Slovenia Travel Guide
🗝️ Key Facts
💶Currency: Euro €
🕙Time Zone: +1 GMT
📞Phone Code: +386
🌐Language: Slovenian (English widely understood)
✈️Best time to visit: April to October
🍷Drink: Ganje (Fruit Brandy)
🗺️Don't miss: Ljubljana Castle
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At half the size of Switzerland, Slovenia is a small country in the south of central Europe and is packed with unusual and often unique attractions and experiences. From primeval forests and thermal springs, to the mysterious Karst limestone caves and lively cities!
Situated between Italy, Croatia, Hungary, and Austria, with a coastline on the Adriatic Sea to the southwest, Whether relaxing on the beach or skiing down alpine slopes, exploring the country's subterranean wonders or relaxing at a lavish casino, visitors to Slovenia can enjoy many amazing and diverse experiences in the space of one short holiday.
The vibrant capital Ljubljana sports a mix of Baroque, Renaissance, and Art Nouveau architecture, and after belonging to the Austro-Hungarian Empire for many centuries, Ljubljana is said to be one of the most romantic cities in Europe!
Travellers are strongly urged to check out Slovenia before it is forever changed by the inevitable effects of mass tourism and losing possibly that local charm it has.
Flying to Slovenia is somewhat restricted to only major European capitals, Frankfurt, Warsaw, Belgrade, Munich, Zurich or Paris being the most common. Adria Airways is the country's flag carrier and has the most flights together with major European carries flying to Western Europe as well as Istanbul or Moscow in the east.
However it's perhaps a good option to travel to the country via international rail from Germany, Croatia or Hungary for example doing a tour around the neighbouring countries. It's possible to reach the capital by international Bus, Eurolines offers the best connections.
The geographical diversity of Slovenia creates very different climates. This mixture creates a great variation of temperatures, which range between -15°C in winter up to over 40°C in summer. Rain is frequent in autumn and Spring.
The main tourist season is obviously during the months of August and July, which you should avoid if you are looking for peace and quiet. The ideal time to enjoy excursions or to visit the valleys is the month of May, which combines glorious sunshine and the blossoming of the flowers. Therefore the best time to visit is in the Spring or early Autumn. (April-June or September-October).
Slovenia's national cuisine consists of simple fresh produce and has been influenced by its neighbours, namely Austria, Italy and Hungary. Soup is a typical starter followed by pork, chicken or turkey dish with seasonal vegetables or salad. Each region has its own special dessert, but pancakes are popular throughout the country.
Specialities found are: Potica, a circular cake with a variety of fillings, namely nuts, honey, cream, raisins and cinnamon. Goulash, a stew of meat and vegetables popular from the Hungarian side. Gibanica, a popular layer cake made with pastry, cheese and eggs. Nanos ,a Slovenian hard cheese. Bled cream cake, lashings of vanilla cream between two slices of pastry.
As for drinks, Ganje is popular, a potent brandy made from local fruit. Wine, Slovenia produces many outstanding wines which include whites, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Furmint and Rebula, and rich reds such as Terrano. Union is a popular Slovenian beer as well as Lasko.
Slovenia and it's cities have a lot of beauty, together with very green scenery make it a very relaxed country to visit. Coming to Slovenia was ideal for transiting whilst visiting other capitals. Staying in Ljubljana was very relaxing, a city with a romantic feel to it, so easy to walk around, admiring it's buildings and enjoying eating in stylist restaurants with terraces next to the river.
(2 times visited)
Ljubljana Tourism Information Guide
Ljubljana is Slovenia's capital and largest city. It's famous for its green spaces and the curving Ljubljanica River, lined in outdoor cafes, divides the city's old town from its commercial hub.It's a young city with many universities around it's old town offering a good contrast to the local population with many foreign students. It's a small city ideal for a weekend getaway and is rumoured to be very romantic especially in the Spring and the summer.
Ljubljana is characterised by fresh breezes blowing in from the Mediterranean, adding extra warmth in the summer (June to August) when average high temperatures peak at about 30°C. During winter (December to March), temperature inversions cause the foggy air to hang heavy over the city, bringing cold, moist conditions. Winter temperatures average between -3°C and 8°C.
