Before visiting Ljubljana I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The capital of Slovenia, however, is one the smallest and most charming European capitals that I have ever stepped foot into. It is full of beautiful Baroque architecture, history, friendly locals and a relaxed atmosphere. It is no wonder that its name means ‘the beloved’.
What To Do And See
See the Triple Bridge
The Triple Bridge in the center of the old town is an architectural gem in Ljubljana. The two outer bridges were added to the original bridge for pedestrians making it unique.
Have a picnic in the Tivoli Park
The Tivoli Park is the largest park in Ljubljana. The lush greenery is accompanied by beautiful flowerbeds, fountains, outdoor photo exhibitions, cultural sights and exercise equipment – a perfect spot for a picnic
See street art at Metelkova
Metelkova is an abounded military barrack turnt alternative district. It is full of colorful and amazing street art and surprises. View this special place and enjoy its laid back vibes.
Visit the Central Market
The daily market in the Old Town offer fresh, local fruits and vegetables, all kinds of homemade food, flowers and hosts occasionally culinary events. There is also an art gallery nearby. On Sunday, a flea market that sells antiques is taking place.
Have a panoramic view from the castle
The castle stands on top of a hill and is the most popular sight in the capital. Take the funicular railway to go to the top of Ljubljana and gaze from upon the tower over the city and its surrounding area.
Wander through narrow cobblestones
There is nothing more that I love than to get lost in alleyways. Ljubljana is the perfect place to do exactly that! Its charming streets offer cosy cafés, beautiful architecture and hidden gems.
Where To Eat
I enjoyed dinner at Altroke, which is located in a charming alleyway. They offer Slovenian specialites, Istrian tapas, as well as risotto and pastas. I enjoyed homemade pasta with truffles and an accompanying Slovenian white wine. If you feel like eating fish, I got recommended that Vino & Ribe is the place to go. It is situated directly across Altroke.
When your sweet tooth is kicking in, than head to Cacao at the Ljubljanica river to have some ice cream. I can highly recommend blueberry, but all the other flavors seem as delicious. This café is the ideal place to indulge a little, relax and watch life in Ljubljana.
How To Get There
The city’s airport, Ljubljana Joze Pucnik Airport, operates daily flights from European cities and other destinations. It is situated about 26 km from the city center. Transportation is also possible by train and by car.