Do you have a free afternoon to spend in Ljubljana?
Here are 5 of our favourite places and ideas how you can spend it.
Thanks to Summer in Ljubljana Old Town festival afternoons and evenings are reserved for rich programme of concert, opera and ballet events throughout Ljubljana. The festival begins in June and finishes the last days of August with a magical event Nights in old Ljubljana town.
During this festival the picturesque old squares and streets become a stage for many different concerts. Most of them are admission free. If you’re planning a visit of Ljubljana here is a programme of the events: https://imagosloveniae.net/en/events-calendar/all-events/
You can find other summer festivals here: https://www.visitljubljana.com/en/visitors/things-to-do/art-and-culture/article/summer-festivals-in-ljubljana/
Ljubljana can get hot during the day, sometimes up to 38°C. That is why it makes sense to take a bit of time off and just enjoy yourselves. An easy and interesting way of chilling and exploring Ljubljana is by taking a boat ride on Ljubljanica river.
There are many different providers of a boat tours so the prices and duration may vary. However all of them are registered at the Ljubljana tourism office. That is why you can feel safe embarking all of them.
To find more information about the boat rides, prices and schedules click here: https://www.visitljubljana.com/en/visitors/tours-and-trips/the-boat-ljubljanica/
Each (sunny) Friday from mid-March to October a part of the central market (Pogačarjev trg) becomes the go to location for all the hungry and curious locals and visitors of Ljubljana. From 10 AM to 9 PM there are stands from many different Slovenian restaurants providing you with local and international dishes.
The event happens only in good weather, so we recommend checking their FB page before going. If it’s cancelled they publish it there: https://www.facebook.com/OdprtaKuhna/
People enjoying their food on Open Kitchen Market in Ljubljana.
Find a different perspective of Ljubljana and imagine how it was like to stroll along this medieval castle. The castle provides two restaurants and a cafe, a permanent exhibition and events throughout the year. There are many routs that you can chose to walk to the castle, but the easiest way to the top is by funicular. It’s located on Krekov square just next to the Ljubljana puppet theather.
In the summer (June, July, August and September) the funicular operates from 9:00 to 23:00. It runs every 10 minutes, so need for a long wait. Price for a return ride is 4€/adult, but we challenge you to take a walk at least back down to the centre of the city. It’s not very difficult and provides more beautiful views of Ljubljana.
More information about the castle and all the possibilities: https://www.ljubljanskigrad.si/en/the-ljubljana-castle/
View of Ljubljana from the castle tower.
In the year 2016 Ljubljana was named the European Green Capital. We are proud to have many small parks and playgrounds all over the city. The biggest one is Tivoli park. It provides so many options for your afternoon, that you can’t possibly get bored.
From the Prešern square simply follow Čopova street. It will lead you straight to the beginning of the park where you will find the Modern Gallery, with it’s contemporary exhibitions. From there follow the Jakopič promenade into Tivoli. At the end of the promenade there is Tivoli Mansion, which currently hosts the International centre of graphic arts.
By now you need some refreshment that you can get in boat house Tivoli. Or get yourself some cold drinks and a sandwich in the supermarket before and enjoy your simple picnic surrounded by green views. Tivoli is filled with secret paths, ponds and fountains so even the locals still get surprised by wandering around it.
If you’re up for a little hike you can even climb the nearest hill called Rožnik.