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Ljubljana Castle

Ljubljana Castle: Our most recommended tours and activities

Ljubljana: Castle Entry Ticket with Optional Funicular Ride

1. Ljubljana: Castle Entry Ticket with Optional Funicular Ride

Explore the well-preserved Ljubljana Castle by booking your entry tickets. Walk around the castle grounds, climb the watchtower, enter the chapel, and access the Slovenian History Exhibition and the Museum of Puppetry. Book optional funicular tickets and an audio guide to upgrade your experience. Visit Ljubljana Castle to indulge in breathtaking panoramic views of the city from the castle's elevated fortifications. Discover the Chapel of St George, one of the oldest surviving remnants of the castle, dating from 1489, covered in frescoes and the coats of arms of the Dukes of Carniola. Look at Slovenia through the ages at the interactive Slovenian History Exhibition. Discover the world of puppetry, from the manufacture of marionettes and glove puppets to the staging of the shows themselves at the Museum of Puppetry. Enhance your visit by opting for a multilingual audio guide and learn how the castle played an important role over the centuries. If you wish to avoid the fairly steep climb up to Castle Hill, take a short ride on the glass-enclosed Ljubljana Castle funicular from the Old Town. Explore the castle's various attractions at your own pace, or join an optional Time Machine tour, a fun and educational theatrical adventure, led by costumed guides. Be led to 6 time stations, each equipped with a figure from that time giving you an insight into their period.

Ljubljana: Guided Walk & Funicular Ride to Ljubljana Castle

2. Ljubljana: Guided Walk & Funicular Ride to Ljubljana Castle

You cannot go wrong if you choose this guided walk around the historical city center combined with a visit to Ljubljana Castle. It includes all of Ljubljana's major sights and offers an insight into numerous interesting stories about life in Ljubljana from the past and present. The tour begins in front of the Town Hall, a building with a rich history now used as the seat of the City Municipality of Ljubljana. From the Town Hall and the Robba Fountain in front of it you will go on a walk around the historical city center during which you will learn about the history of all the city's major sights. The walk will take you across the Cobblers' Bridge and past the National and University Library and the Križanke Summer Theater to the Kongresni trg Square from where you will continue to Prešernov trg Square dominated by the Franciscan Church and connected to the Triple Bridge. Then, head further on to Plečnik's Market and the cathedral. Just a short walk from there is the bottom station of Ljubljana's funicular railway, which wil whisk you up 70 vertical meters in just a minute and bring you to Ljubljana Castle, the city's most prominent sight. The castle's outlook tower offers the most beautiful views of the city, while its interior houses several museum displays and other exhibitions including, among others, 'Slovenian History,' 'The Prison' and 'Virtual Castle.'

From Zagreb: Ljubljana with Funicular, Castle, and Lake Bled

3. From Zagreb: Ljubljana with Funicular, Castle, and Lake Bled

Discover the highlights of neighboring of Slovenia on a day tour from Zagreb. Explore the Slovenian capital of Ljubliana, followed by a visit to the scenic Lake Bled. Start with pickup from your centrally located hotel in Zagreb, or at Zrinjevac Park. Sit back and relax in an air-conditioned vehicle for the scenic drive to Ljubljana. Admire the variety of Ljubljana's architectural styles, rich history, and quirky bridge with dragons on a guided walking tour. Take the funicular to the castle from where you can soak up the beautiful panorama of the Slovenia capital. Discover the highlights of the city, as well as some hidden gems. Then, make the short journey to the town of Bled, situated on the beautiful shores of the lake. Admire the sight of the impressive medieval castle that dates back to the 11th century which is perched atop a steep cliff rising 130 meters above the glacial lake. Take in the mesmerizing views of the Julian Alps, the Church of the Assumption of Mary on the rocky islet, and the surrounding natural beauty. Get up close to the lake and enjoy a walk to take in even more breathtaking vistas. You can choose to take a ride on a traditional Pletna boat, try the famous cream cake, or enjoy a swim before returning to Zagreb.

