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Ljubljana Summer Festival

Ljubljana's stages fill with performers from around the world and the city's population swells. The festival entails sporting, financial, cultural, musical and folkloric events that showcase the rich history of Slovenia and its capital. From operas and orchestras to dances and games, this summer festival is sure to provide an authentic Ljubljana experience in a gorgeous climate.

Date: 01 June 2021 - 30 June 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.


Druga Godba

Established in 1984 as an alternative to the country's mainstream music festivals, Druga Godba is dedicated to the diverse and wonderful sounds of world music. Everything from Slovene folkloric music to African jazz finds a home at this eclectic multi-day event that takes place at the Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture in Ljubljana, as well as a satellite location in Piran. In addition to a great line-up of world music artists, the festival includes animations, film screenings, music workshops, children's events, art exhibitions, seminars and political debates.

Date: 02 July 2021 - 10 July 2021
Venue: Kino Šiška and Piran


Shrovetide (Dragon) Carnival

The streets of Ljubljana come to life with this colourful carnival, which is always held on Shrove Tuesday and goes on until Ash Wednesday. With participants dressed as traditional Slovenian carnival figures such as 'kurent', 'morostar' and 'laufar', a costumed parade with marching bands sets out. There, a series of entertainment events takes place, including brass bands, puppet theatre and dancing. The urban celebration has pagan origins as a last chance for merriment before Lent.

Date: 01 February 2022 - 28 February 2022
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various locations in the city centre.


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Featured Hotels


Hotel Cubo

Perhaps the sleekest hotel in Ljubljana, Hotel Cubo resides on one of the main thoroughfares leading to the city centre. The property claims to be “in the heart of the cultural, scientific and political Slovenia”. While there’s a definite air of sophistication about the place, the staff are friendly and unpretentious. There are 26 spacious rooms, with the furnishings and style boasting modernist touches.

Hotel Park

Offering affordable accommodation just on the edge of the city centre, this refurbished hotel might not win any awards for its tower block design, but it has clean, functional rooms with a touch of style. Free Wi-Fi in the 200 bedrooms and lobby comes in handy. Rooms are not large, but there are family rooms and junior suites for those seeking more space.

Hotel Emonec

The location of this bed and breakfast could not be any better, as this budget hotel is tucked just off the lively Prešeren Square in the city centre. The rooms are basic, but perfectly clean and comfortable. Little extras include bike hire, notebook hire, free Wi-Fi access and the slightly surreal massage chair, the latter available for 15-minute intervals.


Much more than the ‘bed and breakfast’ it markets itself as, this cosy abode is housed above one of the city’s most famous cafés. Guests can enjoy excellent breakfasts there, as it’s part of the same business. Rooms are calm and comfortable, sporting creams and browns for a tasteful ambience. This is a good option for those looking for a conveniently located, cheap hotel in Ljubljana.

Grand Hotel Union Executive

Housed in a stunning art nouveau building dating back to 1905, this is the most attractive hotel in Ljubljana and the choice of movers and shakers, as well as visiting celebs. The building itself is a gem, but the quietly luxurious rooms boast views of other ornate art nouveau architecture and peek toward the castle. The hotel also offers an excellent restaurant and café.

City Hotel

This three-star property is centrally located with views of the capital’s castle. Transformed by a massive renovation programme a few years ago, City Hotel has extra rooms, restaurants and conference facilities. Neat features include free bikes and free internet access, while the staff are also happy to book local tours. The on-site restaurant offers good-value lunches and dinners, as well as tasty breakfast spreads.