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Ljubljana Architecture Guide

By Viator, April 2018

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Ljubljana might not boast a landmark as world renowned as the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Liberty, but those with an eye for design will find the city to be a hotbed of architectural talent, teeming with dramatic sculptures and Art Nouveau façades. 

Much of Ljubljana’s architectural heritage can be attributed to one man - Slovene architect Joze Plecnik, whose work has become synonymous with the city. Remodeling the city’s waterfront and main squares in the early 20th century, Plecnik’s distinctive Art Nouveau style – an avant garde aesthetic known as Vienna Succession – has resulted in acclaimed works like the Triple Bridge, the Ljubljanica river embankments, the Open Market buildings and the Slovene National and University Library. Likened to the influence Gaudi had on Barcelona, Plecnik’s creative flourish can be seen in streetlamps, balustrades, bridges and building facades all over Ljubljana, and his vast body of work is largely considered one of the most important of the 20th century.

While the city’s modern identity can be accredited to Plecnik, Ljubljana’s earlier architecture mostly stems from the Baroque period, rebuilt after the destruction of the great earthquake of 1511. The city’s oldest building - No.6 on Ribji trg – dates back to 1528, but there are plenty of other historic houses to visit. In the Old Town, the hilltop Ljubljana Castle, the twin-towered Cathedral of St Nicholas, Francesco Robba’s famous Fountain of Three Carniolan Rivers and Jurij Zaninovic’s iconic Dragon Bridge, are all popular inclusions on a walking tour. Across the river, the central Preseren square is also home to a number of striking buildings, including the 16th century Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, and the Secessionist Hauptmann House and Urbanc House (Centromerkur).

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Lake Bled and Bled Castle Tour from Ljubljana, Ljubljana, null
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Lake Bled and Bled Castle Tour from Ljubljana

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 72 Reviews

Be enchanted by the fairy-tale sights of Lake Bled and beyond on this small-group, half-day tour from Ljubljana. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to the ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.28
Predjama Castle and Postojna Cave Tour from Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Half-day Tours
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Predjama Castle and Postojna Cave Tour from Ljubljana

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Visit two of Slovenia’s top attractions in one afternoon on this small-group, half-day tour from Ljubljana. Begin at Predjama Castle, perched on a cliff high ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.53
Ljubljana Walking Tour with Ljubljana Castle Funicular Ride, Ljubljana, Half-day Tours
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Ljubljana Walking Tour with Ljubljana Castle Funicular Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 50 Reviews

See Ljubljana’s highlights on a walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Explore Ljubljana Old Town, stroll through several squares, encounter city icons ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $27.51
Lake Bled Half Day Excursion from Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Walking Tours
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Lake Bled Half Day Excursion from Ljubljana

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Pearl, locked in mountainous Alps Morning mists during sunrise or evening sunsets over majestic Alps are perfect for that selfie moment. And there is much ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.77
Following in the footsteps of the First Lady of the USA, Ljubljana, Half-day Tours
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Following in the footsteps of the First Lady of the USA

The First Lady of the USA spent her secondary school and university years in Ljubljana. You will visit the place where she lived, the locations in the ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $156.30
Ljubljana Christmas Spirit Foodie Walk Combined with Boat Ride, Ljubljana, City Tours
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Ljubljana Christmas Spirit Foodie Walk Combined with Boat Ride

Experience Ljubljana Christmas spirit like a local: your friendly guide, also your new connection in town, will share the joys of festive eats and drinks in ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Ljubljana 2 Hour Magical Advent Tour including Cruise, Ljubljana, Christmas
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Ljubljana 2 Hour Magical Advent Tour including Cruise

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Experience the festive atmosphere in Ljubljana in all its beauty by joining this walking and cruise tour!

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.76
City Tour of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, City Tours
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City Tour of Ljubljana

All mayor Ljubljana sights - Prešeren square, Three Bridges, Congress Square, National Library, The New and Old Square, Ljubljanica river, open air market, ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $152.55
Romantic Escape in Ljubljana, Ljubljana, City Tours
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Romantic Escape in Ljubljana

Enjoy this city tour of Ljubljana and experience the romantic river cruise on the Ljubljanica river. Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.77
Taste of Ljubljana: Charcuterie, Cake and Wine on a Guided Walking Tour, Ljubljana, City Tours
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Taste of Ljubljana: Charcuterie, Cake and Wine on a Guided Walking Tour

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Explore Slovenia’s food and culture on a 3-hour walking tour of Ljubljana. Led by a local guide, the tour visits several of the city’s favorite bars and cafes ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.78

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