The Best Free Walking Tour Of Ljubljana. Make Sure To Sip On Slovenian Rosé!
The only thing I know about Slovenia is that Melania Trump was born here. Suffice to say, it’s imperative I learn a bit more. As I had one week to make my way from Florence to Budapest for my flight home to Vancouver, I had 4 nights in Slovenia to learn more facts to add to my trivia repertoire. My first day was spent in the what I refer to as the Disneyland City of Europe, Ljubljana.
If you have been to Disneyland you would have strolled along Main Street where the colorful and vibrant buildings line the massive boulevard. Families young and old cheerfully skip down this charming street taking in the vibe. All stress and annoyances of life fall to the wayside as you are now in the ‘Happiest Place on Earth.’ This is exactly what I saw and how I felt the moment I arrived in the center of Ljubljana. It felt like freaking Disneyland but without the amusement rides or vendors selling gargantuan wheeled color lollipops. As I knew nothing about the town, I joined the Ljubljana free walking tour and spent the next 2 hours shuttled through this extremely small city.
WHERE DOES THE LJUBLJANA FREE WALKING TOUR BEGIN?
The starting point for the Ljubljana free walking tour was at the pink church in Prešeren Square which was super easy to find. There were around 60 people and we were divided into three groups. Our awesome, charismatic guide took us to about 8 different locations from the Dragons and Shoemakers Bridge, Outdoor Market, Ljubljana Cathedral with the coolest door, to Ljubljana’s Town Hall and Library. Our guide plied us with historical facts, funny anecdotes, and cool stories. None of which I can remember as my mind is like a sieve when it comes to historical facts. The great aspect of the Ljubljana free walking tour was that most of the sights were a stone’s throw from each other. When the tour ended it was super easy to navigate my way back towards the main hub where I found the entrance for the 7-minute walk up the hill to wander around Ljubljana’s Castle.
- What: Ljubljana free walking tour.
- Times: May 1 – Oct 31 11.00am & 3.00pm, Nov 1 – April 30 11.00am. DAILY
- Location: Meet on the steps of the pink church at Prešeren Square
- Price: By donation
Although the view from Ljubljana’s Castle was stunning, the grounds and inside of the castle was less desirable. There is a small church, a few rooms where prisoners were held and some underground bunker type area which I couldn’t figure what it was used for. I found it poorly laid out and a bit underwhelming. If I had more time I would have read one of the free books they supply in their library under the treetops, but hunger and thirst set in. I made my way back down the hill (you can take the funicular) and enjoyed a lunch of fried sardines at a food truck perched next to the outdoor food market, then proceeded to get drunk with four Slovenian men in a cozy bar. Who knew Slovenia was known for delicious cheap rosé! Made for a sleepy 4 pm bus ride to Lake Bled.