Ljubljana is a capital city that can comfortably be wandered through on foot. Visitors can explore the picturesque old town with influences from the Middle Ages, as well as Baroque and Art Nouveau periods. Many bridges cross the city’s river, whose banks offer visitors the perfect space to take a leisurely stroll. Charming market squares and well-kept green areas invite you to hang around a bit longer.
Narrow streets and the castle overlooking the town bear witness to Ljubljana’s medieval past. Opulent baroque figures, Venetian-style house façades, and magnificent old buildings modelled on the Viennese Secession also characterise the cityscape. Ljubljana is reminiscent of large Austrian cities, yet has a distinct Mediterranean flair and a noticeable Balkan ambience. Stroll along the promenade of the river Ljubljanica, take a break in the beautifully landscaped Tivoli City Park, or explore Slovenia’s capital from the water. You can take part in a guided boat tour or try your hand at stand-up paddling.
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Everything You Need to Know before Your Flight
- Best travel time for flights: In the cold and snowy winter, Ljubljana is a good starting point for taking ski trips to the surrounding areas. It is warm from May to October.
- Connection to the city centre: Ljubljana Airport (LJU) is located 25 kilometres from the city centre. After your flight from Zurich to Ljubljana, a bus will take you to the city. Alternatively, you can hire a rental car at the airport.
- Transport: Ljubljana is a city with manageable distances. The best way to explore it is on foot, but there are also public buses all over the city.
Sightseeing Tips for Your Stay in Charming Ljubljana
The small Slovenian metropolis is packed with must-see attractions. Make sure you don’t miss the following highlights:
- Prešeren Square
- Dragon Bridge
- Ljubljana Castle
Prešeren Square is the heart of the Old Town. It is named after France Prešeren, a famous Slovenian poet from the 19th century, whose statue stands in the centre of the square. A panoramic view reveals Ljubljana’s architectural gems. Opposite the statue, you can see two important Secession buildings: the Hauptmann House and the Urbanc House. The pink baroque façade of the Franciscan church is unmistakable. Opposite it are the three bridges designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Don’t miss the famous city landmark: the Dragon Bridge, home to some very frightening-looking dragons. Afterwards, take a stroll down the green bank of the river Ljubljanica. In summer you can relax on the terraces of numerous cafés and restaurants.
Those who climb the city’s local mountain to reach the viewing tower of the medieval castle will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the whole of Ljubljana and the surrounding Julian Alps. You will also find a museum, restaurants, and a nightclub. Tip: If you prefer to save your energy, you can also use the cable car to get to the top.
These and many more highlights await visitors after they step off their flight from Zurich to Ljubljana.
Slovenian Cuisine for Connoisseurs
A trip to Ljubljana is also worth taking from a culinary point of view. Slovenia boasts a long winegrowing tradition. In addition to the local wine, make sure you try Slovenian beer. Ljubljana is home to many smaller breweries.
Connoisseurs can visit the delicatessens, gourmet festivals, and market squares where Slovenian food is sold, including desserts, dried meat, and wine. Tip for dessert lovers: Be sure to try potica, a rolled pastry made from dough and filled with walnuts, poppy seeds, or herbs.
A city full of shopping opportunities
Ljubljana is ideal for a relaxing shopping trip. Designer shops and many original souvenirs can be found in the city centre. Recommendable local products include crystal glasses, antiques, honey, and wine. The latter can be found mainly at the Central Market. The Saturday art market on the banks of the river has a great selection of arts and crafts as well.
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Zurich - LjubljanaFlight duration: 01:05 hrs total, Frequency: Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat
Departure ZurichTerminal: 1 / 3Counter opening time: 24 h prior to departure
Arrival LjubljanaDistance to city centre: 24 km