and the Ljubljana Castle above
Ljubljana  has no world-famous attractions, which is just great: there's no need to hop from one place to another, taking photos and crossing the items on your checklist. You have all the time to stroll around and enjoy the city itself.
In the summer, its center hosts a number of city sponsored events, from children workshops and public playgrounds on the streets that get closed for traffic for the occasion, to Trnfest's off-beat street performances and musical events of all genres. In autumn it shows its academic face as it fills again by students of the state's largest university to whom the city owes much of its youthful character. Cold December days are warmed by thousand of lights, the new year's decoration conceived by local artists, and by food and drinks sold from street stands on the banks of Ljubljanica river. After surviving the boring gray remaining of winter, the city erupts again with spring flowers planted on its streets and crossroads.
Ljubljana ("lyoob-lyAH-nah") is a charming city full of artists, museums, and galleries. With a population of 300,000, it is one of the smallest capital cities in Europe.
The Ljubljanica river flows through the center of town, past Baroque buildings and under the ramparts of the ancient castle on the hill. The new city and modern-day commercial core lies to the west of the river, while the old city and the castle are located on the east side of the river. Many bridges cross the river, the most famous of which is Tromostovje (Triple Bridge), designed by architect Jože Plečnik.
- Ljubljana Tourist Information Centre (TIC), Adamič-Lundrovo nabrežje 2 (Next to the Triple Bridge), ☎ +386 (0)1 306 12 15, . Jun-Sep + 26-30 Dec 8am-9pm, Oct-May 8am-7pm. Also offers various sightseeing tours. The basic tour in English departs from the Town Hall and takes 2 hours (Apr-Sep 10am, Oct-Mar 11am). Buy tickets in TIC for €9, from the guide it costs €10.
- Ljubljana Tourist Information Office, Trg Osvobodilne fronte 6 (Inside Railway Station), ☎ +386 (0)1 433 94 75. Jun-Sep 8am-10pm | Oct-May Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 8am-3pm, Sun and public holidays closed.
Jože Pučnik Airport (commonly referred to as Brnik Airport)  IATA: LJU is located 27 km north Ljubljana. Airport facilities include parking, a bank, money exchange, ATMs, a post office, an information desk, free wi-fi in the terminal, a general store, duty-free stores, a self-serve restaurant, bars, and cafes.
The following airlines operate service to/from Ljubljana:
Adria Airways (Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Belgrade, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, Istanbul-Atatürk, Kiev-Boryspil, London-Gatwick, Madrid, Manchester, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Munich, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Podgorica, Priština, Sarajevo, Skopje, Stockholm-Arlanda, Tirana, Vienna, Warsaw, Zürich),
Air France (Paris-Charles de Gaulle),
Czech Airlines (Prague),
EasyJet (London-Stansted, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Charles de Gaulle)
Jat Airways (Belgrade),
Montenegro Airlines (Podgorica), and
Turkish Airlines (Istanbul-Atatürk).
From the airport the cheapest way are regular public buses (€4.10, 50 min) and minibuses (€9, 30 min, available also on demand) to the main Ljubljana bus and train stations, located next to each other in the city center; tickets are bought from the driver, detailed timetables and contacts here. Alternatively, a metered taxi  from the airport to the centre will cost €30-40. Cheaper are taxi companies as taksi Legende or Airtrail they offer fixed price 20 eur to Ljubljana downtown, just you need to prebook them [www.taksilegende.com] [www.airportljubljana.co]
Airport transfer companies:
- Ljubljana Transfer, . Offers shared ride services to the city center, as well as popular ski and spa destinations in Slovenia. From €9.
The Ljubljana bus and train stations are located next to each other at Trg Osvobodilne fronte (Trg means square in Slovenian). The two stations are located just north of the city center and a short walk from most hotels and attractions. The train station has a tourist information center, currency exchange, and left-luggage service.
Ljubljana is the hub of Slovenia's rail system. Local trains run throughout the country - no point in Slovenia is more than 3 hours away. The fastest train is ICS (InterCitySlovenija) which runs from Koper to Maribor via Ljubljana (the most expensive). Local trains, such as LP or RG stop at every station (the cheapest). IC, EC and MV trains connect major cities (Ljubljana, Maribor, Murska Sobota, Jesenice, Koper).
Direct international connections include Zagreb-4 trains (2 hours), Rijeka -2 trains (3 hours), Graz (3 hours), Salzburg (4 hours), Pula (RG train from Ljubljana to Pula was discontinued on December 8, 2012, there is no connection between border stations-Rakitovec and Buzet, as an alternative, you can travel by train to Rijeka and change to a bus to Lupoglav and take a train from there to Pula (4 hours), Vienna (6 hours), Munich (6 hours - note that, if an advance special fare of EUR39 is not available directly to/from Munich, it is possible to book the journey as two separate tickets: a regular OeBB ticket between Ljubljana and Salzburg, and the Deutsche Bahn Bayernticket between Salzburg and Munich (valid after 9am or all day weekends). The journey time is almost the same, even including the transfer, and has the benefit of being both EUR10 cheaper AND offering free travel within Munich incl. the airport and the rest of Bavaria for that day), Belgrade-as of August 2013, only 1 train per day (9 hours - "Special" fares of EUR25 available but often booked up a month in advance), Frankfurt (10 hours), Zürich (11 hours). Getting to Trieste by train is complicated because there are no train connections to Italy. However a taxi from Villa Opicina to Sežana is not very expensive and train connections from Sežana to Ljubljana are frequent. There is also a bus from Sežana to Trieste (on weekdays) or a bus from Koper (a few buses every day).Expect to pay about €10 and it is highly advisable to prebook the taxi, as none will be waiting.
There are no more connections to Italy-one can take a train to Villach and then take an InterCityBus to Udine or Venice. The only train to Budapest goes through Croatia, so if you need a Schengen visa, you most likely need a separate visa for Croatia.
There is a daily train between Jesenice and Nova Gorica that will take you to Italy. From Goriza the trains goes to Trieste and Venice.
