City Breaks: Quick Guide to Ljubljana

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Ljubljana the capital of Slovenia is simply stunning and would be a perfect destination for a weekend getaway. The city isn’t that big and is easy to walk around. It also felt quite romantic and I would often see couples walking hand in hand along the river and throughout the streets.

Things to see and do in Ljubljana

Here are a few of the things you could see and do in Ljubljana on your visit.

Explore the Old Town

In this city, you’ll have the pleasure of walking along the beautiful Ljubljana river coursing through the centre with stunning architecture on either side. Along the river and throughout the city you will find lots of wonderful restaurants with many offering alfresco dining for that perfect summer experience.

Colours along the Ljubljana river
Colours along the Ljubljana river

Many streets in the old town are cobbled and traffic-free and have old and beautiful architecture.

Ljubljana old town
Old Town
Streets of Ljubljana in the summer
Streets of Ljubljana in the summer
Streets of Ljubljana
Streets of Ljubljana

Ljubljana Castle

For high views or to learn some of Slovenia’s history, head up to Ljubljana castle. Here you will find museums, a restaurant and the Castle Tower for fantastic panoramic views of the city.

Views from Ljubljana Castle
Views from Ljubljana Castle
Restaurants at Ljubljana castle
Restaurants at Ljubljana castle

Nebotičnik Skyscraper

Another excellent place for high views of Ljubljana is the rooftop bar on the Nebotičnik Skyscraper. Here you can watch the sun go down whilst enjoying some drinks and snacks.

Ljubljana featured image
Views from Nebotičnik Skyscraper

Bled and Vintgar Gorge

If you fancy a little excursion head north of Ljubljana to Bled. Bled is famous for the lake set between hills and mountains with the Church of Assumption on an island in the middle. You can get the bus to Bled from or simply take a tour as well which will get you there and back and include other highlights during the trip.

Bled Lake at sunrise
Bled Lake at sunrise

Not far from Bled is Vintgar Gorge which is a beautiful river running between 1.6km of narrow rock. You can then walk along the platforms to get amazing views. If you’d like to read more about Vintgar Gorge read our post here.

Vintgar Gorge
Vintgar Gorge

For more on Vintgar Gorge head to Visit Vintgar Gorge, one of Slovenia’s highlights.

More tours and activities for Ljubljana

You can start booking tours and activities on Here are some ideas below.

Places to stay

  • If you wanted to stay somewhere cheap and central consider AdHoc Hostel, which is in a great location along the river and doesn’t take long to walk up to the Castle or to other attractions.
  • For a more luxurious place consider Grand Hotel Union, which is a short walk up from the famous Triple Bridges and Prešeren Square.
  • Whilst in Bled a great hotel to stay in is Grand Hotel Toplice, which is located right on the lake and will provide stunning views of the lake from many of the bedrooms as well as stunning facilities.

Places to eat

You won’t struggle to find nice places to eat. All along the river are plenty of Alfresco dining opportunities, as well as plenty of restaurants along the streets.

You could walk and visit the restaurants that appeal to you, or you could do some research on Tripadvisor, which will provide you with reviews to help you choose.

Ljubljana photography tips

  • Take photographs along the river in the morning when the water is calm and provides perfect reflections.
  • Head up the Nebotičnik Skyscraper for an awesome sunset spot.
  • Explore the old town in the morning when there is nobody around for peaceful street photographs.
  • Get low to the ground and include the cobbles in your shots for a nice perspective.

More travel photography tips: Ultimate Tips for Travel Photography

Ljubljana destination info

  • Currency – Euro
  • WiFi – Easy to find everywhere
  • Emergency numbers:
    122 – fire brigade
    133 – police
    140 – mountain rescue
    144 – rescue/ambulance
  • Closest Airport – Ljubljana Airport – You can then get a bus, taxi or hire a car
  • Travel by bus – You can easily travel from certain cities in Europe using FlixBus
  • Travel by train – Visit to check for tickets and routes
  • Language – Slovenian (English is good everywhere)
  • Power supply – 230v- Type F – European
  • Tourism Websites – |

More Travel Tips:
For more tips on travelling Europe head to: Top Tips for Travelling in Europe


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Mike Clegg

Mike is a traveller, photographer, WordPress developer and the creator of He started this website so as to share his experiences and tips with travellers. He is from the UK and has travelled to many places around the world. He loves to shares his pictures and stories through Instagram and this website.

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