Experience a city break to Ljubljana, and you’ll soon understand why this compact capital breaths an air of confidence, for it boasts stunning architecture, cultural gems and fine cuisine.
Visit the magical Old Town, blessed with impressive Baroque architecture and stately churches or perhaps go up the hillside castle for fantastic views of the city. By day, soak up the charming ambience, sipping coffee in one of the numerous cafes and by night experience a fantastic selection of local and international cuisine in one of the numerous riverside restaurants.
Background to Ljubljana
May to October -Ljubljana offers a warm climate and enjoyed throughout the summer period. The shoulder months of Months May, June, September and October offer slighter cheaper accommodation and lesser crowds. The months of July and August are generally fairly warm and can hit 30 degrees.
November to April -Ljubljana is a year round destination. The winter months are usually cold with snow not uncommon. The Christmas run up New Years Eve in Ljubljana is especially a highlight.
When to go
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Slovenia, Croatia & Montenegro Tour by Rail
Type: Rail/ Coach/ Fly tour
Ideal for: Visiting many of Croatia’s, Slovenia and Montenegro’s highlights
Departure dates: Between May to Jun 2016
Visiting: Lake Bled, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Split, Dubrovnik, Kotor
Things to do in Ljubljana
Background to Ljubljana: One of Europe's best kept holiday secrets, Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, makes for a perfect tailor-made holiday. Serving as the country's economic, political and cultural centre it is the gateway to the Balkans. Straddled by a series of rivers and waterways, it is crossed by more than a dozen bridges that include the famous Dragon, Triple and Cobbler Bridges. Due to Ljubljana’s central position and excellent transport links, it makes for a great base to explore the wider region, including the famous Lake Bled and the Postojna Caves. See ‘Day Trips’ for more info.
Explore the city: In Ljubljana, all roads lead to Preseren Square (Presernov trg), so get your bearings there. One of Ljubljana's main landmarks and meeting points for locals is the statue of Slovenia's national poet, France Preseren, standing in the square adjacent to the striking salmon-pink Franciscan Church. Head towards the aptly named Triple Bridge and spend time seeking out landmarks such as Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja), the fascinating Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most) and the historic Town Hall.
Ljubljana Castle: The impressive castle in the heart of the city looms high above Ljubljana. This 16th century fortification, perched on the towering Castle Hill boasts immaculate whitewashed walls and silky, manicured lawns and has for centuries guarded the city against ever-present dangers. A visit to the castle is an essential item on any Ljubljana holiday agenda as is a trip up the Watchtower which houses the Virtual Museum and has spectacular views of the Old Town and beyond the river to the city centre. The quickest and easiest means of reaching the castle is to take the funicular railway.
River Cruise: Ljubljana sits on the Ljubljanica River, which weaves its way through the city including around the famous castle. Get to know more of the city from a different perspective with a river cruise. Sit back and relax on board, then marvel at the stunning architecture the city is renowned for, cross under the famous bridges and take in all that Ljubljana has to offer. The Ljubljana Tourist Board website has a list of all available river cruise tours.
Excursions from Ljubljana
The Coast: Slovenia’s coast may be only 30 miles long but boy is it spectacular! Wedged between Italy and Croatia, the picturesque town of Piran is the main draw. A magnificent medieval town that sits on a peninsula, Piran invokes an air of wonder and surprise, notably for its Venetian flair and architecture. If travelling by car, we’d recommend you incorporate a trip to the Skocjan Caves on the way. If you are travelling by bus, a direct service takes around two and a half hours to Piran. You can also visit as part of an excursion. For more information on Piran, head to this website.
Lake Bled and Bohinj: Two of Slovenia’s best loved sites, these two lakes are a must for any traveller to Ljubljana. Lake Bled is the star attraction with its placid emerald green lake, its lone island where the stunning St Martin's Pilgrimage church stands and the cliff top castle. Lake Bohinj is ideal for those with a passion for all things outdoors. It’s great for walking and hiking and water based activities such as kayaking and white water rafting. You can easily get to both these lakes by bus from Ljubljana, take an excursion or simply drive. More information on Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj
Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle: Postojna Caves is one of the largest karst cave networks in the world, dating back two million years. With an incredible series of passages, chambers and galleries, visitors are left in awe at the sheer beauty of the natural formations. Just a few miles from Postojna Caves stands the 700 year old Predjama Castle. Sitting within a 123 metre cliff it was once a hideout for a rebellious baron, the subject of a romantic legend and is now home to a fascinating collection of weapons and paintings from the 15th century. Regular buses and trains depart from Ljubljana to Postojna.
Goriska Brda: This region is famous for its idyllic countryside of rolling hills, pretty villages, ancient traditions and leading vineyards. Goriska Brda sits on the Italian border and offers a very Tuscan, albeit far from this region. We recommend this tour as it allows you to take in the many highlights of this incredibly picturesque area, as well as visiting and tasting some of the superb wines the Goriska Brda region is so famous for.
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