Hercules Foutain I Ljubljana Slovenia, Balkans



A very difficult word to say (lyoo-BLYAH-nah) and an even harder city to leave. Slovenia’s capital is the cutest city in Europe and it’s not just the pastel-painted buildings that make it colourful. Ljubljana is the EU’s green capital and you’ll spot why with its multiple recycling systems, pedestrianised city centre, and love of bikes.

Ljubljana was hipster before lumberjack beards were a thing. Here is our guide of what to do, where to stay, and where to eat in Ljubljana.

Although Slovenia is certainly a city you can spend a couple of days in you will want to leave to hike, drink wine and visit the natural wonders like the caves and gorges. Find out more about day trips from Ljubljana here.


So this is where fairytale stories get their ideas from! Bled is an enchanting small town 75 mins from Ljubljana (via bus) making it a charming day trip or overnight stay (to avoid the crowds). Picturesque Bled has a lake with a church in the middle (yes! That image you’ve seen online!) and a castle atop a cliff. It’s mandatory to eat a custard cake in Bled amongst these other activities.
Although the majority of people travel to Bled in summer, Bled is one of Europe’s prettiest winter locations. You can ski, skate and watch the sunken bell dive in December! Click here to find out more.


Heading south to the border of Croatia lies Primostek, and like the rest of Slovenia, this area relies heavily on its local organic food (told you, hipster, before hipster was cool). We ate well and chilled out at Big Berry, I still miss those breakfast baskets and watching the river flow. Hypnotising. Here is our honest review glamping in Slovenia.
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Lake Bled | Things to do at Lake Bled


For an average daily breakdown for Slovenia see this useful post.

Slovenia is part of the European Union and uses the Euro. For the most up to date rates click here.

Check out this backpacking in Europe budget article for the price of accommodation, food, transport, socialising, and trips in Europe.

Did you know you can get the train from Budapest to Ljubljana? We did and it was easy.


Slovenia’s capital has lots of options considering it’s such a tiny city. There are over 15 hostels in Ljubljana, dorm beds can be found for under £10 and private rooms from £30.

Find out prices and read reviews prices and read reviews here. Hotels in Ljubljana are a bit more expensive (the sausages are cheap and you don’t have to pay for public transport since the city is so small so there is a balance!)

Rooms start at just over £50 and stop around the £200 mark. Click here for availability.

Airbnb is growing; private rooms average at £35 but can be found below £20. Entire homes average at £62, options under £50 are available. TRAVEL REALNESS

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