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Weekend Itinerary for Ljubljana

Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is a city that has it all – history, culture, delicious food, and beautiful natural surroundings. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or returning for another weekend getaway, Ljubljana has plenty to offer. From strolling through the charming streets of the Old Town to taking in the stunning views from Ljubljana Castle, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant and diverse city. So pack your bags and get ready to explore all that Ljubljana has to offer on your weekend getaway

Ljubljana River looking at the Pink Cathedral

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Why I Love Ljubljana, Slovenia

If you are looking for the perfect combination of European history, natural surroundings, and delicious food, all for an affordable price, Ljubljana is the perfect destination for you.

I first came to Ljubljana while I was studying on exchange in 2012 and I fell in love with the city. There are many reasons for my love, but here are the top 3:

1. The main town is entirely walkable and has no cars

2. Safety & Cleanliness

3. Bike Lanes on the Sidewalk

Where to Stay

Private Recommendation

Vila Emona – Perfectly located just outside the main town, Vila Emona was a modern, very clean, and perfect room for my friends and I to share over my birthday weekend. I haven’t slept in a room that dark in a long time.

I would 100% stay here again in the future when visiting Ljubljana. 

Hostel Recommendation

Hostel Celica – Famous for being a previous prison, Hostel Celica is a fantastic hostel that has kept its history alive with modernization and art. It’s located a 10-minute walk downtown. It’s beside Metelkova, an interesting area of the city known for its autonomous social status. Breakfast is included with your stay and includes coffee, tea, fruits, eggs, and toast with various spreads.

Restaurant Recommendations

Breakfast/Brunch

EK Bistro

Located right on the Ljubljanica river, EK Bistro is perfect for a slow brunch or breakfast. Order the french toast, but share it because it is decadent!

If ordering coffee with oat milk, the flat white gets a better milk froth than the cappuccino.

Lunch/Dinner

Špajza

Enjoying typical Slovenian food, this restaurant offers great service, a cozy dining room, and a variety of dishes that will leave you feeling satisfied. 

Druga Violina

Druga violina, located in the old city centre, is a very special little gostilna-style restaurant employing several people with special needs. Order the mushroom gnocchi. 

Hisa Pod Gradom

Wonderful typical Slovenian food and wine. Order the Kranjska Klobasa, Filet Postrvi (Trout), Sirovi Struklji with Mushroom Sauce, and Salad with Goat Cheese. 

Kodila Gourmet

Sit in the Ljubljana central market, and order the Slovenian sparkling wine (dry), and a charcuterie board made with the freshest Slovenian meats and cheeses.  

Ljubljana 2 Day Itinerary

Day 1

  • Free Walking Tour
  • Lunch at Druga Violina
  • Walk up to the Ljubljana Castle
  • Dinner at Hisa Pod Gradom 

Day 2

  • Brunch at EK Bistro
  • Walk over to Tivoli Park and enjoy hikes through the nature trails 
  • Grab a gelato in the town center
  • Dinner at Spajza

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As your weekend in Ljubljana comes to a close, you’ll be left with memories of all the incredible experiences you had in this beautiful city. From sampling the local cuisine and exploring the charming streets of the Old Town, to taking in the stunning views from Ljubljana Castle, you’ve had the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the culture and history of Slovenia. Whether you’re planning on returning to Ljubljana in the future or are already thinking about your next destination, one thing is certain – this weekend getaway will always be a treasured memory.

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