Ljulbjana is one of the prettiest, most charming capitals in Europe. It is laid back (you could say sleepy), clean, and somehow feels like somewhere out of a fairy tale with its colourful squares, unusual bridges (including a Dragon bridge), weird statues, and a river which reminded me of a mini version of the Seine in Paris. With green parks and citizens riding around on bikes, it is unlike any place we have been – and definitely different than any other place we’ve travelled to in the Balkans.
Below: The Triple Bridge, which leads to Prešeren Square, the main square in Ljubljana (the photo above).
Below: Views across the river towards St. Nicolas Church and the Central market (good place to pick up fruit and cheap burek).
Below: Dragon’s Bridge, decorated by 4 dragons on its corners.
Below: St. Nicolas Church should be seen. A beautiful church, it has exceptionally beautiful ’3-D’ bronze doors.
Below: Charming streets of Ljubljana.
Below: One of many strange statues in Ljubljana.
We stayed for two full days, enjoying the cafes and restaurants along the river, taking the funicular up to the castle, and just exploring the markets and streets.
Below: A different view of the Triple Bridge
Below: Views from Ljubljana Castle.
Below: Chapel within Ljubjana Castle.
Below: Ljubljana at night, complete with angels over the river.
Below: colourful building in art nouveau style (it’s actually a bank).
I won’t tell you that you should spend a week here – it’s a small city. 2 days will do. I also won’t tell you that there are ‘wow’ factor highlights in Ljubljana – there is no one ‘must see’ sight’. But put together all of it’s attributes and Ljubljana is a very pleasant place to visit. We really enjoyed the city.
Below: Ljubljana and our route over the last 2 weeks.
- We took the train from Zagreb which took approx 2 ½ hours. In Ljubljana the train and bus station are right next to each other, making bus/train connections easy.
- We stayed in an Airbnb apartment. Recommended, fantastic location in the middle of everything.
- Had a great restaurant experience at Tabar: Tapas and Slovenian wines. Everything was excellent and it is located right next to the entrance of the above apartment.
Have you been to Ljubljana? What did you think of it?
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