Ljubljana bus station (avtobusna postaja ) is right next to the train station and has services throughout Slovenia, as well as to foreign countries. The station has several useful schedule search engines (also in English) for working out connections; however these do not always have live availability information (i.e., a journey marked as "sold out" or "not available" on the machines may indeed still be bookable at the kiosks). Generally speaking, a bus can take you almost anywhere in Slovenia within a few hours. Kiosks are cash only (as of August 2013).
Direct international connections: Trieste (2 hours), Venice (4 hours) , Banja Luka (5 hours), Bihać (6 hours), Bologna (6 hours), Munich (7 hours), Florence (8 hours), Tuzla (8 hours) , Zenica (8 hours), Belgrade (8 hours, including 2 overnight services - EUR35), Ulm (9 hours), Stuttgart (10 hours), Sarajevo (10 hours, or 12 hours overnight - EUR41) , Niš (12 hours), Karlsruhe (12 hours), Mannheim (13 hours), Frankfurt (14 hours), Skopje (15 hours), Tetovo (16 hours), Sofia (16 hours), Pristina (18 hours), Copenhagen (19 hours), Malmö (20 hours), Gothenburg (24 hours), Linköping (28 hours), Örebro (34 hours), Stockholm (36 hours).
Eurobusways has direct Budapest - Ljubljana bus , also from Vienna  or Prague  to Ljubljana
- Turanus, ☎ +38640802525, . Turanus offers transportation to every destination in Slovenia and several European airports.
Renting a car is also an option, especially if you are visiting remote destinations outside of Ljubljana.
The center of Ljubljana is small enough to cover by foot. You can pick up a free city map at a tourist information center or in the train station. Navigating or finding a street is easy as streets are clearly marked.
Bikes are available for rent at the Slovenian Tourist Information Center (beside the Central Market) as well as some of the hotels in the area (€1 for 2 hours, €5 for the whole day ending 7~9pm depending on season). There is also a system called "Bicikelj" where you can rent bikes for a week just for 1€. It has 300 bikes on 30 stations around the inner city part and you can subscribe with a credit card online. For more information go to this site: http://en.bicikelj.si/
By city bus
Typical Ljubljana city bus (top left), a bus station (top right), a self-service kiosk for buying and refilling prepaid bus cards (bottom left) and a bike-rental service that runs on the same cards (bottom right)
The city's transportation authority LPP operates 26 bus lines, which are clean and run frequently (every 5-10 minutes, 15-30 minutes during the weekend and summer). Most bus routes operate 5am - 10.30pm (Sundays from 6am). Night lines are: N1 (10.30pm - 5am), 2, N3/N3B (9pm - 5am), N5 (9pm - 5am), 6 and 11B/N11 (9pm - 5am). Saturdays and Sundays no service on lines 11 (11B is Saturday and 20Z is Sunday replacement), 15, 22, 24, 28, 29 and 60. Sundays no service on lines 1 (1B/1S is replacement), 7L, 8 (1B/1S is replacement), 18, 20 (20Z is replacement), 21 and 27 (NS Rudnik - BTC - Letališka) does not operate on Sundays, it is replaced with a route 27K which goes from Bavarski dvor to Kolosej in BTC City and it's on service only on Sundays from 4PM onwards.
To ride the buses, you must first purchase an Urbana card (similar to an Oyster Card in London). These can be bought at self-service stations ("Urbanomat") found at the larger bus stops across the city, LPP sales sites, Tourist Information Centers and newspaper agents for €2 and need to be loaded with an amount ranging from €1 to €50. Upon entering the bus by the front door, you need to position the card next to the reader to pay for the route. The confirmation is a quiet beep and an illuminated green light, while a negative response is a louder beep and a red light. After that, you proceed to take your seat / stand.
The cost per journey is €1.20 and includes an unlimited number of free transfers within 90 minutes from the first entry to the bus. Although if you are a regular guest in Ljubljana and have a mobile with a Slovenian operator (for example Simobil, Mobitel, Izimobil, Debitel etc.) and you have a postpaid contract with them, you can pay the bus route with your mobile - you just dial 1899 at the entry of the bus and approach the Urbana device with your mobile and leave it there until the device approves the payment. It's a 'quite in handy' thing, but it costs €1,20 and you can use it only for the ride you're on (unlike Urbana card when you can have unlimited number of free transfers within 90 minutes from the first entry to the bus) - the amount will be charged from your number and viewable on your monthly payment.
Most lines operate at least once every 15 minutes. Timetables  (in Slovene) only have departure times from first bus stop so you can use the webpage  to obtain predicted departure times for next three buses from every bus stop.
Taxi Ljubljana"http://www.taxi.jezakon.si/"Taxi Laguna (tel. 080 11 17), Taxi Metro (tel. 080 11 90) and Intertours Taxi (tel: 031 311 311) are considered the cheapest taxi companies. These are free numbers (all numbers starting with 080 are free in Slovenia), so you can use a phone booth to make a free call. Note that not all taxis charge the same fare.
While taxis ordered by phone are cheap, those waiting on the street will usually charge through the roof, and you can end up paying €25 for a short ride! Unless you're in a hurry, always order a taxi by phone!
The main language of the city is unsurprisingly Slovenian. Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian is generally understood by most people and frequently spoken fluently by adults, especially those over the age of 40. Most of citizens speak at least some English, many, especially those under age of 30, speak it fluently. It's also worth trying any major European language you speak as you just might be understood.
The easiest and most pleasant way to reach all spots described below is by foot, except for the Zoo and the Architecture Museum.
Ljubljanica river with the Triple Bridge at night
The Triple Bridge at night
- Triple Bridge (Tromostovje). Designed by Jože Plečnik. Tromostovje consists of three separate picturesque bridges located next to one another. The neighboring Prešeren square with the statue of Slovenian greatest poet France Prešeren is the central location of downtown Ljubljana and a common meeting point. From here, cross Ljubljanica and turn left for Open Market and the Dragon Bridge, or go straight and then right for the old town.
