With its picturesque Old Town, leafy riverside promenade, lush green spaces and a breezy cafe culture, Ljubljana is one of Europe’s most underrated destinations. A 50,000-strong student population gives the city an upbeat feel, while a string of museums and galleries will satisfy your cultural appetite.
Things to do in Ljubljana
Flowing through the heart of the city, the emerald Ljubljanica River is lined with sidewalk cafes and bistros. It’s a great spot to people watch while enjoying a bowl of spicy goulash and a glass of Laško beer.
Prešernov Trg Square links the Old Town with the Center District and is anchored by the towering Prešeren monument. Nearby, you’ll find the whimsical Triple Bridge designed by legendary Slovenian architect Joze Plecnik.
Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Old Town, Ljubljana Castle dates back to the early-16th century. Wander through its grounds and check out the Watchtower, Chapel of St George and mini-museum on Slovenian history.
For food enthusiasts, a jaunt around Central Market is a must. From golden honey and artisan cheeses to wild truffles and forest berries, the market harbours a smorgasbord of local delicacies. To the west you’ll find the city’s leafy cultural quarter, housing attractions like the Natural History Museum, where you can visit Europe’s only mammoth skeleton.
Getting around Ljubljana
Ljubljana is easily explored on bicycle, with numerous cycling paths. Walking is the most atmospheric way to get from A to B, though local buses can also whisk you to the city’s top attractions. Taxis are available, but they can’t enter the pedestrianised Old Town.