Must-see attractions in Ljubljana

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    Ljubljana Castle


    Crowning a 375m-high hill east of the Old Town, this castle is an architectural mishmash, with most of it dating from the early 16th century when it was…

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    National & University Library


    This library is architect Jože Plečnik’s masterpiece, completed in 1941. To appreciate this great man’s philosophy, enter through the main door (note the…

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    Triple Bridge


    Running south from Prešernov trg to the Old Town is the much celebrated Triple Bridge, originally called Špital (Hospital) Bridge. When it was built as a…

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    Prešernov Trg


    The centrepiece of Ljubljana's wonderful architectural aesthetic is this marvellous square, a public space of understated elegance that serves not only as…

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    National Museum of Slovenia


    Housed in a grand building from 1888 – the same building as the Slovenian Museum of Natural History – highlights include the highly embossed Vače situla –…

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    Žale Cemetery


    This cemetery, some 2km northeast of Tabor, is Ljubljana’s answer to Père Lachaise in Paris or London's Highgate. It is 'home’ to a number of…

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    Cathedral of St Nicholas


    A church has stood here since the 13th century, but the existing twin-towered building dates from the start of the 18th century. Inside, it’s a vision of…

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    Town Hall


    The seat of the city government and sometimes referred to as the Magistrat or Rotovž, the town hall was erected in the late 15th century and rebuilt in…

  • Museum of Modern Art


    This gallery houses the very best in modern Slovenian art. Keep an eye out for works by painters Tone Kralj (Family), the expressionist France Mihelič …

  • City Museum of Ljubljana


    The excellent city museum, established in 1935, focuses on Ljubljana’s history, culture and politics via imaginative multimedia and interactive displays…

  • Franciscan Church of the Annunciation


    The 17th-century salmon-pink Franciscan Church of the Annunciation stands on the northern side of Prešernov trg. The interior has six side altars and an…

  • Plečnik House


    This small house in Trnovo is where local architect Jože Plečnik lived and worked for almost 40 years. There's an excellent introduction by hourly guided…

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    Central Market


    Central Market is Ljubljana's larder and worth a trip to stock up on provisions or just have a good snoop (and sniff) around. Go first to the vast open…

  • Stari Trg


    Lined with 19th-century wooden shopfronts, quiet courtyards and cobblestone passageways, this is the heart of the Old Town. From behind the medieval…

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    Dragon Bridge


    The much-loved Dragon Bridge, topped with four scary-looking dragons on each corner, stands northeast of the Old Town, just beyond Vodnikov trg. The…

  • National Gallery of Slovenia


    Slovenia's foremost assembly of fine art is housed over two floors in an old building (1896) and a modern wing. It exhibits copies of medieval frescoes…

  • Slovenian Museum of Natural History


    This museum shares the same building as the National Museum of Slovenia, and contains reassembled mammoth and whale skeletons, stuffed birds, reptiles and…

  • Gornji Trg


    The five medieval houses at Nos 7 to 15 of this square have narrow side passages (some with doors) where rubbish was once deposited so that it could be…

  • Robba Fountain


    The three titans with their gushing urns on this fountain represent the three rivers of the historic Slovenian province of Carniola: the Sava, Krka and…

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova


    This gallery, housed in a sleekly redesigned block building, picks up the thread from its sister institution, the Museum of Modern Art, with Eastern…

  • Slovenian Ethnographic Museum


    Housed in the 1886 Belgian Barracks on the southern edge of Metelkova, this museum has a permanent collection on the 2nd and 3rd floors. There’s…

  • International Centre of Graphic Arts


    This museum and gallery dedicated to the graphic arts regularly hosts rotating exhibitions and is home to the International Biennial of Graphic Arts every…

  • Ljubljana Zoo


    The 20-hectare zoo, on the southern slope of Rožnik Hill (394m), contains some 500 animals representing almost 120 species and is an upbeat and well…

  • Prešeren Monument


    Taking pride of place near the centre of Prešernov trg is the 1905 Prešeren monument designed by Maks Fabiani and Ivan Zajc, and erected in honour of…

  • Church of St Joseph


    The Jesuit Church of St Joseph was built in neo-Romanesque style by the architect Anzelm Werner in 1913, then later extended and rebuilt by local…

  • Ursuline Church of the Holy Trinity


    This church, which faces Kongresni trg from across Slovenska cesta and dates from 1726, is the most beautiful baroque building in the city. It contains a…

  • Botanical Garden


    About 800m southeast of the Old Town along Karlovška cesta and over the Ljubljanica River, this 2.5-hectare botanical garden was founded in 1810 as a…

  • Museum of Architecture & Design


    This museum, housed in the stunningly preserved 16th-century Fužine Castle (worth the visit alone) about 5.5km east of the centre, preserves some 150,000…

  • Mestni Trg


    The first of the Old Town’s three squares is dominated by the town hall. In front of it stands the bright-white Robba Fountain (1751).

  • City Art Gallery


    Easy-to-miss Old Town gallery with rotating displays of modern and contemporary painting, sculpture, graphic art and photography. There's a small gift…

  • Plečnik Colonnade


    This renovated covered walkway along the Ljubljanica River forms part of the city's Central Market.

  • Union Experience


    This museum at the Union Brewery offers various displays of brewing, a film and a tasting. Walk here from Center.

  • Equrna Gallery


    Arguably the most innovative modern gallery in town thanks to the discerning owner/curator.

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    Novi Trg


    South of Cobblers' Bridge, this was a walled settlement of fisherfolk outside the town administration in the Middle Ages. Remnants include the very narrow…

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    Slovenian School Museum


    This rather esoteric museum explores how Slovenian kids learned the three Rs in past centuries. The mock-ups of the old classrooms are excellent and there…

  • Miklošičeva Cesta


    This 650m-long thoroughfare links Prešernov trg with the train and bus stations; the southern end boasts a splendid array of secessionist buildings and a…

  • Kongresni Trg


    This lovely square, with leafy Zvezda Park (Star Park) at its centre and an underground car park beneath, was named in honour of the Congress of the Holy…

  • Cobblers' Bridge


    In the midst of the Old Town, a small street running west from Stari trg called Pod Trančo (Below Tranča) leads to this evocatively named footbridge…

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