Ljubljana may not be one of the top destinations to visit in Europe. However, this does not mean it’s less impressive than other European capitals, like Paris or London. In conclusion, it doesn’t have the tourist crowds and world-famous attractions. However, this somehow works to its advantage. Travelers who choose to visit Ljubljana discover one of the most charming and authentic European gems.
Since Slovenia’s independence in 1991 Ljubljana has been the heart of the country. The cultural, economic, and political center of Slovenia. This lovely city is now a modern capital enriched with wonderful museums and event venues. The city organizes over 10,000 festivals every year. The city is young and dynamic. It has a youthful feel within the population and this makes the city feel three times bigger.
Increasingly prosperous and pleasantly peaceful. Ljubljana is happy to welcome visitors. There’s a certain Mediterranean atmosphere to Slovenia’s capital. It is calm and inviting, enlivened mostly when the night comes, and the abundance of nightclubs open their doors to embrace the free spirit of the city’s party people. Visit Ljubljana and discover a different and enchanting European capital.
Things to see in Ljubljana
Most tours of the city start from Prešeren Square, the heart of Ljubljana. The square is located at the border between the Old Town and the city center. Blending Baroque and Secession architecture crowned by the architecture of Jože Plečnik, this beautiful square is one of the most photogenic spots in Ljubljana. Often the scene of summer concerts and festivals, Prešeren Square is dominated by the presence of the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation and the statue of the Slovenian poet France Prešeren. When winter comes, the square becomes a faerie of lights and colors and the setting of one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe.
If you’re interested to see more works of arts by Jože Plečnik, visit Plečnik’s Triple Bridge, a true icon of Ljubljana, impossible to miss regardless of how hard one might try. Jože Plečnik was responsible with the urban planning of Ljubljana’s central district, and its Triple Bridge is one of his most famous works. However, this is not the only popular bridge in Ljubljana. The Dragon Bridge is a rather quirky structure adorned with unique dragon statues. The bridge dates back to 1888 and is a striking example of the art nouveau euphoria that characterized that period.
Tour The Old Town
There are many reasons to take a tour of the Old Town as it unveils the medieval heart of the city. In addition, will tell you stories about a Ljubljana that was once shaped by Hungarians, Austrians, and Italians. Their traces can be easily spotted in the architectural styles of the buildings lined along the maze of cobbled streets. From medieval architecture to baroque buildings, the Old Town of Ljubljana creates an idyllic setting for enjoying a cool beer at one of the many terraces along the way or a long lunch in the shade.
Standing proud above the city, Ljubljana Castle is one of the most visited attractions in Ljubljana. An invincible medieval fortress that has endured earthquakes, invasions, fires, and explosions, this castle has been a royal residence, a military fortress, and a prison. With endless tales to tell to those curious to ask, the castle is now the scene of concerts and exhibitions, as well as home to a coffee house, restaurant, children’s theater, and gift shop. Take the funicular to the top or walk to the site for breathtaking views of the city.
Travelers who want to learn more about the city’s history should visit the impressive City Museum of Ljubljana. There are many reasons to visit the museum. For instance, it is housed inside the beautiful Auersperg Palace. Which enables you to familiarize yourself with the evolution of the city, as well as the history of the Auersperg family. The National Museum of Slovenia awaits in a dramatic neo-Renaissance palace with more Slovenian stories.
Things to do in Ljubljana
Some of the most fun things to do in Ljubljana await along the Ljubljanica River. The river does lack the grandeur of the Danube, but it is nevertheless one of the city’s jewels. Adorned with weeping willows and shaded alleyways. Its shores are lined with bohemian cafes and hip bars that animate the atmosphere. Ljubljanica River is crossed by three bridges. Trnovo Bridge, Cobbler’s Bridge, and Triple Bridge that add a touch of magic to the scenery.
If you want to escape the crowds, Tivoli Park is the perfect destination. The park is one of the locals’ favorite meeting point, an excellent place for relaxing, biking or enjoying a picnic. Capture superb views of Ljubljana from the terrace at the top of the Skyscraper. A 70-m building whose rooftop delights visitors with superb sunset views and exquisite cocktails.
Are you up for a fun challenge? Visit the Idrija Lace Gallery, attend bobbin lace-making demonstrations, and join a lace-making class. Or visit the Tipo Renesansa Studio. It enchants visitors with a reconstruction of a 50-year old printing house. The opportunity to watch printing demonstrations and even print your own work.
Ljubljana offers remarkable cuisine. Take your time to try as many traditional dishes. Don’t say no to reinvented classical specialities that bring to the table the flavors of Austria, Hungary, and Italy too. You’ll find authentic Slovenian dishes at Gostlina Na Gradu, the restaurant situated within the castle’s walls. Accompany your culinary treats with house-baked bread. Refreshing beer from one of the local craft breweries or the city’s largest brewery, Union.