Ljubljana: City Card

4. Ljubljana: City Card

The Ljubljana Card is the best price ticket to Ljubljana's major sights, travel on city buses, internet access, guided city tours, and other benefits. Simply choose the time period of your choice, either 24, 48, or 72 hours. It is activated from the first use of the card.  Visit Ljubljana Castle, the city's main attraction, standing on a hill above the city for the last 900 years. Explore the National Gallery, Slovenia's foremost museum of historical art, which holds the country's largest collection of fine art from the High Middle Ages to the 20th century. Admire Plečnik House and learn about the life and work of the famous architect Jože Plečnik, who left an indelible mark on the cityscape of Ljubljana.  Your card also grants you access to Ljubljana Zoo, which is part of a protected nature park, located right outside the city center within a 20-minute walk. Don't forget to stop by at the Museum of Illusions, a place of fun and an educational experience. Test the limits of your perception where nothing really is as it seems. Discover the City Museum of Ljubljana and admire the Renaissance architectural features of the palatial museum building, as the museum is situated in Auersperg Palace, which in itself is an architectural monument. Explore all of these and many more locations around town, before making your way to Slovenia's highest located thermal spa, the Snovnik Spa. Relax in a place situated in an idyllic verdant valley between Kamnik and Vransko, on the doorstep of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps.

Ljubljana: Private City Walking Tour with Food Tasting

5. Ljubljana: Private City Walking Tour with Food Tasting

Ljubljana, is a magical place! And with the local host of your choice, you are going to experience it all. So get ready; culture, history, and local lifestyle await! Dive into the origin of Ljubljana as you see the city’s main landmarks like Dragon bridge, Tivoli Park, and Ljubljana castle. And how about the hidden gems? Oh, you’re in for a surprise! Every host has its own story to tell, so pick your favorite, and you’ll discover the city through their eyes. Experience their Ljubljana to the max based on their passions and expertise. They’ll make sure you have fun enjoying a unique and local perspective of Ljubljana. Want to take a break? Leave it up to your host! This is the perfect opportunity to visit that special eatery where only the locals come and your chance to enjoy a local treat hand-picked by your host. Feel free to ask your host more about their life in their city or get recommendations about the top things to do in Ljubljana. Remember, the locals know best. The best part of any city tour is definitely the unique stories. Everybody has a story to tell, especially your host. Each one of the local hosts has a different background ranging from arts to history. They can’t wait to share their knowledge with you and exchange ideas and perspectives! Feel like changing the route a bit? No problem, the hosts will be happy to personalize the tour to your wishes and make their Ljubljana, your Ljubljana!

Ljubljana: Self-Guided Walking Tour

6. Ljubljana: Self-Guided Walking Tour

Download this self-guided tour and discover the vibrant city of Ljubljana at your own pace. Learn more about the fascinating history of the capital city of Slovenia and receive educational tidbits about its architecture and urban scene. On this audio tour you will learn about Slovenia's eminent architect, Jose Plecnik, as you explore his renowned creations like the National and University Library. The tour also includes other famous works of Plecnik, like the Butchers' Bridge and the infamous Dragon Bridge. See other highlights like the Krizanke Summer Theatre, Cobblers' Bridge, Town Square, Congress Square, Modern Gallery, Neboticnik, and Preseren Square. Explore the sacred atmosphere and learn about the mature Baroque style of St Nicholas' Cathedral, one of the most well-preserved churches in Slovenia. Spend some time at the National Museum with its extensive collection of archaeological artifacts, antique coins, and banknotes. Check out Ljubljana Castle and enjoy a panoramic view of the city, then visit the Central Market and don't miss the fascinating artistic community that is Metelkova City.

Ljubljana and Ljubljana Castle Sightseeing Tour

7. Ljubljana and Ljubljana Castle Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a personalized and in-depth 2.5-hour walking tour of Ljubljana. Start out from Preseren Square, the capital city’s main square, continuing on to the Ljubljanica, which is the city's main river. Admire splendid views from Ljubljana’s many bridges, stop to take a photo with the famous Ljubljana Dragon, and hear some interesting stories about how people lived in times past. Your experienced local guide will also tell you what it's like to be a local in Ljubljana today. Take the funicular up to visit Ljubljana castle – the magnificent fortress above the city – and enjoy superb views from the tower.

