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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.'

Ljubljana: Private 2-Hour City Walking Tour

2. 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.

From Trieste: Lake Bled and Ljubljana Tour

3. 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.

From Ljubljana: Maribor, Ptuj & Heart of the Vineyards

4. 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.

Ljubljana and Bled Lake: Full–Day Bus Tour from Trieste

5. Ljubljana and Bled Lake: Full–Day Bus Tour from Trieste

Take a visit to the green capital of Europe in 2016. Enjoy a guided tour with comfortable and new buses in the heart of Europe, with a great historical, cultural, and landscape heritage. Walk with your guide along the streets of the center, gathered around the river Ljubljanica, and admire the elegant buildings in Baroque style and Art Nouveau that characterize the city. Discover the most charming and characteristic corners of Ljubljana, such as the colorful open-air market next to the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, the Town Hall, the Triple Bridge leading to the alleys of the old city. With beautiful Baroque architecture of the Austro-Hungarian style, the city has earned the nickname White City. Take advantage of the many lively cafes in the old town as you enjoy free time for lunch.  In the afternoon visit the enchanted Bled Lake, the Alpine pearl of Slovenia. Nestled in a spectacular natural setting, with a fairy-tale island that rises from the water, Lake Bled attracts tourists from all over the world. Walk on the panoramic path around the lake, visit the Gothic church of S. Maria Assunta, and its, bell of desires, on the island of Bled, in the middle of the lake.

Ljubljana: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone Tour

6. Ljubljana: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone Tour

Do you want to learn interesting information about 10+ of the most important attractions in the city, discover hidden locations, read incredible legends(This is not an audio tour) and walk a magical and relaxing route? Do you want an accessible, easy and interactive way to explore Ljubljana? This self-guided mobile walking tour might be perfect for you. Grab the opportunity to explore Ljubljana in at least 10 locations that every person would like to have in their memory. There is no schedule, you can attend the tour any day you want, any time you wish, you can do it in snippets, taking a break for food, shopping or anything else you can think of, you can even close the app and continue another day, the tour will be there waiting for you. The most important thing? It's a completely private activity, as the app offers you the uniqueness and privacy of your mobile phone. Additionally, you'll learn about stories and urban legends associated with the city or monuments you visit. The trails you follow are unique, and will not bore you, but will in themselves direct you to explore other "treasures" such as small scenic paths or enchanting but unknown squares. Enjoy the tour in your language. The integration with google maps will make sure that you will never get lost! You can join with friends, alone, with your family, or with your partners and learn about the city as you wander around. Start your tour at Congress Square! Visit the world-renowned University of Ljubljana. Photograph the Town Hall and admire the famous Ljubljana Cathedral with its rich interior decoration. Central Market will leave you speechless as its unique waterside location enchants its visitors. Learn about the Dragon Bridge which was one of the first of its kind in Europe. Butcher's Bridge with its romantic aura it will captivate you. The architecturally outstanding Cerkev Marijinega oznanjenia is worth the time and space in your mobile memory, as its pink color gives a special tinge to the city. The famous Prešeren Square will be your next step, it is an important meeting point and socio-political events while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Triple Bridge(where the tour ends), which connects the historic medieval city of Ljubljana on one side and the modern city of Ljubljana.

From Ljubljana: Private Trip to Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj

7. 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.

From Zagreb: Private Postojna Cave, Bled, Ljubljana Trip

8. From Zagreb: Private Postojna Cave, Bled, Ljubljana Trip

Meet your guide at your Zagreb accommodation and drive to the lake resort of Bled, known for its medieval castle on a cliff high above the lake and the amazing Alpine peaks that surround it. Admire the castle terraces that offer spectacular views of the lake and the tiny island it’s planted on. Later on, take a break to taste a Slovenian dessert called kremšnita, a delicious vanilla custard and cream cake. After enjoying the lake’s beautiful nature we are heading to Postojna Cave, a fantastic web of tunnels, passages, galleries and halls, the astonishing diversity of Karst features as well as easy access are certainly the main reasons for such popularity of the cave and a large number of visitors, which has already reached 38 million in 200 years. Our last stop is the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. We will start our tour in front of the Town Hall and continue through the historical city center. Gaze at its mixture of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture and masterful creations by the 20th century architect Jože Plečnik. Stroll around the medieval old town and visit the New and Old Markets, the Triple Bridge, and the Dragon Bridge. Conclude the tour with a funic­u­lar ride, which departs from Krekov Square and goes up to the Ljubl­jana Cas­tle. Enjoy one final view of the city set along the banks of the emerald green river Ljubljanica. Have lunch (not included) at a traditional Slovenian restaurant to taste some of the exquisite local meals. We will arrive back to your accommodation in Zagreb around 9pm

Ljubljana: Self-Guided Walking Tour

9. 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: Tour the Works of Plečnik with River Cruise

10. Ljubljana: Tour the Works of Plečnik with River Cruise

Gain insight into the work, and even the soul of Jože Plečnik. Explore the places and objects that formed an important part of the master architect's everyday life. See his playful streetlamps, his favorite coffeeshop, his office, his room, and more. Understand Plečnik's plans and visions, both on land and water with a river cruise on the Ljubljana river. Experience firsthand the land and water axis with masterpieces that are now part of UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Live and breathe the master with a lesson in Plečnik's office, sipping his favorite coffee in an intimate atrium, counting his original streetlamps, and trying a new virtual reality tour of his masterpieces. See some hidden and less known corners and have the door opened to exclusive locations normally closed to the public. Picnic in his garden. Get to know, piece by piece, one of Europe's greatest twentieth-century architects.

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What people are saying about Ljubljana

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4.6 / 5

based on 99 reviews

Tour entirely in Italian (we expected it to be in English, but at the last we were assigned to a group of Italians, so ask when you are there). We found ourselves in front of the Ljubljana tourist office. Our guide Alan was very nice and good at explaining the different aspects of the various stages of the tour. Recommended for those like us who have only one day to see the city, the tour is an excellent synthesis.

The experience with our guide, Ziga, was exceptional. He's very passionate about the history and local culture, therefore the information he provided was extensive. However, I would recommend focusing the tour more on the Ptuj town and Vineyards rather than trying to cover Maribor as well. Too much driving for our opinion. Get the wine experience more detailed and you will get a much more comprehensive experience.

The ride lovely although long. The lake is beautiful Just wished had more time there. Ljubljana is a lovely village I loved it The driver was welcoming and a good guide

Very interesting tour, very pleasant guide, well worth it!! Great value! Recommended.

Very well organized. Guide was knowledgeable and very articulate.