Ljubljana Culture & history

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From Ljubljana: Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle Tour

1. From Ljubljana: Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle Tour

Admire the stalagmites inside Postojna Cave! Meet your guide in central Ljubljana and settle into your ride as you set out for two of Slovenia’s most enchanting wonders, Predjama Castle and the Postojna Caves. First, go with your guide to the Postojna Caves and uncovers the fascinating world of an unusual amphibian known as the blind salamanders or referred to locally as “human fish”. Explore this enthralling underground world, while your guide explains the geologic forces that created them. Next, head to the Predjama Castle, a storybook castle wedged beneath a dramatic stone archway and against a cliff. Admire the unique Renaissance architecture of the castle located in south-central Slovenia, in the historical region of Inner Carniola. From the castle, enjoy views of lush, rural Slovenia. After that, sit back and relax on your ride back to Ljubljana.

Ljubljana: Guided Walk & Funicular Ride to Ljubljana Castle

2. Ljubljana: Guided Walk & Funicular Ride to Ljubljana Castle

You cannot go wrong if you choose this guided walk around the historical city center combined with a visit to Ljubljana Castle. It includes all of Ljubljana's major sights and offers an insight into numerous interesting stories about life in Ljubljana from the past and present. The tour begins in front of the Town Hall, a building with a rich history now used as the seat of the City Municipality of Ljubljana. From the Town Hall and the Robba Fountain in front of it you will go on a walk around the historical city center during which you will learn about the history of all the city's major sights. The walk will take you across the Cobblers' Bridge and past the National and University Library and the Križanke Summer Theater to the Kongresni trg Square from where you will continue to Prešernov trg Square dominated by the Franciscan Church and connected to the Triple Bridge. Then, head further on to Plečnik's Market and the cathedral. Just a short walk from there is the bottom station of Ljubljana's funicular railway, which wil whisk you up 70 vertical meters in just a minute and bring you to Ljubljana Castle, the city's most prominent sight. The castle's outlook tower offers the most beautiful views of the city, while its interior houses several museum displays and other exhibitions including, among others, 'Slovenian History,' 'The Prison' and 'Virtual Castle.'

From Ljubljana: Lake Bled and Bohinj Trip with Vintgar Gorge

3. From Ljubljana: Lake Bled and Bohinj Trip with Vintgar Gorge

Enjoy Bled, or the “Image of Paradise,” which has been attracting visitors with its breathtaking beauty for centuries. The calm and inviting waters of its lake spurred the tradition of making the typical ‘pletna’ boats back in the 12th century.  Optionally you can board one of these wooden beauties to reach the island, with its romantic church and mysterious wishing bell. Sightseeing in Bled continues with a visit to the impressive castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. Guides will roll back time in its museum, and enjoy the unforgettable view of the surroundings. Surrounded by alluring summits, the Bohinj Valley charms visitors with its inspiring scenery, crystal lake waters and the harmonious coexistence of man and nature. The picturesque lakeside boasts the frescoes of the Church of St. John the Baptist. You will have time to discover the legend of Zlatorog (Goldhorn), enjoy a stunning view over Mount Triglav and try the hearty local cuisine.  To experience a bit of trekking, you'll end the day with an enjoyable 20-minute hike to the beautiful Savica Waterfall, thundering from a high rocky cliff, and enjoy a rewarding view of the Lake.

Ljubljana: House of Illusions Entrance Ticket

4. Ljubljana: House of Illusions Entrance Ticket

Ljubljana, the main place of illusions. The House of Illusions brings you a space suitable both for social and entertaining tours into the world of illusions which has delighted all generations. It’s a perfect place for new experiences and fun with friends and family and it’s unique in this part of Europe. Be brave enough to jump in an illusion created by the vortex tunnel, the first of such in this part of Europe! Vortex will drive you crazy and make you believe you’re heavily struggling just to make a step forward through a rotating cylinder – on a surface so stable and flat! Deform the image of yourself in a mirror room, set yourself free in an Infinity room, resist the laws of gravity and size ratio, and take pictures of yourself in every possible pose.

Ljubljana: Slovenia Day Tour to Bled, Postojna, and Predjama

5. Ljubljana: Slovenia Day Tour to Bled, Postojna, and Predjama

You will start your small-group tour with a pickup from your central Ljubljana hotel and depart for Lake Bled in an air-conditioned minivan.  On the 1-hour journey, you can admire rural Slovenia, the glacier-formed lake, and the legends surrounding Bled Island, the church-topped islet in its center. On arrival, you can drink in the views of the lake and towering mountains and gaze up at medieval Bled Castle, the fortress perched high on a cliff above the water. Then, you will ride a two-oared pletna to the island and enjoy free time to explore. Visit the Church of the Assumption of Mary or sample some scrumptious potica at the island cafe.  Next, you will be driven up to Bled Castle and can delve inside the red-turreted fortress. Absorb the bird's-eye views of the lakes from the walls and visit the museum to chart the castle's story from its roots in the 11th century. You will then return to the lakeside for free time to walk around. If you wish, sample a local specialty, kremšnita vanilla cream cake. Then, after a break for lunch, travel onward to your next stop, Predjama Castle. You can marvel at this remarkable cliffside castle and hear how it was extended through the centuries after being built in 1202. Then, you can choose to explore its stairways and chambers on your own or with a guide.  Lastly, you will continue near Postojna Cave, Slovenia's most-visited tourist attraction. Ride the mini-train into the depths of this underground network and then follow a guide through its eerie caverns. Admire the bizarre stalactites, stalagmites, and rock formations. Hear the tales about the cave's creation and the rare amphibians that live in its underground rivers — the blind salamanders known as 'human fish.'  Then, return to the minivan and end your tour in Ljubljana with a drop-off at your hotel.

