Languages: Slovenian, English, Spanish, Croatian, Serbian
Region of guiding: Central Slovenia
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Licensed local tourist guide for Ljubljana and surroundings
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Choose a 2, 3 or 4 hour tour and on our walk we’ll see the most important sights in the old city centre and some hidden corners only a few get to know. If we have more hours we can cover some remains of the Roman part of the centre, see some (beautiful!) modernist architecture, get to know some examples from the communist era with parliament and/or last but not least we can even walk to Metelkova, an alternative subculture centre.
The Deadly Walk
Explore beautiful Garden of All Saints and Ljubljana Cemetery.
Let’s stroll through park-like cemetery, full of history and art. Cemeteries are great for understanding the history of country & city and they are great to see a lot of art. Ljubljana’s cemetery, called Žale, is a remarkable piece of work, with some special tombs and tombstones. We will see the Jewish Cemetery, some military cemeteries and The Memorial Park dedicated to National Liberation Front with some amazing statues by famous Slovenian sculptors. But first, the one and only, The Garden of All Saints, spectacular architect Plečnik’s work. Do not complain if it will leave you speechless, Jože Plečnik did an amazing job. Of course we will visit his grave and his family tomb as well since he designed it himself.
Get to know life and work of the most important Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik.
Comprehend Ljubljana as seen by the great architect and learn how he managed to create Slovenian capital from a small provincial town. Did you know that Plečnik saw Ljubljana as the new Athens; acropolis, necropolis, stoa, agora, library, temple, gymnasium … Did he manage to build everything? Have you ever marvelled at the multitude of original lamps? And what do the pyramids actually mean?
Green Ljubljana – Tivoli Park (#ilovit)
Let’s relax and enjoy the central Ljubljana Park named Tivoli.
They say you didn’t really visit New York if you didn’t walk through its Central Park and I claim the same for Ljubljana’s Tivoli Park. Protected as a Tivoli, Rožnik and Šiška Hill Landscape Park it is situated in the centre of the city and it is probably the most visited landscape park in the country. People from Ljubljana adore this green heaven as it offers many possibilities to make every day more enjoyable: peace and quiet, fresh air, a place for exercise and more. There is a pond, a phenological park, rose garden, beehives and a greenhouse. There are two palaces and two former hotels and a multitude of statues and fountains. Did you know that the only place where you can legally feed birds and squirrels is in Tičistan, special part of Tivoli?
Explore “Best of Ljubljana” with geological twist as many of most famous attractions have hidden geological story to tell.
Over the centuries, the inhabitants of the city have used various stones for construction and decoration. Hear stories of Ljubljana’s sights and find out what they are made of. Why do we say that the most famous statue in Ljubljana, the Prešeren monument, represents the structure of the Earth’s crust? Why is the City Hall a museum of Slovenian stone? Have you noticed a huge red fossil looking at you from one of the palace facades? And have you heard a story about the indigenous greenish stone called “čizlakit” and is only found in Slovenia? How about the famous “Podpečan” used since The Romans and absolutely adored by Jože Plečnik, most famous Slovenian architect?
Ave Roman Emona!
Romans are a good excuse to see less known part of the centre.
The story of Roman town starts around year zero and lasts until the fall of the western Roman empire, but stories, findings, ruins, legends, believes… live on. While searching for those we will explore the less visited part of Ljubljana centre. The tour takes place outside the medieval part of Ljubljana, in a part that was actually built in close relation to the Roman Emona. Even if built in the seventies in the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
Brief introduction to National Gallery of Slovenia
Explore Slovenian art in a permanent collection of National Gallery of Slovenia.
National Gallery of Slovenia is the main art museum in Slovenia containing the largest visual arts collection from the late medieval period to including the 20th century. Expect some intriguing frescoes rescued from ancient church walls and detailed Biedermaier landscape art, which is is idyllic and descriptive and shows many tourist destinations. Meet very successful painter Franc Kavčič, Zoran Mušič and the most successful of all Slovenian painters, Ms. Ivana Kobilca. We’ll see into some paintings from probably the most famous period in painting, that is Slovenian Impressionism and it’s 4 most prominent painters. But the first thing to notice when entering the gallery is the original Robba’s fountain, the most important baroque statue, which copy stands in front of the Town Hall.
Strictly (Craft) Beer
Let’s taste some local beers while discussing almost anything it comes up.
