While you’re planning your trip across europe, chances are you’ve overlooked Slovenia, and its capital Ljubljana, you probably thought it isn’t worth it, or that you couldn’t possibly fit it into your schedule, but I’m here to change your mind.
48 hours should be more than enough for you to see the best this city has to offer, so get comfortable, and start taking notes, because I guarantee you, your mind will change by the end of the article.
A must see, these three parallel bridges are built across the Ljubljanica river, and connect the main square to a newer part of Old Town and the Market, hence why it is such a busy spot.
Dating back to the 13th century, when it was first built, it has been through a lot, from the fire that ruined it in 1657, to the multiple renovations that occurred, the latest being in 1929, as traffic increased and a tram line needed to be built on it, so they added two side bridges for the pedestrian, and that’s how it got its name.
Allow yourself to travel back in time, by stepping into the old town, as you leave the Triple Bridge behind, and on your way to the castle. Let yourself get lost in its small alleys, and enjoy the medieval buildings, now housing designer shops, restaurants and coffee shops.
It is a pedestrian area, so no cars allowed, though you can take a stroll around with your bike. There are also countless hotels and places to stay in, located in the old town, so you can wake up and find yourself in a different era.
Another bridge in the city, this one is relatively new, built in the early 20th century, and it is by 4 dragons. It connects Kopitar Street to Ressel Street, into the Ljubljana Open Market, and is only a few blocks away from the Triple Bridge.
Legend has it, Jason, the founder of Ljubljana, killed a dragon, one of the 4 dragons statues on the bridge, and that the dragons wag their tails when a virgin crosses the streets. Don’t ask me why!
Surely, there are many castles to visit in Ljubljana, but if you had a limited time, then this is the one not to miss.
You can either join one of the many tourist group tours, go by foot through the hill, or take the funicular railway. Other than the tower, from which you can catch a magnificent view of the city, specifically the river, all the other areas of the castle are free to enter.
Depending on which month you’ll be visiting it, the castle opens at different times, but it is open throughout the entire day.
Square of The Republic
Ljubljana’s largest square, it holds a special place in slovenian history, as Slovenia’s independence from the Yugoslav Federation was declared there in 1991. And across the street is the slovenian parliament, with its statues depicting slovenians in their everyday life, as well as the international business center.
Also know as the main square, it is connected to the old town by the Triple Bridge, and dedicated to the slovenian poet Dr France Preseren, it even houses his statue, as it stands in the middle of the square.
This is a pedestrian zone, which means that you will get the chance to meet the locals and have a chat with them, just don’t be shy.
Ljubljana’s largest park, it is home to different bird species, Tivoli castle, and the Cekin Mansion, which now houses the Museum of Contemporary History of Slovenia. It is a popular weekend destination amongst the locals, but there will always be a spot for you, so set aside an hour or two for this lovely park, to take a stroll alongside its ponds.
For the hipsters and indie culture lovers, you will definitely enjoy this part of the city, where different underground cultures meet. Once a military barrack, it is now home to countless bars and coffee shops, as well underground clubs, so head over there to meet the artists of the underground slovenian scene.
West of the centre of the town, are the ruins of what once were the roman city walls, you will also catch some pillars from an entrance gate.
So now that I have managed to change your mind (don’t deny it), set aside a couple of days for this city, as visiting it will definitely be an unforgettable experience.
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