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Located in the heart of the Old Town, Ljubljana Town Hall, also known as Mestna Hiša or Rotovž, is a key centerpiece of the city’s rich cultural tapestry. With its elegant Venetian architectural style and storied history, Ljubljana Town Hall stands as a testament to the city’s past while functioning as the city’s administrative center.

History

The original Ljubljana Town Hall building dates back to the late 15th century but has undergone multiple transformations. The most significant renovation took place in the late 17th and early 18th century, led by the master builder Gregor Maček, who moulded it into the charming Baroque appearance it showcases today. Over the centuries, this building has served as a place of municipal administration and continues to hold the office of the Mayor of Ljubljana.

How to Get There

Situated in the Old Town on the Mestni trg square, the Town Hall is comfortably accessible on foot from anywhere in the city center. If you’re using public transportation, the closest bus stop is Mestni Trg, served by routes 2, 3, 11, 27 and others.

List of Attractions

  1. The Main Courtyard: Frequently hosts public events and exhibitions.
  2. The Frescoes: Beautiful frescoes from the 18th and 19th centuries adorn the walls of the extensive staircases.
  3. The City Council Hall: The large hall on the upper floor features a stucco decorated ceiling from the late Baroque period.
  4. The Tower: Provides a beautiful view over Ljubljana’s old city center.

Ticket Information

The building itself can be viewed from outside for free anytime. However, the interior, including the city council hall and some other rooms, can be visited with a guide only. Free guided tours are available every Monday at 5 pm and every Wednesday at 3 pm.

List of Tips for Visiting

  1. Time Your Visit: Make sure to time your visit correctly if you’d like to join one of the free guided tours.
  2. Observe Events: Check the local listings, the town hall frequently hosts public events, exhibitions, and concerts.
  3. Photography: Don’t miss the opportunity to photograph the beautiful architectural aspects of the building.
  4. Nearby Attractions: Combine your Town Hall visit with a trip to the nearby Robba Fountain and Ljubljana Cathedral.
  5. Respect the Premises: As the Town Hall is a working municipal building, be certain to respect staff and local city functionings.

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