Ljubljana at a glance
Slovenia’s capital combines the ancient and modern and is crowned by a magical castle and riven by a sparkling river. This intimate, walkable city, reminiscent of a fairytale village is studded with gems such as the National Museum and Gallery, the Central Market and Tivoli Park. Pedestrianised streets and cafes with riverside terraces make for a relaxing stay. The best route to the medieval castle is on the funicular from the Old Town. For day trips or longer, spectacular Lake Bled and the Julian Alps are within tantalising reach.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- History and art
- Interesting architecture
- Cafe culture
Walking is a good way for exploring the sights of Ljubljana as is cycling, especially in warmer months between April and October. There is however city buses which can take you around Ljubljana, you will need to purchase the Urbana public transport card to be able to travel on these buses.
Shopping in Ljubljana
Ljubljana’s attractive city centre is abuzz with shops, shopping is a pleasant affair as there are plenty of cafés dotted around for a much needed break. Additionally, there are traditional food retailers selling some fine Slovenian foods within the centre and can also be found in Ljubljana’s Central Market. One of the largest shopping centres in Europe belong to the BTC City Ljubljana and it boasts an array of shops, a water park, a relaxation and leisure centre, a cinema and restaurants.
Dining in Ljubljana
Ljubljana benefits from its location along the sea and between the Alps, which has made Slovenia a gastronomic heart for Europe’s favourite dishes, as if they were all handpicked by Slovenia! The Open Kitchen is a buzzing event, each Friday which showcases the diversity of Slovenia’s cuisine. This is a really cool event, foodies can sample excellent dishes from restaurants bringing their food to open-air street stalls. Along with the more modern and innovative foods, there are of course some specialties only found in Ljubljana.
Must-try local dishes:
- Struklji – a boiled or baked dough roll with sweet or savoury fillings, popular fillings include tarragon, cottage cheese or apple and poppy seed.
- Prekmurska gibanca – a traditional layered cake of poppy seed, cottage cheese, walnut and apple filling.
- Zlikrofi – Ravioli pockets filled with fatty spiced pork, onions, marjoram and chives, often matched with melted butter, mushroom gravy or rich bakalca lamb sauce.
Get your tailor-made short break itinerary
Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Ljubljana designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:
- All travel and transfers on days of your choice
- Accommodation from our handpicked range of Ljubljana hotels, to suit your budget and requirements
Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.
- Important information
Population 278,853 Languages Slovene Currency Euro Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
- Average temperatures
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- Distance from airports
Ljubljana Joze Pucnik Airport 26 km
- Railway stations
Ljubljana Railway Station