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Ljubljana: Guided Walk & Funicular Ride to Ljubljana Castle

1. 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.'

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From Trieste: Lake Bled and Ljubljana Tour

2. From Trieste: Lake Bled and Ljubljana Tour

Depart Trieste and journey to the capital of Slovenia to take a guided tour of Ljubljana. Learn more about its cultural, economic and political history as you explore the ancient and modern architecture of the old town center. Discover monuments by the architect Jože Plečnik and hear how he played an important part in Ljubljana’s most famous bridges, town squares and parks. Admire attractions such as the Town Hall, stone lamps of the Triple Bridge and the Cobblers’ Bridge that connects 2 parts of the city's medieval heart. Marvel at Ljubljana Cathedral, the Baroque Robba Fountain and buildings of the central Prešeren Square.  Continue to the Alpine town of Bled and get back to nature on the lake that surrounds Bled Island. See the Gothic church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and go for a walk around the lake. Gaze in awe at Bled Castle, built on a precipice above the lake, and enjoy a delicious vanilla and custard cream cake called kremšnita.

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From Ljubljana: Maribor, Ptuj & Heart of the Vineyards

3. From Ljubljana: Maribor, Ptuj & Heart of the Vineyards

Discover Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian town, surrounded by thermal springs, flourishing fields, and vineyards on the Drava Plain. Admire its lovely present appearance which originates from the Middle Ages with the beautiful medieval castle above. For centuries, the fort acted as a guardian for the town below, now it invites visitors with its picturesque appearance. Maribor is the 2nd biggest city in Slovenia and was also crowned the European Capital of Culture in 2012. Spontaneous and relaxed, the attractive city of Maribor has a lot to offer: from gothic and neo-romantic architecture to the romantic Lent Riverbank. The day wouldn’t be complete without visiting the heart of the vineyards - an amazing place to have a glass of wine which is inseparable with the history of the region.

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Llubljana: Self-Guided Walking Tour

4. Llubljana: 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.

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Ljubljana: Private 2-Hour City Walking Tour

5. Ljubljana: Private 2-Hour City Walking Tour

Ljubljana is often called a European jewel or described as a small blend of Prague and Amsterdam. It is a 'town with a soul', as visitors often comment. This vibrant old town is concentrated along the Ljubljanica River, and the castle on a hill still looks like it is protecting the romantic city below. On this private tour you will stroll along medieval streets, admire an interesting blend of different architectural styles, 'see' and 'be seen' on several famous promenades along the river, discover some of the Ljubljana’s hidden monuments, relax in the city’s greenery, and hear stories and fairytales that connect the present and the past. The tour is on foot because it is much easier to get around Ljubljana’s pedestrian Old Town. Despite the fact that it is a capital city, it is easily walkable. You will see all the major sights in Ljubljana including the main square with the Prešeren monument, Franciscan Church and Three Bridges, Congress Square (Park of the Star), the National University Library, Križanke Monastery, the New Square, the Cobbler's Bridge, the Old Square (the oldest street), the romantic river promenade, the Municipality Square, St. Nicholas Cathedral, the famous Open Air Market, Butcher's Bridge, and Dragon Bridge.

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Slovenia Day Trip From Vienna Including Ljubljana and Bled

6. Slovenia Day Trip From Vienna Including Ljubljana and Bled

Your trip will start with an early pick-up from your hotel in Vienna. Admire the beautiful landscape as you cross the border into Slovenia. Your first stop will be Baden to take time for breakfast and coffee. Upon arrival in Ljubljana your local guide will await you to start the walking tour. Hear the many legends of Ljubljana, including the legend of the Ljubljana dragon. Ljubljana is a modern and lively city, full of surprises. Take a walk down Preseren Square, visit Franciskanska cerkve, the central pharmacy, Hauptmann house, the Triple Bridge and much more. To complete your visit to Slovenia you will visit Bled, Slovenia's only island. Bled is a glacier lake surrounded by high and mighty mountain peaks, in the middle of which lies a small island with a church that is protected by a thousand year old castle.  Bled, the pearl of the Slovenian Alps will make you fall in love with its romantic and peaceful atmosphere. After the tour you will be returned to your hotel in Vienna.

