Europe's greenest capital is a stunning city-break destination. Sophisticated, elegant, vibrant and leafy are just some ways to describe the unique capital of Slovenia. Much of the city's beauty is found in the Baroque architecture of the Old Town such as the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation in Preeren Square and the famed cathedral. Just as appealing is the early 20th-century architecture by famed architect Joe Plečnik. Plečnik revived the city after an earthquake by adding elements such as the Triple Bridge, the Market Halls of the Central Market, ornate river embankments, public parks, the National Library and the cemetery. All of this as well as leafy, car-free streets, squares lined with cafes and the buzzing food markets are all overlooked by the medieval hilltop castle, watching out from almost 400 feet above street level. As well as exploring the beautiful city itself, visitors can get out to Lake Bled, home of the enigmatic Bled Island. The city also plays host to numerous events, namely the summer-long music and arts festival: one of the biggest cultural feasts in the Balkans.
Things to Do
The laid-back, green and pleasant city of Ljubljana may be small in global terms, but it offers plenty for the visitor, from historic attractions to charming markets and day trips to the famous Lake Bled.
Ljubljana's majestic castle
No visit to this city is complete without a hike up to the hilltop medieval castle that majestically watches over it. The grounds themselves can be wandered around free of charge, however payable activities include a puppet show, climbing the watchtower, a time machine and an exhibition of Slovenian history. Hiking isn't the only way to get there; families often choose to take the cable car from the Old Town.
The daily farmers' market at Trnica na Prostem is a mecca for foodies and those who enjoy authentic experiences. This market is truly a place of delicious smells and sights. Close by, you'll find plenty more food stalls selling local honey, crafts and artisanal foods.
Visit to Lake Bled
Most visitors make time to take a day trip to Lake Bled, arguably the biggest tourist attraction in the whole of Slovenia. At the centre of this stunning, emerald-green lake is a small outpost, complete with a church and museum. Take a gondola trip to the island or wander around the hilltop medieval castle on the lake's banks.
Calendar of Events
There are literally thousands of cultural events in Ljubljana every year, from traditional festivities to arts and music events.
- Dragon Festival. This traditional street carnival takes place in the pre-Lent period from Shrove Saturday until Shrove Tuesday.
- Ljubljana Jazz Festival. This three-day music festival celebrates some of the best and biggest names in the jazz genre -- both local and international -- from late June to early July.
- Ljubljana Festival. Occurring in July/August, this is one of the biggest and oldest festivals not only in Slovenia but in the Balkan region at large. This two-month festival sees the city play host to a rich programme of events, many of which take place at the Krianke Summer Theatre.