragon Bridge has become one of the popular Ljubljana tourist attractions – and taking a photo of the dragons is practically required when sightseeing Ljubljana! 

Famous Dragon Bridge in Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

#6 The Ljubljana Cathedral

The St. Nicolas Church Ljubljana is the city Cathedral. Decorative inside and out, St. Nicolas is one of the best places to visit in Ljubljana for a bit of quiet in the middle of the city. Before entering, take a look at the main doors; the artwork depicts the history of the Slovenian people, from ancient to current times. The Ljubljana St. Nicolas Cathedral interior is Italian Baroque and includes sculptures and ceiling frescoes.

The Ljubljana Cathedral in Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

#7 Ljubljana Market

The Ljubljana Market is comprised of stalls selling fresh, local produce, a section of clothing and goods, a flower market, an indoor meat and cheese market and the colonnade, which is made up of several small restaurants and the fish market. Tip: Find the Mlekomat – a fresh milk vending machine – one of the more unique Ljubljana, Slovenia points of interest! 

Flowers for sale at the Ljubljana Market in Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

#8 Ljubljana Town Hall and #9 Town Square

On the east side of the river, a short stroll from the Triple Bridge, is Town Square (Mestni Trg). The quaint square is home to the Ljubljana Town Hall, a building which dates to the late 1400’s, but was renovated in the current Venetian style in the mid-1700’s. In the center of the square is the Fountain of Three Carniolian Rivers (Robba Fountain), a top Ljubljana Baroque monument that was sculpted in the mid-1700’s. 

The Ljubljana Old Town and Three Rivers Fountain on Old Square in Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

#10 Old Town

The street (Stari trg) that leads south from Town Hall was once the main street in Ljubljana and is one of the oldest parts of the city. Today, Stari trg is one of the top Ljubljana places to visit for tourists. Restaurants selling traditional fare and shops selling local products occupy the historic buildings.

The historic Old Town in Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

#11 Levstikov trg

The end of Stari trg opens into Levstikov trg – in the center of which is the Hercules Fountain, a replica of a 17th century fountain. At #34 Stari trg is the Sticna Mansion, which dates to the year 1628 and is one of the Ljubljana points of interest. 

Hercules Fountain on Levstikov trg in Old Town Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

#12 Upper Square

The inclined street to the east is Upper Square (Gornji trg). Dating to Medieval times, the street once led to the town gate. Up the street is the Baroque Church of St. Florian, which was built in 1672. This historic street is one of the places to see in Ljubljana that many visitors miss! 

The Medieval Upper Town in Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

#13 St. James Church

Built between 1613 and 1615, the yellow St. James Church sits between the river, Castle Hill and the main road along the southern edge of the city center. The St. Mary’s Column was erected in 1682. The square in front of the church is another one of the places to see in Ljubljana that was designed by the famous Slovenian architect, Joze Plecnik.

St. James Church and St. Mary's Column in Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

 #14 The Ljubljana Skyscraper

The 13-story building, named, “Skyscraper” (or Neboticnik in Slovenian), was built in 1933 and is a Ljubljana landmark. When it was built, it held the titles of ‘Tallest Residential Building in Europe” and the “Tallest Building in Yugoslavia.” Taking the elevator to the top floor, outdoor cafe and viewing deck is one of the best things to do in Ljubljana! Tip: Looking for Ljubljana nightlight? The cafe turns into a club at night. 

View of the city from the Skyscraper in Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

#15 Serbian Orthodox Church Ljubljana

The St. Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Church was built in 1936 for the growing Serbian population in Ljubljana. The interior is absolutely stunning with nearly every inch of space covered in colorful artwork. Sorry, no photos allowed inside…to see the interior, you will have to add it to your list of Ljubljana, Slovenia things to do! 

St. Cyril and Methodius Serbian Orthodox Church in Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

#16 The US Embassy in Ljubljana

As the Slovenia capital, Ljubljana is home to many Embassies; however, not many rank as Ljubljana top attractions. The US Embassy, on the other hand, is one of the Ljubljana things to see…but is probably only interesting to Americans who are accustomed to seeing their government buildings made of concrete. The US Embassy in Ljubljana is a chalet that looks warm and welcoming…yet the armed guards didn’t invite us in for a cup of tea.

The chalet-style US Embassy in Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

#17 Tivoli Park Ljubljana

Not all Ljubljana top sights are man-made structures – the city boasts several nature parks near the center. Tivoli Park is the city’s most popular park – and a Ljubljana must-do! The expansive park has green lawns, a lake, a museum housed in a mansion and artwork sprinkled throughout. Tivoli City Park is one of the best places to visit in Ljubljana for a breath of fresh air and a full dose of nature! 