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From Koper: Day Trip to Lake Bled & Ljubljana

7. 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.

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Ljubljana: Private Guided Walking Tour

8. Ljubljana: Private Guided Walking Tour

Embark on a guided walking tour of the most important spots in the romantic city center of Ljubljana. Start at the Congress Square, home to the headquarters of the University of Ljubljana, the baroque church of the Holy Trinity, and the Philharmonia of Slovenia. Then head to Preseren Square, named after France Preseren, the most important poet in Slovenian history. See the beautiful church of Mary of the Annunciation which is part of a Franciscan monastery. Next head over to the area of the 3 bridges, which are the link between the Preseren Square and the oldest part of the city. Learn about how the area was designed by the most important Slovenian architect, Joze Plecnik, who added 2 bridges for pedestrians to the main one. Admire the Bridge of Dragons, one of the most beautiful examples of art nouveau architecture in all of Europe with 4 picturesque statues of dragons. Find out why the dragon is the symbol of Ljubljana and the emblem of the city. Visit the Cathedral of San Nicolo, a church with a long and rich history that has been renovated several times. Listen as your guide explains why nowadays it represents a significant cultural and artistic monument. Continue on to the town square which was once was the central square of medieval Ljubljana. Here you will find the Town Hall and the fountain of the 3 rivers, also designed by Francesco Robba. Finally, cross the Bridge of Shoemakers which takes it name from the craftspeople who once had their stalls here.  This is a private tour so the guide will be open to suggestions and ways to adapt the tour to your wishes. 

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From Ljubljana: Private Trip to Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj

9. From Ljubljana: Private Trip to Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj

Often described as an ‘image of paradise’, Bled has been attracting visitors with its breathtaking beauty for centuries. The calm and inviting waters of its lake spurred the tradition of making the typical ‘pletna’ boats back in the 12th century. Optionally you can board one of these wooden beauties to reach the island, with its romantic church and mysterious wishing bell. Sightseeing in Bled continues with a visit to the impressive castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. Guides will roll back time in its museum, and enjoy the unforgettable view of the surroundings. Surrounded by alluring summits, the Bohinj Valley charms visitors with its inspiring scenery, crystal lake waters and the harmonious coexistence of man and nature. The picturesque lakeside boasts the frescoes of Church of St. John the Baptist. You will have time to discover the legend of Zlatorog (Goldhorn), enjoy a stunning view over Mount Triglav and try the hearty local cuisine. To experience a bit of trekking, you'll end the day with an enjoyable 20-minute hike to the beautiful Savica Waterfall, thundering from a high rocky cliff, and enjoy a rewarding view of the Lake.

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From Zagreb: Day Trip to Lake Bled and Ljubljana

10. From Zagreb: Day Trip to Lake Bled and Ljubljana

Travel from Zagreb into the Slovenian mountains to visit lake Bled. Marvel at this glacial lake before heading to Ljubljana. Take in the city highlights of the largest city in Slovenia and take a walk in the city center. Be picked up from you accommodation in Zagreb. Relax on the scenic drive to lake Bled. Spend some free time at the lake where you can walk along the shore, buy a boat ride to Bled island, see bled castle, or purchase a slice of Bled cream cake. Continue to Ljubljana. Stroll through the colorful buildings in the city center and admire how the Ljubljanica river winds its way through the city. Let your guide show you the main city sites. Have some free time to explore the café-lined streets and boutique shops before returning to Zagreb.

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What people are saying about Ljubljana

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 99 reviews

Beautiful experience in a fairytale place! Our guide Dejan was very professional and helpful, making us discover the wonders of Lake Bled and the treasures of Ljubljana. He also advised us where to eat a great Kremšnita and a great Goulasch. Finally, we also found time to take a stroll in the town of Radovljica, which we loved very much. In short, Slovenia has just exceeded our expectations! Super recommended!

Highly recommend! Very personalized and friendly service. We had a multi lingual group of people on our tour, it was no problem at all since our guide spoke various languages.

Great way to start or trip in Ljubljana. Our guide was very friendly, eloquent and with great tips.

It was a great tour full of ahistorical information of love Ljubliana. Thank you

Our guide Natasha was very nice and we enjoyed the tour very much.