Every year, TripAdvisor announces its Travelers’ Choice Awards, highlighting the top picks in all things travel with categories such as destinations, hotels, landmarks, vacation rentals, experiences, airlines, beaches, and more. Below, we’re highlighting Ljubljana, Slovenia which is ranked 7th on the list of Top 10 destinations on the rise in Europe. See the full list at our Travelers’ Choice Awards page on TripAdvisor!
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So without further ado, let’s explore this beautiful capital city of Slovenia.
Slovenia, wedged between Austria and Italy, has always been proud of its unique heritage. The capital, Ljubljana, is a perfect example of this blend of German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture. The old town is a blend of Baroque, Renaissance, and Art Nouveau buildings watched over by a medieval castle. Cut through the gardens of Tivoli Park to the National Museum of Contemporary History for a history of modern Slovenia, featuring crumbled statues of Stalin and a recreation of a WWI trench.
Where To Stay in Ljubljana
Grand Hotel Union
The first class hotel in Ljubljana, boasting a premier location in the city centre, offers most spacious & comfortable rooms, excellent complimentary buffet breakfast, free internet, secured parking, and business centre. Located on the doorstep of the Old Town and less than 30 minutes from the international airport, Grand Hotel Union Executive has got the city’s top location for business & leisure travelers. All rooms (25-35m2) and suites (45-140m2) are air-conditioned and have a bathroom with bathtub or shower, large LCD screen, phone, minibar, safe, trouser press, hairdryer and free of charge internet access. The hotel provides 20 multi-functional conference rooms with capacity up to 800 participants, a top-floor indoor swimming pool, a sauna, and fitness area. Culinary delights are served in the renovated restaurant and bar Atelje or in the quiet shady garden in the summer. The hotel also has a cozy lobby bar and a popular coffee place – Grand Cafe, exchange office, a newspaper and souvenir shop, a fashion boutique, a jeweler and a hairdresser.
What Reviewers Say: “We recently stayed for three nights. Great Location, in the very Center of Town, a very short (and beautiful) walk along the river to restaurants, attractions etc. very good breakfast buffet. Room was nice as well!”
What To Do in Ljubljana
Ljubljana Food and Wine Walking Tour
Overview: Learn about local Ljubljana cuisine from a culinary guide on this 4-hour small-group walking tour. Taste nine different dishes and sip four Slovenian wines while you learn about the country’s food culture. Stroll streets lined with baroque and art deco architecture. Meet the people who prepare your food at Ljubljana restaurants.
What to Expect: Start your food exploration in downtown Ljubljana, where you will meet your culinary guide and fellow diners for your 4-hour tour. Admire the baroque and art deco architecture of the city as you stroll the cobblestone streets between restaurants, street food stands, and cafes where you can sample the food.
Learn about Ljubljana cuisine and how dishes are made from your guide. Sip four Slovenian wines and taste nine different dishes, including sausages, cured meats, local vegetables, and savory burek pastries. Take the opportunity to mingle with the restaurant staff. At the end of your food tour, head off to explore Ljubljana independently.
What Reviewers Say: “We had a wonderful time walking around Ljubljana visiting six different restaurants and learning a lot about the history of the city, its architecture and, above all, enjoying splendid Slovenian food and wine. All of the food was excellent! Top marks go to our host, Jasmin, who was a great company and very knowledgeable. She made the whole event special. I would highly recommend this tour.”
Top Restaurant Pick in Ljubljana
What Reviewers Say: “While visiting Ljubljana Castle, make a stop at Strelec. Chef Igor Jagodic is one of the most innovative Slovenian chefs and his creations are amazing! Definitely, Strelec is a must to visit in Ljubljana!”