Ljubljana Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Ljubljana

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.
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Ljubljana Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Ljubljana Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Slovenia » Ljubljana (See other walking tours in Ljubljana)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Author: Tom
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Dragon Bridge
  • Vodnikov trg
  • Stolnica Svetega Nikolaja
  • Prešeren Square
  • Triple Bridge
  • Kresija Palace
  • Ljubljana Town Hall
  • Cobblers' Bridge
  • Ljubljanski grad
  • University of Ljubljana
  • Slovenian Philharmonic
  • Congress Square
  • Nebotičnik
  • Ljubljana Opera House
  • Tivoli Park
Dragon Bridge

1) 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Vodnikov trg

2) Vodnikov trg

Vodnikov trg is a square in Ljubljana. It is dedicated to a famous Slovenian priest, journalist and poet Valentin Vodnik. His statue is also located in the middle of the square. The area houses a large outdoor market and is very popular among tourists and locals.
Stolnica Svetega Nikolaja

3) Stolnica Svetega Nikolaja (must see)

Saint Nicholas' Cathedral, commonly referred to as the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas or Ljubljana Cathedral, is an easily recognizable landmark of the city with its green dome and twin towers. It is located in Cyril and Methodius Square, nearby the Ljubljana Central Market and the Ljubljana Town Hall. The site was originally occupied by an aisled Romanesque church, the oldest mention of which dates back to 1262. An extensive fire in 1361 resulted in the church being refurbished in Gothic style with further alterations added after the Diocese of Ljubljana was established in 1461. Other notable decorations in the cathedral include the altar angels by brothers Paolo and Giuseppe Groppelli on the right part of the nave (1711), and by Francesco Robba on the left (1745-1750).
Sight description based on wikipedia
Prešeren Square

4) Prešeren Square (must see)

Prešeren Square (Slovene: Prešernov Trg) is the central square of Ljubljana, amid which stands a statue of Slovene national poet France Prešeren; hence the name. The statue faces the window where Prešeren's "muse" once lived. In that building is a small statue too. On the north side of the square stands the Baroque-style Franciscan Church of the Annunciation. Hauptmann's House represents an architectural masterpiece considered to be one of the few buildings in Prešeren Square to have survived the earthquake of 1895. The Prešeren Monument is a centerpiece of Prešeren Square and is one of the most notable monuments in Ljubljana. Stretching nearby is one of the city's main shopping venues, Cop Street, heading northwest towards Nama department store. To the south, flows the River Ljubljanica traversed by Ljubljana's famous Triple Bridge (Tromostovje), built in 1929 by Joze Plecnik. In the eastern part of Prešeren stands the Central Pharmacy building; to the west, the square is lined by Wolf Street (Wolfova Ulica) bound for Congress Square (Kongresni Trg).
Sight description based on wikipedia
Triple Bridge

5) Triple Bridge (must see)

The Triple Bridge (Slovene: Tromostovje) is one of the symbols of Slovenian capital. Its central part - the stone-arched bridge - had two pedestrian pathways added on both sides in 1929, designed by Slovenian architect Joze Plecnik (1872-1957), effectively widening the bridge and preventing it from becoming a bottleneck. With the conversion of the area into a pedestrian zone in 2008, only limited traffic now uses the central bridge, effectively making it a triple pathway river crossing.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Kresija Palace

6) Kresija Palace

The Kresija Palace (Slovene: Kresijska Palaca) is found in the central part of Ljubljana, on the bank of the Ljubljanica River near the Triple Bridge. Noted for its blend of Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo styles, the building was completed after the Ljubljana earthquake of 1895 to house the Ljubljana district bureaucracy of the then Duchy of Carniola. The name of the palace derives from the old Slovenian word "kresija", used as a common colloquial name for the Austrian districts, known as Kreise in German ("okraji" in standard Slovene). It was commissioned by Mayor Ivan Hribar as part of the larger plan of urban renovation of Ljubljana.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Ljubljana Town Hall

7) 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Cobblers' Bridge

8) Cobblers' Bridge (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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Ljubljanski grad

9) Ljubljanski grad (must see)

Ljubljanski grad is a medieval castle in Ljubljana. It is located on Castle Hill overlooking the old town.

According to archeological surveys, the area of the present castle has been settled continuously since 1200 BC, when the first settlements and later fortifications were built. The hill summit probably became a Roman army stronghold after fortifications were built in Illyrian and Celtic times.

