Ljubljana Travel Guide
The ultimate guide to the best things to do and see in Ljubljana
One of Europe’s coolest and most underrated cities, Ljubljana is full of surprises. With cool street art, affordable food, fun social events, beautiful architecture and a large student population, it’s no wonder that it’s becoming a hipster capital that everyone is talking about. Start here with my basic Ljubljana travel tips, or jump down below to read my latest Ljubljana travel blogs.
When to Visit
Like many southern and eastern European cities, Ljubljana gets busy in the summer, but also has its best weather then! Visiting in the shoulder seasons (May-July and September), it can still be warm and sunny, but without a lot of the crowds. In the run up to Christmas, there are plenty of nice markets to visit, and even in the late winter and early spring there are things to do, so visiting more or less any time of year is a good time to come to Ljubljana!
Top Things To Do
Visit Ljubljana Castle – Ljubljana’s castle towers imposingly over the city on a large hill. You can reach it by funicular in the old city or a short hike up and it’s best to visit in the early evening so you can catch sunset over the city.
Check out Metelkova – With street art and graffiti-covered buildings, regular events and street festivals, it’s great to visit the city’s coolest neighborhood both during the day and at night. In daytime you can check out the graffiti as well as a small free tour of the Hostel Celica located on the premises.
Hunt down the street art – A popular place in Ljubljana to find street art is at the former bike factory Rog. The former factory once produced Yugoslavia’s most popular bicycle and since 2006, it has been turned into a public art space and cultural center.
Although it’s a very small city, taking a tour around Ljubljana will save you time and get you in to some areas of the city you might otherwise overlook, so it’s definitely worth you time to consider one. Take a look at this selection of Ljubljana tours.
LGBT – Gay Ljubljana Travel Guide
Though small, Ljubljana has a decent gay scene, and it is unsurprisingly the hub for gay life in Slovenia. These are a few of the best things you should know about visiting gay Ljubljana.
Tiffany Club – This is Ljubljana’s most popular gay club, though every Friday it’s also just one of Ljubljana’s most popular clubs for everyone! Don’t miss it.
Q Cultural Center — Ljubljana’s LGBTIQ cultural center puts on events, debates and other programs for the city’s LGBT and queer residents. The cultural center is aligned with Club Tiffany and formerly Club Monocle.
Pink Saturday at Club K4 — The popular techno club, KlubK4 hosts a monthly gay party called “Pink Saturday.” I haven’t been but it’s supposed to be decent. Check their website for the calendar.
More gay travel resources here.
Ljubljana Hotel Deals
Ljubljana has plenty of cool and quirky hotels, as well as all the big chains you’d expect. They’ll likely get full when there’s a conference or special event in town, so definitely consider booking in advance. I’ve found that using Booking.com, Agoda.com or Hotels Combined can be really useful for finding last-minute deals.
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