Top ChoiceCastle in Ljubljana

Ljubljana Castle

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 largely rebuilt after a devastating earthquake. It’s free...

Top ChoiceArchitecture in Ljubljana

National & University Library

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 horse-head doorknobs) on Turjaška ulica – you’ll find...

Top ChoiceBridge in Ljubljana

Triple Bridge

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 single span in 1842 it was nothing spectacular, but...

Square in Ljubljana

Prešernov Trg

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 the link between the Center district and the Old Town but...

Museum in Ljubljana

National Museum of Slovenia

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 – a Celtic pail from the 6th century BC that was unearthed...

Cemetery in Ljubljana

Žale Cemetery

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 distinguished Slovenes, including Jože Plečnik, but is best known for...

Church in Ljubljana

Cathedral of St Nicholas

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 pink marble, white stucco and gilt and contains a panoply...

Historic Building in Ljubljana

Town Hall

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 1718. The Gothic courtyard inside, arcaded on three levels,...

Museum in Ljubljana

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 (The Quintet) and the surrealist Stane Kregar (Hunter at...

Museum in Ljubljana

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. The reconstructed street that once linked the eastern...

Church in Ljubljana

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 enormous choir stall. The main altar was designed by the...

Museum in Ljubljana

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 tour to this almost ascetically religious man's life,...

Market in Ljubljana

Central Market

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-air market (Tržnica na Prostem) just across Triple Bridge to...

Museum in Ljubljana

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 and wonderful Gothic statuary as well as Slovenian...

Museum in Ljubljana

Museum of Contemporary History of Slovenia

Museum of Contemporary History of Slovenia

This museum, housed in the 18th-century Cekin Mansion (Grad Cekinov), traces the history of Slovenia in the 20th century through multimedia and artefacts. Note the contrast between the sober earnestness of the...

Museum in Ljubljana

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 mammals. The mineral collections amassed by the...

Square in Ljubljana

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 washed down into the river. Look for the Church of St...

Gallery in Ljubljana

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 European (mostly ex-Yugoslav) works from the 1960s till today....

Fountain in Ljubljana

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 Ljubljanica – but are modern copies. The original fountain,...

Square in Ljubljana

Stari Trg

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 houses on the eastern side, paths once led to Castle Hill,...