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Ljubljana Architecture Guide - page 3

Ljubljana Architecture Guide

The architectural highlights of Ljubljana, including historic bridges, a fairy-tale castle, and graceful art nouveau buildings, make an impressive backdrop for a walking tour. Here are some of Ljubljana’s top architectural landmarks.

National and University Library of Slovenia

Much of Ljubljana’s architectural heritage can be attributed to one man—Slovene architect Jože Plečnik—and the National and University Library of Slovenia is typical of his distinctive art nouveau style. Inspired by Rome’s Zuccari Palace (Palazzo Zuccari), the striking stone and brick facade gives way to a magnificent black marble staircase in the entrance hall and a reading room adorned with chandeliers.  

Three Bridges

Another of Plečnik’s creations is the landmark Triple Bridge, which spans the Ljubljanica River between the medieval old town and the modern city. Lined with stone balustrades and streetlamps, the trio of adjoining footbridges dates back to the early 20th century and offers fantastic views of the city, as well as steps leading down to the riverside.

Ljubljana Castle

Looking down over the city from its hilltop perch, Ljubljana Castle is one of the city’s most memorable sights. The imposing medieval fortress showcases a mix of different architectural styles, with highlights including the 19th-century watchtower and the 15th-century Chapel of St. George.

Cathedral of St. Nicholas

Ljubljana’s oldest church has a history dating back to the 13th century, but the current structure was built in 1706. The work of architect Andrea Pozzo, the baroque church has lavish pink marble interiors richly decorated with white stucco, gilt, and elaborate frescoes. 

Vurnik House

The Cooperative Business Bank building, also known as the Vurnik House, was designed by architect Ivan Vurnik in 1922. Its bold coral-colored facade, adorned with Slovenian tricolor motifs, stands out even among the many vibrant buildings of the art nouveau quarter.

Urbanc House

Commissioned by Feliks Urbanc, the Urbanc House (Centromerkur) was built to house Ljubljana's oldest department store in the early 20th century. The palatial building is the work of architect Friedrich Sigismundt and inspired by Belgian and French art nouveau styles, with notable elements including its fan-shaped glass awning and rooftop statue of Mercury, the god of commerce.

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Postojna Cave with Train Ride and Predjama Castle Half Day Trip from Ljubljana

Postojna Cave with Train Ride and Predjama Castle Half Day Trip from Ljubljana

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Visit Slovenia’s Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle from Ljubljana without the bother of using public buses or trains. Admire the scenery as you travel to Postojna by air-conditioned vehicle, and hear background from your guide en route. Then, roam the stalactite- and stalagmite-filled caverns by underground train and foot as you hear their history before exploring 13th-century Predjama Castle, built into cliffs. Entry fees and choice of departures included.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Best of, Zagreb - Croatia's Capital in a day, Full Day Trip from Ljubljana

Best of, Zagreb - Croatia's Capital in a day, Full Day Trip from Ljubljana

Take advantage of Ljubljana’s close proximity to Croatia’s capital—Zagreb by going on an action-packed day tour. Cut the stress out of figuring out public transport routes by having round-trip transport in a comfortable minivan included. You’ll go up the Zagreb funicular to Upper Town, visit St. Mark's Square, Kamenita Vrata, Kaptol, Dolac farmers market, Ban Jelacic Square, and Lower Town. You won’t have to worry about the trip being overcrowded as you’ll travel in a small group. Conveniently, you’ll also have the free time to explore the city independently.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Kranjska Gora and Traditional Slovenian Lunch from Ljubljana

Kranjska Gora and Traditional Slovenian Lunch from Ljubljana

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Kranjska Gora is one of the Julian Alps’ most popular destinations, but there is more to see nearby, and this full-day tour will take you to some of the region’s best sights. After exploring Kranjska Gora, you’ll stop at alpine lakes and nature reserves, and have the option to zip line from the biggest ski jump in the area (own expense). On the way back to Ljubljana, you’ll stop at a village for a traditional Slovenian lunch.
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  • 9 hours
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Private tour of Venice from Ljubljana

Private tour of Venice from Ljubljana

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Take advantage of Slovenia’s close proximity to Italy, and tick off two countries in just one day, on a trip to Venice from Ljubljana. Opting for a day trip eliminates the stress of car hire and ensures you enjoy a smooth border crossing in the company of your guide. Plus, you’ll enjoy a mix of guided sightseeing and free time for added flexibility.
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  • 12 hours
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Private tour of Plitvice Lakes from Ljubljana

Private tour of Plitvice Lakes from Ljubljana

Tick off two countries in 12 hours on a day trip to the Plitvice Lakes National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Croatia—from Ljubljana. Opting for a tour allows you to skip the hassle of car hire, while letting someone else drive gives you more time to enjoy the passing scenery. Plus, you’ll benefit from the undivided attention of your guide.
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  • 12 hours
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Wine Tours in Slovenia