- Old Town. Squeezed between the castle hill and Ljubljanica river is the old town with two squares, Mestni trg (City square) with the Robba fountain and the city hall behind it, and, further on, Gornji trg (Upper square). Well preserved medieval buildings now house local designer shops, and several popular cafes and restaurants. Although they may look creepy, the perfectly safe narrow lanes lead to charming little squares and buildings.
- Zmajski Most (Dragon Bridge). Completed in 1901, designed by Croatian Jurij Zainovich. It is guarded by four detailed dragon statues from the city's coat-of-arms. Look out for the dragon motif throughout the city. Be careful around the Dragon Bridge area, as it is on a major busy road just outside the pedestrian zone and near misses (and worse) between inattentive tourists and traffic are common. The dragon bridge is located at the end of the Ljubljana Open Market, just a block or two down the river (north-east direction) from the Triple bridge.
- Ljubljana Castle, ("You). The tower has magnificent views all over the city. You can also see the Sava River and Kamnik Alps in the distance. Included is a 3D Movie of the history of Ljubljana from a pre-historic settlement to Roman Empire to modern times (€5 for adults, €3.5 for students, seniors). Entrance to the Castle Courtyard, Chapel and Gift shop is free, but there is a charge for access to the tower..
- Square of the Republic. Where crowds gathered as Slovenia announced its independence from the Yugoslav Federation in 1991. The square has significant importance for Slovene history, as it was a place of important public gatherings (and demonstrations) in the past. Across the road is the Slovene Parliament. Its facade is decorated with artistic nude statues of Slovenes at work and leisure. The square also houses the International Business Centre.
- Roman Ruins. A short walk west of the centre of town are the remains of the Roman City Walls, including a number of pillars from an entrance gate.
- Krakovo. A village-like part of the city connecting the centre to the Trnovo suburb.
- Metelkova City. A self-declared autonomous culture place to gather for alternative artists, many subcultures and youth. What used to be a military barracks is now full of underground artists, bars and nightclubs. Metelkova can get crowded on Fridays and Saturdays. It is within 5 minute of walk from main Train Station, and it is home to a renowed hostel Celica.
- Tivoli Park, (At the western end of the city centre.). The main city park. You can sit down on a park bench and enjoy the sun. Rožnik (the hill overlooking Ljubljana from the west) is a short hike away through the woods. This is a popular weekend destination for the locals.
- Ljubljana Zoo, (take bus 23). May-October. one of the most beautiful Zoos of Europe €5 to €6.
- Architecture Museum of Ljubljana, Pot na Fužine 2, ☎ +386-1-5409798, . M-F 9 AM-3 PM, Sa 10 AM-6 PM, Su 10 AM-3 PM. Hosts a permanent exhibition of Jože Plečnik's works. Student: €1; Adult: €2.
- Architecture Museum of Ljubljana: Plečnik Collection, Karunova 4, . An annex of the Architecture Museum devoted to great Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik, who lived in this building from 1921 to 1957. The house contains rooms with the artist’s valuable original furniture and personal objects, an archive of his sketches and plans and a collection of clay, plaster and wooden models, a library, Plečnik’s correspondence, a photo archive, thesis projects of Plečnik’s students and an archive of the Academy of Architecture Collection. Access only by guided tour of not more than 7 people, booked at least five days in advance at tel. +386-1-2801600 or [email protected]
- Museum of Modern Art, Tomšiceva 14, . For those who prefer contemporary art, houses the national collection of 20th century Slovene art (paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings as well as photography, video and electronic media collections), a collection of works from the former Yugoslavia, and the international collection Arteast 2000+. It is being currently restored.
- National Gallery, Prešernova 24, . Definitely worth visiting if you care about art. It exhibits two important permanent collections that include works of some of the best and most renowned slovenian (impressionist) painters (Jama, Grohar, Jakopic, Azbe). Since September 2008 you can also see there a restored original of the Robba Fountain, a monument of national cultural heritage.
- National Museum of Slovenia - Prešernova, Muzejska ulica 1, ☎ +386-1-2414400 ([email protected], fax: +38612414422), . daily 10am-6pm, Thursday 10am-8pm, closed on public holidays.. National museum of Slovenia is the oldest and the largest Slovene museum. It was founded in 1821. Existent museum building on the Museum street, was built in 1888 and was the first, building, assigned solely to culture in Slovenia. Today its stores a rich collections of valuable objects. The oldest spring back to the Stone Age, but there are also the newer ones, which are still used in our everyday life. Important columns of museum activity are also rich museum library and unit for preservation and restoring. Free admission each first of the month. national museum of slovenia
- National Museum of Slovenia - Metelkova, Maistrova 1, ☎ +38612307030 ([email protected], fax: +38612414422), . daily 10am-6pm, closed on Mondays and on public holidays.. In the new building of the National museum of Slovenia on the Metelkova Street, are exhibited collections of the applied art heritage of Slovenia. The permanent exhibition brings together objects of applied arts from the 14th century to the present day. national museum of slovenia
- National Museum of Contemporary History, Celovška 23 (walk through the pleasant Tivoli park to get here.), ☎ 01 300 96 10, . Slovenia's 20th-century history museum gives you a real sense of the country's roller-coaster ride through regime after regime. Its immersive exhibits include a walk-through WWI trench. The last exhibit shows the events around the Declaration of Independence from Yugoslavia and the Ten Day War with the Yugoslav Federal Army. All exhibits are translated to English and some to German too.
- Slovenian Museum of Natural History, . Features an almost complete skeleton of a 20,000 year old mammoth found near Kamnik in 1938 and a 200 million year old fossil fish skeleton found in Triglav National Park. Also has a large mineral collection.
- Tivoli Gallery - International centre of Graphic Art, Pod turnom 3, ☎ 01 241 38 00, . Open Tu-Sa 10.00 - 18.00, Su 12.00 - 18.00, Mo closed. Specialised in art shows, often in collaboration with international institutions. .
Opera & Theatre
Shows are performed regularly throughout the year. The opera house is located just behind the Slovene Parliament. There are several theatres scattered all over the city centre.
