We are spending 3 nights in a village near lake Bled. We get into Ljubljana at 8am and so far we're really just looking at spending a day wandering the city, with frequent cafe breaks. (We'd bus to Bled in the evening.) RS did mention that the best thing to do in Ljubljana is to people-watch. Are there any "must see" sights or activities here, or should a day be sufficient? (We arrive August 7, if that helps.) Thanks!
There are some interesting buildings and bridges, but you'll see these as you wander around the city. I enjoyed the view from the castle on the hill in the center of town. As my husband and I enjoy history, we also visited the two main museums and that gave us a good overview of the local history. I'd also suggest a walk through the openair market.
I agree with Anita that the riverside market is fun.
Many of the Ljubljana landmarks were designed by an architect named Joze Plecnik--one of the highlights of our trip was the tour of his home. It's only open a couple of days a week but very interesting. Check with the TI for details.
If you like hiking there's a great view of the area from the Ljubljana Castle.
I also enjoyed seeing the inside of the National and University Library--it was designed by Plecnik. The main staircase is modeled after an Egyptian tomb.
Ljubljana is a lovely city--you'll enjoy your day! It's probably enough time to get an overview of the city but we enjoyed it so much we stayed 4 days and used it as our base for visiting Lake Bled and hiking in Vintgar Gorge.
One day is enough time to get aquainted with the city and Rick is right about it being a great place to relax and people-watch. When I was there in the fall there was a morning market just off of the main square. If it's open, you should wander through - it's a great authentic local experience. The view from the top of the castle hill is spectacular; I recomend going in the afternoon if you can or early morning so that the light will hit the mountain peaks just right. The juice bar and cafe right on Presernov Trg is my favorite. Try a bella kava- one of the region's staple coffee drinks (unless you don't like foamy milk). We stayed in Hotel Emonec twice and it was great!
Lovely suggestions, all of you. Thank you!