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Best things to do in Lower Carniola Region

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Where in the world: Europe  /  Slovenia  /  Lower Carniola Region

Top 15 things to do in Lower Carniola Region

1. Ljubljana Old Town, Ljubljana

Walk down the cobbled streets of Ljubljana Old Town, nestled between the river and the hilltop castle. The historical center features local designer shops, cafes, and restaurants, a farmer's market, several historical bridges, and the only row of 19th-century buildings that survived the 1895 earthquake. The charming narrow lanes lead to two squares: the city square with the city hall and a copy of the 18th-century "three rivers" fountain, and the upper square. Taste local specialties, enjoy watching street artists, and take in the architectural details, such as wall carvings, sculptural decoration, or elaborate metalwork on fences and balustrades. The nearby castle and tower provide panoramic views of the city.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $7 › Learn more about Ljubljana Old Town

2. Ljubljana Castle, Ljubljana

Walk the steep climb or take a funicular to reach Ljubljana Castle on the top of the hill, offering panoramic views of the Old Town. Visible from every corner of the city, the castle was built in the middle of the 15th century and served as a military hospital and arsenal in the 17th and 18th centuries. Walk over the remains of the fortifications turned into a promenade and join a guided tour, where costumed characters representing different historical periods will take you back to the time of wars, Ottoman invasions, and Habsburg rulers. The castle houses restaurants serving traditional Slovene food, and hosts art exhibitions, concerts, theatre shows and an open-air cinema. Shop for traditional handcraft at the gallery by the entrance.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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4. Slovenia in One Day: Small-Group Day Trip to Lake Bled, Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle from Ljubljana

FROM $125
Discover three of Slovenia’s top attractions in one day on this scenic small-group day trip from Ljubljana. Marvel at beautiful Lake Bled and ride a traditional ‘pletna’ boat to Bled Island to explore and perhaps try scrumptious ‘potica’ nut cake. Then, explore Bled Castle perched above the lake before free time for lunch. Finally, visit cliffside Predjama Castle and ride a mini-train into Postojna Cave, the famous cave network of stalactites, stalagmites and eerie halls.  Visit the main tourist sights in one day and enjoy a magnificent day exploring some of the best Slovenian attractions. On our tour we treat you with a traditional pletna boat ride to Bled island and visit the only Slovenian island. On the island you can enter the Church of the Assumption and even ring the wishing bell, which has been ringing over Lake Bled since 1534. After the pletna boat ride you will explore a thousand years old Bled castle, which is also one of the most spectacular castles in Slovenia. You visit also the castle museum, which gives you an insight into the history of the entire area. Take a few minutes to admire the amazing views of Lake Bled from several viewpoints at the castle.  In the afternoon explore some underground attractions. Visit Postojna Cave, the best-known cave in the world and one of the largest Karst monuments. Start the adventure with a unique ride with a special train that will take you to discover galleries and magnificent halls full of interesting stalactites, stalagmites and the most famous cave animal human fish (proteus anguinus). A scenic road will take us to idyllic village of Predjama where we will explore one of the most interesting castles in Slovenia, The Predjama Castle. It is perched high up in a vertical cliff and it has been placed on lists of top 10 castles to see in the world. Erazem of Predjama (Erasmus) is the main protagonist of numerous legends – on the one hand these legends glorify him as a passionate, handsome and noble knight, while on the other he is described as a bandit and a robber baron who met his death on the toilet.  
Suggested duration: 10h
Tours from $125 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Triple Bridge, Ljubljana

Stylishly marking the entrance to the Old Town, Triple Bridge combines a 19th-century stone bridge sandwiched between two side bridges added in 1930s. The stone bridge linking the main square with the Old Town and the market replaced an old wooden one in 1842. Due to busy traffic, the city employed the famous Slovenian architect Joze Plecnik to reconstruct the old bridge. Instead of widening it, he built two side pedestrian bridges with stairways leading down to the riverbank. The middle bridge, which used to be crossed by cars, buses, and a tram line, is today lined with benches. Look for an inscription at the base of the bridge dedicating it to Archduke Franz Charles in 1842.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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6. Tivoli Park, Ljubljana