- Cankarjev Dom, . Enormous arts and convention center with concerts and performances
- Slovenska Filharmonija, .
- Slovene National Theatre (Narodno Gledalisce), Erjavceva 1.
- Puppet Theatre (Lutkovno Gledalisce), Krekov Trg 2.
- Water City of Atlantis, (Located within the BTC City Shopping District, take bus 27 (27K on Sundays)), . A water park offering 14 pools, thermal baths, slides and saunas. Special section is dedicated for children. €6 to €14.
- Laguna Fun & Spa, (located within the Ljubljana Resort, take bus 27 (27K on Sundays)), . only open from June to September.. Offers open-air pools during the day and themed parties at night. €6 to €12.
- Kinoteka, (Located on Miklošičeva ulica 28, city center), . Ljubljana's charming film museum where they have at least two movies a day. The movies range from classics to cult movies, from trash and horror to artistic masterpieces. All movies are presented in the original audio language, and equipped with Slovenian subtitles, sometimes also English. On Saturday mornings they have special projections for children. There are also some special events, round tables, premiers etc. all the time. It's a must visit for every film lover. It has also a nice little cafe with small prices €3.00. Closed on Sundays and in July and August..
- Kinodvor, (Located on Kolodvorska 13, next to the train station), . This is a small and very cool movie theater that shows mostly new movies that are not playing in the blockbuster movie complexes. It has also a lot of special events, a great cafe and movies for children (sundays). From €3.00 to 5.00€..
- Vodafone Live! Arena, (Located within the BTC City Shopping District, take bus 27 (27K on Sundays)). A great place to spend an evening. Main features include bowling, pool, laser games and a state-of-the-art 3D XpanD cinema theatre (Movies from €8.15 to €8.55).
- Kolosej Cinema, (Located within the BTC City Shopping District, take bus 27 (27K on Sundays)), . Ljubljana's main cinema multiplex. Unlike in many other countries, all movies are presented in the original audio language (typically English), and equipped with Slovenian subtitles. This does sometimes not apply to computer-rendered and animated movies, which are dubbed for the children. €5.85 - €6.55. Special discounts on Tuesdays..
Student life in Ljubljana is very active and you will notice many young people on the streets when classes are in session from October to May.
- University of Ljubljana, . the largest university in Slovenia, with 64,000 students. The different departments (faculties) are scattered all over the city.
- Language Courses, . are offered year-round by the Philosophy Faculty at the university, including two-week (530€) or four-week (900€) long summer schools:
Ljubljana's main shopping areas are the BTC City Shopping District (take bus 27) , located at the north-eastern edge, and the Rudnik Shopping District (take bus 27) in the south-eastern edge of the city. However, several department stores such as Maximarket, H&M, Müller, Nama, are located in the city centre. Additionally, Čopova street and the Old town have a dense collection of small shops.
- Sunday flea market, Gallusovo nabrezje. 8am-2pm. Two dozen or so stalls selling overpriced knick-knacks. Postcards, €10. Tito and Disney memorabilia, broken Chinese-made curios, rusty military paraphernalia.
- Central Market, Vodnikov trg (right bank of the Ljubljanica river, 200m from the Triple Bridges). The central, open-air market features a wide array of local produce (exact items vary depending on the season), as well as local cheeses, breads and meats in the adjacent building. If you're lucky, you may still find sellers who have wheeled in their vegetables from south of the city centre (Krakovo) by foot - although they are a dying breed. Open every morning and early afternoon except Sunday; most lively on Saturday mornings.
Downtown Ljubljana is full of trendy cafes (outdoor seating in the summer!) and high-quality restaurants. You can find local Slovenian food, and restaurants with ethnic food from many places around the world. Pizza in Ljubljana is of very good quality. Try a burger Slovene style with a horse burger at the Hot Horse! Cheap and good for returning from a night out.
- Falafel, Trubarjeva 40. This middle eastern dish, together with other meat and vegetables dishs is served in the small fast-food restaurant next to the Dragon bridge. €3, including 2 dishes, tea and a sweet.
- Nobel Burek, Miklošičeva 30 (You can't miss it - green and yellow sign, a lot of people standing in line). The place where young people go to get food late in the evening or at night. Different kinds of burek (a leafy dough pie, traditionally with mince meat or cheese filling) available. Considered to be the best burek in town. € 2.30.
- Cafe Romeo, Stari trg 6 (Along the river, to the south of the 3 bridges.). Fusion between cocktail bar and mexican restaurant. Besides tourists, this place is also popular among the locals. Meal salads: €7.50; Burrito: €5-8, Quasadas: €5-8.
- Cantina Mexicana, Wolfova 4 (just off the central square by the 3 bridges.), ☎ 01 426 93 25, . Mexican restaurant set in a small yard together with another restaurant and a pub. Tex Mex: €13; Fajitas: €10; Salads: €8.
- Casa del Papa, Celovska 54a. International food. Ernest Hemingway theme. Latino and salsa dancing.
- Da-bu-da, Šubičeva 1a. thai food and cocktail bar, great atmosphere, restaurant's site: http://www.dabuda.si/.
- Emonska Klet, Plecnikov Trg 1. Former Ursuline convent. Cellar restaurant serving pizza, salads, and Slovenian food. Live music every night.
- Figovec, Gosposvetska 1. Serves pony steaks, horse goulash, and traditional Slovenian food.
- Foculus, Gregorciceva 3. Flamboyantly decorated pizzeria and salad restaurant. €6 and up.
- Gostilna Pod Rožnikom, Cesta na Roznik 18 (near Ljubljana Zoo.), . specialises in grilled dishes from southeastern Europe.
- Gostilna Sokol, Ciril Metodov trg 18, ☎ 01 439 68 55, . This restaurant deals up authentic Slovenian cuisine, complete with all waiters and waitresses dressed up in traditional costume. The food is hearty and served in generous gut-busting portions and very good value for money. The fish cooked in a paper bag with vegetables is highly recommended. There is plenty of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes to choose from. The only downside was the house red, which is very sharp and quite cold, but this is a minor quibble.
