*Press trip – In cooperation with InterContinental Ljubljana.
It’s an insider tip and perfect for a winter weekend getaway – the Slovenian capital Ljubljana. Ljubljana is manageable in size, has retained its rural charm and you can’t help but fall in love with its architecture. With its combination of Slavic roots and Mediterranean influences, the city is still a real and secret travel tip. Prague, Budapest, and Warsaw – the first thought that comes to mind when you think about a city trip. But only a few think about Ljubljana. The Slovenian capital is still an insider and very easy to reach from Germany. We spent the last weekend at InterContinental Ljubljana for a dreamy winter weekend in one of the most beautiful and charming cities.
InterContinental Ljubljana just opened its doors to Slovenia’s beguiling capital at the end of August 2017. Located in a modern 20-floor building in the center of Ljubljana, the luxury InterContinental Ljubljana is just a short walk from the iconic Ljubljanica River, Park Tivoli and 20 minutes walk from the famous Ljubljana Castle. The hotel has 165 guest rooms including 15 suites, most with panoramic views, and features a contemporary interior design with sophisticated details reflecting Slovenian authenticity and is the tallest hotel in Ljubljana.
At InterContinental Ljubljana you will find three room categories. Standard, Executive and Suites. We checked in a standard room, which was a very huge room, very clean, comfortable and furnished practically. The floor-length windows allow a fantastic view above the city. For me, the WLAN is also very important during our travels and at InterContinental Ljubljana it is free of charge and very fast.
Double rooms start from 144 €, including breakfast and taxes. Visit intercontinental.com to book or for more information.
The B Restaurant is located on the 20th floor with an open kitchen, a large outdoor terrace with panoramic views of Ljubljana’s old town and the Alps and a fantastic bar. If you do plan to come here for dinner, I definitely recommend you to try some really good drinks and enjoy the unforgettable view. The B Restaurant is named after the prized Carniolan honey bee native to Slovenia, is overseen by Michelin-star Chef Alfredo Russo. Alfredo’s Mediterranean menu reflects the harmony between Italian and Slovenian cuisines. Incorporating fresh local ingredients, B’s dishes celebrate the vegetarian offerings from the nearby mountains along with the fish delicacies straight from the Adriatic Sea that wet both the Italian and Slovenian shore. And for me as a vegan, they create a delicious menu on request.
We also got access to the InterContinental Ljubljana Club Lounge. The Club Lounge is your haven, with distinctly separate areas created for relaxation, light dining, drinks, and business discussions if you need to work. You also can go there for your daily breakfast or just for a cup of tea or coffee in between and enjoy an incredible view above the city from the 19th floor.
SPA and Gym
On the 18th floor, you will find a spacious spa and gym zone also with a panoramic view. The GYM is very well equipped and you will find everything you need for a workout session in between. Also, the spa and pool zone is worth a visit. The black pool stands for its own and nothing beats the view when you relax in the whirlpool. You also have access to an infrared, steam and Finnish sauna and although we were there on a weekend, we had the whole spa to ourselves.
- Stroll through the beautiful old town of Ljubljana and stop by one of those small shops and boutiques
- It’s time for a small lunch break. How about a typical Slovenian restaurant with savory main courses and sweets of the region. The kitchen distinguishes itself by its immense variety of dishes with impacts of Austria, Italy, and Hungary. Therefore you will find dumplings and Wienerschnitzel as well as apple strudel, sliced pancake ‘Kaiserschmarrn’ and Gugelhupf on the menu.
- Afterward, you should do the walk up the hill to Ljubljana Castle, in the middle of the city. There you will have an incredible view above the whole city. I recommend you to go up there just before the sun sets. It’s magical.
- Take it easy – how about a boat ride on the river of Ljubljana. It is the most beautiful way to explore all the sights for just 8 €.
- In the evening stop by an original restaurant and try some Slovenian beer.
- If you have enough time you should also do a day trip to the picturesque Lake Bled and Bled Castle.
Tips for your arrival: How to get to InterContinental Ljubljana
There are a few busses who drive to Ljubljana from Austria and Germany. But also the flights are not more expensive than to Prague, Budapest or Vienna. If you arrive at the airport, I would recommend you to take the GoOpti shuttle. It’s the fastest and cheapest way to get to the city center and they will also pick you up at your hotel when you need to go back to the airport.