Landmarks Walking Tour, Ljubljana (Self Guided)

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.
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Landmarks Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Landmarks Walking Tour
Guide Location: Slovenia » Ljubljana (See other walking tours in Ljubljana)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Author: Tom
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Prešeren Monument

1) Prešeren Monument (must see)

The Prešeren Monument is a centerpiece of Prešeren Square and is one of the most notable monuments in Ljubljana. Designed by Ivan Hribar and Maks Fabianithe, the statue is dedicated to the memory of France Prešeren, a Slovenian poet, and was solemnly inaugurated in 1905.
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Ljubljana Central Pharmacy

2) Ljubljana Central Pharmacy

Located on the premises of the former Državna Lekarna Palace, the Ljubljana Central Pharmacy is nestled at the end of Čop Street in Prešeren Square. The building was constructed in 1895 in a Neo-Renaissance style. It is one of the most prominent structures in Ljubljana's commercial district.
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Dragon Bridge

3) Dragon Bridge (must see)

The Dragon Bridge across the Ljubljanica river is found in the northeast of Vodnik Square, Ljubljana. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, the bridge is currently protected as a technical monument. The Dragon Bridge is often regarded as the most beautiful production by the Vienna Secession. It is the first bridge in Slovenia paved with asphalt, the first reinforced concrete bridge in Ljubljana, and one of Europe's earliest reinforced concrete bridges. It is a triple-hinged arch bridge with a span of 33.34 metres. The bridge is noted for its Art Nouveau style designed by Jurij Zaninovich. He designed the concrete covering, the balustrades and the sheet-copper dragon statues of the bridge, which became a symbol of the city. The most important feature of the bridge are the four dragon statues standing on pedestals at its four corners.

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Robba Fountain

4) Robba Fountain

Officially known as the Fountain of the Three Rivers of Carniola, the Robba fountain was originally located outside the Ljubljana Town Hall, near St. Nicholas Cathedral. In 2006, it was renovated and moved into the National Gallery, while its exact copy took the place of the original in Town Square. The fountain was built between 1743 and 1751 by Italian sculptor Francesco Robba, inspired by Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers on Piazza Navona in Rome. The Ljubljana fountain represents the three rivers of Carniola, namely Ljubljanica, Sava, and Krka, and has an obelisk in the middle. Leading to the fountain are steps symbolizing the Carniolan mountains.

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Ljubljana Town Hall

5) Ljubljana Town Hall (must see)

The Ljubljana Town Hall (Slovenian: Mestna Hiša, Rotovž, or Magistrat) is located in Town Square, close to St. Nicholas Cathedral. The original building was completed in 1584, designed by Carniolan architect Peter Bezlaj. Between 1717 and 1719, the building underwent major reconstruction, led by architect Gregor Maček, blending late Baroque and Classicist styles. In the mid 1920s, a monument to Serbian king and Yugoslavia's first monarch Peter I was erected opposite the Town Hall, designed by architect Jože Plečnik. It was demolished in April 1941 by order of Fascist Italian occupational authorities. Today, facing the Town Hall stands the Robba fountain's replica; the original is kept in the National Gallery.

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Cobblers' Bridge (West Bank)

6) Cobblers' Bridge (West Bank) (must see)

The Cobblers' or Shoemakers' Bridge across the River Ljubljanica is one of the oldest bridges in Ljubljana. It dates as far back as the 13th century, and was initially called the Upper Bridge (Zgornji Most). Back then, it was a wooden bridge with a butcher's shop on it. Story has it that the stench from meat was so strong that the king paid to have the meat shop removed, and its place was taken by shoemakers; hence the present name. Over the centuries, the bridge was reconstructed numerous times prompted by floods and fires until in 1867 an iron bridge was built. Later, in 1931, it was replaced with the current stone bridge, designed by architect Jože Plečnik.

