Walking tours

Guided walking tour in Ljubljana - socialism and the city

Availability: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Duration: 3 hours
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Learn about the modern history of Slovenia from a guide who lived through it
  • Discover socialist-style architectural monstrosities scattered around beautiful Ljubljana
  • Visit rustic bars and feast on old-school snacks
  • See how Slovenians have turned former factories and military buildings into places of alternative music, street art, and booming nightlife
What to expect

Long live the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia! Enter a government-sponsored time machine and embark on a journey that will take you around the most iconic historic spots in the city as you learn about local life under the socialist regime.

You'll see socialist-style buildings, check out statues of glorified Yugoslav politicians, visit one or two bars that seem frozen in time, have a snack at the Central Market, and finish up in Metelkova city, former barracks turned into an alternative neighborhood of museums, wild art, booming nightlife, and a popular hostel inside a former Yugoslav prison.

The tour will start in the newer part of downtown, where you will get a chance to spot some typical socialist-era skyscrapers, dotted between the elegant architecture of Art Nouveau and Baroque. You’ll walk toward the Galley of Modern Art, which is housed in a massive block of grey concrete — socialist and stylish at the same time, you might say! We’ll get a quick look at the Tivoli city park, and mark down the Museum of Modern History for a later visit.

We will stroll down a tree-lined street to see some important buildings like the United States embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We will make a short stop by the statue of Kidrič (the first president of the Slovenian parliament), where you’ll pick up a few interesting facts about Slovenian history after World War II. Then you'll go to the Parliament building, right across the spacious Republic Square.

You’ll finish your journey with the best discovery: an old Yugoslav military base that has been converted into one of the most famous alternative neighborhoods in Europe, called Metelkova. Check out a former prison that’s now turned into a trendy hostel, and have another beer in one of the graffiti-covered buildings full of art, good vibes, and history.

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What's included
  • Guide
  • Beer or wine
  • Snacks
Reduced price

Children (6-11 years old): reduced price
Children (0-5 years old): free

Where

Ajdovščina 1, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Meeting point:

STA Travel Café, Ajdovščina 1, 1000 Ljubljana

What to remember
  • Once you receive your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point
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When
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10.00am
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Provider
Urban Adventures
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Unfortunately, we can't offer you a refund nor can we change or cancel your booking for this particular product, due to our partner's policy.

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