The best time to visit Ljubljana is from April to October, although it can be a little too hot for some in the height of the Summer in July and August.
From the airport, the cheapest way to get into the centre of Ljubljana is by bus. Every hour bus number 28 departs to and from the airport, costing about €4.50 and taking about 50min. However at weekends busses runs less frequently.The bus stop of the airport is located close to the terminal (Letališče Brnik), the stop in the city centre can be found at the main bus station (Avtobusna postaja Ljubljana), located next to the train station of Ljubljana.
The city of Ljubljana is small enough not to use public transportation if you stay in the city centre. When arriving by bus it only takes 10 min walking to the centre. However if you wish to visit some of the outskirts then it would be necessary to take a bus.There is a contactless card called, Urbana City Card.
It's also possible to use the Urbana card to pay for using the funicular to and from Ljubljana Castle. When you use it it allows any amount of trips up to 90 minutes from the time of payment for the first journey.
For more information on the public transport in Ljubljana please visit the Transport Official Website for Ljubljana. You can download the map below:
The main buildings and historical sites can be highlighted below:
- Ljubljana Castle, originally a Medieval fortress, probably built in the 11th century and rebuilt in the 12th century, it was since the early 19th century used as a penitentiary, then in the first half of the 20th century as a residential complex and in the latest times as a tourist attraction and a major cultural venue showing the original features of the medieval construction.
- The Triple Bridge, it's a group of three bridges across the Ljubljanica River. It connects the Ljubljana's historical, medieval, town to the modern city.
- Tivoli Park, the largest park in Ljubljana about a 20 min walk from the centre.
- Ljubljana Cathedral, officially named St. Nicholas's Church, from the Baroque style.
- The National Museum of Slovenia close to Tivoli Park.
- Nebotičnik is a prominent high-rise building, it's one of the city's most recognisable landmarks. It rises to a height of 70.35m.
Ljubljana is a vibrant city with an abundance of bars, restaurants and clubs. Beside regular clubs which play electronic dance music, there are also different venues, such as Metelkova known for its alternative scene, or “Balkan” folk parties popular among the young. The old city centre is famous for its relaxed atmosphere and endless outdoor bars and cafés. During weekends, some are transformed into nightclubs, hosting DJ performances, themed parties and dance nights.
Ljubljana compact city, means that shopping around for items won't take long and you can easily find a wide selection of products by renowned brands as well as local producers. When in the old city centre, don’t forget to visit the Central Market as well as the occasional outdoor fair.
The eastern edge of the city is also the location of one of the largest shopping complexes in Europe, BTC City.
It's cheap and reasonable to stay in the city, there are plenty of Hotels and Hostels. Staying 10-15 min away might be better and cheaper as to find a better quality-priced hotel. However there are plenty of student accommodation and so Airbnb is popular. General prices may vary, but you are able to find hotels for around €35-50 a night and hostels for around €20 a night.
From visiting before, we can recommended one reasonable hostel to stay at: Renovated in 2018 and located 500 metres from Ljubljana Bus and Train Station, Hostel Celica Art is a unique design hostel situated in the autonomous culture zone Metelkova City in the centre of Ljubljana. Free WiFi is provided in all areas. The rooms and dormitories in this hostel have been individually designed by different local and international artists and reflect the history of this former prison. Bed linen and towels are provided free of charge to all guests, while shared or private bathrooms come with a shower.
Hostel Celica Art serves a buffet breakfast daily. Guests can relax and meet new people in the cafe, garden terrace and other common areas. Bike hire is available on site, while various day trips and tours can be booked at the reception. The historic centre of Ljubljana can be reached in 1.2 km, while Tivoli Park is at a distance of 1.7 km. The hostel also features the Museum of Confinement and an art gallery, as well as the Point of Peace spiritual room.
Ljubljana is a very small city and walking around the city can be done in one day trip even, visiting a few of the landmarks.
A 2 night stay would be enough as you travel to other destinations within the region or coming for a weekend getaway!