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How to Spend 1 Day in Ljubljana

How to Spend 1 Day in Ljubljana

One day in Ljubljana is just enough time to see the main attractions of Slovenia’s capital. With limited time, planning ahead and booking tickets in advance is essential—look for tours that combine multiple attractions or opt for a private tour to devise your own itinerary. Here are some ideas.

Morning: Ljubljana Castle & the Old Town

Ljubljana’s atmospheric Old Town is a maze of cobbled lanes, lively plazas, and leafy riverside promenades. This is where most of the city’s landmarks are found so a walking or bike tour offers the perfect introduction. Exploring with a guide means that you won’t waste time map-reading or miss a photo opportunity—of which there are plenty.

After your tour, ride the funicular to Ljubljana Castle, which boasts panoramic city views and is home to the Museum of Slovene History—book tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line. Afterwards, cross the Dragon Bridge, visit Prešeren Square, and spot landmarks including the Triple Bridge and the Cathedral of St. Nicholas. Along the way, look out for buildings designed by legendary Slovene architect Jože Plečnik. The Križanke Summer Theatre and the National and University Library are just two examples of his distinctive Art Nouveau style.

Afternoon: City Views & Cuisine

Another Plečnik design is the Central Market, a popular lunch spot for locals. A food tasting tour is a must for traveling food lovers; a guide enhances your experience by pointing out the best stalls and restaurants, and providing insight into Slovene cuisine and culture. Tours typically include samples of regional cheeses, wines, and street foods, and reveal local specialties such as struklji pastries and hearty jota soup.

It’s a short stroll from the market to the river port, where sightseeing cruises sail along the Ljubljanica River. Relax on-board as you enjoy unobstructed views of the castle, the Old Town, and the Cobbler’s Bridge. For the most impressive views, coincide your cruise with sunset.

Night: Bar hopping in the Old Town

During the evening, the Old Town buzzes with activity. There’s a myriad of options for drinking and dining, with something to suit all tastes and budgets. If you want to party, join a pub crawl, which typically include an admission ticket to one of the city’s coolest nightclubs, where you can drink and dance until the early hours.

For a more sophisticated outing, a wine or beer tasting tour is a fun way to learn more about Slovenia’s wine and beer making heritage while you sample varieties from around the country. Alternatively, experience Slovenian folk music and dance during a traditional Slovenian dinner and show.

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Top Ljubljana Foods culinary walking - small group - trip

Top Ljubljana Foods culinary walking - small group - trip

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Taste your way through Slovenia’s savory capital on this small-group food tour through Ljubljana. Taste nine national specialties as you explore the city on foot with your expert guide. No traditional meal would be complete without trying some Slovenian wine, so you try plenty of that as well. Between bites, learn about Ljubljana’s fascinating architectural and cultural history. Groups are no more than 15 people, to ensure a personalized experience.
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  • 4 hours
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Traditional Slovenian Dinner and Show

Traditional Slovenian Dinner and Show

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Experience the delightful culture of Ljubljana during a traditional supper and folk dance event. The capital of Slovenia is the country's epicenter of culture and it shows. Sit back and enjoy an expressive folk dance show original to the region. Indulge in customary foods, savor local wine and play traditional games. After filling up on Slovenian folklore, you will receive a memorable gift as you depart.
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  • 2 hours
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Ljubljana City Tour Including Ljubljana Castle

Ljubljana City Tour Including Ljubljana Castle

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Taking a guided walking tour of Ljubljana is an excellent way to get to know the city especially if you’re short on time. You’ll pass by the most popular sights while learning about the city’s history, architecture, and culture from your guide. The tour concludes with a tour of the medieval Ljubljana castle where you can climb to the top of the castle tower and enjoy panoramic views of the city.
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  • 2 hours
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Ljubljana Castle: Entrance Ticket

Ljubljana Castle: Entrance Ticket

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Avoid the crowds by pre-booking your entrance ticket to Ljubljana Castle. Ride the funicular to the top of Castle Hill, then explore the medieval fortress at your own pace, visiting the Pentagonal Tower, Castle Chapel of St George, Penitentiary, and Rustika gallery, then enjoying spectacular views from the Watchtower.
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Pub Crawl Ljubljana

Pub Crawl Ljubljana

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Experience Ljubljana’s nightlife with a pub crawl through Slovenia’s capital city. This tour is perfect for solo travelers or groups interested in meeting other travelers. You’ll spend time getting to know the other members of your tour at the first pub and then make your way through the city ending the night in one of the hottest dance clubs in Ljubljana. Your party guide will sponsor challenges and games along the way to ensure everyone has a fantastic time.
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  • 5 hours
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Ljubljana 2 Hour Magical Advent Tour including Cruise

Ljubljana 2 Hour Magical Advent Tour including Cruise

Learn about the history and culture of Slovenia’s capital city on a guided walking tour of Ljubljana. You’ll hear stories and legends about Ljubljana’s most famous monuments and get insider info about life in Ljubljana from your guide. The tour concludes with a cruise down the Ljubljanica River where you’ll admire the bridges and embankments that give Ljubljana its characteristic appearance.
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  • 2 hours
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