We will get to know some of the best from our craft beer scene, not only by talking about it but – of course – also by tasting it and, yes there is more, by visiting one of the breweries! We will stop at 3 locations to sample minimum 6 beers. And don’t worry on our easy walk we won’t miss any of the most iconic sites of Ljubljana like Prešern Square, Town Hall, Dragon bridge, Triple Bridge … Na zdravje! (Cheers in Slovenian!)
Slovenian traditions (on the streets of Ljubljana)
Comprehend art and craft of Slovenia. Cheer with a beekeeper, touch the wood and check out what Slovenians have been making through the time.
On our pleasant and easy walk along the Ljubljanica River and through Medieval streets we will visit some of the artists and craftsmen in their (work)shops and talk about what is special for the capital city and what is common all over Slovenia. But be prepared, we might touch the wood or have a taste of traditional mead with a bee-keeper. Sometimes we will head for the Slovenian celebrity, blueberry liqueur or check an amazing handmade glass shop or workshop of stunning ceramics instead. On our way we won’t miss any of the most iconic sites of Ljubljana, Prešern Square, Town Hall, Cathedral, Triple Bridge and Dragon bridge included.
Taste, smell, touch, see and hear about The European Green Capital of 2016.
Let’s uncover many green paths, urban green areas and drink fresh tap water that is completely natural. We’ll find water in many drinking fountains in the centre, while talking about waste management, wastewater management, drinking water supply, local transport, including Bicikelj and Kavalir, biodiversity, recycling art… We might even talk about urban bee-keeping that became very popular in last decade.
Taste some excellent wine from all over Slovenia in true city environment
Ljubljana has a long history of wine lovers. The reason lies in the vast collection of incredible wines coming from around the country which can be tried in the capital. Our easy walk takes us through most beautiful part of Ljubljana while visiting 3 amazing venues, each telling it’s own story and with an amazing variety of Slovenian wines. From simple place to high-end and something in between. Usually we try at least 7 different wines but it all depends on you.
Jewish heritage & Ljubljana
Let’s stroll along River Ljubljanica and explore Jewish heritage in the city
This easy walk is perfect for anyone that is a first time visitor to the city and would like to see the most iconic sights of the city but, like Prešern Square, Town Hall, Cathedral, Triple Bridge and Dragon bridge, and it is also interested in a story on Jewish community that lived and still lives here. We will learn about famous composer who lived for a year in Ljubljana, see some Stumbling stones and visit two beautiful little streets that still carry Jewish names and search for remains there.
Dig into dragon’s tales, the stories of Ljubljana the dragon has captured over many centuries here.
Dragons are seen everywhere in Ljubljana, on buildings, on bridges, at the streets, on Ljubljana flag, on cakes, on T-shirts, in art… and we will visit many on them. They are to be found in beautiful corners of Ljubljana that many overlook. We’ll visit the oldest dragon, baby dragon and the funkiest dragon named Dragomir Veliki. On our way we won’t miss any of the most iconic sites of Ljubljana, Prešern Square, Town Hall, Cathedral, Triple Bridge and of course Dragon bridge included.
The Walk of Art
Search for the art on the streets of Ljubljana and in National Gallery of Slovenia.
The Walk of Art starts on the streets of Ljubljana. We meet by the most famous statue, of the poet France Prešern and continue our walk around the centre walking easily towards the National Gallery of Slovenia. Placed in a beautiful three part buildings from three different centuries, hides the largest visual arts collection from the late medieval period to including the 20th century. Some intriguing frescoes, detailed Biedermaier landscape art, impressive paintings from Slovenian Impressionism and work of Ms. Ivana Kobilca, the most successful of all Slovenian painters among many more. We start with the one and only, the original Robba’s fountain, the most important baroque statue, which copy stands in front of the Town Hall.
From Ljubljana With Love
Learn that love in Ljubljana is not just name-deep.
We will explore the growing number of social businesses here; businesses that are built with community, generosity and giving at the heart of all they do. We’ll visit the Slovenian equivalent to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant, which trains and employs young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and makes them employable in Slovenia’s catering industry; we’ll smell direct trade and locally- roasted coffee , – voted by many as the best coffee in Ljubljana. You’ll have the opportunity to buy the perfect gifts handmade from recycled and reused materials and more. Join us and spend the day making memories while making a real difference to the local growing innovative social entrepreneurship.