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Ljubljana: Guided Walk & Funicular Ride to Ljubljana Castle

1. 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.'

Ljubljana and Ljubljana Castle Sightseeing Tour

2. 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.

Ljubljana: Self-Guided Walking Tour

3. Ljubljana: Self-Guided Walking Tour

Download this self-guided tour and discover the vibrant city of Ljubljana at your own pace. Learn more about the fascinating history of the capital city of Slovenia and receive educational tidbits about its architecture and urban scene. On this audio tour you will learn about Slovenia's eminent architect, Jose Plecnik, as you explore his renowned creations like the National and University Library. The tour also includes other famous works of Plecnik, like the Butchers' Bridge and the infamous Dragon Bridge. See other highlights like the Krizanke Summer Theatre, Cobblers' Bridge, Town Square, Congress Square, Modern Gallery, Neboticnik, and Preseren Square. Explore the sacred atmosphere and learn about the mature Baroque style of St Nicholas' Cathedral, one of the most well-preserved churches in Slovenia. Spend some time at the National Museum with its extensive collection of archaeological artifacts, antique coins, and banknotes. Check out Ljubljana Castle and enjoy a panoramic view of the city, then visit the Central Market and don't miss the fascinating artistic community that is Metelkova City.

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What people are saying about National and University Library

Tiasha was very friendly and knowledgeable. We were lucky to have a very small group. The tour takes in all of the main sites and helped us to navigate Ljubljana. Would highly recommend.

Tour Guide Bronkho (forgot how his name is spelled) was super friendly, funny & knowledgeable! His warm personality makes the tour a very smooth & wonderful one! Kudos to him!

Anna was great. The walk kept to a good pace with lots of little stops on the way. I highly recommend.

The guide was very informative and was happy to share his local knowledge. Great tour.

Alenska was a terrific guide! Informative and very personable.