Wine Tours in Slovenia

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Slovenian wines are only just attracting international attention. Yet with a heritage dating back around 2,500 years, the Vipava Valley is a destination worth exploring. On this small-group tour, led by a sommelier guide, learn about winemaking, sample different varietals, explore vineyards and cellars, and discover so much more than you could independently. This full-day tour includes hotel transfers, snacks and wine tastings: lunch is at your own expense.
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  • 7 hours
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Maribor, Ptuj and Heart of the Vineyards from Ljubljana

Maribor, Ptuj and Heart of the Vineyards from Ljubljana

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Discover the sights of northeast Slovenia during a full-day tour of Ptuj, Maribor, and the Zice Carthusian Monastery. Stroll the banks of the Drava River as you explore the ancient town of Ptuj, known for its impressive architecture. Learn about Maribor’s prosperous past with a visit to the town's Gothic cathedral, bustling main square, and Franciscan church. End the day with a visit to the Zice Carthusian Monastery, with the chance to taste some excellent wines from the vineyards of the Štajerska region along the way.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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PRIVATE TOUR Kranjska Gora and Traditional Slovenian Lunch from Ljubljana

PRIVATE TOUR Kranjska Gora and Traditional Slovenian Lunch from Ljubljana

Take break from the bustling streets of Ljubljana and enjoy a peaceful day in the mountains on a guided trip to Kranjska Gora. With this tour, you’ll receive a great introduction to Slovenia’s Julian Alps with a tour of the beautiful alpine town of Kranjska Gora, including visits to Lake Jansa, Zelenci, and the Planica Valley. Learn about Slovenia’s mountain culture as your explore, and enjoy a traditional Slovenian lunch on your way back to Ljubljana.
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  • 9 hours
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Lake Bled - An Alpine pearl from Ljubljana

Lake Bled - An Alpine pearl from Ljubljana

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Nestled into the foothills of the Julian Alps, Lake Bled, with its emerald-green waters and fairytale island church, is one of the most gorgeous natural sites in Slovenia. Bled is easily visited on a day trip from Ljubljana and with this tour you’ll enjoy pick-up from your Ljubljana hotel and be delivered directly to the shores of Lake Bled where you’ll enjoy a stroll around the lake, take a boat ride to the Bled Island or tour the dramatic, cliffside Bled Castle.
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  • 7 hours
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Maribor Exclusive Wine Tour

Maribor Exclusive Wine Tour

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This is an exclusive, one of a kind wine tour just for you and your family/friend. There must be a minimum of two people for the tour. We cannot afford to take a single person on the tour because of the costs associated with driving you to Maribor and back, paying the wine makers for the wines etc. Sitting in vineyards, visiting cellars, sipping wine and enjoying nature is what you can expect from this tour. I will not lecture you about the wine, I will let you experience it. Touch it, smell it, drink it, learn about it and most importantly ENJOY it. We will pick you up at your hotel, airbnb, or a camping ground. We will then drive to Maribor about hour and a half visit the the wine region of Maribor. This is one of a kind experience where, you get to see true wine cellars. We promise you will have a true wine experience and truly be a part of the experience of wine. We will drink about 6 or more wines. Afterwards we will drive you back to where we picked you up.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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PRIVATE TOUR Škocjan Caves and Karst Region – Secrets of UNESCO Heritage

PRIVATE TOUR Škocjan Caves and Karst Region – Secrets of UNESCO Heritage

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Venture out from the capital of Slovenia and head towards the UNESCO-listed Škocjan Caves on a full-day private tour. Discover the beauty of this underground world with secret passages, enormous halls, and a massive subterranean canyon. Then head to Lipica to visit a stud farm famous for breeding the Lipizzaner horse and explore the grounds.
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  • 8 hours 45 minutes
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Best of Slovenia, Lake Bled & Adriatic Coastal Pearls, Full Day Trip from Ljublj

Best of Slovenia, Lake Bled & Adriatic Coastal Pearls, Full Day Trip from Ljublj

Visit two of Slovenia’s most beautiful towns on this full-day tour from Ljubljana. First, journey through the Alps to Bled, where you can cruise around Lake Bled and visit the historic Bled Castle. Then, continue to the Adriatic coast to explore picturesque seafront towns of Piran and Portoroz, known for their gorgeous beaches and salt pans.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Skocjan Caves and Piran Private Day Trip from Ljubljana

Skocjan Caves and Piran Private Day Trip from Ljubljana

Experience a day in Slovenia you’ll never forget with this private full-day tour of the Skocjan Caves and Piran from Ljubljana. Your expert local guide will pick you up from your total and take you to the world-famous Skocjan caves, which are UNESCO-listed and form the base of the Reka river. You’ll spend two hours wandering through the caves with a professional guide before continuing on to the seaside town of Piran, the oldest seaport in the country. Wander through the town’s narrow streets and enjoy a cup of cappuccino. You’ll make a short stop in Portorož before returning to Ljubljana.
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  • 8 hours
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Vogel Ski Center: Half Day Skiing with Instructor