- Joe Pena's, Cankarjeva 6. Popular Mexican restaurant.
- Julija, Stari trg 9 (Right next to Luka’s). Fare of Italian pasta and risotto dishes. Not quite a nice as Luka’s but still a good filling meal, and at a reasonable price. Pasta or risotto: €6.50.
- Jurman, Zaloška 151. Open daily from 11.00 to 23.00. Affordable prices and very diverse choices. They have themed rooms, such as castle room and fishing room. Children can play in a designated indoor and outdoor playgrounds. The staff is friendly and the service is fast; it usually never takes longer than 10 minutes for 2 or 3 people. You are advised to make a reservation in advance.
- Luka Gourmet Lunch Cafe, Stari trg 11, . One of a line of cafes on Stari Trg with outside seating. Serves up tasty, mainly pasta dishes with reasonable prices and friendly service. Steak, €19.
- Ljubljanski Dvor, Dvorni trg 1. Offers 100 different kinds of pizza. Beautiful patio overlooking the river. Large pizzas, €6 and up.
- Pri Škofu, Rečna cesta 5 (On a quiet residential street in the Trnovo/Krakovo district). This restaurant is heavily promoted by tourist guides, but delivers an inconsistent experience (i.e. can be very good or simple adequate). Their biggest shortcoming is the lack of wine choice. House specialties are gnocci, black risotto, tenderloin medallions, or grilled aubergines.
- Šestica, Slovenska 40. Serves hearty meat dishes such as sausages, horse fillets, and steak as well as pasta and risotto.
- Špajza, Gornji trg 28, ☎ 01 425 30 94. Closed Sun.. This restaurant is much larger than you first expect when you initially enter. You walk through several candlelit rooms before you reach the outside terrace. The waiters are initially quite attentive, serving you a nice little aperitif to get you started. The food is a mixture of Slovenian and European, and the menu is kept to a handful of choices for each course. Because of the service, surroundings and food this felt like an expensive restaurant, although by Western standards, it was quite reasonable. Mains: €10-15.
- Stara Mačka, Krojaška ulica 8 (Next to the Maček bar/lounge, in the middile of the old town), . This is one of the best deals in town if you are looking for an intimate steakhouse
- Zhong Hua, Trubarjeva 50, ☎ +386 1 230 1665. Decent Chinese restaurant near the Dragon bridge. The family-run place even has Beijing duck on their menu. Mains: €6-10.
- Zlata Ribica, Cankarjevo Nabrezje 5. Great fish restaurant with outdoor seating facing the river.
- As, Copova Ulica 5A (located near the Triple Bridge.), . Considered by many as Ljubljana's fanciest and most expensive, focusing on seafood and an extensive wine choice
- Chez Eric, Mestni trg 3 (located next to the townhouse). Specializing in French cuisine
- Cubo, Meteorology 55, . Modern International fare.
- JB, Miklošičeva 17 (close to the bus/train stations), ☎ 01 433 13 58, 01 474 72 19 ([email protected]), . closed on weekends. Modern International fare, can get expensive by Slovenian standards.
- Hana, Tbilisijska 85 (off the beaten path near the Interspar hypermarket in the Vic district), . Fancy, but an excellent bargain considering the quality.
- Krpan, 24 Ob Ljubljanici (out of center, close to the main hospital (Klinični center)). specializing mainly in seafood with an amazing grill experience. Unfortunately there have been some reports of inflated bills.
- Manna, Eipprova 1A (South from the main tourist area), ☎ 01 283 52 94, . excellent traditional dishes. It advertises "Slow food", but in effect the service is both helpful and fast. The restaurant has friendly and artistic atmosphere. €20-€40.
- Pri Vitezu, Breg 18-20. High-end restaurant serving swordfish, scallops, snails, duck, and horse fillets.
Most of Ljubljana’s bars tend to cluster on the streets running parallel to the river, radiating from Prešernov trg, which is the main square in Ljubljana. The more interesting bars tend to be on the backstreets, rather than directly facing the river. Part of the joy of this city is stumbling across these places, but these are few to start you off.
- Cafe Antico, Stari Trg 17. Great ambiance - bare wooden floors, high tables and stools, and vaulted ceiling.
- Cafe Gaudi, Nazorjeva 10. Nice interior and wide selection of coffees.
- Čajna Hisa (The Tea House), Stari trg 3. Closed Sun. This is a quirky little coffee and tea room, offering many variations on those warm beverages as well as basic breakfasts and lunches. The background music is impeccably cool, and the atmosphere is ideal for some elegant loafing. Linked to the café is a teashop selling drinking paraphernalia and loads of different fruity flavoured teas by the 100g.
- Juice Bar Babo, Krojaška 4. A juice and smoothie bar in the old city center with over 50 combinations of freshly prepared beverages to choose from. Laid-back atmosphere, interesting combination of urban and health freak culture. Good place to meet tourists and interesting locals of all ages.
- Le Petite Cafe, Trg Francoske Revolucije 4. Very popular corner cafe.
- Maček, Krojaška 5. The most popular cafe along the river.
- Nebotičnik, Štefanova 1, . Enjoy coffee, desserts and city at 50 meters above the streets.
- Samsara, Presernov Trg. Summer-only outdoor cafe offers large selection of ice cream & gelato.
- Sax Pub, Eipprova 7. Really cool colorful spray-painted cafe/bar along the canal.
- Zvezda, Wolfova 14. Cafe with great ices and pastries.
- BI-KO-FE, Židovska steza 2.. A lively artsy little bar that plays excellent jazz music (CD, not live). There is outside seating, but inside is where it seems to be happening. It looks like the place the youngish locals hangout to drink the night away. Coffee, teas, and alcoholic beverages.
- Breg, Breg 2. Classy wine bar along the river.
- Cutty Sark, Knafljev Prehod 1 (Opposite Cantina Mexicana). Lively pub with raucous atmosphere. Usually has live music.
