What to see in Ljubljana – 20 of the most beautiful places

Franciscan church and the Triple bridge, Ljubljana, Slovenia
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What to see in Ljubljana, a photographer’s dream? The capital city is a lovely gem in Slovenia with striking architecture, intriguing archaeology, and a refreshingly green outlook while remaining miraculously free of a swarming mound of tourists like so many European cities. Fall madly in love with Ljubljana by hitting the city’s most promising sights.

Here is the list of What to see in Ljubljana including its most beautiful places, sights, parks, museums, bridges, and fountains.

Fountain in Ljubljana, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Fountain in Ljubljana, What to see in Ljubljana by Gilad Rom

What to see in Ljubljana – Places to visit in Ljubljana

1. Triple Bridge (Tromostovje)

The famous 20th-century architect Jože Plečnik’s presence is sensed all throughout the city, but nowhere more so than the iconic Triple Bridge.

The bridge’s one-of-a-kind design and view of some of the city’s most significant landmarks makes it a nice place for tourists to stop and look around.

Franciscan church and the Triple bridge, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Franciscan church and the Triple bridge, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia by Guillaume Speurt

2. Dragon Bridge (Zmajski most)

The sight of dragon statues all around Ljubljana is delightful and intriguing. It takes inspiration from the mythical hero Jason and his Argonauts who – as legend has it – came to Ljubljana and killed a fearsome dragon at the spot where Dragon Bridge now stands.

Dragon Bridge, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dragon Bridge, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia by Mark Doliner

3. Prešeren Square (Prešernov trg)

Get a sense of Ljubljana’s street culture in the charming Prešeren Square. Locals converge at the heart of the city to enjoy each other’s company or the activities of street performers milling about. Occasional art exhibitions and musical acts offer entertainment to the visitors.

Prešeren Square, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Prešeren Square, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia by Jorge Láscar

4. Hauptmann House (Hauptmannova hiša)

While standing on the Prešeren Square you will be amazed by nice architecture, including that of Hauptmann House, unique 19th-century building.

In the early 20th century it was rebuilt into a Secession style and now you can admire its great facade decorated with colored ceramic tiles.

Hauptmann House on Prešeren Square, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Hauptmann House on Prešeren Square, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia by Ramón

5. Ljubljana Castle

Follow the winding road up the Castle Hill to the beautiful Ljubljana Castle. It rises over the small city of Ljubljana, offering magnificent views. Noteworthy areas of the castle include the prison, the 300-million-year-old fossils and the St. George’s Chapel with 15th-century frescoes.

Ljubljana Castle and view of the city, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana Castle and view of the city, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia by Mr Hicks46

6. Ljubljana Cathedral

The Ljubljana Cathedral is officially named the St. Nicholas’s Cathedral, with roots that date back to the 1200s. While the cathedral has undergone numerous alterations over the centuries, it retained priceless Baroque decors including works by Giulio Quaglio, Angelo Putti, Paolo and Giusseppe Groppelli, and Francesco Robba. Quiet and undisturbed, the cathedral is a wonderful retreat at the heart of the city.

Ljubljana Cathedral, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana Cathedral, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia by Jorge Láscar

7. Tivoli City Park

The large expanse is a pleasant place to spend an afternoon in Ljubljana. Tivoli City Park provides endless potential for fun and recreation, from picnics and biking to zoos and museums. A wonderful blend of family-friendly attractions and natural reserve, this is one of the city’s secret treasures.

Tivoli City Park in Ljubljana, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Tivoli City Park, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia by kajikawa

If you like Ljubljana, then you will definitely love the rest of Slovenia. Check these most beautiful places in Slovenia if you are still not 100% sure. 🙂

8. Ljubljana Old Town

Brimming with charm and character, the delightful Old Town is the perfect place to wander around on a free day. Join the crowd at the Fresh Food Market where you can pick up flowers and food, or the Central Market which offers more variety with stalls overflowing with souvenirs and crafts.

Town Hall and Old Town streets, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Town Hall and Old Town streets, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia by TravelingOtter

9. National Museum and Natural History Museum of Slovenia

Both museums are found in one building in the city center, so it’s an easy two-for-one hotspot for tourists. While it is not as big and grand as other European art collections, Slovenia’s oldest museum boasts an impressive haul of archaeological treasures including an ancient Egyptian mummy.

National Museum of Slovenia and the Slovenian Museum of Natural History, What to see in Ljubljana
National Museum of Slovenia and the Slovenian Museum of Natural History, What to see in Ljubljana by Ziga

10. Congress Square (Kongresni trg)

Back in the Baroque era, there was already a small square in this plaza, which was renamed when it was used for the Congress of Ljubljana.

Surrounding the present Kongresni trg are other historically significant structures including the building of the country’s oldest publishing house, the Baroque Ursuline Church of the Holy Trinity and the Slovenian Philharmonic, among others.

Kongresni trg, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Kongresni trg, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia by dalbera

11. Robba Fountain (Robbov vodnjak)

The fountain, also known as the Fountain of Three Carniolan Rivers, is a creation of Francesco Robba and known as one of the city’s most prominent monuments.

Robba, a master Baroque sculptor, designed the fountain with three gods symbolizing the Carniolan rivers and a ground plan that’s shaped like the city’s three-leaf seal.

