Union Experience
Union Experience
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Take a journey through Union Experience and discover the rich history of the Pivovarna Union brewery. Enjoy the vibe of the famous Pub Union and revel in the exquisite selection of Ljubljana’s most beloved beer. Inside the Union Experience is exclusive gift shop. Pre-booking is required on: https://bit.ly/34B4Oag
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Dorottya A
    1 contribution
    Amazing experience
    Visiting the Union Pivnica was a great experience. It is a good mix of traditional and modern museum in an authentic enviroment. Our guide, Masha was very friendlyn and we have a great conversation. She made our visit unforgetable! Highly recommend this place!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 21, 2023
  • ChestfieldRob
    Whitstable, United Kingdom21 contributions
    One of our best brewery tours
    Had a drink in adjacent bar on the Saturday lunchtime and discovered that the brewery trip was not open on Mondays. Although we hadn’t pre-booked, Nina, managed to get us in that afternoon. She is an excellent guide, well informed, patient and with fluent English. A great way to spend two hours with beer tasting at end of tour. Good value for money.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 17, 2023
  • Katja G
    5 contributions
    A blast!!
    Loved the Union experience all in all, but especially the virtual tour of production and the beer museum. We went with work collagues and had a blast! It wouldn't have been the same without our guide RENE, who really took the time to explain everything and more, answered all our questions and was a great company as well! Really recommend it, if you are visiting Ljubljana❤️
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written March 21, 2023
  • joris s
    1 contribution
    Really fun experience
    I went on the 1700 hour tour on a saturday but i was the only one. The tour still went on so i had a private tour with my tour guide Ava. She was amazing and knew a lot about all the parts of the museum and also a lot about history (which i found very interesting). The museum itself is very cool looking with the old look and a lot of things and stuff to support the story!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 26, 2023
  • Passport755537
    2 contributions
    Great Value, Learned a Lot
    My fiancee and I went to the Union experience using the Ljubljana City Pass (called ahead same day to make a reservation). The VR portion and museum walk-through had tons of cool things to look at, and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept it fun. Union (Oon-yon for English speakers) Beer tasting at the end was a lot of fun, and we got a very nice amount of each beer. Thanks to Tomaš for making it such a great experience!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2023
  • Ilaria M
    1 contribution
    Interesting visit
    Our guide NINA was very kind and skilled. Tour was very interesting. We enjoyed. Just one weak point: when we arrived at the meeting point, the Union Pub was closed and we had to wait outside, it was raining heavily and no indoor place where to wait, just a canopy.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 4, 2023
  • Federico Cecchini
    Bologna, Italy2 contributions
    A rainy day with beer
    It has been a really good way to spend a rainy afternoon! Jerca was our guide and she has been really clear and kind, replying all the questions. The VR visit is amazing and the historical part is always interesting.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 17, 2023
  • Gaia L
    1 contribution
    Great experience
    The tour was fun and full of new information. It focuses mainly on the history of Union beer and where it all started, how it was made, how it transformed through time etc. At the beginning you also go through the process of making beer with VR glasses. Over all a fun experience and our guide Rene was awesome as well!
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 17, 2023
  • Ft M
    1 contribution
    Must do for beer lovers
    One of the best brewery tours I've been on, Pelć (hoping I've spelt that correctly) was incredibly informative and answered any questions we had. Learnt some facts about brewing and beer I didn't before and then got to enjoy some very good quality tasters. Would recommend to anyone who likes beer or has nothing to do for 1-2 hours
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 7, 2023
  • Sam P
    London, United Kingdom3 contributions
    Definitely worth doing if you’re into beer!
    Good tour! VR experience wasn’t great (obviously so much better if you could see the actual brewery) but our tour guide Marcia (Marsha?) was brilliant - very knowledgeable and kept the group engaged. Would recommend for a rainy afternoon.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 9, 2023
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Julie G
Northern California36 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
We booked our tickets directly theough the Union website less than an hour before the first tour of the day on a drizzly Friday in November - and it turned out to be a private tour with Nina! We went through the museum which housed some of the most incredible pieces of antique equipment. Nina reviewed the history of the brewery from its inception to current day, including major historical events that impacted the country, city & brewery. We had the luxury to ask any questions that came up and Nina graciously, thoroughly and intelligently answered. The VR brewery production tour was great - a fun walk through the process and the technology definitely delivered on the virtual experience. Afterward we enjoyed a beer tasting and had an enjoyable conversation with Nina. All in all, a wonderful tour that we would recommend to beer lovers and history buffs!
Written November 4, 2022
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Hi Julie G! Thank you so much for such a wonderful review! :) We are really glad you liked the tour, VR experience, beer tasting and our tour guide Nina. We hope to see you again! :)
Written November 17, 2022
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Michele M
1 contribution
Aug 2019
I have been there in August with a bunch of people and it was really interesting. Our tour was lead by Tjaša who brought us first to the brewing site and later to the museum related to Union's history and a panoramic on beer.
We concluded the visit with a souvenir and some tasting, there were also options available to me that I don't drink alcohol!
