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Things to Do in Ljubljana

Lovely Ljubljana manages to combine a vibrant cultural and music scene with a pretty and peaceful environment. Indeed, Slovenia's capital is one of Europe's greenest cities and was awarded the European Commission’s Green Capital of Europe in 2016. Car traffic is kept to a minimum leaving you free to wander along the tree-lined banks of the emerald-hued Ljubljanica River. It’s not all natural beauty though - the city is graced by the Art Nouveau, minimalist designs of Jože Plečnik who was responsible for much of the city’s harmonious architecture. There’s a strong student population to help the clubs bring the city to life and an emergent fine food scene to fuel the city’s energy.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Ljubljana

Ljubljanica River - The attractive, emerald-green river flows straight through the heart of the city and its leafy banks are flanked by Baroque buildings and made all the more inviting by the cafes that set up tables on the terraces so you can just relax and watch the city amble past. Follow the meandering river and you will arrive at the ramparts of the historic castle that perches on the hill above the city. Along the way you can admire the views from the many bridges that span the river, including the famous Tromostovje (Triple Bridge), designed by architect Jože Plečnik.

West of the River - The commercial district offers a pleasant shopping experience, filled as it is with trendy boutiques and opportunities to see the arts and crafts of this cultural city. Here you will find restaurants, clubs and some rather fine museums too.

East of the River - The atmospheric old town nestles under the watchful gaze of the ancient castle and offers museums and galleries to explore and charming cafes to take it all in from.

Things to See in Ljubljana

The Art Nouveau and Baroque architecture give the city a harmonious unity and a walking tour of the architect Jože Plečnik’s masterpieces is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. The historic castle adds a touch of grandeur to the small city and the delightful river is perfect to sit on the banks of or to cross its bridges and take in the views.

Things to Do in Ljubljana

There is always something going on in cosmopolitan Ljubljana. In the city centre keep an eye out for festivals and events that include children’s workshops and public playgrounds. The Trnfest's off-beat street performers and regular and music events help keep Ljubljana not just lovely but also very lively. The restaurants in the capital are the best in the country and offer fantastic international cuisine alongside Slovenian classics that fuse the influences of Italy, Austria, Hungary and the Balkans.