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!ย 

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

April 5, 2015




    Rent Apartment Ljubljana

    April 28, 2016

    Love your blog and yes, Ljubljana rocks.


    Slovenian advisor

    September 13, 2015

    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

    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

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


    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life

    April 14, 2015

    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

    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 Varaลพdin in Croatia, best in August because of the ล pancirfest, but also Novi Sad in Serbia is really lovely, or Budva in Montenegro.


    Miriam of Adventurous Miriam

    April 7, 2015

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



    April 7, 2015

    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

    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

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚


    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld

    April 6, 2015

    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

    I live in Europe and Iยดve 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

    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

    Never heard of this place before, but I love your photos. The architecture and colours look beautiful, I would love to visit here someday ๐Ÿ™‚



    April 5, 2015

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚



    April 5, 2015

    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

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



    April 5, 2015

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


    Shelby Richins

    April 5, 2015

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


    Sarah Elizabeth

    April 5, 2015

    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

    Wow! Looks lovely. I will add it to my summer bucket list ๐Ÿ˜€


    Emily Hewitt

    April 5, 2015

    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

    Only one day Why ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
    That’s an amazing place as well!


    Vanessa Rivers

    April 4, 2015

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



    April 4, 2015

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



    April 4, 2015

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



    April 4, 2015

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚


    Georgina Denby

    April 4, 2015

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



    April 4, 2015

    Looks amazing! So much color there ๐Ÿ™‚
    XO Janina



    April 4, 2015

    Yes, Europe has many less known beautiful cities! You’ve shown a very good example ๐Ÿ™‚ This part of Europe will be more popular in the coming years for sure!


    Kelly | Endlessly Exploring

    April 4, 2015

    Looks like a very beautiful city! I’m hoping to visit Ljubljana later this year! Can’t wait! ๐Ÿ™‚



    April 4, 2015

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

    xx Sabrina



    April 4, 2015

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



    April 4, 2015

    Oh how I’d love to go there! It just won’t fit in my trip this summer… I’m so bummed ๐Ÿ™



    April 4, 2015

    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”. ๐Ÿ™‚



    April 4, 2015

    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

    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

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



    April 4, 2015

    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

    Looks absolutely beautiful.



    Sarah Whitehead

    April 4, 2015

    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

    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

    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!

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