- Lepa Žoga, Celovška 43 (Near Tivoli Park). Main sports cafe/bar with sports regalia along the wall and a good, mixed crowd on most nights. Shows international rugby, all sorts of football games (European, English, Italian and other leagues) and other live sports. Has the best TV coverage in the city, ranging from Sky Sports to local TV stations.
- Od Žmavca sosed pa ud brata prjatu (Žmavc's neighbor and my brother's pal aka Žmavc), Rimska cesta 21, ☎ +386 1 251 0324. The place to be for the creative urban type.
- Patrick's Irish Bar, Prečna 6 (Up a little side street off Trubarjeva), . The ubiquitous Irish Pub with Guinness and local beers on tap, with a typical menu of hearty meals available. Also typical is the welcoming atmosphere that seems common to all Irish Pubs. Big Screen TVs show sporting events, (mainly traditionally Irish Gaelic Games and occasionally soccer) but bar staff are happy to change a television to show other sports (Rugby Union, Rugby League, Cricket, AFL, NFL etc.) on request. Watch out for ex-pat and tour groups at popular sporting events from their 'home' country.
- Pr'skelet, Ključavničarska 5, . Skeleton-themed basement bar in a side alley. Famous for an extensive variety of cocktails, and you get two for price of one, prices vary from €6 to 13.
- Pod Skalco, Gosposka 19 (just opposite to the Križanke auditorium, next to the City Museum of Ljubljana, on the back of the National & University Library). M-F 6:30AM-3AM, Sa-Su 5:30PM-3AM. Popular student pub with an almost 150 year long tradition, frequented almost exclusively by locals. Loud music.
- Ragamuffin, Krojaska 4. Intimate, reggae cafe-bar with good tunes.
- Sir William´s pub, Tavčarjeva ulica 8a (The pub is located in the center of Ljubljana, at the corner of Tavčarjeva and Miklošičeva street, next to the City hotel, the National Television and the Supreme court.), ☎ +386-(0)5-99-44-825 ([email protected]), . Mo-Fr :8AM-01AM, Sa: 10AM-02PM and 02PM-01AM, Su: 05PM-12PM. Sir William´s pub is a small, cute pub in the center of Ljubljana, providing the best coffee, tea and beer selection (more than 100 beers from all over the world) in town. The well educated staff (even the brewer from best Slovenian brewery - Human Fish is part of team) will help you discover the world of beer. (46.054377,14.507587)
- Vinoteka Movia, Mestni trg 2 (Next to the Town Hall). Anyone with any interest in wine should visit here. The cosy, candlelit wine bar comes with knowledgeable barmen who can recommend a wine based on your tastes. The wine glasses are huge, so it's hard to tell if they were being stingy or if it has simply spread out. Be careful about asking for ‘samples’, as they will charge you full price. The prices can vary from modest to a remortgage.
- Zlata Ladjica, Juricicev trg 1 (Next to the Shoemaker's Bridge, on the left bank of the river), . Fun, energetic pub. Serves mulled wine in winter.
- Scratch Rock Bar, Krakovski nasip 4., ([email protected]), . Mon-Thu 8-24, Fri 8-1, Sat 18-1. Scratch Rock Bar, dedicated to classic, mainstream and underground rock music, offers a wide choice of beers, sandwiches and snacks, and, above all, a varied programme of events related to rock music. The most frequently played styles include classic rock, melodic hard rock, album-oriented rock, progressive rock and blues rock. Metal is played occasionally. The bar hosts themed music evenings, evenings of rock-album music, concerts, party games, etc. One day of the week is dedicated to a selected rock star or band.
Ljubljana has several good nightclubs (discotheques). The clubs hold special events, they will play a certain syle of music on certain nights, etc. Some will also impose a strict dress code and age limits.
- Metelkova mesto, Metelkova 8 (next to the train station), . Mo-Sun, 10PM - 4AM.. It's a squat with 6 clubs, each with its own style of music and program. Gala Hala is the biggest and the music is very diverse - from funk nights to hip-hop and indie to rap and strange fun music. It has also concerts and an outside garden where they also grill in the summer. Gromka is a smaller one usually admission free and the music also differs from night to night. Usually it's rock/alternative hits or rockabilly or fun 90s music. It has also concerts. Menza pri Koritu is the most alternative and it has mainly alternative, metal, punk concerts and after parties. Channel Zero is more about electronics (also concerts) - d'n'b, dub, electro, house. Jalla Jalla is the smallest one with sometimes obscure, experimental music. Tiffany is a gay club with usually electronic parties. In Metelkova everybody can find a place for himself (usually the most is happening on weekends) and you can just walk from one to another club and see what is going on (if there is no admission). free or up to €10.
- K4, Kersnikova 4, . Tu-Sun, 10PM - 2.30/4AM.. National and international DJs play electronic music.
- Top, Tomšičeva 2 (opposite main post office that is on Čopova ulica), . Located on the top floor/roof of a downtown department store, this trendy nightclub offers fantastic views of downtown Ljubljana. Music varies depending on the day of the week.
- Cirkus, Trg mladinskih delovnih brigad 7 (on the beginning of Tržaška cesta), . Currently one of the hottest clubs in town (as August 2012) - it's opened through summer too. Parties are on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On Wednesdays you can experience R'n'B music, on Thursdays dance music, Fridays house and on Saturdays disco music. Entry fee is €5, €100/table for VIP (with it you get a table and a 'boat' for 5 persons). Age limit is M18+/F18+ on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and M21+/F18+ on Fridays and Saturdays. VIP is 25+.
- Ljubljana Private Accommodations, . Over 50 rental options in Ljubljana from private rooms to entire flats starting from 19€.
Ljubljana offers several hostels and student homes that function as hostels in the summer.
- Alibi Hostel, Cankarjevo nabrežje 27, near the Triple Bridge, . The rooms are clean and the internet is free. Dorm bed: €12-€20.
- Celica (The Cell), Metelkova 8 (400m from bus/railway station), . A redecorated military prison within the former Austro-Hungarian and Yugoslav army base of Metelkova. Each cell of this former prison was individually designed by a Slovenian artist, with a different theme in mind. Free wi-fi and internet access, Coin laundry, small art gallery and library, pleasant cafe-restaurant. Credit cards accepted. Room in a 2-5 bed cell: €21-€28; Room in the 14-bed dorm: €17-€21; Breakfast included.
