How to spend four to 48 hours in Ljubljana
Most visitors spend only a day or two in the capital, so here are some tips on how to enjoy four to 48 hours in Ljubljana, starting with the essentials, then moving on to more selective and often more enjoyable items. This is a personal list that the general public will like, so please leave and choose an adventure - I've been living here for five years and I'm still not bored with the city.
If you are only a few hours away from the city, all you really need to do is look at the castle (and the old town. If you can walk, the castle can be reached in about 20 minutes, and if not, there is a cable car (3). However, if you have time and mobility, it is advisable to walk on foot as you save some money and train with the idea of how protected the attacker was when you were forced to stand up while shooting.
Most of the castle can be enjoyed without a ticket, but when you buy it, you go to the top of the tower to get the best view of the city, as well as access to various exhibitions. If you want to read up on this place or while staying, here are 25 things you should know ... or 10 ways to enjoy Ljubljana Castle.
The Old Town is basically a street running from the Central Market (4) to Gornji Trg (5), lined with attractive buildings with boutiques, restaurants and cafes. You can easily move from one end to the other within 30 minutes without having to stop too much, but you probably want to stop and explore, especially some lanes. You should also take the time to walk along the Ljubljanica River, ideally on both sides, to see a colorful and well-preserved & nbsp; mansions that give this district the look of a very picturesque box of chocolates.
Even if you're only in town for half a day, you'll want to see the Dragon Bridge (6), too, but be prepared to go down. Far more brilliant in my opinion are Triple Bridge (7) and Cobbler's Bridge (8), and the best place to take both is the easy-to-walk Fishmarket Footbridge, as described here.
If you have more time in the city, you can bring some culture, nature and nightlife with lots of options for all tastes and everything packed in or near the pedestrian area.
The “best” is obviously subjective, so I only focus on the museums and galleries that have the broadest minds and largest collections. If you like art, you might want to check out the National Gallery (9) and the Contemporary Gallery Main Branch (10), both near Tivoli Park. The former contains everything from the Middle Ages to the mid-20th century, while the latter contains a collection of modern folk art, while contemporary art is located in the second branch of Metelkova. As regards museums, there are two major Slovenian National Museums (11) and the City Museum (12), focusing respectively on Slovenia as a whole and Ljubljana in particular.
Metelkova (13), a city graffiti-covered squat / autonomous area, is well worth a day to see the hustle and bustle of art, but at night it hosts a variety of music and performance venues. Note that, unlike some similar-looking places in Europe, this is not an open (or legal) drug market, so don't go looking for problems (or wait for them).
For nightlife, there are plenty of clubs and live music venues outside cafes and bars, and during the usual week they offer a wide variety of music, from classical techno, death metal to jazz, flamenco dub, house music to experimental roar, many full-night events, with many cinemas. For all of them, this is the best place to find out what's going on, and it's TSN's own What's Ljubljana this week.
For the kids, think of the trips to the Puppet Theater (3 nearby), the very popular & Illusion Museum or the Ljubljana Zoo (13) (I haven't visited yet, but haven't heard of the bad stuff). Check out our top 10 things for kids in Ljubljana to offer here.
If you want to eat the "best", you can head to the reviews website and find something to your liking. The names that stand out most in relation to fine dining are Strelec (in the palace) and JB (14) on the architecturally interesting Miklošičeva Street, though check the prices before sitting down. Cheaper options are easy to find, and while Slovenian food is good, there is no real mandatory meal to add to your schedule, so relax and eat what you want. If it is "ethnic food," go to the Trubareva cesta (15). If you are hungry after midnight, your chances are very limited, but some places can be found here. If you visit during the warmer months and Fridays, don't miss the open kitchen in the market next to the Cathedral.
For cafes and bars, the best thing to do is just find a free table somewhere that looks like your business, order a drink and settle down, as with most places where you get what you see or hear from outside. .
Ljubljana is not known for its shopping, as most of the more functional shops are located outside the city at the massive BTC shopping complex, which is not very worth visiting for tourists. No, if you're just looking for cute boutiques and places to pick up souvenirs, the Old Town will cover you. If you need toiletries or stationary, go to Chülova (near McDonald's) Müller (16).
If you need prescription drugs or even just aspirin, head to Lekarna (17) (the one with the big pink church at the triple bridge) in Prešeren Square. When traveling, I like to go to the supermarkets to pick up snacks and drinks for my hotel room and to sample the local produce on offer. Two of the city's main chains are Spar and Mercator, which you can only walk to. Note, however, that while it is the capital, there is no 24-hour or even very late night convenience store, so do your shopping before 8pm or risk disappointment.
Everything is within walking distance if you find walking easy, though if you want to experience the city "like a local" and see more, faster, rent a bike. They can be borrowed from the Bicikelj system in the city, or rented from different hotels and hostels, so if you are staying somewhere, ask there. City buses are available, but if you are in town for just a day or two, you probably won't need it.
If you're in a wheelchair or less mobile than you want, don't worry. Ljubljana is an old city and many places still have steps, but the municipality is also working hard to improve access. The best way to find out and find out where ramps are, where Eurokey bathrooms are located, etc. is with Ljubljana by Wheelchair.
In short, whether you spend four or 48 hours in Ljubljana, there is much to enjoy without having to hurry, and if you are a first-time visitor, I will envy the exploration that awaits you.