How to Spend One Day in Ljubljana

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Europe has very few secrets left, particularly when it comes to undiscovered tourist destinations that come in the form of capital cities!

But neatly tucked away in Slovenia is the capital city of Ljubljana, a mouthful to speak out loud, and a city that remains one of Europe’s best kept secrets.


image via Flickr / Lorenzo Magnis

One Day in Ljubljana

I stumbled across Ljubljana by accident.

To my surprise I had not read about it in travel guides, books or online material, so it was just by chance that I passed through via train from Zagreb, Croatia, heading to Lake Bled in Slovenia.

First and foremost, this is one of the most charming towns I have visited in my lifetime. It is a complete mystery to me why tourists aren’t flocking here (though I’m sure we’d all be happy for it to stay that way – it can be our little secret).

An emerald green river, the Ljuljanica River, runs directly through the old town. The streets are lined with alfresco cafe settings and the sunshine bounces off the tables creating an outside ambience not even the greats – (I’m looking at you, Paris) – can mimic.


The buildings are colourful, the people are friendly and warm, and there really is no reason not to believe that this is a fairytale city that time refuses to forget. So, what should you be sure to do on your one day visit to Ljubljana? Here’s what not to miss out on:

Triple Bridge

The Triple Bridge is in fact three bridges that connect the modern city of Ljubljana to the Old Town. This entire area is buzzing with cafes, bars, and great restaurants. Definitely your first stop once you arrive!

Tivoli City Park

This is Ljubljana’s largest park that comes to life during the warmer months. It may be a small hike away (located on the Northern outskirts of central district), but it is arguably one of the most beautiful parks in Europe and definitely worth a look.


image via Flickr / Pedro Szekely

Ljubljana Cathedral

Step inside the Ljubljana cathedral and you will instantly be amazed by the intricacies, generous use of colour and grandeur of the beautiful cathedral.

Allegria Restaurant

A glorious local restaurant serving top quality local Slovenian cuisine. It is perfect for couples to get the quintessential Slovenian experience of hospitality.

Cacao Cafe

For the best ice cream in Ljubljana, look no further than cacao. On a Spring or Summer afternoon, this is where you want to find yourself. Don’t let the choices overwhelm you – try at least three!

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image via Flickr / Gilad Rom

Find out more of Europe’s best kept secrets here!Β 

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    Rent Apartment Ljubljana
    April 28, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Love your blog and yes, Ljubljana rocks.

    Slovenian advisor
    September 13, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Ljubljana is a very beatiful city, but I recommend as a guy from Slovenia, that you have to visit our Alps and natural lake Bled and of course cave Postojna. You can find more on

    September 3, 2015 at 1:44 am

    putting this on my bucket list. I noticed you havent been to my country yet!! Next stop Philippines – but skip the city go straight to Coron and El Nido in Palawan.

    Jonathan Woodyard
    April 28, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    That is amazing… Congratulations on all of your excellent experiences.

    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    April 14, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    I’m visiting Ljubljana and Lake Bled in June, and I’m really looking forward to my visit. Thanks for all of the great tips!

    April 12, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Ljubljana is definitely one of the most charming cities in Europe, but if you look a little bit further, you’ll find out a lot of charming cities in the former Yugo countries. You should also definitely visit VaraΕΎdin in Croatia, best in August because of the Ε pancirfest, but also Novi Sad in Serbia is really lovely, or Budva in Montenegro.

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    Miriam of Adventurous Miriam
    April 7, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Looks gorgeous, Brooke! I’m hoping to visit later this year – it seems like a true gem!

    April 7, 2015 at 3:00 am

    Ah, I totally agree with this. I visited last year – also as part of a long train journey through southeastern Europe. This was (or should have been) the stop between Zagreb and Munich, and it was one of my favourite places. I too thought of it as a more charming, less visited, laid-back version of Paris. I’ve been recommending to all and sundry ever since, so am delighted to see I’m not the only one who took away such positive views after a single day in the city!

    April 6, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    I just made my travel bucket list for 2015 (yes, it’s about time…) and Ljubljana is part of it. Now that I read your article, I really can’t wait to go there!

    April 6, 2015 at 9:27 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed our capital! I spent three years living there while studying. And the ice-cream at Cacao really is to die for. πŸ™‚

    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    April 6, 2015 at 1:21 am

    These photos are absolutely stunning! I’ve been blogging about my adventures in Europe and am in Rome now, but I’ll definitely have to add this to my “must visit” list. Thanks for sharing this gem!

