Cultural Walk, Ljubljana (Self Guided)

Ljubljana is the cultural center of Slovenia, therefore you will most certainly find here a cultural venue to your liking. Discover Ljubljana's cultural scene by visiting the museums and galleries listed on this tour.
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Cultural Walk Map

Guide Name: Cultural Walk
Guide Location: Slovenia » Ljubljana (See other walking tours in Ljubljana)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Author: Tom
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House of Experiments

1) House of Experiments (must see)

The House of Experiments is a museum featuring hands-on exhibits. No place for boredom here! Fun and exciting experiences ahead! Visitors are welcome to wander around and try the strange, wacky machines displayed all over the place, or enjoy the educational performance they call Adventures, that introduces you to the scientific secrets of the surrounding world.

Operation hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm.
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Slovene Ethnographic Museum

2) Slovene Ethnographic Museum (must see)

Want to know more about the people of Slovenia? Eager to find out about their traditions and culture? - If yes, then the Slovene Ethnographic Museum is the right place for you, as it boasts extensive collections, numerous exhibits, all carefully gathered to reveal the richness of Slovenian culture. Permanent exhibitions are focused on the local folk arts and customs; temporary displays change at least twice a month. Every first Sunday of the month, admission is free for all visitors.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm
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Slovenian Cinema Museum

3) Slovenian Cinema Museum

The Slovenian Cinema Museum is located on the premises of Slovenska Kinoteka,‎ and was established on the grounds of the Film Museum, opened in 1973 by the Slovenian Film Workers Association, as a permanent cultural campaign. In February 1979, the Film Museum merged with the Slovenian Theater Museum and was renamed to the Slovenian Theater and Film Museum. The museum's collection is quite diverse and divided into sections, featuring technical articles (lanterna magica, taumatrop, zoetrope, and tahiskop) from the pre- and the early cinema periods; posters and brochures; collection of postcards; manuscripts and, of course, extensive collections of old films. The museum occasionally organizes film marathons.
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Ljubljana Opera House

4) Ljubljana Opera House

Located between the Slovenian Parliament, the National Museum and the National Gallery is the Ljubljana Opera House - previously the home of the Provincial Theater (Slovene: Dezelno Gledalisce), built between 1890 and 1892 in Neo-Renaissance style by Czech architects Jan V. Hrasky and Anton Hruby. Prior to the construction of the German Theater (the present Drama Theater) in 1911, it held productions in both Slovenian and German; afterwards, only in Slovenian. The facade of the Opera House has Ionic columns, supporting a tympanum above the entrance, and two niches at the sides, adorned with Alojzij Gangl's allegorical statues of Tragedy and Comedy.

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Cankarjev Dom‎

5) Cankarjev Dom‎

Otherwise known as the Cultural and Congress Center, Cankarjev Dom‎ is an important cultural venue situated in the very heart of Ljubljana. The building features 20 multi-purpose halls and hosts up to 250 conferences a year. Apart from that, Cankarjev Dom‎ has a vast exhibition space. The center is an active member of AIPC, ICCA and IAPCO. It was named after Ivan Cankar, a well-known Slovene writer and poet.

Operation hours: 10 am until conclusion of last performance
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Slovenian Philharmonic

6) Slovenian Philharmonic (must see)

The Slovenian Philharmonic, namely Academia Philharmonicorum, was founded in 1701. Its Neo-Renaissance building was completed in 1892, designed by architect Adolf Wagner. Having survived two revolutions, two world wars, and the earthquake of 1895, the Slovenian Philharmonic building is listed as a "cultural monument of national importance", and is a home to the much acclaimed Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra.
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City Museum of Ljubljana

7) City Museum of Ljubljana

The City Museum of Ljubljana traces the history of the city all the way back to the ancient period, when the Roman settlement of Emonawas was first mentioned. The museum documents the exciting metamorphosis Ljubljana has endured on its way to becoming a contemporary European capital. It numbers several permanent exhibitions and organizes various temporary displays all year round.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm; Thursday: 10 am - 9 pm.
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Plečnik House

8) Plečnik House (must see)

Plečnik House is a house museum dedicated to the notable Slovene architect Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). He is famous for masterminding the National and University Library in Ljubljana, and is also praised for his work in Vienna, Belgrade and Prague. This modest house-museum, where the architect spent some years of his life (1921-1957), gives an insight to the daily life of Jože Plečnik, featuring both his living and working quarters.

Opening hours: Monday- Sunday: 10 am-6 pm.

Walking Tours in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Create Your Own Walk in Ljubljana

Create Your Own Walk in Ljubljana

Creating your own self-guided walk in Ljubljana is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Religious Sights in Ljubljana

Religious Sights in Ljubljana

Ljubljana is a great religious center. It has Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist and Evangelical churches, the most remarkable of which being the Franciscan Church situated in the center of the city. Take this tour to discover the holy sights of Ljubljana.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Shopping Experience in Ljubljana

Shopping Experience in Ljubljana

Have you ever wondered what shopping in Ljubljana is really like? Well, now you have the chance to find out. Narrow streets packed with small shops, squares hosting covered markets - this is Ljubljana. Our tour will take you to some of the most famous shops and markets in the city. Feel free to explore any other shop along the way too.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Ljubljana Artistic Walk

Ljubljana Artistic Walk

While the streets of Ljubljana are an art museum in their own right, the city also proudly boasts some truly good galleries. Small, cozy, colorful, stylish, and exuding a bohemian atmosphere, the galleries of Ljubljana have something to amaze everyone with. Take your time and this tour to explore the city's top galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia. Throughout its history, it has come under Germanic, Latin and Slavic cultural influences. Ljubljana is situated on the river Ljubljanica, from which it has received its name. This tour will give you an overview of the most popular attractions in this city.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Landmarks Walking Tour

Landmarks Walking Tour

Pretty much like any other European capital, Ljubljana has extraordinary heritage. Over the years, the city has accumulated an extensive collection of monuments, both architectural and historic - buildings, squares, bridges. Take this tour to see some of Ljubljana's most prominent landmarks.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Bežigrad Daily Life Tour

Bežigrad Daily Life Tour

Predominantly residential, Bežigrad is a district of Ljubljana bordered by the southern rail line, the Kamnik rail line, the highway loop and Šmartinska Cesta to the east. Take this tour to observe the life of locals and explore some outstanding architectural sights off the beaten tourist track.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Ljubljana for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Ljubljana has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Ljubljana, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.