City

Historic charm, youthful vibes

Ljubljana has certainly been through quite a lot, having previously been part of Austria, France, Italy and Germany - traces of which are still clearly noticeable today, making the Old Town so unique. In its virtually car-free centre you’ll find narrow lanes, castles and countless bistros, cafes and restaurants.

Ljubljana

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    Preseren Square

    Presernov Trg, to give it its Slovenian name, is the centrepiece of Ljubljana and links the Old Town with the New Town. Thanks to the striking red Franciscan Church, it’s difficult to miss. Many of the sights can be found around Preseren Square, from the Hauptmann House to the France Preseren monument. The best thing to do is to find a spot in the shade and simply observe city life.

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    National library

    When talking about architecture, the name Jože Plečnik constantly comes up in Slovenia. The National Library is one of his most important creations. If you’re taking a look inside, make use of the opportunity not only to have a look at the books, but also at the imposing Reading Room, with its 32 marble columns. But shh, people study here.

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    Ljubljana Castle

    You’ve only seen Ljubljana properly when you’ve also explored its castle. Ljubljana Castle sits majestically above the Old Town and offers the most spectacular views over the rooftops, to the mountains in the distance. The easiest way to reach the castle is to take the glass funicular railway, or if you’re feeling fit, you can also walk. By the way: the best view is from the castle’s tower.

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    Metelkova

    Formerly a military barracks, today it’s a hotspot for artists, cultural projects and galleries. The Metelkova district has made a name for itself throughout Europe as a place to go and is regarded as one of the most successful street art projects ever. If you’d like to admire the open-air graffiti gallery, you’ll need to allow plenty of time. There’s a lot to see.

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