1. Slovenia
  2. Ljubljana District
  3. Ljubljana
  4. Congress Square, Ljubljana

Ljubljana: Small Group Traditional Crafts Discovery Tour

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Discover Ljubljana, a city of artisans and craftspeople and learn about the various crafts in town. Meet the hardworking locals and hear their stories.
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Duration: 2 hours
Starting time 10:00 AM
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  • Get to know Ljubljana from a local’s perspective
  • Explore the many traditional arts and crafts of Slovenia
  • Meet local artists and craftsmen and hear their stories
  • Create meaningful connections with locals
  • Explore in a small group with an expert local guide
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After meeting your local guide, the first stop on your tour will be Congress Square where you’ll get acquainted with the development of arts in Ljubljana. Next, pay a visit to one of the few workshops by the Ljubljanica River, where a shoemaker is still making and fixing shoes on the same location where medieval shoemaking workshops once existed. The family has been working in the shoe trade for over three generations and you’ll hear firsthand stories about their work and passion for the craft.

Then head over what’s known as Shoemaker’s Bridge or Cobbler’s Bridge and learn about a unique collaboration between a wood product designer and the shoemaker. They’re on opposite sides of the river but work closely with one another to deliver the best that the two worlds have to offer. Next, you’ll make your way to the heart of the city’s Town Square to learn about the tradition of lace bobbing in Slovenia, where you’ll also have the chance to try your hand at this intricate craft. From there you’ll learn about the tradition of salt making, which dates back into the 13th century and is still done in the same way today.

You’ll also take some time to get to know the tradition of beekeeping and learn how Slovenians have contributed to the naming of May 20th as World Bee Day. And since Slovenia has developed many glassware factories, your guide will share some secrets with you about the most famous of them all.

Your tour will conclude in another artisan workshop where they make a unique type of porcelain that is used by modern-day royalty, and you’ll hear the story firsthand from the owners. Before you go, your guide will be happy to provide recommendations and ideas for what to do next in Ljubljana and how best to spend the rest of your time in this beautiful city.
  • English-speaking guide
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Personal expenses

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Meeting point

Preseren monument on Preseren square, Ljubljana

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Important information
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• You will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
• In case of a closure, alternate options will be offered with no additional loss of time
• This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge

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Product ID: 350966