- Dijaški dom (Youth Hostel) Tabor, Vidovdanska 7 (500m from bus/railway station), ☎ +386 (0)1 234 8840 ([email protected], fax: +386 (0)1 234 8855), . Open only from the end of June to the end of August. Clean and modern student dorm. Free internet for 15min and a kitchen with dishes is available for cooking. dorm bed in 10-bed room: €11; Single: €26; Breakfast is included.
- Fluxus Hostel, Tomšičeva 4 (Short walk from the bus/train stations), . Situated in the small 3-room apartment of a dentist that was killed in World War II. The hostel is small, but the rooms are spacious and a good place to meet people. Dorm bed: €21.
- Vila Veselova, Veselova 14, ☎ +386 059 926 721. Located in a 100 year old Victorian villa on the western side of town near Tivoli park and the American Embassy. VV is a 5 minute walk to the city center. They have free breakfast (cereal and coffee). self-serve kitchen and laundry. Free WiFi is available down stairs in the common area (but has good reception in the rooms downstairs too). Rooms are large and drafty, located near a main road and train tracks. Rooms aren't numbered, but have colors! (Yellow room, Green room, Lime room....etc) Most bathrooms aren't ensuite, but are locked and you have a key (so if you're in the Turquoise room...every one in that room uses the Turquoise bathroom). 8,6 and 4 bedroom dorms and one private room with ensuite facility(Violet room). Prices are €20 and up a night with the private Turquoise room going for about €40 a night. Front desk is staffed in the morning and early evening and you need the code to get in. Contact the hostel if you're going to be late, because no one will be around to let you in or unlock your room (unless you have a cell phone that will work in Slovenia. Phone numbers are posted outside). Reception staff are very friendly and extremely helpful. A nice efficient place to stay, with a good vibe, if you don't mind bare-bones comfort.
- AHOTEL Hotel Ljubljana, Cesta dveh cesarjev 34 (close to southern Higway - exit Ljubljana-center and just a short walk to the city center and old city part), ☎ +386 1 42 91 892 ([email protected], fax: +386 1 42 91 254), . checkout: 11:00 am. Comfortable hotel with large and modern single, double or triple rooms and apartments close to city center with free parking, free Wi-Fi internet in all rooms and breakfast buffet included in room rate. Double: from €90.
- Antiq Hotel, Gornji trg 3 (5 minute walk south from the triple bridge), ☎ +386 1 42 13 560 ([email protected], fax: +386 1 42 135 65), . checkout: 11:00 am. Beautiful but very affordable antique-styled hotel; good breakfast, free Wi-Fi on all rooms, very nice staff. Double: from €90.
- BIT Center Hotel, Litijska 57 (2km east of the center, take buses #5,#9,#13, or #22), . Lively sports hotel/hostel. Clean, no-frills rooms. Squash, badminton facilities and fitness center. Use of pool in summer. Bed in 10-bed room: €14.50; Single: €33.50; Double: €44.
- City Hotel Turist, Dalmatinova 15 (5 minute walk from bus & train stations), . Features nice refurbished rooms, but a bit pricey.
- Hotel Grandvid, Dolenjska 336 (7km southeast of the center in the suburb of Lavrica), . New hotel with shiny ultramodern facilities.
- Hotel Park (Tabor 9), (800m east of the train station), ☎ +386 (0)1 300 2500 ([email protected], fax: +386 (0)1 433 0546), . This 145-room 3-star hotel is also a HI hostel and its accommodation is split between hotel and "hostel" rooms. Hostel rooms are cheaper but are grim and bare and have shared shower/bath and no TV. Staff may request to keep your passport at check in, so it might be useful to have a copy to hand in. Single: €70; Double: €90.
- Katrca, Rožna dolina, c.I/26, (three-minute walk to Park Tivoli and ten-minute walk to Prešeren Square), . #-star hotel/restaurant with only five rooms. From €55.
- Ljubljana Resort (formerly known as Avtokamp Ježica), Dunajska 270 (5 km north of the centre, take bus 6, 8 or 11), ☎ +386 (0)1 568 3913 ([email protected], fax: +386 (0)1 568 3912), . Pleasant location near river Sava. You can pitch a tent or hire a bungalow. Swimming pool, sauna, fitness centre, badminton, volleyball, bowling, children's playground, restaurant, snack bar.
- M Hotel ([email protected]), Derceva 4 (2km northwest of the center. Take buses #1, #3, #15, or #16 to Kino Siska), ☎ 00386 1 513 7000, . checkin: 12:00; checkout: 12:00. Modern, neat, spacious rooms. Triples and apartments are available. Free parking and free Wi-Fi in whole hotel Single: €70; Double: €90. (46°04'06N,14°29'19E)
- Pension Tavcar, (2km northwest of the center. Take bus #12 to Hrastje, walk back 200m, and make a right), . Neat and bright.
- Pri Mraku, Rimska 4 (Downtown, near Krizanke), . Colorful rooms, nice restaurant.
- Austria Trend Hotel, Dunajska cesta 154,, . 214 modern and spacious guest rooms in four different categories. All rooms are equipped with air-con, safe, minibar, hair dryer, flat screen, satellite TV and radio. Single: €130; Double: €150.
- Best Western Premier Hotel Slon (Elephant), Slovenska 34 (located in center), ☎ +386 (0)1 470 11 00 ([email protected], fax: +386 (0)1 251 71 64), . Named after Archduke Maximilian who stayed at an inn on the location of the hotel with an elephant in 1552. Rooms are bright, parquet-floored, include desks and chairs. Good restaurant on site. From €100.
- Grand Hotel Union Executive, Miklosiceva 1 (premier city centre location), ☎ +386 (0)1 308 12 70, . Splendid art nouveau building. Ljubljana's most refined hotel. Rooms are huge and some have views of the castle. Fitness center, sauna, and rooftop pool. Nice a la carte restaurant. From €150..
