LJUBLJANA

LJUBLJANA

Ljubljana is a charming city full of aratists, museums, and galleries. With a population of 300,000, it is one of the smallest capital cities in Europe. But also one of the greenest European cities. Ljubljana is also the political and cultural heart of the Slovenian nation. It is an important European commercial, business, exhibition, and congressional center. As well as the transport, science, and education center of Slovenia.

SEASONS

In the summer, its center hosts a number of city-sponsored events. From children workshops and public playgrounds on the streets that get closed for traffic for the occasion. Such as Trnfest’s off-beat street performances and musical events of all genres. In autumn it shows its academic face as it fills again by students of the state’s largest university to whom the city owes much of its youthful character. Cold December days are warmed by thousands of lights. The new year’s decoration conceived by local artists, and by food and drinks sold from street stands on the banks of the Ljubljanica river. After winter, the city erupts again with spring flowers planted on its streets and crossroads.

GO TO

The Ljubljanica river flows through the center of town. Past Baroque buildings and under the ramparts of the ancient castle on the hill. The new city and modern-day commercial core lie to the west of the river. While the old city and the castle are located on the east side of the river.

The easiest and most pleasant way to reach all the spots described below is on foot, except for the Zoo and the Architecture Museum. Tromostovje
(Triple Bridge) consists of three separate picturesque bridges located next to one another. The neighboring Prešeren square with the statue of Slovenian greatest poet France Prešeren is the central location of downtown Ljubljana and a common meeting point. From here, cross Ljubljanica and turn left for Open Market and the Dragon Bridge, or go straight and then right for the old town.

Squeezed between the castle hill and Ljubljanica river is the old town with two squares, Mestni trg (City square) with the Robba fountain. There’s a city hall behind it, further on is Gornji trg (Upper square). Well preserved medieval buildings now house local designer shops, and several popular cafes and restaurants. Zmajski most (Dragon Bridge) is guarded by four detailed dragon statues from the city’s coat-of-arms. Look out for the dragon motif throughout the city.

Metelkova City is a self-declared autonomous culture place to gather for alternative artists, many subcultures and youth. What used to be a military barracks is now full of underground artists, bars and nightclubs. Metelkova can get crowded on Fridays and Saturdays. It is within 5 minutes of walk from the main Train Station, and it is home to a renewed hostel Celica.

THE CASTLE

To go to the castle you can catch the “tourist train” from the Triple Bridge or walk up the (quite steep) hill to the castle. You can also take the Funicular Railway – the lower station is at the top of the main Open market. Entrance to the Castle Courtyard, Chapel, Wall and Gift shop is free, but there is a charge for access to the tower. The tower has magnificent views all over the city. You can also see the Sava River and Kamnik Alps in the distance. Included is a 3D Movie of the history of Ljubljana from a pre-historic settlement to Roman Empire to modern times.