When I moved to Prague I had all the intentions of visiting the neighboring countries. Well, that didn’t really turn out the way I planned, although I did a lot of traveling that winter. But it wasn’t earlier than last summer that I finally found myself in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.
Ljubljana is a charming little city (280.000 inhabitants), which makes it a great destination for a weekend getaway. With 2-3 days you are able to cover the main sightseeing attractions, have some nice lazy walks along the river and enjoy great food and a glass of cold wine on one of the terraces.
Start your exploration in the center, on the main square, Prešernev Trg. There, right by the monument of France Prešeren is also a favorite meeting point and you will always see people sitting there, waiting for friends or just watching others passing by. Well, only in the warmer time of the year tho. From the square you can take a walk along the river to the remarkable Triple Bridge. Although the Triple Bridge itself is really impressive, you can have a great view of the Ljubljana Castle from there too.
Continue along the Ljubljanica river that winds through the city and you will reach the symbol of Ljubljana – the dragon, which also dominates the iconic Dragon Bridge. Along the way you will see both banks full of restaurants and cafes, with Slovenian and a variety of international cuisines. The local cuisine itself being considerably influenced by the neighboring countries – Austria, Italy, Croatia and Hungary – makes it definitely worth to try.
In the afternoon it’s time to make your way up to the castle to enjoy the spectacular views over the city. Make sure to stay until sunset 🙂
Don’t forget to take the time also to enjoy some of the several beautiful parks and the botanical garden. The city’s largest park, the centrally located Tivoli, is a popular place among locals to relax and spend time with friends and family.
PS. It’s the only city, where I’ve seen grapes growing right in the middle of old town 🙂