Metelkova – Ljubljana's Alternative Culture Centre

Metelkova

Metelkova is a flourishing cultural hub in central Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital, with creative studios, quiet cafés, intriguing exhibitions, fine events, and live performances; it is a great place to explore alternative cultural activities. The crowd is diverse, ranging from students and underground music enthusiasts to professionals out for a night out and tourists.


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The location near Metelkova Street was previously the Yugoslav People's Army headquarters. The complex of barracks, stores, and courtyards in Ljubljana was decommissioned in 1989 after Slovenia left the union. It was semi-abandoned until 1993. Following that, some well-known and lesser-known Slovenian artists transformed the former Austro-Hungarian army barracks, built in the late 1800s, into a thriving place for a free creative spirit through interventions.


As an alternative art fan and a hippie at soul, I enjoy visiting spots like Metelkova in Ljubljana, Užupis in Vilnius (Lithuania), and Christiania in Copenhagen (Denmark). They are unusual and odd, but in a good way, and have an intriguing vibe, with walls covered in urban graffiti art and quirky buildings with barred windows. These locations are not places I'd hang out night after night, but they are great for a few drinks and unforgettable experiences.


Ljubljana Art Center
Art installation

Sculpture
"Welcome to Metelkova"

Sculpture
Sculpture

Graffiti
Colors

Graffiti
Graffiti

Graffiti
Graffiti

Bike
Graffiti

In the center, you will find the Mizzart Gallery of works by young and non-established artists, Alcatraz Gallery of works of contemporary arts, Club SOT 24,5 gallery of works by disabled artists, Škratova Čitalnica reading room and space for film screenings, the smallest exhibition space Channel Zero Gallery in Slovenia, Jalla Jalla art club, Gala Hall concert venue, Channel Zero Music club, Gromka Club for concerts, theater performances, and similar events, as well as Monokel lesbian club, Tiffany gay club, Mreža cultural, artistic association, Infoshop social space of anarchist thought, and Association for theory and culture of handicap.


How to Get There


Metelkova lies north of the Ljubljanica River, 5 minutes walk from Ljubljana's central train station.

Address: Metelkova ulica 10, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia


By Public Transportation:

Bus (lines 02, 09, 12, 25, 27): Friškovec


Where to Stay in Ljubljana


Booking.com offers a wide variety of accommodations, many discounts, and excellent customer service. For a list of places to stay in Ljubljana, click here.


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Ljubljana: Self-Guided Walking Tour


Self-Guided Walking Tour is ideal for discovering the vibrant city of Ljubljana and exploring its prominent landmarks, such as the majestic Cathedral of St. Nicholas and the unique artistic community of Metelkova, at your own pace.


Have you been to Metelkova? What impressions, if any, do you have? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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