From Koper: Day Trip to Lake Bled & Ljubljana

8. From Koper: Day Trip to Lake Bled & Ljubljana

Ljubljana, the capital and largest city in Slovenia, is the cultural, educational, economic, political and administrative center of the country. It is renowned for its rich history, reflected in its wonderful architectural heritage. Its old town center is embraced by Ljubljana Castle and the River Ljubljanica, where the feeling of the city is strongest. On this trip, you will encounter ancient and modern architecture. You will visit the old town center where you'll admire the works of the Slovene architect Jože Plečnik, who took an important part in designing Ljubljana’s most famous bridges, town squares and parks. In little more than 3 decades, Jože Plečnik transformed Ljubljana from a provincial city to the capital of the Slovene nation, and re-shaped the urban part of the city. His influence can be felt everywhere, but mostly along the river Ljubljanica. On this trip, you will visit some of the most interesting buildings and monuments, such as the Ljubljana Town Hall, the Triple Bridge, the Shoemakers’ Bridge, Ljubljana Cathedral, the Robba Fountain, Prešeren Square, Congress Square and other attractions. The symbol of the city is the Ljubljana Dragon, depicted on the top of the tower of Ljubljana Castle and on the Ljubljanica – crossing Dragon Bridge. It symbolizes power, courage and greatness. Bled is an Alpine town which represents one of the oldest and most beautiful tourist destinations in Slovenia. Its main attraction is the lake which surrounds Bled Island. The island has several buildings, the main one being the Gothic church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. The church has a make-a-wish bell, and is frequently visited by newlyweds and other guests. Lake Bled will certainly leave you speechless, since it offers various sport activities and represents a place where you can spend the most romantic moments of your life. Take a walk around the lake enjoying the fresh alpine air and watch swans and ducks at play. Admire Bled Castle built on a precipice above the glacial lake, which according to written sources is the oldest Slovene castle. At the end, you will pass by some other local monuments and refresh yourself with a delicious vanilla and custard cream cake called cremeschnitte (kremšnita). You will also have a chance to take some beautiful photos of the lake, island, castle and the nearby Alps.

From Zagreb: Lake Bled and Ljubljana Private Day Tour

9. From Zagreb: Lake Bled and Ljubljana Private Day Tour

Experience the best of Slovenia during this full-day tour of two of the country’s best cities: Bled and Ljubljana. You’ll begin the adventure with a drive to the lake town of Bled, situated in the heart of the Alps. Wander through the picturesque countryside and sample ‘kremšnita,’ the local vanilla custard cake. The rest of your day will be city in the country’s capital, Ljubljana, where you’ll have the chance to explore the city’s top sites. Experience medieval Old Town, the Triple Bridge and the Dragon Bridge and a funicular ride to the Ljubljana Castle. You’ll also get to stop for lunch at a traditional restaurant if you so choose.

Ljubljana: Private Food Tour With Guide and 10 Tastings

10. Ljubljana: Private Food Tour With Guide and 10 Tastings

Fall in love with the flavorful Slovenian cuisine on this delicious food tour in Ljubljana! Enjoy a selection of 10 food and drink tastings hand-picked by your foodie local host, just for you. From yummy must-tries like Slovenian wine to unique dishes typical of the city such as Potica ; you’re in for a treat, so bring your appetite. This culinary tour in Ljubljana is a cultural journey that takes you further than the food you’ll eat. As you enjoy authentic local bites ranging from savory, sweet as well as drinks, you’ll also discover the city and its highlights. Stop to admire the Dragon bridge, Tivoli Park, and Ljubljana castle and hear about their local relevance from your host as you hop from one food hot spot to the other - what can be better than that? Want to know what this food tour has in store for you? Your local foodie has you covered! And because sharing is caring, you and your group will get to try bites of famous dishes. Each of the hosts has carefully selected the tastings you’ll enjoy during this food tour. All of them passionate about food and their city, know the best spots to get the most authentic and typical bites. Pick your host according to your interests and you’ll be a part of a unique and flavorful experience catered to your taste buds. Looking for a vegetarian alternative? It’s possible! The tour has been created with alternative tastings to fit your preferences. Just let your host know! The foodie locals are ready to take you on the best food tour in Ljubljana. All you have to do is check out their profiles and pick your favorite local for a delicious culinary experience. This Ljubljana food tour can be 100% personalized to match your diet and allergies.

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What people are saying about Ljubljana Castle

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4.9 / 5

based on 154 reviews

My wife and I booked this tour and we were lucky enough to get our awesome guide Alenka. She made our tour super special as she was very knowledgeable about everything, all her recommendations were great. We had the most amazing time spending the day with her and cannot recommend this company and Alenka enough.

We loved our tour and our guide was super knowledgeable. The pace was a little fast and we did have a phone representative who was not helpful to the point of rude. However, our guide was so great we were willing to look passed that

It was a great idea to book this tour. We learned so much about the history on Ljubljana, the arquitecture and landscapes. Our guide was a native Slovenian very funny and with so much knowledge.

I regret not remembering the guide s name as she was phenomenal. Very informed, patient and passionate. A must do experience

Perfect to start your trip in Slovenia, a must-do The guide is super nice and knowledgeable