Bled or Ljubljana: Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle Half-Day

6. Bled or Ljubljana: Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle Half-Day

Depart Ljubljana or Bled and journey to the underground world of Postojna Cave, the most popular karst cave in the world. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the cave system by electric train, and then walk through the beautiful passages and chambers of spectacular drop stones, pillars, limestone curtains and other extraordinary natural wonders. Continue to the idyllic village of Predjama and visit the Renaissance castle built within the mouth of a cave. Admire the fairytale setting and architecture of the medieval fortress of Predjama Castle, famous as the former seat of the knight Erazem Lueger. Marvel at the dramatic setting among the hills of the Inner Carniola region. Learn the legend of Erazem Lueger, a renowned robber baron sometimes referred to as the "Slovenian Robin Hood." Hear other local folk tales and traditions and stop for some local spirit tasting in Postojna, before the journey back to Ljubljana or Bled.

From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

7. From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

Depart Zagreb in the morning and head to the capital city of Slovenia to take a guided tour of the old city center of Ljubljana. Marvel at the Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings and see some of the finest works by the architect Jože Plečnik. Experience the local vibe and discover where the residents buy their food. Hear why Napoleon was one of the city's most popular politicians, why Slovenia lives with love in its name, and how the iconic Triple Bridge got its name. Have free time to explore the hidden spots on your own. Continue to the Alpine resort of Bled and go to the old castle perched on top of a steep cliff above the lake. Take in the spectacular views of the surroundings from the terraces and then board a traditional boat to reach the only true island in Slovenia. Ring the fortune bell and soak up the sun and fresh mountain air before driving back to Zagreb to get dropped off at your hotel in the evening.

From Ljubljana: Day Trip to Bled and Vintgar Gorge

8. From Ljubljana: Day Trip to Bled and Vintgar Gorge

Following pick-up from Ljubljana, travel in comfort to the beautiful resort town of Bled in the foothills of the Julian Alps Journey up to the castle perched on the top of a steep cliff above the glacial Lake Bled. Get spectacular views of the lake and its tiny island from the terraces, and then board a traditional pletna boat and sail across to the only true island in Slovenia. Alternatively, visit Vintgar Gorge and walk the wooden paths to marvel as the River Radovna runs through the canyon to end at the amazing Šum Waterfall. Stop for lunch in a typical Alpine restaurant before going to the glacial lake at Bohinj in Triglav National Park. Cool down with a swim or explore the lake on foot, or by canoe if you prefer. End with a visit to the well-preserved town of Skofja Loka. Walk around the medieval town center, overlooked by an historic castle and monastery.

Lake Bled and Bled Castle Tour

9. Lake Bled and Bled Castle Tour

From Ljubljana to the Alpine region below the Julian Alps, you will reach Bled, the magnificent Alpine resort. Ascend the old castle perched on top of a steep cliff above the glacial Lake Bled. The castle terraces offer spectacular views of the lake and its tiny island in the middle. Take a boat ride with a Pletna – traditional boat made by locals and reach the only true island in Slovenia. Ring the ‘fortune bell’ and soak up the sun, peace and fresh mountain air. Stop for tastings of some local food in Bled before returning to Ljubljana.

Ljubljana and Ljubljana Castle Sightseeing Tour

10. Ljubljana and Ljubljana Castle Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a personalized and in-depth 2.5-hour walking tour of Ljubljana. Start out from Preseren Square, the capital city’s main square, continuing on to the Ljubljanica, which is the city's main river. Admire splendid views from Ljubljana’s many bridges, stop to take a photo with the famous Ljubljana Dragon, and hear some interesting stories about how people lived in times past. Your experienced local guide will also tell you what it's like to be a local in Ljubljana today. Take the funicular up to visit Ljubljana castle – the magnificent fortress above the city – and enjoy superb views from the tower.

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Our guide sir Vladamir was such a treat to be with. With more than 50 years of experience, he even have knows people of the village by name. His wittiness and knowledge kept us entertained the whole trip. you'll be lucky if you get a chance to travel with him. the trip itself is definately recommended.

Everything was perfect! Our guide Antonio was very friendly and organised. He was explaining everything very well. The mini bus he was driving it was very smooth and comfortable. Slovenia was beautiful and you have many things to see in the city. The lake bled was stunning. I absolutely recommend it!!

Our tour guide was very nice, funny, and well informed. Thanks for a great itinerary!

the trip was wonderful and also the driver was amazing!!

Borut was knowledgeable and had a sense of humour.