Ljubljana is a city with a lot a charm, a city that was forgotten by tourists for many years. However, since Slovenia entered the EU in 2004 and that low-cost flights have started operating from it, it´s getting a lot more tourists and becoming very popular. Known as the ´New Prague´, it´s a small and picturesque place that invites you to walk around its cobbled streets or to tour them by bike. That´s because it´s very easy to visit, since most of its monuments are located in the surrounding areas of the Old Town, that, since the foundation of the Roman settling Colonia Iulia Emona, has grown and transformed itself into what it is now.
Let´s see which are the most interesting landmarks. Let´s have a walk around Ljubljana:
- Ljubljana Castle (Ljubljanski grad): Slovenia is a country that has over 1000 castles. Ljubljana is dominated by a medieval fortress, located on the top of a hill that rises above the city, from where you can get the best views of it. Even though the first settlements go back to the 12th century with the Spanheim dynasty and to the 13th century with the Habsburgs, the castle shines in baroque style, since it was restored in 1747. The gothic-style St George´s Chapel from 1489 and the Panoramic Tower built in 1848 are truly remarkable.
- Dragon Bridge (Zmajski most): According to the Greek tale of Jason and the Argonauts, between the cities of Vrhnika and Ljubljana, Jason defeated a monster, the dragon of Ljubljana, which today is present in the coat of arms and flag of the city as a symbol. And so, this is the most important one. Flanked by 4 dragons that protect the city, it was built in the early 20th century and decorated in Art Nouveau style.
- Preseren Square: In the heart of the city and made as a tribute to the famous poet France Prešeren, this square represents the city centre for the locals, since it´s the entry to the Old Town. You can access it through the famous Triple Bridge (Tromostovje). There, you can enjoy bars, cafés and live music.
- The Old Town squares: Mestni trg Square and Gornji trg Square, among others, represent one of the most charismatic spots in Ljubljana, surrounding by medieval, baroque and modernist buildings. There, you can find the best restaurants and cafés.
And talking about restaurants, let´s find out about the gastronomy that this city offers. The cuisine in Ljubljana and Slovenia in general are mostly prepared with cabbages, beans, potatoes and fresh spices. However, if you want to buy typical food products, you have to know that markets are open in Ljubljana every day.
Also, Ljubljana has a very interesting cultural scene, with ten annual festivals of international reputation, such as the Summer Festival or the International Graphic Arts Biennial.
How to get there? You can fly there with a direct flight, by car or in a more romantic way which is going to Venice and then getting on the Casanova train, which crosses the Julian Alps.
As the locals say, “It´s a small city with the facilities of a great metropolis”
If you rent apartments in Ljubljana, enjoy the ´New Prague´, a small and beautiful city that as well as being accessible, combines architectures of past times with a modern and contemporary atmosphere and cultural offer.Tweet