From breathtaking architecture to quirky folk museums, there’s plenty to keep travelers busy in the Slovenian capital and with three days to spend, there’s ample time to explore further afield too. Here are a few ideas for how to spend 3 days in Ljubljana.
Day 1: Walk the city
Ljubljana is a city best explored on foot, so start your trip with a walking tour of the city. Admire the Art Nouveau architecture in the central Preseren Square, before crossing Jože Plečnik’s famous Triple Bridge into the Old Town. Here, you can climb the castle tower for a view of the city, stroll the riverside markets, take a peek at the city’s oldest building in Ribji trg Square and stop for lunch at one of the many atmospheric cafes. Once you’ve checked out additional highlights like the Dragon Bridge and the Cathedral of St Nicholas, head to one of the many riverside restaurants for a sunset dinner.
Day 2: Take a day trip
With its central location, Ljubljana makes a perfect base for exploring the varied Slovene countryside, so make the most of your time by taking a day trip to one of the many nearby attractions. Explore the underground waterfalls and caves of the southern Karst region; enjoy wine tasting in the vineyards surrounding Maribor; get a view from the 11th-century castle in Bled; or venture inside the world famous Postojna caves. In the summer, Mediterranean resorts like Portorož and Piran also make a popular retreat from the city.
Day 3: Get some culture
Spend the morning checking out some of Ljubljana’s many museums, like the Slovene Ethnographic Museum and the Slovene Museum of Natural History, where you can learn about Slovenia’s unique culture and history. Alternatively, the Jože Plečnik exhibition at the Architecture Museum of Ljubljana showcases the works of the country’s most celebrated architect and the National Gallery has an array of works by distinguished local artists. While away the afternoon in the idyllic Tivoli Park, where you can check out the grand Tivoli Mansion and stroll around the Ljubljana zoo.