Top 3 Instagrammable Spots in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Some of you probably know that I'm obsessed with former Yugoslavia countries because of their beauty and turbulent history. From Serbia to Slovenia, the Balkan region has a lot to offer for all types of travelers. 

While the latter may be pretty tragic to recall, lucky for us today that we can travel around the Balkans to capture their natural beauty while learning more about their history and cultures. 

Among many other countries in the Balkans, Slovenia is known for its natural beauty and the capital city Ljubljana has so many great spots for photographs that you shouldn't miss while traveling to Slovenia. 

As the best starting point for travelers to get to some popular destinations in Slovenia like Lake Bled or Skocjan Caves, Ljubljana should definitely be added to your Balkan itinerary!

In this post, we have Tereza from Czick On The Road to share some of the best instagrammable spots in Ljubljana that you can visit on a budget. So, here we go!

3 Best Places to Visit in Ljubljana for Instagram

If you are visiting Ljubljana with just a few bills in your pocket, there isn't much you can buy for it.

On average, you can expect to pay around $25 USD (around 23 euros) to join a walking tour in Ljubljana. However, the city is pretty easy to navigate so exploring Ljubljana on your own shouldn't be too difficult to save money. 

Even better, as you can immerse yourself in the capital city's beauty on your own pace, and take as many snapshots as you can while strolling around Ljubljana. 

The city is blessed with exquisite architecture surrounded by the Ljubjanica River, making it one of the best instagrammable spots in Europe. Even better, as you can visit all these places to visit in Ljubljana on a budget!

Quick tip: One of the easiest ways to explore Ljubljana on your own is to get this Ljubljana Card to unlock free access to over 20 attractions in the city, including unlimited travel on the public bus!

Ljubljana City Castle

The most famous landmark of Ljubljana is definitely the city castle. It stands above the city as a magnificent guardian and offers many tourist activities.

You can walk up the castle on foot through a nice forest path and then enjoy many things the castle have to offer for free (view of the city, the main area with cafe).

Ljubljana city castle in Slovenia.
View from the castle.

You can also buy the entrance to the whole castle for €7.5 Euro which will then allow you to go to the viewing tower, museum of string puppets and exhibition about Slovene history.

After this, you will have €1 left for which you can buy black coffee in some of the more distant cafes in Ljubljana.

Trnovo Neighborhood

Ljubljanica river around Trnovo neighborhood in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Ljubljanica river way to Trnovo.

If rather than exhibition and history you are interested in food and drinks in places popular among local citizens, head to the old center and stroll South across Ljubljanica river. You will arrive at Trnovo neighborhood.

On Eipprova street are many cool bars and restaurants with local foods and drinks and much cheaper prices than in the center. I recommend pizzeria Trnovski Zvon, where for $10 USD you can get a small pizza, typical Slovene soups, and stews, seafood or grilled plate and you will still have some changes left for a drink or coffee.

Nebotičnik Cafe

The castle view from Neboticnik Cafe in Ljubjana, Slovenia.
View from Neboticnik Cafe.

To combine both of the above – view of the city and great Slovene coffee with some typical deserts, you can visit the skyscraper Nebotičnik with a cafe on the top.

This is definitely one of the best places to get great pics for your Instagram, as it has an awesome view of the castle as well as the Tivoli Parque on the other side. It is though also the most expensive cafe in Ljubljana, so your $10 USD budget will be just enough for cappuccino and some cake.

Contributor: Tereza from Czick On The Road

Tereza is a Czech expat living in Ljubljana since 2011. Ljubljana was a love on a first sight for her and every traveler feels the same after visiting the city. She is currently traveling in South America and is writing a travel blog about her adventures as well as about her favorite city Ljubljana and hikes in Slovenia.

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