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Things to do in Ljubljana

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Castle
“If nothing else worth it for the views alone. On a clear day you can see all the way to the Alps. You can take either a short walk to get there or go with the funicular which also boasts great views.”
  • 132 locals recommend
Park
“City park Tivoli has lovely gardens, a pond, paved paths & grassy picnic areas. There is also a cafe with lovely views.”
  • 109 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“BTC City Ljubljana (a huge shopping mall, sports, entertainment and business area) Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 09:00-20:00; Sunday closed”
  • 75 locals recommend
Plaza
“It is part of the old town's pedestrian zone and a major meeting point, where festivals, Ljubljana carnival, concerts, sports, political, and protest events take place. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The National Gallery, the Slovenia's foremost museum of historical art, celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2018. Its permanent collection includes, among other things, phenomena such as the Slovenian Impressionists and the opus of the painter Zoran Mušič. Despite its serious content it is extremely family-friendly.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Zoo
“Pleasantly cold over the summer. Relax and enjoy the green zoo in close touch with animals.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Metelkova mesto, an alternative culture centre that developed from a squat in a former army barracks and became one of the best known attractions of Ljubljana, brings together a variety of different artistic practices and events. It is home to a large number of clubs hosting a regular programme of concerts, club nights, and one-off club events featuring underground artists and DJs from around the world. The centre also hosts art performances, exhibitions, and an occasional festival. Running a vibrant daily programme of events, it draws together people on any night of the week. The crowd is mixed, including anyone from students and underground music fans to visitors to Ljubljana and professionals enjoying a night out.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Bus Station
“The Ljubljana main bus station offers everything you need when you wanna get around, as you can find bus and train connections with all of Slovenia, as well as all of Europe. There you can also rent a car and enjoy the hidden spots of Slovenia yourself.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Cirkus is the club to visit when you are in Ljubljana, as it's the best club there is. There you can always find good music and lots of people to party with.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Bridge
“The Dragon Bridge boasts with Ljubljana's adorned dragon statues. Not just the city, but the whole country loves to incorporate these dragons (or dragon-inspired) into events, activities, etc.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Eastern European Restaurant
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“We go here on for sunday lunch (12.00 - 14.00 is packed). Traditional slovenian food. Mushroom soup is a must, fish is beyond great. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
History Museum
“In the city center by the Parliament you will find our National Museum, worth a visit. The National Museum of Slovenia displays the earliest musical instrument in the world, a 60,000-year-old Neanderthal flute, dugout canoe from the Ljubljana marsh, Egyptian mummy, the oldest gold artefacts in Slovenia and many other interesting objects. Beside they organise a lot of exhibitions and events, taht attract visitors from all around Slovenia and many turists.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Street Food Gathering
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“CENTRAL MARKET on Fridays from mid-March to October. Freshly cooked food, prepared by different Slovenian chefs right there in front of you. In case of bad weather, the market may be cancelled. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Museum of Modern Art has a nice permanent collection of Slovenian art of 20th century and also a guest exhibition every 3 months. They also have a nice coffee place in the basement of the gallery. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Museum
“Isn’t it aimzang waht the hmaun mnid is cbapale of seineg? To experience just how much your eyes and brain can be deceived, go check out the fascinating and informative Museum of Illusions. Best enjoyed by groups so you can see each other be transformed, take the family, friends or colleagues for a fun-packed hour or two exploring the museum’s three floors of optical illusions and mind-bending installations. There’s also a games room where you can try your hand at one of their mind-bending puzzles which the museum also sells, so perhaps that’s your gift shopping sorted, too. A word of warning. Consider avoiding the vortex tunnel if you’ve just had lunch or a few drinks.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Diner
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“Local food, good atmosphere. It was a home of a famous slovenian writter Ivan Cankar.”
  • 38 locals recommend

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Shopping Mall
“BTC City Ljubljana (a huge shopping mall, sports, entertainment and business area) Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 09:00-20:00; Sunday closed”
  • 75 locals recommend
Eastern European Restaurant
“We go here on for sunday lunch (12.00 - 14.00 is packed). Traditional slovenian food. Mushroom soup is a must, fish is beyond great. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Street Food Gathering
“CENTRAL MARKET on Fridays from mid-March to October. Freshly cooked food, prepared by different Slovenian chefs right there in front of you. In case of bad weather, the market may be cancelled. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Diner
“Local food, good atmosphere. It was a home of a famous slovenian writter Ivan Cankar.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Café
“Not just excellent breakfasts, you can stop for a coffee or lunch. Wont regret it!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Café
“Cafe bar on top of the oldest skyscraper in Ljubljana (and this park of Europe). Enter the building and use the elevator to reach the bar on top. There is also a restaurant below the bar. Nice view of Ljubljana.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Pub
“Pivnica is a lovely pub where you can taste Ljubljana Beer - UNION and enjoy some pub food that goes along. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Pizzeria Trta is located on the edge of Ljubljana's downtown. They are offering great pizzas and other Italian delights. They have a great variety of pizzas and they are great. Ambiance of the pizzeria is cozy. Reservations are advised in the evening (6-9 pm). Approximately 1 km out of the downtown, taxi fare will be around 3,50€ (inc. flag-fall). ”
  • 15 locals recommend

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