City Hall in Ljubljana was built in the late 15th century (1484). The main architect was Peter Bezlaj. Between years 1717 and 1719, it was rebuilt and edited by architect Gregor Maček older and its design was mainly preserved until today.
At the end of the 18th century, two new houses from each side were built. With transformations in 1895, all three houses were then connected in one building and modernized. In the year 1898, a new conference hall was built. This conference hall was opened during the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph (1848-1898).
The fountain was built already in the 16th century, but then in 1751, it was replaced by “Fountain of the Three Rivers” made by sculptor Francesco Robba. This fountain is today known as Rob’s fountain (Robov vodnjak).
Last major renovation was in 1995, by ideas of the architect Milan Pogačnik. Renovation work included the Mayor’s office, conference room, which they have named the Hribarjeva room (the most important mayor of Ljubljana), and other facilities, including a large assembly hall on the first floor.
In medieval times, in front of main entrance to the Town Hall, there were also shame cage and shame pillory. Women who had cheated or beaten their husbands had to ride a live donkey and in humiliating cages, they locked drunks and hooligans.
The main purpose of the exhibition premises is the presentation of the projects of the Municipality of Ljubljana and projects important for the city of Ljubljana, organization of exhibitions in the framework of international and inter-city cooperation, as well as organizing monographic and group art exhibitions of established and amateur artists.
Guided tours are available every Saturday at 13 pm and are led by guides who are wearing traditional Ljubljana costume. Tours are available in Slovenian or English language, but also in other languages, for groups, by prior arrangement.
From the Railway or Main Bus Station on foot:
When you exit the station, cross the main street and turn right on Resljeva cesta. Here walk straight ahead for approximately 250 meters. When you see the Dragon bridge, just turn right before the dragons and walk straight ahead until you reach Prešeren square. Here just turn left and walk for about 100m straight forward until you reach City Hall.
By the bus:
You can ride on the buses 1,2,3,6,11,14,19,27, and exit on the Pošta or Kozorcij bus stop. Turn into Čopova Street and continue straight ahead till you reach City Hall.
City Hall, Mestni trg 1 1000 Ljubljana.