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National and University Library of Slovenia

7) National and University Library of Slovenia

The National and University Library is one of the most important national educational and cultural institutions of Slovenia. Plans for a new building were created between 1930-31 by Jože Plečnik. Initially the project encountered resistance by the Yugoslavian authorities based in Belgrade. However, persistent student protests and demonstrations have been effective, and the new building was erected between 1936-41.

The library building is the most monumental of Plečnik's works. The central staircase which leads to a reading room, set between colonnades of dark stone, is characteristic to his design style. Contrasted with this is the powerful, expressive street façade, which is representative of Plecnik's most "eccentric mannerist style"

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University of Ljubljana

8) University of Ljubljana (must see)

The University of Ljubljana is the first and the largest university in Slovenia; with 64,000 enrolled graduate and postgraduate students, it is among the largest universities of Europe. Although certain academies (notably of philosophy and theology) were established as part of the Jesuit-led higher educational drive as early as the 17th century, the university as such had first been founded in 1810 under the name Écoles Centrales by the French Imperial administration of the Illyrian Provinces. In 1941, Jože Plečnik's National and University Library was completed, as one of the most important infrastructure projects of the university in the inter-war period. The university was initially located in the center of Ljubljana where the central university building and the majority of its faculties are located. Later on, some new, modern buildings and a small scale campus were constructed in the northern part of the city (Bežigrad).

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Slovenska Matica

9) Slovenska Matica

Slovenska Matica, also known as Matica Slovenska, is the second-oldest publishing house in Slovenia, established in the 19th century as an institution for the scholarly and cultural progress of Slovenes. The name is literally translated into English as the "Slovene Queen Bee," which is a metaphor meaning "the parent body of the Slovenes." It should not be confused with Matica Slovenská, the analogous institution in Slovakia. Slovenska Matica reached its peak at the beginning of the 20th century. At that time, it functioned as a regular publishing house in a free market, publishing books for the general public, many of which became bestsellers; at the same time, it also performed the role of an Academy of Sciences, fostering high culture and maintaining close contacts with the Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts in Zagreb, the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Belgrade, as well as similar institutions in Prague, Krakow, London and St Petersburg.

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Hauptmann's House

10) Hauptmann's House (must see)

Hauptmann's House is situated in the old part of the city, and it represents an architectural masterpiece. It is considered to be one of the few buildings in Prešeren Square to have survived the earthquake of 1895. The building was erected in 1873, and was renovated with an Art Nouveau touch in 1904, following the project of Ciril Metod Koch.
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Nebotičnik

11) Nebotičnik (must see)

Nebotičnik is a prominent high-rise located in the centre of Ljubljana and is one of the city's most recognisable landmarks. Its thirteen storeys rise to a height of 70.35 m (231 ft). It was designed for the Pension Institute. Construction began in July 1930 and the building opened on 21 February 1933. It was, upon completion, the tallest building in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, and the ninth-tallest high-rise in Europe. It was and would remain for some time the tallest residential building in Europe. Predominantly a place of business, Nebotičnik is home to a variety of shops on the ground floor and first story, and various offices are located on floors two to five. The sixth to ninth floors are private residences. Located on the top three floors are a café, bar and observation deck.

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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
Famous Museum Walk in Ljubljana

Famous Museum Walk in Ljubljana

One of the best ways to discover the rich heritage of Slovenia is to pay a visit to the local museums. However, if you've had enough of history, you can always escape to a more unusual place, like the Museum of Brewery, for example. Sounds interesting? Then take this tour and have fun in Ljubljana's museums.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 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
Made in Slovenia Shopping Tour

Made in Slovenia Shopping Tour

A walk through numerous small shops in Ljubljana, selling authentic Slovenian products, will have you will find everything, from folk instruments to the finest lace in Slovenia. Even if you are short on budget, a trip to these shops will surely enrich your knowledge of Slovenia and Ljubljana. Do not hesitate to take this tour and experience Ljubljana's shopping first-hand.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
Cultural Walk

Cultural Walk

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 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

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.