LJUBLJANA ATTRACTIONS & SIGHTS
Ljubljana is a compact city and while it has attractions you will find nothing as famous as Eiffel Tower. However, you will be amazed by the abundance of green parks and baroque and art nouveau architecture likewise. Markets and cultural events give the city an unforgettable spirit of peace and harmony. To find out what to see and visit in Ljubljana, please find a list of some of Ljubljana attractions and sights here below.
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The men who made the biggest mark on Ljubljana is certainly one of the most important pioneers of modern architecture in the world and the most important Slovenian architect, Joze Plecnik.
Plecnik developed his own architectural language independently of the contemporary architectural trends of the beginning of the 20th century, especially the prevailing modernism.
His style, which is still considered innovative today, is characterized by classic design elements such as columns, lintels, balustrades, columns, etc., which he processed and combined in a unique way.
Plecnik gradually realized his vision of Ljubljana for nearly three decades.
His Ljubljana ranks among the most important integrated works of art of the 20th century. The value of Plecnik’s heritage was also confirmed by UNESCO by placing it on its list.
Among his most famous creations in Ljubljana are Three Bridges, NUK – National and University Library, market building, arrangement of the embankments of Ljubljanica river, Cobblers` Bridge, the Church of St. Michael in Ljubljana Marshes, Plecnik`s house in Trnovo district, Ljubljana cemetery Zale and others.
The biggest park in Ljubljana boasts around 5 sq km of forest. It was created in 1813 and later redesigned by the famous Slovenian architect Joze Plecnik.
The ‘Lungs of the city‘, as the park is also called, connect the city to nature as is connected by forests to Roznik Hill.
As an exceptionally diverse area, the park is home to rare and endangered animal species, especially birds. There are over 80 tree species in the park, several of which are exotic.
The main walkways surrounded by avenues are complemented by many smaller paths, arrangements of individual flower islands, interesting trees, fountains and many statues.
There is a pond in the park, a couple of cafés, castles, museums, fountains, children’s playgrounds, an extension of the Ljubljana botanical garden, open-air exhibition space, and sports facilities.
Walk the park on a sunny day and you will find it visited by families and children, joggers, seniors, couples and sports maniacs alike.
Slovenia is a paradise for European botanists due to its amazing geographical position. It is caught between the Alps, the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain.
The Botanical Garden of Ljubljana hosts around 5000 different plants from all over the world.
It was based in 1810, what makes it the oldest garden of its kind in the South East of Europe.
The garden is open every day, also in the winter time and the entrance is free unless you take a guided tour. Tours only take place if at least 15 people apply.
Ljubljana Botanical Garden is also a place of numerous workshops and lectures that take place here throughout the year.
It is located outside the city centre of Ljubljana, about 15 minutes of an easy walk from it.
The biggest market is Mestna
Natural products produced in the outskirts of the city and all over the country are offered here, mostly cultivated and prepared in a traditional or eco-friendly way.
This is the ideal place for all those visitors who look for intelligent entertainment, education, and science at once.
The House of Experiments (Hisa Eksperimentov) is designed for visitors of all ages, to learn, test themselves and exchange ideas.
The need to learn is one of the basic human instincts, while the mission of the House of Experiments is to make people excited about learning.
The building is situated in the very center and is open to visitors every Wednesday from 4 pm to 8 pm and every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm.
If you are coming in a group an advance reservation is required. House of Experiments is open for groups from Tuesday to Thursday, from 9 am to 2 pm.
At the beginning of June (1. – 3. June) the event called Sciencetival (Znanstival) is organized. The stages are bridges, squares and streets of Ljubljana and the House of Experiments.
If you feel like a splash then visit Atlantis. Ljubljana’s aqua park is one of the biggest indoor parks in Europe and offers pools, saunas, massages and a solarium.
There are indoor and outdoor pools, two slides and several different water attractions for the youngest in a special kids’ area called Adventure World.
Atlantis is suitable for all generations, any time of the year.
It is situated within BTC City, a shopping and entertainment area 5 km North-East of the city centre, meaning you don’t have to end the day too soon to travel home.
Atlantis is open from 09.00 to 20.00 from Sundays to Thursdays. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays from 9.00 to 21.00.
To learn how to get there and learn more about the BTC please see in the BTC City chapter.