Robba Fountain (Robbov vodnjak), What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Robba Fountain (Robbov vodnjak) on Town Square (Mestni trg), What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia by Jorge Láscar

12. Plečnik Colonnade of Ljubljana

Plečnik was the most important architect of Ljubljana. You can walk through the Colonnade of Ljubljana and admire his works between Triple bridge and Dragon bridge.

Colonnade of Ljubljana, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Colonnade of Ljubljana, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia by Chris

13. Stari trg

Stari trg is the oldest square in Ljubljana and is adjacent to Mestni trg. However you will find out that it is more a street than a typical city square. You can enjoy some cup of coffee here.

Cafés on Stari Trg, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Cafés on Stari Trg, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia by Damien Smith

14. Railway Museum

Railways are one of the best modes of transport for your trips around Slovenia and if you wish to find out something more about railway history then you should visit Railway Museum in Ljubljana!

Slovenian Railway Museum, What to see in Ljubljana
Slovenian Railway Museum, What to see in Ljubljana by Ex13

15. Skyscraper (Nebotičnik)

Nebotičnik means skyscraper in English. Although today with its 13 levels it looks a little bit funny but at the time of completion (1933) it was the tallest building in all of Yugoslavia, 9th tallest in Europe as well as the tallest apartment block in Europe. Nebotičnik still offers great views over the city of Ljubljana.

Skyscraper (Nebotičnik), What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Skyscraper (Nebotičnik), What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

16. Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church

If you are keen on the religious buildings, Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church will be another great sight to visit. Built in 1936, this amazing Orthodox Church boasts beautiful decoration and wall and ceiling paintings.

Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia by Martin Belam

17. National Opera and Ballet Theater

Another beautiful building in Ljubljana is the National Opera and Ballet Theater. It is amazing not only from outside but even its newly restored interior is worth a visit.

If you like opera or ballet than visiting this place is something you simply cannot afford to miss.

National Opera and Ballet Theater, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia
National Opera and Ballet Theater, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

18. Križanke – outdoor theater

Križanke is an outdoor theater and a place where major festivals take place during the summer. If you are in Ljubljana during the summer months, choose any of the events to enjoy the unforgettable atmosphere in the courtyard of the former Križanke Monastery, where this open air theater is located.

Križanke open air theater, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Križanke open air theater, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia by Donald Judge

19. National and University Library

One of the most important institutions of Ljubljana is its National and University Library. It has unique facade but its interior is what drive people to visit this place.

Completed in 1941, completely destroyed in 1944 by a German plane accident and repaired in 1948, the library now serves to a lot of readers these days.

National and University Library, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia
National and University Library, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia by Fred Jala

20. Ljubljana Zoo

Coming to Ljubljana with kids? No problem! There are lots of attractions out there in Ljubljana to make your kids happy. And one of them is Ljubljana Zoo.

It is not so large but it can easily make all the family busy for the whole day. There are lots of activities you can try, including Photo Safari, animals feeding or camping at ZOO.

Ljubljana Zoo, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana Zoo, What to see in Ljubljana, Slovenia by André Mouraux

This was the list of Top places to see in Ljubljana, if you think that I missed something beautiful, please let me know in the comments below so I could make this list even better!

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I am someone who left his open-spaced cubicle after spending there 8 years of his life. Someone who started to live more outside! :) I am in travel blogging since 2010 and with Traveltipy I am going to conquer the world :)

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25 Responses

  1. Robert says:

    Lovely spot and will be back to visit family soon.

  2. Ljubub…… yeahhh still can’t pronounce it. Only made a fleeting one hour visit while passing through last year but would love to visit and see more of Slovenia. And as a childish train obsessive, the museum looks like a great fun!

  3. Nic says:

    I have wanted to visit here for a while now and this is exactly why, so many amazingly beautiful and interesting things to see and do! Hopefully I will get to see it next year, that for all the tips!

  4. Bobbi Gould says:

    You want to know what I wish? I wish people still made other buildings like they make cathedrals there! Gorgeous!

  5. christine says:

    I had no idea there was so much to see! Great photos.

  6. Hannah says:

    I’m hoping to visit in Spring next year -will definitely be making a note of these places!

  7. Alexis says:

    Looks like a very nice and charming city!

  8. Laura says:

    I went to Ljubljana when it was raining and that had a great impact on what I got to see. Your pictures make me want to go back and try again when the sun is out! It really is a beautiful city and fun to explore.

  9. Bettina says:

    What an amazing looking place! How do you pronounce Ljubljana though??!?

  10. Erica says:

    Oh wow this is magnificent! The town, the buildings…it’s everything I imagined a quaint place would be. That shot cathedral is immaculate.

  11. Alana says:

    Fantastic round up of places to visit in Ljubljana! We’re headed there in less than a month and I will definitely be following your advice!

  12. Michelle says:

    This sounds like a beautiful place that I had not previously heard much about. Thank you for the visual walk thru the city, beautiful photography.

  13. Ynah CA says:

    Great list! Everything looks so interesting and i like that you include some snippets about the place 🙂

    • Julius Szabo says:

      Thanks, Ynah, for your comment, I probably forgot to mention that this capital is surrounded by the beautiful nature all around, so a visit will definitely be enhanced with much more beauty when you go on some day trip around.

  14. Lauren says:

    I haven’t seen much about this place before, but it looks really pretty!

  15. Did u know says:

    Hi Julius,
    Your article is really good and have interesting information about places, i always follow your blog. Keep posting.

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