Despite being one of the smallest capital cities in Europe, Ljubljana offers a sizeable amount of things to see and do. In the city centre, car-free streets pave the way for pedestrians and cyclists to roam freely and explore the abundance of greenery, stunning architecture and diverse museums.
An assortment of Ljubljana’s standout architecture is down to the genius of Jože Plečnik, who helped to shape the city with his modern, minimalist designs. Highlights include the Triple Bridge, Cobbler’s Bridge and the Križanke Summer Theatre – one of the city’s best concert venues hosting live jazz, rock and classical music. For some of the best views over the city, head up to the medieval fortress of Ljubljana Castle where you can also explore an exhibition on Slovenia’s rich history. The baroque facade of Ljubljana Cathedral may seem modest at first glance, but inside is where the real treasures can be found. Intricate frescoes, hand-carved choir stalls and marble angels on the altar are just a few eye-catching details to admire inside the green-domed church.
Ljubljana's museums are well worth exploring if you want to delve deeper into the local history and culture. At the National Museum of Slovenia, you can observe rare artefacts such as a 60,000-year-old flute, said to be the oldest musical instrument in the world. Head to the National Gallery and Museum of Modern Art to appreciate some of the best works of Slovenian art, ranging from the Middle Ages to the mid-20th century.