Ljubljana - a City with a View to the North and Its Heart to the Sea

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A view of Ljubljana with Ljubljana Castle in the background

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The Ljubljanica river embankments with the Cobblers' Bridge in the background

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A view of the crowd in the centrally located Čopova ulica street

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The Mestni trg square with the Town Hall

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A detail from architect Plečnik's Križanke Summer Theatre

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Old city centre - a footbridge across the Ljubljanica river

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Ljubljana sightseeing – a group of tourists in front of the Town Hall

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Tourist boat ride

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At Ljubljana Castle

What is it that sets Ljubljana apart from other cities and capitals that makes it a great place to visit? There are many reasons for choosing Ljubljana as a place of business opportunity, a city break destination, the venue for your next corporate event or incentive, a place to experience culture, or simply to explore during a pleasant outing.

You will not discover here attractions of world magnitude, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Big Ben or the Hofburg Palace, but there are other features that can be outlined as its advantages. Due to its compact size, Ljubljana is a walking and environmentally friendly city. It has one of the best-preserved Baroque quarters on our continent that blends harmoniously with the younger Art Nouveau buildings. And it was blessed with the talent of Jože Plečnik, who created the cosmopolitan image of Ljubljana with his eclectic architecture and future-oriented town planning. The young and dynamic spirit of the Slovene capital often stuns first-time visitors. No wonder, since out of a population of 276,000 one fifth are university students.

Something you shouldn’t miss? This certainly is the discovery of the picturesque central market, a real feast to the eyes. It is one of the rare places where one can still buy fresh and genuine produce directly from the farmers and a favorite place for the locals to socialize on Saturdays morning. The fresh ingredients from the market are the basis of many culinary delights served in the plentiful restaurants and inns.

Something you would really not expect? Let us guess - the exquisite wines produced in our country. To learn more on them, some specialized wine bars are pleased to organize guided wine tasting. Stretch back & relax is also a motto of our city - having a refreshment in one of the numerous cafes along the riverbanks or in the Old Town is a good way to observe and feel the pulse of our everyday life. As a contrast to our Germanic attitude in the business sphere, this is where a Palermo-style laziness is most reflected.

Just to round up the picture, Ljubljana proudly displays a remarkable annual agenda of cultural events (about 10,000), including around 20 international festivals and many other traditional happenings. The good language skills of the local residents are also much appreciated by foreign guests. All these elements blend into a special atmosphere of the Slovene capital. Even at first glance, Ljubljana seems somehow pleasant and familiar to visitors, but at the same time interesting and totally different. The cosiness, image and flair of this city are remembered later, along with a drop of its Mediterranean temperament, northern reserve and Slavic candour.

With our web contents, we wish to highlight the main attractions of our city with the aim of helping you choose Ljubljana as the next place you will visit, or to add diversity to your already existing plans. Only 240 km of motorway separate Ljubljana from Venice, and it would be a great pity to miss at least a stop when travelling from Vienna, Prague or Budapest to the Adriatic coast or Italy. It is also an ideal base to discover all the amazingly diverse features of Slovenia.

Do not hesitate to contact us for any further assistance, as we will be most pleased to present even more in detail all the qualities Ljubljana has to offer as a leisure travel and convention destination. It has hosted a number of most prominent international guests in the past and more recent times. Presidents, royalty, popes, acclaimed musicians and artists all have shared the spirit, charm, safety and hospitality of our city. We wish to stress that, nevertheless, every visitor is a VIP to us.

Feel most welcome at any time!

The Ljubljana Tourist Board