The oldest mention of Ljubljana Castle is inscribed on a parchment sheet Nomina defunctorum (names of the dead), which is kept by the Udine Cathedral Archive. It dates from 1112 till 1125. It mentions the nobleman Rudolf of Tarcento, a laywer of the Patriarchate of Aquileia, who had bestowed a canon with 20 farmsteads beside the castle of Ljubljana (castrum Leibach) to the Patriarchate. In 1144 Ljubljana Castle was mentioned as a property and the seat of the Carinthian dukes of the House of Spanheim. In 1335 it became property of the House of Habsburg. In the 15th century it was almost completely demolished and rebuilt with a complete wall and towers at the entrance, where a drawbridge was placed. A chapel was also built at that time. In the 16th and 17th centuries, other objects were gradually built.

The castle's purpose was to defend the empire against Ottoman invasion as well as peasant revolt. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the castle became an arsenal and a military hospital. It was damaged during the Napoleonic period and, once back in the Austrian Empire, became a prison, which it remained until 1905, resuming that function during World War II. The castle's Outlook Tower dates to 1848; this was inhabited by a guard whose duty it was to fire cannons warning the city in case of fire or announcing important visitors or events.

Because it was not a home of a ruler or another important noble person and because a fortification in the area was no longer required, the castle started to lose its importance. The maintenance costs were too high so the castle began to crumble. In the 19th century, the castle was redesigned partially as a prison and partially as a military stronghold, making it less popular among the citizens. Several famous people were jailed in the castle, including the Italian revolutionary Silvio Pellico, the Hungarian Prime Minister Lajos Batthyany and the Slovene author Ivan Cankar.

In 1905, the castle was bought by Municipality of Ljubljana, on the explicit wish of the mayor, Ivan Hribar, who planned to establish a city museum in it. The plan was however not carried out. Instead, the city decided to settle poor families into it. The residents stayed there until the mid-1960s, when preparations for renovation of the castle began.

At the end of the 1960s, the long and extensive renovation works started. The whole renovation took more than 35 years. In the 1990s, the use of the castle as a place for weddings and cultural events began. The Ljubljana Castle funicular, a funicular railway to the top of Castle Hill, was built in 2006 and brought to service on 28 December 2006. The hill also features a 1974 monument by the sculptor Stojan Batič dedicated to the Slovene peasant revolts (especially to the Slovene peasant revolt of 1515 and the Croatian and Slovenian peasant revolt of 1573). It is also a tourist attraction.
Sight description based on wikipedia
University of Ljubljana

10) 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).
Sight description based on wikipedia
Slovenian Philharmonic

11) 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.
Congress Square

12) Congress Square

Congress Square is one of Ljubljana's central squares. It was built in 1821 on the site of a ruined medieval Capuchin monastery, abandoned during the reign of Habsburg Emperor Joseph II. The square was used for ceremonial purposes during the Congress of Ljubljana. After the Congress, the square had a park planted in its center, which soon became known as Park Zvezda (Star Park), because of its shape. The square itself was named after the Congress of Ljubljana. During the Socialist period, it was renamed to Liberation Square (Slovenian: Trg Osvoboditve), but the locals kept calling it by the old name. In 1990, the square regained its original name.
Sight description based on wikipedia

13) 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Ljubljana Opera House

14) 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Tivoli Park

15) Tivoli Park (must see)

Tivoli is the largest park in Ljubljana. It is located on the outskirts of the central district, stretching to Siska district to the north, Vic to the south and Roznik to the west. The park was laid out during the French imperial administration of Ljubljana in 1813 and named after the Parisian Jardins de Tivoli. In the 1920s, it was renovated by famous Slovenian architect Joze Plecnik, who designed the Jakopic Promenade that runs through the park, creating a linear visual axis going from the Tivoli Castle through Cankar and Cop Street to Prešeren Square, over the Triple Bridge, ending in the Ljubljana Castle.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
Ljubljana Art Galleries

Ljubljana Art Galleries

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 or 0.9 Miles
Ljubljana Shopping Tour

Ljubljana Shopping Tour

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 or 0.9 Miles
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 or 1.7 Miles
Top Religious Sites

Top Religious Sites

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 or 3.2 Miles
Ljubljana Museums

Ljubljana Museums

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: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles