Metelkova Tours

Ljubljana’s funky, graffiti-strewn enclave of Metelkova is the alternative epicenter of the city, an area stuffed full of grungy clubs and bars that lies north of the Ljubljanica River. Whether they’re into rock, punk or folk, gay bars or beery dives, this is the place of choice for party animals amid the harsh military architecture of Metelkova’s former army barracks. These were abandoned by the defunct Yugoslav army in 1990 and were on line for demolition when a band of squatters moved in to save them; now they are run as an autonomous cultural center, along similar lines to Christiania in Copenhagen. In addition to being a mecca for late-night revelers, Metelkova is the destination for flea-market fans, pop-up street entertainment and edgy art exhibitions; the streets are packed most days of the week but the action really kicks off over the weekend, when kids flock in from all over Central Europe.

One of the city’s coolest hotels, the Hostel Celica, has its home in Metelkova, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, which opened in 2011, is on its fringes in the newly christened Museum Quarter; it offers exhibitions of avant-garde European works, pop art and photography.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (MSUM) is located at Maistrova 3 and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am–6pm. Admission costs €5 for adults, €2.50 for seniors and students, and €8 for families. 
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Address: Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Hours: Tues-Sun 10am–6pm
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Admission: €5 for adults, €2.50 for seniors/students, €8 for families
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Cycling Tour of Ljubljana

Explore Slovenia’s capital city on two wheels with a guided cycling tour of Ljubljana. With special cycling lanes and car-free streets, Ljubljana is an incredibly bike friendly town. You’ll cycle past many of historic old town sights before heading out to explore the city’s green spaces and lesser visited locales taking breaks often to catch your breath and take photographs.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Socialism and the City of Ljubljana Small Group Walking Tour

Learn about the era of Yugoslav socialism in Slovenia on this walking tour of Ljubljana. In the company of a guide, stroll through the city’s scenic streets and pause at socialist-style buildings and monuments to Yugoslavian heroes. Try a local snack at the central market and stop by Metelkova Mesto, a former prison barracks that is now a colorful center for art and performance. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer at a nostalgic cafe by the river.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Ljubljana Cruiser Bike Tour

Discover the beauty and culture of Ljubljana by bike on an afternoon city tour. Enjoy a 3-hour guided ride through Metelkova city, Tivoli Park and the Krakovo district. Cruise by stately landmarks such as the National Gallery and the Opera House, and view bustling public spaces like Central Market, Cobbler’s Bridge and French Revolution Square. Along the way, learn about the vibrant culture and history of Slovenia's treasured capital.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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