Information & Facts
Ljubljana has a climate influenced by its situation in a large
basin, surrounded by sub-Alpine and karst mountain regions. Summers
are warmed by the balmy breezes from the Mediterranean, making the
weather usually sunny and hot. During winter temperature inversions
cause the foggy air to hang heavy over the city, bringing cold,
Ljubljana is a small, compact city that is easy to explore on
foot, especially for those intent on appreciating the architecture.
The next best option is the inexpensive and efficient bus service.
Exact change is required for fares paid on boarding, or tokens can
be bought at any newsstand. Cars are a liability in the city, which
is largely pedestrianised, and parking is at a premium. Bicycles
are a fun and convenient way of getting around, available for rent
for a nominal fee and small deposit. Taxis are available and a good
option after dark, when the bus service is radically reduced.
The official language of Slovenia is Slovene. Italian and
Hungarian are also spoken in some communities.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, which is divided into
100 cents. Banks offer the best exchange rates for cash and
travellers cheques. Banking hours are 8am to 12.30pm, and 2pm to
6pm on weekdays, and from 8am to 12pm on Saturdays. Numerous
bureaux de change are open outside banking hours throughout the
country. ATMs are readily available in major cities. Credit cards
are widely accepted by hotels, restaurants and shops.
Shopping in Ljubljana is fun and a great way to experience the
city. Shoppers can browse the myriad of quaint shops along the
cobblestoned alleys or peruse markets and larger shopping centres.
BTC City is perhaps the largest shopping area in Ljubljana.
Visitors to the BTC City area can choose from close to 500 shops
while there are also casinos, sports facilities and arcade areas in
the centre. Emporium at BTC City is the place to be seen and
shoppers can choose from any number of labels such as Giorgio
Armani, Hugo, Gucci and Jean Paul Gaultier. Muller Department Store
is another great shopping option. For those wanting a more
traditional shopping experience head to the Idrija Lace Gallery for
some of the intricate and beautiful hand-made lace from the Idrijan
region. The Central Market and the Antique and Flea markets are the
best places to shop for souvenirs. The Central Market stocks
handicrafts, souvenirs, art, flowers and food products; while the
Antique Market is a great place to find hidden treasures as well as
old books, hand-made jewellery, communist-era memorabilia and old
postcards. While the Central Market is open during the week, the
Antiques Market is only open on Sundays until 2pm.
Ljubljana offers a host of sightseeing attractions and things to
do. Visitors can enjoy the Baroque architecture of the Cathedral of
St Nicholas or the medieval Ljubljana Castle which watches over the
city. Other things to do in Ljubljana include visits to the
National Museum and Joze Plecnik House. For outdoor activities in
Ljubljana visitors can include a visit to Tivoli Park or the
Ljubljana Zoo on their Slovenia holiday itineraries.