“ Historic tower located in the heart of Ljubljana, Slovenia „
One of the most unexpected highlights of a recent trip to Ljubljana was the Neboticnik, also known as Skyscraper. This beautiful 1930s tower has only recently been renovated and is off the beaten track of most tourists, but is a lovely place to stop and spend some downtime after hours on the tourist trail.
NebotiÄnik is a wonderful thirteen story tower, built in the 1930s as the tallest building in the former Yugoslavia and the tallest residential building in Europe. It was designed by the Slovenian architect Vladimir Subic in the art deco style as a place of business, but now includes residential apartments with cafés and restaurants that are open to the public. The design is detailed and whimsical both inside and out; the façade is adorned by a thirteen foot high sculpture of a woman, created by Slovenian sculptor Lojze Dolinar, and the inside holds many of the intricate details that have guaranteed art deco its enduring popularity. Today, the Neboticnik is a classy and sophisticated place to stop for a snack, meal or evening drink, and at 231feet high, provides some of the most beautiful views over Ljubljana. Predominantly a place of business, the ground level holds a variety of shops on the ground and first floor, offices on floors two to five, and private residences on floors six to nine. The top three floors contain the publically accessible café, restaurant and bar; newly renovated in the original style and re-opened in 2010.
We first visited late at night, on the way home from a local ice hockey match, guided there by a local friend. At first it could be easy to walk past the base of the tower without realising what lies inside. There are no obvious signs outside. Pushing open the heavy metal double doors, we immediately walked into the atmospheric lobby. This part of the tower was dark and gloomy, lined with dark green Slovenian Kras marble from floor to ceiling, with four leering heads of anonymous gods looking down onto the waiting visitors. We were greeted by a security guard who was organising the queue of people waiting to go up in the lift, as the beautiful spiral staircase which winds around and up the central core of the tower was shut off by ornate metal gates at night. There were three lifts; the main high speed one carried visitors to the club or the bar / café, and the smaller one was for residential use only.
Eventually we got in and were whisked up to the twelfth floor to the bar, where we could see for miles and miles, across the winking lights of Ljubljana to the snow capped mountains beyond. A small light on one of the mountains showed us where our ski resort for the week was located, and we could even see the cable car. Nearer to the tower, the castle was beautifully illuminated and the river curved around and under the ornate bridges and street cafés with their relaxed revelers.
The public area is divided into three floors which have in total 201 indoor seats and 110 outdoor seats.
~~The Twelfth Floor~~
This is called the terrace area and has a modern feel to it, with a bar. It has white leather tub chairs and sofas, with large glass windows offering beautiful views. Clients were mainly locals enjoying an evening drink.
Double glass doors lead out onto the outside seating area; a balcony with glass walls which surrounds all four sides of the tower so that you can walk the entire circumference. This area too has small tables with white leather chairs and the music from outside is piped to the outside via a number of small speakers.
At night this bar is magical, with subtle blue lighting and candles both indoors and outdoors. At night most people drink cocktails and eat huge and delicious slices of cake.
~~The Eleventh Floor~~
The eleventh floor has more traditional semi circular wooden window and all the atmosphere of the original 1930s original. This area has been renovated in line with the original design, with lots of dark and atmospheric wooden flooring providing a contrast to the white stone pillars. The asymmetrical design of the ceiling complements the period lighting and adds to the feeling that you have stepped back in time.
Large white sofas are situated around a long bar with smaller red leather swivel chairs. Small glass tables add to the images of light and during the day vistas of the city shine through the windows.
~~The Tenth Floor~~
The tenth floor contains the restaurant and club. The restaurant offers both a la carte and snack menus, with choices of traditional Slovenian main courses and cheeses, sandwiches, and extensive three course options. As this is Slovenia, most of these choices tend to be meat based, but there is a wide choice and something for everyone. In the evenings this floor seems to turn into a club, and as we stood on the terrace we could feel the vibrations of the music through the soles of our feet!
Coffee House : Mon - Fri: 9:00 to 2:00 ; Thurs - Sat: 9:00 to 03:00
Restaurant : Mon - Sat: 12.00 - 22.00 ; Sun and Mon: closed
Cafe Restaurant Skyscraper
Stephen 1, 1000 Ljubljana
T: Coffee Shop: 040 60 17 87 040 60 17 87
T: Restaurant: 0590 70 396 0590 70 396