Written January 15, 2020
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William Wieslander Lyngbæk
Copenhagen, Denmark1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Friends
We we're at the union experience on an interrail trip 3 young guys and this was one of our highlights. We had a touring by Ana and had a great timing at the tour with a surprising amount of depth and interactivity. Definitely a recommendation. On top of the great tour the beer tasting at the end adds great value to the experience and a nice round off to a fun tour. Would recommend.
Written July 12, 2022
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Hi williamwieslander, what a cool review! We are more than glad that you enjoyed Union Experience with beer tasting. We hope to see you again. :)
Written October 6, 2022
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Jessica E
6 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
My husband and I are avid beer drinkers and have gone on many beer tours, but this was much more unique than anything we have gone on before. You start with a virtual reality tour of the brewery as it is today, which is what most brewery tours consist of (albeit usually in person), and then you get a personal tour of a museum in the premises which shows the beer making process throughout the 160 year history of the brewery. Our tour guide, Ana, was incredibly knowledgeable and was able to walk us through the entire museum, detailing the history and answering our questions. The tour ends with a tasting, which gave us time to chat with Ana and learn about Ljubljana. Highly recommend the experience, and for those who are interested in the beer making process, I would go earlier in the day when it is less crowded to get all of your questions answered.
Written September 8, 2023
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slsabin
4 contributions
Jan 2023
We toured the brewery during our stay in Ljubljana - and it was my first experience wearing VR goggles! The tour starts with everyone sitting in chairs and putting on the VR goggles to watch how the brewery makes their beer today. From there, our guide Tomaz, walked us through the history of the brewery from its founding to today. Once that concluded, we went to the tasting room where we got to taste some beers. Tomaz answered all of our questions - and seemed to love our excitement over getting to try the samples at the end!

It was an interesting tour and would recommend doing the tour before stopping at the restaurant to have dinner.
Written January 18, 2023
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lukievdb
Hereford, UK8 contributions
May 2022
Getting there: you cannot miss the big red building of the brewery itself. Entrance is next to the Union Pub. This isn't very well signposted though; furthermore the gate is closed until the guides come out a few minutes before the tour time. We had the Ljubljana Tourist Card and couldn't pre-book online. I think there were more people like us, in the end the group turned out to be rather large. The tour hostess Jerca was very knowledgable and did a good job guiding us through what is actually a nice museum of old things all to do with brewing beer of course. After that everybody was taken into a big room and give VR headsets which show the techniques used presently. I think this a very good way for keeping vistors off the workfloors. Personally I would have liked to have a better look at certain displays. However, that would have eaten into the important last bit of the tour: the tastings!
4 different (lager) types of beer, and we are from now on truly hooked on the unfiltered variety. Jerca spent some quality time in our corner. As expected we had to say goodbye before the next tour started, exiting through the pub for a few more experiences....
Again, Jerca
Written June 6, 2022
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Hi lukievdb! Thank you so much for such a wonderful review! :) We are really glad you liked the tour, our beer tasting and our amazing tour guide Jerca. We hope to see you again! :)
Written October 6, 2022
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Tanine
3 contributions
Aug 2020
The union experience was really enjoyable. Our tour-guide Masha was very well-informed and gave us an engaging insight of the politics, technology, and history influencing the production chain. She also gave very clear and concise responses to our questions. She even showed us different styles of pouring beer afterwards. It was a bit unfortunate that we couldn't see the latest production line, but that was due to new company policy by Heineken.
Written August 2, 2020
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Hi tanined, thank you so much for your positive feedback! We are really glad you liked the tour and we hope to see you again! :)
Written September 17, 2020
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Vitalina Bekker
La Possession, Reunion Island20 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
It was a rainy day in Ljubljana and we decided to do an indoor activity and our choice has turned to visiting Union Experience in order to learn more on how the authentic Slovenia beers are brewed. I highly recommend it. We made a very interesting visit with Marko, he was always happy to answer our questions and made our visit really full of discoveries and fun. The visit end by the beer dégustation when we could try super delicious beer!
Written September 25, 2021
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Thank you vitalina_bekker for coming, we are really glad you liked the tour and our tour guide Marko! We hope to see you again. Cheers! :)
Written December 1, 2021
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Doug
Redwood City, CA10 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Very fun and informative experience! Tomaz did an incredible job telling us the rich history of Union while simultaneously keeping it interesting and appropriately paced. It was one of our most favorite brewery tours ever. We’ll worth the price, and of course tasting four beers at the end of it was a phenomenal and tasty conclusion. Thank you Tomaz for making this event such a wonderful experience!
Written July 13, 2023
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Emil B
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Friends
Had a great time with my friends! Extremely cheap beer in the restaurant and even more beer is included in the experience. We had Jerca as our guide, she made it interesting and was great in general. Big thanks!

PS you get a free beer glas afterwards which you may fill up at the restaurant! 10/10
Written July 27, 2022
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Hi Emil B, thank you so much for your amazing review! We are always happy when we get such positive reviews and really glad you liked our pub, the tour and our tour guide Jerca! We hope to see you again. Cheers! :)
Written October 6, 2022
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