Vogel Ski Center: Half Day Skiing with Instructor

Learn to ski or work on your technique with a private instructor on this half-day excursion. Take in the scenic views as you ride a cable car above Lake Bohinj to the top station at Vogel. Meet your instructor and develop your skills at all levels. Learn the basics of skiing if you a are a beginner or improve upon what you know if you have experience.
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  • 3 hours
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PRIVATE TOUR Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle from Ljubljana

PRIVATE TOUR Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle from Ljubljana

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Spend a day exploring the sites of Slovenia’s Karst region with a private tour from Ljubljana. With this tour, you’ll save precious vacation moments by enjoying private transportation directly to the Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle. You’ll take a memorable underground train journey into the heart of Postojna Caves and enjoy a tour of the underground world of massive stalactites, caverns, and other wonders before continuing on for a tour of the dramatic, cliffside Predjama Castle.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Visit Lake Bled and step into fairytale of Vintgar Gorge Half Day Tour from Ljubljana

Visit Lake Bled and step into fairytale of Vintgar Gorge Half Day Tour from Ljubljana

Discover the natural beauty of Vintgar Gorge (Soteska Vintgar) on this tour from Ljubljana to Bled. The 820-foot gorge features beech forests, rapids, small waterfalls, and trails that narrow and lead you to the end of the gorge, where you can admire a 52-foot (16-meter) waterfall. You'll also have time in Bled to explore attractions such as Bled Island, if you wish (own expense).
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Private Bled Tour from Ljubljana

Private Bled Tour from Ljubljana

Spend the day exploring one of Slovenia’s most iconic natural attractions on a tour of Lake Bled from Ljubljana. This hassle-free day trip saves you the stress of hiring a car and navigating unfamiliar roads, and combines free time with guided sightseeing for added flexibility. Plus, hotel pickup and drop-off mean that you don’t have to worry about finding a meeting point.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Emerald River Soca Tour from Ljubljana

Private Emerald River Soca Tour from Ljubljana

Apart from Lake Bled and Ljubljana, Slovenia is relatively unknown. Go off the beaten path and see a side of the country that most first-time visitors miss on a day trip to the Emerald River and Soca Valley. Plus, rather than having to navigate winding mountain roads yourself, you’ll be transported between attractions in climate-controlled comfort.
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  • 10 hours
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Pub Crawl Ljubljana

Pub Crawl Ljubljana

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Experience Ljubljana’s nightlife with a pub crawl through Slovenia’s capital city. This tour is perfect for solo travelers or groups interested in meeting other travelers. You’ll spend time getting to know the other members of your tour at the first pub and then make your way through the city ending the night in one of the hottest dance clubs in Ljubljana. Your party guide will sponsor challenges and games along the way to ensure everyone has a fantastic time.
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  • 5 hours
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PRIVATE TOUR Maribor, Ptuj and Heart of the Vineyards from Ljubljana

PRIVATE TOUR Maribor, Ptuj and Heart of the Vineyards from Ljubljana

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Discover northeastern Slovenia and its beautiful landscapes during this full-day private tour from Ljubljana. Visit Slovenia’s oldest city, Ptuj, and explore its ancient Roman and medieval ruins and castles and see the Gothic cathedral of Maribor. Enjoy a Slovenian wine tasting in the Štajerska wine region and end the tour with a visit to the Zice Carthusian Monastery before heading back to Ljubljana.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Ljubljana 2 Hour Magical Advent Tour including Cruise

Ljubljana 2 Hour Magical Advent Tour including Cruise

Learn about the history and culture of Slovenia’s capital city on a guided walking tour of Ljubljana. You’ll hear stories and legends about Ljubljana’s most famous monuments and get insider info about life in Ljubljana from your guide. The tour concludes with a cruise down the Ljubljanica River where you’ll admire the bridges and embankments that give Ljubljana its characteristic appearance.
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  • 2 hours
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$47.99
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Vipava Valley wine tasting experience

Vipava Valley wine tasting experience

Head to the Vipava Valley, Slovenia’s premier wine region, for a day of wine tasting and beautiful scenery. Visit a small, family-owned winery set at the base of the imposing Mount Nanos and sample a variety of wines from the vineyard. Learn about the unique climate, the sunniest in the country, and the grape varieties of the region including sauvignon, pinot gris, malvesia, and zelen.
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  • 5 hours
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City Tour of Ljubljana

City Tour of Ljubljana

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Discover one of Europe’s best cities during this 2-hour city tour of Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. Led by an informative local guide, you’ll stop at all of the city’s main attractions including Prešeren square, the National Library, the Ljubljanica river and the Three Bridges. Shop for souvenirs in the open air market and admire the charm of the city’s famous medieval streets. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover Ljubljana’s main attractions as well as under-the-radar finds.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Private tour of Slovenian Coast Tour from Ljubljana

Private tour of Slovenian Coast Tour from Ljubljana

Escape the crowds and take the road-less-traveled during a tour of Slovenia’s coastal areas from Ljubljana. This convenient tour allows you to skip the hassle of hiring a car and reveals lesser-known villages along the Adriatic coast. Plus, letting someone else drive gives you more time enjoy the passing scenery.
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  • 10 hours
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$293.00
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