15. Central Market
If you would like to know what to do in Ljubljana, if you want to experience an everyday city throb, then do some shopping of first-rate organic foods at the Central Market, which is considered as the heart of the city. The lively atmosphere of an outdoor market takes place on the Pogačar and Vodnik Square. The covered market in two floors, designed by Jože Plečnik in 1940, is located right next to the Ljubljanica River.
Food stalls in Vodnik Square offer plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers. You can buy meat products, bread and pastries, cheeses, and home-made oils at covered shops and food stalls by the river. Central Market on Pogačar Square is known for organic products from Slovenian farms.
16. Vibrant nightlife in the city center
There are many things to do in Ljubljana at night, as the city center along the Ljubljanica River is a very lively place, offering lots of party events in different bars with popular mainstream music or particular music genres. Here you can find clubs with jazz and ethno music. In city squares, especially in the summer, there are numerous concerts and performances. You can experience the nightlife in the best nightclubs in the city:
- Circus Club: a popular nightclub with several dance floors and bars
- K4 Club: modern electronic music in the nightclub, that has been operating for 30 years
- Top Six Club: a nightclub with mainstream music located on the sixth floor of the skyscraper in the very city center
17. The Nebotičnik Skyscraper
The Nebotičnik Skyscraper, a thirteen-storey and 70 meters tall building in the city center, is one of the most recognizable sights in the capital. The Skyscraper, constructed in 1933, was considered as the highest building in the Balkans and the ninth tallest building in Europe. If you are wondering what to see in Ljubljana in one day, then the upper terrace of the Skyscraper is an ideal choice, since from here you will have the most beautiful view of the whole city.
Take an elevator up to the top floor and enjoy in a cup of coffee on the café’s outdoor patio. Downstairs is an à la carte restaurant, and one story below, there is a Nebotičnik Lounge Bar, which turns into a nightclub in the evening.
18. Hostel Celica
The Celica Hostel, located in the city center, has received many recognitions from travel guides who have ranked it among the most unique hostels in the world. The hostel is part of the Metelkova City since the buildings in this area served as prisons and barracks for over 100 years. Now the former 20 prison cells have been transformed into accommodation rooms. Each cell is a separate piece of art, where the windows and doors still have original prison bars.
The Celica Hostel is one of the best places to visit in Ljubljana, as it also has a bar, restaurant, and concert stages. Here young travelers and Slovenian youth meet and socialize at various concerts, parties, travelogue evenings, round tables and art exhibitions.
19. The Cathedral of St. Nicholas
The magnificent Baroque Cathedral of St. Nicholas boasts with majestic towers and a big green-colored dome. In the area of today’s cathedral, there had been standing a Romanesque church from the 13th Century, dedicated to Nicholas, a patron of fishermen and boatman. If you’re wondering what to see in Ljubljana in the old medieval part of the city, then stop by the famous cathedral, which you will recognize from the outside artwork with a large solar clock and beautifully carved bronze gates.
The richly decorated interior of the cathedral is adorned with Quagli’s illusionist paintings, an altar painting of Saint Nicholas in gilded brass, a marble statue of Saint Peter and Paul and a baroque hall with chapels. The Cathedral of St. Nicholas is one of the city’s most beautiful artistic monuments.
20. Plečnik House
Slovenian architect and urban planner Jože Plečnik had strongly marked the architectural image of the Slovenian capital, as he had a vision of transforming the city into a national capital. A guided tour of Plečnik House is one of the top things to do in Ljubljana, as his house where he lived and worked gives you an insight into his artistic life and personal legacy in the permanent museum exhibition. In Plečnik House you can see:
- Permanent exhibition of the architect’s work with original models and building designs
- Model of the capital with all architectural masterpieces designed by Plečnik
- Exhibition of renovation, restoration, and conservation of Plečnik House
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