Holidays to Ljubljana showcase Slovenia's past and present, with buzzing nightlife, pristine parks and impressive architecture.

City breaks to Ljubljana

Smack in the middle of Slovenia and just a road trip away from favourites like Zagreb in Croatia and Trieste in Italy, Ljubljana's full of Central European flair. It also has a proud history, from its mythical founding to old royal rule – with plenty of statues and landmarks to tell the tales. Dragon Bridge is one of those landmarks and the city has plenty more bridges criss-crossing the Ljubljanica River. There’s also a tram to save your feet and take you all the way up to Ljubljana Castle with views across the city.

Water baby

This city’s one of Europe’s greenest and most liveable capitals, so it's no surprise to see spotless streets and leafy green spaces. On top of that, it's famed for its super-clean drinking water – a fact paraded by nearly 40 fountains dotted all over town, some with comically quirky designs. The Ljubljanica River flows through the centre, too, and its banks are perfect for stroll or a cycle, or you can paddleboard your way along the water or just people-watch from a waterside coffee shop.

A wild side

The city itself has the immaculate Tivoli Park to shout about, but that’s more of a picnic affair. For a bigger adventure, famous Lake Bled's less than an hour's drive away and has the iconic island church and Bled Castle waiting to be ticked off. Further west from there is Triglav National Park and the Bohinj region. Mount Triglav is the highest Slovenian peak if you’re up for the challenge. There are plenty of hut-to-hut routes, passing places to stop off along the way.

At a Glance

  • Visit Ljubljana Castle for panoramic city views
  • Boogie into the weekend at Metelkova Mesto
  • Get back to nature with a daytrip to Lake Bled