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Socialism and the City

Highlights / General details Immerse yourself in one of the most authentic urban adventures as you visit socialist-era sites and learn about the good and not-so-good of Yugoslavian socialism. Highlights 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. Inclusion Local English-speaking guide; Beer or wine; Delicious snacks. Exclusion Hotel pick-up and drop-off; Additional food and beverages; Souvenirs and items of a personal nature; Gratuities for your local guide. Hours of operation Available daily; Start time at 10:00am. Duration Approximately 3 hours. Location Meeting Point: STA Travel Café, Ajdovšcina 1, 1000 Ljubljana. Ending Point: City Centre. Itinerary Long live the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia! Enter our 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. Together we will view 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. Your Ljubljana 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. We’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 Kidric (the first president of the Slovenian parliament), where you’ll pick up a few interesting facts about Slovenian history after World War II. This will lead us to the Parliament building, right across the spacious Republic Square, where Slovenian independence was proclaimed in 1991. Our path will lead us to the beautiful Star Park, nestled in the famous Congress Square, where you can enjoy a nice view of the castle, and see sites like the Slovenian Philharmonic, and the University of Ljubljana. You will have plenty of opportunities to take photos in this car-free area of the city. We’ll then stop into one of the nostalgic bars by the river, where you can have a beer or glass of wine, and reminiscence about the old times. Rested, we’ll then walk through the central marketplace, where we can enjoy a tasty snack on the go, see the famous Dragon Bridge, and continue on to artsy Trubarjeva Street, where we’ll end up in an old bicycle factory that is now a popular urban spot for locals. We’ll finish our 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. Additional Information Casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes are recommended for this tour. Participant restrictions Children younger than 6 are permitted at no extra cost, but please make sure you inform our guides of this before you take the tour. Policies Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher. **All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**
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