A little like Amsterdam, a little of Rome, a bit of Budapest and so many others, Ljubljana, the biggest and the capital city of Slovenia has a combination of beauties from all of the top cities in the world. With it’s unique nature, the river that devides the city, the bridges, castles and old constructions, Ljubljana becomes a must see destination for the ones looking for some romance and tranquility. The feeling of passing the river over bridges, inhaling the pure oxygen from the dense green, snaping the masterpiece buildings, Ljubljana offers everything a foreigner might request.
This year, Ljubljana celebrating its 2000th year of foundation, Slovenia’s capital and largest city also happens to be one of Europe’s greenest and most liveable capitals. Car traffic is restricted in the centre, leaving the leafy banks of the emerald-green Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city’s heart, free for pedestrians and cyclists. It’s an heavenly feeling to walk and cycle around the paths on the riverside.
If you want to dive deeper in the city’s history, ‘Time Machine’ tour at Ljubljana Castle is just for you. There are also special exhibitions about the Roman city at the City Museum of Ljubljana and the National Museum of Slovenia. It is recommended to experience the sweeping views of the city from Ljubljana Castle’s watchtower, Between Castle Hill and the Ljubljanica River is the city’s Old Town, defined by three ‘squares’, which are actually more like narrow, cobbled streets.
At Ljubljana’s heart is the highly photogenic Prešernov trg, just a short walk from the Old Town across the three-pronged Triple Bridge. The square is flanked by beautiful historic architecture, including the salmon-pink Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, and holds a monument to Slovenia’s greatest poet, France Prešeren, after whom the square is named.
A modern footbridge crosses the river halfway along the colonnade, but Ljubljana’s most famous bridge is at the far end – the evocative and much-loved Dragon Bridge, dating from the turn of the 20th century.
“The Dragon Bridge”
Top things to do in Ljubljana include: Prešernov Trg; The centrepiece of Ljubljana’s wonderful architectural aesthetic is this marvellous square, a public space of understated elegance that not only serves as the link between the Center district and the Old Town but as the city’s favourite meeting point, The Ljubljana Castle; dating back to 16th century It’s free to ramble around the castle grounds, but you’ll have to pay to enter the Watchtower, the Chapel of St George and to see the worthwhile Exhibition on Slovenian History. Also a visit and making a wish in Cathedral of St Nicholas is a must there, which stoods since 13th century.
“St Nicholas Cathedral”
Curious About the Slovenian Food?
Gostilna na Gradu marvellous traditional Slovenian restaurant during your visit to the castle. The chefs pride themselves on using only Slovenian-sourced breads, cheeses and meats, and age-old recipes to prepare a meal to remember. Nebotičnik is an elegant cafe with its breathtaking terrace atop Ljubljana’s famed art-deco Skyscraper (1933) has re-opened, and the 360-degree views are spectacular. Mencigar Nobile -an eastern european restaurant- and Vegedrom ideal for the Vegan and Vegetarian.
Bled sightseing tour from Ljubljana is urgently recommended if you have enough time. Bled is often mentioned as the pearl of the Alpine region. It is unique with its emerald-green lake, a church on the island in the middle of the lake and a medieval castle from the 11th century, perched on a cliff above the lake.
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