So, here’s the deal: various tourist guides refer to this recognizable landmark. Consequently, I cannot claim that it’s a hidden gem. But I do argue that it’s worth your time. Why? Because the 360-degree view from the top is borderline stunning.
Nebotičnik (pronounced: néboteachnik), designed by Vladimir Šubic, became the first skyscraper in this part of Europe upon completion and evolved into a vibrant center for local social life. In its heyday, last century’s turbulent thirties, it was the tallest building (approximately 70 m tall) in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
When you walk through the lobby lined with Karst marble towards the two elevators, pay close attention to the art déco spiral stairs on your right. The staircase leads to some upper residential floors but won’t take you to the observation deck. Therefore if you decide to walk up the stairs to take some cool snapshots (daytime is best), do so with respect for the locals who live there.
Having said that, I take whoever visits me in Ljubljana to this prominent highrise’s top floors. If the skies are clear and the weather is nice, no other spots in town will be able to compete with Nebotičnik’s panorama of Ljubljana. So many enjoy the sunset from up here and sip a coffee, beer, or less-than-stellar cocktail while enjoying the moment.
In a nutshell, your journey to the top of this landmark is about creating lovely memories 50 meters above street level while enjoying the bird’s-eye view of this charming city.