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Ljubljana Architecture Guide

By Viator, May 2018

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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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Lake Bled and Bled Castle Tour from Ljubljana, Ljubljana, null
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Lake Bled and Bled Castle Tour from Ljubljana

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 72 Reviews

Be enchanted by the fairy-tale sights of Lake Bled and beyond on this small-group, half-day tour from Ljubljana. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to the ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.33
Predjama Castle and Postojna Cave Tour from Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Half-day Tours
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Predjama Castle and Postojna Cave Tour from Ljubljana

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Visit two of Slovenia’s top attractions in one afternoon on this small-group, half-day tour from Ljubljana. Begin at Predjama Castle, perched on a cliff high ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.15
Ljubljana Walking Tour with Ljubljana Castle Funicular Ride, Ljubljana, Half-day Tours
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Ljubljana Walking Tour with Ljubljana Castle Funicular Ride

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See Ljubljana’s highlights on a walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Explore Ljubljana Old Town, stroll through several squares, encounter city icons ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.61
Ljubljana Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Lesson and Tour, Ljubljana, Walking Tours
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Ljubljana Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Lesson and Tour

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Voted Best Summer Tour 2016 and 2017, paddle-boarding tour is perfect for active traveler, who prefer seing lively Ljubljana differently. Expect ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.40
Taste of Ljubljana: Charcuterie, Cake and Wine on a Guided Walking Tour, Ljubljana, Half-day Tours
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Taste of Ljubljana: Charcuterie, Cake and Wine on a Guided Walking Tour

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Explore Slovenia’s food and culture on a 3-hour walking tour of Ljubljana. Led by a local guide, the tour visits several of the city’s favorite bars and cafes ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.68
Lake Bled Half Day Excursion from Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Food Tours
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Lake Bled Half Day Excursion from Ljubljana

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Pearl, locked in mountainous Alps Morning mists during sunrise or evening sunsets over majestic Alps are perfect for that selfie moment. And there is much ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.40
Lake Bled Stand-up Paddling and Viewpoint Hike Half Day Tour from Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Half-day ... 
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Lake Bled Stand-up Paddling and Viewpoint Hike Half Day Tour from Ljubljana

A half day SUP experience starts in Ljubljana and takes you to beautiful lake Bled. You will avoid crowds and explore the lake in more fun and relaxed way ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.97
City Tour of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Half-day Tours
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City Tour of Ljubljana

All mayor Ljubljana sights - Prešeren square, Three Bridges, Congress Square, National Library, The New and Old Square, Ljubljanica river, open air market, ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $142.03
Ljubljana 2 Hour Magical Advent Tour including Cruise, Ljubljana, City Tours
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Ljubljana 2 Hour Magical Advent Tour including Cruise

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Experience the festive atmosphere in Ljubljana in all its beauty by joining this walking and cruise tour!

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.75
Ljubljana Christmas Spirit Foodie Walk Combined with Boat Ride, Ljubljana, City Tours
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Ljubljana Christmas Spirit Foodie Walk Combined with Boat Ride

Experience Ljubljana Christmas spirit like a local: your friendly guide, also your new connection in town, will share the joys of festive eats and drinks in ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $71.01

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