10 reasons to love Ljubljana

I’m pretty sure you’ve already guessed that I loved Ljubljana. This list could go on into the 100’s but here are 10 reasons why I loved Ljubjlana and why I think you’ll love it too!

#1. The castle

Each time you look up in Ljubljana you’re greeted by the castle, a medieval fortress with a modern twist. You can walk up to the castle or take the funicular railway and once you’re at the top you’ll have a magnificent view over the city.

If you’re wondering where the modern twist comes in, it’s with the two stylish restaurants and coffee bar you’ll find within the castle. I love it when we’re able to use ancient buildings in everyday life and we can enjoy them away from the confines of a museum tour.

Castle in LjubljanaPhoto taken when I visited Ljubljana last November. 

#2. The food

From what I found, there doesn’t seem to be one type of food that is typically Slovenian, it’s more like Slovenia has taken the best food from the surrounding countries and made it their own. We’re talking stone baked pizzas and delicious pasta from Italy, meats from Austria and fish from Croatia among many other tasty treats.

Ljubljana is alive with tasty dishes every Friday at Open Kitchen Food Market. Slovenian chefs create delicious street food for the crowds and there’s a great atmosphere as everyone shares in their love for good food.

Food in Slovenia

#3. The wine

You may be surprised to find that Slovenia has some really delicious, locally produced wine. They also have orange wine which isn’t quite so delicious but worth a try. You can read more about it here from my foodie tour: Cool tours to take in Ljubljana

Heaps good wine company Slovenia

Heaps Good Wine Company

#4. The people

Slovenians are kind, funny, welcoming and incredibly proud of their beautiful country. Get them chatting about Slovenia and the conversation will flow all night. Almost everyone speaks English too which definitely makes travelling here easier.

The Travel Hack in Ljubljana

Hanging out with Adam from Travels of Adam, Jai from Savoir There and Mojca Mavec, a Slovenian TV presenter with a travel show so she’s a very interesting lady.

#5. The bridges

It’s not surprising that a city located along the Ljubljanica River has a few pretty bridges but Ljubljana’s bridges are really beautiful. 

There’s the iconic Triple Bridge designed by Plecnik, Cobbler’s Bridge and Dragon Bridge where the famous dragons sit and overlook the city.

Then there’s the Butcher’s Bridge which is now filled with lovelocks. What’s not to love about a bridge filled with lovelocks?

Love locks in Ljubljana

Triple Bridges Ljubljana

#6. The alfresco, riverside dining

Café culture is thriving in Ljubljana and there are endless places to eat, drink and be merry next to the river. Listen to the buskers and enjoy the happy chatter of locals and visitors as they soak up the sun.

Cafe culture in Ljubljana

#7. The street art

There’s also a thriving street art scene in the Metelkova Mesto District as well as quirky pieces of art around the city. Keep your eyes peeled and look up because it’s usually in the places you’d least expect it.

Metelkova Mesto Slovenia

Street art Ljubljana

Ljubljana art

#8. The bicycles

Is there any better way to get around a city than by bicycle, particularly a city that is pedestrianised in the center and mostly flat?

Bikes are available to hire outside the tourist office.

Bike rides in Ljubljana

#9. The events calendar

Ljubljana may be a small city but it has an events calendar to rival a much bigger place.

Taste Ljubljana

#10. All of this isn’t far away…

Castles, lakes, countryside and the sea.

Mermaid in Piran

Boats in Piran

Slovenian village

Lake bled from the castle

Lake Bled

Water in Piran


Slovenian castle in the rock

I travelled to Ljubljana with Visit Ljubljana and a travel blogger collective, The Travel Mob


Read more about my trip to Ljubljana here:

Visiting the Karst and Coast, Slovenia

Visiting Lake Bled, Slovenia

10 things you didn’t know about Ljubljana

Staying at Central Apartments, Ljubljana

Which tours to take in Ljubljana to help you explore the city

How to plan a holiday to Ljubljana


Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of the best holidays. Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!


  • July 15, 2014

    Not sure I’m as disgusted by the “human fish” as you are, Monica, but it’s certainly a strange looking beast!

    Amazing photos! I visited Ljubljana about 8 years ago with a crappy point-and-shoot that makes my iPhone look like a full-frame. These pictures are really inspiring me to return and re-capture the place! Maybe soon. Thanks for sharing, Monica 🙂

  • July 15, 2014

    I don’t know the amount of good things you list and the pics make that little fish not seem so bad. I’ll just stay of the dark caves while I’m there.

  • July 15, 2014

    what a beautiful city! i’ve never heard of ljubljana, but i’ll have to add it to my ever growing list of places to see

  • Bridget @ A Traveling B
    July 16, 2014

    Beautiful photos! Ljubljana was not on my radar until recently, but is increasingly looking more and more interesting. I cannot imagine not liking a bike friendly city with a cafe culture!

  • July 16, 2014

    Haha, that fish looks nasty.
    Gross creatures aside, Ljubljana has been on my list for some time now, but seeing your photos and reading about it has just made me want to travel there right now! It sounds like an incredible city!

    • July 23, 2014

      Thank you for visiting my home country. Ljubljana is cute city but it is worth to visit also other tourist atractions and town there.
      My plan is to organize trip through all or most former Yugoslavian countries. It will be great.

  • July 17, 2014

    I love your photos Monica! And I’m loving all these posts about Ljubljana even more. I will be there in less than two weeks!

  • Anton Zammit
    July 18, 2014

    Why is it that Slovenes rarely advertise the eastern side of Slovenia? Although the western part is beautiful, the east is like another Toscana.

    • July 24, 2014


      Some person invited me to Vienna few years ago. I said rather go to eastern Slovenia on farm holiday for a few days. We made it very well, also because people there is easy going. Eastern Slovenia is a little back of central picture, area is not high developed but spirit right there is very good.

  • July 19, 2014
  • June 29, 2015

    Monica, I share your enthusiasm for Ljubljana and absolutely agree that the wine is AMAZING! I was just there a few weeks ago and fell head-over-heels in love with the capital and Slovenia in general.

  • December 5, 2015

    Ljubljana does have to be one of the most charming cities in all of Europe. In fact, while Italy gets all the press, places like Slovenia, Croatia, and Montenegro to the east of Italy seem far more charming to me.

    In my business, add one bonus for Slovenia that Italy doesnt’ have: low taxes. 🙂 And it’s relatively affordable, although not as much as Budapest.

  • Rent Apartment Ljubljana
    April 27, 2016

    Love your Ljubljana pics. So pretty.


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