Apr 24, 2019 - Apr 25, 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Slovenia's capital city is also the country's center for the arts, culture, sports and annual celebrations. The city doesn't have any specific high-volume tourist attractions, but is a nice place to visit just to take in the lovely architecture and design of the city. There are also many interesting museums, regular musical performances, a great selection of restaurants and the best nightlife scene in the region. The hills around the city and the nearby Mount Krim are also popular places for hiking.
A huge range of hotels are available in the city, and you can get everything from a hostel bed to a high-end four-star hotel. Pricing also tends to be very reasonable across the spectrum.
Ljubljana's high season is during the summer, when the weather is usually pleasant and never too hot every day. The fall and spring are shoulder seasons with better hotel prices and decent weather. You'll find the rock bottom pricing in winter, but the area is also very cold and the weather frequently alternates between rain and snow.
Christmas and New Years Day are huge celebrations in Slovenia that usually draw many visitors to Ljubljana. Other major annual events to keep an eye out for include the National Day of Culture and Kurentovanje Carnival in February, Easter weekend and National Resistance Day in April, the Druga Godba International World Music Festival in May, the Idrija Lace Festival in June, the Ljubljana Jazz Festival in late June / early July, the Festival of Beer and Flowers in July, the Ljubljana Marathon in October and St. Martin's Day in November.
Ljubljana has many hotel options and they are distributed all over the city. No matter what you want to be close to, you can expect to find a good option that will probably be within walking distance.
Hotels are most densely clustered in the center of the city. This puts you within walking distance of the river and the the city's two largest parks. You're also within walking distance of the central rail stations in this area.
Hotels are dotted all over the rest of the city, but you'll find the next biggest cluster of options on the north side of the city.
Ljubljana has quite a few four-star hotel offerings including the Hotel Lev, Best Western Premiere, Central Hotel, Grand Hotel Union, Four Points by Sheraton, Radisson Blu and the Vander Urbani Resort. There are also many upscale three-star rooms at a slightly lower price; expect the four-star rooms to be a little over $100 USD on any given night while the three-star properties will be a little bit under.
Expect budget hotel rack rates to get down to around $35-40 USD per night at the lowest. Some options that are usually in this price range include the Family Guesthouse GreenSLO, Guesthouse Stari Tisler, Hotel Meksiko and Budget Rooms Vodmat.
Several hostels with shared rooms are also available in Ljubljana. Beds at these often go for as little as $10-20 USD per night if you don't mind roughing it a bit. Some options are the Zeppelin Hostel, Fluxus Hostel, Vila Veselova and Hostel Celica.
The most beautiful tiny city in Europe... quaint and charming, with the loveliest people.
Ljubljana is beautiful and everything is so close together, it is easy to explore and still preserves its own unique culture.
What's not to love about Ljubljana? The Slovenian capital has little in the way of name recognition and boasts no must-see sights, but still manages to charm. How's that? With its pretty old town, lovely riverside, relatively low prices, laid-back vibe and superb collection of bars, restaurants and cafes, it's an incredibly pleasant to simply hang out. Chill out with a coffee at the riverside, take an amble thru Ljubljana Castle, then stroll up to the top of Tivoli Park for some great views.
It's hard to put a finger on what made Ljubljana special for me. It could be the walkability and the fact that everything seems so close at hand. It could be that the buildings look so pretty and elegant and it makes you feel fancy. It could be that the food was fantastic and decently priced so I could "splurge" every day. I didn't go to any museums or what I would usually do. But rather just wandered. In total, I was there for 5 days but it didn't seem that long. It's the kind of city you can feel very comfortable in right away. Slovenian people were very friendly and I would not hesitate to come back soon.