Best Cultural Place of Interest around Ljubljana

09 Oct 2023
Ljubljana certainly has its share of cultural venues and historical places of interest, and you don't have to travel far beyond the city limits to find many more enchanting destinations. Historical castles, museums, mystifying caves, parks, and homesteads of iconic Slovenians all await. These remarkable places beckon travellers to explore the captivating beauty that surround Ljubljana.

Here's our nominees for Best Cultural Place of Interest around Ljubljana 2024.

Bogenšperk Castle (Šmartno pri Litiji)

Located less than an hour away from the capital, Castle Bogenšperk is a sight to behold; its red roof and white facade stands out with pride against the greenery that surrounds it. The renaissance castle can trace its history back to the 12th century as Castle Lihtenberk, a medieval fortress located nearby and built by the powerful Lihtenberg family. Following an earthquake in 1511 that rendered it uninhabitable, the Wagen family, who were in possession of the building until the beginning of the 17th century, undertook the task of constructing what you see today. Read more...
Bogenšperk Castle

Ruska Dača (Gameljne)

Set along the main road in the village Gameljne on the northern outskirts of Ljubljana, this beautifully restored late 19th century house looks quite out of place thanks to the distinctly Russian appearance of the ornate wooden balcony that completely wraps around its upper floors. But the intrigue and mystery go far beyond the external aesthetics at this fascinating little piece of Tsarist Russia that's somehow managed to find its way to Slovenia. Read more...
Ruska Dača

Ivan Cankar Memorial House (Vrhnika)

The Cankar Memorial House is an important cultural monument in Vrhnika town centre. It is located on the site of the wooden, thatched-roof cottage where Ivan Cankar (1876–1918), the greatest Slovenian writer and playwright, was born. Read more...
Ivan Cankar Memorial House

Arboretum Volčji Potok (Radomlje)

Nestled in the heart of Slovenia, the Volčji Potok Arboretum is a stunning wonderland of flora and fauna. Since its inception in 1952, this botanical paradise has bloomed into an enchanting escape for nature enthusiasts. But it's not just about pretty petals; you'll also find a wonderful garden centre, flower shop, cafe, and butterfly house and beekeeping centre. Read more...
Arboretum Volčji Potok

Županova jama (Grosuplje)

Just a 30 minute drive from the city, these wonderful caves have been welcoming visitors since 1926. Group tours every weekend, you can also learn attend bat workshops where you can discover some interesting facts about some of the cave's inhabitants. Read more...
Županova jama

Slovenian Beekeeping Centre (Lukovica)

Founded in 1873, this non-profit organisation celebrates the importance of one of the hardest working creatures in nature. 
The centre aims to educate and train beekeepers, raise awareness about the importance of bees, preservation of the environment, and to preserve the tradition of beekeeping in Slovenia. Read more...
Slovenian Beekeeping Centre

Stična Monastery (Ivančna Gorica)

The monastery dates back to 1136 and was built by the ten patriarch of Aquilea, Peregrin I. Located in the village of Stična it is home to the Slovenian Museum of Religion and is perhaps best known for the collection of medieval manuscripts written by Cistercian monks, 'Stična Manuscripts'. Read more...

Stična Monastery

Technical Museum of Slovenia (Vrhnika)

It might not be the easiest to get to, but for the technically minded this museum 20km from Ljubljana in Bistra near Vrhnika is worth the journey. The sheer variety of exhibitions on display is astounding, covering the history of printing in Slovenia, agriculture, fishing, hunting, forestry, woodwork, electricity, textiles and of course motor vehicles, there's something for everyone here. A permanent exhibition focuses on the first century of motoring in the country, containing within the oldest preserved car in Slovenia, dating back to 1906. Read more...
Technical Museum of Slovenia

Trubar Homestead (Velike Lašče)

Trubar's homestead stands on the bank of the Rašica river. Trubar's homestead was renovated in 1985/1986. Ideas about its restoration appeared already in 1981 during the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Fran Levstik's birth in Dolnje Retje. The biggest initiator was Jože Javoršek. Read more...

Trubarjeva domačija


Monastery Mekinje (Kamnik)

The Public Institution Mekinje Monastery was established by the decree of the Municipality of Kamnik, adopted in November 2017. The Institute formally started its activities in April 2018, and its mission is to preserve and promote the material and immaterial heritage of the Mekinje Monastery. Read more...

Monastery Mekinje


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