5 Ljubljana neighbourhoods to visit!
So, you will be soon visiting Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana. Or you are already in the area. Ah, Ljubljana Old Town is really pretty and there are certainly many things to see and do in Ljubljana Center! Luckily, you have more than a day or two for exploring the capital and your traveling spirit is high and creative … Well, let’s get you out of the city center, then! Check out which Ljubljana neighbourhoods to see!
Some might say that Trnovo is still Ljubljana center. But its calm part. In many aspects this is true, since this lovely neighborhood is just a short walk down the Ljubljanica River from the old town.
Trnovo is a green oasis where everything slows down.
You can enjoy your day while sipping coffee in one of the trendy local bars or sit and enjoy the day by the Ljubljanica river. No groups of tourists here.
The symbol of Trnovo is Trnovo Church where the greatest Slovene poet France Prešeren met his muse Julija for the first time. Also, Trnovo Bridge is among the rare with live trees. A secret masterpiece of Jože Plečnik, full of details and on a quiet spot. See it!
Trnovo is where the great Slovene architect Jože Plečnik lived after returning to Ljubljana from Prague. You can visit his house which is a really great museum and legacy to one of the Europe’s finest architectural masters!
Read the story from our visit of the museum: Visiting Plečnik’s House in Ljubljana!
The Šiška is district is the most populous district of Ljubljana, and there are several cultural monuments worth visiting. Šiška is also located at the edge of the Ljubljana Tivoli Park, which you really shouldn’t miss!
The Celovška cesta, one of the main Ljubljana roads, is a great connection between Šiška and the centre of Ljubljana. St Bartholomew’s Church, is one of the oldest Ljubljana churches built in the 13th century. It was remodeled between 1933 and 1936 by Plečnik. Plečnik also designed the amazing St. Francis’s Church in Šiška.
Šiška is also known for its great Kino Šiška – Centre for Urban Culture, with great concerts, performances, exhibitions, drinks, fun in Ljubljana.
Koseze is in fact part of Šiška municipality. But it is known as the green oasis at the edge of Ljubljana. Bus number 5 or 18 will take you there. Even better chioce would be to go there with a bicycle, and go back to the city center taking the cycling trail through Mostec.
The (artifical) pond is lovely and it is known for providing natural habitat for several rare and endangered plant and animal species. From Koseze Pond you can choose to take the walking trails into Mostec. From Mostec you can also hike to Rožnik Hill.
However, if you choose to hike to Rožnik Hill make sure to supply yourself with more information on hiking trails. We don’t want you to get lost in the woods.
Tacen is at the outskirts of Ljubljana, at the foot of Mount Saint Mary (Šmarna gora), a popular hiking hill of Ljubljana residents.
The ascent to the Šmarna Gora hill, 664 metres above sea level, takes from half an hour to a little over an hour, depending on the route taken.
Bus number 8 from the center of Ljubljana will get you to Tacen. Check out Ljubljana public transport (LPP) for routes and schedules here!
We would suggest you to stop at the Košir Inn (Gostilna Košir), with a traditional Slovene ambient and great kitchen!
Definitely worth visiting if you want to be in a more local environment and chill out by the Sava river.
Back to more central Ljubljana.
Mirje is a neighbourhood right next to Trnovo district. It is best known for the Roman town wall and some more of the Roman ruins of the ancient Emona.
In case you didn’t know, two thousand years ago, a Roman city called Emona stood on the site of the present-day Ljubljana.