- Hotel Lev, Vošnjakova 1 (5 minute walk west of the bus & train stations, opposite Tivoli Park), ☎ +386 (0)1 433 21 55, . 5-star hotel. The most expensive hotel in Ljubljana. A gleaming glass high rise building. Popular among business travelers. Lavish rooms have smark oak chairs and desks. From €145.
- Hotel Mons, . New 4-star hotel. Hotel facilities include a gymnasium, a sauna, billiard room, Zen meditation, a smaller library with local and international literature, an outlet of the Kompas travel agency, footpaths in the nearby forest, bicycle hire, free-of-charge transfers to the centre of Ljubljana, transfers to and from Ljubljana Airport, excursions and the organisation of wedding receptions. Single: €90; Double: €115.
- Central Hotel (managed by Grand Hotel Union), Miklosiceva 9 (300m south of the bus & train stations), ☎ +386(0)1 308 43 00, . 4-star hotel popular among business travelers. Rooms are decorated in bright yellow and green colors. Rooms are well furnished with comfortable beds, a sofa, minibar, and safe. From €100..
Ljubljana is possibly one of the safest capitals you'll ever visit. Remarkably safe during the day and night, as a tourist you should have no problems, provided you are not desperately looking for trouble.
Even the rougher parts of Ljubljana, located far from the city centre, are relatively safe, if you don't flash your valuables. These areas, not commonly frequented by tourists, include Fužine, Rakova Jelša, Štepanjsko naselje and parts of Šiška, Moste and Šentvid.
Tivoli Park is generally very safe and a very popular destination for picnics or taking an afternoon stroll for an average Ljubljanian, but just as anywhere in the world it is recommended that you don't put your guard down and avoid larger groups of teenagers hanging around in the park late at night, as thefts and sexual assaults have been reported.
Although Ljubljana is generally an open and tolerant city, there have been several gay-bashings reported recently, so you'll be better off keeping the nature of your sexual orientation down a bit. There have also been incidents involving racism (towards Indians) by skinhead men wearing 'White Power' t-shirts at the railway station so it is advisable for non-whites to be on their guard throughout.
- CyberCafe Xplore, Petkovškovo nabrežje 23, .
- CopyLand, Vidovdanska cesta 2 (near Trubarjeva / Ilirska), ☎ 0590 77 253 ([email protected]), . MON-FRI 9-17h. Offers also printing, DHL, fax & postal services and coffee
Free internet access is available at:
- Kiberpipa, Kersnikova 6, . Closed in summer
- CopyLand, Vidovdanska cesta 2, ☎ 0590 77 253 ([email protected]), . MON-FRI 9-17h. Free for first 5 minutes if you pay for prints
- Faculty of Computer and Information Science and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Tržaska 25, .
- Simobil, Čopova (up towards the McDonalds from the Triple Bridge) - a Slovenian cell phone providers store, but the laptops upstairs have free internet access..
Check map of wireless internet (Wi-Fi) spots in Ljubljana (and nearby). 
Almost free internet access is available at:
- Slovenian Tourist Information Center, Krekov trg 10, .
- Greece, Trnovski pristan 14, Ljubljana 1000, ☎ +3861 4201400, 4101410, Emergencies:+386 51 449956 ([email protected], fax: +3861 2811114), . M-F: 08:30-16:00.
Hills around the city
- Šmarna gora (662 m), is a popular (and overcrowded, on weekends) hill on the northern outskirts of the city. For 30-60 minutes of easy climbing you will be rewarded by a nice view over the entire city. Bus number 8 will take you to the foothill; get off at 'Tacen'.
- Off the beaten track, Krim mountain (1107 m), used to station a military and civilian communication center due to its strategic position overlooking most of Slovenia. With only the civilian part remaining, the top is open for public and offers a great 360 degrees panoramic view on clear days, especially after rain. The climb takes 2-3 hours (beware of bears!), yet the most convenient access is by car. The last 4 kilometers of the road are unpaved and narrow, so even by car the journey will take about 30 minutes each way.
- Bled - the most picturesque town in Slovenia, with a scenic lake with an island church, overlooked by a castle. Only 1 hour from Ljubljana.
- Triglav National Park and the Julian Alps - a paradise for outdoor adventurers. Opportunities abound for hiking, mountaineering, rafting, canyoning, paragliding, skydiving, etc...Located just outside of Bled
- Postojna - home to the remarkably huge Postojna Caves and the Predjama Castle
- Škocjan Caves - another set of remarkable caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Skiing - Slovenia's national sport. There are several ski resorts all across the country. One very good one is the Krvavec ski resort  in the Kamnik Alps. It is located about 35 kilometers north of Ljubljana.
- Kamnik - button-cute little town 45 min north of Ljubljana, just below the Kamnik Alps. It has a perfectly preserved medieval town center.
Hitchhiking out of Ljubljana
Hitchhiking in and/or out of Ljubljana is possible and widely practiced, but take the usual precautions as always with hitchhiking, especially if you are a girl, because hitchiking rapes and abductions have been reported.
- North towards Maribor, Austria - from the main street, West of the Train station (Dunajska Cesta) take buses 6, 8 or 11 in direction of North. Get off in the station "Smelt", 15 minutes later, when you see the "World Trade Center" building. Ahead of you, you will see the highway. On the first turn to the right, go into the highway entry and stand on the side with your sign.
- South towards Koper, Rijeka, Italy - from the city center (Dunajska cesta, Kongresni trg) take bus number 6 in direction south, till the last station (Dolgi most). Get out, and on your left side you will side the entry lane into the highway. There will also be an entry to a parking of a small house, stand on the side there with your sign (you will see where everybody else stands...).
- East towards Novo mesto, Zagreb, Croatia - from the city center (Dunajska cesta) take bus number 3 in direction south, till the last station (Rudnik). Get out, and walk 200 meters more along Dolenjska cesta until you get to the crossroad and the entry point to the highway (left turn, opposite to the railroad crossing). Stand on the side there with your sign (the are some hitchhikers but not all the time ...).
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