You know those cities that give you the feeling that they are pretty fantastic and preciously beautiful all around, yet if someone asked you what the specific must-see attractions were you would struggle to come up with anything in particular? Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, is one of those places. Sucks to be us, as I am guessing an idea about the must-see places is especially why you came here.
Ljubljana is one of Europe's smaller capital cities and as most cities on the continent has its fair share of history: in 50BC the Romans set up a military camp here which was to become a permanent settlement, and in the centuries that followed the Huns, Slavs, Francs, Hungarians, Austrians and even Napoleon came to rule the city.
Both the Roman Ruins and the old town of Ljubljana with its pastel-coloured buildings stands as testament to that history. In the latter you will find some of the more well-known tourist attractions, such as a famous series of bridges (the iconic Dragon Bridge and the bridges of Triple Bridge) over the river, medieval buildings turned shops/bars/restaurants, several churches as well as of course a very lively town square. This pedestrian-only zone is a perfect place for a stroll around.
Across the river stands perhaps the most notable (to address the conundrum we started this article with) sight of the city: Ljubljana Castle, offering views in all directions over the city (and the spectacular Kamnik Alps in the distance).
Besides this, on the cultural front you have the opera and numerous really good museums such as the National Museum (covering national history from the Stone Age until the present), the Slovenian Museum of Natural History (home to a complete mammoth skeleton), a modern art museum, and the National Gallery. The city is not just historical or cultural though, it is also known as being quite green. Tivoli Park and a botanical garden are the obvious places to point at here, but it really applies to the city as a whole.
And as we have ticked the boxes of culture, history and greenery already anyway, we might as well finish off by saying that the many tens of thousands of students that call Ljubljana home make sure that the night life too is happening at all times. Go for a walk along the riverside after hours and you will know what we mean.
One way we have seen Ljubljana beng described is as Prague with less tourists. That's kind of true, come to think of it, though personally we think it is more like Salzburg due to its relative compactness. In any case it is a place well worth a visit. [Review by travelindicator]
- Ljubljana is a city in Slovenia. It has a population of 282,994, is situated at an altitude of 974ft and the best airport to fly into is LJU (Brnik, Ljubljana)
- The main spoken language here is Slovenian, and the average English skill is intermediate
- Note: Ljubljana is a good point of entry for trips to Slovenia as it is well internationally connected (by air)
- The currency used in Slovenia is the Euro (EUR)
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More Ljubljana travel resources
Let's start off with this list of things to see as pointed out by some hostel. Next up is perhaps the best article we came across, written by Travels of Adam. At Gadling you will find 10 reasons to go here, while In Your Pocket tells a little more about the city's history. As always, we link to the Ljubljana Lonely Planet and Ljubljana Wikitravel. And to finish off, we had hoped our search for good blogs would give us a thing or two to read, but didn't realise the harvest would be this big: there is the Urban Travel Blog, the lovely Adventurous Kate who took a roadtrip here, and Wandering Earl who fell in love with the city. He convinced us to go again.
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