About Ljubljana City Break
With short, daily flights all year round Ljubljana is an great city break location. A compact, traffic-free centre, lots of great food & cultural events; a highly recommended introduction to Slovenia.
Activity code: SLCB01
Duration: 3 nights (or 4 nights)
Ljubljana is a small town measured by world standards - it is one of the smallest capital cities in one of the smallest countries! Ljubljana is most often described as a smaller Prague without the hordes of tourists but, although Slovenia’s largest city and political, economic and cultural centre is a typical Central European city with visible similarities to Vienna and Prague, it is a green city with plenty of parks and woods. In our opinion it is a delightful place for a short break destination. It has a wonderful castle and the city's cathedral and other impressive buildings are in the heart of the (traffic-free) historic old town.
Ljubljana was the European Capital of Culture in the 1990s and it is still teeming with cultural life as it is home to numerous theatres, museums and galleries, and boasts one of the oldest philharmonic orchestras in the world. For the present day folk of Ljubljana culture is a way of living and thinking and is very much a part of everyday life. Over 10,000 cultural events take place in the city every year, among which there are 10 international festivals. Above all it is one of the most idyllic towns in Europe. When the weather is good, Ljubljana locals like to spend their afternoons in the numerous cafes on the river banks, where you are most welcome to join them.
The medieval castle overlooking the Old Town has an ideal elevated position for scenic views of the city and surroundings. The Tower is open for visitors and hosts a small virtual tour of the city but even reaching the Castle by either funicular, car or on foot will guarantee beautiful views. Cruises on the Ljubljanica river are also increasingly popular. A five minute walk away from the Old Town, the largest park in Ljubljana, the Tivoli starts. The way into the park leads from Prešern square all the way to Cekin Castle, a classical building in the middle of the park that hosts the National Museum of Contemporary History.
A choice of hotels, all ideally placed in the centre of the city, we will include private round trip airport transfers, most of your exploring will be in foot unless you choose to take a trip out to Lake Bled or Postojna caves (more below). Other hotels available on request.
The capital city of Slovenia lies in a basin between the Karst and the alpine region at 298 metres above sea level. We like to say it is sufficiently large to contain everything that a capital should have, and small enough to preserve the individuality of its inhabitants. It is a city with a soul, featured by the Baroque Old Town which is nestled at the foot of Castle Hill, the Art Nouveau mansions as well as some of the masterpieces of the world renowned architect Jože Plečnik. Ljubljana nowadays presents the political, cultural, scientific and university centre of Slovenia. Adding an open-air market, Ljubljanica River that meanders through the city and a mighty castle rising above the narrow streets – all that and much more you can admire in Ljubljana.
First stop is a visit to Postojna Caves - the largest known cave in Slovenia, accessed by narrow guage railway ride and then on level footpaths. Afterwards the tour continues to Bled Castle which has a history reaching back to 1004 when the German Emperor Henry II gave his estate at Bled to Bishop Albuin of Brixen. At that time, only a Romanesque tower protected by walls stood in the place of the present day castle. The first castle was built in approximately 1011 but the Bishops of Brixen never resided there and the castle was used primarily for defence purposes.
Half Board and extra night supplements on request.
A great value city break as prices are broadly similar throughout the year.