Attractions In Ljubljana: The 10 Best

Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Even in high season, Ljubljana is cozy and relatively uncrowded: a great place to unwind from the hectic pace of life in megacities. Its old narrow pedestrian streets coexist beautifully with Baroque churches, charming boutiques, and cafes. They work together to create a distinct atmosphere in the South Slavic city.

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Ljubljana lies on the banks of the Ljubljanica River, surrounded by the Alps and the Karst. It is Slovenia's small capital city. According to statista.com, trees cover 50% of its area on average, making Ljubljana the third greenest city in Europe, after Oslo and Bern.



Ljubljana was my first stop in Southern Europe. To my surprise, it appeared to be more of an Eastern European city, resembling Bratislava, Slovakia's capital. I didn't feel a southern vibe there. Although a week of my vacation in this city flew by in the blink of an eye, I had enough time to get to know Ljubljana thoroughly. I adore Europe's historical cities with mountains and rivers in relief. The Slovenian capital completely enthralled me; hiking Castle Hill and seeing the city from atop was an unforgettable experience. Here is my list of ten Ljubljana attractions I found the most exciting. Perhaps you might want to put some or all of them on your bucket list for your visit to Slovenia's capital.


Top 10 Ljubljana Attractions


1. Ljubljana Castle


Ljubljana Castle

The 900-year-old Ljubljana Castle, which stands on Castle Hill, is a significant landmark in Slovenia's capital. It is home to the Puppet Museum, the Museum of Slovenian History, three restaurants, a wine shop, and various cultural events. The most impressive way to get to Ljubljana Castle is by funicular. In addition, visitors can walk, take a taxi, or ride the environment-friendly Urban train.

Address: Grajska planota 1, 1000 Ljubljana
Official website: The Ljubljana Castle


2. Triple Bridge


Triple Bridge

The Triple Bridge, which connects the new and old parts of the city, is the most famous bridge in Ljubljana and one of the most unusual bridges in Europe; a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 20th-century structure consists of three separate bridges over the Ljubljanica River that radiate from a central point.

Address: Presernov trg 1, 1000 Ljubljana


3. Dragon Bridge


Dragon Bridge

Built in 1901 and guarded by four dragon sculptures, the Dragon Bridge is a three-span arched road bridge across the Ljubljanica River. This Art Nouveau masterpiece is one of Ljubljana's most famous and recognizable landmarks. It is the city's first reinforced concrete and asphalt-paved bridge in Slovenia.

Address: Resljeva cesta 2, 1000 Ljubljana


4. Ljubljana Cathedral


Ljubljana Cathedral

Ljubljana Cathedral is the city's most beautiful church, and its green dome and twin bell towers are distinctive symbols of the Slovenian capital. The church was built in the early 18th century in the Baroque style to a design by the Italian architect Andrea del Pozzo. It has the shape of a Latin cross. The 18–19th-century frescoes by the Italian painter Giulio Quaglio and the Slovenian portrait painter Matej Langus stand out on the church's walls and vault.



Address: Dolničarjeva ulica 1, 1000 Ljubljana
Official website: Stolnica


5. Metelkova Art Center


Metelkova

In former barracks of the Yugoslav National Army, Metelkova grew as an alternative cultural center. You can find fantastic art here, including sculptures, mosaics, graffiti, and an atmosphere reminiscent of Christiania in Copenhagen (Denmark). The center became one of Ljubljana's most well-known attractions. If you want to have fun, hang out with your friends, or meet new people, Metelkova is an excellent place in Ljubljana.

Address: Metelkova ulica 10, 1000 Ljubljana
Official website: AKC MetelkovaMesto


6. Roman Town Wall


Jože Plečnik's Piramid

Emona, a Roman town, existed on the current French Revolution Square from the 1st to the early 6th centuries. It had a wall with 26 towers and four main entrances. Some Roman components you can still find here today. Although Slovene architect Jože Plečnik's redesign of a section of the Roman town wall is not entirely authentic, it does serve as an impressive memorial to the Romans' earlier presence.

Address: Mirje, 1000 Ljubljana


7. Franciscan Church


Franciscan Church

The Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, built in the 17th century, is one of Ljubljana's most famous churches. It is located on Prešerna Square, on Ljubljanica's left bank, next to the Triple Bridges. The church is home to an imposing Baroque altarpiece by the Italian sculptor Francesco Robba (1698–1757) and gorgeous frescoes by the Slovene Impressionist painter Matej Sternen (1870–1949).

Address: Prešernov trg 4, 1000 Ljubljana
Official website: Župnija Marijino oznanjenje


8. Ljubljana University Building


Ljubljana University

In 1919, the seat of Ljubljana University moved to this impressive building – a highly significant cultural monument in Slovenia – built between 1899 and 1902. It has four distinct façades designed in the German Renaissance style with neo-Gothic elements. Fourteen medallions depicting Carniolan town coats of arms adorn the façades.

Address: Kongresni trg 12, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Official website: University of Ljubljana


9. Slovenian Philharmonic Building


Slovenian Philharmonic Building

The Slovenian Philharmonic building is an architectural marvel that dates back to the 18th century. The building stands near the University of Ljubljana in Congress Square. It is worthwhile to take a quick look if the entrance is open, but the best thing to do is attend one of the concerts in the impressive music hall. After that, you can walk along the Ljubljanica River, only 100 steps away.

Address: Kongresni trg 10, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Official website: Slovenska filharmonija


10. Tivoli Park


Tivoli Park

In 1813, the French engineer Jean Blanchard combined the parks surrounding the Podturn and Cekin mansions to create Tivoli Park, the largest and most beautiful park in Ljubljana. This beautiful, cozy place with green lawns, clean air, and rich history is ideal for strolls and picnics.



Where to Stay in Ljubljana

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