Enjoy some outdoor recreation among the bucolic lawns, pastures, rose gardens, and wooded areas of Tivoli Park. Nestled among rolling hills, the largest park in the city was laid out in 1813 and is also home to a number of cultural sites, such as a 17th-century mansion and a neoclassical castle with the fountain guarded by four cast-iron dogs. At the park's entrance, notice the monument dedicated to the founder of the Slovene national identity, Primoz Trubar. Kids can enjoy adventure playgrounds with mini-golf areas and a zoo. The lawn beside a shallow rectangular pond features an open-air library, which moves into the nearby greenhouse during winter.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $6 › Learn more about Tivoli Park

7. Food Tours, Ljubljana

Suggested duration: 3h 30 min
Tours from $54 › Learn more about Food Tours

8. Pub Crawl Ljubljana

FROM $24
We always do our best to entertain & connect fellow travers amongst each other, so you not only have fun but also meet lots of people while playing different games & completing challenges.
Suggested duration: 5h
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9. Dragon Bridge, Ljubljana

Walk across the Art Nouveau Dragon Bridge and admire the four large dragons protecting its corners, symbols from the city's coat-of-arms. Built at the very beginning of the 20th century, it was the city's first reinforced concrete bridge and Slovenia's first bridge paved with asphalt. Floral motifs decorate its arch and railings, while smaller griffins embellish the plinths of its eight bronze candelabras. Notice the dashes of red paint at the dragons' mouths and claws, recent additions by an anonymous enthusiast.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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11. Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, Ljubljana

Admire the elaborate details of Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, known for its high-Baroque exterior and the distinctive pinkish color of its outside walls. Dominating the square on the left bank of the Ljubljanica River, the church was built by Augustinian priests between 1646 and 1660, but Franciscans painted it red when they took over in the 18th century. The three sets of stairs lead to the main entrance with a copper statue of the Madonna with Child standing at the top of the gable. Notice the onion-shaped spires topping the bell towers by the presbytery. The original 19th-century wall paintings were damaged by the 1895 earthquake and the new frescoes were painted in 1930s. Don't miss the highlight of the interior: the Baroque main altar carved by Francesco Robba in 1738.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $6 › Learn more about Franciscan Church of the Annunciation

12. Enigmarium Escape Room games

FROM $119
Bored? Dreading another guided tour? Escape into original fun-filled playful experiences, where you'll learn about Ljubljana's mysteries and legends in the most unique way. Unique challenges that you won’t see anywhere else, original stories tied with Ljubljana's legends and mysteries as well as visual hints and playful high-tech “gadgets” developed by our Escape Lab team are awaiting you. We have conceived the challenges in such a way that each player has something to contribute. Not only is there no need to know a foreign language, but the game flow and the dramaturgical arc will keep you on your toes until the very last second. The game is suitable for everyone (children accompanied by adults are warmly welcome). At Enigmarium® you’ll find the friendliest gamemasters who are happy to spring to your aid (if needed) and to ensure that your hour with us becomes an unforgettable adventure!
Suggested duration: 1h 30min
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13. Room Escape Games, Ljubljana

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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14. Cathedral of St. Nicholas, Ljubljana

Visit one of the city's landmarks and a prime example of mature Baroque in Slovenia at Cathedral of St. Nicholas. Modeled after Rome's most famous Jesuit church Il Gesu, the building replaced an earlier Gothic church, dominating the skyline with its twin towers and green dome. The most prominent features of the exterior are the elaborately decorated wooden and bronze doors and Roman tombstones built in the exterior walls. Notice the keystone with Christ near the entrance, which was preserved from the older church. The Gothic pieta and statues of significant bishops and saints stand in the niches of the facade. The interior features a painted dome and the altar of Corpus Christi surrounded by angels.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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15. Beer Tasting Ljubljana

FROM $45
Try 6 Slovenian craft beers and learn must-know beer facts in a fun way from a beer expert in our local pub. Beer Tasting in Ljubljana is fun and interactive 2-hour beer experience for beer lovers. We will tell you fun stories, teach you must-know beer facts, we will play games, you will get some challenges... You will never look at beer in the same way!
Suggested duration: 2h
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