{Read about 4 Ljubljana Parks to vist}

Tivoli City Park in Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

Want more ideas on what to do in Ljubljana in one day? Read our top tips for unique things to do in Ljubljana that aren’t on the typical tour!

 

Ljubljana City Map of What To See

Map of Ljubljana Sights

 

Our top tips for your trip to Ljubljana

 

Ljubljana Tours

Our list of tourist attractions in Ljubljana, Slovenia is by no means complete! There is so much more to do in the city! After touring the top sights in Ljubljana, consider taking one of the many tours offered in the city. We recommend the following tours: 

Ljubljana Food Tour with Ljubljanajam – If you are looking for fun things to do in Ljubljana, this food tour is a great place to start! It’s entertaining, educational and filled with some of the best bites in the city.

Free Walking Tour Ljubljana by Alternative Tours – On a budget and looking for free things to do in Ljubljana? This free tour explores the edgier Ljubljana sights! 

There are many more Ljubljana tours on offer! One of the highly-rated tours is the City Walking Tour (which includes Ljubljana Castle entrance!) Check Viator for more Ljubljana tours and book in advance! 

 

Ljubljana Excursions!

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Where To Stay in Ljubljana

During our visit to Ljubljana, we stayed in an Airbnb Apartment. (Not already a member of Airbnb? Use this link to create an account and save money on your first stay!) However, for those who prefer staying in traditional accommodations, there are many hotels in Ljubljana city center. Our friends have stayed at the Antiq Palace Boutique Hotel Ljubljana. Or, check out these top-rated hotels (based on guest reviews!) for your upcoming trip:

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How To Get to Ljubljana

Ljubljana can be reached by plane, train, bus or car. Our preferred method of getting anywhere is by flying (we are JetSetting Fools, after all!). When we need to purchase plane tickets, we start our search for the best deals on airline tickets on Skyscanner or Flight Hub. However, we have also arrived/departed from Ljubljana via bus and train. 

{Read about our experience riding the Ljubljana to Budapest Train}

Ljubljana Airport: The Ljubljana, Slovenia airport is located north of the city. More Ljubljana Airport info can be found on the official site.

Book private transfer from the airport to the city in advance! 

Ljubljana Bus Station: There are many Ljubljana bus connections. Check schedules on Rome2Rio.

 

Ljubljana Facts

Ljubljana, Slovenia Population: 278,853 (2015)

Ljubljana Currency: Euro – Check current exchange rates

Ljubljana Pronunciation: Often mispronounced, it’s best to remember that the J is more like a ‘i’ or ‘y’ – so it’s like this: LOO-BLEE-ah-Nah – take a listen here.

The Official Ljubljana Tourist Office provides information to travelers, as well as a free map of Ljubljana city centre. They have an office at the Triple Bridge – or you can get information from their official website

The Ljubljana Card can be purchased to save money on top Ljubljana attractions. Buy in advance online and save even more money while sightseeing in Ljubljana, Slovenia!

 

Before You Go

  • Ljubljana is a walkable city…but only if you have the right shoes! Don’t forget to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable walking shoes for your trip. I (Sarah) have traveled with these shoes by Columbia, Skechers and Reef. Kris prefers wearing these shoes by Merrell and Sanuk.
  • We’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your trip. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera for higher quality photos (that can later be beautifully compiled into a travel photo book). We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos, but can be a bit clunky) and a Canon PowerShot ELPH (which takes beautiful pictures, is slim and lightweight – and the new models are wifi enabled so you can share your trip pics to social media in real time!).
  • It’s easy to get turned around in any foreign city…and especially Ljubljana! Make sure to have a good city map and/or guidebook before arriving.
  • We think travel insurance is essential! If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip, travel protected with World Nomads.

 

Start planning your trip to Ljubljana! Search for the lowest airfares, the best accommodations and fun things to do…then start packing!  Want more travel planning tips? Head over to our Travel Planning page for more information and tips on traveling – and for country-specific information, take a look at our Travel Guides page!

 

 

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10 thoughts on “17 Ljubljana Sights: What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia

  1. I loved wandering through the old town. The fact that a large part of it is for pedestrians only makes a huge difference to the enjoyment factor. The Metelkova area is also a fascinating place to explore. I enjoyed your pics as well. They were a great reminder of the couple of days that I spent there.

  2. Jon Dunn

    A great list of sights and attractions in the heart of the city. But a little further afield are the Botanic gardens, and a superb, tree-lined walk south down either bank of the river will take you towards it, and Metelkova, the re-energised ex-army buildings. Three minutes walk east from the train / bus stations.
    Good article and photos which all served to make me want to go back there! 😉

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