    April 6, 2015 at 1:01 am

    I live in Europe and IΒ΄ve never even considered to go there! The pictures are so wonderful. Seems definitely worth a future trip!
    Please more of these underrated beauties!! (:

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored
    April 5, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Ohhh Slovenia’s been on my travel wish list ever since I’ve started exploring the Baltics and the Balkans! I was told it had the charm of Riga with the low prices of Romania, do you find this to be true? x

    Jasiminne |

    April 5, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Never heard of this place before, but I love your photos. The architecture and colours look beautiful, I would love to visit here someday πŸ™‚

    April 5, 2015 at 5:30 am

    Oh wow, this city is so beautiful! I love the bright colors of the buildings and the blue skies. This is going on the bucket list for sure.

    This also goes to show though that not all amazing places or things are well known. Going to hope that it stays that way though, because cities get so difficult with so many tourists (cough, looking at you Paris).

    Julia πŸ™‚

    April 5, 2015 at 4:31 am

    Excited to be visiting this lovely city in May! Going to go on some pretty awesome tours! Can’t wait to get some work done, and try out the cafe you recommended!
    Andrea |

    April 5, 2015 at 3:51 am

    Ive heard of that place but never been! It looks stunning there :]

    April 5, 2015 at 2:38 am

    What a beautiful city! Never heard of it before and now I really have no idea why! Oh, how the bucket list is growing β™₯

    Shelby Richins
    April 5, 2015 at 2:26 am

    what a perfect little secret place! you are so right! this looks like a must see place.

    Sarah Elizabeth
    April 5, 2015 at 1:45 am

    Wow what a stunning city! Never realised how pretty it was, definitely on our to-do list now! Thanks for sharing.. GIPD xx

    April 5, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Wow! Looks lovely. I will add it to my summer bucket list πŸ˜€

    Emily Hewitt
    April 5, 2015 at 12:29 am

    Hi Brooke! Love your blog! I just mentioned you in the Travel Tag I did. I would love it if you checked it out lots of love xxx

    Clipping Path Outsource
    April 4, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Only one day Why πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    That’s an amazing place as well!

    Vanessa Rivers
    April 4, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    I went there with Misha last year! It was so gorgeous!!
    X, Vanessa

    April 4, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    it looks amazing!!! I really want to go now haha

    April 4, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    It looks beautiful! I love that there are still so many awesome places off the radar!

    April 4, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    This city looks absolutely amazing and I’m so surprised because I really don’t hear much about it. This is definitely on my bucket list now πŸ™‚

    Georgina Denby
    April 4, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Oh my, this looks so beautiful! I love old towns. X

    April 4, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Looks amazing! So much color there πŸ™‚
    XO Janina

    April 4, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Yes, Europe has many less known beautiful cities! You’ve shown a very good example πŸ™‚ This part of Europe will be more popular in the coming years for sure!

    Kelly | Endlessly Exploring
    April 4, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Looks like a very beautiful city! I’m hoping to visit Ljubljana later this year! Can’t wait! πŸ™‚

    April 4, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Wow, that’s gorgeous! Definitely reminds me of parts of Prague..

    xx Sabrina

    April 4, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Beautiful city might have to make a pit stop here during my travels.

    April 4, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Oh how I’d love to go there! It just won’t fit in my trip this summer… I’m so bummed πŸ™

    April 4, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Beautiful city and I always LOVED the name! “Ljublju” means “I love you” in Russian, so Ljubljana sounds so very sweet, similar in meaning to “my dearest” or “my beloved”. πŸ™‚

    April 4, 2015 at 11:32 am

    I’m really glad you touched on this city again. I looks like a gorgeous getaway hidden in parts of Europe that aren’t commonly explored! Thank you for shedding some light on a city that we might not have known about otherwise. Keep doing your thing, Brooke!

    Mel xx

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    April 4, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I’m visiting Slovenia for a week in June, so this post was really excellent to read. Thanks for the recommendations!

    Tessa at

    Aida Mollenkamp
    April 4, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Wow, this just looks amazing! I’ve driven through Slovenia but never made it to Ljubljana!

    April 4, 2015 at 9:01 am

    It’s true! Ljubljana is awesome! I’ve been there several times and I can never get bored of it, it’s just too charming. For all those who visit and have time to go out at night too, I recommend Metelkova. It’s an alternative artsy place with several different bars and pubs, really cool place even if you just go there to check it out in daytime.

    Jake Ryan
    April 4, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Looks absolutely beautiful.


    Sarah Whitehead
    April 4, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Wow! I just read this out loud to my husband all the way over here in Sacramento, CA. Adding this to our bucket list!

    April 4, 2015 at 8:11 am

    wow such a gorgeous city!!! I hope I have the chance to go very soon! I guess everyone stays in the main cities, mostly Italy, France, Germany, Spain and UK and the rest of Europe is forgotten. There’s quite a lot to explore indeed

    Susan the farm quilter
    April 4, 2015 at 7:55 am

    What a beautiful city!!! It looks as though it pulls the best of many European cities together, just waiting for the world to discover its beauty!