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Ljubljana tours

Boat tours

At the Ljubljana Tourist Information Centre (TIC) you can purchase tickets for boat cruises that ply the Ljubljanica river, offering trips with commentary on the main sights by day and ‘romantic’ voyages at night. The cruises run from a small pier by Old Town and take in the stretch of river from the Dragon Bridge through to the suburb of Trnovo.

Tel: +386 1306 1215
Website: http://www.visitljubljana.com

Walking tours

The Ljubljana Tourist Information Centre (TIC) organises walking tours of the city arranged along a number of different themes. Tours typically last for at least two hours.

Tel: +386 1306 1215
Website: http://www.visitljubljana.com

Bike tours

Bike tours of the city can be arranged via the Ljubljana Tourist Information Centre (TIC), who can also organise guided group tours and guides for individuals. Booking ahead is recommended.

Tel: +386 1306 1215
Website: http://www.visitljubljana.com

Ljubljana excursions

Škofja Loka

A half hour's drive west of Ljubljana lies Škofja Loka, a charming town with a well-preserved Old Town. Here you will find English information plaques and a revamped historical castle museum. The most interesting streets are the rectangular ‘squares' of Mestni trg, Cankarjev trg and Spodnji trg.

Škofja Loka Tourist Office

Kidričeva cesta 1a, 4220 Škofja Loka

Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 0800–1800

Tel: +386 4517 0600
Website: http://www.visitskofjaloka.si

Lake Bled

This 14,000-year-old alpine lake, an hour's drive northwest of Ljubljana, is simply stunning – a glacial lake fringed by pine trees and vaulting peaks all around. It may bustle with tourists for much of the year, but on a serene morning when the mist clears and the alpine peaks reflect across the water, it is hard not to be spellbound by magical Bled.

Lake Bled Tourist Office

Cesta svobode 10, 4260 Bled

Tel: +386 4574 1122
Website: http://td-bled.si/

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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.

Celica Hostel

Fancy a night in a cell? This large property was once a military prison, but has been transformed into Ljubljana’s coolest lodging, located in the squatters’-paradise-turned-creative-hub that is the Metelkova district. The cells themselves have been converted into small but chic rooms with the help of local and international artists. Don’t miss the great light-filled bar-restaurant. There’s also a museum in the basement detailing the youth hostel’s history.

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.

Slamič

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.